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Thursday, April 8 2004
News 3A New Friendster-like
online service
takes flight

How to make the Diag your soapbox ... Weekend Magazine, Page 12B
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Weather

Opinion 4A
Sports 9A

Steve Cotner's ode to
summertime
Q&A of the Tigers'
season

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www.michigandaily.com Ann Arbor, Michigan Vol. CXIII, No. 130 ©2004 The Michigan Daily

I

'THE WALKOUT WILL GO ON TO ENSURE PROGRESS CONTINUES.'

Striking out
LectuWrs and U' don't rsolve contract
The University offered salaries of $28,000 at
the Ann Arbor campus, the highest paid campus.
LEO demands $40,000 for all three campuses,
Lecturers demand a hiring policy that only
allows the University to terminate employment
based on "cause" or lay off lecturers based on
financial restraints.
LEO demands health care throughout the
spring and summer terms.
GSIs walk out,
SsupportLE
By Melissa Benton
Daily Staff Reporter
With the Lecturers' Employee Organization striking
today, academic life on campus is being disrupted. The
LEO strike is affecting not only lectures but discus-
sions as well. In support of LEO, many graduate stu-
dent instructors have decided to cancel their classes
today as well.
Some members of the Graduate Employees' Organiza-
tion said that GEO has decided to back lecturers in the
walkout today. "They're encouraging us to support
(LEO) or stand on the picket lines," political science GSI
Leanne Powner said.
The GEO contract specifically prohibits union mem-
bers from participating in "work stoppages" such as
strikes and walk outs. GEO President David Dobbie and
Rackham student Gabe Kirchner, a GEO steward, said
GEO will not officially endorse the LEO strike. Kirchner
said it was a moral decision for graduate students
whether to support the walk out or not.
English GSI Charlotte Boulay said she supports LEO's
goals. "I am definitely joining the picket lines, and I
would cancel class if I had one (today)," Boulay said.
Lecturers are not appreciated enough on campus,
Boulay said. "I think the lecturers are a really important
part of the University, and I think they should be com-
pensated for the amazing work they do," she added.
Many students also hope that the strike will improve
the tension on campus. "Hopefully this will help resolve
the problems between the lecturers and the University,"
LSA sophomore Jane Dykema said.
But with the end of the semester drawing near, some
instructors said they feel the need to have class.
Despite her support for LEO, English graduate student
instructor Marjorie Rubright has decided to still have
class tomorrow. But she said she will be holding the
See CLASSES, Page 5A

LABOR NEGOTIATIONS
Talks end
with no
awreement
By Alison Go
Daily Staff Reporter
Shortly after 4 a.m., the Lecturers' Employee Organiza-
tion and the University administration cut off negotiations
for the evening, ensuring that the planned LEO walkout
will occur today.
"Because it came so late in the night, we did not
make any tentative agreements," LEO President Bonnie
Halloran said. "We do not have a new contract and will
be holding the walkout as planned."
The "strike central" on campus is Haven Hall, facing
the Diag, the LEO website said. Picketing was to begin
at 5:30 a.m.
"We definitely made progress on job security and
salary," Halloran said. "The walkout will go on to
ensure progress continues."
The administration, however, is still optimistic that an
agreement will be reached.
"The University bargaining team feels they are making
headway," University spokeswoman Julie Peterson said.
Both sides have no plans for the immediate future,
aside from more talks that will restart tomorrow morn-
ing at 9 a.m.
The University has yet to meet the demands of LEO.
There have been 36 bargaining sessions, which have
resulted in agreement on 18 contract articles, since the
inception of the talks on August 19.
The last article that was passed regards how the Univer-
sity posts its available job positions.
"The lecturers are an important group on campus and
they do a good job in terms of creating a wonderful and
intellectual environment," University President Mary Sue
Coleman said.
The negotiations, which began at 1 p.m. at the Wolver-
ine Room in the Michigan Union, mostly revolved around
salary and job security issues, Peterson said. The negotia-
tions were scheduled to last until 5 p.m., but bargaining
sessions were restarted at 5:30 p.m. and extended into the
early morning at the Administrative Services Building
near the Wolverine Towers.
Salary talks include an agreement on minimum full-time
salary for LEO members. The University has suggested
salaries of $28,000 at the Ann Arbor campus - the highest
paid campus - while LEO demands $40,000 for all campus-
es, including Dearborn and Flint. The administration's plan
would cost the University $300,000 annually, and and the Uni-
See LEO, Page 5A

MIKE HULSEBUS/Daily
Sara Frank, a member of the Lecturers' Employee Organization, makes a sign last night at the University In preparation for a
LEO strike on the Flint campus. LEO and the University failed to reach a contract agreement last night before time remained to
efficiently call off an instructor walkout, which planned to cancel many classes or move them to off-campus locations for today.

p WAR IN IRAQ
U.S. bombing
said to have
killed dozens
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) - U.S. Marines battled insurgents
for control of this Sunni Muslim stronghold yesterday, calling
in airstrikes against a mosque compound where witnesses said
dozens were killed in six hours of fighting. An anti-U.S. upris-
ing led by a radical Shiite cleric raged for the fourth day in
southern cities.
The Abdel-Aziz al-Samarrai mosque was hit by U.S. aircraft
that launched a Hellfire missile at its minaret and dropped a
500-pound bomb on a wall surrounding the compound.
The U.S. military said insurgents were using the mosque for
a military fire base. U.S. officials said no civilians died and
American commanders gave conflicting reports of insurgent
casualties.
An Associated Press reporter who went to the mosque said
the minaret was standing, but damaged, apparently by shrap-
nel The bomb blew away part of a wall, opening an entry for
the Marine assault. The reporter saw at least three cars leaving,
each with a number of dead and wounded.
The heavy fighting against the Sunni insurgency coincided
again yesterday with attacks on coalition forces in southern

'U' committee
agrees to wage
disclosure policy

Possession of fake identifications, like these taken at Village Comer on South
University Avenue, may carry harsher penalties after city officials convene tomorrow.
Ciy econsiders itS
fake ID penalties

Policy would publicize earn-
inzgs of workers makinzg school
apparel
By Michael Kan
Daily Staff Reporter
A cool sigh of relief lingered through the final
seconds of yesterday morning's meeting of the
University's Labor Standards and Human Rights
Committee, as members agreed on a proposal to
recommend that the University make the wages
of factory workers producing school apparel pub-
licly available.
Prompted by pressure from Students Organiz-
ing for Labor and Economic Equality for the
University to implement a wage disclosure poli-
cy, members of the committee have debated the

Where's wages?
Students lobby to reveal factory
workers' pay
Students Organizing for Labor and
Economic Equality is pushing for wage
disclosure.
Other colleges, including the Univer-
sity of Wisconsin, are also in the
process of divulging wages of workers
making their school apparel.
President Coleman will likely
respond to a committee's recommenda-
tion that she disclose wages tomorrow.

By Fara Arrine
Daily St Reporter
Underage students using fake
identification to purchase alcohol or
gain entrance to bars may soon face

missed so that it does not appear on
a students record.
"The city has decided it does not
make that offer anymore," Lewis
said of the current punishment for
having a fake ID. Lewis said city
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