Striking Ferris State faculty head back to class

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Mecosta County judge on Monday issued an injunction ordering faculty members at Ferris State University back to class.

It's illegal for educators to strike in Michigan, but 450 members of the Ferris faculty did it anyway Monday. As a result, many students found classrooms without teachers on the first day of the new term. Instead, professors picketed, lining a major street on the edge of campus.

The university administration sought and obtained an injunction from Mecosta County Circuit Court Judge Scott Hill-Kennedy.

Following the judge's order, the union directed its members to return to the classroom Tuesday morning to teach, but to continue picketing during free periods.

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