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Page 2-- The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, April 7, 1987
LSA considers strike contingency plans
(Continued from Page l) the legal ramifications of a strike. enrolled, have paid tuition, and are more than 80 sections - most of
them about the situation at Michigan. The professors said LSA Associate entitled to finish their courses, take them composition courses -
Under the conditions of their Dean for Budget Carolyn Copeland their exams, and receive grades for taught by TAs.
visas, foreign students with an F-1 requested contingency plans from the term. We will do everything
visa, the most common, are not department chairs without providing necessary to achieve that result," Some faculty members have
allowed to work while a strike is in information on the results of Steiner said at LSA's faculty expressed support for the TA
progress. University labor attorney crossing the picket lines. meeting yesterday. demands, which include a full

Compiled from Associated Press reports


William Lemmer said the Uni-
versity would not take action to
revoke visas if foreign students do
cross picket lines. He questioned
the authority of such a regulation
over an illegal action, like a TA
"The University of Michigan is
going to have a bad name across the
country if they don't start treating
us better," said GEO Vice President
Diane Meisenhelter.
Haddy stressed the importance of
large attendance at tonight's general
membership meeting, where the
GEO leadership will seek a con-
firmation for a strike if negotiations
According to Prof. Thomas
Markey, German professors unan-
imously voted to demand in writing

"It's unprofessional - a blow in
the face of the law," Markey said.
He added that a poor economic
package has diminished the quality
of the University. "Our quality of
German department graduate stu-
dents has slipped," he said.
Twenty-four history department
faculty members sent a petition to
Vice President for Academic Affairs
and Provost James Duderstadt sup-
porting TA compensation at the
level of peer institutions, according
to Belinda Davis, a history TA.
Peter Steiner urged faculty mem-
bers, in the event of a strike, to
help undergraduates finish their
"(LSA's) position is that every
effort must be made to minimize
the cost. They (undergraduates) are

Steiner added that TAs should
not be treated differently than
graduate students who pay the full
English Prof. Eric Rabkin, who
teaches English composition
classes, doubts professors can
effectively evaluate all the papers
that TAs grade.
"The people not in the GEO
can't grade 5,000 more English
compositions," said Rabkin.
effort to make sure that under-
graduates receive credit for the work
they've done," said English Depart-
ment Chairman John Knott. He
would not disclose the department's
plans to help undergraduates in the

tuition waiver, a salary increase that
would cover the effects of the new
tax law and increased costs of
living, class size limitations, and
paid TA training.
Interim Chemistry Chairman M.
David Curtis believes the Univer-
sity administration should realize
that if TAs here do not get an
increase in pay, currently about
$416 per month, they will go to
other universities that offer a higher
Most TAs pay around $400 per
month for rent as well as most of
their tuition, but administrators
stress that they receive a much
better education than they would at
other Big Ten schools that offer
more benefits.

Students worry over possible effects of


Reagan will consider treaty
OTTAWA - President Reagan said yesterday there are "no quick and
easy answers" for curbing acid rain, but he agreed to consider a Canadian
proposal for a treaty requiring lower pollution levels by an agreed date.
Reagan made his surprise offer in a speech to Parliament after
Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney told the same audience, "In
this matter, time is not our ally but our enemy. The longer we delay,
the greater the cost."
The agreement to consider holding negotiations on the issue allowed
the two leaders to wind up a 24-hour visit by Reagan on an upbeat
Earlier, both sides predicted there would be no agreements, and U. S.
officials said privately that a treaty was not the correct way to combat
pollution, particularly since various technologies are being explored to
fight it.
GM lays off 6,200 workers
DETROIT - General Motors Co. said yesterday it will temporarily
lay off more than 6,200 workers as it converts assembly plants to make
new models and adjusts its production to meet slumping auto sales.
The No. 1 automaker also said about 2,200 workers on indefinite
layoff will be recalled at its Van Nuys, Calif., plant, which will take
over for production lost due to the Aug. 26 closing of GM's Norwood,
Ohio, facility.
The Van Nuys plant, which makes the Chevrolet Camaro and
Pontiac Firebird, will be idle from April 30 to May 8, to reduce the
inventory of those unsold cars, said Nettie Seabrooks, a spokeswoman
for GM's Chevrolet-Pontiac-Canada group.
About 700 workers at the company's Leeds, Mo., plant will be
placed on indefinite layoff as the company reduces the number of
Chevrolet Cavalier, Buick Skyhawk, and Oldsmobile Firenza models it
Meese denies-he blocked
probe of Iran-Contra affair
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Edwin Meese denied yesterday
that he blocked an investigation into alleged gun-running to the
Nicaraguan Contras last year when Congress was preparing to debate
resumption of aid to the rebels.
Meese, speaking at a news conference, also rejected suggestions that
then-National Security Adviser John Poindexter had urged him to shelve
the investigation.
He acknowledged, however, that he had kept abreast of the.probe,
discussing it with the U. S. attorney in Miami, Leon Kellner.
Meese's handling of the investigation is one of several matters
relating to the Iran-Contra affair in which the Justice Department's
activities are coming under increasing scrutiny.
Blanchard proposes $200
million in state tax rebates
DETROIT - Gov. James Blanchard yesterday proposed giving $20(
million a year in state rebates for local property taxes while raising
taxes on items ranging from insurance policies to lottery winnings to
get the money back.
The proposal, called the "10-20 Property Tax Cut Plan," would
make up the lost revenue by closing loopholes in other taxes. The tax
cut works out to an average of $100 a year for each of about 2 million
homeowners that would benefit.




(Continued from Page 1)
If the strike lasts until the end of
the semester, grades will be deter-
mined according to the policy of
each academic department.
"I think the TAs deserve what
they're fighting for and if everyone
goes to classes it won't help their
cause," said LSA sophomore Lauri
Anderson. She is not planning on
crossing a picket line unless she
has an exam.

supports the TAs. "Unless we
really stand up for what they're
fighting for, we won't receive the
education we're paying for."
"They should be striking," said
LSA sophomore Scott Layman.
"Last semester, I had a TA who had
to have two jobs to support himself
and as a result he did a poor job as a
TA. It was an abuse of education."
Laura Schmidt, an engineering
sophomore, feels it depends on the
individual case. "Some of my TAs

are doing fine, while some are just
not making enough. Those are the
TAs that have a legitimate gripe."
Several students who supported
the strike said that if the TAs want
more money, the funds should not
be raised by raising tuition or
cutting back on staff. Most felt that
the money should be taken from
professors salaries.
Even if a strike occurs and the
TAs picket most University build-

ings, fall registration will probably
remain unaffected. "Picketing by
CRISP would be a big mistake. It
would be like putting the students
against the GEO," said Associate
Registrar Doug Woolley.
Woolley was here 12 years ago
when a TA strike closed down
classes in February, 1975. "Since
all tuition was due by the end of
March, there will be no problem
with students not paying tuition."




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BLACKWELL, Texas (AP) - R. L. Smedley Jr. is a little wary of
election days. The last one dropped him into a City Council seat he
wasn't even seeking. And then he got shoved into the mayor's seat by
There's another election coming up Saturday and "I'm hoping they
don't write me in again," he said.
In 1985, two people filed for two seats on the City Council in the
town of 280 people, no one filed for mayor, and Smedley didn't file for
On election day, he cast his vote and left town to visit relatives.;
While he was gone, he got more votes as a write-in than the candidates
on the ballot. A write-in mayor was also elected.
"I called later that evening to see who won, and found out I'd been:
elected," he said.
A year later, after abolishing the city police department, the mayor
and a councilmember resigned. The four remaining members had to
choose a new mayor and they wanted Smedley.
"We begged him to move up," said councilmember Joel Shipp.
"I don't know why people don't run," Smedley told the San Angelo
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