Monday, September 11, 2006 - The Michigan Daily - 3A
Students told classes to
WALKING THE PLANK
Juan Cole to resume amid union strike
talk on al-Qaeda
Juan Cole, professor of mod-
ern Middle East and South Asian
history, will speak from 4 to 5:30
p.m. in Rackham Auditorium.
His presentation, "Are we Win-
ning the Fight against al-Qaeda?
Reflections Five Years Later," is
sponsored by the Ford School of
Public Policy's Josh Rosenthal
class open to
LSA Prof. Ralph Williams
will open his first Shakespeare
lecture of the year, "Of Princi-
pal and Power: The Plays of the
Royal Residency," to the public.
The class meets today at 7 p.m. in
1324 East Hall.
reached, no teaching
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit
schools superintendent said stu-
dents should expect to return to
class tomorrow. But officials with
the striking teachers' union said that
without a contract agreement, there
was no telling whether teachers will
show up to work today, as ordered.
Wayne County Circuit Judge
Susan Borman last week ordered
teachers back to work today, which
the district said would be used as a
planning day. But Michelle Price, a
spokeswoman for the Detroit Feder-
ation of Teachers, said union mem-
bers met briefly yesterday only to
have Borman's order read to them.
"There was one purpose only for
this meeting," Price said. "If there
was a tentative agreement ... then
that would have been shared with
day from nearly continuous negotia-
tions but were to head back to the
table at 9 a.m. today, Price said.
Price would not speculate on
whether teachers would show up
for work today. "That's up to indi-
vidual teachers to decide."
District spokesman Lekan
Oguntoyinbo confirmed that
teachers were expected at schools
today for a planning day, but said
yesterday afternoon that details
about when students would
return would be announced later
in the day.
said in a statement released yester-
day that the district presented teach-
ers with "a contract that included
minimal wage reductions and rea-
sonable benefit cost sharing." That
offer included a 0.75-percent wage
reduction in the first year, followed
by wage increases of 3.5 percent in
the second and third years.
DFT president Janna Garrison
disputed those figures and told
Gov. Jennifer Granholm in a
written statement urged the 9,000
DFT members to comply with Bor-
man's order and return to school
today under terms of their existing
contract. She said she would ask the
Michigan Employment Relations
Commission to order fact-finding
if negotiations did not produce an
agreement by 6 p.m. today.
"It is clear that the absence of
this kind of credible analysis has
led to significant distrust and has
impeded the achievement of an
agreement," Granholm said.
The union struck Aug. 28 after
rejecting a two-year contract that
would have cut pay 5.5 percent and
increased copays for health care.
The district is seeking $88
million in concessions from the
union's 7,000 teachers and 2,000
support personnel to help close a
$105 million deficit in its $1.36
billion budget for the fiscal year.
The strike began at the start of
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The University Musical Society
is offering half-priced tickets to all
its events online until tomorrow at
8 p.m. The sale began last night,
and the orders are processed on a
first-come, first-served basis.
, Big House sees
The Big House was rife with
crime Saturday. Fifteen people
were arrested, mostly for alco-
hol-related charges, and 14 people
were cited, the Department of
Public Safety reported. Three of
the citations were for urinating in
Plane flew over
north end zone
Campus police arrested a man
Saturday after he was caught fly-
ng a small plane over the north end
zone at Michigan Stadium, DPS
reported. The man was cooperative
but remains under investigation.
A student backhanded an emer-
gency room staff member on the
right side of her face early Sat-
urday morning at the University
Hospital. The student smashed the
staff member's glasses, cutting her
In 'U' History
'U' ordered to
pay city police
Sept. 11, 1971 - State House
leaders announced yesterday that
the University has been directed
to pay a sum of at least $300,000
for fire and police protection to the
city of Ann Arbor. University offi-
cials dispute that the sum is war-
ranted and deny that they have the
means to pay the sum.
The University received an
additional $300,000 in their
general fund appropriations last
week during a House-Senate
negotiation. The money was offi-
cially intended to restore funds
for a miscalculation of enroll-
However, House appropriations
committee member Rep. Earl Nel-
son said that the University was
aware that the money rewarded
was to be paid to the city. Three
other appropriations committee
members confirmed this fact.
University Vice President of
Academic Affairs Allan Smith said
the committee did not officially ask
the University to continue the pay-
ments and he does not believe that
they had "any common purpose or
intent on that $300,000." He also
said there are no funds in this year's
budget for payment to the city.
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Bouchard disagree on
how to fix economy
LANSING (AP) - Republi-
can U.S. Senate candidate Mike
Bouchard recently drove across
Michigan in a U-Haul moving
van, saying it symbolized people
leaving the state in search of jobs.
Democratic incumbent Sen.
Debbie Stabenow called for the
creation of a U.S. trade prosecu-
tor to enforce international agree-
ments while touring a northern
Michigan aluminum products
manufacturer. She says unfair
trade agreements have undercut
Stabenow and Bouchard, who
square off in the Nov. 7 election,
agree that the faltering economy is
one of the biggest issues facing the
state today. The state's unemploy-
ment rate of 7 percent was tied
for second-highest in the nation
in JIly and the Michigan rate has
been higher than the national rate
since late 2000.
But Stabenow and Bouchard
have different ideas on how to
improve the state's economy.
Stabenow, seeking a second
term in the Senate, says Michigan
jobs have been lost to foreign com-
petition in part because President
Bush hasn't protected the interests
of the state's automakers and other
manufacturers. She says trade
agreements with other nations need
"We need a 21st century manu-
facturing policy in Washington,"
Stabenow says. "We need to force
other countries to compete with the
U.S. - that's a race we can win."
Bouchard says trade policies
should have "fundamental fair-
ness." But he says it's sidestepping
the issue to simply blame Bush,
noting that Michigan's economy
continues to suffer while most
other states - including some
equally reliant on manufacturing
- have relatively healthy iob mar-
kets. Republicans say Michigan is
in a "single state" recession.
"Pointing fingers at other peo-
ple doesn't resolve anything," says
Bouchard, who benefited from a
fundraiser appearance by Bush
last week in southeast Michigan.
"We need somebody who gets
things done. That's not something
I'm just going to talk about. I'm
going to make it happen."
Republicans say Stabenow too
often votes against the interests
of employers. She gets relatively
low ratings on her voting record
from groups such the National
Federation of Independent Busi-
ness and the National Association
of Manufacturers, groups that say
she typically votes the way they
would prefer less than one-third of
Stabenow scores slightly better
with the U.S. Chamber of Com-
merce, ahead of senators such
as Ted Kennedy and John Kerry
of Massachusetts and often Carl
Levin of Michigan. She is typically
rated lower than Republicans and
several other Democrats, however.
Stabenow typically scores well
with labor union groups, getting a
100-percent rating from both the
United Auto Workers and AFL-
CIO in 2004. Her scores from those
groups dipped slightly in 2005 but
were still above 85 percent.
Stabenow says she doesn't
put much stock in the interest
group ratings, noting they can be
biased and partisan on both sides,
depending upon which votes they
are based on.
Stabenow rejects arguments that
U.S. workers should be expected
to pay more for health care cover-
age or sacrifice wages to keep their
jobs in a global economy. She calls
that a "race to the bottom" that is
not in the nation's best interests.
"There will always be someone
else in another country willing to
work for less," she said. "That's
not the way to go."
A better strategy, she says, is.
increased investment in educa-
tion to better train workers and
entrepreneurship to diversify the
economy. She also supports health
care reforms that she says would
reduce costs to business.
Enforcing current antidumping
laws against Chinese companies,
Stabenow says, would protect the
market for companies such as
B&P Manufacturing in Cadillac.
The company makes aluminum
material handling equipment for
the U.S. food and beverage indus-
try. The company, with 60 work-
ers, is growing. But co-owner
Keith Merchant says it would grow
faster with fair trade agreements.
"We need someone to prosecute
and keep track of it - that's really
the answer" Merchant says.
Bouchard - a law enforcement
officer for 20 years and a former
state lawmaker - also is a for-
mer small business owner. The
Birmingham resident has owned
a yogurt shop, a private investiga-
tion agency and a risk manage-
ment consulting business.
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