“A full and open discussion of all views”

Other representatives of the GEO, the union that now represents the university’s graduate-student instructors and staff assistants, allege that some faculty have deliberately misinformed graduate students by saying that union officials, whom faculty and administrators consistently characterize as “outsiders,” would come in and enforce rules that would limit the number of hours students can work and disrupt the free exchange of intellectual ideas between faculty advisers and students. The GEO compiled a report of 20 incidents in which faculty are alleged to have intimidated or threatened students active in unionizing efforts, and it says the university even fired one student for her union activities, a charge university officials dispute.

Read More | Union Battle Causes Rifts Among Faculty and Graduate Students at U. of Michigan | Stacey Patton | The Chronicle of Higher Education