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C TO WAIT FOR NLRB RULING:

files grievances
management, Randy Harbor, the IWW been sold and that they were fir
had called for a union recognition Beck and Churchill charge that Bord
hearing from both the National Labor sold the store to lock out th
relations Board (NLRB) and MERC, unionization attempt.
and therefore MERC could not move on BORDERS SAID that the storev
the case till NLRB made a ruling, sold "because we lost more money t
Harbor stated that he had been told year than ever before - and becaus
by Freida Mills, a MERC union election the impending legal costs" due to
official, that she had agreed to cancel unionization attempt.
Tuesday's hearing on these grounds. The original ownership of the stor
Sheets confirmed that his party had under question. Beck and Churc
been told of the hearing's cancellation. contend that former manager and n
On Saturday, September 16, former owner of the State Street book store
co-owner Tom Borders gave then- the same site, Kevin Sheets, was p
employees Kathleen Beck and Marilyn owner of Charing Cross.
Churchill notice that Charing Cross had "Tom and Louis Borders owi

against bookstore owner

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Charing Cross utterly and completely,"
Sheets contends. Beck said that she was
introduced to Sheets by Borders as
principal stock holder when Sheets
became manager in late July.
THE FORMER employees and
supporters have been picketing
Borders Book store, also owned by Tom
and Louis Borders, in the hopes of
forcing them to re-open Charing Cross
and hire them back.
IWW negotiator Eric Glatz filed an
Unfair Labor Practices (ULP)
grievance against Kevin Sheets at the
hearing Tuesday, charging that Sheets
caused-the store to be closed because
former Charing Cross employee Walter
Bilderback wanted to join IWW. Sheets
said Monday that Bilderback had been
fired for only completing three full
work days out of 24 scheduled in

August. Bilderback stated that Sheets
knew and approved the absences but is
choosing to ignore that.
"We will deny any ULP they (IWW)
bring up because there were no known
union activities . . . before Walter
(Bilderback) was fired," Harbor said.
Harbor noted that this particular
grievance had not yet been served his
clients from MERC.
"ANYTHING THEY (IWW) did do
(at the hearing) should not be valid
because of the statements made by
Freida Mills.
Glatz now plans to file a ULP
grievance with Washtenaw County
Circuit Court.
"We still want the jobs back. We want
the same amount of pay for the female
employees that the male employee
(Kevin Lynch) was getting." According
to Beck and Churchill, Sheet's friend,
Kevin Lynch, was hired two weeks ago
for general maintenance and carpentry
at four dollars an hour, but upon
Bilderback's Sept. 5 dismissal,
assumed regular employee duties with
a regular time card. At that time, Beck
and Churchill were being paid $3.75 an
hour, hence the sex discrimination
charge Glatz intends to file. Sheets
stated that although Lynch did
occasionally help out in the store, he
was employed for carpentry work, and
thus his higher pay was justified.
Employees of Borders' book store have
stated that they are not in sympathy

with the picketers from Charing Cross.
"I HAVE BEEN angry because I was
not approached - I don't know of
anybody who was approached before
they began picketing," Border's
worker Bill Fehsenfeld said. "That
shows a disregard for the rights of the
workers here."
There will be an NLRB hearing in

Ann Arbor on Monday to decide who
has jurisdiction over recognizing the
IWW at Charing Cross, according to
Glatz. Tom Borders said that he had not
been informed about this.
Glatz was disappointed that no
employers representatives attended
Tuesday's hearing and doesn't look.for
an early settlement of the picketer's
disputes.

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Daily Photo by MAUREEN O'MALLEY
TWO PICKETERS continue their protest in front of Border's Books on State
Street yesterday.
Coalition
for 21
builds up
campaign
(Continued from Page 1)
drinking age is that it might help keep
liquor out of the junior highs and high
schools. Principals, teachers and
Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
members have been complaining that
18-year-olds still in high school or
recently graduated supply their
younger friends with booze.
IMBIBING IN the high schools is
creating "a situation where it is dif-
ficult to carry on school activities,"
said Rice. He explained he has heard
complaints from high school students
that classmates have vomited in class
because of excessive alcohol consum-
ption.
Rice answered a couple of popular
arguments against raising the age
while enumerating his reasons for
raising it. One such argument is that if
18-year-olds have other adult rights and
obligations, why should they be denied;
the right to drink? Rice responded that
drinking is not a right, but a privilege,
and added that the State Supreme Cour-
ts of Washington and Pennsylvania
have officially declared it as such.
Another anti-21 argument is that
drinking in bars, in public, is safer than
drinking in a parking lot, clandestinely.
"Drinking in bars has not been safer
than other kinds of drinking," Rice-
claimed. He said he believes more ac-
cidents have resulted since 18-year-olds
began legally drinking in bars.
Rice also said he feels more police en-.
forcement of drinking laws is needed to
curb problems that result from.
drunkenness.
When asked what he believes are thef
chances of the proposal passing, the-
MICAP director said, "The liquor in-
dustry estimated 3 to 1; I've been
saying 4 to 1."
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Volume LIX, No. 13
Thursday, September 21, 1978
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