New Law Prohibits Private Workers at Public Schools and Universities From Collecting Unemployment During Breaks

A new law will prohibit private workers at public schools and universities from collecting unemployment during school breaks.

Food service workers at Central Michigan University say the law will affect them. They work for a private company hired by CMU.

The bill's sponsor, State Representative Ken Yonkers, says public school and university employees are not allowed to collect benefits during the breaks and private employees should not be allowed to do this either. He says it was an unfair burden on third party companies and the schools and universities who hired them. He hopes the new law will encourage these employees to work year round.

Workers argue the change won't save that much money. The bill's sponsor disagrees.

9 and 10's Kyle Mitchell and Photojournalist Joel Deaner have more on the debate.