In what the Michigan Education Association (MEA) calls a political move, the Ferris State University Trustees rejected an extension to their current faculty contract recently after this solution was initially supported by the university and ratified by 96% of the faculty. Allegedly the trustees voted against the contract because it extended the MEA's right to represent the faculty for another three years. This move is allowed under Michigan's new Right-to-Work law, but it would essentially prevent the law, which prohibits public employers from making participation in a union a condition of employment, from taking effect at FSU until it expires. The MEA has filed suit.
I think this is a very interesting situation, and I will be watching it closely. Michigan has a long and proud tradition of being a union friendly state. This is evidence of our very painful transition to a Right-to-Work state.