The incredibly far-right Republicans that control Michigan’s state legislature have a brilliant and appalling new idea. They want to punish Michigan State University by taking away $500,000 in funding if they continue to teach courses about labor union organizing.
Michigan State University could risk losing $500,000 if it does not stop offering courses that allegedly promote unionization.
A state Senate panel approved a measure Thursday banning courses at public universities that promote or discourage organizing efforts. It’s a reaction to MSU’s recent decision to take over some programs from the National Labor College.
Republicans say those courses violate the proposed rule.
“I believe in academic freedom, and you’re going to have difficult subjects that you’re going to cover at any university,” said state Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville, who chairs the panel that directs higher education funding in the House.
“But this is a case where I think we’re almost encouraging labor disputes, and I don’t think that’s appropriate.”
No, you don’t believe in academic freedom. You say you do, but you don’t. What you believe in is using your power to punish people for advocating ideas you don’t like. You’re an authoritarian asshole, like most of your colleagues. I lived in Stevensville for a few years as a kid. I wish I still did just so I could vote against this jerk. If unions didn’t matter, they wouldn’t be trying so hard to kill them.