The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, February 7, 1984 - Page 3
Five Cablevision workers quit; strike postponed
By SHARON SILBAR
Although Ann Arbor Cablevision
workers expected to strike at midnight
yesterday when their current contract
expired, a union spokesman said they
will probably be at work tomorrow.
Union workers voted last week to
strike if an agreement was not reached,
but they must wait for approval from
international union officials before they
THAT APPROVAL should come any
day, said Fred Chase, president of
Communications Workers of American
Local 4011, which also represents
workers at Michigan Bell.
"The international union is trying to
work out something to avoid a strike,"
Chase said. "In my opinion, it looks like
we're going to have to strike."
The disputed contract calls for cuts
in sick days and vacation days, a wage
freeze, and a maintenance of member-
ship clause which would allow workers
not to join the union. The two sides have
been negotiating since October.
Chase said it is hard to negotiate with
a financially healthy company that is
'The international union is trying to work
something out to avoid a strike . . . In my
opinion, it looks like we're going to have to
strike.' - Fred Chase, president of
Communications Workers of America
"By resigning now, they are eligible
under the old contract to collect
benefits being denied under the new
contract," said John Lieberman, the
Union's representative at Ann Arbor
After losing those workers, the com-
pany's general manager Sharon Wilson
said business is still running as usual.
With sales people answering
telephones, though, Wilson said, "It's
kind of hectic here."
EVEN IF workers strike, Ann Arbor
Cablevision subscribers will not be af-
fected unless they want a change in
"just steadfast an its anti-union policies.
"IF IT WERE finances, we could un-
derstand that," Chase said, adding that
although the company has enough
money to support a contract, they just
want to bust the union.
Five union workers have resigned
from the cable company since Friday.
Professor Paul Smith, a post doctoral student in Chinese Studies, speaks
on "Tibetan Horses, Szechwanese Ten and the Sung State."Sponsored by the
Chinese studies department. The lecture is Today at 12 p.m. in Lane Hall.
School of Music-Trombone Students Recital, & Piano Students recital, 8
p.m., Rackham Assembly Hall.
Performance Network-Poetry projects; 60 minutes of Premier video,
Poetry and performance from four artists, 8 p.m., the Perfrormance net-
useum of Art-Pru Rosenthal, "The Human Figure in National Museum
of American Art and Paintings," 12:10 p.m., Museum of Art.
Psychobiology - Fred Karsch, "Neuroendocrine Regulation of Seasonal
Breeding: Temporal Organization Among Reproductive Rhythms," 12:30
p.m., room 1057 MHRI.
Chemistry Department-J N Stille, "Palladium Catalyzed Reactions of
Organic halides with Organotin Reagents," 4 p.m., Room 1300, Chemistry
Christian Medical Society-Krumlaufs, "Spiritual Dimensions of Health
Care: An Interdisciplinary Approach,"7p.m., Room 2901, Taubman.
Group Dynamics-Robert Pachella, "Perception as Symbolic Represen-
tation," 7:30 p.m:, ISR.
Ecumenical Campus Center-Rev. Barbara Fuller, "Super Power Politics
& The Suffering People of Vietnam and Campuchea," 12 p.m., International
Pharmacy/Medical Chemistry-Allan Moorman, "Novel Suicide Inac-
tivators of Serine Proteases Based on isatoic Anhydrid," 4 p.m., Room 3554,
Chinese Studies-Paul Smith, "Tibetan Horses, Szechwanese Tea, and the
Sung State," 12 p.m., Lane Hall Commons.
Computing Center-CC Consulting staff, "File Editor," 12:10 p.m., Room
1011, NUBS. Forrest Hartman, "Intro. to Pattern Matching, I: An Exten-
sion of the File Editor," 3:30 p.m., Room 165, Business Administration
Eclipse Jazz-Kim Heron "Cool, Post-Bop, and Progressive Jazz," Studio
B. LSA Building.
Judiac Studies-Dov Shiva, "Israel's Economics-Yesterday, Today, and
Tomorrow," 12 p.m., Conference Room 4, League.
CRLT-George Williams, "Getting the Most of Audiovisual Materials," 3
Rudolf Steiner Institute-E. Katz, "The Revolt of the Moon Spirits and its
Results today," 8 p.m., 1923 Geddes.
Interfaith Council for Peace-Solange Muller;"The Plight of Salvadoran
Refugees in Honduras, 7:30 p.m., Chapel of First United Methodist Church.
Women's Research Club-Louise Tilly, "Historical Lives: Singular and
Collective," Chester Starr, "How Historians Manufacture Evidence," 8
p.m., Rackham Amphitheater..
English Department - Julie Ellison "Emerson's Ivory: The Mockery of
'Reason,' "8p.m., West Conference Room, Rackham.
UM Fencing Club-8 p.m., Coliseum.
His House Christina Fellowship-7:30 p.m., 925 East Ann Street.
Ann Arbor Go Club-7 p.m., 1433 Mason Hall.
CEW Job Hunt Club-12 p.m., 350 South Thayer.
Amnesty International-7 p.m., Union.
The Women's Network-12 p.m., Michigan League.
School of Art steering committee-Informal discussion with Rudolf Ar-
nheim, 12:30 p.m., Room 2107 Art and Architecture.
Theater Department-Auditions for "London Assurance,"3 & 7 p.m.,
Alice Lloyd Library - Travel Abroad Workshop 8:30 p.m. Red Lounge.
Ann Arbor Community Center-Readings From Gurdjieff, Ouspensky,
and Bennett, 8 p.m. 625 N. Main.
American Red Cross-Blood Drive, 1 p.m., Couzens.
Health Services-Measles vaccinations, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Mosher Jordon,
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PIRGIM emergency phone
proposal to go before regents
By NICK MANZELLA
The regents will face another
decision about phones this month - the
Public Interest Research Group In
Michigan (PIRGIM) is proposing a
direct emergency line be included in a
By ERIC MATTSON
The Ann Arbor City Council last night
voted 10-1 to loan Arrowwood Hills
Cooperative $120,000 for 17 months in
order to avoid foreclosure on the 15-
The co-op, .located about two miles
north of the University Hospital, has
been unable to repay federal loans sin-
ce last year when the Reagan ad-
ministration cracked down on
delinquent federally-funded develop-
ments, according to Preston Plews, a
member of the Ad Hoc Committee to
Arrowwood has also been plagued by
crime but this problem has been solved,
for the most part, said Pat Vereen,
president of the Board of Directors of
Vereen said that the low- to middle-
income housing development is a "self-
help organization," and that
"Arrowwood has made itself into a
good part of the community."
PIRGIM is proposing that outdoor
phones be located around campus
which would be directly connected to
' University security. By picking up a
receiver, pulling a lever, or pushing a
button, callers could alert security that
they were in danger.
A LIGHT ON an electronic map at
campus security headquarters would
appear, identifying the location of the
call. Security officials could respond
immediately to the emergency, even if
the caller is in a crisis situation and
unable to speak..
"An emergency phone system could
be a vital step on the way to dras'tically
reducing violent assaults on both men
and women on campus," said Mary
Emanoil, coordinator of PIRGIM's
safety task force.
The $34 million proposal for a centrex
phone system that the regents looked at
last month includes an emergencyt
phone system, but Emanoil said she
thinks the one PIRGIM is proposing
would be more effective,
IN THE PROPOSAL the regents are
looking at now, callers would have to
dial a special number for emergencies.
Emanoil said the direct system would
cut down the time it would take for a
caller to contact security as well as for
security officials to respond to
PIRGIM estimates their proposed
sytem would cost between $65,000 and
$200,000. University housing officials
estimated it would cost between $60,000
and $100,000 to install outdoor phones
within the proposed centrex system.
PIRGIM presented a report and
petitions signed by 1,355 people who
supported the proposed system to the
regents on January 31.
Regent Gerald Dunn (D-Saline) said
the board has not yet reviewed
PIRGIM'S report and would not com-
ment on the proposal.
One thing that must be considered
with the direct system is that more
security employees would be required
to handle the calls effectively, saidi
PIRGIM member Lisa Patrell.
Everytime the system is activated, she
said, a security employee would have to
be on hand to respond immediately.
Emanoil said the proposed system is
modelled after one at Cornell Univer-
service or maintenace, Wilson said.
Rates will increase 12.6 percent March
1, but that is not a result of the strike.
When he heard about the dispute,
State Senator Perry Bullard (D-Ann
Arbor) wrote to Wilson that the "main-
tenance of membership clause is
clearlyanti-union. The demands reflect
an anti-union zeal."
Wilson said, however, that the clause
gave workers the option of joining the
union or not.
"What we've done is provide freedom
of choice," Wilson said yesterday. "As
a company we'll accept their choice."
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