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IMU SEE EE IAPEN CALLMItY
Well-done Pinto
The fleet of Pintos that carries employees of Ann Arbor's Streets-
Traffic and Parking Department is minus one member today. It
seems one of the autos was left running on North University Tuesday
night by a member of the meter patrol who was off a-ticketing. When
the ticketer returned, the car was gone, only to be located four hours
later - on fire. "We put out the burning car on the 800 block of
Catherine at about 11:40 p.m.," said Deputy Fire Marshall Ben Zahn
of the Ann Arbor Fire Department. "It is totalled." There are no
suspects in the theft or burning. Apparently old Pintos never die -
they just burn away.
Star hazing
These days everybody wants to be a star, right? Wrong, says
Markley resident Scott Kaiser, who will play the lead role of Ozzie in
UAC MUSKET's spring production next month, "On the Town."
Kaiser was incensed at several of his fellow Van Tyne House residents
after discovering that they had printed a poster which gave him top
billing in the Leonard Bernstein musical, and had displayed it around
campus. "It wasn't meant to hurt UAC or anyone else inthe cast,"
said one of the "promoters", who desired anonymity. "We just wanted
to play a practical joke on our friend." To Kaiser's dismay, there are
more pranks in the works. The group plans to wear T-shirts resem-
bling the poster when they attend his opening night performance.
Clarification
In yesterday's story about the Samoff Student Support Committee
rally, the views of Literary College Dean Billy Frye were inadverten-
tly misrepresented. Although Frye is opposed to students voting on
final tenure decisions, he is in favor of student participation and input,
particularly in the evaluation of teaching.
Take Ten
Former President Richard Nixon, on March 22, 1969, said that
campus disorders are a threat to intellectual freedom and civilization
itself. Nixon called for withholding financial aid to students convicted
of violating the law. "Intellectual freedom is in danger in America,''
the former President said. "Physical violence, physical intimidption
is seemingly on its way to becoming an accepted element in the clash
of opinion within university confines."
Happenings
FILMS
Ann Arbor Film Co-op - Bridge on the River Kwai, 6:30, 9:15
p.m., Angell Hall Aud. A.
Cinema Guild - Hiroshima Mon Amour, 7, 9:05 p.m., Old Arch
Aud.
Environmental Law Society - Song of the Canary, 7 p.m., 100 Hut-
chins Hall.
Mediatrics - A Very Natural Thing, 7, 9 p.m., Assembly Hall,
Union.
Washtenaw County Coalition Against Apartheid and Stockwell
House and Minority Councils - Last Graves at Dimbaza, 6:30 p.m.,
Stockwell Blue Lounge.
Canterbury Loft - "The Anita Bryant Follies," 8 p.m., Canter-
bury Loft, 332S. State S t.
Music School - Menotti's "Fantasies in Opera and Dance," Help,
Help, the Globolinks, The Unicorn, The Gorgon and the Maticore),
Power Center, 8:30 p.m.
Violin Recital - Kirsi Pertuli, BM, Recital Hall, 8 p.m.
PTP - O'Casey's "Red Roses for Me," Arena Theater, Frieze, 8
p.m.
Ark - Dick Siegal, 9 p.m., 1421 Hill.
SPEAKERS
Medieval, Renaissance Collegium - C. Olds, "Major Autem
Horum: An Unknown Florentine Fresco," 12 p.m., 204 Tappan Hall.
Center of Japanese Studies - Jane Bachnik, Northwestern
University, "The Concept of Place in Japanese Household Network
Systems," 12 p.m., Commons Room, Lane Hall.
Museum of Zoology - David Furth, Hebrew University, Israel,
"Biosystematics of the Flea Beetles of Israel," 4 p.m., Lecture Room
II, MLB.
Venceremos Brigade - Jonneta Cole, "Impact of Revolution on
Racism, and Gender inequality in Cuba: Implications for Blacks and
Wonien in America," 7:30 p.m., Trotter House.
Romance Languages - Susan Tiefenbrun, Columbia University,
"The Psychology of Wit in La Rochefaucauld's Maximes," 7:30 p.m.,
E. Conference Rm., Rackham.

Dennis Prager, Director of Brandeis Institute, "Some Questions
People Ask about Judaism," 4 p.m., Concourse Lounge, Markley.
Department of Geology and Mineralogy - Dr. James O'Neil,
research chemist, U.S. Geological Survey, "Current Research in
Stable Isotope Geochemistry.
Department of Medical Care Organization and the Veteran's Ad-
ministration Hospital - Dr. Rene Jahiel, New York University
Medical Center, "National Health Service Movement in the U.S.," 7
p.m., 3001 SPH.
Kenpo Kathar Rinpoche, Tibetan Abbot - "Tibetan Buddhism:
Meditation and Philosophy," 8 p.m., Ann Arbor Friends Meeting
House, 1420 Hill.
Department of Chemistry - Hans Bock, University of Frankfurt,
Germany, "The Chemical Applications of Graph Theory," 9 a.m., 1200
Chemistry Building.
Wasbtenaw Reading Council, Eastern Michigan University and
Regional Educational Media Center 16 - Robert Peck, children's
author, 7:30 p.m., McKenny Ballroom, Eastern Michigan University.
MISCELLANEOUS
The Marketing Club - Clio Awards, 11:30 a.m., Hale Aud.,
Business School.
Hopwood Rm. - Reception, Anselm Hollo, 3 p.m., 1006 Angell.
International Night - Russian Menu, League Cafeteria, 5-7:15
p.m.
Music School - Centennial Banquet, Michigan League, 5:30 p.m.
Guild House - Poetry reading, David Fischer, Steven Krahnke,
Daniel Holland, 7:30 p.m., 802 Monroe.
ISMRRD - videotape program, "The Developmentally Disable
Offender," 3 p.m., 130 S. First St.
Mienigan Economics Society Meeting - 5 p.m., 301 Econ. Bldg.
Rackham Student Government Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Executive
Board Rm., Rackham Building.
Sign up for Senior Portrait - 9 a.m.-9 p.m., 420 Maynard or call
764-0561.
Exhibition-Seven Catholic Ukranian Churches designed by
Canadian Architect Radoslav Zuk, Art and Architecture Building,
North Campus, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
Union Programming Committee - Last Day to register for
Michigan College Bowl, applications available at UAC, 763-1107.
The Arbor Alliance - Spring Action Planning for rally, alter-
native energy fair, and, civil disobedience at Fermi II nuclear power
plant, 7:30 p.m., Wolverine Rm., Union.-
Graduate Employees Organization Membership Meeting, 8 p.m.,

The Michigan Daily-Thursday, March 22, ; 9-Page 3
REPAIRMEN DISSATISFIED WITH AFSCME
'U' group seeks own bargaining agent

BY RON GIFFORD
The University of Michigan
Mechanics and Repairmen's
Association (UMMRA) yesterday sub-
mitted a petition to the Michigan Em-
ployment Relations Commission
(MERC) calling for the election of a
bargaining agent and representative
for the more than 150 University repair
personnel.
The repairmen, who work on
everything from medical equipment to
University buses, had previously been
represented by the American
Federation of State, County,<and
Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
Local 1583, whose contract with the
University expired Tuesday.
UMMRA President James Denzer
said the reason for seeking their own
bargaining agent was dissatisfaction
with the way AFSCME was represen-
ting the repairmen's needs.
"Somehow, a large group of highly
skilled mechanics and repair people
have been mistakenly classified with a
predominately unskilled service
group," Denzer said in a press release
yesterday. And while AFSCME has
done a fairly good job in representing
the majority of its 2,300 employees, we
have taken an unfair beating as a
minority."
Denzer said the repairmen have in-
terests different from those of the ser-
vice personnel who aren't being fairly
represented. He said the UMMRA

needs special apprenticeship programs
and benefits special to their jobs that
AFSCME is not adequately negotiating,
for the group.
DENZER SAID "Many UMMRA
members were downgraded and red-
lined by AFSCME's last contract and
members had been frustrated by
disproportional losses in pay raises and
by the lack of effective apprenticeship
program."
The group has been told it will be "an
uphill struggle" to get their own
bargainer, Denzer said, but he added
UMMRA "can only see positive things
in the future." The repairmen expect
AFSCME will oppose the move, Denzer
said, because "they will lose a big bun-
ch of dues, and the University position
is still unclear to them," he said.
"If it will cost them (the University)
more money in benefits, they will
probably oppose us, too," Denzer said,
"but if not, they'll probably support
us."
AFSCME PRESIDENT Dwight
Newman said he had had no discussion
with Denzer, but added, "If that's what
MERC decides, we have no problem
with it." He went on to say the union
would not fight or oppose the action.
University attorney William Lemmer
doubts the University will support the
group's efforts. "We've only had the
petition for a few hours, and have not
really studied it yet, but based upon
previous experience, we would oppose

it (the petition)," he said.
He added that a law established
through MERC doesn't allow groups of
people to carve themselves out of
larger bargaining units. In the past,
organized meatcutters and printers
tried to form separate units, and their
requests were denied. "Their (UM-
MRA's) chances of success are almost
zero," Lemmer added.
According to a MERC administrative
law judge, the University can take the
position that the larger bargaining

agent -AFSCME - is the appropriate
one, based on the history of their
bargaining sessions, and that the new
group should not be allowed. He added
that the nature of the UMMRA jobs
must be so skilled and so different from
positions within the larger union that it
justifies the existence of a separate
bargaining agent.
UMMRA will attempt to prove that
very difference when the hearing on
their petition is held. A date for the
hearing has not been set.

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ERA would have died
today without extension

WASHINGTON (AP) - Today is the
day the Equal Rights Amendment
(ERA) would have been buried if
Congress had not intervened to give
supporters of the controversial
proposal another three and one-half
years to win ratification.
The ERA is one of the shortest and
simplest amendments to the Con-
stitution ever proposed by Congress;
but it has become the most controver-
sial since Prohibition.
The operative section of the ERA
states: "Equality of rights under the
law shall not be denied or abridged by
the United States or by any state on ac-
count of sex."
SUPPORTERS say the ERA would
outlaw legal discrimination against
women, such as restrictions on proper-
ty ownership, the right to credit and
equal employment opportunity. Men
backing the ERA say it would liberalize
alimony and child custody law.
But opponents have contended the
amendment would strip women of
protections such as assurance of
alimony and child support. They say
the Constitution already guarantees
equal rights.
It was seven years ago, on March 22,
1972, when the Senate completed action
on the ERA and sent it to the states for
ratification, allowing seven years for 38
states to approve it.
THE ORIGINAL seven years expire
today. At this time, 35 states have ap-
proved the ERA, but legislatures in five
have voted -to rescind approval. The
validity of that move is in question and
the Justice Department has said it is up
to Congress to decide.
Last fall, under pressure from
feminists, Congress extended the
ratification deadline by 31/2 years.
On the surface, the 3 -year extension
looks like a reprieve for the ERA. But

there appear to be more states trying to
back out of their previous approval of
the ERA than there are those eager to
give their blessing to the amendment
for the first time.
THE ERA started out strong. Twen-
ty-two states ratified it the first year
and 30 had done so by the end of 1973.
But the proposal bogged down as
traditionalists counterattacked.
ERA opponents argued approval
could mean drafting women into com-
bat and suggested public restrooms
would become co-ed. In 1974, three
states ratified, only one in 1975 and none
in 1976.
The last state to ratify was Indiana on
Jan. 18, 1977. Since then, the ERA has
been stopped, its latest defeat coming
in Arkansas last week.

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