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The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 7, 1986 -Page 3

Members of the bargaining team
or the University's service and
aintenance workers' union will
ake charges to a union trial
omorrow accusing a hospital
afeteria worker of jeapordizing
contract negotiations last summer.
Judy Levy, who was also a
argaining team member, will be
harged with violating a "blackout"
ule to the press and misleading
ampus workers to believe that
4ospital workers had voted to set
ug. 2 as a strike date. Levy is also
ccused of using the names of
bargaining team members in an
'unauthorized" manner, and
deliberately interfering with contract
Smoking I
The University's executive
pfficers have approved a smoking
ban that will go into effect Jan. 1,
prohibiting smoking in shared work
areas on campus.
The University-wide policy is
'already being enforced in such
:places as the Undergraduate Library,
the Central Campus Recreation
Building, the North Campus
,Recreation Building, food service
- U
U Prof.
tauthor's v
In 1982, Prof. Avram Balaban
was teaching a short story written
by contemporary Israeli author
Amos Oz in a Tel Aviv university,
when "something became clear" to
him about Oz's work.
"In '82, it was as if a window
opened -- since then I've been
fascinated," says Balaban, a
professor of modern Hebrew
literature at the University, and
author of the acclaimed book,
Between God and Beast - An
Examination of the Prose of Amos

union to hold tr

Membership Action Committee
(MAC) a workers' caucus designed
"to make the union more
democratic," called the charges
"trumped up" and "phony." She said
she had to ignore the blackout rule
to inform workers about the
negligence of union leaders during
the contract talks. She denies
having informed workers about a
strike vote.
University workers in AFSCME
Local 1583 agreed to a new contract
this fall after negotiating with
management throughout the
Levy said the charges were filed
by union leaders to prevent or
hinder her from running in union

elections this May.
the union presidential election to
current President Dwight Newman
by only 13 votes.
Newman said Levy's accusations
were "utter foolishness." Although
he is not one of the members filing
charges against Levy, he was also
on the bargaining team.
In a MAC newsletter distributed
to workers, Levy accused Newman
and Art Anderson, the bargaining
team chairperson, "of selling out"
to University management and
ignoring worker's interests.
that since 1978 (when MAC first
formed)," said Levy, "only now
with the union elections coming up

ial against
have they filed these charges." "To dism
"It was against the blackout rule, may have be
which I opposed, but I said I would Newman. H
abide by it in order to be on the have been a
bargaining team. There was no importance o
other way to be on the bargaining that he expla
team." But Levy
Newman said that because of only after the
Levy's actions, "The University was rejected
management threatened us at the amid worke
bargaining table to break off talks mismanages
until the bargaining team The secondc
committee could guarantee that in late Aug
such information would not be almost two-t
released." She said
AT ONE POINT, Levy was
dismissed from the bargaining team
by the same members who have
filed the current charges, but was
later reinstated by Newman.


niss her immedia
en a little harsh,"
e said Levy may
aware of the rules
f the blackout rule,
ined them to her.
said she was reins
first proposed cons
d by a 614-402 v
rs' charges of ur
ment and neglige
contract was appro
gust, however, by
o-one margin.
the second cont

tely passed because workers were not
said confident that a union-led strike
not would work, and that Newman and
s or Anderson intimidated and threatened
and workers, telling them they may
lose their jobs if they rejected the
ated contract and that they "better get
tract ready to work for MacDonald's."



UM News in
The Daily



Pacn in work areas starts Jan. 1
areas, the Building Service allows for smoking only in used for smoking. They arg
Department, the University designated areas outside of shared the assigned smoking spac
Hospitals, and the Staff Benefits work spaces, such as lobbies, crowded and smoky, especi
Office. By January, all University concession areas, or waiting rooms. windowless rooms. Other si

ue that
ces get
ally in

Michigan Balfour House.
on Michigan Sweat
Clothing, Jackets and
other paraphernalia.
SALE runs from Nov. 7th to 14th

widey-read novelists in IgaI,. y1ll
speak at Rackam 'Auditorium on
Sunday. Nine of Oz's 10 books
have been translated into English;
among the most popular are In the
Land of Israel and My Michael.
Balaban said he was "personally
intrigued by (Oz's) work - his
themes and they way they're
conveyed. I found his themes
interesting on an academic and
personal level; his ideas can be
k carried into daily life."
Balaban, who has known Oz
since childhood, says he was
originally very critical of Oz's
"I DIDN'T LIKE his novels
-the writing is complicated - it
isn't very easy to find meanings."
But Balaban eventually grew to
admire Oz's work and decided to
study it further.
"The regular dichotomies
ascribed to him- culture versus
nature, light versus darkness, are
only the first level. I pursued these
insights and discovered a spell-
binding writer."
A major theme throughout Oz's
novels, says Balaban, is the idea
that "you must not stick to only
J-udeo-Christian conventions or
societal regulations, but must

buildings and offices will be
required to enforce it.
The University policy is stricter
than the Michigan Clean Air Act,
which allows for smoking areas to
be established in shared work
spaces, such as in offices or
libraries. The University's policy
expose the deepest, darkest elements
in you, and learn how to get to
know them and live with them in
harmony." Balaban said this is also
a message to be taken within the
larger context of Israeli society.
Oz's works is due in part to his
ability to provide many political
perspectives within his novels, and
thus appeal to varied elements
within Israeli society..Balaban
notes that Oz was "...born to a
right-wing family, sent to a
religious school.....and came to
understand that right-wing ideas and
the dreams that went hand in hand
,with, them doomed Israel to
He adds that Oz had changed his
name in order to emphasize his
disassociation with right-wing
ideology and his eventual
identification with the left. Readers
appreciate Oz's background,
Balaban says, which has provided
him valuble insights to crises
within Israeli politics. "...This
change is a mirror of Israeli
society....(he) can understand
yearnings of the right and ideas of
the left."
Oz is not only a successful
writer, but a national figure in
Israel. "The status of a writer in
Israel is much higher than the
status here," says Balaban, who
adds that Israel's Prime Minister
Yitzhak Shamir had been interested
in Oz's view of the 1982 election
results in Israel. "He has
Balaban will be introducing Oz
when he speaks at the University
- a professional as well as a
personal pleasure. Indicating his
continuing appreciation for Oz's
works, Balaban says, "I can read his
books for alOth time, and still find
new things."

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