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Page 12-Thursday, April 17, 1980-The Michigan Daily

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AATA
Employee
Union
protests
rule's

By LEE KATTERMAN
The Transportation Employees
Union (TEU) last night voiced its
"anger and outrage" over proposed
work rules for Ann Arbor Transpor-
tation Authority (AATA) employees.
In statements to the AATA board
union members said sections of the new
Personnel Procedures Manual
abridged their constitutional rights and
"attacked drivers."
THE TEU OBJECTED to proposed
rules that make public criticism of
AATA policies or procedures an infrac-
tion punishable by dismissal, and that
forbid employees to wear shorts, T-
shirts, hats (other than AATA hats),
buttons, pins, or any decorations
carrying slogans.
The TEU also contested a new policy
on excessive absenteeism which

overrules part of a previous labor con-
tract.
TEU president Harry Kevorkian said
these rules distract the attention of both
union and management at a time when
they should be "focused on contract
negotiations in an atmosphere of
mutual respect."
THE NEW MANUAL became
available on April 1 with the rules
scheduled to become effective on May
1, 1980 Included is a point system for
determining an employee's job stan-
ding.
AATA Executive Director Richard
Simonetta said the new rules, including
codes for performance, appearance
and attendance, "stipulates in precise
terms penalties for violations." He also
said the new policies included cash
awards for good attendance.
Shelly Ettinger, TEU vice-president,

said the union has always encouraged
"tightening" of work rules. However,
she said, a lot of people feel the point
system puts AATA in a "militaristic
frame."
About the rule on public criticism of
AATA Simonetta said, "employees
have a right to vent their concerns." As
an example of what is prohibited
Simonetta said, "it would be inap-
propriate for every driver to distribute
leaflets on the job."
ONE TEU employee who spoke
before the board said she had been
refused her paycheck last Friday
because she wouldn't sign a statement
saying she had received the new work
rules. Before she received her check,
she had to speak to Manager of Human
Resources Robert Potts, who told her
that her name was being put on a
"master list" because of her failure to

cooperate.
In addition to approximately 40 TEU
employees, nearly a dozen handicapped
residents attended the meeting to ob-
serve and comment on a plan to provide
transportation for the handicapped.
THE HEARING, conducted by
representatives of Southeast Michigan
Council of Governments (SEMCOG)
concerned a plan to identify transix
tation improvements needed to achieve
accessibility for the handicapped.
Those who spoke at the hearing ex-
pressed fears that federal laws man-
dating wheel chair accessibility on
fixed-route buses would jeopardize the
existing Dial-A-Ride system.
According to federal law, all
federally assisted transportation
programs must prepare a plan to ad-
dress the transportation needs of ha
dicapped residents.

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Board of Ed. revises curriculum

Bty MARY FARANSKI
The Board of Education last night
reconsidered some items of the recen-
tly-passed Intermediate Schools
policies that standardizes the
curriculum offerings and educational
opportunities in the city's five secon-
dary schools.'
Changes made last night include the
extension of certain music electives
from one semester to one year, and the

assurance that students in
mathematics classes will be grouped
according to skill level.
ANother policy addition allowed staff
members with guidance experience to
supplement the, staff of counselors
which will appear in classrooms to
develop a rapport with students.
The plan was in the works for about
seven years before the board finally
came to terms with it in marathon

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AMERICAN INDIAN
LAW DAY
FRI., APRIL 18, 9-5
Hutchins Hall, U-M Law School
featuring RUSSELL MEANS(Sioux)
Director of American Indian Movement (AIM)
at 2:15-3:25, rm. 100'
Also including eight other guest speakers through-
out the day discussing such topics as the Indian
Fishing Rights controversy.
For information call:
DOROTHY GOEMAN (313) 764-5418
or
ED GOODMAN (313) 763-3986
Sponsored by MSA, LS & A, Rackham Student Government,
and Law School Senate.

sessions February 27 and 28, which
were described by Board president
Kathy Dannemiller as "hairy and
hurried." Because of the complex m
ter of the issues, Trustee John Hea
suggested a few weeks ago that the
board re-examine its actions.
Briefly, the plan called for com-
pulsory language arts, math, and social
studies classes in seventh, eighth, and
ninth grades. Science was to be taken in-
seventh and eighth grades, and health
either year. Physical education classes
were to be for one-half year for all three
years, and art, home economics, a
industrial arts were for twelve wee
each.
The plan also included a standard list
of elective courses among the five
schools, including art, music, perfor-
ming arts, language arts, and business.
Elective course offerings in science,
social science, and physical education
are in addition to the required courses.
In other issues, the board voted to in-
stitute a tuition charge'for summer
school programs. It will be about $2
below the $90 charged last year., Soh
board members expressed concern that
charging for the serive would keep out
some students who most need extra
class time. But Dannemiller said
payment is a motivation for students to
stay through the entire summer instead
of dropping in casually.

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