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Vote results indicate GEO ENCOURAGE SOLIDARITY
strength remains unchanged Power, Dav
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carrying GEO members w e r e
Joining the union costs only
two dollars. And that raises the
question of why more of the
workers are not GEO members
IT SEEMS, therefore, that a
key reason for the strike ap".
proval was not a massive out-
,ouring of new GEO support,
but rather a re-definition of
what constituted a mandate
necessary for work stoppage.
Admittedly, 159 more people
voted for a strike this time
around, which represents an in-
crease of nearly a third over
last February's pro-strike total.
However, that is only about a
seven per cent increase meas-
ured against the total graduate'
employe population legally rep-
resented by GEO.
WHEN THE original strike
vote failed, the then-GEO lead-
ers blamed the loss on poor
publicity and inability to com-
municate directly with many
research and staff assistants,
who spend a good deal of time
cloistered from the academic
To some extent it was a valid
claim. The strike talk last Feb-
ruary had been brewing for only
a short while and never really
had a chance to boil-over in
And the GEO was not a cer-
tified union then which may
have kept a number of em-
ployes from backing its actions
whatever their personal feelings.
NOW, THOUGH, neither of
those rationales can e x p 1 a i n
Monday's total vote.
Pantyhose holders shaped
like eggs are being utilized as
dummy eggs by the Nebraska
Game and Parks Commission
to help increase the Canada
goose population. They encour-
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clutch of eggs if its first nest
has been destroyed.
Several months after the orig-
inal strike question was posed,
GED became an official union
through certification by the
Michigan Employment Relations! By LOIS JOSIMOVICH
Commission. "In the face of some party'
Moreover, the shadow of a opposition, I talked about wo-
strike has existed since last men's opportunity as I cam-
October. At that time GEO set paigned. In my estimation,
a deadline with the University there has been a great deal of3
after which, if no contract progress,"' declared recently-'
agreement could be reached, a elected Democrat Regent Sarah
strike vote would be taken. Power.
During her address, which3
THE UNION, then, has had kicked off a three afternoon lec-
three months to enroll new tures at Rackham yesterday,
members, marshall their sup- she discussed the situation of
port and plan a strike strategy. academic women at the Univer-
Yet it could not muster a larger sity and the problems they en-
turnout than a year ago, when counter in a male-dominated
the planning was more hap- area.
hazard. ACCORDING to Power, only
Certainly, more graduate em- 50 of the 1,034 professors at the
ployes are now strongly in favor University are women - equal
of a strike than were their, to about five percent. However,
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counterparts a year ago-butj
not that many more.!
A majority of graduate em-
ployes, most of whom opted
a g a i n s t union membership,
again chose not to vote. It is
very difficult to read such a
sign. They could be the disin-
terested, the uninformed, the
ardent anti-union, the "wait-and-
see" contingent or just about
any shade in between.
And if a significant major.ity
of them actively back one side
or the other, it could tip the
balance in this struggle.
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she pointed out, women account
for 95 per cent of all the office
and clerical workers.
"This is a reflection of so-
ciety at large and can be
changed only by a movement
for greater flexibility on part of
all academic women."
Her statement echoed the
feelings of Eunice Burns,
Chairwoman of the Commission
BEFORE introducing Power,
Burns commented, "We will be
more effective if we work to-
gether instead of as individ-
uals. One of the functions of
the Commission is just trying to
get, the attention of women."
Some of the needed flexibil-
ity has been brought about by
the creation of such things as
the Women's Studies courses,
the Center for the Continuing
Education of Women, and a
group the Affirmative Action
program, according to Burns.
Eva Mueller, the AssociateI
how looks risky to a department
Another problem cited by
Mueller is that of part-time em-
ployment. Many women want
to teach as well as have an ac-
tive domestic life, and she con-
tends that employers tend to
discriminate against these peo-
THIS PROBLEM was also
.r. discussed by the last speaker,
Davis, formerly the only wo-
man dean at the University (of
the Nursing School), is now As-
sociate Vice President for Aca-
Reflecting a little on her own
s i t u a t i o n, she said, "I've
learned to walk through the
dust (in the house) and not
see it. It's just a question of
re-ordering your priorities.
"Many women Aon't want to
Power leave their children - but it's
the quality, not the quantity of
Dean 'of the Literary College time spent with the family that
(LSA), pointed out specific ex- counts."
amples concerning the plight Davis spoke a little about the
of women. clannishness of male profes-
"T E HE UNIVERSITY sors, who tend to do things to-
should have more women," she gether and exclude women.
declared. "Half of our students But theredis a quiet way you
are women, and they need our' can go about the revolution,"
encouragement." she smiled. "If you learn to play
pool, you can be right there
Mueller, who has taught at with them."
the University for about 20 ON THE hiring of women in
years, claimed that "it was on- academic areas, she said "I
ly the men faculty members don't want them to expect less
who found it (having women ofm eas Imawmn
profesors unusal."Of..me because I'm a woman.
professors) unusual." 'These judgements are bases on
The students, she said, never pure ignorance."
had any problems relating to a Finally, she added a note of
female teacher. "Women are encouragement. "I would en-
perhaps more concerned with courage more people to become
knowledge as an end in itself academic women - it's kind of
than men," she added. fun."
MUELLER also spoke of the Or, as Sarah Power put it
problem of hiring more aca- earlier, "During my campaign,
demic women. "They are al- people asked me what I did. I
ways saying that it is 'hard to said, well I put on my sneakers
find qualified women,"' she and go out there and work."
said. "While the pool of quali- And when you want to do some-
fied women is actually fairly thing for women, she says,
large, hiring a woman some- that's what you'll have to do.
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THE 49-YEAR-OLD Oxford-
educated research chemist and
tax lawyer was education sec-
retary in the 1970-74 Conserva-
She said she had telephoned
her oil executive husband, Denis
Thatcher, with the news only to
find he knew it already from
In the first leg of the Tory
leadership race last week she
toppled Heath. This time she
defeated four others, receiving
146 votes against 79 for her
closest rival, William Whitelaw,
and thus capturing an outright
majority of the 276-member
Tory caucus in the Commons.
"THIS IS a staggering thing
for the Conservative party,"
said Laborite Shirley Williams,
like Thatcher a product of Ox-
ford's Somerville College. "I
can't help admitting being
pleased to see that in the Toy
party, of all parties, a woman
has broken through."
Renee Short, another Laborite,
said: "There is a lot of preju-
dice against women in this place
and she has shown just what
can be done."
Whitelaw, who had been the
betting favorite to win until the
last hours of the race, said: "I
congratulate her. She will have
my full support and I am sure
the party will unite behind her."
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