The Michigan Daily - Thursday, May 26, 1983,- Page 17
Clerical eligibility challenged at union vote
(Continued from Page 3) THE challenged votes are pulled and Jarmer said. their ballots would be kept secret.
feared they would lose their right to a then submitted to a panel including SOME UNION supporters, however One top-level secretary, who has
secret ballot. union, MERC, and University said this was a move to keep clericals worked at the University for 18 years,
Clericals whose status was representatives, said Shlomo Sperka, from unionizing. said being challenged was "very
challenged were required to enclose MERC official. "I think it was very political and very frustrating." The woman, who asked
their ballots in a second envelope and Any clerical who has any supervisory arbitrary the way the potential unit was not to be identified, said she feared her
write their names and social security duties may be considered ineligible to defined by the University," said Tom vote would be disqualified because she
numbers on them. The double envelope vote, said Jim Jarmer, Michigan's Vega-Byrnes, library assistant. "The didn't support AFSCME.
ensured that the ballots remained director of the American Federation of University wants to make sure people THE UNIVERSITY believes the 153
secret and allowed union officials to State, County and Municipal Em- with strong feelings for the union are names AFSCME eliminated was an
check a clerical's eligibility. ployees (AFSCME). kept out." improper challenge, said Thiry.
Under guidelines by the Michigan The list which was issued in late April AFSCME eliminated 153 names from The 153 employees were all the
Department of Labor Employment was updated before the vote when the the list because the employees had highest ranking secretaries at the
Relations Commission (MERC) both University eliminated names of 25 em- some managerial duties, said Jim University, Thiry said. Most of these
the union and the University are ployees considered "confidential," and Thiry, University's personnel director top-level workers receive the highest
allowed to challenge a voter's an aditional 26 workers who had been SOME CLERICALS who were salariesandhaveseniority.
eligibility. fired, promoted or transferred, challenged said they were not confident
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The diner, which was unable to
scrounge up the money to pay the taxes,
was devastated by the penalty, Dum-
"I DON'T have money coming out my
ears. This is a small business, not
General Motors," she added.
Several diehard Fleetwood
customers are planning a drive to save
the diner. Leslie DePrietro, one of the
drive organizers, said she feels the IRS
is overstepping its legal bounds by
charging such a steep penalty.
"The Nazi's are out in full force,"
said DePrietro. "I'm concerned about
the violation of the Fleetwood's civil
THE FEDERAL bankruptcy court in
Detroit ordered the diner closed to
Before the diner can reopen, the
Fleetwood must sign a petition for
bankruptcy which must be approved by
the federal court. Dumsick said she
also has to round up the 20 employees
who were temporarily laid off.
The entire food stock was sold to pay
off debts, which also must be replaced
before the Fleetwood reopens, she said.
"I hope our reorganization will be
satisfactory to the court," she said. "Af-
ter making it through three years in a
bad recession, it would be terrible to
close because of this."
UNTIL THE Fleetwood can pay off
its debts, all checks issued by the diner
will read "debtor in possession," which
will cause many of their suppliers to
stop doing business with them. In ad-
dition, monthly financial statements
will have to be prepared for the court.
Two other Ann Arbor restaurants
have also closed this month. Bimbo's,
once a popular pizza restaurant and
bar, closed its doors this week although
it has been operating under Chapter 11
guidelines for a few months.
Bimbo's owner Tony Maties is
scheduled to appear in Federal
bankruptcy court on May 31.
The Central Cafe, a small homey
restaurant on South Main, informed
workers Monday that it was closing
permanently. The cafe shut down the
same day, before the end of business
Dumsick said she suspects Central
Cafe was also bankrupt, but the owners
could not be reached for comment.
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