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Page 2 - The Michigan Daily - Saturday, June 1, 1985
Former eustodian fights for job
(continuedfromPagei) THAT somebody turned out to be bage from the dishes. The water was
when or under what conditions the members of the union who had too hot and Morgan attempted to tell
service and maintenance employees criticized Newman and his leadership his supervisors, but Morgan says
for the University were forced to for a long time. nothing was done.
work. Though Morgan had always been
HIS DISMISSAL from the Michigan After distributing a leaflet to the active in the AFSCME Local 1583 -
Union stemmed from his penchant in membership about his suspicions he was on the original bargaining
the early years of the Local 1583 for concerning the embezzled funds, committee - he was out of work until
filing grievances against the Univer- Morgan says Newman began he was hired as a part-time employee
sity about improper working con- harassing him and finally - when for the union.
ditions. Morgan refused to go into the Now Morgan is out of work again
president's office - a scuffle broke. because he acted on what he thought
After he was fired in 19711 he out and Morgan was suspended from was an injustice by his employer.
devoted all his time to the union as a his job. Compounding his troubles Morgan
part-time employee. Though his of- claims his back was injured during
ficial title was "custodian," Morgan "When I told him the leaflet was out the altercation in Newman's office.
answered the phone, picked up the there, he (Newman) was steamin'," JUDY LEVY, a University Hospital
mail, and did all the things the Morgan says. "So he told me to go in employee and AFSCME member, has
president of the union asked of him. the office and I asked him if Art (An- been helping Morgan in his fight to
derson, union bargaining chairman) regain his job. She said many of the
Morgan admits he had no problems could be present in the office and he union members have taken up a
working for the first four presidents of said no." collection for Morgan and given him a
Local 1583, and he says even the cane so he wouldn't have to use a
current president, Dwight Newman, THE similarities between last sawed off broomstick.
dealt fairly with him until early this April's incident and Morgan's "We've put forward motions at the
year. dismissal from the University 15 membership meetings about rein-
years ago are striking. stating Bobby," Levy said, "but the
MORGAN says he became suspicious president has refused to call for a vote
of Newman and how he handled the As Morgan tells it, the University among the members."
union's funds after the president food service manager at the time told According to Levy, Morgan comes
asked to borrow $3,000 from him in him to come into the manager's office into the University Hospitals where
order to cover the local's expenses. to talk about why Morgan filed so many AFSCME members work every Daily Photo by ALISA BLOCK
manyg ,butMorg morning to talk about the situation.
While filtering through the books in ny grieva union steward amefused "He's a fighter to the end," Levy Bobby Morgan, former custodian for AFSCME Local 1583, says he won't
the union's office near the corner of hi ssaidsgivesuwrinm give up is his fight to get his job back and straighten out the union's
Packard and Plstt Road, Morgan *Morgan's lawyer, James Florey, leadership.
found "checks far exceeding their Morgan was suspended im- said that because Morgan was only a Morgan's fate rests squarely with confident that any new set of
(the president, vice president, and mediately and one day later he was part-time employee he is not subject the results of an audit of the union's executives will reinstate him.
treasurer) regular salaries and ex- discharged from the University em- to any contract of unemployment with funds now being conducted by a "Bobby Morgan is the old man of
penses." ployment for insubordination. the union. Florey hopes it all can be Detroit accountant. the union and now he's been roughed
worked out without going to court. According to Levy, if the leadership up and fired," said Carl Levine, AF-
"When the three took this money APPARENTLY the grievance that "IF THE union does not consent topay of the union has embezzled funds, SCME member. "Bobby put a lot on
and broke the local, I had to turn to touched off his dismissal dealt with a his medical bills then I will take some Newman and the other two officers the line to do this because all he really
somebody," Morgan said. hose Morgan was using to flush gar- action," Florey said. will have no choice but to step down. wants is to save the union."
Because of the strong support among Profile appears every Saturday.
the membership for Morgan, Levy is
Minority Student Services, Native American M ondaya co
R hiird nvStudent Association - 13th Annual Ann Arbor _,. .. .

Qa'Lu aJ
Put one foot in front of the other at the Second
Annual walking clinic at 10 a.m. at the County
Farm off Platt Road. The clinic is sponsored by
Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation. It's
free and open to anyone.
Ann Arbor Film Co-op - A Wedding, 7:30
p.m.; M*A*S*H,9:45p.m.,MLB4.
Alternative Action - Of Human Bondage, 7:30
p.m.; All About Eve, 9 p.m., MLB 3.
Michigan Theater Foundation - A Clockwork
Orange, 7 & 9:35 p.m., Michigan Theater.
Cinema II - Last Year at Marienbad, 7:30
p.m.; Rules of the Game, 9:15 p.m., Nat. Sci.
Ann Arbor Chamber Orchestra - Children's
concert, "Swing with Strings," 2 & 3:15 p.m.,
Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave.
Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation -
Embury Swamp Orchid Hunt, 8:30 a.m., Em-
bury Swamp, meet in the parking lot of Park
Lyndon North.
Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation - Bikes and
Trikes Exhibition, noon, Cobblestone Park at
2781 Packard Road.

Indian Pow Wow, 2 & 7:30 p.m., Veterans Indoor
Ice Arena, 2150 Jackson Rd.
The Washtenaw Council for the Arts will open
the doors to its new quarters in the Kerrytown
Concert House near Farmer's Market at 2 p.m.
There will be live music, refreshments, and an
art exhibit.
MTF -The Year We Make Contact, 4 & 7 p.m.,
Michigan Theater.
Sun Messengers - 8 p.m., Rick's American
His House Christian Fellowship - 7 p.m., 925
E. Ann.
University Lutheran Chapel - 9:30 a.m., 1511
Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation - Bikes and
Trikes Exhibition, noon, Cobblestone Park, 2781
Packard Road.
Minority Student Services, Native American
Student Association - 13th Annual Ann Arbor
Indian Pow Wow, 2 p.m., Veterans Indoor Ice
Arena, 2150 Jackson Rd.

Kick the habit at University Health Services'
sic-session smoking cessation clinic beginning
today at 4 p.m. at 207 Fletcher. The first session
is titled "Say No to Nicotine." Call ahead to
Ann Arbor Films - The Golem, 7:30 p.m.,
MLB 4.
MTF - Metropolis, 7 & 9:15 p.m., Michigan
Matthaei Botanical Gardens - Annie Hannon,
"Botanical Gardens in the Berkeley and Fresno,
Calif. Areas," noon, 1800 Dixboro.
Department of Chemistry - Saleem Al-
Ahmad, "Dinitrogen Complexes," 4 p.m., room
1200 Chemistry Building.
WCBN - "Consider the Alternatives," 6 p.m.;
"BBC World Reoort." 6:30 n.m.. WCBN 88.3 FM.
Office of Administration System - "Intro to
Wang Basic Word Processing," 8 a.m., 1050 Ad-
ministrative Services.
Microcomputer Education Center -
"Microsoft Word on the Macintosh," 8:30 a.m.;
"Intro to BASIC Programming on the Macin-
tosh," 10 a.m., "Micropro Wordstar," 1 p.m.,
3113 School of Education Building.

(Continued from Page1)
windows and mirrors, vandals tear up
seats in auditoriums, steal street light
globes, shoot off fire extinguishers,
and turn on the eyewash sinks in
science buildings to flood hallways.
SIGNS ARE constantly painted
over, Reister said, and a favorite
target is the "Regents' Plaza" sign,
which is often edited to read
"People's Plaza."
A more dangerous form of van-
dalism occurs when elevators are
tampered with, Reister said, but he
declined to elaborate because he
didn't want to give potential vandals
new ideas.
Some of the vandalism borders on
the bizarre, such as when someone
beat several trees in the Diag with a
chain, damaging the bark and en-
dangering the trees' lives. But some
of it is inadvertent, such as when
people lock bicycles to trees, which of-
ten scars them. I
"In most cases they may not under-
stand what they're doing (to the
trees)," Reister said.
Reister said all vandalism is a way
of expressing something, but he
wishes vandals would find another
way to get their message across.
"Vandalism by definition is pretty
rotten stuff," he said.

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