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The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 12, 1990 - Page 5

Teamster

offic

by GregRowe
The winners o elections for
Wyandotte Teamsters Local 283 ex-
ecutive positions will seek an in-
junction in U.S. District Court in
Ann Arbor to force the union to al-
low them to take office, said David
Pratt, a Detroit spokesperson for a
reform movement within the Team-
sters.
During local elections last Octo-
ber, Rank and File party candidates
backed by the reform movement -
Teamsters for a Democratic Union
(TDU) - won three of seven execu-
tive committee seats, including local
president.
Teamsters President William

McCarthy has told the officials who
were voted out - including Presi-
dent George Vitale - to stay until
new elections can be held.
TDU has made an appeal to the
International Brotherhood of Team-
sters for its seats. But, seeing little
chance for success, the group has al-
ready begun planning for the Ann
Arbor court date. Following federal
procedures for union elections, the
group will ask U.S. Labor Secretary
Elizabeth Dole to initiate the suit,
TDU founder Ken Paff said Thurs-
day.
In a letter last month to Vitale -
whom McCarthy named interna-
tional union vice president six

ers plan
months ago - McCarthy charged
that employers illegally helped the
Rank and File candidates.
The letter asserted that the Rank
and File had help from the Budget
Rent-a-Car management, whose
workers are represented by Local
283, to win the October elections.
McCarthy accused the Rank and File
of employer collusion.
According to the letter, the slo-
gan "Rank and File: Vote!" was seen
written on Budget letterhead posted
on-a company bulletin board. Pratt
said that none of the Budget workers
has admitted to posting the notice
and that Budget management has
also denied responsibility.

suit to gain seats
Pratt said the charges of employer employers." said.
lusion surprised President-elect President-elect Stone and the The Wy
nald Stone, who was recently other Rank and File officials ran on about 3,00
d from his job. Neither McCarthy a platform calling for improved than 100 di

col
Don
fire

yandotte local comprises
DO members from more
fferent workplaces. Most

'One minute they claim the reformers are
communists, and the next minute they say
they're backed by employers.'
David Pratt
reform movement

Teamsters locals are "full of white
men," Pratt said, but in Local 283,
half the members are women, and
slightly less than half are people of
color.
Pratt said he could not give exact
figures because of the lack of meet-
ings, and local officials declined to
provide information.
Former International Teamsters
President Jackie Presser is now in
federal prison on racketeering
charges.

nor Vitale could be reached for
comment yesterday.
"(McCarthy and Vitale) make a
lot of outrageous claims," Pratt said.
"One minute they claim the reform-
ers are communists, and the next
minute they say they're backed by

union accountability to workers -
including paying health plan claims
- and greater democracy within the
local.
"There hasn't been a union meet-
ing in anyone's memory, except for
one in 1986 to raise dues," Pratt

STATE
Continued from page 1
The expected low increases could
dampen Duderstadt's hopes for
greater support from the state after
he imposed a 6.5 percent cap on tu-
ition increases for in-state undergrad-

uates last month.
Kosteva said Duderstadt's initia-
tive in minimizing tuition increases
may reflect favorably on the Univer-
sity in the appropriations process.
University Vice President for
Academic Affairs and Provost
Charles Vest expressed hope that

state support would be more sub-
stantial than Kosteva and Geake pre-
dicted.
He emphasized that the Univer-
sity must learn the details behind
Blanchard's plan before making spe-
cific plans. "We are pleased to see
the capital outlay plan, but are inter-
ested to see the plan behind the

rhetoric and the talk," he said.
MSA President Aaron Williams
felt Blanchard's speech contained lit-
tle substance and neglected to address
the important issues, particularly in
the area of higher education.
"This is an election year. He said
a lot of things that sound really nice
to people who don't know much

about the issues. He never focused
on the one key point - funds for
higher education," Williams said.

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