Grad Student Unionization Bill Heads to Snyder

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A bill that would block unionization efforts by graduate student research assistants at the University of Michigan or other public universities is headed to Gov. Rick Snyder.
The bill was given final legislative approval Wednesday in the Republican-led Legislature along party lines, 26-12 in the Senate and 63-47 in the House. It was sent to Snyder over the objections of Democrats, who say Republicans violated procedural rules and the state constitution in order to avoid a procedural vote in the House to give the bill so-called "immediate effect."
Spokesman Ken Silfven says Snyder plans to sign it.
The legislation says graduate student research assistants won't be considered public employees as related to collective bargaining.
The measure comes as some University of Michigan research assistants attempt to unionize.

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