The Michigan Daily
Vol. LXXXVI, No. 61-S
Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, August 5, 1976
DETROIT (UPI) - Marvin Esch and
Donald Riegle yesterday kicked off what
both said would be populist campaigns
for the U. S. Senate.
Neither Esch, the Ann Arbor Repub-
lican, nor Riegle, a Flint Democrat,
rested on their Tuesday night primary
election victories long.
BOTH congressmen were out pump-
ing hands at factory plant gates at
dawn, just hours after each beat a field
of three contenders for their parties'
Esch and Riegle, who served togeth-
er as Republicans in the Congress for
six years before Riegle switched parties
in 1973, attributed their victories to
person - to - person campaigns that cen-
tered on a direct discussion of the is-
Riegle, 38, said his upset win over
Secretary of State Richard Austin and
two other hopefuls means. the voters
want "a constructive change in the U.S.
"AS I HEARD their voices all across
the state, what people are saying is this:
they want more attention paid to the
problems that keep them awake at
night," Riegle said.
Those problems, he said, include em-
ployment and an end to special interest
Riegle called himself "a fighter for
change" and said he will run on the
anti-war, anti-Nixon record he has estab-
lished in Washington over the past dec-
TIlOSE WERE issues, he said, that
Esch "missed out on."
Esch, who turned 49 yesterday said
at a morning news conference that the
race would be decided by the voters'
decision on "who of the two individuals
can best serve the people of Michigan."
"I don't think they want any Came-
lot-type candidate," he said.
"THE PEOPLE in Michigan will want
to look at the record and not at rhetoric
and see who accomplished the most in
About 100 persons gathered at Flint's
Bishop Airport at noon where Riegle
said he was anxious to see the campaign
against Esch get into full swing.
"We thought we were going to win,
but we didn't think we were going to
win by that much," Riegle said. "The
thing that is so exciting is the fact that
the support across the state is coming
"THE PEOPLE want to send to the
Senate a fighter for constructive change
- that's what the issue is in this elec-
Riegle said the campaign for the No-
vember election will be a challenge be-
cause he considers Esch both a seasoned
politician and a good public speaker.
Esch, a supporter of former President
Richard Nixon almost to the end, said
he would be proud to run on the same
ticket with President Ford and said lie
is confident Ford will win the GOP nom-
ination on the first ballot.
HE SAID, however, that "the timing
was wrong" for Ford's pardon of Nixon.
See VICTORS, Page 7
TU looks ahead
to a busy fall
Uaily Proos byJ). Ii t -Kt
ALTHOUGH IT looks like Lord Lipton is about to devour J. Edgar Hoover in
one easy bite, Edgar soon makes it clear who's boss of this little romp. The
two dogs hammed it up yesterday for the camera at Ili Hollow Farm, owned
by Frank and Jane Beaumont.
CLERICALS HEAD TO POLLS:
Decertification vote starts today
By JAY LEVIN
The Ann Arbor Tenants Union
(TU), carrying its rent strike against
Reliable Realty Management Com-
pany into a seventh month, is opti-
mistically looking ahead to fall when
the campus will again teem with stu-
dent tenants victimized by the city's
notorious housing market.
According to TU organizer Dallas
Kenny, the TU plans to "reorganize
the whole Reliable strike and to cre-
ate a new strategy" when new ten-
ants occupy Reliable units.
THAT STRIKE, organized last Feb-
ruary, has reached a stalemate as
both sides have been unable to main-
tain the flow of negotiations.
However, Reliable Realty is not
the TU's sole fall focus.
"There are a number of hot spots
at tenant uprising in the county,
said Kenny, adding that future rent
strikes are inevitable in Ann Arbor.
"I DON'T think it (strike actions)
can be avoided; the, conditions of
housing are so bad," he added.
"There will be a lot of rent strikes
He refused, however, to pinpoint
any specific strike targets.
The Tenants Union also plans initi-
ation of an autumn drive for mem-
bership, and will seek formation of
new locals within the ranks of tenant
members. A new TU chapter out-
side of Ann Arbor, according to
Kenny, might be slated for the near
See TU, Page 7
By GEORGE LOBSENZ
A five-day election begins today as
University clericals decide whether or
not to abolish their troubled year-old
union, United Auto Workers (UAW) lo-
August 5, 6, 9, 10 and 11 are the days
designated for polling on the decertifica-
tion question. All clericals will be allow-
ed to vote and a simple majority will
resolve the issue.
THE ELECTION grew largely out of
clerical dissatisfaction with the contract
negotiated by a union bargaining team
last summer. Most of the complaints
were directed at the $43 across-the-board
wage increase, a hike which was viewed
as both inadequate and unfair, in cases
where senior clericals felt they should
have received more. Also disliked were
new job transfer restrictions called for
in the contract, as well as allegedly
lowered health benefits.
Dissatisfaction was compounded over
the winter months of 1975 and 1976 as a
bitter union election split the local. Two
factions, Clericals for a Democratic Un-
ion, (CI3U) and Unity Caucus wrangled
for power, with CIDU emerging victor-
ios in the January elections.
However, in May, the UAW interuta-
tional intervened, overturned the Janu-
ary elections on the grounds of alleged
See DE-CERTIFICATION, Page 10