Conservative group, student team up to stop union drive at UM

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy and a University of Michigan (UM)  graduate student research assistant filed a complaint today with the Michigan Empoyment Relations Commission, hoping to block a drive to unionize the research assistants, reports The Detroit Free Press. Melinda Day, a graduate research assistant in the Molecular, Cellular and Development Biology Department at UM, is working with Patrick Wright, the director of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation, to try to stop the move. The UM Board of Regents voted earlier this spring 6-2 to allow the research students to organize. UM President Mary Sue Coleman and Provost Philip Hanlon spoke strongly against doing so.

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