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July 25, 1986 - Image 3

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The Michigan Daily - Friday, July 25, 1986 - Page 3
' Ne otiations continue on
'U' workers' contract
By NANCY BRAIMAN Dwight Newman, who represents the "This issue is best discussed at the
University maintenance and ser- workers, claims this would cost negotiating table and left out of the
vice employees are closer to reaching workers about 20 additional cents per media," Thiery said.
a labor contract with the University's hour. Subtracted from the 28 cent per
personnel office, although the hour wage increase proposed by the The insurance issue is the main
possibility of a strike still exists, a University, workers would receive disagreement, Newman said.
spokesman for the workers said this only an eight cent per hour raise. "Management seems to have sof-
week. tened on the other issues. Other issues
Around 2100 University employees, "This is unacceptable to our mem- will be resolved."
primarily in food service, housing, bers," Newman said. Employees are "Everything is secondary (to the
and groundskeeping, have been asking for a seven percent wage in- issue of insurance). Wages ar not a
working under a temporary contract crease and no additional health stumbling block at this time," he ad-
since their two-year pact expired on payment. The 28 cents-per hour, of- ded.
June 30. The temporary contract will fered by the University would only be
remain in effect until a new a3.9percentwageincrease. The University has proposed
% agreement has been reached. replacing seasonal breaks such as
Christmas with University-deter-
NEGOTIATORS are due to resume mined vacations, that employees be
talks next Tuesday after failing to THE disagreement over health responsible for buying and main-
agree on a contract last Tuesday. payments is a potential walk-out taing their uniforms, and that tem-
The main issue remains whether issue," said Newman. And University porary non-Union workers be hired
Personnel Director James Thiry ad- during
employees should begin paying ad- ed "Wer
ditional health insurance for their ' ecognize that a strike is Newman would not comment on
dependents, as proposed by the possible," though he refused to com- whether any breakthroughs were
University. But local 1583 Union head ment further about the negotiations made on these-issues.
New engin. dean brings "less
Hoedown Daily Photo by CHRIS TWIGG qaggressive approach to college
ti we Korwin, a fiddler from Kalamazoo, entertains on State StreetEARLE job done as well as Duderstadt, he will do it with a differ-
ent approach.
The University's College of Engineering is likely to DUDERSTADT'S hard-driving, straightforward ap-
R ep ort aslks for liirii retain its momentum and liberal arts direction under new proach brought criticism from some faculty, who -
dean Charles -Vest, though the mechanical engineering pared his "autocratic" sytde to that of former Phillipine
professor will exert a different type of leadership than his president Ferdinand Marcos.
eredecessor, James Duderstadt. Howe said Vest's more mellow personality is less likely
o cla s ed research "He (Vest) has a somewhat different, more subdued to produce dissension.
completed," he said. "All we're style," said Aerospace Engineering Prof. Robert Howe. When former Vice President for Academic Affairs and
(Continued from Page t) saying is what should be signed on the "He's not quite as aggressive as Duderstadt." Howe Provost Billy Frye originally appointed the committee to
T - contract." chaired the search committee that selected Vest. find a new dean, he speculated that an isider might be
The minority report also criticized 'the best choice. Duderstadt said it was unlikely that
the time linits in some of the proposed "The report protects the interests ofsoenwhdi'tare ihteclegscuet
guidelines, saying they create some the University, the students, the VEST assumed the post last week after having served someon wo didn'tpagree with the college's current
of the same problems as the current faculty, and society," Naylor said. as interim dean since May, when Duderstadt left the
guidelines. MICHIGAN STUDENT Assembly engineering college to become vice president for VEST meets both qualifications. He has been a faculty
AS AN alternative, the minority Military Research Advisor Robyn academic affairs and provost. member since 1967 and received his masters and Ph.Ds in
report calls for avoiding the restric- Watts also refutes the minority Nevertheless, Howe and other engineering officials em- mechanical engineering at the University several years
tive rules on calssified research, opinion. phasized that Vest has played a major role in revitalizing before.
elminiating the time limits, deleting "The current guidelines aren't en- the college since 1981, when he became associate dean for -Howe also credits Vest for his role in the huge jump in
the current guidelines, and allowing forced enough right now and the academic affairs. engineering research funding, which has gone up by $20
professors to determine the type of committee was called to make the Working with Duderstadt, Vest helped appoint nearly million in the past five years.
research they want to do, whether guidelines more specific, and not to one third of today's engineering faculty members' And that number may double in the next few months.
classified or not. ease the restrictions by trusting the establish several high-tech research centers, complete While Vest was interim dean, the college was awarded
Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor), a intergity of the professors," she said. the college's move to North Campus, and begin a major around $20 million more in funds from the University
member of the University's Board of The committee's majority report overhaul of the college's undergraduate curriculum. Research Initiative (URI), a defense department
Regents, said the minority report makes recommendations the opposite program designed to revitalize the nation's research
"makes some legitimate points," of what was expected when it was ap- BEFORE Duderstadt and Vest took over, the college's universities.
though he wouldn't comment on pointed last fall. Despite Converse s national rankings had declined, and many of its facihties THOUGH the exact award has not been determined, the
whether the majority report will be protests, some critics charged that had fallen into disrepair. URI money will pour in during the next five years Vest
approved when the regents vote on it the committee was simply an excuse Since Vest was so instrumental in Duderstadt's will serve as dean. The funding will helop create several
next winter. to eliminate the current guidelines, program, faculty members and administrators are con- new engineering research centers.
The majority opinion, "strikes a This would have increased classified, fident he will continue the college's progress. Vest will also implement changes in engineering
good balance between openess and and military research at the Univer- "I think Chuck's certainly not going to lose any of the education begun under Duderstadt. The engineering
freedom," said assistant Law Prof. sity. forward momentum," said Elaine Harden, assistant to humanities program was phased-out, and the entire un-
and committee member Rebecca The guidelines first came to the at- the dean for college relations. . dergraduate curriculum put under intense review. The
Eisenberg. "The time limits will sup- tention of the regents when a research review may force engineers to take more humanitiesand
ply the necessary guidelines for proposal submitted by Political HAvENsamaystorsehenatneersoto takecedrechusannesesases
research, and that's why I signed it." Science Prof. Raymond Tanter, was HARDEN said Vest was the natural choice to succeed social sciences classes.
ANOTHER committee member, rejected because parts of it would not Duderstadt and that faculty, staff, and alumni were happy Of immediate concern in the college is the appointment
Electrical Engineering and Computer be publishable after a year. with the choice. of a new associate dean for academic affairs. Vest gave
Science Prof. Arch Naylor, said the TANTER PROTESTED that his "I expect in the next five years we'll see the fruits of the the post a very active role in determining the direction of
majority's recommendation are not project, which would have studied in- steps taken in the last five years," said Aerospace the college and the new associate dean is expected to con-
too restrictive,~ formal means of arms control, would Engineering Prof. Thomas Senior. "(Vest) was part of tinue this trend.
so u ld - p up o s h ed aft er a s py i s - ' aot n'e saz itrly -h a v e t o age ie a tt D u d e rsta d t's tea m " T he a p p o in tm en t sh ou ld b e read y. for ap p rovt i by , th e
oud publsha ter ay re rt is sf ied ihsfnatlif:Engineering officials agreed that while Vest will get the University's pard of Regents this fall. .
shoul be pblised afer arep'r',s s .rmtion

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