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January 15, 1985 - Image 5

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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, January 15, 1985 - Page 5
Yale students califor
good faith negotiations

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Thirty-
one Yale students staged a sit-in at the
university president's office yesterday,
demanding a written promise to
forestall a renewed strike by 2,500
school workers. Butsthe president
refused and the protesters left after an
Yale President A. Bartlett Giamatti
said he refused to make the written
commitment because he has made
several statements indicating the
university will bargain in good faith.
TINA GILPIN, a spokeswoman for
the student group, said they will con-
tinue to press for a settlement in the
extended dispute between the Ivy
League university and its workers, who
ended a two-month strike in December
but threatened to resume the walkout
The sit-in ended when Yale officials
threatened to suspend students who did
not leave Woodbridge Hall, where
Giamatti's office is located.
About 1,500 clerical and technical
workers represented by Local 34 of the
Federation of University Employees
walked off their jobs in late September
after prolonged negotiatons had

'(Giamatti) kept repeating he had already
made a verbal commitment and it was un-
necessary to do it in writing. We don't think
that it is a valid position.'
-Michael Chiang
Student protester

resulted in only a partial contract.
THEIR PICKET lines were honored
by another union, representing 1,000
food service and maintenance workers.
The strike forced some classes to meet
off-campus and prompted cuts in ser-
vices ranging from libraries to dining
The white-collar workers voted
overwhelmingly to return to their jobs
on Dec. 8 after the semester ended. But
they agreed to resume their strike by
Friday if Yale has not reached a set-
tlement with both unions.
Yale scheduled negotiations with the
two unions yesterday and today. In
keeping with a recent agreement,
neither union nor Yale representatives

would discuss the status or substance of
the bargaining.
The students were upset by Giamat-
ti's refusal to sign their written com-
mitment to bargaining in good faith or
to write one of his own, said Michael
Chiang of Greenwich.
"(Giamatti) kept repeating he had
already made a verbal commitment
and it was unnecessary to do it in
writing. We don't think that it is a valid
position," said Chiang, who sat-in at
Giamatti's office.
Yale spokesman Walter Littel said
the university offered to allow a small
group of the students to meet with
Giamatti and discuss their concerns.

Alfred Sussman, University vice president for research, talks with members of the Progressive Student Network out-
side his office. PSN is staging vigils to protest Sussman's decision allowing classified research which they claim has
military applications. Above, LSA senior Nancy Aronoff(right) and Ingrid Kock, an LSA junior, confront Sussman.
Below, Aronoff and LSA senior Laura Radosh discuss the issue with Sussman.

Daily Photo by DAN HABIB

Sussman, PSN discuss research

(Continued from Page 1)
He said his decision came after
weighing the benefits and potentially
detrimental effects of the research.
"I believe from my knowledge of the
regents that (any decision on research)
must be balanced from both sides. It is
my interpretation that the classified
guidelines ask for a weighing of the
issues," said Sussman.
Birdsall's project has several non-
military benefits, Sussman said. Fin-
dings of the professor's research can be
used to study fish behavior, weather,
- and other biological and oceanographic
trends which Sussman said are
-. °"IF (SOME ASPECT of the resear-
ch) will save people from starvation,
for example, the fisheries. That must
be measured in the balance," Sussman
"I'm pointing out that it's just like
any sort of scientific research," he ad-
to request
financial aid
(Continued from Page 1)
,E was cut a few years ago," said Borset.
"This'll help a lot."
Last month the commission, formed
by Blanchard in 1983, released its 70-
page report entitled "Putting Our Min-
ds Together: New Directions for
Michigan Higher Education."
Upon receiving the report, Blanchard
said he would not let it "gather dust on
the shelves."
"The governor agrees with most of
the recommendations in the report,"
said Phil Jourdan, the governor's chief
of staff. "He's going to try to implement
many of them."
Sbe'hie h

ded. "Should all research be banned
because it may some time in the future
be used by the military?"
The protestors insisted, however,
that the potential use of the research
findings for military purposes presen-
ted too great a risk to be ignored.
"THAT'S LIFE," responded
Sussman. "One must live with a balan-
ce of risk and benefit. It's how you
judge your priorities."
LSA senior Liz Glast asked, "Don't
you get afraid? Do you really think
these things are going to protect you?"
"Of course I get afraid," Sussman an-
swered. "But where do we deal with it
in this practical issue? I don't see the
connection. It does scare me, but I have
to ask the question as to a balance. The
closeness of connection to submarine
warfare isn't very close."

BOTH SUSSMAN and Birdsall said
yesterday that any military ap-
plications of the research which would
further the Navy's surveillance
abilities is a "stabilizing" factor.
Birdsall said he felt the protesters
were wasting their time, but conversed
with them at the door of his lab for
about ten minutes.
"It's the price I pay for (the studen-
ts') freedom of expression at the
University," said Birdsall. "But it can
get out of hand if it starts to disrupt
Birdsall refused to say how much
financial support he receives for his
research from the Department of
Defense, but said that over the past 24
years he has received $5-$10 million. He
estimated that funding for his current
controversial research is $250,000.

LSA Scholarship applications for Spring-Summer
1985 and Fall-Winter 1985-86 are now available
in 1220 Angell Hall.
To qualify for scholarship consideration, a student must be an LSA
undergraduate and have completed one full term in LSA. Sopho-
mores must have a U of M grade point of 3.7 or better and Juniors
and Seniors must have a GPA of at least 3.6. The awards are based
on financial need and on academic merit.

t's a New Year
and there's a
new club in
town. A club
with an Ann
Arbor tradition, but
with a new face for '85.
The music room has
been made more spa-
cious and more social.
A new game room has
been added in the
basement. We've got
97 hrand st f her in-

Guiness and a full food
menu serving until 1
And dancing, as al-
ways, to the area's fa-
vorite bands. But now,
there is no cover
charge on Tuesdays.
Come on down!
zI JW1-'".


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