GSRA http://michiganradio.org en U of M grad students challenge ban on forming unions http://michiganradio.org/post/u-m-grad-students-challenge-ban-forming-unions <p>The issue of whether or not certain University of Michigan graduate students can unionize is back in the news.</p><p>Two graduate students at the University of Michigan have <a href="http://web.mail.umich.edu/blue/imp/view.php?popup_view=1&amp;mailbox=INBOX&amp;index=137333&amp;actionID=view_attach&amp;id=2&amp;mimecache=3636533bfb677abf2690a39565581359">filed a lawsuit</a> in U.S. District Court in an effort to overturn a <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/snyder-signs-bill-prohibits-u-m-graduate-research-assistant-union">new state law</a> that prohibits U of M graduate student research assistants, or GSRAs, from collective bargaining.</p><p><a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2011-2012/publicact/pdf/2012-PA-0045.pdf">Public Act 45</a> effectively says <a href="http://www.hr.umich.edu/acadhr/grads/gsra/what.html">GSRAs </a>are primarily students, not public employees, and therefore don&rsquo;t have the right to form a union.</p><p>Sam Montgomery is with the Graduate Employees Organization (GEO), a labor union at U of M. She says the law violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. constitution:</p><p>&quot;It singles out this group of individuals and withholds them from a right that is granted to other public employees without giving a rational based in fact as to why they are not employees.&quot;</p><p>Last May, the <a href="http://annarbor.com/news/university-of-michigan-board-of-regents-votes-to-allow-research-assistants-to-unionize-in-rare-split/">U of M Board of Regents voted</a> 6 to 2 to recognize the university&#39;s roughly 2,200 GSRAs as public employees with the right to vote to form a union.</p><p>The Michigan Employment Relations Commission found otherwise in a 1981 ruling. The Commission was in the middle of holding its own administrative hearing on the issue when Governor Snyder signed Public Act 45 into law. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 22:06:19 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 7096 at http://michiganradio.org U of M grad students challenge ban on forming unions Snyder signs bill that prohibits U of M graduate research assistant union http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-signs-bill-prohibits-u-m-graduate-research-assistant-union <p>The issue of whether University of Michigan <a href="http://www.hr.umich.edu/acadhr/grads/gsra/what.html">graduate student research assistants (GSRAs)</a> can unionize has been put to rest. Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill today saying U of M research assistants are not employees and therefore do not have the right to unionize.</p><p>The <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/um-regents-hold-emergency-vote-grad-student-union-hearings">bill was introduced</a> to the legislature by Republican Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville.</p> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 20:25:42 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6622 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder signs bill that prohibits U of M graduate research assistant union UM Regents hold emergency vote on grad student union hearings http://michiganradio.org/post/um-regents-hold-emergency-vote-grad-student-union-hearings <p>The <a href="http://umich.edu">University of Michigan</a> Regents voted today to oppose a Senate bill that would prohibit certain U of M graduate students from joining a union.</p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 17:32:35 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6299 at http://michiganradio.org UM Regents hold emergency vote on grad student union hearings Michigan Attorney General files request to stop hearing on U of M grad student unions http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-attorney-general-files-request-stop-u-m-grad-student-union-hearing <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">hearing </a>about whether certain graduate students at the University of Michigan can unionize.</p><p>But the hearing was held today despite the request, and is scheduled to continue tomorrow.</p> Wed, 01 Feb 2012 22:19:19 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6054 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Attorney General files request to stop hearing on U of M grad student unions