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Vol. XCII, No. 63
Copyright 1981, The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, Michigan-Saturday, November 21, 1981
Profs say union threat may raise pay
By JULIE HINDS
Even though a faculty unionization effort has not gained
much support, some professors believe the threat of a union
may force the University administration to raise salaries and
to grant the faculty a greater role in deciding University
Concern over the University's practice of boosting its
"academic hotshots," and a supposed lack of faculty influen-
ce in budget decisions apparently has prompted this latest in-
terest in unionization, according to faculty members.
"I THINK THE people who signed the unionization petition
perceived the action as a stronger way to negotiate with the
administration," said Medical School Professor Bruce
Friedman. Friedman added that he believed the faculty
would stop short of formal unionization procedures.
Most faculty members agree that the petition for a vote on
possible unionization-submitted last month to the Senate
Advisory Committee on University Affairs by 14 physics
would urge the faculty to support this (unionization)
movement even if they don't like unionization, because it will
get you a higher salary. The Regents tremble at the thought
and would do almost anything to prevent unionization.'
Daniel Fusfeld, University economics professor
department faculty-will not lead to a union.
"I don't think sentiment would ever go for unionization on
this campus," said Friedman, a member of SACUA.
BUT UNIONIZATION efforts alone can bring about salary
increases, said Daniel Fusfeld, University economics
"I would urge the faculty to support this (unionization)
movement even if they don't like unionization, because it will
get you a higher salary," Fusfeld said. "The Regents trem-
ble at the thought and would do almost anything to prevent
Fusfeld said he believes substantial salary increases
resulted from an earlier unionization drive. The University of
Michigan Association for Collective Bargaining, formed in
1972, gained support of 15 percent of the faculty before it
disbanded four years later, Fusfeld said.
Several physics professors who signed the petition said
they were interested in pursuing the idea of a faculty union
and believed it would bring them higher salaries. Still others
said they had some doubts about unionization, but backed the
proposal because they feared faculty "stars" were getting a
disproportionate share of salary increases.
PRESIDENT HAROLD Shapiro said, however, that the
threat of faculty unionization would not have much effect on
salary increases, because obtaining increases is already a
high priority for the administration.
"We know we're behind in that area (salary increases), but
we're trying to do something about it," Shapiro said.
University Vice President for Academic Affairs Billy Frye
told Regents on Thursday that an improved faculty salary
program is the University's most urgent need.
WHILE MANY professors agreed that unionization might
lead to short-term salary benefits, they also expressed skep-
ticism about its possible long-term effects. A number of
faculty members said they fear the formality of collective
bargaining would endanger current freedoms, including
autonomy in decisions of tenure and salary.
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Congressional leaders abandoned effor-
ts last night to met a midnight deadline
for emergency legislation needed to
keep the government from running out
But negotiators for the House and
Senate, still struggling against a
threatened veto, met late into the night
trying to produce a compromise that
both houses could ratify today and
minimize disruptions in government
WITH TALKS dragging on, House
Speaker Thomas O'Neill recessed the
House at 8:05 p.m. until 1 a.m. Satur-
day. About 90 minutes later, Senate
Republican Leader Howard Baker told
senators to go home until noon.
That meant that any compromise
could not be reached until after the
But Speakes, when pressed to name a
specific government service or in-
dividual that would be directly affected
at midnight, when the government of-
ficially runs out of money, could name
Earlier, Baker said President
Reagan would sign a compromise if the
House went along with a Senate plan to
cut $3.3 billion fromdomestic programs.
Otherwise, he said, the president stood
ready to cast his first veto.
O'NEILL, AN opponent of the cuts,
had said the House might go along with
the Senate plan.
Leaders of both parties said Reagan
had more than enough, support to
sustain a veto, a development that
would keep Congress in virtually con-
tinuous session if it had to draft a
second measure the president would
City to offer all-night dial-a-ride
By BETH ALLEN or on all days of the week due to low demand, AATA SIMONETTA SAID that the project will require no deadline passed. Technically, the sign.
Ann Arbor will be the site of an experimental all- hopes to eventually fund the project from 11 p.m. to 6 new equipment or new drivers for the companies, and government ran out of money at the The measure is needed to replace an
night dial-a-ride program scheduled to begin in a.m. seven days a week. AATA is "hopeful we can get it (the program) going stroke of midnight. earlier stopgap bill which carried
February, Ann Arbor Transit Authority officials an- "We want to stretch the budget to keep the within a 60 to 90-day period." Negotiations on the compromise, yesterdays midnight expiration.
nounced this week. program alive as long as we can," Simonetta said. Simonetta said he was "extremely surprised" that Baker said, "no doubt will continue for Without the new authority, most of the
The program will use local taxi companies to THE $89,000 program is being funded primarily the project was'approved as it is not cost effective much -of the night. I think they are government would be out of money.
provide late night transportation for a fixed fee of ap- through an experimental grant submitted to UMTA and the Reagan administration has been particularly making progress. I hope they are Federal agencies go broke when
proximately $1.00 to any destination in Ann Arbor. last February by AATA's board of directors. AATA is hard on transportation projects this year, with many making progress and I urge them to money runs out after Congress fails to
FUNDED JOINTLY by the federal Urban Mass providing $10,800 for the program. proposed cutbacks. make progress." pass appropriations bills or when
Transit Administration and AATA, the experimental The grant will last for approximately one year, af- "I don't think anybody (at AATA) thought it was presidents veto the appropriations bills
project is the result of fourteen months of lobbying ter which it is possible that AATA could pick up the going to pass," Simonetta said. AT THE WHITE House, deputy press Congress passes. When Congress can't
and negotiations between AATA and the Public In- entire tab for the program, Simonetta said. PIRGIM MEMBERS also expressed surprise at secretary Larry Speakes said failure to meet a deadline, it passes legislation,
terest Research Group in Michigan. AATA is still in the process of contracting a cab their victory. The all-night service has been a project pass the bill left the administration called a continuing resolution, that
AATA director Richard Simonetta said yesterday company, Simonetta said, but several local com- of PIRGIM's women's safety task force since Sep- "with no choice but to initiate gover- allows agencies to limp along until the
that although at first the system may not run all night panies have expressed interest in the project. tember of last year. nment shut-down procedures." resolution expires.
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By JANET RAE
President Harold Shapiro handed the
Graduate Employees Organization an
official victory yesterday when he an-
nounced that the University will not ap-
peal a recent legal decision ordering
the University to collectively bargain
with graduate student assistants.
The announcement came following a
two-hour closed executive session with
the Regents, during which the board
reportedly debated the GEO issue and
discussed an internal audit and proper-
ACCEPTANCE OF the decision han-
ded down by the Michigan Employment
Relations Commission forces the
University to recognize a contract
negotiated with the GEO in 1976.
Collective bargaining efforts will begin
soon to arrange a new contract. ,
The University had previously
refused to negotiate with the GEO on
the grounds that graduate student
assistants are students receiving work
experience financial aid, not full em-
"I have decided that it is in the long-
run best interests of the University not
to appeal," Shapiro told the audience,
which interrrupted him with applause
and cheers. "The Board of Regents
supports my decision, though not
SHAPIRO* SAID his decision was
based on conversations with various
campus groups and the Regents.
"I am confident that the University
and Graduate Employees Organization
can negotiate in good faith and reach a
satisfactory agreement," he said.
GEO ad hoc Steering Committee
member David Marker was en-
thusiastic about the administration's
decision not to appeal.
"GREAT. IT'S about time," he said.
"I'm not surprised they finally got to
this point. I'm just glad I was around to
see it.", Marker told the Regents Thur-
sday that he would be leaving the
University because of financial har-
dships caused by his low pay as a
graduate student assistant.
"They're apparently anxious to sign
the old contract and get to negotiating,"
Marker said. "Thet've offered to sign it
According to Marker, the provisions
of the 1976 contract include protections
against discrimination, medical in-
surace benefits, and a formal grievance
"THERE'S LOTS of room for im-
provement on this but the important
thing is that they can't, in their budget
cutting, take away the rights we've
earned," Marker said. "It gives us a
format to make a much better con-
Marker said negotiations should
begin in the next two to three weeks.
"But before we get down to
bargaining, there aire things we and the.
University have to work out," Marker
said. "We'd be open to anything that.
allowed more people in on the
ACCORDING TO former GEO
President Gregory Scott, the contract
will be retroactive to 1976.
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New OSU admissions office
THE RECENT budget crunch at Ohio State
University has the school's administration offi-
cials scrounging for out-of-state students who can
pay inflated tuition rates. Always anxious to help
out its scarlet and gray neighbor, the University, with a lit-
It wasn't the bill from the Swedish Hospital that
staggered Claude Kremer. It was the fact that he was being
dunned for "labor room, delivery room, delivery material
and maternity recovery" for his wife's hospital stay. He's
73. She's 74. "I had to write them a letter," said the retired
Atlantic Richfield finance department worker. "I told them
my first impression was one of joy and macho. I think I can
appreciate how good old Abraham in the Bible felt about his
'wife Sarah, who was approximately 65 when she gave birth.
"But Sarah couldn't hold a candle to my good wife Charlot-
people, Redford got a ticket. The star of movies such as
"The Sting" and the director of the recent hit film "Or-
dinary People" has until early January to pay or contest
the ticket, officials said yesterday. The amount of the fine
was not disclosed. Redford, whose name appeared as
Charles R. Redford on his Utah operator's license, was in a
1981 Toyota with New Jersey license plates, police said. He
has a Fifth Avenue apartment, where he recently slept
through a burglary attempt by two youths who were scared
off by Redford's wife.