Fired AFSCME worker
innocent of misconduct
$y BOB ROSENBAUM
T,.,he University may be considering
the ;st tement of an employe who
was ischarged this summer for
Ann Ann Arbor jury has found the
employer Richard VanValkenburg,
adrin~ocent of assault charges against
Wiitni possibly threatening the basis
for the University's discharge.
9'Va AVilkenburg's lawyer. George
tn1Washington, has asked University
inifficials' to reconsider the firing in
Zlight of the August 13 verdict.
I VANVALKENBURG was dis-
4%harged along with 18 other em-
'ployes in the aftermath of a 26-day
;ratrike by campus service workers'
nqast March. He was accused of
-sassaulting Ann Arbor police officers.
ott the Law Quad in one of several
° xutbreaks of violence during the
on The American Federation of State,
-'(County, and Municipal Employes
e(AFSCME, Local 1583), VanValken-
0tburg's union, brought the affair
]befire arbitrator David Keefe, who
Sopheld. the 'discharge. All other
Wdischarged workers were reinstated
In yiew of the outcome of the
employe's trial, Washington said,
sd"Keefe's decision is now shown to be
"FOt THE UNIVERSITY to per-
f sist in the discharge of this innocent
t'mploye would be a blatant injus-
1(tice," the lawyer contends in a letter
do"Vice-President and Chief Finan-
iial Officer James Brinkerhoff.
WI'. Brihkerhoff's initial response to
okhe letter was to' tell Washington that
b'people vital to a reconsideration are
o Both the vice-president and Uni-
Sversity a attorney William Lemmer
believe that the jury's verdict should
'have no bearing on the decision by
nfirbitrator Keefe. They did not say,
however, that they were refusing to
4keconsider VanValkenburg's dis-
harge on that basis.
LEMMER EMPHASIZED that the
decision by both AFSCME and the
bUniversity to take the case to
-%rbitration meant that the two
1arties would be bound by the
19rbitrator's decision. An appeal of
Ahe decision by either side is not
A The union, Lemmer said "is really
in to' ie'fi1& ihatu they
Ythei'nselves gre~ ao A -c r,
0he diseharged"inploye, who
worked as a custodian, remains
unemployed and in search of work.
VanValkenburg went without unem-
Viloyment benefits for 17 weeks
' ecause of the conditions under
which. he, was dismissed. Only after
he was found innocent by the jury did
he begin receiving assistance.
"I'm not even sure I want to go
back now," he said. But VanValken-'
burg said he would welcome a
Aw Ata Film Ceep
. rlduy, Sept. 9
THE KING OF HEARTS
(PhIlippe de Braca, 197) is
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" Our most popular film. A Scottish soldier during .
WWI is Sent to a French town, evacuated except *K
fr an asylum. Meanwhle e1w fleeing Germans 41
K have left a time bomb. The asylum inmtet ,k
escape, taking up various cotumes and roles. A #
S very funny comedy and a powerful anti-war film- 'K
the sanity of insanity and vice-versa. Alan Bates, .
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film.-Judith Gist. In French, with subtitles. '
Vgeinstat~mnt hf ~ ,..g ofthe ho.L ..L.__
pay' he might receive and the
removal of the discharge incident
from his employment record.
WHILE VanValkenburg awaits
some word from the University, six
student cafeteria workers who were
fired during the AFSCME strike last
spring were notified this summer
that they had been "reinstated" with
soeDc a.The University removed their
names from a blacklist and reim-
bursed them for work they missed
after being fired.
It was never made clear by
officials why the students were
discharged. Several of the students,
including Mike Taylor, contend that
it was because of their pro-union
activities during the strike.
Pesticide use limited
WASHINGTON (AP) - Three fed-
eral agencies acted yesterday to
severely restrict use of a widely-used,
pesticide suspected of causing sterility
in men and cancer in animals.
The actions against dibromochloro-
propane, termed DBCP, include
limiting worker exposure to the chemi-
cal, proposed restrictions on many crop
applications and a monitoring program.
to see if the public is consuming unsafe
amounts left on food.
THE LABOR DEPARTMENT'S Oc-
cupational Safety and Health Admini-
stration announced the actions at a
joint news conference.
"The potential health threat is
grave," said Donald Riester of the
FDA's Bureau of Foods. "Strong,
realistic safeguards are called for."
Edwin 'Johnson, head of the EPA's
pesticide programs, said :30 workers
handling DBPC for three companies
were found to be sterile or to have ex-
tremely low sperm counts.
Grover Wrenn of OSHA announced
that his agency is issuing an emergency
exposire standard for employes rat
about 80 firms across the country
engaged in manufacturing and formu-
lating DBCP products.
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