Mackinac Center for Public Policy http://michiganradio.org en Survey shows more Michigan public schools privatizing support services http://michiganradio.org/post/survey-shows-more-michigan-public-schools-privatizing-support-services <p>Two in every three Michigan public school districts contract out at least one major service, like custodial, transportation or food service. That’s according to a yearly survey of districts.</p><p>The Midland-based research institute Mackinac Center for Public Policy, which supports privatizing services, has published the survey every year since 2003. Here’s a summary of the center’s survey:</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 23:07:11 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16123 at http://michiganradio.org Survey shows more Michigan public schools privatizing support services 8 teachers named in complaint filed against the Michigan Education Association http://michiganradio.org/post/8-teachers-named-complaint-filed-against-michigan-education-association <p>Michigan’s largest teachers’ union is being accused of trying to intimidate teachers who wanted to leave the union.</p><p>Earlier this month, the <a href="http://www.mea.org/">Michigan Education Association </a>announced 99% of its members decided to stay in the union, despite Michigan’s new <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/right-work">Right-To-Work law.</a></p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 19:16:31 +0000 Steve Carmody 14930 at http://michiganradio.org 8 teachers named in complaint filed against the Michigan Education Association Challenge to union contract that goes around 'right-to-work' dismissed http://michiganradio.org/post/challenge-union-contract-goes-around-right-work-dismissed <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A judge in Wayne County has dismissed a lawsuit challenging a school union contract designed to skirt the Michigan’s new right-to-work law.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The Taylor School District signed a new ten-year agreement with its Thu, 11 Jul 2013 14:46:21 +0000 Jake Neher 13480 at http://michiganradio.org Challenge to union contract that goes around 'right-to-work' dismissed Supreme Court won't intervene in U-M grad student union effort http://michiganradio.org/post/supreme-court-wont-intervene-u-m-grad-student-union-effort <div id="cboxOverlay" jquery1328298720310="1" style="display: none">&nbsp;</div><div class="cboxIE" id="colorbox" jquery1328298720310="11" style="padding-bottom: 42px; padding-right: 2px; display: none"><div id="cboxWrapper"><div><div id="cboxTopLeft" style="float: left">&nbsp;</div><div id="cboxTopCenter" style="float: left">&nbsp;</div><div id="cboxTopRight" style="float: left">&nbsp;</div>The Michigan Supreme Court&nbsp;today rejected requests&nbsp;by the state attorney general and a&nbsp;g<div id="cboxBottomLeft" style="float: left">&nbsp;</div>roup&nbsp;supported by a conservative think tank to&nbsp;intervene in&nbsp;effort to unionize&nbsp;graduate student&nbsp;research assistants at the University of&nbsp;Michigan.&nbsp;<div id="cboxBottomCenter" style="float: left">&nbsp;</div><div id="cboxBottomRight" style="float: left">&nbsp;</div></div></div><div style="position: absolute; width: 9999px; display: none; visibility: hidden">&nbsp;</div></div><p>Michigan&rsquo;s Attorney General Bill Schuette filed a request with the state Supreme Court to stop a <a href="http://www.mackinac.org/archives/2011/121311MIRS-merc.pdf"><u><font color="#0066cc">hearing&nbsp;</font></u></a>about whether certain graduate students at the University of Michigan can unionize.</p><p>Attorney General spokesman John Selleck says they &quot;respect the decision of the Supreme Court.&quot;</p><p>&quot;I&#39;m happy that the Supreme Court denied the Attorney General&#39;s motion to intervene in our hearing,&quot; says Irene Yeh, a graduate student research assistant (GSRA) at the University of Michigan. &quot;I&#39;m glad it looks like GSRAs will have the right to decide whether we want to unionize.&quot; Fri, 03 Feb 2012 19:58:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 6090 at http://michiganradio.org Supreme Court won't intervene in U-M grad student union effort Mackinac Conference a lavish affair http://michiganradio.org/post/mackinac-conference-lavish-affair <p>Here&#39;s a staff favorite and a little of a blast from the past. Former Michigan Radio reporter Dustin Dwyer wonders if the Mackinac Policy Conference matters to the everyday folk of Michigan.</p><p><a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/news.newsmain?action=article&amp;ARTICLE_ID=1290009">Click here</a> to link to the story.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 02 Jun 2011 13:47:42 +0000 Kyle Norris 2718 at http://michiganradio.org Mackinac Conference a lavish affair 'Freedom of Information' vs 'Academic Freedom' http://michiganradio.org/post/freedom-information-vs-academic-freedom <p><a href="http://civic.moveon.org/foiaumich/index.html?id=26812-1249990-SBz9Lnx&amp;t=4">University of Michigan professors</a> are asking university officials to deny a &lsquo;Freedom of Information Request&rsquo; in the cause of &lsquo;Academic Freedom&rsquo;.&nbsp; The issue concerns email.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Apr 2011 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 2141 at http://michiganradio.org 'Freedom of Information' vs 'Academic Freedom' Mackinac Center explains FOIA requests http://michiganradio.org/post/mackinac-center-explains-foia-requests <p>The <a href="http://www.mackinac.org/">Mackinac Center for Public Policy</a> says their<a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/post/foia-requests-raise-concern-over-academic-freedom"> Freedom of Information Act requests</a> for information regarding labor studies at Wayne State University, Michigan State University, and the University of Michigan is part of its &ldquo;regular&rdquo; activity.</p><p>Ken Braun is the man behind the FOIA requests and the Senior Managing Editor of <a href="http://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/pubs/mcc/">Michigan Capitol Confidential</a>, the Mackinac Center&rsquo;s newsletter. In <a href="http://www.mackinac.org/">a posting on the Center&rsquo;s website</a>, Braun said the requests were made because:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;We were interested in determining whether the LSC and the labor faculty at Michigan&rsquo;s other two large public universities had actively employed university resources to enter the political debates. At a minimum, we thought a FOIA investigating professors&rsquo; emails on these subjects might demonstrate whether state officials should ask questions about this use of tax dollars for public universities. In the worst-case scenario, we knew these emails might suggest that the faculty had acted illegally, because certain political uses of university resources are prohibited by Michigan law. &rdquo;</p></blockquote><p><a href="http://news.michiganradio.org/people/kate-davidson">Kate Davidson</a>, of Michigan Radio&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.changinggears.info/">Changing Gears</a> project, has been taking a look at the controversy and, in a<a href="http://www.changinggears.info/2011/04/05/foia-group-wants-labor-professors-emails/"> story posted today</a>, explains:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Michigan academics aren&rsquo;t the only ones under scrutiny.&nbsp; Last month, the Republican Party of Wisconsin requested emails from William Cronon, a historian critical of Governor Scott Walker&rsquo;s push to weaken public sector unions.&nbsp;</p><p>In both states, the lines got drawn fast.&nbsp; On one side: an apparent concern about the use of public resources for political advocacy.&nbsp; On the other: fear of academic intimidation and reprisal in a politically charged climate.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>You can read Davidson&rsquo;s full story on the state and national implications of various FOIA requests, and hear directly from the Mackinac Center&#39;s Ken Braun, on the Changing Gears&rsquo; <a href="http://www.changinggears.info/2011/04/05/foia-group-wants-labor-professors-emails/">website</a>. Tue, 05 Apr 2011 15:31:31 +0000 Zoe Clark 1920 at http://michiganradio.org Thought Police http://michiganradio.org/post/thought-police <p>Several listeners have asked me why I haven&rsquo;t commented on the battle over collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin.&nbsp; Well, there&rsquo;s a good reason for that.</p><p>Which is, that we&rsquo;ve got more than enough in Michigan to wrestle with to keep us all occupied. That doesn&rsquo;t mean, as one of my devoted admirers e-mailed me, that I am a &ldquo;gutless wonder.&rdquo;</p><p>Matter of fact, I would like to get an inch or two off my gut. Seriously, I have a hard time accepting that anyone should lose their collective bargaining rights in America, no matter who their employer.</p><p>But I have an even harder time with anyone trying to suppress anybody&rsquo;s freedom of expression in any way.</p><p>Which brings me to a very ominous development I first read about on the political blog Talking Points Memo, a story which involves Michigan and the Wisconsin mess.</p><p>The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a Midland-based think tank best known for supporting free-market economics, is asking, under Michigan&rsquo;s Freedom of Information Act, for all the emails by labor studies professors at our state&rsquo;s three major public universities -- Michigan State, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State.&nbsp;</p><p>All the e-mails, that is, that these professors have sent regarding the union strike in Wisconsin, that state&rsquo;s governor, and, oddly enough, MSNBC&rsquo;s Rachel Maddow.</p><p>Why are they asking for these e-mails? The managing editor of the Mackinac Center&rsquo;s newsletter wouldn&rsquo;t say. But some fear the center wants to use them to attack liberal professors for using state resources for what could be called improper political activity.</p><p>That, or cow them into not expressing their points of view. Thu, 31 Mar 2011 15:19:24 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 1863 at http://michiganradio.org Thought Police Judge rules taxpayers, Mackinac Center, do not have standing in lawsuit over privatization http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-rules-taxpayers-mackinac-center-do-not-have-standing-lawsuit-over-privatization <p><a href="http://pod.michiganradio.org/documents/JurriansetalvsKISD.pdf">A Kent County judge has ruled</a> that taxpayers cannot sue school districts and teachers&rsquo; unions who agreed not to privatize any employees. The <a href="http://www.mackinac.org/14187">taxpayers say</a> the schools and unions entered an illegal employment contract when the districts agreed not to privatize any employees in exchange for concessions in pay and health benefits. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.mackinac.org/9051">new Legal Foundation</a> represented <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/news.newsmain/article/0/0/1738068/West.Side.Stories/Mackinac.Center%27s.Legal.Foundation.taking.10.Kent.County.school.districts.to.court">the taxpayers in the case.</a></p><p>The judge didn&rsquo;t disagree with the Mackinac Center, but ruled only the parties in the contract &ndash; the unions or the school districts &ndash; had standing to file suit. And state law dictates the Michigan Employment Relations Commission must hear any unfair labor practice claims. Wed, 02 Mar 2011 21:07:54 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1483 at http://michiganradio.org Judge rules taxpayers, Mackinac Center, do not have standing in lawsuit over privatization Group asks state's high court to hear union dues challenge http://michiganradio.org/post/group-asks-states-high-court-hear-union-dues-challenge <P>A conservative group has asked the <A href="http://courts.michigan.gov/supremecourt/">Michigan Supreme Court </A>to hear a <A href="http://www.mackinac.org/10992">challenge </A>to union dues paid by home-based child care providers. Sat, 11 Dec 2010 04:10:40 +0000 Sarah Hulett 557 at http://michiganradio.org Group asks state's high court to hear union dues challenge