Detroit News: MERC Ruling a 'Win' for Students

Center provided legal help for U-M grad students

An editorial today in The Detroit News declares the recent ruling by the Michigan Employment Relations Commission that graduate student research assistants cannot be forced into a union a “win” for the students.

MERC recently confirmed its 1981 decision that said GSRAs at public universities were students and not employees, and therefore could not be unionized. The editorial cited the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation, which represented about 370 GSRAs who objected to the unionization attempts.

“Were pleased that MERC recognized that our clients are students and not employees,” Patrick Wright, vice president for legal affairs, told The News. “They were simply trying to further their education.”

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