The University of Michigan announced it is seeking a temporary restraining order against a graduate student teachers union after the group announced it would continue to strike against the school’s coronavirus policies.
University president Mark Schlissel made the announcement in a video message to the student body Monday. The Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO), which is made up of graduate students who are employed by the school, has been striking against the school’s pandemic reopening plans since Sept. 8, The Michigan Daily reported.
“We want our great classes to continue, our students to learn without interference and we don’t want anyone to feel threatened simply for wanting to go to class,” Schlissel said in a Sept. 14 video to the campus community.
He continued: “We’d much rather our classes be in session while we work out our differences.”
Our core mission is to educate, that is why we’re here. The issues raised are very important and we’re committed to addressing them, but we can’t do it at the expense of our students’ education. https://t.co/mCga1RWt7L pic.twitter.com/KrZ4UCzcSN
— Dr. Mark Schlissel (@DrMarkSchlissel) September 14, 2020
The GEO turned down an offer from the university on Wednesday that