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Friday, June 18, 1976 THE MICHIGAN D
Bell seeks $178 million hike

AILY

Page Eleven

YLY Pge E eve

GEO hits 'U' on
a fimative action

LANSING (UPI) - State
officials were disappointed but
not surprised that Michigan
B e 11 Telephone asked for a
$178 million rate hike just five
weeks after approval of a $52
million boost.
"The company has a right

under the laws which we
operate under to file for an
increase," said State Public
Service Commission (PSC)
Chairman Daniel Demlow. "It
will be given the attention of
the commission."
DEMLOW, who voted May 6

County fixes VD plan

(Continued from Page 3)
was "in error -in telling em-
ployers that they can't discrim-
inate in contracts other than
this one."
Tuesday night the Graduate
Employees Organization (GEO)
passed a resolution urging the
Board to reject the contract un-
less the University agreed "not
to discriminate on the basis of
sexual preference or marital
status in its overall personnel
policies."
"Because the University has
not agreed to a change in its
general policies, we can only
conclude that it is not sincere in
'his instance," said GEO mem-
ber Dan Tsang. "As a single
and a gay I really don't think
the University is sincere on this
ssue and therefore I wouldn't
ant to use the facilities."
"THE ISSUE isn't sexual pref-
erence or marital status, but the
right of the county to control
University hiring policy," said
Daane before the meeting. "We
i otld haverbeen changing an
vittre University policy to ac-
'timmodate the needs of a rola-
itely minor contract."
11 e c a u s e the University is
ate-run, he said, it operates
tder state and federal guide-
County Health Officer John

Atwater, who worked on the
project for six months, said the
VD program "was a victim of
another issue which wasn't our
issue . . . obviously I'm frus-
trated."
Atwater added that VD treat-
ment is still available if the
patient wishes to make his or
her own arrangements but that
"none of (the local) facilities
have been interested in being
identified as the primary source
for VD treatment" in a county
program.

to give Bell the $52.2 million
hike, said he thought the PSC
"made a fair decision" at that
time.
Demlow said it has "become
almost a standard practice" for
utilities to request another
hike in rates almost itnme-
diately after receiving an in-
crease.
Roderick Coy, an assistant
attorney general, called the re-
quest 'incredible."
"Based on having received a
$52 million increase such a
short time ago and to come
back with what is the biggest
rate increase request in Michi-
gan history is certainly diffi-
cult to understand," Coy said.
If granted, the $178 million
rate hike request would raise
the average monthly bills of its
customers by 19.3 per cent.
It would hike monthly bills
of Detroit area customers by
$1.35 and outstate customers
by up to $1.95.

(Continued from Page 3)
"You have input but no con-
trol," Forsyth told his adver-
saries.
Even if the conditions of the
Memorandum of Understanding
are placed verbatim in front of
the University for approval as
a contract clause, Forsyth said,
"We will consider it but our
response is undoubtedly going
to be no." With that, the fruit-
less discussion was tabled.
"WITH affirmative action
we are dealing with something
that's not there. At least with
non - discrimination we have
something to sink our teeth in-
to," Gobbacia said.
Where GEO had listed a num-
ber of characteristics which
could not be discriminated
against, such as sexual prefer-
ence (by their new definition)
and political beliefs, the Univer-
sity went with a sort of blanket
clause. It stated its depart-
ments will not discriminate
against employes based on fac-
tors not specifically mentioned
unless the University decides a
certain factor interferes with
job performance.
"We want legal, binding,
waterproof kind of language
. . . We are trying to protect
people from future arbitrariness
by the University," said GEO

negotiator Ilan Tsang who, like
his colleagues, is opposed to
letting the University decide
each discrimination case indi-
vidually.
But Forsyth said, "We've re-
viewed it as a list (CEO's spe-
cifics on non - discrimination)
and we are not willing to say
that any one of those things, at
any point in time under any
circumstances, will not be rele-
vant (to teaching perform-
ance.)"
GEO- S A I D yesterday that
their sexual preference clause
does not sanction sex between
homosexuals in the classroom.
"Whatever standards you have
for evaluating straight people
you should have for evaluating
gay people," explained GEO
bargainer Sandy Wilkenson.
"We are not asking to allow
them to do anything at all,"
Reynolds Manoch of GEO said.
"We just want them to be al-
lowed to express their sexual
preference or orientation (out-
side the classroom)."
The Union is asking the Uni-
versity to evaluate GSA's on
the basis of their teaching per-
formance only and not on their
lifestyle. The University, as yet,
cannot guarantee such judge-
ment procedures.

Tenants' rights
ensured by bill

(Continued froin Page 3)
rent by quickly sending eviction
notices.
"THE BILL is aimed at the
poor little bleeding heart type
of landlord that doesn't act
businesslike and listens to false
promises by tenants which even-
tually lead to irrational actions
by landlords," Fleming said.
"This bill will make them learn
in a hurry."
The bill's success up to noon

was made possible by the state-
wide lobbying conducted by the
newly formed Michigan Tenants
Rights Coalition, says Bullard.
The lobbying effort brought to-
gether 25 tenant rights organiza-
tions under the auspices of the
Public Interest Research Group
in Michigan (PIRGIM), the stu-
dent funded public interest or-
ganization.

'U' may receive
additional money

(Continued from Page 3)
they do some carving that $2.6
million becomes a target."
University officials don't be-
ieve the bill will make it
through the conference commit-
tee unscarred. But even if the
University receives the increase
t would have no effect on this
tll's 9.7 per cent tuition in-
cease, they added.
Vice President for Academic
hufairs Frank Rhodes said, "I
t't see any way that appro-
i tion will lead to a tuition
Jecrease. Most of the funds are

earmarked for medicine and
dentistry," to make up for a loss
of federal funding in those areas.
"I DON'T KNOW how we'll
get through the year," he said,
adding that there was a possibil-
ity of "another midyear budget
reduction."
University Vice President for
State Relations Richard Ken-
nedy said, "I'll be happily sur-
prised if we wind up with that
(the $2.6 million). If it went (to
the governor) in its present form
there's a pretty good chance it
will be vetoed."

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