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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Tuesday, January 14, 1975'

Page Two THE MICHIGAN DAILY Tuesday, January 14, 197~

GEO aginig near end

Ford seeks large
income tax slash

By JIM TOBIN
Contract negotiations between the
G r a d u a t e Employes Organization
(GEO) and the University have entered
their final stage as thehbargaining
teams met last week in closed session
with Richard Terepin, a state-appointed
mediator, in an effort to resolve several
issues dividing the two parties.
GEO, which represent about 1600
teaching fellows, researchers and staff
assistants, considers the following to
be its key demands:
! Wages: The Union's package calls
for an average 23 per cent pay increas-
for one year. The University offered a
two-year contract with an 8 per cent
raise the first year and no increase the
second year, with a condition that the
GEO accept the offer by December 31.
The union rejected the offer.

Wage hike tops demands

" Cost-of-living allowance: The union
has asked for a provision which would
increase their wages to keep in step
with increases in the cost of living. The
University has rejected this demand,
contending that its fixed budget pre-
vents any fluctuations in pay.
* Tuition waiver: The GEO demand
for free tuition for all union members
was countered with the University offer
granting in-state status to all graduate
employes, thus substantially lowering
tuition for out-of-staters.
*Affirmative action: The union has
called for the University to increase
the percentage of woman, black, Chi-
cano, Asian-American and native
American employes to a level ::orres-

ponding to their distribution in the
state's population.
* Class size: GEO has demanded a
class enrollment limit of 25 in labs and
discussions, and 20 in classes where
student participation is an essential
part of the course-such as foreign
language and creative writing.
BOTH SIDES agreed to call for a
mediator when the contract talks be-
came deadlocked last month. It is hoped
that Terepin can resolve the major
disputes by suggesting possible con-
cessions to the two teams in separate
sessions.
If he is successful in bringing the
two sides closer together, open bar-

gaining sessions will resume.
If the deadlock remains, the Univer-
sity is faced with the union's official
threat of a strike. Although the union
has set a contract deadline for January
30th, a GEO source said Friday that the
union does not plan a strike while
mediation is still going on.
In another development this week,
the GEO stewards' council accepted the
resignation of union president Roger
Giudici, who was elected last Septem-
ber. Giudici is not enrolled this term,
and has taken full-time employment
elsewhere.
Vice president Aleda Krausse will
assume his duties until an election is
held, though she is expected to run
unopposed. No election date has been
set.

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< A one-year increase in the
investment tax credit to 12 per
cent, giving industry a $4 bil-
lionttax break to spur plant ex-
pansion and create mvr-e jobs.
* A one-year moratorium on
new federal spending programs
to hold down the budget deficit,
and a 5 per cent limit on in-
creases in federalpsalaries and
pension benefits paid from the
U.S. Treasury.
* An oil allocation program
to insure such areas as New
Ford England of adequate fuel, a
five-year delay on stiffer auto

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Von Braun foretells
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instrumental in Germany's de-
velopment of the V-2 rockets
which devastated London.
He is presently employed by
an aeronautics firm, Fairchild{
Industries.1
VON BRAUN recalled some
of his experiences as the head
of the team directing the Apollo
missions to the moon. "Very
frankly," he remarked, "I still
don't know why it was so suc-
cessful.
"All I can say is that we
used all the help we could get
to put it over," he commented,
adding that on a family vaca-
tion during the weeks immedi-
ately preceding the first man-
ned flight to the moon, he visit-
ed the Oracle at Delphi.
Von Braun contended that
scientific research from space
technology is the key to solu-
tions for many contemporary
world problems.
"PEOPLE expect scientists to
pull a rabbit out of a hat," he
said, "but you must first put
the rabbit into the hat, and this
process is called basic re-
search."

Such research, he declared,
can aid in urban planning and
improved worldwide commni-
cations systems. He described
methods whereby satellites can,
survey the entire earth to de-
velop a "world food manage-
ment system," possibly *ne an-
swer to food shortage problems.
Von Braun described a crys-
stal substance formed during a
Skylab experiment which can
be produced only in zero-prav-
ity envornment of space. "This
crystal," he said, "can be used
to make computers as compact
as the human brain."
BUT FOR all the space pro-
gram's sophistication, the famed
scientist said some glimmers
of ingenuousness peek through
in the most unexpected places.
During his first day on the
moon, astronaut Dave S'ott
found that the steering of the
front wheels of his lunar auto-
mobile didn't work. The next
morning, however, the front
wheels did steer, without hav-
ing received mechanical atten-
tion.
Said von Braun, "Dave Scott
still believes that while he was
asleep, we sent people lip from
Huntsville to fix it."

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* poll-tIion sandards, and step-
ped-tp energy conservationef-
forts to cut foreign oil imports
by one million barrels a day
this year.
SPEAKING from -the White
House library, Ford declared
that "right now the going is
rough and it may get rougher."
But he said that "if we do what
must be done" to lift the nation
out of deepening recession "we
will be on our way to better
days."
Ford was not specific in his
speech on how the $30 billion in
"energy tax revenues" would.
be raised and how it then would
be returned to the economy.
BUT WHITE House officials
gave reporters an outline on
the detailed program the Presi-
dent will present to Congress
tomorrow. They said the steps
he would propose included:
-An immediate tariff on for-
eign crude oil, starting at $1
and going to $3 a barrel in
three months. This would be
done by executive order, with-
out congressional action.
-A recommendation that
Congress place a $2 per barrel
excise tax on domestic oil and
an equivalent tax on natural
gas amounting to 37 cents per
1,000 cubic feet. When these
taxes go into effect, the tariff
on foreign oil would then be re-
duced to $2 a barrel.
-A windfall profits tax on
oil producers which officials
estimated could bring in more
than $12 billion. Coupled with
the $18 billion they said would
be raised by the levies on oil
and natural gas, this would
give the Federal Treasury $30
billion which then would be
redistributed.
city loses
transit
lawsuit
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and a group of citizens led by
Sally Vinter to file the class ac-
tion suit.
City Attorney Pear pointed
out last night that the city an
the AATA reached an out-of
court settlement concernig th
$221,000 in funds and brough
this before Conlin.
However, Pear stated tha
Conlin didnot mention the set
tlement in his final directive.
THE CITY attorney contend-
ed that the settlement with
AATA is an indication that the
lawsuit was unnecessary since
"the AATA is in agreement with
hthe city" and is no longer con-
cerned with the funds.
While Pear openly discussed
the city's plans to fight Con-
lin's decision, Murray refused
to commit the city to more liti
gation on the matter, saying,
"I do not know what we will
do yet."

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and recommends proposed al-
terations, with responsibility
for authorizing experimental
courses, consulting with the
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tions, and helping to establish
course evaluation programs.
The faculty passed proposals
that encourage independent
study, research and senior pro-
jects. Commending the LSA
checkpoint system, it encourag-
ed experimentation and urged
the counseling office to expand
its "promising start in the use
of undergraduate counselors."
With the lengthy report com-
pleted, Frye joked, "ThereI
should be a sigh of contentment
at completing this report." A
flurry of applause followed.
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