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Ninety-four Years
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Vol. XCIV-No. 63

Copyright 1983, The Michigan Daily

Ann Arbor, Michigan - Friday, November 18, 1983

Fifteen Cents

Eight Pages

GEO ratifies

first pact

since

'76

Contracl
By JAN RUBENSTEIN
The Graduate Employees
Organization, though barely getting the
number of votes necessary to ratify
their first contract since 1976, voted
overwhelmingly in favor of the new
agreement, union officials announced
yesterday.
Of GEO's 637 members, 325 voted in
favor of the contract and five voted
against it, officials said. Contract
ratification required that 50 percent
plus one of the union's total member-
ship - or 319 members - vote in favor
of the agreement. The contract, which
is effective immediately, will run
through March, 1985.
THE UNION, which represents the
University's 1700 teaching and staff
assistants, will now focus its efforts on
enlarging its membership and assisting
present members, GEO President
Celeste Burke said yesterday.
The contract gives teaching and staff
assistants a 5.1 percent pay hike and a 7
percent reduction in tuition, and it
guarantees a net gain between salary
and tuition increases. The pact also en-
courages departments to develop a
class size policy and a TA training
program, and it gives TAs a voice in
those processes.

makes it by 6 votes

Abraham Ehrlich, who headed
GEO's negotiation team, said that the
union had to give up more of its original
demands than the University did in or-
der to reach an agreement. "I think
(the union) made all the important con-
cessions. The University conceded to
us on a very few things," Ehrlich said.
GEO HAD HOPED to get a full tuition
waiver and affirmative action guaran-
tees from the University. At first, the
University was unwilling to negotiate
on either item, according to Burke, who
was a member of the bargaining team.
While the University conceded a bet-
ter tuition break, it continued to refuse
to negotiate on affirmative action
issues.
"(The pay raise and tuition decrease)
is in our interest in terms of attracting
and retaining the best graduate studen-
ts," said Colleen Dolan-Greene, the
University's chief negotiator.
The University's response to affir-
mative action "flows between us and
the federal government, and not us to
the GEO," Dolan-Greene said.
The University did concede on the
duration of the agreement. Although
the University wanted a three-year con-
tract, GEO was able to shorten its
length in hopes of gaining even further

concessions in future negotiations.
GEO ALSO TRIED to get the Univer-
sity to set general guidelines ensuring
that departments would develop and
enforce measures to limit class size and
train TAs. While the current contract
encourages these measures, GEO wan-
ted "to tighten up the language to make
sure it gets done," Burke said.
But Dolan-Greene said that "the
University has always functioned on a
decentralized basis," and that is why
the University "would not agree to
making (class size policies and TA
training programs), mandatory," she
said.
Ehrlich, the GEO negotiator, said
that the union could not press the
University on these issues because of
an absence of membership support.
"In large part, (apathy) is a matter of
the times," said Ehrlich.
BECAUSE GRADUATE students are
career-minded, and dependent on
academics to achieve career goals,
they "don't want to jeopardize that, and
they don't see beyond that. People
think twice about doing things which
may even remotely antagonize
somebody," Ehrlich said.
See GEO, Page 7

Profs predict economic upswing

By ERIC MATTSON
Michigan will experience a robust
economic recovery during the next two
years, University economists predicted
yesterday at the 31st annual Conference
on the Economic Outlook.
The forecast by professors Joan
Crary and Saul Hymans projects
steadily shrinking unemployment,
moderate inflation, and an upswing in
consumer purchasing power through
mid-1985.
THE REPORT was not without a
caution, however: "There is a concern
about whether our forecast* is an in-
dication that the expansion will have
petered out by the end of 1985,"
Hymans said.
"The bottom line is that we have good
news and bad news. The good news is . .
the strong likelihood of another two
years of economic expansion to the ac-
companiment of a fairly moderate rise
in inflation."
The forecast, one of the most widely-
quoted economic predictions nation-

State's jobless rate
expected to decline

wide, says major gains in the manufac-
turing sector will pace the state's em-
ployement increases - adding ap-
proximately 200,000 jobs by 1985.
CRARY AND HYMANS also predic-
ted the state's treasury will continue to
improve as a result of both the 1983 tax
increase and a widening tax base.
"The next two years," Crary said in
her presentation to the conference.
"should provide us with the opportunity
to assess our options and choose the
course for the Michigan economy in an
atmosphere which is a pleasant change
from the 'crisis management'
framework in which we have been for-
ced to operate for the past several
years."
Despite the generally optimistic

outlook - the first for Michigan in
several years, Crary said - the
economists warned that continuing
high interest rates combined with a
lower demand for labor in the auto in-
dustry will prevent manufacturing em-
ployment from reaching pre-recession
levels.
THE MICHIGAN forecast predicts
unemployment'rates will drop from 14.3
percent this year to 11.7 percent next
year and 9.6 percent in 1985.
The 9.6 percent prediction, if true,
represents the first time since 1979 that
Michigan's unemployment rate will
drop below double digits on an annual
basis.
Besides manufacturing employment
See PROFS, Page 3

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... forecasts turnaround for Michigan

7----

French jets strafe pro-Iranian extremists

Bus-ted AP Photo
Police try to haul away a striker from the path of a Greyhound Bus at
theBoston terminal yesterday morning. See story, Page 3.
SAID witns majority
0fLSA-SG ,seats

By CAROLINE MULLER
Final results from the LSA-Student
Government elections were announced
yesterday, with the Student for
Academic and Institutional Develop-
ment (SAID) party carrying 10 of the 15
council seats.
Five other seats were filled by in-
dependent candidates, with the newly-
formed IGNITE party coming up em-
pty.
SAID presidential and vice presiden-
tial candidates Eric Berman and Jean
Wyman won by a 1240-518 margin.
THE NEW SAID council represen-
tatives are: junior Joel Herz, 921 votes;

From AP and UPI
BEIRUT, Lebanon - French jet
fighters bombed, rocketed and strafed
Shiite Moslem guerrillas holed up in the
Bekaa Valley yesterday. Radio
stations reported scores of casualties
among the pro-Iranian extremists
believed to have plotted suicide attacks
on French, U.S. and Israeli troops.
The targets of the French attack were
about 10 miles northeast of the Nabi
Sheet area of the Bekaa, where Israeli
jets on Wenesday bombed other bases
of pro-Iranian Shiite militiamen and
Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
ALL BROADCASTS said scores of
casualties resulted from the French
operation but that no specific break-
down could be given because of difficult
telex and telephone communications
with the stricken area in Syrian-
controlled Lebanon, 50 miles east of
Beirut.
The French Defense Ministry in
Paris said all jets returned safely to their
base on the aircraft carrier Clemen-
ceau.
"Of primary importance was the
prevention of new terrorist actions
against French forces in Lebanon
See FRENCH, Page 2

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sophomore Sara Massarik, 855 votes,
junior Elizabeth Evans, 825 votes;
junior Jane Ross, 815 votes; sophomore
Michael Walker, 815 votes; freshman
Cris Cobb, 807 votes; freshwoman
Michelle Tear, 805 votes; sophomore
Winston Lee, 789 votes; sophomore An-
drew Plevin, 786 votes: and sophomore
Derrick Widmark, 722 votes.
The five independent winners, all
juniors, had campaigned together in a
"block." They are Ruth Bard, 827
votes; Cheryl Goldfarb, 777 votes;
James Rosenberg, 750 votes; Robin
Morgan, 784 votes; and Larry Bottnick,
690 votes.

AP Photo
A supporter of Yasser Arafat fires his assault rifle into the Baddawi refugee camp in Tripoli, Lebanon yesterday in
house to house fighting between pro and anti-Arafat factions in the camp.

TODAY
The game
THE OLD ADAGE that those who can't play be-
come sports writers will be put to the test when the
Daily's men's and women's football teams (the Libels and
Libelles) face the Ohio State newspaper's men's and
women's teams (The Lantern and Lanternettes) tonight at
8 p.m. on the Tartan Turf on South State near Yost Ice
Arena. The Libels have managed to lose the last three

Last chance
W E MAY LOSE the game to Ohio State tomorrow,
but it looks like we'll beat them at something else. As
of Wednesday, the Wolverines were pounding the Buckeyes
in the annual Michigan-OSU blood drive, sponsored by the
American Red Cross. The Michigan donors may be on their
way to retaining the "Blood Drop" trophy for the second
year in a row, after collecting a total of 4,722 pints to OSU's
4,020 as of Wednesday. But the blood drive's campus coor-
dinator Neal Frye warned that the competition isn't over
yet-both schools rallied on the two final days of the last

by Bruce Richmond, a computer whiz at Lincoln Park High,
School, has one object: defeat your opponents and score
points before the City Council meeting adjourns in 60
seconds. Players first decide if they want to be Mayor
Harold Washington or Alderman Edward Vrdolyak, the
mayor's chief city council rival. If a player picks
Washington, the black gavel floats onto the screen to the
tune of "Hail to the Chief." If the Player decides to be Vr-
dolyak, a white face with an open mouth appears on the
screen, moving along to the tune of "Dixie." The City Coun-
cil convenes, with 29 white figures representing Vrdolyak
aldermen and 21 black figures renresentine the mavor's

mothers noted that female students were neglecting newly-
scheduled Saturday morning classes.
Also on this date in history:
* 1958 - Eleanor Roosevelt told students that the best
way to combat Communism was to provide Third World
countries with food, and to try to understand their cultures.
*1963 - LSA faculty members narrowly approved the
concept of a residential college, but made it known that
they would withhold final approval until the plan was more
concrete.
* 1977 - The regents approve: necessary funding for the
$8 million Medical Library.

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