The Michigan Daily-Friday, January 29, 1982-Page 5
UAW, GM negotiations
DETROIT (UPI)- General Motors
Corp. and the United Auto Workers an-
nounced late last night they have failed
to reach an agreement on contract con-
cessions designed to save union jobs,
cut company costs and bolster the
slumping auto industry.
"It's over," UAW president Douglas
Fraser told reporters less than a half-
hour before the union's midnight
deadline for a settlement last night.
"WE TRIED hard,'and the company
tried hard. We have no regrets;"
Fraser said. The UAW president said
three issues killed the negotiations,
these were job security of layoff-weary
members a solution to GM's subcon-
tracting of work to foreign and non-
union domestic sources (commonly
called outsourcing), and the shared
benefit cuts GM salaried workers would
have had to take along with hourly
Fraser said the negotiations which
had been broken off last week by the
union when the two sides could not see
-eye-to-eye on the issues now will not be
resumed until the usual mid-July star-
The UAW's present three-year con-
tract with GM expires Sept. 14.
As negotiators gathered in advance of
the final countdown, dissident
autoworkers were mounting their own
drive against any concessions the union
might grant the automaker.
Members of Locals Opposed to Con-
cessions had scheduled a rally prior to a
meeting tomorrow of the union's GM,
Council, which must approve any
agreement before it is presented to the
rank and file for ratification.
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into the 1982-83 fiscal year budget.
The funding of several divisions will
be reduced at EMU, including Inter-
collegiate Athletics, Student Activities,
Campus Life, Housing and Food Ser-
vices, and Admissions.
Student leaders there seem resigned
to accepting the cuts - which may
result in a fall tuition increase of 10 per-
cent - as necessary to keep the
university a competitive institution.
"I'M FRUSTRATED with the cuts
that are going on," said Mark Lee,
EMU student body president, "but this
is what's needed to save programs."
"I don't think there is a choice in the
tens budget delay;
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a member of the EMU student senate.
According to York, continuing cuts in
state aid are "turning public education
into private education" by reducing
financial aid funds.
BUDGET DIRECTOR Gerald Miller,
who outlined both the cuts and the
governor's approximately $5 billion 1983
budget proposal, warned that if action
on the proposed 1982 cuts is delayed un-
til summer, the legislature will have
few alternatives to Milliken's recom-
"If you wait til June...the only other
option you would have is to reduce
school aid payments due in August,"
Committee members also questioned.
Miller's assumptions of state economic
recovery in 1983. Many of the
criticisms focused on his assumption
that automobile sales would increase 16
percent next year.
Miller replied that federal tax cuts
combined with a decreasingrate of in-
flation as well as the ageof cars now on
the road would combine to release the
"pent up demand" for cars and boost
Miller also defended President
Reagan's economic policies, saying no
better alternative to stimulating the
economy has appeared.
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LSA may require English
proficieney tests for TAs
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the English class, according to the
However, the proposal has run into
some snags. Several curriculum com-
mittee members are concerned that the
proficiency requirements would em-
barrass foreign TAs who may be
brilliant in their fields, but unable to
communicate well enough to teach ef-
Committee members also are con-
cerned that an oral competence test
would cost the University quality
THE TEST "could make recruiting
very difficult," said Peter Hinman, an
associate math department chairman
and curriculum committee member. A
foreign student, he explained, might
choose to attend another university if
the teaching appointment hinged on his
or her English.
Other committee members said
foreign students from English-speaking
countries would be offended by the
.requirement, Hinman said.
In addition, many foreign students
received their secondary school in-
struction from English-speaking
According to Rackham Foreign Ad-
missions Officer Vi Benner, students
who score low on the competence tests
currently administered by the Univer-
sity would find it difficult to get the
necessary help to improve their
ALTHOUGH THE English Language
Institute offers courses in English as a
foreign language, she said, the
curriculum requires 20 hours of class
for each student each week.
It is "too much work for a graduate
student with a full academic load,"
Many foreign students have ad-
ditional problems learning English
*because of the culture shock they ex-
perience when they arrive in the United
States, she explained. The combination
of new foods, climate changes, and
work load can be physically
_ exhausting, she said.
Last November, LSA sponsored a
free, six-week English Language
program for foreign TAs. Six TAs chose
to participate in the program, taught by
instructors from the Michigan
Language Corporation, a private
The program's weekly, three-hour
meetings focused on general speaking
skills and methods of lecture
Zorn said the response to the
program has been "underwhelming,"
however, because LSA has had dif-
ficulty identifying TAs with speaking
problems and few TAs have come for-
Several members of the Michigan
Student Assembly's International
Students Committee said the MLC
English classes might embarrass TAs
by singling them out, and requirement
of English classes might discourage
departments from hiring foreign TAs.
"If (the departments) feel the TAs
are not qualified, they should just not
appoint them instead of recommending
the person to undergo some sort of
training," said Ema Ema, a committee
member and a former English TA for
the Pilot Program.
Chemistry 125 instructor Nancy
Konigsberg, whose course uses several
foreign TAs, said that often the problem
lies not with the TAs, but with the
"We're dealing partly with students
who are protected (from interactions
with persons from foreign countries),"
Konigsberg said. Some of these studen-
ts have difficulty understanding a
foreign accent, as a result, she said.
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