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Thursday, August 17, 1972 ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN News Phone: 764-0552
Local parties
organize air
practices unit
Apparently tired of their own 'spy-versus-spy' cam-
paign tactics, local politicians have agreed to form the
city's first Fair Elections and Campaign Practices Com-
Announced at a morning press conference yesterday,
the tri-partisan committee will draw up an election code
and investigate allegations of unfair campaigning.
The committee will include one representative of each
of the city's three parties, as well as four non-partisan
members of the community to be chosen by the partisan

attempt fails
at Jacobson's
Following several months ef
union organizing attempts, the
eUloyei of the local Jacobson
departmen store overwhelming-
ly rejected yesterday plans to
affiliate with Teamsters Local
Union No. 614.
Employes' grievances includ-
ed the low wage rate, arbitrary
management practices in giving
raises, hiring and firing prac-
tices, the commission system,
And the lack of a clear delinea-
tion of employee rights.
While 144 employes voted
against unionizing, 32 employes
voted in favor of joining a un-
ion, according to unofficial to-
tals. Over 200 employes work at
the store.
Laura Baddeley, an employe
and organizer of the drive for
unionizing, said she could offer
no explanation for the results.
"They just knew how to get
out the no-vote and we didn't
know how to get out the yes-
vote," she said.
Baddeley was fired during the
organizing campaign. In an in-
vestigation, the National Labor
Relations Board found "reason-
able cause" to believe she had
been fired for her unionizing ac-
tivity, a violation of federal law.
Baddeley was subsequently re-
instated and given back pay for
time lost.

The committee's first meeting
is slated for early next week.
Each party representative will
have the power to veto the
chosen representative from an-
other party.
Although optimism was ex-
pressed that the committee may
tone down the city's increasingly
unruly campaigns, it was ad-
mitted that the only real effect
of the group will be that of "a
Peter Wright, chairman of the
city GOP said yesterday, "Al-
though the committee will have
no legal sanctions, by virtue of
it's mere existence, candidates
will think twice" about engaging
in false allegations and smear
The American Independent
Party has been invited to join
the fair practices committee. If
they choose to do so, the compo-
sition will change to four party
representatives and five non-
partisan members.
One of the fall races which
may first occupy the commit-
tee's time is the crowded contest
for Wahtenaw County sheriff.
In the recent county primary.
the Democratic candidates for
the party's nomination fought
across local news pages, trading
insults and allegations.
Presumably, such grievances
will in the future be taken before
the Fair Elections and Campaign
Practices Committee.
City Council member Jerry De
Crieck (HRI'-First Ward) said
last night that the committee
"can only work if all three par-
ties and the local media get be-
hind it and push it."
"It's high time for everybody
to clean sup or shut up," he

Doiy Photo by JIM WALLAL
Left to right are photographer Tsien Szu-chieh, reporter Yeli Chi-hsing, and Chief Correspondent
Chang Hai-toa in The Daily news office.
Chinese writers tour t'

As the city and campus lan-
guish in the lazy days of sum-
mer, three journalists from the
People's Republic of China hosted
by a New York Times reporter
investigated the local sights yes-
The three representatives of
New China News Agency (Hsin-
hua), Chief Correspondent Chang
Hai-toa, his associate Yeh Chi-
hsing, and photographer Tsien
Szu-chieh, are assigned to United
Nations coverage in New York
and are currently touring the
midwest with Times correspon-
dent Fox Butterfield.

Chang said the tour, which is
their first American trip outside
the New York area, will hope-
fully give them a chance "to see
the working processes of industry
and agriculture" in this country.
The three journalists lunched
here with political science Prof.
Allen Whiting, a leading China
expert, and a group of students
and teachers from the Chinese
studies department. Ther tour
of the campus included the
Phoenix Memorial-Ford nuclear
reactor on North Campus, Mott
Children's Hospital, the Univer-
sity library's Asia collection, and
The Daily.

The three said Hsin-hua is a
news-gathering wire service sim-
ilar to the Associated Press, and
is the official national news
source for every newspaper in
The tour has so far included
visits to a coal mine in Pennsyl-
vania and Detroit's River Rouge
Ford plant. Butterfield said they
plan to see farming areas of
Wisconsin and Illinois soon, as
well as steel plants in Indiana.
Chang and Yeh, who will de-
scribe the two-week tour in an
article for the Times, said Ann
Arbor is their only campus stop.

Local day care center faces
problems of funding, location

Camp aids lots

The University's Child Care
Action Center, once the center of
attention for campus radical and
women's groups,face-usa serious
fin'anciat crisis according to the
Board of Trustees.
The center, established three
years ago, has always faced
questions of how much support
would be given from the Univer-
O kids
Most people are familiar with
the American practice of sending
the little ones to camp for t h e
summer. But at the University's
Fresh Air Camp, not only do the
little ones go off to camp, but
some big ones go too.
Owned and operated by the
University, the camp provides
students majoring in education,
psychology and sociology a um-
que opportunity to study the spec-
ial educational problems of child-
ren in an informal setting.
The children who attend the
camp represent the entire spec-
trum of learning abilities. Many
of the children have no disabil-
ity but have never had the
chance to live in a country set-
ting. Others are either physically
or emotionally handicaped a n d
still others are deaf.
According to Prof. W a n d a
Milburn, asociate director of the
camp, one of the main goals of
See AREA, Page 7

sity, and how much would have
to be mustered by the center's
participants and the community.
The University has provided a
location for the center. But the
location has been changed often,
ranging from the University Ter-
race Apartments to its present
cite in the education school. Uni-
versity officials say there is no
permanent space available.
However, funding for the cen-
ter, which serves about 40 fami-
lies of University staff and stu-
dents, has come from the city
antfron the families thei-
In mid-July, the center's
Board of Trustees, made up of
parents and staff members, ap-
pealed to President Robben
Fleming for funds to help out,
but Fleming said that no money
had been allocated for the cen-
ter, so none was available.
Ftetming himself says he sup-
ports the idea of the center.
'I guess he feels his hands are
tied," says ianette Wineberg, a
menber of the board. But the
board re-emphasizes its long-held
belief that there should be Uni-
versity funding for the center
which is "an integral part of the
University community," and is
supported by "a large number of
University-related groups."
One of the chief problems faced
by the center is the present site.
- Although the education school
location will be available for one
more year, it is inadequate under
state law governing nurseries.
The fees charged by the cen-
ter, according to the law, are in-
adequate to run the operation as
presently defined.

Parents pay 60 cents per hour
for each child, or 75 cents if their
income exceeds $6500.
In addition, the center recently
received $750 frot City Council
and $500 from Project Commun-
ity. But more money is needed
to pay four staff members and
cover other necessary expenses.
Wineberg says the center is
just squeeking by this summer.
"Little gifts have helped us get
through," she says. "We barely
have enough to pay the staff's
meager salary."
A core of dedicated parents
works to keep the center pro-
vided with snacks, toys, repairs
on equipment. The teachers also
work more than the hours they
are paid for. "They put in a lot
more time, planning the curricu-
lum, consulting with parents and
social workers, says Wineberg.

Camp scene

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