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Page Ten

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Friday, February 18, 1977

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AFSCML
split over
(Continued from Page 1)
the proposed contract.j
"There is no way an honest1
union member can say this is
a good settlement," Block said
in a flyer distributed to work-
ers.
AFSCME originally sought a
$1.04 wage increase over a,
three-year contract, increased'
cost of living payments, pay-
ment of unused sick time, ex-'
pansion of health insurance and;
other benefits.
THE LEADER of the unionI
bargaining team, Art Anderson,
said he got 'the best settlement j
possible.
"He (Block) says we should'
have gotten more, Anderson
said. "But you can always sit I1
out there when you aren't at
the table and say 'I could have
gotten more.' It's very easy to
say afterwards, but it's a dif- 1
ferent ball game at the table."
"I'm very optimistic that the
membership will ratify the con- l
tract," Anderson added.
HE SAID the University had'
taken a "hard line" on the wage'
issue and "they are not going1

leaders
contract
to move."
Not only should unIon mem-
bers refuse to ratify the agree-

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ment, Block said, but "we must (Continued from Page 1) "We don't think that is neces-
now take the offensive agai'nst sary to bring people downtown,"
the University by organizang the LOUISA PIEPER, a member she said. "There should be some
whole membership for the of the Citizens Association for, kind of development of two-lane
strike." Area Planning (CAAP), dis- streets to get them downtown.'
THE CONSEQUENCES of the agrees with Holmes. According There should be alternatives so
rift in union leadership will not to Pieper, the plan needs to en- that neighborhoods are not dis-
be clear until the AFSCME courage transit use and mini- rupted.
vote, but both Anderson and mize the use of cars. "'INDIVIDUAL properties will
Block say workers will think "If it's difficult for cars and be interrupted and people made
very carefully before register- easier to use buses," she said, to move because of a highway,"
ing their opinions on Tuesday. i "they're going to use buses." she continued. "We feel that
AFSCME workers should be The proposed construction of Ann Arbor is unique and we'
receiving complete copies of the five new parking structures don't want to be putting four
agreement today downtown has also caused lanes into our city."
armnalarm. "I can sympathize, but I don't
"I THINK it's obvious that if agree," replied Planning Com-
they don't ratify the contract, "IT'S GOING to destroy down-' mission chairman Holmes. "The
they're telling us they want a town," lamented Pieper. "Even I plan doesn't do that.
strike," Anderson commented. if the cars are parked, we'd just "I feel that in this point inI
If the tentative settlement be- as soon 'not have them down-'time there isn't a single road
t w e e n the University and town." which I would recommend for
AFSCME is voted down, repre- The Ecology Center has also widening. If growth occurs as
sentatives for the 2300 food serv- gone on record against the rec- projected, then there is," he
ice, hospital, maintenance and added
grounds workers will go back to ommended structures, and Gon- "E.
the negotiating table to try mkd siders their construction "unjus- "WE ARE not recommending
theneotitig tbl totr an ;tified." The Center says if its';that we 2o out and widen Hill
work out a more acceptable con- alternative were put into use Street. We can ignore it. al-
tract. the need for new parking struc- tho'nh then people will drive
tures would be lessened. 1throsgh smaller streets in the,
into the season finale. nei3-hborhood."
Schrodt also voiced concern., Probably the biggest disap-
over the plan's ecological effect pointment to. opponents of the
on the city and on residential nlan is the lack of response they
neghborhoods. have gotten from the Planning
Commission, in soite of efforts
"IT WOULD continue a trend to make their disoleasure and
of using a lot of energy primar- s"geestions for improvement'
ilv on automobiles." he said. known.
"There would be the taking of CAAP sent the Commission a
land impact and the taking of list of 20 objectives they felt
the scenic impact. There would were crucial for the plan to
be the problems of residential Commission claims to have met
areas interfaced with a huge meet. Although Pieper says the
volume road." the objectives, she added:
Letty Wickliffe of the North "Their way of proving it is a
Central Property Owners Asso- little questionable."
ciation voiced veheme'nt objec- THE ECOLOGY Center re-
tions to the plan, particularly leased a five-page statement of
Sthe pronosed widening of Ged- alternatives and complaints
des, Depot and Main to four ,about the plan, to which they
lane streets. have received little response.
Health and Healing Energy
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"The plan has changed very
little - and certainly not in the
direction of those who spoke
out," Schrodt said. "The major
issue is the almost complete
lack of response of the Planning
Commission to an overwlielm-
ing response of the community.
"The Planning Commission
has to respond to the people who
came out and spoke. They have
to respond to the visible public,"
he added.
WICKLIFFE ALSO said the
"visible public" was being ig-
nored.
"We feel that planning staff
has not included some of the
s-ggestions they got," she said.
"They have not changed the
plans. A number of people from
a number of groups offered sug-
gestions which were not includ-,
ed into the plans."
Committee Chairman Holmes
said the community is being re-
sponded to, however.
"Their words do not go un-
heard, I can assure you," he
said. "PlanningCommission is
responsible for 108,000 people.
We feel we are responding. We
are not recommending that we
go out and widen streets. Plan-
ning Commission is studying
possible problems to be ready
with solutions when the time
comes."

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