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Universities Receive Warning about Reopening Contracts

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - A warning has been sent to all universities that they should not reopen their union contracts in order to avoid the new Right to Work law that takes effect the end of next month. If they do, they run the risk of losing state support.

Wayne State University's contract with employees is expiring and unions are hoping to aodpt a new one, which would mean the Right to Work law would not impact that university for ten years. Word has it the University of Michgian Board, controlled by democrats, will informally discuss all this on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the republicans who controll the purse strings for all 15 universities are being told, not to do this.

"I think we ought to hold off on renegoaiting any contracts until we know where we are. It's part of their fudiciairy responsibility of the board to figure out what does our revnue stream look like, "said Rep. Al Pscholka.

The GOP Chair of the Senate higher education budget thinks the unions are "trying to pad their pockets." She was asked if some of the schools might get less state aid if they try to circumvent the right to work law.

"You may see that. The House and the Senate will certainly have to deal with that issue if theres no protections in there for students and taxpayers," said Senator Tonya Schuitmaker.

The governor is aware of these efforts and says all this "raises some questions." Questions likely to battled out in House and Senate higher ed budget talks.

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