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Page 2-The Michigan Daily-Friday, August 4,1989

Matell accredited the postpone-
S tr k ement of flights to the retraining of
continued from page 1 700 new pilots Eastern has hired.
We are on target but there were mi-
ers since Lorenzo is having a diffi- nor bottlenecks."
cult time finding qualified staff at the Most passengers who boarded the
rate of pay he is offering. Eastern flight said they were using
Eastern newspaper ads are offer- tickets they had bought before the
ing flight attendants a $13,000 strike began.
salary. Strikers at the rally translated
Only one of the three scheduled Lorenzo's reorganization plan into
flights, flight 765 to Atlanta, left either lost jobs and reduced wages, or
the ground during the rally. The selling off the airline piece-by-piece.
others were postponed until August Rick Delafuente, an Eastern ramp
15, according to the flight schedule. worker, at the rally said working for
Strikers said Lorenzo has routinely the airline has become increasingly
cancelled flights for lack of equip- difficult since he began with the

-- ..

He said Eastern employees, the
first union workers in the country to
begin giving up wage and benefit
concessions, gave up $1.5 billion in
concessions between 1975 and 1985,
enough to buy the airline three times
While working in Miami, Dela-
fuente said Lorenzo hired former mil-
itary officers to monitor and harass
employees, in an effort to break the
union and reduce wages.
Strikers at the rally said they
would not go back to work for
Lorenzo. Instead, they support a
buyout by Chicago financier Joseph

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Luckhardt takes the field
Marching Band director Eric Becher will be leaving the University
August 11 to begin as marching director and associate prof. of music at
the University of Arizona.
Becher, who has directed the marching band for nine years, will be up
for tenure in four years at the U of A. The position of marching band di-
rector at Michigan is not a tenure-tracked position. Becher was unavailable
for comment.
The interim replacement for Becher is Saline High School band direc-
tor Jerry Luckhardt.
"I'm thrilled to death," said Luckhardt. "This is the opportunity of a
Luckhardt, 28, received his bachelor's and master degrees in music
education at the University. He marched in the band for four years and was
a graduate assistant in the band for two years. His duties as an assistant
included directing, drilling and organizing trips.
"I am very optimistic about Jerry Luckhardt," said University Music
School Dean Paul Boylan. "We are very fortunate that he is able to step
in on such short notice."
Boylan said that in the next few weeks he would form a search
committee to look for a permanent band director which he hopes to fill for
1990-91. Luckhardt said he would apply for the permanent position.
"Eric Becher is a fine young man who led the band very effectively,"
Boylan said. "It was for this reason that I was able to recommend him so
highly for the position at the University of Arizona."
Workers talk with city
Lowering retirement age is one of the issues being settled in contract
negotiations between the Police and Firefighters' Unions and the Ann
Arbor City Council.
Both parties are hoping to be able to agree on mutual terms by the
city's council meeting on Monday so that a new contract can be voted on
by the council.
"Right now we are reasonably close to reaching terms that both
parties will agree on," said union spokesperson and police Sergeant Jack
Although President of the Firefighters Union Mike Vogel had
originally set yesterday as the deadline for the two parties to settle, Ceo
said, "our bottom-line goal is to reach a mutually agreeable pact with the
city. Setting deadlines and challenges is counterproductive."
Though the exact terms of the contracts under negotiation are
confidential, lowering the retirement age from 55 to 50 in exchange for a
two- year wage freeze is a possibility, according to city officials.
Mayor Jerry Jernigan also hopes to include a provision requiring a
minimum 20 years of police or fire service for retirement at 50.
Councilmember Ann Marie Coleman (D - 1st Ward) said that the
council is concerned about the situation and will be meeting today to
discuss it.
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