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By GERI SPRUNG the Univer
Members of Local 1583 of the American bers are be
Federation of State, County and Muni- er they a
cipal Employes (AFSCME) are holding sponses. If
a strike vote because of dissatisfaction Oct. 10, a
with the University's interpretation of disapprove
contract issues. ations will
Union President Charles McCracken would be i
said last night that the "University has Already
taken certain actions and we just don't walk-out-h
agree with them. They are applying the tract was a
rights of management in an arbitrary members
and capricious manner." University
This morning a letter is being sent out the strike
to. all 2,600 members of the 1583 local public emp
presenting the union's complaints and to strike. I





sity's answers to them. Mem-
ing asked to vote as to wheth-
pprove the University's re-
, when the votes are counted
majority of the ballots cast
of the actions, strike prepar-
be made. Any strike action
llegal under state law.
the union has staged one
held before the current con-
approved last February. Union
returned to work after the
filed an injunction declaring
illegal on the grounds that
iloyes do not have the right
According to McCracken, the

present issues have been brewing since
that settlement.
The union filed their complaints with
the University last week and received a
written response two days later. Further,
two special conferences have been held
to discuss the issues, and although a
couple of the complaints have been re-
solved, McCracken contended that yes-
terday's three-hour session accomplish-
ed nothing.
Manager of Employe and Union Rela-
tions James Thiry refused last night to
comment on the situation.
Perhaps the most important complaint
of the union is the University's attitude

towards grievances and grievance pro-
cedures. The local claims over 900 griev-
ances have been filed against the Uni-
versity since last February with few of
them being resolved.
Further, the union contends that they
are being forced to take cases to arbi-
tration needlessly by the University~
something that has been costing the
union a lot of money.
"In the last seven months," says Mc-
Cracken, "we have had to put between
30 to 40 cases into arbitration. I would
venture to say that all 15 other state
universities put together do not file that
many cases in year."

McCracken charges that the University
seems to be trying to break the union,
or at least make them passive, by send-
ing all these cases to arbitration and
thereby denying the union the right to
represent its employes. But, he says,
"we're not going to buy it."
Secondly, the union contends that the
University must agree to consult with
the union before making changes which
affect AFSCME members. The issue
came to a head in two ways-one, when
See AFSCME, Page 2

AFSCME strikes last February

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SFederal judge rules in
favor of NAACP suit

* * Finalfaculty approval
sch00is expected next Monday
- _-- - -. - The University's faculty representatives for the first time
opposed continuation of most campus classified research in
a vote of Senate Assembly yesterday.
Although not formally accepted, a proposal banning a
vast majority of classified research now conducted on cam-
pus passed a vital test 31 to 15. The action, in effect, would
terminate present policy allowing such research.
"It is the general policy of the University," states the
one-page proposal of sociology Prof. Howard Schuman, "not
to enter into or renew federal contracts or grants that limit

DETROIT (M - A federal judge ruled yesterday that De-
troit's public schools are illegally segregated, with state and
city officiais sharing the blame.
U.S. District Court Judge Stephen Roth indicated he
would move to correct the situation, but gave no details. A
conference was set for next Monday on ways to solve the
The ruling of de jure segregation-segregation by law-
came in a suit filed 13 months ago by the National Associa-
tion for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Defendants included the Detroit Board of Education,
Gov. William Milliken, Atty.
D Gen. Frank Kelley, the State
avis i l Board of Education and State
Superintendent of Public 'Ed-
ucation, John Porter.
post oned In making the ruling, Roth
p ostp on ed held in abeyance a decision onh
concurrent request, which was
opposed by the NAACP, that
t N ov*. nearby Wayne, Oakland and Ma-
n ti N v comb counties be included in the
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (A) -The He said the second action, filed
start of the murder - kidnap trial by the Citizens' Committee for
of black militant Angela Davis Better Education in Metropoli-
was delayed yesterday to Nov. 1. tan Detroit (CCBE) "is lacking
The 27-year-old avowed Com- in specificity and is framed in
munist and former UCLA philos-C the broadest terms."
ophy instructor had been sched- Roth said the CCBE "may wish
uled to go on trial yesterday on ,to amend its proposal and re-
murder, kidnap and conspiracy submit it as a comprehensive
ae st g om he gplan of desegregation.
7, 1970 shootout at the Marnn NAPatres ai afr
County courthouse in which four the Judge's ruling that the sepa-
persons died. I rate part of the action was sup-
erfluous anyway, since the judge's
Judge Richard Arnason set the ruling had held that de jure seg-
new date after Howard Moore Jr., regation existed throughout theI
chief counsel for Davis, asked for state.
the continuance of the Superior The NAACP was seeking rein-
Court trial, noting that several statement of a plan authorized
motions - including one to move by the previous school board for
the trial from Marin County to alterations in attendance boun-
San Francisco - had not been daries of the 12 Detroit public
heard. high schools to achcieve racial
Prosecutor Albert Harris Jr., balance.
the assistant state attorney gen- The CCBE joined the suit last
eral, said he had "no alternative" July, asking that the integration
but to agree to resetting the trial program be enlarged to include
date since under California law the three counties surrounding
all motions must be heard be- Detroit, where blacks comprise
f20per cent of the pupil popula-

-Daily-Terry McCarthy
AFTER MONTHS of controversy, Senate Assembly members moved yesterday to bar most University classified research. Speakers on
the issue included medical Prof. Donald Rucknagel (left background) and geography Prof. George Kish (right foreground), chairman of
the Classified Research Committee.
Tenants Union files $50 million
suit over dorm rate increases

open publication of the re-'
sults of research."
Assembly will meet next Mon-
day night to take final action on
the proposal, including possible
With nearly 96 per cent of the
University's $5.5 million of classi-
fied research now falling into this
category, the adoption of this rule
by Assembly and the Regents
w o u ld leave only research de-
scribed as classified because re-
searchers needed a c c e s s to
classified material or equipment
to complete their work.
The Schuman proposal would
permit research the actual results
of which are classified only when
"shown to be of such exceptional
positive value to mankind as to
justify the infringement of the
freedom to publish openly."
" In all cases," the resolution
continues, "the burden of proof
rests with the faculty member who
proposed the contract or grant."
If finally adopted by the Re-
gents, the proposal would halt or
change much of the funding the
University receives from the mili-
tary-the sponsor of most existing
classified projects.
The vote on the proposal, fol-
lowing nearly two hours of As-
sembly debate on the question,
substituted Schuman's resolution
for the recommendations of As-
sembly's Research Policies Com-
al mittee (RPC).
La- These recommendations, reaf-
la- firming existing University classi-
aut fied research policy while asking
utprocedural changes, were the pro-
u- duct of an Assembly mandate last
er March for a "careful and complete
ze review" of all University research.
At that time, Assembly defeated
of a motion that would have ended
an all secret research despite fasts
i- and other student-faculty protests
n- accompanying often heated de-
lhe bate.
a- Many faculty members were op-
ty posed to classified research be-
cause of the secrecy involved and
were joined by students opposed
Lp tothe military applications of
to such projects.
to Assembly's action at that time
us asked for a re-evaluation of the
?r- See SENATE, Page 2

60 hike in
Over 60 persons, including Mayor
Robert Harris and three city
councilmen, raised $800 for the
Ecology Center Sunday by partici-
pating in a "cancelled" walka-
Despite the forecast and appear-
ance of rain, the walkers com-
pleted a 12-mile hike, which will
be held again next Sunday. The
walkers were sponsored by dona-
tions from local merchants and
others who paid the hikers by the
Walkathon sponsors expect a
total of $5,000 to be raised by next
Harris, joined by Councilmen
John Kirscht (D-third ward), Nel-
son Meade (D-first ward), and
James McCormick (R-fourth ward)
arrived at the ecology center de-
spite local radio announcements
that the walk was postponed.
A group then gathered and ex-
pressed its determination to hike
the route.
People in Sunday's walkathon
felt they participated for a num-
ber of different reasons.
One student in the School of
Natural Resourcescommented that
one person he had asked to spon-'
sor him said, "Why are you going
through all this stuff to raise
money? If you want money, just
ask for it."
"That's not the point," the stu-
dent said. "We're walking first,
as publicity for the Ecology Cen-
ter, and second, to have a good
time with the other people who
A girl from Huron High School
emphasized, "I feel this is one
thing I can do. We can save our
See OVER, Page 2


tative decision as to what deposits frozen as a matter of nation

The Tenants Union (TU) is
preparing a $50 million lawsuit
against the University for alleged
violations of the national rent
freeze. According to the TU, the
suit is expected to be filed in De-
troit Federal District Court today.
The suit, in conjunction with a

Arnason then set Monday, Nov.-
1 at 9:15 a.m. for the start of the
trial. Arnason announced that ar-
guments on the pending motions
would be heard Oct. 5. He said
,the motion to move the trial site
would be the last heard.

The CCBE asked that 84 sub-
urban school districts be included
as defendants in the case.
Attorneys said Roth's decision
probably would not become effec-
tive until February and might
See U.S., Page 2


complaint to be filed with Presi-
dent Nixon's Cost ofdLiving Coun-
cil (CLC), is intended to force the
University to roll back the resident
halls rate increase announced
March 19.
The University has claimed CLC
has ruled that college room and
board charge& "may only be in-
creased if the increase was an-'

nounced prior to Aug. 15, 1971, and
there was a substantial number of
students who confirmed acceptance
of living quarters by making de-
posits." Further, the University
claims that it qualifies for exemp-
tion from the freeze on these
A TU statement refutes this on
four major grounds.
First, deposits made by students
could not be construed as accept-
ance of living quarters since the
deposits are made before the stu-
dents see a contract for housing.
In addition, TU claims the con-
tract clearly states that the de-
posits may not be used as rents.
Also, there has been no authori-

by 'a substantial number of stu-
dents' constitutes. The TU position
is that "the test is satisfied only
if at least fifty-one per cent of
the students made deposits".
TU's third pointis that "in-
formation claimed to have been
received by the University from
the CLC does not support their
claim of exemption." Accordingj
to the information, the Univer-
sity is exempt from the freeze,
only if the dorm fees fall underj
the special classification of a1
tuition, room and board package.I
The University does not offer
this kind of package.
Wages, prices, and rents arej

policy, says the TU final obje
tion and "the University's b
tant attempt to wiggle o
through loopholes it has man
factured is contrary to the lett
and the spirit of the rent free
national policy."
Therefore, the TU on behalf
the dorm residents is seekingf
injunction to prohibit the Un
versity from collecting the i
creased rates, and is seeking t
full penalty under CLC regul
tion of $5,000 for each Universi
housing tenant.
According to John Feldkam
Director of University Housin
"the Tenants Union will have
try to prove willful and malicio
actions by the University tol
awarded the money. The Unive
sity. is not trying to do anythi
Feldkamp also said "since
least 90 per cent of the studen
had paid their deposits by Augu
15. Since the CLC asks for on
payment in any form' and n4
specifically for rent payments,r
says, the Tenants Union has r
A supplement information bu
letin from the CLC also contrz
dicts another TU point. It stat
that "when room and board ar

Fleming talks on innovation, budget

Speaking primarily on the University's present
budget crisis at his annual State of the University
address last night, President Robben Fleming also
*took a few well-aimed pokes at the University's
traditional academic structure.
In discussing the budget crisis, Fleming outlined

the four-year formula for attaining the under-
graduate degree."
"Suppose we experimented with a reasonable
number of students who did not aspire to a degree
on our terms, but who take courses of their own
choosing, remain on campus a fixed period, and
are simply certified in terms of the work they had
done" sidr lmina'


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