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WORKERS AWAIT COURT RULING
Postal Union postpones ratification vote
WASHINGTON (AP) - The union promised to hold up the mailings was rejected by a union advisory com- tee should force the union's negotiating
American Postal Workers Union (AP- until U.S. District Judge Barrington mittee comprised of local union team to return to the bargaining table
WU) agreed yesterday to delay the Parker rules on the suit, brought by leaders. with the U.S. Postal Service.
start of a ratification vote on a con- John Richards, president of the Pit- IN A SURPRISE move Thursday, the However, Emmet Andrews,
troversial new contract until a federal tsburgh area local. committee voted 29-15 to reject the president and chief negotiator of the
judge rules on a local union leader's The judge indicated he would rule by three-year contract but it then voted 30- union, said the constitution only
suit to block the balloting. next Friday on the request for an injun- 9 to send it out to the rank-and-file for a requires that the committee vote on the
The APWU, the nation's largest ction to stop the vote, ratification vote, accord.
postal union, had planned to mail Richards charged in his suit, filed Richards contended that the con- THE JUDGE turned down a request
ratification ballots to its 280,000 mem- yesterday, that the APWU was stitution requires the committee's en- by Richards for a temporary
bers next Wednesday. violating its constitution by beginning dorsement before the pact can be sent restraining order after Andrews
BUT AT A hearing yesterday, the ratification of a proposed accord that to the field. A rejection by the commit- promised to delay mailing ballots. A
hearing on Richards' request for an in-
junction was scheduled for next
After the hearing, Andrews criticized
Richards "and his associates for trying
to deprive the. . . members of this
union of their right to vote on the
proposed contract and for flying in the
O RE R 'face of the advisory committee vote
* authorizing such action."
The proposed contract, reached-a
week ago between the Postal Service
and four unions representing 554,000
workers, has sparked wildcat walkouts
by workers in New Jersey and Califor-
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sonnel office and Shapiro's office all
worked to prepare the specified
materials by the second week in July.
The Labor Department announced its
approval on July 12.
ACCORDING TO University General
Counsel Roderick Daane, the Labor
Department's two major complaints
about the discrimination part of the
agreement were "the investigation (of
possible racial or sexual
discrimination) by OCR had been
inadequate and not sufficient basis for
the supposed deficiencies which the
January agreement sought to correct,
and if deficiencies had been demon-
strated, the agreement would not go far
enough to correct them."
Daane also said the Labor Depar-
tment had interpreted a recent federal
court order as forbidding prospective
agreements. Labor had told HEW that
the January agreement was illegal, as
it dictated affirmative action program
guidelines to the University and then
#approved the program without knowing
whether the stipulations would be met.
"Labor found much more acceptable
about what we had done previously (in
terms of affirmative action) than did
HEW," Shapiro said, adding that the
Labor Department has "said we'd had
a good program."
"I PERSONALLY feel the Labor
Department approval is much more
professional and efficient in terms of
the program," continued Shapiro.
The vice president said the Labor
Department had accused HEW of not
producing enough facts during the in-
vestigation conducted prior to the
signing of the January agreement to
accuse the University of
discrimination, which, Shapiro added,
"is exactly what we believed all along."