The Michigan Daily-Friday, November 12, 1982-Page
Union sends national reps
to 'U' to
By NEIL CHASE
A major union has sent national
representatives to join in the con-
troversy among University office
workers over whether to organize, and
union officials say their attempts to woo
members during the last several weeks
have been successful.
"We feel real good about it," said
Reggie McGhee, a spokesman for the
Lansing office of the American
Federation of State, County, and
Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
JOHN FORSYTHE, the University's
chief labor negotiator, would not com-
ment on the presence of national AF-
SCME representatives on campus, or
on the prospect of a new union.
The union's efforts began when
University office workers called the
AFSCME office "out of frustration" to
complain about lack of pay raises and
job security, according to McGhee.
"With departments being closed
down, people want to know if they're
going to have a job somewhere else on
campus," he said.
STATE LAW requires that in order to
unionize, at least 30 percent of the
University's 3,300 office workers need
to request an election to decide whether
they want a union.
'With departments being closed down, people,
want to know if they're going to have a job
elsewhere on campus.
- Reggie McGhee
A weekend for single Catholic men, 17-45,
to explore the story of Francis of Assisi
and the Franciscans
November 19-21 at Duns Scotus Friary,
Southfield, MI (near Detroit)
For further information contact:
Fr. John Kramer, OFM-(313) 357-3070.
AFSCME - with the help of several
University employees - has been cir-
culating "green cards" for signatures
indicating such desire through the mail
and in person, but officials would not
say how many signatures have been
If the minimum number of cards is
collected, the union can ask the
Michigan Employment Relations
Commission to authorize an election for
employees to vote whether to form an
IN SPITE of AFSCME's efforts, the
organization drive has not gotten the
publicity it needs, according to Sharon
Wenzel, a secretary in the faculty
senate office who has signed a green
card. "A lot of people don't know
they're on campus," she said.
Connie Hamlin, a secretary in the
history department, has not decided
whether to sign the card. "I haven't
heard a lot about it," she said.
An AFSCME brochure offers the
clerical workers "a progressive
union-in the forefront of efforts to win
equal pay for women, and health and
safety in hospitals and offices," along
with "collective bargaining expertise
for winning better salary, benefits, and
An earlier effort at organization was
coordinated by the Organizing Commit-
tee for Clericals (OCC). One OCC
member, Dawn Chalker, said AFSCME
has not worked closely with her group.
"I think that's not the best way for them
to organize," she said, adding that OCC
can provide help the union has not
An evening w
Wednesday,December 8,The Power Center,8:OOpm. Reserved seats
are $8.50, on sale now at The Michigan Union Ticket Office and all
CTC Outlets. Call 763-2071. A Major Events Presentation.
What will those egg-heads think of next? The Society of Engineering
Science is sponsoring the annual egg drop contest today at 12 p.m. in the
parking lot of West Engineering. Participants drop eggs, which have been
placed inside of special contraptions that they designed to prevent the eggs
from breaking, from the highest heights.
Cinema Guild-Beau Pere, 7 & 9:15 p.m., Lorch Hall.
AAFC-Chariots of Fire, 7 & 9:15 p.m., MLB 4.
Cinema II-Invisible Adversaries, 7:00 p.m., Angell Hall Aud. A.
Alternative Action'-You Can't Take It With You, 9:30 p.m., Nat. Sci.
Cinema II-Last Chance for a Slow Dance, 8:40 p..m., Angell Hall Aud. A.
Jodi Spiers Memorial Fund-In the King of Prussia, 6, 7:40 & 9:30 p.m.,
Alternative Action-Pocketful of Miracles, 7:00 p.m., Nat. Sci.
School of Music-Saxophone Recital by Reginald Borik, 8:00 p.m., Recital
School of Music-Bassoon Recital by Stephen Peterson, 8:00 p.m.,
Musical Society-Lydia Artymiw, pianist, 8:30 p.m., Rackham Aud.
Theatre-"The Trojan Women," 8:00 p.m., New Trueblood Arena.
Ark - Andy Breckman, comic, 8:30 p.m., 1421 Hill St.
Young People's Theatre-"Midsummer's Night Revisited," 8:00 p.m.,
Performance Network, 408 W. Washington.
U-M Public Relations Club - Leo Burnett, Inc., "Careers in Advertising,"
3:00 p.m., Anderson Room, Michigan Union.
Chemistry - Stanley Ngeyi, "Coal Liquefaction/Catalysis," 4:00 p.m.,
Biological Sciences-John Torrey, "The Site of Nitrogenase Activity in
Actinomycete-Nodulated Plants," 4:00 p.m., 1139 Nat. Sci.
Chemistry-Manuel Ballester, "Advances in the Domain of the Trivalent-
Carbon Inert Free Radicals," 3:30 p.m., 1300 Chem.
Museum of Art-Katie Aldrich, "A New Kind of Art," 12:10 - 12:30 p.m.,
Museum of Art.
Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics-Nobru Kikuchi, "Ap-
plication of Fixed-Point Theorems to the Friction Problem in Elasticity,"
4:00 p.m., 315 W. Engineering.
South and Southeast Asian Studies-Thomas Trautman, Richard Seran,
Peter Granda, "Computers, Cartography, and Indian Inscriptions: A
Project Description," 12 Noon, Commons Room, Lane Hall.
Guild House-Shirley Lewis, "Journey to China," 12 Noon, 802 Monroe.
American Association of University Professors-Open Chapter Meeting,
12 Noon, Michigan Room, Michigan League.
Dickens Fellowship-Meeting, Howard Markel will discuss "Dickens and
Medicine," 8:00 p.m., Leckie Room, Hutchins Hall.
Tae Kon Do Club - Practice, 5-7:00 p.m., Martial Arts Room, CCRB.
Ann Arbor Chinese Bible Class-7:30 p.m., Univ. Reformed Church.
International Student Fellowship-7:00 p.m., 4100 Nixon Road.
University Duplicate Bridge Club-New Players Welcome, 7:15 p.m.,
Folk Dance Club - Beginners Welcome, 8:00 p.m., corner of State and
William, Third Floor.
Dental School Student Bible Study Group-1:00 p.m., Room B312A, Dental
Aikido Club-Meeting, 5:00 p.m., Sports Building, 606 Hoover Street.
Nuclear Engineering-Colloquium, 3:15 p.m., White Auditorium, Cooley.
African Students Association, Michigan Student Assembly, Trotter
House-African Arts and Crafts Exhibition, 1-6:30 p.m., Fashion Parade,
7:30-9:30 p.m., 1443 Washtenaw.
Friends of University Hospitals-Holiday Bell Bazaar, 9:00 a.m., 4:00
p.m., Bake Sale begins at 7:30 a.m., proceeds to Children's Psychiatric and
C. S. Mott CHildren's Hospital.
English-Open Workshop with Carolyn Forche, 3-5:00 p.m., Henderson
Tau Beta Pi-TGIF, 4-7:00 p.m., Rick's American Cafe.
Veterans Administration-Free Diabetes Screenings, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.,
Ann Arbor VA Medical Center.
Music School-Open party with the Pointer Sisters and their producer,
Richard Perry, 3-5 p.m., Michigan Union Ballroom.
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