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Fridoy, June 18, 1976


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Friday, June 18, 1976 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Three

GEO-hits 'U' on
affirmative action
The chasm between the University and the Graduate Employe
Organization (GEO) positions on affirmative action and non-dis-
crimination was maintained yesterday as the two negotiating
teams tred to clear up critical contract proposal differences in a
lengthy session at the Michigan Union.
Reiterating many of the charges aired during their demand
clarification meetings several weeks ago, GEO accused the Uni-
versity of neglecting the affirmative action program agreed to in
the Memorandum of Understanding which is appended to the
current contract. The Union is now insisting the affirmative action
clause be made binding as a part of the new contract. The Uni-
versity is unwilling to comply.
ON THE non-discrimination issue, GEO responded vehemently
to the University's counterproposal which does not include the
union's definition of sexual preference which expands on the exist-
ing one to allow for open displays of affection between two people
of the same sex.
Union bargainers also expressed dissatisfaction over the ex-
clusion of a requested provision for a commission to examine
treatment of gay and lesbian graduate student assistants (GSA's)
in University departments.
Responding to GEO's opening affirmative action arguments
chief University bargainer John Forsyth maintained the admin-
istration has acted in good faith on affirmative action. The Uni-
versity has, he said, worked steadily toward establishing goals
and timetables for individual departments to meet. He also said
that the University is under no obligation to include the affirma-
tive action measure in the contract.
"I HAVEN'T heard a damn word aboit this thing since its
been constituted," said University bargainer Razel Allen.
Marty Ialoern, another Union bargainer expressed a CEO
fear that the University would leave its affirmative action com-
mittment unfulfilled as it did its pledge to increase black student
enrollment by ten per cent after the 1947 RAM strike. "That's
what you want us to accept - an agreement like that?" Halpern
"What prohibits van - if we have no contractual agreement-
from destroying affirmative action tomorrow?" challenged GE0
bargainer Donna Gobbacia.
FORSYTH REPIED. "Yu'd have to trust is."
The administration held that affirmative action has no place
in a labor contract but GEO ointed out that the University's con-
tract with the American Federation of State and Municipal Em-
ployes (AFSME) has an affirmative action clause.
"The present contract is far and away above the law," For-
syth said citing the only obligation the University has under HEW
affirmative action guidelines is to collect data.
See GEO, Page 11

AP Photo
Colorado Coy. Richard Lamm maneuvers through some light rapids during a kayak trip down
the Platte River, near downtown Denver, during the inaugural run down the new kayak slalom
'U' ay get hike- in aid

The state House of Representatives passed a
higher education bill Wednesday that would give
the University $2.6 million more than Governor
William Milliken recommended in his March
budget proposal.
The $110.7 million appropriation provided for
in the House bill is the same amount the Senate
approved for the University in April. The amount
the University will receive will not be finalized

i #'sA V Nr.a c n U1 CL DY
Bomb scare
Some people would have done anyhing
for an extra hour off of work yesterday
to bask in the sun. Employes in the
Michigan Union however, didn't have to
do anything thinks to a Garden City
woman who phoned the Ann Arbor Po-
lice at 2:40 with a message that a bomb
was set to go off in the University Alum-
ni Association there. Evacuation of the
building proceeded smoothly and Uni-
versity Department of Safety bomb
squadsmen and Ann Arbor police offic-
ers together searched for the bomb --
and never found one. "It was an un-
founded report," said a spokesman for
the Ann Arbor Police. "We found no
brmb and later the caller admitted it
was a hoax"
Happenings ...
. . . there are no happenings today.
The number of things happening today
is zero. That is to say nothing is hap-
pening. No way, no how .. .
Weather or not
Skies will be cloudy today, with a
high near 8. There will be a slight
chance of precipitation. Lows tonight
will be in the low 60's.

Tenant rights bill before Senate

couple of weeks because the House and
bills don't agree on appropriations for other
s and universities.
BELL has been sent to a joint conference
ttee and will remain there until the state
chool aid bill and the mental health bill
ssed and sent to conference to iron out the
STATE SENATOR John Otterbacher
(l)-Grand Rapids) said, "If there isn't
any disagreement (between the legisla-
ture and the executive branch) they
won't carve it (the increase) up, but if
Speaking for Michigan landlords, Flem-
ing maintains there is no statewide need
for such legislation but added "landlords
can live with the bill even though it
covers only tenant problems."
With the passage of the bill Fleming
expects landlords will be less lenient in
their handling of tenants with overdue
See 'U', Page 11

legislation designed to reinforce and
ensure tenants rights by prohibiting land-
lords from evicting tenants without first
going through court procedings is expect-
ed to pass the Michigan Senate late next
week, according to its sponsor, Rep.
Perry Bullard (D-Ann Arbor).
Under the bill, landlords would be
liable for a minimum of $200 in damages
if they shut off a tenant's utilities, re-
move personal belongings, change locks
without providing the tenants with a new
key, or board up doors and windows.
Furthermore, tenants could not be thrown
out during a dispute until the landlord
follows due process by giving the tenant
an opportunity for a court hearing.
1 ULLARD SAYS the legislation is "di-
rected toward those few unscrupulous
landlords who attempt to operate without
regard for the rights of their tenants and
the requirements of the law regarding
eviction procedure."
Bollard stated the bill was necessary
because, "Tenant service groups in De-
troit, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor re-
ceived large numbers of complaints
about landlords turning off utilities and
thr<Aving people on the street. I believe
taking someone's house away and steal-
ing personal property to settle an argu-
ment is repugnant to our culture."
Spokeswoman for the Michigan Land-
lord Assn., Gloria Fleming, believes the
bill should "smoothly sail" through the
Senate because it has met no opposition
from landlords and has been supported by

a handful of Republicans, including State
Senator Carl Pursell (R-Fourteenth
BEFORE BEING passed by the House
62-29 on April 13, the bill was negotiated,
amended and agreed upon by represen-
tatives of landlord and tenant groups
brought together by Rep. William Ryan
. See TENANTS, Page It

County nixsVD plan.
By STU McCONNELL clude "sexual preference" or "mari-
tal status" as categories subject to
The Washtenaw County B o a r d of equal consideration.
Commissioners rejected a contract The rejected contract, turned down
Wednesday night which would have in a 7-7-1 vote, included an amend-
p aid the University Health Service meat proposed by Commissioner
" $2,000 monthly to run a VD clinic for Catherine McClary which would have
the county. kept the county standards in the con-
Controversy had arisen over the tract.
contract at the previous week's meet-
ing because of a memo from Uiver- tract. The amendment was passed by
sity Chief Counsel Roderick Daane the Board earlier in the meeting, 8-6.
tating that the University could not "It's been argued that we can't hold
accept the c o n t r a c t unless strict the University accountable, but I
county standards against discrimina- think we can," said McClary, who
tion in overall hiring practices were voted for the amendment but against
replaced with state and federal guide- the contract.
lines. COMMISSIONER Paul Hansen, who
THE MAJOR differences between also voted against the contract, said
/ the county's and the state and federal he did so because he felt the county
7 guidelines is that the latter do nt in- See COUNTY, Page i1

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