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Vol. LXXXn Not
LXXXI, No. 67-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Friday, August 13, 1971 Ten Cents Twelve Pages
Brinkerho to leare U' position

University associate vice-president and
director of business operations James
Brinkerhoff will be leaving to accept a
post as vice-president for finance, plan-
ning and operations at the University of
i Minnesota, it was announced yesterday.
Brinkerhoff has served in his present
capacity since October 1970. He came to
the University as director of plant exten-
sion in 1962, after a business career which
included an administrative position with
the Argus Camera division of Sylvania
Electric Products.
In acceptirg the post with Minnesota,
Brinkerhoff becomes the fourth high ad-
ministration official to leave the Univer-
sity this summer.
Vice presidents Stephen Spurr and
Robert Knauss, and special assistant to
the president Barbara Newell also left
University positions for greener academic

President Robben Fleming however said
yesterday that he doesn't see these events
as a trend or indicative of deeper prob-
lems within the University.
"These kind of moves go on all the
time," he said.
Fleming also denied any connection
between the departures and the present
financial difficulties of the University.
saying that none of the four departures
were "salary cases," but rather "purely
career things."
Fleming admitted, however that the
moves would create difficulties for the
University due to the necessity of work-
ing with so many new officials at such a
high level.
The choice of Brinkerhoff by Minnesota
came as a result of the recommenda-
tion of a search committee and Minne-
sota president Malcolm Moos.

Fleming claims partial responsibility
for Brinkerhoff's receiving the offer, say-
ing he had notified him about the opening
as well as informing Moos as to Brinker-
hoff's abilities.
Moos was "desperate in his search,"
Fleming explained.
The recommendation of Moos and the
search committee was approved yester-
day afternoon by the faculty, staff, and
student affairs committee of the Minne-
sota Board of Regents.
The appointment will be made official
at the full meeting of the Minnesota Re-
gents September 19. This is considered a
mere formality, however, as Minnesota
sources report the Regents have never
in the school's history rejected such an
Specific plans for Brinkerhoff's replace-
ment have not as yet been made by the

James Brinkerhoff

Provisional settlement
reached at Buhr plant

A tentaive settlement was
reached yesterday between strik-
ing workers at Buhr Machine
Tool Co. and the Bendix Corpora-
tion, of which Buhr is a subsidi-
Eric Dunkel, a union spokes-
man, said yesterday that the
terms of the three-year contract
cannot be divulged until after
the ratification vote tomorrow.
He said that the settlement was
"fairly favorable," but added
that on some questions the agree-
ment "fell far short" of original
union demands.
Dunkel said that he could not
predict how the vote will turn
out tomorrow, but he stressed
that it is a "50-50 situation."
The strikers will continue to
picket the plant through the
ratification vote, as there is ma-
chinery within the plant which

the company would like to have
taken away.
The strikers, who belong to
United Auto Workers local 157,
walked out July 19 after working
without a contract since May 31.
One of the key issues at stake
in the strike was that of sub-
The strikers objected that the
company, while laying off Buhr
employes, was subcontracting
work out to both other plants
and workers laboring side by
side with Buhr employes.
Union officials further charged
that subcontracting was used as
a tool for strike - breaking and
that it is a roundabout method
of employing "scab labor," a
practice they say is forbidden
by law in Ann Arbor.
Another issue in the strike was
that of whether a company

which moves a plant location has
an obligation to allow workers to
move with it.
Union officials considered it
quite possible that the company
would relocate the plant, thus
discharging employes presently
employed at Buhr. According to
notes from previous bargaining
sessions, the company had been
adamant in refusing to grant
transfer rights to the strikers.
Union officials also complained
that few blacks are hired by the
company, and those employed
generally have the lowest posi-
Throughout much of the strike,
the Radical Independent Party
(RIP), the Up Against the Wall
Street Journal and some other
members of the community had
given their support to the strik-

Sub-par pay raises result in loss
of 'U' professors and prestige

-Associated Press
Refugee leaves Belfast
A grief stricken young girl, one of hundreds of refugees leaving
terror-stricken areas of Belfast last night, fights to hold back
her tears as she and her family is evacuated. See related stories,
picture, Page 3.

Daly News Analysis
While the University is tight-
ening its belt in anticipation of
operating under a highly restric-
tive budget this year, faculty
members, once again, are being
asked to accept sub-par pay

According to ostatistics com-
piled by the American Associa-
tion of University Professors
(AAUP), faculty salary increases
at the University have been be-
low the national average for the
last five years.
Faculty pay scales across the
nation during the period have,

Billboard judge answers critics

Visiting Livingston County Circuit Court
Judge Paul Mahinske yesterday defended
his role in striking down three successive
city sign ordinances.
Contacted. by The Daily, at his office,
where he said he was spending a "work-
ing vacation," the controversial judge an-
swered the criticisms of city officials who
have privately charged he exceeded his
legal jurisdiction in the case and acted
against the public interest.
In January, after Washtenaw County
circuit court judges had disqualified them-
selves from the case, the visiting judge
declared unconstitutional a 1966 city sign
ordinance at the request of Central Ad-
vertising Company and 140 other plaintiffs.
City attorneys, perturbed at the decision,

set about drafting a sign ordinance they
hoped would regulate the city's billboards
pending the results of their appeal of his
"Mahinske never told us what was wrong
with the ordinance," said city attorney
Jerold Lax, "so we were in the dark as to
what to change in a new ordinance."
Mahinske, in an interview yesterday,
took issue with Lax's assertion.
Stating that he had made clear "what
was wrong with the law," he explained
that, "the ordinance involved an illegal
zoning procedure; it relied on a city police
power authority which does not exist; it
was too harsh; the regulation of the posi-
tioning of signs in the community was not
related to public health, safety, morals or
welfare as it claimed; and the link which

it cited between auto accidents and bill-
boards has been disproven by the federal
highway department."
Critics of the judge's ruling said however
that the decision was based "chiefly on
Mahinske's own opinion."
"His comment about zoning was rele-
vent to the constitutionality of the ordi-
nance," said one critic, "but the rest was
just rhetoric."
In March, in what city officials termed
"a stopgap attempt to regulate signs until
the appeal of Mahinske's opinion could be
completed," another ordinance was passed.
This too was struck down by the judge,
who issued a restraining order against the

on the average, increased by
about 34.8 per cent, but Univer-
sity paychecks have lagged be-
hind - showing boosts of only
about 25.3 per cent.
Consequently, the University's
AAUP national pay ranking has
gone from a high-ranking num-
ber 17 in 1966-67, to a lowly num-
ber 31 in 1969-70.
That fall has been accompani-
ed by an unmeasurable loss of
prestige for the University and
has left the faculty vulnerable to
"raiding" by higher paying uni-
This is hardly a desirable sit-
uation for any college, but espe-
cially damaging to the University
which has long prided itself for
its top academic ratings.
This year, in spite of the Uni-
versity's request for a 10 per
cent pay raise for faculty mem-
bers, it seems apparent that the
State Legislature will not provide
enough funds for more than a
maximum of a 6.5 per cent
boost this year.
That 6.5 per cent raise, al-
though hardly boosting Univer-
sity pay figures to a top level,
represents the first time in three
years that pay increases have
exceeded the annual percentage
increae in the Detroit area con-
sumer price index.

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