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TAs may extend strike to fall term
Negotiations will continue Tuesday
by Stefanie Vines the table (at Monday's mediation session) "If they do that then it will look bad
Daily Faculty Reporter because we felt it is important for the for them in the fall if they can't pay TAs
This week's work stoppage could carry community to know that the University more than 4.5 percent," he said.
*.over to the fall if the University and the had moved our position on the bargaining In addition to miscommunication
. Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) table." about the University's package, GEO and
cannot settle a contract at next Tuesday's Dolan-Greene added that the the University clashed over the
mediation session, GEO President Chris University's package is not final and and effectiveness of this week's work
Roberson said. is subject to change. stoppage.
"If they (the University's bargainers) But GEO bargainer Corey Dolgon said The University conducted a survey in
don't come up with something we can the University's package was the final different departments to determine how
accept, then they'll see something a lot offer. many TAs cancelled classes, but did not
stronger than this three-day work "At Monday's mediation session, the account for TAs who held class off
stoppage in the fall," Roberson said to a University told us the package they were campus.
crowd of more than 150 GEO picketers presenting would be implemented over GEO, on the other hand, included TAs
yesterday. the summer if we didn't sign a contract by who taught class at alternative sites as
GEO held the picket outside the the end of the term," Dolgon said. "But participants in the work stoppage.
Fleming Administration Building in they are only supposed to implement In a press statement released
response to deadlocked negotiations their final offer." Wednesday, Provost and Vice President
between the TA union and the University If GEO and the University do not for Academic Affairs Gilbert Whitaker
over issues such as wage increases, third- settle a contract at Tuesday's mediation said the University will not take action
party arbitration, summer health benefits, session, there could be a strike in the fall, against GEO because the work stoppage
and class size limits. Dolgon said.
"We've shown we can make them back "There's been discussion about it. If had less of an impact than the one held
down," Roberson said. "Let's do it again they don't move Tuesday we'll have to on April 4."
and get a contract we can live with." think about the summer and fall," he said. Dolan-Greene believed that as long as
However, GEO officials said teaching Dolgon speculated that the University TAs taught class they were fulfilling
assistants will stay on the job through will probably raise tuition by at least 6 their duties. "I'm a professional
the end of this term's finals. percent and introduce its $700 million employee. The TAs are also professional
MICHELLE GUY/Daily "We stand ready to negotiate," said fund to improve undergraduate education. employees. Whether they hold classes off
chief University bargainer Colleen The University's Board of Regents fi- campus or in the assigned rooms, they are
A Rackham political science TA who refused to be identified due to the recent charges Dolan-Greene. "Our bargaining team nalizes tuition increases during the still fulfilling their duties to teach
against a student chalker chalks the Fleming Building during the GE picket yesterday made a decision to change our position on summer. students," Dolan-Greene said.
Regents change bylaw
* regarding faculty tenure
by Henry Goldblatt
and Sarah Schweitzer The new process will save paper- University President James
Daily Administration Reporters work, said Provost and Vice Duderstadt added, "The situation in
The University Board of Regents
amended Regental Bylaw 5.08 and
received reports on the status of the
higher education appropriation at
yesterday's regents meeting. .
The regents voted to change
Regental Bylaw 5.08, which governs
term length for non-tenured fac-
ulty. The regents amended the by-
law - which allows for non-
tenured faculty to be appointed to
up to three-year terms - to state
that non-tenured faculty could be
appointed to up to four-year terms.
Non-tenured faculty are cur-
rently reviewed at the end of their
seventh year. Presently, they un-
dergo two reappointments before
that time, but in the future will
only have to be reappointed once.
President for Academic Affairs
Moreover, the regents received a
report from Vice President for
Government Relations Richard
Kennedy on the status of the state
hearings on higher education.
Kennedy said a 4 percent increase
in state funding for education is
likely, but added that this increase is
by no means definite.
"The House Leadership adopted
budget targets including as one of
the targets a 4 percent increase in
higher education recommended by
the governor," Kennedy said.
Whitaker said the University's
clash with TAs over pay and benefit
increases are a symptom of budget
difficulties in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. is also made diffi-
cult, in part caused by the new'bud-
get process where domestic spend-
ing has been capped, and due to the
Stanford hearings (on the misuse of
MSA President James Greene
addressed the regents for the first
time since his election. Greene ex-
pressed a desire to improve commu-
nication between MSA and the
Additionally, the regents ap-
proved the appointment of Joseph
White as Business School Dean.
White has served as Interim
Business School Dean since
Whitaker vacated the post to be-
come Provost and Vice President
See REGENTS, Page 2
and wire reports
The nation's first rail strike in
nearly a decade was headed for a
speedy conclusion early yesterday
after Congress approved an emer-
gency settlement plan. A rail offi-
cial said trains could start rolling
once President Bush signs the
Freight trains stalled when the
strike began Wednesday, halting rail
shipping of everything from coal to
car parts and interfering with most
Amtrak trains and some commuter
"The strike hit us pretty hard
but we were able to keep up service
despite some small delays," said
See STRIKE, Page 3
H ats off "C"LE "Y"al
Engineering senior Anna Boda receives help trying on graduation caps
from Jacobson's employee Dorthy Wohltjen.
Women seek to 'Take Back the Night' during evening program
by Purvi Shah
Daily Staff Reporter
Students and community mem-
bers will gather outside City Hall
tomorrow evening to Take Back the
Take Back the Night, a part of
Rape Prevention Month, will be
composed of an introductory pro-
gram, which will include poetry
reading, music, and a theater troupe
performance. The program will be
followed by a women's march with
a concurrent men's rally at City
"It is a symbolic protest against
rape and violence against children
and women and against rape culture
and everything that continues vio-
lence against women and children,"
organizer Sarah Miller said.
Due, to construction at the
Federal Building, the Take Back the
Night program has been moved to
City Hall at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow.
The march is for women only
since it symbolizes a time when
women will be able to walk safely
without men, organizers said.
"It's the only night of the year
when there are enough women for us
to feel safe walking alone without a
male escort," Miller said. "While
we appreciate men's support, what
we're working toward is a world
where ideally women won't have to
ask for Safewalk or men to walk
them home. It's not good enough
until women can do it by them-
selves and not have to feel threat-
ened and look over their shoulders
Take Back the Night is not
overly political, Miller argued.
"Sometimes people see Take Back
the Night as being too political and
too far-reaching in its goals,"
Miller said. "They say, 'Why are
you talking about racism and het-
erosexism and economic oppres-
sion?' but what we're stressing is
that sexual assault does not exist in
a vacuum. Sexual assault is an out-
See MARCH, Page 2
Bush unveils new blueprint for
" nationwide education reforms
Includes voluntary national testing program
WASHINGTON (AP) -
President Bush unveiled his
blueprint yesterday for top-to-bot-
tom school reforms, including a
voluntary nationwide exam system,
aid pegged to academic results, and
hundreds of millions of dollars in
start-up funds for "a new genera-
tion of schools."
"I'm here to say America will
move forward," Bush declared as he
described the "America 2000" edu-
cation strategy in an East Room ad-
dress before governors, business
leaders, and educators.
"The time for all the reports and
rankings, for all the studies and sur-
It is "a national strategy; not a
federal program," according to a 34-
page Education Department strategy
Still, Bush said he will ask
Congress for $690 million, mostly
for $1 million seed grants to open a
prototype "New American School"
in each of the 535 congressional dis-
tricts by 1996. He invited communi-
ties to vie for the grants to create
the non-traditional new schools,
some of which may be operated by
Democratic leaders of Congress
said they would work with Bush on
the plan but also accused him of
determined to have the first tests
for 4th graders ready by September
.1993. He promised presidential cita-
tions for top 12th grade scorers.
He has already enlisted business
leaders to raise at least $150 mil-
lion to underwrite the costs of de-
signing the new schools, which he
said should "break the mold" and
throw out the rule book for exist-
Bush also said he will press again
for giving parents more choice in
education, including whether to
send their child to a public or pri-
He proposed "President
Achieveme~nt Schola~rshins" for