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Union claims May
election was unfair
Workers' bargaining agent, or to con-
duct a new election.
AFSCME alleges that several
University representatives acting as
observers during the May 24-26 election
made comments that were anti-union
Ethel Thoms, a secretary who acted
as a union observer during the election,
testified before Judge James Krantz at
MERC headquarters that University'
representatives made improper com-
ments to clerical workers whose voting
status was being challenged.
In order to vote, clerical workers had
to fit a certain job classification, and
the union challenged over 100 clerical
workers who also had managerial
When some clerical workers were
told that their status was being
challenged May 25, Thoms said Univer-
sity observers loudly told voters: "The
union feels you should not vote, your
ballot is being challenged. The union is
challenging your vote."
She testified that the size of the room
at the Michigan League allowed voters
to hear the comments and may have af-
fected the outcome of the election.
The comments were improper,
Thoms said, because observers were
told to direct voters to MERC represen-
tatives if their vote was being
Under the rules of the election, the
University and AFSCME were allowed
to look at the list of prospective voters
and challenge their status. Challenges
were color-coded, with the union
highlighting challenged names in pink,
and the University in yellow.
In AFSCME's original complaint,
filed on June 3, the union alleged that a
MERC official referred to the union
challenges as "pinko."
AFSCME has since withdrawn that
charge, but it still has 11 objections
before Judge Krantz.
Another union objection is that a
MERC official left the room during the
election, causing a delay in the voting
Thoms, who was working in the room
at the time, said the official left for
about 15 minutes forcing two voters to
Sharon Wenzel, another secretary
who acted as a union observer, said
University officials frequently an-
swered voter's questions, even though
MERC officials told them not to.
"All questions were to be directed to
MERC officials. We were not to answer
any questions," she said.
Wenzel said she heard University of-
ficials answer questions five or six
times on subjects ranging from union
dues to voting procedure.
University lawyer Robert Vercruysse
asked the union to drop one objection
stating that a Michigan Daily
photographer "invaded the polling site
and refused to leave the premises," but
the union refused to drop the charge.
The hearing is expected to end
tomorrow, but Judge Krantz said it
could be eight months before he makes
Climbing the wall
P EDESTRIANS WALKING down Maynard Street Tuesday night were
treated to a sight right out of a circus side show, as daredevils scaled
the side of Betsy Barbour dormitory. No, they weren't junior ROTC mem-
bers practicing maneuvers for a national emergency. They were
mischievous campers attending a two-week workshop sponsored by the Gif-
ted Students Institute. Several youngsters tied bedsheets together to test an
escape route from their third floor rooms. Campus security guards heard
about the climbers and rushed to the scene, but were perplexed to find that
the culprits had pulled the sheets inside.
Federal mediator trys to
end phone worker's strike
WASHINGTON (AP) - A federal assigned to the Telecommunications
mediator was assigned yesterday touat- International Union, the smallest of
medsto wa asignd ystedayto t- three involved in the strike. TIU
tempt to break the deadlock in a four- presintohneShaughesyreqU
day-old strike against the American President John Shaughnessy requested
Telephone & Telegraph Co. by some the mediator. .
Telehon & Ter ape "He'll try and talk to both sides and
65,00 workers. see if there's a basis for calling a
The mediator from the Federal meeting," said Brian Flores, district
Mediation and Conciliation Service was director of the mediation service.
The Michigan Daily
Vol. XCIII, No. 34-S
Thursday, August 11, 1983
The Coalition of Conscience is holding a benefit tomorrow to raise money
for local participants in the Aug. 27 march to Washington, D.C., which will
commemorate the 1963 march that included Martin Luther King's "I have a
dream" speech. The festivities will include refreshments and local musical
performers, and will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church, 1917
CFT - Animal House, 6:30 & 10:50 p.m., The Blues Brothers, 8:30 p.m.,
School of Music - Summer Band, Eric Becher, conductor, 8 p.m. Hill.
Union Arts Program - Music at Mid Day, tenor Richard Fracker, 12:15
p.m., Pendleton Rm., Union.
Ann Arbor Libertarian League - 7 p.m., basement of Dominick's, 812
Med. Center Bible Study -12:30 p.m., Rm F2230 Mott Children's Hospital.
Sailing Club - Brief meeting followed by sailing lecture, 7:45 p.m., 311 W.
Society of Manufacturing Engineers - "World Congress on the Human
Aspects of Automation," all day, League.
Student Wood and Crafts Shop - Advanced power tool safety, 6-8:30 p.m.,
Scottish Country Dancers - Beginning class, 7 p.m., intermediate class, 8
p.m., Forest Hills Community Center, 2351 Shadowood.
Humanities - Conference, "English Technical Writing for Japanese
Managers & Engineers," all day, N. Campus Commons.
AAFC - To Have and Have Not, 7:30 p.m., The African Queen, 9:30 p.m.,
Cinema Guild - A Night at the Opera, 7 & 10:05 p.m., Duck Soup, 8:45
Cinema II - Children of Paradise, 8 p.m., Angell Aud. A.
CFT - The Producers, 7 & 10:35 p.m., Blazing Saddles, 8:50 p.m.,
Performance Network - "Cabaret," 8 p.m., 408 W. Washington.
Ann Arbor Chinese Bible Class - 7:30 p.m., University Reformed Church.
Tae Kwon Do Club - Practice, 6-8 p.m., outside behind IM Bldg.
Korean Christian Fellowship - Bible study meeting, 9 p.m., Campus
Humanities - Conference, "English Technical Writing for Japanese.
Managers & Engineers," all day, N. Campus Commons.
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