THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Wednesday, April 16, 1975
STRIKE P OSSIBLE
By JAMES NICOLL
Members of the clerical's un-
ion vote today on a controversial*
proposal to empower their bar-
gaining team to call a strike.
An affirmative vote would not'
cause a strike automatically,
however, but would allow the
bargaining team to set a strike
Before the strike date the
union would have another elec-
tion, allowing the members to
decide whether to go on strike.
TODAY'S election is primari-
ly a means of showing the
Administration that the bar-
gaining team has the full sup-
port of the membership. The
ConcernedhClericals, For Action/
United Auto Workers (CCFR/r
UAW) claims a membership of
about 1800 of the University's
3200 clericals workers.
The CCFA/UAW maintains
that a significant problem in the'
current contract negotiations is
that the administration does
not believe the union has the
DALLAS (A)-Nicola Rescigno
has been named general direc-
tor of the Dallas Civic Opera.
Rescigno, who has been artis-
tic director of the company:
since it began in 1957, will re-
place founder Lawrence Kelly,
who died in September.
Rescigno has conducted all but
two of the company's produc-
full support of the rank-and-file.
The union hopes to remedyI
this by showing the University
that the great majority of itsI
members are prepared to strike
in order to gain their demands.1
But holding the election at thisa
time appears risky. Many cler-1
icals are confused by the pro-
posal; a few are openly hostile.
CARROLYN Forrest, repre-
sentative from the UAW Inter-l
national and spokeswoman for
the bargaining committee, has
been spending much of her time
meeting around campus with!
clericals and drumming up sup-l
port ffor the proposal.1
Her philosophy is that open'
bargaining is a "charade,"
thereffore most of the membersl
know as little as the general
public about the specific issues
now on the bargaining table.
She assures the clericals, how-
ever, that if they knew what the
union was asking for in the
closed sessions, they would be
She also warns membership
about the consequences of not
supporting the bargaining com-
mittee in today's voting. With-
out at least two-thirds of the
union indicting their willing-
ness to strike, she says, they
should expect a very inferior'
contract. The threat of a strike,
in her view, is the only weapon
BUT SOME remain undecided.
Their reasons are various. Some
UAW International is trying to back a strike which would tech-
run their union, nically be illegal. They are not
They point to the fact that convinced by Bard Young, UAW
today's election was set by the regional director, wwho com-
International. Others question mented that "if teachers (GEO)
the tactics of having the elec- can flount the law, certainly the
tion now, when the union mem- f clericals can."
bership is only slightly over Even if the proposal carries,
50% of all clericals. it is extremely u n c e r t a i n
The target date for a strike whether there will indeed be a
is tentatively set for the end of ' strike. Bargaining sessions are
May, and having a strike during closed, and it is not known what
the slow summer term is seen progress the two sides are mak-
as a blunder. ing towards an agreement.
IF THERE is a strike, it must The union accuses the Uni-
be short for many clericals are versity of dragging its feet in
presently supporting their hus- the negotiations. Both sides
bands, who are laid off because seem to be awaiting the out-
of the recession. come of the voting before com-
A few of the older employes mitting themselves to any defi-
hesitate, on moral grounds, to nite position.
~'U' annual theft loss
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"C R I M E has zoomed up
every year and is to the point
now where it is very difficult
to handle," said Davids.
Thefts of personal property
in the dormitories have reached
an all time high, according to
David Foulke, Director of Hous-
The University pays the city
of Ann Arbor hundreds of thous-
ands of dollars every year for
police protection on campus, yet
there are many times when po-
lice are unavailable, Davids ex-
To improve the situation, 16
safety officers have been hired
who can respond immediately
until the police arrive.
tions. have the impression that the "March was our biggest "THE SYSTEM is still unsat-
S - - - month ever," he said. "We just isfactory, and has been mixed
got clobbered." up in politics," said Davids.
PR E-M E DS "THE items that can be tak- Legislation to establish a cam-
Den and converted quickly to pus police force has been re-
"Everything you've always wanted to cash go the quickest," said Da- peatedly defeated, but Davids is
vids. That includes micro- hopeful that with the new city
know about medical school adm is- scopes, calculators, stereos, fur- administration great improve-
sions, but didn't know who to askr niture and typewriters." ment may now be possible.
Another prime target is Uni- Davids, who spent 34 years in
kversity Hospital. "The losses police work before becoming
Speaker-DR. ROBERT GREEN are staggering," said Davids. University Safety Director, at-
Assoc. Dean of the U of M Medical School "There's an operation in itself tributes the high crime rate to
over there." the very nature of the campus.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16--- 8:00 P.M. Bike theft, another major se-
at HILLEL - 1429 Hill Street curity problem, has led Davids "BEING such an open place,
to propose a 'Bike Marshal Pro- thieves know they can get away
gram' which would employ stu- with it. They figure, 'So I'm
dents|to guard congested bike caught. No one will do anything
zts._ :.racks. anyway."'
"THE Bicycle Safety Commit- "We really get frustrated
tee just kinds of sits there," about it," said Davids. "There's
Ssaid /Davids. "They've been just no such thing as prompt
very inactive and leave an aw- justice today, and when you
ful lot to be desired." delay justice, you deny justice."
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