Wayne State removes part of Labor Studies website in wake of Mackinac Center FOIA
Wayne State University has taken down parts of its Labor Studies Center website following Freedom of Information Act inquiries from a Midland-based think tank, according to a report today from the national political news site Talking Points Memo.
Lawyers are reviewing whether the parts of the site violate rules against using state resources in political advocacy.
The Midland-based Mackinac Center for Public Policy filed FOIA requests last month seeking emails from labor studies departments at public universities in Michigan, including the University of Michigan, that mention collective bargaining in Wisconsin, where workers have protested Gov. Scott Walker's attempts to cut benefits. The FOIA also sought emails containing the terms "Scott Walker," "Wisconsin," "Madison" or "Maddow," referring to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.
On Thursday, a group of Michigan State University professors plans to hold a news conference in Midland announcing they are submitting their own FOIA of the Mackinac Center, reports WNEM in Saginaw.
The professors told the TV station that they considered the center's request an attack on academic freedom and unions.