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March 12, 1974 - Image 7

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Tuesday, March 12, 1974


rage seven


City Hall announces employe
layoffs to balance '74 budget

County employes vote to


if negotiations fail

Wednesday, March 13 & Thursday, March 14
The Department of Speech Communication and
Theatre Student Laboratory Theatre
de Musset's
Arena Theatre, Frieze Building

(Continued from Page 1)
some low priority workers in the
parks, police, and transportation'
departments. Some positions will
be abolished entirely ofr the rest'
o fthe year.
The most damaging affect of the
layoffs may come in the area of
direct city services. Current plans
call for the closing of one fire
station .- number 5 located on
North Campus-with a layoff of
eight fire fighters, . a cutback of
three patrolmen on the police
force, and a drastic cutback in
parks and recreation.
Murray warned the Council in
his report that the condition of
the city's streets may deteriorate
because "maintenance and repair,
programs will be at minimal
RESPONSE TO the cutbacks was
less than enthusiastic. Jesse Hill,
a representative of the American
Federation of State, County and
Municipal Employes (AFSCME),
expressed his displeasure to Coun-
cil during the time reserved for
audience participation..
Hill praised Murray for "open-
ness and fairness in dealing with
our local," and for "making a,
sincere effort to bargain with our
representatives in good faith."
But Hill was far from satisfied
with all of Murray's recommenda-
tions for budget reductions. Hill'
charged that the actions of the city
had resulted in "many inequities
regarding conditions of employ-
ment for several years," and he
announced that the union had sub-
mitted 50 formal individual re-
quests for adjustments resulting
from the cuts.
Grieck was also unhappy with the
budget cuts. Reiterating his earlier
statements on the subjects, he
claimed that the cuts came at theE
expense of "low-income workers"!
and would not affect "department!
heads who are already making'

$20l,0004 ,0000.'

This suit attacked the city's voter

Representatives of the Interna- registration plan. By JACK KROST
tional Association of Fire Fighters As part of the suit plaintiffs con- Newly unionized general and professional em-
attended the meeting and warned tested the city's old ordinance ly o nized genty and pfsiona em-
Council their organization would which forbid the use of sound ployes of Washtenaw County voted last Sunday to
take a "very hard line" on the trucks except in extraordinary cir- strike if their first series of contract negotiations
closing of station number 5 and cumstances. Ruling on the case, with the County prove unsuccessful by March 18.
warned that "the city is already' Judge Damon Keith denied most The 350 county employes began organizing for
seriously understaffed in fire fight- of the relief sought by plaintiffs union membership in January 1973 and now belong
ing capacity." The representative but he did throw out the old sound to the American Federation of State, County, and
concluded that the closing culd truck law. Municipal Employes (AFSCME).
seriously endanger the lives of The new proposal, which must They voted for the strike deadline Sunday pri-
citizens. still be approved once more before marily because of a wage dispute and other un-
Murray defended himvelf against becoming law, provides for use of resolved economic issues in the contract negotia-
the charges, saying "It wasn't a sound trucks between 9 a.m. and tions.
situation we enjoyed but we've' 6 p.m. at easonable sound Three new separate bargaining units formally
been faced with few choices in levels," when other methods of rcgie atJn ilb FCElcl fe
these circumstances." However, communication are not available. recognzed last June will be AFSCME locals after
Murray cautioned that the meas-e the first contracts are signed with the county.
ures he had proposed may not be DeGrieck charged that the new ONE BARGAINING unit represents the general
enough. total political discretion to den county employes, including clerical, janitorial, build-
THE GOAL OF the layoffs was permits." Mayor Stephenson then ing inspection and mzaintainance workers.
to save the equivalent of one replied that he found sound trucks Another unit represents professional employes,
week's general fund payroll, $160,- obnoxious, and the purpose of the such as social workers, urban planning specialists,
000. He warned, however, "We will ordinance was to regulate their psychologists, and health department officials.
not know ou rexact position until use. The third unit represents friends of the court,
June 30. In our business there are e rieckdcountered with atstory
many unknowns. One good snow DeGrieck countered with a story employes serving in the court system handling
storm could ruin us." (June 30 is charging that Stephenson had used minor procedural disputes in divorce proceedings.
the end of the city's fiscal year.) a sound truck in his campaign last HOWEVER ONLY the general and professional
Council member DeGrieck also year for mayor. Stephenson denied 'workers' bargaining units voted to strike at the
questioned Murray on the cost to the story, however.-
the city of helping to pay for un- C 0 U N C I L ALSO transferred
employment insurance for laid off $1,000 from the Free People's Clinic
workers. to the Women's Crisis Center for
Murray did not have a total treatment of "indigent rape vic-
figure, but he did have a depart- tims." DeGrieck also blasted this
mental breakdown. He explained calling it "very, very tokenistic." z
the city's formula for paying un- - ---- ---
employment: 55 per cent of salary
with a maximum of $70 per week.
Murray pointed out that unemploy- 25% off
ment benefits only ran for a limit-
ed term and would not constitute prepaid Cambridge Univer- IF
a long term cost.' sity Book orders (few excep-
IN OTHER business last night, tions) .
the Council passed on first reading Deadline March 23rd.
a new ordinance regarding t'3e use
of sound trucks. The ordinance DAVI D'S BOOKS
grew out of a law-suit filed last
month by the Human Rights Party 209 S. STATE
(HRP), the Democrats, and the
Student Government Council in 663-8441
Federal District Court in Detroit.

meeting Sunday afternoon. The friends of the court
bargaining team is handling its negotiations sepa-
According to the procedures for union recognition
under Michigan Employment Relations Commi.;siop.
(MERC) guidelines, a union bargaining unit re-
ceives its local number and can collect dues only
after reaching a settlement on its first contract.
Under these conditions the three new County bar-
gaining units will receive local status after the ne-
gotiations on their first contracts are settled.
According to Ed Limoges, head of the negotiat-
ing committee for the professional and general
county employes, the union meeting Sunday attract-
ed a sizable attendance and resulted in 90 per cent
approval for striking.
IF THE REMAINING week of negotiations
proves unfruitful, a broad range of services will be
Bob Gunsel, head of the negotiating team for
the County, said yesterday, "although a strike would
have a drastic effect on County services, I assume
the County will try to keep at least essential County
services operating."
The remaining issues in the contract negotiations
that have yet to be resolved center primarily around
economic questions.

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