Law Barring U. Of Mich. Research Assistant Union Nixed

Law360, New York (February 7, 2014, 9:28 PM EST) -- A Michigan federal judge ruled Wednesday that the enactment of a state law barring graduate research assistants at public universities from unionizing violated a clause in the state constitution that guards against “surreptitious legislative activity,” handing a win to University of Michigan assistants looking to organize. 

U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith sided with the Graduate Employees Organization in a challenge to Michigan's Public Act 45 on 2012, which effectively blocked the state's employment relations commission from moving ahead with a hearing about whether graduate research assistants...
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Case Information

Case Title

Gould-Werth, et al v. Callaghan et al

Case Number



Michigan Eastern

Nature of Suit

Constitutional - State Statute


Mark A. Goldsmith

Date Filed

April 17, 2012


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