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Eighty-Seven Years of Editorial Freedom
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Friday, February 25, 1977

News Phone: 764-0552

Edited and managed by students at the University of Michigan
AFSCME needs our help.
Let's not let them down




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-flE R6Wf

AS THE AFSCME strike heads into
its third day, it is disenchanting
to see the nonchalant attitude of the
University, and the repressive actions,
of the. Ann Arbor Police. For some
misguided reason, the administration
seems willing to wait the union out,
come hell or high water. But, at whose
expense? The students', of course.
The University is in the perfect
situation --it's got' the students over
a barrel, and the strike isn't costing
them anything. As long as school re-
mains open, and the cafeterias are
serving food, we have to continue to
attend class, ride scab buses, and eat
food prepared and served by scab
workers. Aid, if we try to join the
picket lines, we are subject to the
sort of violence that saw several stu-
dents beaten by police officers with
billy clubs outside East quad yester-
day. And does the University care?
Apparently not, since the administra-
tion has not yet even considered mak-
ing AFSCME a decent offer.
And why should it? Not only are
students capitulating to the Univer-
sity's tactics, but each day that the
workers are out, the University gets
away without paying their salaries.
So, what does the administration care
if the strike continues if students
won't complain, and AFSCME doesn't
get paid?
the administration care. We have
to let the University know that we
want service workers to earn a de-
cent wage, and that we won't tol-
erate a "wait and see" attitude about
this strike. There are several means
of protest available to students:
* Don't work as a scab. The Uni-
versity is trying to convince students
to work in cafeterias; clean bath-
rooms and drive buses in place of
striking workers - for little more
than half the usual salary. Sure, we'd
all like to make a few extra bucks,
but not at the expense of AFSCME
workers. If you don't presently work
for the University, don't start. And

if you usually do service work, part-
time, don't accept any increase in
your work load. Right now the Uni-
versity is saving money by paying
students a paltry $2.30 an hour to
do AFSCME's work. By not helping
the administration, you will be sup-
porting the strike, and telling the
University that you want some ac-
tion taken.
* WRITE, OR CALL the Regents,
and have your parents do the
same. If the Regents are flooded with
letters and phone calls they could
apply pressure on the administra-
tion to get moving and end this
strike by making a decent offer to
the union. Let the Regents know you
are fed up, and they will react. Here
are the Regents' phone numbers and
Deane Baker - phone, (313) 769-1551
address, 4944 Scio Church Rd., Ann
Arbor 48103
Paul Brown - phone, (616) 347-3907
address, First National Bank Bldg.,
Petosky 49779
Gerald Dunn - phone (313) 422-1200,
ext. 315 address, 15125 Farmington
Rd., Livonia 48154
David Laro - phone, (313) 733-3310
address, Suite 101 Executive Plaza,
G-3235 Beecher Rd., Flint 48504
Robert Nederlander - phone, (313)
905-5565 address, 1930 Buhl Bldg.,
Detroit 48226
Sarah Power - phone, (313) 994-4374
address, 527 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor
Thomas Roach - phone, (313) 963-
3400 address, 2150 Guardian Bldg.,
Detroit 48226
James Waters - phone, (616) 726-.
4861 address, 1440 Peck, P.O. Box 27,
Muskegon 49443
come to the Diag at noon today
for a rally sponsored by AFSCME
Student Support Committee, and
join those picket lines.
AFSCME needs our help. Let's not
let them down.


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To the Daily:
February 16, 1977, the LSA
Student Government Executive
Council endorsed the contrac-
tual demands of AFSCME Local
1583. February 23, 1977, the
1S&A-SG endorsed the AFSCME
strike. We urge the University
to immediately offer a fair and
just settlement to AFSCME, so
that the strike may be ended,
and conditions at the University
may return to normal.
--LSA Student Gov't.
Executive Council
-Mike Taylor
-Theo Yemen
-Joel Klein
-Eugene Juergens
-Shareen Ober
-Jodi Wolens
-Phil Weiss
-Don Share
-John Edmond
-Dick Brazee
-Janet Yeghissian
To the Iya.hy:
Let us see what the University

is really doing. For three years
under their previous contract,
AFSCME workers were over-
worked, underpaid and exploit-
ed. When their contract ran out
this year, they extended dead-
lines four times to avoid a
strike, hoping to come to a com-
mon, favorable agreement with
the University. The University
policy has long been to break
the Union if they couldn't get
the Union to give in to dirt
cheap contracts. AFSCME said
NO to the University. Soy now
who is being exploited:
Students: But not by AFSCME
as stated by the left side on
Thursday, but by the University.
Students are being offered "stu-
dent" pay to cross the picket
line and do Union work.
Lower level -administrators,
too, are being exploited. On
Wednesday four cafeteria ad-
ministrators w o r k e d twelve
hours, attempting to fill the jobs
of about twelve Union workers.

Ito te
These administrators are sup-
posed to represent the Univer-
sity. They are carrying out Uni-
versity desires by threatening
student workers who refuse to
cross the picket line. However,
these people, too, should be out
on the lines.
The enemies are not the
workers. The enemies are the
high level administrators who
sit at their desks and watch:
they are responsible forrunning
our expensive institute for high-
er learning more like a multi-
million dollar corporation than
a university.
-Sarah Warren
-Ramon Berguer
for the Student
Support Committee
To the Daily:
This letter to the editors of
the Michigan Daily is intended
to acquaint the readers of' the
Daily with the facts concerning

the case of Michigan Student
Assemblyman Stewart Mandell
and to disclose the remissness
of the Daily's coverage of the
confrontation between Mandell
and the Michigan Student As-
sembly (MSA).
On Wednesday, February 23,
the Daily printed a letter to the
editor from Irving Freeman of
MSA who.reported that Mandell
was no longer a member of
MSA and that Mandell wsas tak-
ing tis case before the Central
Student Judiciary (CSJ) com-
mittee who was deciding the
case. On Monday, February 21,
CSJ had ruled that Mandell had
been unjustly removed from his
seat on MSA and should be im-
mediately reinstated. Two days
after CSJ made its determina-
tion, the Daily printed a letter
claiming that Mandell was not
a member of MSA and that no
decision had been reached by
In light of this it seems clear
that the Daily is guilty of irre-


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Let's not trade restri ctionls
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Working hard every day
Bringing home all my pay
just to hear you sa-y
That you love me baby.
"From Now On"-Lou Rawls
N LAST week's column we presented sketches ofworking
men. Given the variety of jobs and the limited space of
this column, we are of course limited in what we can present.
Therefore, we have sought to express the threads of com-
monality that run through the male experience. We feel safe
in concluding that even though some change has occurred,
most men assume the breadwinner role as their primary
consideration. Given the image of men in all forms of media and
most life experiences, young boys grow to adulthood with
scarcely a thought as to the consequences of a career choice.
Of course economic factors are considered, and working en-
vironment is given some thought, and usually geography.
But for most of us, it's impossible to determine beforehand
whether the balance of career and personal interests will' pro-
duce the proper blend to make us happy. Unfortunately, most
of us are of the opinion that any job is better than no job
at all. This too often leads a person to make commitments and
sacrifices that may not be in his or her interest. If that person
has assumed responsibility for the well-being of others, namely
the breadwinner role and its variations, alternatives to tradi-
tional jobs are usually invisible or at best seem impossible.
ONE ALTERNATIVE to traditional work patterns for bus-
bands and wives, or for any two people living together, is a
complete role reversal. That is. the male becomes the house-
husband or homemaker and the female earns the family in-
come outside the home. This arrangement could be adopted
either permanently or by turns or even once in a lifetime. The
experience for those who have done it even briefly usually
results in a humanizing of both workplaces brought about
through a broadening of each person's roles. It enables both
people to realize the pluses and minuses attached to each
role so as to be able to enhance the pleasures and diminish
the drawbacks.
Mike McGrady in The Kitchen Sink Papers relates what it
was like to have primary responsibility to run the house and
raise children for one year while his wife, Corrine, became
the breadwinper.
* He discovered that sort'ing the family socks after washing
them was a time consuming, frustrating ordeal. Eventually
he instituted a plan for each family member to pick out his
or her socks from the laundry basket.
,BEFORE THE ROLE reversal he had never considered what
it had meant in terms of time and effort to open his dresser
drawer to see rows of neatly folded, paired, and color matched
socks. Nor had he felt the disappointment of preparing a spec-
ial dinner only to have Corrine arrive two hours late because
of being "tied up" at the ofice and worse yet, the humiliation
of being oi-en an allowance of spending money by Corrine who

communication and understanding as they are able to discuss
happenings or decisions at either workplace with a more
total comprehension by knowing exactly what the other person is
ANOTHESR VARIATION is for both people to simply workf
parttime although not necessarily- at the same, job._ In fact,
if they work the same shifts, they will have freed up more
time to spend leisurely with each other in order to develop or
pursue similar interests and to grow together. If they work
different shifts, they can each be available half of the time for
raising the children. The children benefit from being exposed to
two personalities, instead of one, and fathers have a greater
opportunity to share daily living with their children. These
children further benefit from seeing a father who succeeds and
fails during the course of a day rather than someone who gees
out of the house daily to some mystical workplace. The ar-
rangement also permits a mother to pursue a job or continue
her education while raising young children.
Of course, there are advantages and disadvantages to part-
time work besides those pertinent to sex roles. Society gains
through having another person's talents at work. Business
in general improves as shopping areas, restaurants, theatres,
etc. enjoy more even usage of their facilities. Rush hour traffic
and congested mass transit systems can be alleviated.
FOR THE INDIVIDUAL working part-time. it is possible
to eat more healthful and inexpensive meals at home than out,
and to maintain a less expensive work wardrobe. On the
other hand, an individual who alters the traditional work scheme
should expect to encounter some censure from friends and
relatives. Co-workers may doubt your "drive." Career ad-
vancement may be limited vertically, but probably widened
horizontally as you feel freer to try various kinds of work.
Most infortunately part-time work is usually not compensated
adeciately and does not often include the fringe benefits of
medical insurance or accrued vacation time. Typically that is
true because ma-v part-time jobs have been "women's jobs."
However as part-time work becomes more popular, pressure
can be brought to bear to improve its rewards.
There are other job alternatives including a shortened work
week of four days or "flexitime" where an employee can set
his or her own hours.
HOME BASED emoloyment'is yet another option whether a
person chooses to write or paint or to be an auto mechanic
or a free lance delivery person. The time saved by not travel-
ing to and from work throughout a lifetime is staggering. Be-
sides that, think of the decrease in tension'by avoiding traffic
jams, the decrease in exposure to fumes from an hour in
traffic everyday, and the savings in terms of what you have
to snend on fuel.
Finally, some consideration and leeitlation could be en-
couraged for homemaker nayments so that whoever works at
home ^onld be compensated montetarily and therefore removed
from lgve, martyr. or subordinate status.
Each of us anticipates life to be a multi-varied set of
exneriences that will contain the elements necessary for an
existence that we can call' fulfilling.
However, the extreme delineations of sex roles in this
countrv lead men and women down such divergent paths that
each sex is denied the experiences of the other.
THE DENTAL of the fllest -range of experiences leads *in
av y^n to diffic-1tv of communication- not only between
the sexes but within each sex, a sense of individual trauma for
those not suited for traditional roles, and a perpetuation of
false values. These value include among them that men
are in most wavys sinerior to women and therefore men should
be nroviders for women.
Tf ,n,. ----, 11+-h -lo f na in i enh ,i-

sponsible journalism on several
counts. Initially, the Daily was
neglectful in its investigatory
responsibilities. While clainting
in numerous advertisements to
be increasingly proficient in its
reporting, the Daily was un-
aware of theoutcome of the suit
before CSJ despite having print-
ed the time and place of the
hearing. On two occasions Man-
dell's plight was awarded front
page coverage but when the
case was at its conclusion. the
Daily failed to cover the out-
come. Secondly, the Daily was
derelict in that they printed
Freeman's letter without verify-
ing the facts contained therein.
Further, the Daily was cogni-
zant of the outcome of the CSJ
hearing. Mandell c a 11 e d the
Daily and gave a statement im-
mediately following the hearing.
At the time of this writing,
three articles have appeared d
scribing Mandels remoal and
subsequent request for reinstate-
ment and yet the Daily neglect-
ed to follow the case up with a
report of the outcome. On Mon-
day, Mandell was reinstated as
a member of MSA and on Tues-
day he attended the MSA meet-
ing as a full member.
- -Tim Beyer
Legal Advisor for
Stew Mandell
To the Daily:
In the last part of your Feb-
-ruary 23, 1977 article on the Un-
fair Labor Practice hearing in-
volving GEO, statements made
by me were used in an irre-
sponsible manner in an attempt
.to discredit some of GEO's testi-
mony. The first statement at-
tributed to me was never made;
neither was it true. The content
and context of the second state-
ment were altered slightly, b'ut
this change was enough to pro-
duce a major misrepresentation
of what was said. The third
statement, the only one support-
ing our position, was accurate.
The fourth (and last) statement
was made in a separate part
of the interview. Using this
statement in an entirely dif-
ferent context not only produced
a major shift in the focus of
the statement, it also changed
its reference.
, We spent a lot of time pre-
paring our testimony, making
sure that it was correct and
that it would stand up uder
stiff cross-examination. I do not
have, nor have I expressed,
reservations about the accuracy
of our testimony, and I am con-
cerned that my quotes were dis-
torted to produce such an im-
Igam also disturbed about an-
other aspect of this article. GEO
presented its evidence under
oath in open court, subject to
cross-examination and rebuttal
testimony, -and the Administra-
tion did not challenge or refute
any of the testimony we pre-
sented. Neither did they present
any evidence of their own. But'
after the' hearing, they made
statements challenging the cred-
ibility of our witnesses and they
presented bits of unsworn evi-
dence, safe from cross-exam-
ination and rebuttal testimony.
By reporting these cowardly al-
legations on a par with our
sworn court ?testimony, The
Daily has let the Administration
try a case in the newspapers
which they refused to try in
The Administration's actions
and statements in this case have
once again revealed their con-
tempt for due process and fair
treatment. These attitudes were
a major factor in the formation
of GEO; their persistence is the
major factor in hostile labor
relations between the Admini-

NINETEEN Michigan counties and
the city of Detroit have been
tabbed as off-limit territory for So-
viet officials and Journalists in a
move which we can only call child-
ish and stupid.

from a

all part of a retaliatory plan
makes 23 per cent of the
States off limits to Soviet of-
and journalists because, as the
Department said, the Soviet
banned American officials
a proportional amount of its

SUCH INFANTILE tit for tat play
goes against the basic principle
of freedom by which this nation was
founded. When we take into account
the State Department's random coun-
ty selection, this entire action reeks
of the most repugnant, if not childish,
Are we going to see customs booths
constructed on all major highways to
weed out Russians from the chosen
counties? Or will hunters scour
Charlevoix, Keewanaw anid Isoco
counties for suspicious looking fore-
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