U-Michigan sues over strike by graduate students who teach

Posted at 10:13 PM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 22:13:58-04

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan is suing to stop a strike by graduate-student instructors after they voted to extend their walkout.

The lawsuit, filed Monday, seeks an injunction that would stop the strike by the Graduate Employees’ Organization, which represents 2,000 graduate-student instructors and graduate-student assistants.

The university said a strike is illegal under the contract.

The strike began Sept. 8.

Union members said the university isn’t doing enough to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

It also wants the campus police budget cut by 50% and an end to cooperation with Ann Arbor police, among other demands.