The Michigan Daily, Sunday, September 18, 1983-- Page 3
City teachers lose on insurance
By BARBARA MISLE
An insurance plan rejected by striking Ann Arbor
teachers will go into effect today unless another
proposal is introduced for discussion, Ann Arbor
school board officials announced yesterday morning.
According to assistant school superintendent,
Robert Moseley, the Public Employees Relations Act
gives board members authority to implement what
they consider to be their best offer if they have
negotiated with the striking teachers and made
progress toward a settlement.
BUT REPRESENTATIVES of the Ann Arbor
Education Association, the teachers' union, said the
move will have "minimal effect" because there has
been no contract agreement.
"Our policy has always been no contract, no work,"
said Gerry VanWambeke, head negotiator for the
union. "If the teachers aren't in school, what's to im-
VanWambeke said teachers won't agree on a con-
tract until the dispute over wage increases and the
number of conference days for elementary school
teachers is resolved.
MOSELEY DEFENDED the board's move as
being a "decisive action" to remove at least one of
the disputed issues from the bargaining table.
Under the three-part plan, teachers would main-
tain their current insurance coverage with the
Michigan Education Special Services Administration
(MESSA) this year.
NEXT YEAR, teachers may choose between
coverage by MESSA or Blue Cross for the same cost.
But the following year, teachers who choose the more
expensive MESSA coverage will have to pay the dif-
Initially, the board proposed that teachers give up
MESSA immediately for a comparable, but less
costly, plan. Thursday, teachers rejected the latest
proposal, standing firm on their demand that the
board continue to subsidize MESSA coverage.
VanWambeke said the strike, which has delayed
school for Ann Arbor's 14,000 students for 11 days
now, will continue until wage disputes are resolved.
Teachers are seeking a 4 percent pay hike while the
board is offering only a 2.5 percent increase.
Navy fires on Druse positions
BEIRUT, Lebanon - The United
States and Syria moved closer to open
conflict yesterday with an unpreceden-
ted U.S. naval bombardment of targets
in Syrian-controlled areas of Lebanon
and a Syrian threat to shell the U.S.
The Syrian threat came soon after
two U.S. 6th Fleet warships bombarded
targets inside Syrian areas in retalia-
tion for shells that fell around U.S. em-
bassy offices and the U.S. am-
bassador's residence Friday.
"IF ANY shells from land, sea or air
hit in areas occupied by our force, we
will reply by shelling the source of such
fire," a Syrian military spokesman said
on Damascus radio. "Orders have been
given in this respect to the relevant
The escalation in U.S. military action
came as the Lebanese army pushed an
offensive to complete its capture of a
ridge above Beirut and prevent rebel
infiltration of the capital.
The destroyer John Rodgers and
frigate Bowen fired their 5-inch guns af-
ter Druse artillery blasts from positions
in the Syrian-controlled hills east of
Beirut "endangered American lives"
late Friday and early yesterday, said
U.S. Marine Warrant Officer Charles
THE RESIDENCE of U.S. Am-
bassador Robert Dillon, and the
Lebanese Defense Ministry where
American officers work with the
Lebanese army, had come under fire,
No U.S. casualties were reported, and
Rowe said the artillery fire was "very
much diminished" after the shelling
from the ships, anchored offshore.
Rowe would not say how many roun-
ds the ships fired, but U.S. Embassy
sources said it involved "multiple
salvos" and sources in the
multinational peacekeeping force said
30 to 70 rounds were fired - one of the
fiercest responses yet by the U.S.
IT WAS THE second time the Navy
has used its firepower since the Marine
peacekeeping forces arrived last year.
On Sept. 8, the Bowen fired at militia
artillery positions in the Druse-
occupied mountain areas after the
Marine cpmpound at Beirut Inter-
national Airport was shelled.
Friday night, Palestinian guerrilla
leader Yasser Arafat slipped back into
northern Lebanon to visit his military
headquarters in Tripoli.
A riderless horse with backward boots in the stirrups leads 400 members of
the John Birch Society yesterday in a tribute to Rep. Larry McDonald (D-
Ga.), who died on the Koren jet downed by the Soviet Union. the group was a
part of a state fair in Marietta, Ga.
Eclipse Jazz presents Festifall 83. The free concert features Fast Tracks,
The Core, The Shoo-Be-Doo Show, and The Urbations. The bands will play
from 1 to 7 p.m. at Palmer Field, near the CCRB and the Hill dorms.
Cinema Guild - Odd Man Out, 7 p.m., The Stranger, 9:05 p.m., Lorch.
Cinema Two - Return of the Secaucus Seven, 7 and 9 p.m., MLB 4.
Michigan With Hart Campaign - U.S. Senator Gary Hart, 5 p.m., Pen-
dleton Room, Michigan Union.
American Baptist Campus Foundation -11:15 a.m., First Baptist Church.
Progressive Student Network -8 p.m., Canterbury Loft, 322 S. State.
Human Sexuality Office - Gay discussion group Fall get-acquainted
group, 6 p.m., 802 Monroe.
Lutheran Campus Ministry - Sunday worship, 10 a.m.; student supper, 6
p.m.; youth and suicide program, 7 p.m., corner of S. Forest and Hill.
Exhibit Museum - Open house at 85-foot telescope on Peach Mountain, 2
to 4:30 p.m., 9% miles west of North Territorial Rd.
Ann Arbor State Street Antiques Market - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sheraton
WCBN benefit dance - 9 p.m., Rick's American Cafe.
Swiss Catholic theologian Hans Kung will host the second in a series of lec-
tures. Kung's talk takes place at 8:30 p.m. at Rackham Auditorium.
His House Christian Fellowship - "Turn It Around Week," John Elliot,
7:30 p.m., Michigan Theater.
School of Music - Organ recital, Wolfgang Oehms, 8:30 p.m., Hill
Latin American Culture Project - "Repression and Exile: Its Impact on
Chilean Artistic Creation," Hernan Castellanos, Patricio Mann, and Eliana
Moya-Raggion, 4 p.m., East Conference Rm., Rackham.
Computing Center - Introduction to Display Terminals, Forrest Har-
tman, 3:30 to 5p.m., 165 BSAD.
Chemistry Department - "Activation in Metal Cluster Compounds," D.F.
Shriver, 4 p.m., Rm. 1200, Chemistry Bldg.
Thomas Spencer Jerome Lecture - "'Divi Filius.' Octavian's Forms of
Self-Representation before the Year 28 B.C.," Paul Zanker, 4 p.m., Angell
American Friends Service Committee - "Women in Brazil," Jeanette
Good, 7:30 p.m., Guild House, 802 Monroe.
Washtenaw County Voice of Reason - Mass meeting, 7:30 p.m., Kuenzel
Rm., Michigan Union.
American Field Service - 7:30 p.m., International Center, 603 W.
SYDA Foundation - Free meditation class with Swami Apurvananda, 8 to
9:20 p.m., 1522 Hill St.
The Hospice of Washtenaw - Informational meeting, 7:30 p.m., 2530 S.
Human Growth Center - Eating Disorder self-help group, 7 to 9:30 p.m.,
2002 Hogback Rd., No. 13.
Christian Science Organization - 7:15 p tm, Michigan League Rm. D.
Lesbian Network - 7p.m., Guild House, 802 Monroe.
Career Planning and Placement - Public Service Intern Program mass
meeting, 6 p.m., Rackham Auditorium.
Sociology department - Seminar for sociology concentrators, 3 p.m., 3510
Sacua - 2:15 p.m., W. Alcove, Rackham.
Senate Assembly - 3:15 p.m., Rackham Amphitheater.
Ann Arbor Support Group for the Farm Labor Organizing Committee -
7:30 p.m., 308 E. William.
Lutheran Campus Ministry - Bible study, Michigan League, Rm. 3.
Union of Students for Israel - Organizational meeting, 7 p.m., Hillel
Foundation, 1429 Hill.
Tae Kwon Do - Practice, 5 to 7 p.m., CCRB Martial Arts Rm.
Young People's Theater - Open registration for Fall classes, 10 a.m. to 6
p.m., 410 W. Washington.
Extension Service - 1983 Short Courses for assessing Personnel, 8:30 a.m.
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