The Michigan Daily-Friday, September 12, 1980-Page 3
Teachers' strike talks continue
By JULIE BROWN
Contract talks in Ann Arbor's ten-day
old school strike continued yesterday,
as negotiating teams for the city's
school board and the Ann Arbor
Education Association met in a virtual
Negotiators have met in a round-the-
clock session, which began at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, and continued throughout
Wednesday night and yesterday. Ac-
cording to teachers' association
spokesman Dan Burroughs, the session
was still being held at 10 p.m. yester-
"AS FAR AS I know, they
(negotiations) are still going on," he
said last night. "I haven't heard
anything, and I assume nothing has
"We have only had very short breaks
to eat," said Robert Moseley, assistant
superintendent of schools, yesterday
The strike-the largest of 19 teacher
strikes statewide-has centered on a
number of issues, with differing salary
package offers the primary factor.
THE SCHOOL BOARD has indicated
it will not budget anything beyond the
$3.1 million level for salary increases.
The sum translates to a 12.1 per cent
employment cost increase (including
fringe benefits), or a 9.9 per cent salary
The teachers' association is seeking
an increase of 16.8 per cent, including
fringe benefits and incremental in-
creases-provided annually as
teachers accumulate experience in the
"I don't think there's going to be a
change in the gross amount (the board
has offered)," Moseley said yesterday
afternoon. He added, however, that
members of the school board
negotiating team may be willing to
alter the distribution of increases
throughout the salary schedule.
OTHER STRIKE ISSUES include
assessment of teacher qualifications in
determining layoff procedures,
assignment of homerooms to inter-
mediate school teachers, elementary
school class size, racial composition of
the system's staff, and teacher tran-
sfers within the system.
The teachers' association proposed
last Friday that the dispute be settled
by binding arbitration, an action the
school board turned down last Satur-
Negotiations resumed at ap-
proximately 2 p.m. Tuesday. The nine-
hour session Tuesday was the first sin-
ce talks broke off early Friday evening.
According to Burroughs, a Michigan
Employment Relations Commission
mediator has been present during the
session which began Wednesday mor-
ning. No mediator attended Tuesday's
session, he said, although both sides
met last Friday with a state mediator.
Rally rovides news
ion A2 teacher strike
By JULIE BROWN ACCORDING TO RALLY or
As around-the-clock negotiations con- Laura Kenney, the students'
tinued yesterday afternoon in the ten- helped plan the event by o
day-old Ann Arbor school strike, suggestions and allowing extens
;representatives of the school board and of home phones.
the teachers' association met with
students and parents at a rally to an- Kenney's mother, Carol Kenn(
swer questions about negotiations. the idea for the rally was origin
The one-hour gathering, organized by husband's. The students were un
:several intermediate school students as to what they could do to help
and attend'ed by approximately 80 the strike, and he suggested org
people, was held on the front steps of such a rally. The students then b
Pioneer High School. Students and make phone calls, and "went r
parents had the opportunity to ask the top," she noted.
;questions of Board of Education
President Wendy Barhydt and Ann Ar- School board president Barhy
bor Education Association represen- a short speech at the rally, not
tative Donald McEwen, a counselor at she needed to get back to negotia
Pioneer High School.
"WE WANTED TO go back to school "YOU KIDS ARE the reason
because we don't want to lose our there (in negotiations) at all," s
summer vacation," said Chris Bartlett, "You should be back in scho
an eighth grader; at Tappan Inter- soon. We've narrowed ever,
mediate School and one of the rally's down, and are in the final steps.'
organizers. He and the other organizers Teachers' association repres
were quick to add, however, that this McEwen echoed similar sent
was not the sole reason for organizing adding "I hope we're in schoo
the rally. maybe tomorrow, and at least b
"We want to go back to school day."
because we want to learn," said Mazie It is illegal for public school t
Woodford, one of the student in Michigan to strike, McEwen s
organizers. added such action is occas
Several members of the audience ex- necessary. He compared t
pressed concern about the manner of strikes to the activities of the la
how missed school days would be made tin Luther King, saying the civi
up. Barhydt responded that no definite leader had to disobey certain
decision had been made yet. order to achieve results.
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