Research Assistants Are Not Public Employees, Should Not Be Unionized
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Melinda Day is a Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA) at the
University of Michigan and the target of a new unionization push from
the University's Graduate Employees Organization (GEO), which is a local
chapter of the American Federation of Teachers. While the GEO
successfully organized U of M's Graduate Instructors in 1975, the state
determined in 1981 that research assistants are not 'employees' and
therefore cannot be unionized.
The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation is taking legal action to ensure the 1981 decision prevails so that graduate students, like Melinda Day can further their education through research at the University of Michigan without interference from a labor union.
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