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age 10-Wednesday, October 25, 1978-The Michigan Daily

Faculty satisfied with salary proposal

Fitz 'sureads the word'

By JOHN SINKEVICS'
When the Senate Advisory Commit-.
tee on the Economic Status of the
Faculty (CESF) initially proposed a
14.5 per cent increase in faculty com-
pensation for 1979-1980, its objective
was to maintain the competitive
position of faculty salaries, thus en-
couraging the growth of top-flight
faculty.'
So, last Friday, when the Regents ap-
proved an increase in compensation of
only 10.1 per cent, the faculty was
disappointed albeit satisfied.
"OBVIOUSLY, WHAT the committee
(CESF) asked for, the committee wan-
ted to get," said Olivia Birdsall, a
research associate for CESF.
Faculty compensation includes
salaries and fringe benefits-such as
Social Security, retirement, and
medical insurance-and the requested
increase was divided into two separate
components. The first of these set an 8
per cent "maintenance factor" which
would simply maintain the University's
competitive position in regard to other
universitites. The second is a 6 per cent

"restoration factor" which would serve
to restore the position which the
University had from 1972 until 1980.
Therefore, the Regents' approval of a
10.1 per cent increase in compensation
covers the maintenance factor, and
begins to address the restoration factor
by means of an additional two per cent
increase.
"I WOULD HAVE to say that's
good," said Professor Edward
Gramlich, CESF chairman. "It's
higher than the increase we received
last year, and at least it's a start on
restoring faculty compensation to the
1972 level we want."
Although members of the faculty
were not displeased about the actual in-
crease approved by the Regents, a
great deal of griping over salaries in
general ensued at Monday's Faculty
Senate meeting. In fact, the body
decided to discuss the possible
publication of faculty salaries for the
next meeting, indicating that public
awareness of the "low" salaries might
help the cause for increased compen-
sation.

In addition, at Monday's meeting of
the Senate Advisory Committee on
University Affairs (SACUA), it was
suggested that a cESF representative
be sent along with the budget advisor
when the University makes its presen-
tation to the State Legislature for funds.
SACUA members indicated that this
might help emphasize the faculty's
needs.

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style is representative of the aggressive
image he seeks to portray to voters.
The youthful challenger says that
unlike Milliken, whom he labels a
"ceremonial" governor, he would bring
vigor to the state's top office.

Libby balances ticket

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about every 'issue" with the state
senator.
MAYNARD ALSO admits that her
abortion stand helps balance out the
ticket, as does the fact that she comes
from Flint - an area where the Detroit-
based Fitzgerald could use some sup-
port. Indeed, polls show that voters
welcome a woman's presence on the
ticket.
Maynard, who has never held elec-
tive office, worked on several cam-
paigns before becoming vice-
chairwoman of the state Democratic
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Maynard, whose family name is
Proctor, of Proctor and Gamble fame,
sees herself being a lieutenant governor
who steps beyond the perfunctory
duties, and would make hers an "active
office." If elected, Maynard says, she
would serve as a trouble-shooter, a per-
son to which "anyone can come if
they're having problems with state
government."
But James Brickley, Maynard's GOP
opponent, says the Democrat would be
stepping out of bounds if she tried to
take on a more important role.
MAYNARD, WHO has a master's
degree in social work from the Univer-
sity, admits she has an interest in using
the number two spot as a springboard
to become governor some day.
For now, however, she intends to
make the lieutenant governor's office a
responsive one.
"I know there will be ceremonial fun-
ctions and attendance at ribbon-cutting
ceremonies," she recently told mem-
bers of the Ann Arbor District Women's
Club. "But frankly, I intend to spend
my time at cutting red tape, not rib-
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But Fitzgerald's brand of aggressive
leadership doesn't always do him well,
as Republicans are quick to note.
Critics of the 36-year-old Detroiter say
he was ousted last year as Senate
Majority Leader because of his
arrogance, and because he was far
more concerned about running for
governor than running the Senate.
MILLIKEN LIKES to recite from a
Detroit News editorial which called
Fitzgerald, then majority leader,
"arrogant, abrasive, tactless, over-
bearing, immature, and disrespectful
of other senators."
But to these severe charges, Fit-
zgerald responds playfully, "Now do I
look like a bad guy?"
Fitzgerald knows that he may, at
times, overwhelm those he meets, but
he is not the villainous creature he is
sometimes made out to be. At age
36-20 years younger than the gover-
nor-Fitzgerald uses his all-American
looks and Irish chuminess to promote
the image of a man worthy of the
public's trust.
HE SAYS HE was ousted by fellow
Democrats because they were cautious
to a fault and afraid to be innovators.
"My feeling about leadership is that
you have to be sensitive. Somebody has
to be aggressive and demand efficiency
and responsibility," he says. "As
leader of the Senate I was an
aggressive sort . . . that's principally
why I was removed. I stepped on some
toes that I wouldn't have now."
Fitzgerald's bid for the governor's
seat is his first statewide race. He
began his political career in the state
House seven years ago by winning a
special election to fill the vacancy
created when his father died in office.
And his election to majority leader
came the first day he was in the Senate.
BUT FITZGERALD knows that
though Milliken's leadership is a major
campaign issue, it is not easy for him to
denounce the governor's character
awhile presenting himself as a leader
7worthy of great respect. When he
criticizes the governor for being a "nice
guy" and not a strong leader, Fit-
zgerald has to take pains not to inten-
sify some public conceptions of him as a
cold and power-hungry lawmaker.
Since Milliken is known for his af-
fable, non-offensive style, Fitzgerald,
in comparison, often appears more
abrasive than he actually is.
The former athlete tries to paint
Milliken as more concerned with
looking like a governor than being a
sound leader.
"THE GENERAL Milliken approach
to government is one of an attempt to
separate the office of governor from
functions of the chief executive through
media management," Fitzgerald
charged.
The "bungling" way Milliken han-
dled the PBB debacle is the Detroit
lawmaker's prime weapon for at-
tacking his opponent's record. PBB is a
toxic fire retardent which, in 1973, was
accidentally mixed into state cattle
feed.
Fitzgerald said had he been governor
when the PBB disaster first came to
light, he would have worked forcefully
to contain the poison. He admitted,
though, that since "most of the problem
is already over," there is a limit to what
he could do now to remedy the
situation.
HE DOES PLEDGE, however, if
elected he will fire top government of-
ficials-including Agricultural Depar-
tment chief B. Dale Ball-who had a
hand in the state's handling of the PBB
affair.
He also stressed that PBB-infested
cattle should have been burned in an in-
cenerator rather than buried, a course
several scientists say would be safer.
Also, Fitzgerald said he would call for a
state program to allow free medical
tests for "people immediately jeopar-
dized" by PBB in their stystems. Fit-

zgerald himself introduced no bills

dealing with PBB.
Milliken's handling of PBB, the
bachelor state senator said, is sym-
ptomatic of the "governor's inability tc
mange the giant departments of gover.
nment."
Reaction is mixed as to what Fit-
zgerald's controversial PBB-related
radio spot did to his credibility. The ad-
vertisement, created by nationally
known film producer Charles
Guggenheim, implied that PBB caused
severe human health problems, such as
brains growing outside people's head.
FITZGERALD DUMPED the adver-
tisement, bowing to pressure from
Milliken and health experts who called
them misleading. Fitzgerald's camp
claims that the disputes over the fair-
ness of the advertisement helped iden-
tify the governor with the PBB
problem. But Republicans say the ad-
vertisement only brought the senator's
trustworthiness into question.
As another outcome of "non-
aggressive government," Fitzgerald
said Milliken has sat idly and witnessed
the "erosion of the state's economic
base."Fitzgerald means"business for
Michigan," he says, explaining that
plants and jobs are leaving the state
and that worker and unemploymen
compensation laws have not been
adequately reformed.
But Milliken says those reforms will
only come about through the
cooperation of the legislature and noted
that the state's unemployment rate is at
its lowest point in years.
THOUGH THE Michigan Conser-
vative Union rates Fitzgerald as the
state Senate's most liberal member, he
is picking up support in outstate com-
munities that are traditionally
Republican territory. In fact, an
organization has been established en-
titled "Republicans for Fitzgerald,"
whose members claim that the
Democratic nominee is a reasonable
alternative to the governor's "left wing,
ultra liberal, PBB-ridden ideas."
Leaders in both political parties
agree that Milliken will have to reverse
his opponent's gains in support or fare
particulary well in the Democratic
Detroit area if he is not to be overcome.
Milliken has also directed barbs at
Fitzgerald's poor attendance record,
both in the state House and Senate, and
said that in itself shows he is unfit to
lead.
"WHEN YOU MISS 40 per cent of the
roll call votes as you have throughout
your legislative career, you're bound to
be vulnerable on specific issues,"
Milliken chargedat the candidates' first
debate last month.
But Fitzgerald claimed there are bet-
ter ways lawmakers can spend their
time than voting on what are often in-
consequential issues.
As for the three statewide tax
proposals to appear on the election
ballot, Fitzgerald, like the incumbent,
supports only the Headlee measure
which, he says, will enable the state to
provide essential services while giving
it a "powerful tool to break the tax-spend
syndrome." Until late July, Fitzgerald
opposed the amendment, which would
limit increases in state spending to
rises in the income level of Michigan
citizens.
FITZGERALD SAID the Tisch
.measure would cut into essential state
services and the voucher plan would
create "unnecessary disruption" for
public schools.
The Democrat also agrees with
Milliken that the ballot proposal to
raise the legal drinking age to 21 would
not solve alcohol abuse problems. The
Western Michigan University and
Detroit College of Law graduate also
favors marijuana decriminalization.
Whether the towering Fitzgerald will
make it to the governorship remains an
open question. What is clear, however,

is that Fitzgerald is spreading the
word: he's a candidate the governor
has to reckon with.

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