Union files grievance over university’s use of goats to clear weeds

A labor union’s grievance filed against a Michigan university accuses the school of outsourcing laid-off landscapers’ jobs to a herd of hungry goats.

Western Michigan University announced earlier in the summer that a herd of goats from rental company Munchers on Hooves LLC would be taking care of lawn mowing at 15 woodland acres on the Kalamazoo school’s campus.

Kathi Babbit, chief steward of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees local 1668, said in a newsletter that she has filed a grievance accusing the school of using the goats to maintain lawns that would have otherwise been mowed by employees currently on lay-off.

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