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Clericals Page 1
The University's office workers are finally on their
way to forming a successful-union. But their efforts
are haunted by previous failures. Cover photo by
Brian Masck.


Doggy Style Page 3
BowWowWow's Tuesday night concert at Second
Chance gets a suggestive preview while Boston's SS
Decontrol receives more hard core treatment.
Split decision Page 4
Paul Newman's blue eyes get cliuded over as a
lawyer with lots of problems in Sidney Lumet's latest
film, The Verdict.
Happenings Pages 5-8
Your guide tofun times for the coming week in Ann
Arbor. Film capsules, music previews, theater notes,

The Verdict: Before the bench
and bar dates, all listed in a handy-dandy, day-by-day
schedule. Plus a roster of local restaurants.
Staged insanity Page 9
Gogol's Diary of a Madman has been adapted for

the stage and the Michig;n Ensemble Theatre's new
Left Handed Dream Page 12
Riuichi Sakamoto's new album inspires some
critical thoughts on music of the East. Also, a look at
Hal Galper's latest jazz release.W

likely to favor union workers over non-
union workers," he said.
Reggie McGhee, state public affairs
associate for AFSCME, acknowledged
that the University is suffering finan-
cially, but insisted AFSCME can still
squeeze better pay and benefits out of
reluctant administrators.
"When there's a lack of funding for
the University, everyone suffers," he
said. "But I think people have to under-
stand that we are there in the
legislature and that's one of our major
issues - getting more money for
AFSCME organizers are aware of the
failures of past unions on campus and
plan to avoid making the same
mistakes. The route the United Auto
Workers took in the mid-1970s is one
AFSCME wants to avoid.
That UAW local represented the
clerical workers for a little more than a
year until it was decertified by the
disgruntled rank-and-file in 1976.
Now, University clerical workers
disagree on whether that union was
given enough of an opportunity to prove
itself. The UAW was criticized most of
all for collecting dues before com-
pleting contract negotiations with the
University and not providing a forum
for input by the rank-and-file.
"I think they took more away from us
than they got for us," said Bertha
Duede, a secretary in the School of Den-
"Under UAW in 1976 we were forced
to sign a card or we couldn't work
there, and I've been working for the
University for 23 or 24 years," said
Sharon Guenther, a financial clerk in
the Heating and Utilities office., "The
University has been very good to me
without a union."
Since 1976, another group, the
Organizing Committee for Clericals,
has failed on two attempts to unionize
campus clerical employees.fA lack of
money, the "radical" bent of the com-
mittee, and allegedly unfair tactics by
the University have all been cited as
elements leading to OCC's failures.
In 1979, the OCC filed charges against
the University for what it said were un-
fair labor practices which interfered
with organizers' rights to distribute
literature and canvas workers in non-
work areas during non-working hours.
Much of that drive struck workers as
being too underground in nature.
"When OCC was organizing, the ef-
fort was very covert," said Stanczak.
"I remember that they would leave


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JoAnna Williams: Overcoming past failures

literature in the ladies' room. They
would come in the evenings and drop
something on your desk very quietly."
A FSCME organizers said they have
not had any significant problems
with University officials since they
began their drive last September. "I

tly follows the University's rules about
union activities and is more open in its
organizing style than the OCC. "We're
up front. We have nothing to hide," she
said. "It's good for people to see us
walking into a building without any
Before AFSCME began its drive,

'We're up front. We have nothing to hide.
It's good for people to see us walking into a
building without any fear.'
--Union organizer
JoAnna Williams

think the University is taking a fairly
low-key approach because (we're) not
enough of a threat until we petition and
have an election," said Chalker, who is
helping AFSCME this time around.
Williams attributed the lack of op-
position to the fact that AFSCME stric-

clerical workers had tried other
avenues besides unionizing, Stanczak
said. During the fall of 1981 and spring
of 1982 Stanczak and other members of
a Clerical Advisory Council took an oc-
casional lunch hour off to meet with
James Thiry, the University's person-

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