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The 1Good Person ofSzecbwan
Bertholt Brecht
Jan. 10--13
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre

'U' clericals win MERC appeal

The Organizing Committee for
Clericals (OCC) won an appeal last
month of a Michigan Employment
Relations Commission (MERC)
decision favoring the University in an
unfair labor practice charge.
The OCC filed the charge in October
1977 claiming the University had inter-
fered with its right to organize a
clerical union on campus. The charge
stemmed from an incident at the
Business Administration Building when
OCC members attempted to meet for
lunch with other clericals in a staff
lounge to discuss union programming.
MEANWHILE, the University has
filed an appeal of MERC's recon-

sideration of the case. University
lawyer William Lemmer said yester-
day that he didn't know what further
action the University would take as it
has not received a decision from
On August 16, 1977, MERC Ad-
ministrative Law Judge Bert Wicking
found the University not guilty of the
unfair labor practice (ULP) and
recommended the charge be dismissed.
The OCC then filed an appeal, stating
that Wicking was incorrect, and the
case warranted further information.
MERC ruled in late December to
uphold the OCC appeal, stating that an
employer may not bar employees from
"union solicitation during their own

time, especially in non-working areas."
This decision applies to all other public
employees in Michigan under the
Public Employment Relations Act.
sen said the OCC "will continue to exist
and function, giving material to other
University labor organizations in their
ongoing fight against the University."
Jensen said the OCC has also filed a
challenge with MERC on the results of
a November 17th campus-wide clerical
election, charging the University with
obstructing the OCC's organizing effor-
ts prior to and during the election.
The November election was to decide
if campus clerical workers wanted to be
represented by a union. The proposal to

form a union was defeated.
JENSEN SAID the OCC feels the
University's request for recon-
sideration of the case is "just one more
in a series of calculating use of stalling
tactics to thwart what the OCC sees as
employee organizing rights."
"Specifically, we hope to do whatever
we can to support the possible AFSCME
(American Federation of State, County
and Municipal Employees) strike in
March, and we'll be moving on to
reorganize in the next year. The OCC
feels that the need for union is still
there, as wages and working conditions
are still going to deteriorate," said Jen-

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Mandel conviction overturned

(By The Associated Press)
two woman show Suspended Maryland Gov. Marvin
r-Mandel's conviction for racketeering
and mail fraud was overturned yester-
day by the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of
reCeption : Appeals. The court ordered a new trial'
receptTub,- Fri. 10-S for Mandel and his five co-defendants.
Jan12 7 9pm satSun. 12-5 Dave Feldman, chief of litigation in
p 7s4-3234 the Maryland attorney general's office,
said Mandel can return as governor as
soon as he writes a letter revoking a let-
ter he wrote on June 4, 1977, stepping
aside as governor. But Feldman said
Mandel's earlier letter "has not, to
date, been revoked in writing."
FIRST FLOOR MICHIGAN UNION Lt. Gov. Blair Lee III has been ser-

ving as acting governor in Mandel's
place. Mandel's term ends Wednesday,
when Harry R. Hughes, elected Nov. 7,
is to take over.
Lee said yesterday in an interview
with WDVM-TV in Washington:
Frankly, I'm very pleased ... I
celled Governor Mandel,.who apparen-
tly only minutes before had been
told ... the outcome of the appeal, and
who was positively bubbling with ex-
citement, the like of which I've never
heard in him before."
THE APPEALS court's order was
based largely on what , it called

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technical errors in the trial in a
Baltimore federal court. It said the jury
was not properly instructed about
bribery law in connection with the mail
fraud charges.
The failure, the court said, "leads us
to the cdnclusion that.the jury may
easily have been misled."
The trial jury found that the defen-
dants were involved in a scheme in
which Mandel received gifts and favors
in return for trying to get the 1972
Maryland General Assembly to ap-
prove a bill that would have benefitted
the other defendants' secret holdings in
the Marlboro Race Track.
The court said that in order for the
jury to find Mandel guilty, it should
have been told it had to determine that
Mandel knew of the true ownership of
the race track at the time race track
legislation was before the Legislature.
If the governor did not know their
identities, the appeals court said, "he
could hardly have participated with
specific intent ... in a scheme to
defraud that involved the misrepresen-
tation or concealment of the names of
the true owners."
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