Senate majority leader introduces bill to ban graduate student unions
State Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville has introduced a bill in the Michigan Legislature that would bar graduate student research assistants from unionizing, the Detroit Free Press reported.
After the regents' vote, GSRAs sought permission from MERC to unionize, but were initially denied. A group of GSRAs and advocates appealed that denial, and MERC voted to let an administrative judge decide whether GSRAs should be allowed to unionize.
Several deans at U-M and the Faculty Senate Advisory Committee also have opposed the unionization effort.
Richardville is a a Republican from Monroe who represents part of Washtenaw County.