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hired in the fall, and;
a review of the pay for TAs
who teach classes that exceed the
Zundel presented GEO's tenta-
tive response to the University's
package. The proposed package in-
a 6 percent salary increase over
the next two years;
better summer health bene-
class size limits of 35 next
year and 30 in the following year;
a sliding tuition waiver scale;
third party arbitration with
no conditions attached, and;
no reprisals of any kind for
anyone participating in the work
A proposal was also passed ask-
ing all TAs to return the University
attendance form blank to the GEO
Roberson questioned the legal-
ity of the letter under labor laws.
He also said the University is asking
members to spy and that action is
coercive and possibly illegal.
Roberson said if both sides fail
to resolve the contract after GEO
has presented its package, then nego-
tiations could progress into a period
of fact-finding where a fact-finder
would evaluate both sides and rec-
ommend one position.
But if the fact-finder could not
resolve the issues and both sides
reach an impasse, then, under current
state labor laws, the University can
implement its current package 60
days after the fact-finding period
ends, Roberson said.
Roberson added that if no con-
tract is signed by Sept. 1 then the
University can also implement its
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they hoped to avert a work stop-
page by offering to extend CEO's
current contract. The University
gave GEO until 3 p.m. yesterday to
respond, but GEO representatives
did not reply by the deadline.
Because the work stoppage
passed at the GEO steering com-
mittee meeting last night, the let-
ter will be sent to all union teach-
ing assistants, said Joseph Owsley,
director of News and Information
Legal questions surrounding the
University's memo have surfaced
- specifically the last paragraph,
which states, "Failure to return
this completed form on time will
be considered an indication that you
participated in an illegal strike and
failed to fulfill your employment
University General Council
Elsa Cole said the letter was
within legal bounds.
"An 'indication' is not an abso-
lute correlation that a TA partici-
pated in the strike," she said.
"(TAs) would have an opportunity
... to explain their absence due to
some other factor such as an ill-
Cole said she thought a similar
letter was sent to striking TAs in
the '70s and was not challenged in
University negotiator Colleen
Dolan-Greene also said the letter
passed legal muster. "It is always
appropriate to have direct corre-
spondence with (employees)."
"We look at the letter like an
attendance card," Owsley said.
Owsley said he thought the letter
served a fair purpose.
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Last-ditch contract talks be-
tween freight railroads and their
unions broke up last night, clearing
the way for a coast-to-coast strike
after midnight that could strand
rail passengers and stop the flow of
one-third of the nation's goods.
Big Three automakers warned
that if the nation's freight rail sys-
tem was hit by a strike at midnight
yesterday as threatened, car and
truck assembly plants could begin
shutting down by week's end.
The Motor Vehicle
Manufacturers Association, an in-
dustry lobbying group, was more
"Seventy to 80 percent of motor
vehicle manufacturing facilities
would be affected in the first 24
hours of a railroad strike," MVMA
President Thomas Hanna said.
The potential for trouble
stemmed from auto plants operat-
ing under the "just-in-time" parts
delivery system. Parts and compo-
nents arrive at assembly plants at
times only a few hours before
they're needed on assembly lines.
The just-in-time system is a more
efficient and risky manufacturing
method that wasn't around in 1982,
the last time railroad workers
walked off their jobs.
Unions contend the railroads
have not offered high enough pay to
make up for wage freezes of the
"Exams end Friday, May 3.
What begins on Monday, May 6?"
asks a Career Planning and
Placement (CP&P) Office flyer an-
nouncing a program to help anxious
job-seekers during the recession.
CP&P will host "The
Successful Job Search: Voices of
Experience," a panel of University
alumni who will speak and answer
questions about their unconven-
tional job searches today from 4:10
p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the CP&P
"It helps to hear from people
who've gone through this experi-
ence," Career Counselor Judy
Michael said. Michael added that
CP&P staff hope students will re-
late to recent alumni's stories about
competition in the job market.
The three panel members gradu-
ated in 1983, 1986, and 1990. "We
didn't want anyone so far back they
couldn't remember," explained
Intern Programs Supervisor Paula
All three, who have degrees in
political science, organizational
psychology, and English, went
through unconventional job
searches, Di Rita said. "They've gone
beyond the typical sources of news-
paper ads ... searches that took a lit-
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eliminated are: Academic Affairs,
Health Issues, Student Rights, Peace
and Justice, and Women's Issues.
According to the proposal, the
rationale behind eliminating these
commissions is to allow MSA to
allocate more funds to other stu-
dent groups which already serve the
functions of the commissions, such
as the Sexual Assault Prevention
and Awareness Center and EnAct
Twelve students from environ-
mental groups came during con-
stituents' time to support keeping
the Environmental Issues
LSA first-year student Alissa
Strauss said the commission acted as
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not pass with international atten-
tion," Rackham Rep. Sean Hirlihy
Hirlihy was responsible for the
changes that allowed the
Conservative Coalition-led assem-
bly to pass the resolution keeping
the ties. It was the first instance of a
break in the CC voting.
"We should all be agreeing that
tle more time."
"They've all worked in differen
areas," Di Rita said. She expects the
alumni will share insights beyond
the initial steps of job hunting
tips that might get students started
if they feel they are at an impasse.
it helps to hear from0
people who've gone
through this experi-
- Judy Michael
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by Bill Watterson
Di Rita said that ingenuity is
needed when searching for employ-
ment. "It takes creativity, and we're
trying to teach students those
(skills)," she said.
Di Rita explained that due to the
recession and media-exacerbated
anxiety on students' part, CP&P
staff have extended their resources
with extra programming and tours.
"You read in the papers and hed*
but students are feeling the crunch
of the recession," Di Rita said.
a unifying body, enhancing commu-
nication and combined efforts be-
"Most of the MSA Reps. ran on
the platform of representing stu-
dents," she said. "Keeping
Environmental Issues would be rep-
resenting students by maintaining
cleaner, healthier, and safer cam-
LSA Rep. Brett White said he
sponsored the proposal because the
main function of MSA is to be a li-
aison between the students and the
administration and to provide stu-
dent group funding.
Hinte described the proposed
amendments as "despicable." I0
said he had no objection to the stu-
dent referendum, but the commis-
sions should remain functional un-
til the election.
we support basic human rights," he
said. "By continuing the sister
school relationships even in the
apoliticized from passed by the new
assembly, we can save lives."
Sarah Baker, a constituent, spoke
about the necessity of keeping tho
ties because they add to students'
awareness of cultural differences.
The original resolution was in
line with what many view as a reac-
tive political agenda CC leaders
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in the family.
Acting City Administrator
Donald Mason said the city's deci-
sion makes Ann Arbor a better
community. However, future situa-
tions will be decided on an individ-
ual basis "until we can come to an
overall policy," he added.
"I have personal high regard for
the competency of these two indi-
viduals," said Councilmember
Ingrid Sheldon (R-Second Ward).
"I'd like to think our community is
a fair, understanding, and tolerant
community. Mutual respect for each
other is my bottom line."
Miller said the city will not ex-
tend her marital status to health in-
surance. If one partner of a hetero-
sexual couple works for the city,
any health insurance covers the
spouse and family. With homosex-
ual couples, the partner will not be
covered, she added.
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