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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, January 23, 1996 - 7

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Delano Isabell, Dawn Mitchell and Theresa Atkins plan to return to University jobs
this week after an arbitration agreement last Monday reinstated them.
'Dental School 3' to
return to jobs at'U'

By Josh White
Daily Staff Reporter
Heralding what they called "a great
victory," three former Dental School
employees plan to return to work this
week after an arbitration agreement re-
instated them at the University.
But University officials say that the
arbitration agreement is not much dif-
ferent than internal decisions made last
year to reinstate the three and levy sus-
pensions for allegedly falsifying their
timecards.
Under terms of the agreement, Dawn*
Mitchell, Delano Isabell and Theresa
Atkins will take University jobs at the
same pay scale as their former positions
in the Dental School, but will work in
other departments.
The 33-page agreement upholds Uni-
versity suspensions related to the al-
leged timecard fraud. Atkins must serve
a three-day suspension and the other
two face six-week layoffs.
"From the University's point of
view, this arbitration decision verified
that disciplinary actions taken last year
were appropriate," said Julie Peterson,
a spokeswoman for the University.
"We had solved this problem inter-
nally through the grievance process
and this decision reaffirms what the
University's actions were at that time."
The group, dubbed the "Dental School
Three" by supporters, said that last
week's arbitration decision was just
another step in their fight against rac-
ism at the University.
"This is a day of victory and triumph,
where we were successful in proving
our innocence," Mitchell said. "The
fight begins here. We have been victim-
ized and this victimization has to stop."
Mitchell, Atkins and Isabellaccusedthe
University of racism after they were fired
in December 1994 by a white supervisor.
The University claims that the former em-
ployees, who are black, had falsified their
time cards.

Last January, on.Martin Luther King
Jr. Day, the University offered to place
the three in other jobs at the University,
with pay cuts and suspensions. They all
rejected the offer and have remained
unemployed since.
An internal investigation by the Uni-
versity cleared the supervisor of any
wrongdoing, and the arbitration agree-
ment failed to mention racism as a mo-
tive for the original discipline.
Donna Stern, a member of the Na-
tional Women's Rights Organizing
Coalition, said her group plans to dem-
onstrate on campus the day before the
three employees return to work. 4
NWROC has supported the employees
since their firings.
Attorney George B. Washington, who
represents the former employees,
claimed the University has been trying
to hide racism for some time.
"This racism mustbe dealt with and not
ignored," Washington said. "We believe
that freedom should ring not only from
the Stone Mountain in Georgia, but at the
University of Michigan as well."
Peterson said that while racism exists
at the University, this incident was not -
racially motivated.
"All of us recognize that racism ex-
ists in every major institution," Peterson
said. "This administration has been very
aggressive to act on it whenever it is
found. But as the arbitrator saw, and as
an internal investigation found, this in-
cident was not about race."
The three employees are proceeding
with a $1-million civil lawsuit against
the University, asking for back pay,
cleared records and reinstatement at the
Dental School.
Peterson said the employees were
not awarded back pay in arbitration
because of their willful decision to re-
ject University offers of reinstatement.
Washtenaw County Circuit Court
Judge Karl V. Fink is scheduled to hear
their civil case on June 10.

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'UJ' wants stadium area
free of street vendors

By Will Weissert
Daily Staff Reporter
Students who regularly buy hot dogs
or "State Sucks" T-shirts from street
vendors before football or basketball
games may see those vendors disappear
before next season.
James Kosteva, the University's di-
rector of community relations, said the.
University hopes the Ann Arbor City
Council will impose tougher regula-
tions on street vendors who sell goods
around stadium property.
Kosteva said the University wants
the council to expand current ordinances
to prohibit peddling inside the stadium

don't want any confusion between city
ordinances and University policies."
The City Council, at the urging of
local merchants and store-owners, iscon-
sidering a resolution that would tighten
regulations on vendors and street ped-
dlers who sell goods on downtown side-
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The council is scheduled to vote on
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Ann Arbor-University task force is re-

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