Page 2-Sunday, December 4, 1977-The Michigan Daily,
By DAN OBERDORFER
Nearly three weeks ago the em-
ployes of Accu-Copy, a small paper-
duplicating shop on E. William St.,
walked off the job in reaction to the
firing of several of their co-workers a
For them, and for owner Phil
Zaret, these past few weeks have
seen a circus-like atmosphere and
increasing tension. As possible cus-
tomers near the tiny shop's door;
several picketers beg them not to
enter while Zaret frequently opens
the door as an invitation.
ACCORDING TO Bill Wilcox,
spokesperson for the strikers, their
demands focus on getting their jobs
back. He said that August 22 - the
same day all seven employes voted
unanimously to join Local 289 of the
Graphic Arts International Union
(GAIU) - Zaret dismissed four.
workers from their jobs and the other
three were given reduced working
Zaret did not deny that the workers
were fired that day, but saw other
reasons for his actions.
"For a year and a half, I had told small fa
them long before their union activi- most pa
ties that I would have to reduce their enought
hours," he said. "That the date jobs. He
happened to coincide with their also har
organizing was just bad timing on my Univers
part. The s
"BECAUSE WE deal in a cheap claimst
commodity, I had to keep flexibility their wa
in my business," he said. unsatisfa
But Wilcox said, "It was real clear that he
to us he was retaliating for our organ- numbers
izing. Up until the day when it was when fil
sure we were becoming a union he ment Se
never brought up cut-backs. He had distribul
mentioned offhandedly through the
summer (while the initial steps Zaretd
toward unionizing were under way) Wilcox
that he was considering some employe
Zaret said he was quite surprised Zaret
by his employes' determination to There mi
join a union. He said he can't or lunch
understand their motives - especial- weren't
ly considering they are better paid when the
than workers for any of the competi- compens
tors. when the
"WHEN UNION/MANAGEMENT SOON
lines get drawn, things go along to a vice-pres
plan," Zaret said. "In a little Unfair L
business like this, it's inappropriate Zaret fo
for them to join a skilled trade union tices." T
which will demand six, seven, eight, Denea
nine dollars an hour." continue
He contends that Accu-Copy, as a the union
amily business run for the
rt by himself, is not strong
to guarantee any full time
has hired William Neff, who
ndles labor disputes for the
ity, to help as his attorney.
trikers have several other
ces against Zaret, including
that he arbitrarily docked
ages for what he deemed
actory performance, and
misrepresented the actual
s of hours they have worked
ing with Michigan Employ-
ecurity Commission, which
tes unemployment benefits.
denied both charges.
also said Zaret forced some
as to take "unpaid, unwarned
s" without their consent.
said, "I don't recall that.
ight have been one evening
hour when I told them they
needed. There were days
ey worked 14 hours and that
sated for the shorter days
ey weren't needed."
AFTER the firings, GAIU
sident Jerry Deneau filed an
Labor Practices suit against
ar his "union busting prac-
he suit is still pending.
u said the strike is likely to
"until he (Zaret) recognizes
n and puts the hours back the
Zaret's attorney, remains op-
about future negotiations.
ARE going to make an offer
al package at the next bar-
session on Monday," he said.
his will go a long way toward
eclined to comment on the
f the package.
BUENOS AIRES (AP) - Argen-
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