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day care center seeks home
By P.E. BAUER In the beginning. things did not look quite "Many of the women felt that by only
After being ousted from three homes in so hopeful for parents trying to get a par- providing us with space in which to put the
the last 14 months, the University day cae ent-controlled 24-hour University-sponsored center, the University wasn't making
center is looking for a fourth. day care center enough of a commitment to day care," says
Currently located in Mosher - Jordan halt "We just kept having meetings and meet- Erlich. "Those women saw it as a political
the day care center will soon have to niike ings with the administration," explains Sue issue. and thought that staff salaries, main
way for incoming students. University of- Erlich, one of the original organizers. "But tenance, and other costs should be paid
fiials have not yet been able to find an- we never actually got anything done. We by the University.
other place suitable for the care of pre- were convinced that Pres. Robben Fleming "There were enough mothers who were
school children. wouldn't give us anything at all, so there eager for any kind of day care, however,
The day care center. formed early last were plans being made to establish a day that we were able to organize the center
summer after considerable agitation by care center in a tent in the middle of the and keep it going until now," she said.
women's groups, has been surprisingly suc- Diag." The University day care center has had
cessful, according to its leaders. When Markley Hall was at last desig- two other homes since then, at University
"We're even in the black now, " laughs nated as the location of the yet-to-be-or- Terrace and Mosher - Jordan, as the Uni-
director of the center Nancy Ross. "The ganized day care center. the women work- versity shuffled it back and forth to fill
administrators probably never thought we'd ing for its establishment were reportedly available space.
be able to do it." split into two groups. See 'U', Page 6 At the center
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Thursday, August 19, 1971 Ann Arbor, Michigan News Phone: 764-0552

Nixon plea
fails to halt
all strikes
WASHINGTON P-As part of a rising labor protest
against President Nixon's wage-price freeze and no-strike
plea, thousands of striking workers refused yesterday to go
back to work and the United Auto Workers (UAW) threat-
ened to cancel contracts.
President Harry Bridges of the International Long-
shoremen's and Warehousemen's Union said 15,000 West
Coast dock workers will continue their walkout in full force.
And spokesmen for 35,000 New York telephone strikers also
refused to order their mem-
bers back on the job. T

The Arb: Ecologically ahused ?
Local conseravtionst crit iczes
conditons in Arb; ciles erosion

By P.E. BAUER
Many yes's of over-use and inadequate mainte-
nance are causing the Arb to suffer serious erosion
and soil damage, says one local conservationist.
In light of this comment the director of the Arb
has urged all students to take special care in their
dealings with the University park, in an effort to
stop such damage.
According to the Washtenaw County Environ-
meptal Council spokesman Jerry Fulton, the pres-
ence of large numbers of people in the Arb has
caused the development of gullies in heavily used
areas.
In addition, he has reported widesepread erosion,
the collapsing of the bank of the Huron River in
places, and the destruction of vegetation.
The University does not keep records of the
number of people using the Arb.
"It's all caused by too much use; and inade-
quate management and control by the University
allow it to continue." Fulton said yesterday. "The
Univeresity should spend a lot more money to
make sure that damage doesn't occur. because of
the way people tend to misuse the Arb."
According to Fulton, motorcyclists are the big-
gest offenders. After gaining entrance to the Arb
illegally, he said, motorcyclists destroy much of
the natural plant life of the area.
It is usually difficult to oust such intruders be-
cause the Ann Arbor Police Dept. enters the park
only when specific complaints are made.
He cited some other instances of conscious mis-

use of the land, including picking flowers and dig-
ging holes. However, even an act as simple as
walking down a path could eventually cause harm
he said. When a path is well worn, infrequent rains
cause ruts to form, and eventually the ruts widen
into gullies.
Fulton's opinions, however, are not shared by
the University officials involved. According to
Charles Cares, chairman of the dept. of Land Ar-
chitecture and director of the Arb. "The sandy soil
of the Arb is eroding, but it is at a rate which is
normal for this time of year. We'd do better if we
had a little rain."
Cares denied reports that the bank of the river
was "crumbling away", saying that "the prob-
lem is only a minor one which our maintenance
men are currently working on."
The biggest problem in maintaining the Arb,
confided Cares, was the small budget allocated to
the project by the University. "We only have 3
men to take care of 100-odd acres. he said.
"There are many repairs that we would like to
see done," he said, "but we will just have to get
to it when we get the funds. I don't think, however,
that irreparable damage is being done."
According to an Ann Arbor Ecology Center
spokesman, erosion is a "common problem this
time of year. In fact, there isn't even as much
erosion in the Arb as we had expected."
"The real problem out there," she said, "is all
the broken glass you find all over." -

They were joined by other
striking teamsters, machinists.
construction workers and others
in many areas of the nation in
refusing Nixon's back-to-work
request that was accompanied by
hints of court action and fines
if they refused.
"We do not know of any law
that lets the government of the
United States say that a cor-
poration shall not pay money
to its workers but instead to put
it in its own coffers," said UAW
President Leonard Woodcock in
a Boston news conference.
"We will consider the contracts
terminated and we will act ac-
cordingly" if somse 600,000 wort-
ers at major auto firms don't get
wage hikes due them from set-
tlements earlier this year, he
said.
B r i d g e s' and Woodcock's
unions are independent, but
most affiliates of the huge AFL-
CIO with 13.6 million members
in 120 unions echoed their
views.
A spokesman for the striking
New York ,telephone workers,
members of the AFL-CIO Com-
munications Workers who re-
fused to go along with an earlier
nationwide settlement, agreed to
another round of negotiations at
the request of chief federal me-
diator J. Curtis Counts.
But they refused Counts' re-
quest. directed at all striking
unions, to go back to work dur-
ing the 90-day wage-price freeze.
Counts, director of the Federal
Mediation and Conciliation Serv-
ice, said yesterday the govern-
ment would consider tougher ac-
tion, including $5,000 fines, for
striking unions that refuse.
Other unions asked the White
House for special exemptions
from the wage - price freeze, in,
cluding President Jerry Wurf of
the AFL-CIO State, County and
Municipal Workers Union.

tio raises
for govt.
emplocs
WASHINGTON (A) - The
President's Cost of Living Coun-
cil yeesterday ruled that state
and local governmental em-
ployes can not receive pay
raises or even cost of living in-
creases, during the 90-day wage-
price freeze.
The council also ruled that
teachers may receive raises dur-
ing the freeze only if their con-
tract period began before last
Sunday, the day President Nixon
announced the new economic
policy.
Members of the armed forces,
however, were declared exempt
from ,the freeze. The Pentagon
said servicemen will continue to
get pay raises, benefits and pro-
motions even though their civil-
ian counterparts in the Defense
Department will be subject to the
freeze.
Clearing up some frequently
asked questions, the Council said
persons will be able to receive
promotions for bona fide pro-
motions, state and local tax
rates will be permitted to rise
during the freeze and that in-
creased sales or excise taxes
may be passed on to the con-
sumer in the form of higher
prices.
Earlier in the day, the Jus-
tice Department announced a
special unit has been created to
carry outenforcement of the
freeze in cases where voluntary
action has failed to fulfill the
President's guidelines.
A department s p o k e s m a n
hinted at drastic penalties for
violators.

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