Union Battle Causes Rifts Among Faculty and Graduate Students at U. of Michigan

Union Battle Causes Rifts Among Faculty and Graduate Students at U. of Michigan 1

Jennifer Dibbern (center), who lost her job as a research assistant at the U. of Michigan last year, is part of a fight for collective-bargaining rights that is dividing the campus.

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Jennifer Dibbern (center), who lost her job as a research assistant at the U. of Michigan last year, is part of a fight for collective-bargaining rights that is dividing the campus.

A resurgence of union activism among graduate students at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor is dividing the flagship campus.

The new push to classify research assistants as public employees entitled to collective-bargaining rights is coming to a head. The Michigan House on Thursday passed a bill, which has already cleared the Senate, to prevent unionization. The legislature acted ahead of a scheduled ruling by a state-employment commission.

Gov. Rick Snyder, a