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Thursday, September 5, 1974 THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Fifteen

'U' clericals debate pros
e e e

and.. cons of i
To many people, the Univer-
sity is an institution of higher
learning, dedicated to higher
ideals -and princples than the
average busness, or even the
average government.
Auto its non-professional em-
ployes, '-the University is like
any ofther employer - maybe
even a?ittle worse, if events of
the past year are any indication.
IN OCTOBER, the Univer-
pity's service and maintenance
workers began four and a half
months of intense contract talks
with the Regents. In April, the
graduate employees voted to un-
Nyow,,members of a third
group are voicing their unhappi-
ness with University employ-
ment policies. Leaflets and pst-
ers have. apeared around cam-
pus urging. about 3,000 clerical
workers to organize.
A hotly debated issue among'
clerical workers, not surprising-
ly, is wages. In November, sec-
'We're a dime a
dozen in Ann Arbor.
If we don't like
something, the Uni-
versity can just point
to the door.
retaries at the law school con-
ducted a study and found that
average starting pay for a sen-
ior secretary at the University
was $5,520.
At Michigan State University
a similar job paid $6,643, and
at Eastern Michigan University,,
the salary was $6,250.
ed, "As the major employer of
secretaries in Ann Arbor, t h e
University is in a position to.
exploit the surplus of competent
women by paying low wages. Al-
though University secretaries re-
ceived pay raises in the last
two years, the increass have not
covered the increased cost of
The University responded with
a study of its own, showing that
in spite of the lower starting
salaries, maximum pay for the
job was considerably higher
than the amounts offered at oth-
er schools. And many secretar-

ies who have been at the Uni-
versity for a number of years,
oppose unionizing for this very
A second source of dissatis-
faction among some secretaries
is the merit system. Under this
system, raises and promotions
are awarded on the basis of re-
views by an employe's super-
"IF THE supervisor doesn't
like you, you're not going any-
where. It doesn't matter how
long you stay. You can still be
making peanuts after years of
service," says a University Hos-
pital secretary.
But other clericals say they'd
hate to see the system go. "You
lose the incentive to work
hard," says one. "Some people
are just going to sit aroun:1, and
if everybody gets paid he
same, you feel silly knocking
yourself out. I mean, if raises
are scheduled, not ' earned,
what's the point?"
Union supporters also express
dissatisfaction with the Univer-
sity's grievance policy. Under
present rules, emploves' com-
plaints go to their supervisors,
and any decision can be appeal-
ed to several higher University
officers, according to James
Thiry, Director of Personnel.


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Round and round she goes
A group of schoolchildren romp through People's Plaza in front of the Administration Build-
ing and pause to take a turn at spinning the "cube."

BUT A secretary who works
in the School of Social Works!
argues that the employe has lit-'
tle control over this process,1
which may go on for mont's.
"There's nothing to guarantee BE
a fair settlement. But a lot of By PATRICIA HINSBERG
people don't even start a griev- Students who cultivate their!
ance procedure because their grade point averages like hot-
supervisor might discriminate house flowers seldom encounter
against them for complaining. A the literary college's (LSA)
complaint could affect "our Office of Academic Action. Oth-
chances for a raise or promo- ers, however, who juggle deci-.
tion," she says. mal points with less agility face!
Also important is the issue of disciplinary action w h i c hI
job security. "We're a dime a ranges from a mild reprimand
dozen in Ann Arbor," says a to dismissal.
law school secretary. According to LSA Associate
Dean and Chairman of the Ad-1
"IF WE DON'T like some- ministrative Board Charles Mor-
thing, the University can just ris, official disciplinary action
point to the door. And if we do falls into two categories: dis-
something that our boss doesn't missal or NTR (not to register),
like, it's the same story. You're and probation.'
out and someone else is waiting "Action pending," an unoffic-
to replace you," she says. ial action which materializes in
However, for some clericals, a notification letter, is used if
these issues are not essential to a student with incomplete work'
a decision. Many of the anti-un- might be on probation when
ion people point to negative past grades ultimately are received.!
experiences with collective bar- Technically, a student is
gaining and argue that unions placed on probation only is hisa
do nothing but collect dues. or her overall GPA falls below

1sal rule.

2.0. The rules governing NTR's,
however, are not so rigidly de-
The official guidelines in the
LSA announcement state that a
student may be dismissed "for
incurring a severe loss of honor
points in one term, for contin-
ued below-standard work, even
though an overall 2.0 is main-
The majority of dismissed
students are not reinstated, and
Morris asserts that the Admin-
istrative Board is aware of the
potentially harsh consequences
of the NTR procedure.
"NTR is not a routine mea-;
sure," he says. "We may useI
an NTR letter as a means ofI
getting a student with academic
problems to come in for coun-
seling, but those cases are in-
Morris affirms that there are
no written rules concerning
NTR decisios other than those
stated in the LSA announce-
ment. But he contends that the
very nature of the problem re-
quires that each dismissal be
the result of a "complex judge-
ment decision, made in consid-
eration of the facts of each indi-
vidual case."j
The Office of Academic Ac-
tion sets no quotas on dismis-
sals. Statistics show that the
percentage of dismissals has
been steadily decreasing over
the past 11 years.

sva ry,
student admitted to the Univer-
sity is capable of doing the
work," Morris says. "If a GPA'
shows that a student is not do-
ing well, we know that the rea-
sons are likely to be other than
lack of ability.
NEW YORK 0P) - The qual-
ity of the stationery organi, a-
tions allocate their executives
may become a badge of cffice,
the Cotton Fiber Paper Council
says. The Commonwealth ofVir-
ginia, for example, now design-
ates who among state officel
holders are entitled to 101 per
cent cotton fiber content paper
arid envelopes, who gets 5n per
cent cotton paper, wno gets 25
per cent and on along the line.
The higler the rank, the bet-
ter the paper.
The council predicts th:it wth
this trend stationery will jio i n
corner offices, private w a s h-
rooms and company jets as
symbols of executive suite stat-

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Scientology offers hope
through self-knowledge

(Continued from Page 13)
mostly students, who are pre-
sently taking these courses at
the Ann Arbor Church of Scien-
tology, the money is well worth
"It's made me aware of good
communication," says one mem-
ber after completing the course.;
AND A Professor at Wayne
State University claims that in
two months of Scientology pro-
cessing and training, "I have in-
creased my abilities, my mem-,
ory, my reflexes and, most im-
portant, I have gained insight
into the order and purpose of;
my life."
The bulletin board in t h e
church's lobby is covered with
similar success stories:
"Happy and floating . . . you
can be the same! Do it," says
"Life can no longer hur me
as it has done in t'e past,"
claims another.
AND STILL anonaer joyously
re v e a l s, "Now I can studyl
anything. Even MATH - which
I hated at school. I am free to
learn now."
But Scientology is not without
its skeptics.,

'We have been attacked 'n the
press," says Klopp, "and criti-
cized by psychiatrists, psychWlo-
gists, and even by the FDA
(Food and Drug Administra-
A psychologist who is
head of a mental health center
and who refused to be identi-
fied, characterized Scientology
as a "super-hyped-up Christian
Science-like religion," w h i c h
he describes as "harmfulif used
as an easy avoidance in day-to-
day life."
Another psychologist c I a i m s
that Scientology is "non-scien-
tific, but uses the guise of sci-
ence in its approach."
But Klopp suggests that the
psychiatrists' motive is often
profit-making. Since psychia-
trists attempt to help their pa-
tients live with their problems,
she says, return therapeutic
visits are usually necessary -
at unnecessary prices.
ALTHOUGH many people have
not even heard of Scientology,
its obscurity will probably not
last long. "The number of mem-
bers we have is doubling at an
incredible rate," says another
ministers of the Huron Valley
Mission. Here on campus, the

mission gives free IQ and per-
sonality tests which draw a
large number of curious stu-'
dents, many of whom bezome1


actively involved in the church. In winter term of 1962, 7.2 per
And regardless ofrace, color, cent of the student body of LSA
creed, or political orientation, was dismissed for academic
Scientology welcomes them all. reasons, compared with 2.4 per
But in the words of its found- cent in 1973.
er, "We seek no revolution. We The University's literary col-
seek only evolution to higher lege, has one of the lowest dis-
states of being for the individual missal rates in the country.
and for society." "We know that virtually every

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