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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, June 5, 1979-Page 7

BOTH AFSCME AND 0CC SEEK SUPPORT:

Labor groups plan. to organize

BY PATRICIA HAGEN
Two campus labor groups will seek
the support of campus clerical workers
in separate attempts to unionize the
3,300 University secretarial workers.
The Organizing Committee for
Clericals (OCC) has announced its in-
tention to make a second bid to form an
independent union of clericals. Officials
of the campus service and maintenance
union will also attempt to make
clericals part of the local of the
American Federation of State, County
and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
Local 1583 is the largest University em-
ployee union representing 2,100 main-
tenance food service workers,
custodians, and nurses aides on the
three University campuses.
THE OCC WILL attempt to re-
organize the clericals into a
"democratic" union despite the AF-
SCME efforts, according to a

spokeswoman for the group. ''We want
and need to establish an independent
union first," said Patty Schwartzman,
OCC recording secretary. She said af-
ter the proposed independent union is
formed, the membership could vote to
affiliate with a larger international
union such as AFSCME.
Last November University clericals
voted down the OCC bid to become the
collective bargaining agent for the
group. The election was protested by
the OCC on the basis of six alleged un-
fair labor practices by the University
and alleged inappropriate handling of
the election by Michigan Employment
Relations Commission (MERC) of-
ficials. More hearings are scheduled
before MERC in Detroit for June 14 to
hear OCC objections to the election.
In 1976 the clericals voted to disband
a union local of the United Auto
Workers (UAW) that had been formed

in 1974.
AFSCME LOCAL 1583 President
Dwight Newman refused to comment
on the AFSCME efforts to include the
clericals in the local. "I am not at liber-
ty (to discuss any details)," said
Newman.
Previously, Newman reported that a
signature drive is slated to begin in the
fall,, with a certification election
sometime before the next scheduled
contract renewal in 1981. Details are
being worked out with union officials in
Lansing.
According to state regulations, 30 per
cent of eligible employees must sign
cards requesting a certification elec-
tion to form a union.
BOTH OCC and AFSCME officials
said there has been no communication
between the two groups.
Schwartzman said she does not
believe AFSCME will be successful in

'U' clericals
its bid to organize "because of a lack of
democracy in their own union and weak
struggles against management. We
don't think they can get enough
signatures," she added.
"We still need a union now," Schwar-
tzman said. "We don't want to wait un-
til 1981 to negotiate a contract. We in-
tend to organize." An election to form a
union can be held one year after the un-
successful attempt last November.
THE RESULTS of the MERC
hearings will not effect the OCC attem-
pt, said the OCC spokeswoman. A
decision is not expected for at least six
months after the hearings are com-
pleted.
Schwartzman said the OCC currently
plans "to do everything we can" to sup-
port the efforts of the Trades Council,
the union for skilled tradespersons on
campus. Contract talks are slated for
this summer.

Pope celebrates Mass for 500,000 at Polish shrine

CZESTOCHOWA, Poland (AP) -
Pope John Paul II appealed for "justice
and peace" in Poland and the world
yesterday, praying with a half-million
of his countrymen who knelt on a dusty
hillside at the most revered Catholic
shrine in this communist nation.
Celebrating an outdoor Mass at the
Shrine of Mary, part of the 17th-century
Jasna Gora Monastery, the pontiff

blended his prayers for "religious
unity" with references to human rights
and world peace.
John Paul, the first pope to visit a
communist nation, asked for the Virgin
Mary's guidance "to serve the in-
dividual and humanity" and enmeshed
his remarks with allusions to religious
freedom in Eastern Europe.
HE SAID IT was his goal "to serve

State to consider

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University would "make the absolute
best of the situation."
The University originally requested a
$24 million increase from the 1978-79
appropriation from the state. Milliken's
initial proposal gives the University
only $10 million more than last year's
state appropriation, totaling $144
million for the coming year.
HOWEVER, THE legislature can
change the proposed budget, and raise
or decrease the amount of state ap-
propriation. Last year,- the initial
budget proposal was decreased by $1
million.
When Milliken proposed his initial
budget in late January, University of-
ficials were disappointed with the small
increase in the University's ap-
propriation-just eight per cent of the
requested 18 per cent.

requests
However, one University official
recently said the University always
asks for more than it estimates it can
get from the state-especially in times
of austerity. The official also said the
University would have to make up the
difference in private donations and
tuition fees, while attempting to keep
tuition ina range compatible with other
universities.
ONCE THE University knows what it
will receive from the state, it can con-
firm tuition rates. New tuition rates are
scheduled for approval in July by the
Board of Regents.
Students can expect tuition hikes for
the 1979-80 academic year to range
between 7.1 per cent and 13.9 per cent,
according to figures released in April
by Shapiro, who is also chairman of the
University Committee on Budget Ad-
ministration.

the great cause-of freedom of the chur-
ch," not only in Poland but throughout,
the world.
"How are we to protect justice and
peace in a world continually threatened
on various sides," the pope asked, in-
voking the name of Mary in a prayer
during the three-hour service, which he
conducted from a platform beneath a
red-and-gold canopy alongside the
medieval monastery walls.
"How greatly I desire on the occasion
of our meeting today to entrust to you
all the difficult problems of the
societies, systems and states -
problems that cannot be solved with
hatred, war, and self-destruction, but
only by peace, justice, and respect for
the rights of people and of nations.
"There are people and nations,
Mother, that I would like to say to you
by name," the pope said as the yellow-
and-white Vatican flags fluttered in a
strong summer breeze.
"I ENTRUST them to you in silence. I
entrust them to you in the way you
know best."
His visit to the shrine came on the
third day of a nine-day homecoming
trip to Poland, a communist country
whose population of 35 million is at least
80 per cent Catholic. Each day of the
trip has brought carefully worded
comments aimed at the communist

governments of Poland and the rest of
Eastern Europe.
As the pope raised the communion
host on his platform overlooking the
crowded hillside and the town below,
the hundreds of thousands of faithful
dropped to their knees on the dusty
ground.
AT TIMES John Paul, returning for
the first time since he became pope to
the district he served as Cardinal Karol
Wojtyla, departed from his prepared
text, once to sing a hymn and another
time to joke about his approach to papal
masses and the length of his sermons.
Later in the week, he returns to his
southern hometown of Wadowice to
celebrate a Mass. He also will celebrate
a Mass at the site of the infamous Nazi
concentration camp at Auschwitz.
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