[Marxism] Michigan State should end union organizing seminars, say anti-union lawmakers and builders

mckenna193 at aol.com mckenna193 at aol.com
Wed Apr 9 08:30:30 MDT 2014


I teach organizing in my Anthropology courses. The Michigan state legislature is clamping down.


March 27, 2014

Michigan State should end union organizing seminars, say anti-union lawmakers and builders


EAST LANSING – The Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan is demanding that Michigan State University cancel its BuildingTrades Academy program on the grounds that it encourages "organizing innon-union construction companies," while a state legislative committee has struck funds from the university's budget for 2014-2015.
"Such activities lack legitimacy when performed by an academic institution," Chris Fisher, president of Michigan chapter of ABC, said in a statement. "Would the university support a similar program geared toward union busting?"


But MSU spokesman Kent Cassella said that the program, which began in May 2013, is not paid for by taxpayer money but by the trade unions. 



"Beginning in May 2013, MSU's School of Human Resources and Labor Relations was contracted by North America's Building Trade Union Department to administer and provide academic oversight of the Building Trades Academy," Cassella said in a statement late Wednesday night. 



The Senate appropriations subcommittee on higher education approved a budget Thursday for the state's public universities that docks $500,000 from MSU's funding because of the university's involvement.


full: http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2014/03/michigan_states_building_trade.html

Brian McKenna




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