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TDE
Michigan Daily
Edited and managed by Students at the
University of Michigan
Tuesday, August 13, 1974
News Phone: 764-0552
Bottle up your trash
IT'S BEEN ten months since Oregon implemented the
toughest beveraee container bill ever passed by a
state legislature and by all appearances the bill is a
complete success. The bill outlaws snap-top cans and
throw-away bottles. and also requires a 5c refund to be
payed on all carbonated beverage containers except for
the one bottle which was already returnable. The effec-
tive enetment of the bill has resulted not only in de-
creasing Orecon's In ter problems, but it also proved
to be an efficient method of energy conservation.
Michigan, indeed, every other state in the union, is in
need of such a bill. In Oregon, the litter resulting from
beverage containers was reduced 50 per cent to 70 per
cent during the first three months after the passage
of the bill. With tourism such an important part of
Michigan's economy, it is important to keep our resort
areas as clean as possible. Instead of spending extra
money to pick up these containers it would be much
simpler to stop them from being left behind in the first
place.
AT THIS MOMENT Consumers Power must buy electric-
ity from other states to keep Michigan supplied with
power. If all the beverage bottles sold during 1971
had been returnable enough energy would have been
saved to provide residential electric power to a city of 6.5
million people for one year.
Returnable beverage containers are economical as well
as beneficial to the environment. A throw-away can costs
4 to 5 cents while a one-way bottle costs only 3 to 4
Cents.
In 1969 Americans paid 1.5 billion dollars more for
beverages in throw-away containers than that same
beverage would have cost in returnable bottles. In addi-
tion to this, taxpayers spent at least $350 million to dis-
pose of those came containers.
The success of the numerous paper drives and recycling
centers demonstrates that the people are concerned
enough to act. It's time the government did too.
-Sue Wilhelm
Do 'foreign laundry'
NOW THAT WE ARE finally cleaning the nation's politi-
cal laundry, let us examine the international clothes
hamper too.
The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations is con-
sidering a bill (S. 3394) which authorizes funding of mili-
tary assistance abroad in 1975. Zap this budget, and the
incidence of world-wide violence will fall proportionally.
THERE ARE A NUMBER of promising trends that should
be encouraged:
First, the CIA estimated on Saturday that Soviet and
Chinese arm supplies to Vietnam have dropped in recent
months. The U. S. should follow suit.
Secondly. Portueal has disclosed plans to grant two
of three African colonies-Guinea-Bissau and Angola-
independknce. The formula calls for a two year power
transferral to native provisional governments. Don't for-
get Mozambiote, either.
Third, no fighting on Cyprus for two days! Turkish
and Greek army officers agreed to separate their armies
last Saturdav: at least bullets won't complicate the deli-
cate Geneva neeotiations.
ON THE OTHER HAND . . . ceasefires are frail inven-
tions. Half a world anart, Vietnamese and Cypriots
have nibbled away at each other's truce established ter-
ritories. Geneva talks have ground to a halt as Ankara
demands partition of Cyprus and Athens stresses "peace-
ful coexistence" of the two ethnic groups.
Meanwhile the Saigon government has seized a news
paper for appealing to both sides to stop shooting.
Still another ceasefire is barely holding. Sunday
night, Israel placed its army on full alert. Something
other than rining the border with barbed wire emplace-
ments will ease Mideast tensions.

Yet the U. S. continues supplying the guns while
looking the other way.
Other fences need mending also. We urge normaliza-
tion of relations with that island barely 90 miles off our
coast-Cuba, and resumption of ties with India whom we
alienated by arms sales to Pakistan during the Bangla-
desh War.
International housecleaning begins at home. Con-
gress has the power to prevent American rifles from re-
maining household furniture in Vietnam, Portugal,
Greece, Turkey, Israel, Pakistan and other neighborhoods.
We urge the Senate to end appropriations for military
aid abroad,
-BILL HEENAN

Letters to the

clerical concern
To The Daily:
TIE AFSCME article which
apeared in The Daily cites two
critical questions involved in
a choice between two unions: 1)
which union has more exper-
ience in dealing with the prob-
lems of University employees
and 2) which union can provide
greater support for employees
on the 'U' campus . . . Let'; ex-
amine the facts.
While it is true that we are
public employees, we are just
as importantly clerical w o r k-
ers, UAW is composed prii ar-
ily of auto workers, but its lOP
division, whose membership is
now 85,000 strong and of which
U-M clericals would be a part,
deals strictly with technical, of-
fice and professional personnel.
AFSCME represents such di-
verse classifications as main-
tenance men and zookeepers.
AFSCME implied that 'U' cleri-
cals would be "out of their ele-
ment" by joining the autowork-
ers; surely such an affiliation is
no more ludicrous than clericals
joiningtforces with zookeepers.
While the UAW may be regard-
ed by some as a relative new-
comer in organizing university
clerical workers, we onlieve
that in its short history it has
outshone most of the experienc-
ed office-related unions.
HERE IS A GOOD example.
AFSCME points out that U-M
service workers who have been
organized for seven years now
start at $3.17 an hour compar-
ed to the $1.82 they made when
they first organized. This would
apear to be a very effective
comparison were it not fir the
fact that Wayne County Com-
munity College service workers
of the same grade (organized
by UAWTOP) start at $4.00
per hour after only two years
of being organized by the UAW.
Which do you want, exper-
ience or results? AFSCME also
points out that U-M service
workers will be getting a 13c
an hour cost of living allowance.
With the rise in the cost of liv-
ing expected to be well over
10 per cent this year, it apprs
that AFSCME with all of itn
experience has been able to get
its employees a mere 3 per
cent cost of living wage ;n-
crease. UAW contracts include
a cost of living escalator clause
which corresponds to the ac-
tial inflation rate, not some
arbitrary figure which will help
emloyees keep up in these
days of spiraling inflation.
Again we ask, svhich doti
want, experience or results?
WE ALSO believe the issue
of women representing them-
selves to be one of the maior
considerations in deciding be-
tween the two unions. Once a
union is selected by the em-
nlovees, we as- members of the
union will be resoonsible for
running our own local, repre-
smting orselves at the bar-
naising table, and settling our
erievances. These are jobs from
which women have been tradi-
tianlly excluded,
As in many other social move-
ments, the UAW has set ;he
trend among unions and indus-
trv in psbing hard for women's
rihts. There has been a wo-
men's department in the UAW
for over 30 years andhitU ha
been a searate division of
the UAW for 20 vears. In the
constitution . of the UAW, all
-nts who have women mem-
hers are required to have a
tanuding committee on women.
The prose of this committee
is to encourage women to take
nart in the leadership roles of
ts. anion and become active
n-rtici ants i deision-making.

Caruline Dais, who is the head
at the UAW Women's Denart-
meat, in one of the 12' found-
ing members of NOW (National
Or. nization of Women). Ol a
Mdar, who is the national re-
sident of CLUW (Coalition of
Lab rUnion Women) was lect-
ed to the International Vxecu-
tive Board of the UAW in 1966,

the first woman ever to bald
such a position in any u-sion.
Women are truly an important
part of the UAW. Today Sere
are 75 women who are local
presidents and sote 817 wo-
men holding the top four elec-
tive offices in UAW locals, some
of them in locals where men
outnumber women members.
PLACING WOMEN in le-iler-
ship positions has been one of
the goals in our union drive
here at the U-M. For far too
long women secretaries hive
been told by male admitsstra-
tors that they should be happy
making their measly salaries
because they are only putting
their husbands through school.
A union is a way women can
control their own work place.
Through the CCFA UAW-TOP
organizing drive we have learn-
ed many skills which will help
us once a union is achieved
here on campus. For instance,
when the Michigan Employment
Relations Commission held a
hearing to determine when the
election for a union would take
place, CCFA/UAW was repre-
sented by five clericals and orae
man from the UAW.
AFSCME was represented by
three men and a woman who

Da'ly I
only to return and find a line of
Art Fair cars waiting to buy for
"one dollar" spaces whic had
already been purchased by U
of M employees. Needless to
say, not one parking soace was
available in the Hill Street
structure, the Church Street
structure, or the parking sti-uc-
ture across from the M4LS (we
work in the Residential College
which is across the Diag from
the MLB). We were forced,
since we were already twenty
minutes late looking for "legal
U of M parking spaces,' to
park in an illegal tow-away zone
some eight blocks away 'roni
where we work.
On present secretarial salar-
ies, the cost of a $25.00 U of M
parking permit is enough of a
financial burden without the ad-
ditional cost of a parking ticket
or a towing fee.
WE FEEL that this practice
is unfair to U of B employees
and feel some assurance should
be made to provide parking for
ts during Art Fair Week.
-Thelma Kirk
Claudi Haigler
July 17, 1974
fairness

alphabetized the AFS
of-interest cards. 0
is, if we as women -
igoing to represent
once a union is in
isn't it in our best
be gaining as muc
experience as possib
ization by actively
ourselves? If thet
U-M clericals votet
CCFA/UAW represe
bargaining with the
women will be read
leadership roles in
-Mitzi Burton
Bryne, JanC
Joyce Holder
CCFA/UAW
To The Daily:
I WOULD LIKE t
way for people to
protest City Council's
cancel the Blues an.
tival. Lloyd Fairbar
the Republican cul
vice-president of Ht
National Bank. I ri
account on account
proclaiming all the
cause of my unhap
HVNB.
If others were toc
the effect would be
There are doubtles
turn economic pressi
council members
someone more kn
write the Daily and 1
This is an area wh
uals can successful
our city government,
Republicans where
them, in the money
--Doug Nelson
July 30
To The Daily:
AT THE BEGINN
academic year we
parking permits for
the sole purpose of
University parking
while working as se
U ofM for 8 to 5, A
Friday.
On July 17th we
my car to a garage

CME show- To The Editor:
ur 4uescion
workers are ON JU NE 3rd at the invitation
t ourselves of Senator Bursley, I represent-
nplemented, ed the Ann Arbor Chapter of
interests to the National Organization for
h firsthand Women at a committee hearing
le in union- in Lansing, and I wish you
organizing could have been there.
majority of Despite the position of dozens
to have the of organizations and individuals,
tnt us in from the Governor of Michigan
University, to the League of Women Vot-
y to fill the ers, all of whom support House
this union. Bill 4639 which is legislation
, Dan which would render it illegal to
Cooper, discriminate against people in
r the extending of credit or the
granting of a loan, and despite
mounds of supporting testimony,
festival reams of documentation and
scores of legal opinions, Sena-
tor Bursley effectively defeated
this much needed bill by offer-
o suggest a ing a substitute which would
effectively have no enforcement power
s decision to whatsoever.
d Jazz Fos- The token piece of legisiation
nks, one of which is left is totally unaccepz-
Iprits, is a able to the Ann Arbor Chap-er
uron Valley of NOW. The original bill, which
emoved my passed the Michigan House with
of his vote, only one dissenting vote would
while the have made it illegal to discrim-
pineswith mnate on the basis of race, col-
or, religion, national origin,
do the sane marital status, sex or blindness.
significant. What's left of the original bill
s ways to has no enforcement power and
ure on other would do very little if anything.
too; would
owledgeable GOVERNOR Milliken recently
et us know? called for the adoption of the
ere individ- original House Bill 4639 in his
ly influence State of the State Address when
bitting the he said, "It asks for nothing
it willtghurt more or n hing less than fair-
y-belt. neststo all in the granting of
credit." Unfortunately, the Re-
publican majority on the Cor-
porations and Economic Devel-
opment Committee have chosen
parking not to sapport fairness in the
granting of credit.
SING of the If you are concerned about
IpGurche fair lending and loaning prac-
r urchased tices, please write or call Sen-
a$25 tar Bursley in an effort to re-
parking in gister your concern over this
g facilities issue.
cretaries at
Mtonday thru -Kathleen M. Fojtik
Vice President
left to rake Ann Arbor NOW
for repairs, June 4

' . :.; ::'+ : :. '%+.:: 2> ", '.a": s :
Contact your reps-
Sen. Phillip Hart (Dem), Rm 253, Old Senate Bldg., Capitol
Hill, Washington, D.C. 20515.
Sen. Robert Griffin (Rep), Rm 353, Old Senate Bldg., Capitol
1Hill, Washington, D.C. 20515.
Rep. Marvin Esch (Rep), Rm. 412, Cannon Bldg., Capitol
11111, Washington, D.C. 20515.
Sen. Gilbert Bursley (Rep), Senate, State Capitol Bldg.,
l."nsing, Mi. 48933.
Rep. Perry Bullard (Dem), House of Representatives, State
Capitol Bldg., Lansing, Mi. 48933,

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