graduate employees organization http://michiganradio.org en State commission puts GSRA decision on hold after court ruling http://michiganradio.org/post/state-commission-puts-gsra-decision-hold-after-court-ruling <p>University of Michigan graduate student research assistants (GSRAs) have wanted to hold a vote asking other GSRAs whether or not a union should be formed for decades.</p><p>In the past, they&#39;ve been prevented from holding a vote because the Michigan Employment Relations Commission has not allowed a vote to go forward.</p><p>Most recently they were prevented from doing so because of a new state law banning GSRAs from forming unions at public universities in Michigan.</p><p>But the timing of when that new law goes into effect has been hotly contested in the courts.</p><p>It&#39;s <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigans-democratic-lawmakers-cry-foul-over-how-republicans-are-counting-their-votes">a long, sordid tale</a> that involves parliamentary rules in the State House.</p><p>An Ingham County judge had ruled the law cannot go into effect immediately, so the Commission scheduled a vote on the UM GSRA unionization vote.</p><p>But the Court of Appeals stayed the Ingham County judge&#39;s ruling on Monday, restoring the immediate effect of the GSRA unionization ban.</p><p>So today, the Michigan Employment Relations Commission decided to table a vote on whether to allow the UM GSRAs to go forward with a unionization vote.</p><p>In a 2-1 vote, the Commission said any action they take on the issue would be moot because of the latest court ruling. Tue, 10 Apr 2012 16:01:00 +0000 Mark Brush 6979 at http://michiganradio.org State commission puts GSRA decision on hold after court ruling