Bill halts research assistants’ unionization efforts

Michigan Senate Republicans, frustrated that Democrats had blocked their bill to prohibit graduate student research assistants from deciding on whether or not they could join a union, added language to another bill in order to push the legislation through yesterday.

The bill was rushed through in an apparent effort to stop the University of Michigan research assistants, who are currently awaiting word on whether or not their election will be ordered. For more on that, read Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s story here. (Subscription required.)

The Senate added the language, originally in Senate Bill 971, to House Bill 4246, the “Local Government and School District Accountability Act.”

The bill passed on March 7, with votes along party lines, over Democrat objections — 26-12 in the Senate and 63-47 in the House.

The bill is awaiting Gov. Rick Snyder’s signature; it would have immediate effect.

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