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The Michigan Daily-Friday, September 30, 1977-Page 5
HOOL BOARD FEARS BUSSING:
ese gregation proposal defeated

By GREGG KRUPA

The Ann Arbor Board of Education
Wednesday night defeated a proposal
which would have committed it to mak-
ing "every effort to prevent and elim-
a mate segregation."
Board members who voted against
the proposal said they were afraid the
words "every effort" implied the ulti-
mate use of busing.
THE NEXT STEP which may be
taken by school administrators to elimi-
nate desegregation, something Super-
intendent Harry Howard considers a
" high priority, is the formation of a citi
Szen's committee charged with develop-
_ng alternatives designed to eliminate
the "racial impaction" of several Ann
Arbor schools.
At Wednesday's meeting trustee,
Cecil Warner said the proposal, sub-
mitted by-Trustee Kathleen Dannemil-
ler, "opened a Pandora's Box" of possi-
'ble implications. "I can't vote for any-
thing that may mean busing," Warner
laid.
Trustee Paul Weinhold said he was
afraid of Dannemeller's proposed poli-
.cy "to the point of being paranoid."
THE BOARD attempted to pass three
alternative proposals aimed at elim-
inating the "red flag words" incor-
.porated in Dannemiller's proposal, but
all three substitute resolutions were de-
feated.
Dannemiller tried to soothe some
Trustee's misgivings over the words
"every effort."
"There is nothing in this proposal
ghat commits us to any specific ac-
tions," said Dannemiller. "It simply is
a policy statement that says we are op-
posed to desegregation."
DANNEMILLER challenged several
Board members to formulate a pro-

posal they would feel more comfortable
with.
Trustee Clarence Dukes proposed a
policy that was a replication of Danne-
miller's, except that it eliminated the
word "every." But his proposal was
also defeated.
When Superintendent Howard was
asked if Wednesday night's activity left
the school system without a desegre-
gation policy, he said, "That's not liter-

mendations made by most of our citi-
zens' committees," said Barhydt.
"That's why citizens are reluctant to
serve on committees and often drop
out."
Barhydt said many of the Trustees
want to wait until a socio-economic stu-
dy of Ann Arbor schools is completed in
October before any firm action is taken
by the Board against desegregation.
Ironically, although there is no litiga-

'The desegregation proposal opened a
Pandora's Box . . . I can't vote for any-
thing that may mean busing.'
- Trustee Cecil Warner
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ally true. Most of the things in Trustee
Dannemiller's proposal are already in-
cluded in administration policy."
BOARD PRESIDENT Wendy
Barhydt agreed with Howard and said,
"Most of the proposal is in the admini-
stration's fair treatment policy goal
statement. What Trustee Dannemiller
attempted to do was to get us to oppose
desegregation specifically.
"We may well end up appointing a
citizen's committee with a charge that
is clear enough that they'll be able to
come back with some recommenda-
tions we can work with."
A citizens' committee formed in 1963,
swas charged with studying the racial
distribution of the schools. The recom-
mendations made by that committee in
the spring of 1964 were largely ignored.
"UNFORTUNATELY what happen-
ed to that committee's recommenda-
tions is what usually happens to recom-

tion in any court claiming that Ann Ar-
bor schools are segregated, there is a
law suit in Federal Court in Detroit
claiming the schools discriminate along
social and economic grounds.
THE SUIT was filed last summer on
behalf of 15 students attending the Mar-
tin Luther King Jr. Elementary-School.
All of the students reside in the Green
Road Housing Project for low income
families.
The brief, filed by Detroit attorney
Gabriel Kaimowitz, says, "Plaintiffs
have been denied an educational oppor-
tunity equal to that provided other stu-
dents at King who are economically ad-
vantaged. As a result of that denial of
opportunity, plaintiffs have become, or
are in danger of becoming, functionally
illiterate.
"Rather than provide them with such
opportunity, certain defendants
willfully and recklessly labelled,
caused to be labelled, or attempted to

label many of these children as handi-
capped and to track them separately
from pupils regarded as able to per-
form satisfactorily in this public school.
environment."
KAIMOWITZ sought preliminary in-
junctive relief to halt all labelling and
tracking of the Green Road children un-
til they can be properly tested to de-
termine whether their reading difficul-
ties are in fact the result of economic
deprivation.
Although Federal Judge Charles
Joiner has denied the request for a pre-
liminary injunction, he has yet to
decide other issues in*thecase, in-
cluding a claim by the defendants that
Ann Arbor schools should provide some
educational facilities and equipment to
close the social and economic gap be-
tween the Green Road students and
more affluent children.
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'U' clericals expect union by Jan.

By SUE WARNER
Members of the Organizing Com-
'fnittee for Clericals (OCC) predict
they will be able to form a new
campus clerical union this January.
Until then, OCC will be eliciting
support from University clericals.
l'hose who favor a union must sign a
card authorizing formation of the
organization.
-r ACCORDING TO Michigan law,
the OCC must collect authorization
;cards from: 30 per cent4 of the
proposed bargaining -unit; roughly,
1100 clericals, before the Michigan,
-Employment Relations Commission
d(MERC) will hold a union certifica-
tion election at the University.
"We should be able to petition
"sometime this January," said Jo
Wilsmann, OCC organizing subcom-
mittee coordinator.,"We have hun-
dreds of cards out there and we have
hundreds of cards back."
OCC Vice-Chair Mary Braun said
she is optimistic the clericals will
vote overwhelmingly to form a new
union.
"Once we get those cards into
MERC, there's no problem with
twinning the election," she said."
. According to Wilsmann, clericals
are dissatisfied w.ith the University's
system of awarding pay increases on
merit. This year clericals received
an average 5.75 per cent increase.
"IF YOU GET a gooct recommen-
dation from your supervisor," Wils-
mann explained, "you should get a
higher increase than if you got a poor.
recommendation, and supposedly,
they all average out to 5.75 per cent.
"This in itself is concrete evidence
we need a union," she continued.
"Pitting ourselves against each other
and our supervisors is not going tp
make it.
"People get really spooked know-
ing that if they got an eight per cent
increase, they are assured that they
took three per cent away from
someone else."
Wilsmann said the OCC also ob-
jects to the University's internal
hiring policies.
"IT'S CHEAPER for them (Uni-
versity officials) to hire off the street
and train one person for a job as op-
posed to hiring internally, giving that
person an increase or new classifica-
tion, and training for two jobs,"
Wilsmann explained.
Wilsmann explained. "A lot of cleri-
cals are stuck in the job they were
originally hired into."
According to Braun, the 0CC has
not met with any interference from
the University.
"I really don't think it's to their
advantage at this point,"'she said. "I
think they're taking a wait-and-see-
attitude."
SO FAR, the OCC has not made any
decision regarding affiliation with an'
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United Auto Workers (UAW), Team-
sters, or the American Federation of
State, County and Municipal Em-
ployes (AFSCME). OCC bylaws spe-
cify that affiliation will be decided.by
a full vote of clericals who have
signed membership cards.,
University clericals were formerly
affiliated with the UAW, but that
group was disbanded in August, 1976,
when the members of Local 2001
voted to .decertify. Because of that
vote, clericals could not legally re-
organize until August, 1977.
According to Wilsmann the current

organizing drive includes former
members of both the Clericals for a
Democratic Union (CDU) and Unity
Caucus factions - the two groups
that fought for control of the former
clerical union.
,But OCC leaders are not worried
that their union will suffer the same
fate as Local 2001.
"I think there are a lot of OCC
people who weren't University cleri-
cals at that time who are interested
in getting involved in the organizing
drive," said Braun. "They recognize
a need for a union regardless of what
happened with the last local."

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