1977-01-31; Central Michigan Life
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■I'.'l ' III... ' M )lume 58 No. 50 Mt. Pleasant, Mich. 48J95? Monday, January 31,1977 ^^pm^vm^ Energy crisis continues CMU dials heating down by STEVE BENNETT CM LIFE Reporter a letter addressed to ients, faculty and staff, Isident Harold Abel Friday ed the University community ^elp keep temperatures at 68 rees in an effort to comply i Michigan Consolidated request that CMU nomize in gas usage in every sible way. Llso Friday, Ohio, New York, Cnsylvania and New Jersey fe declared under energy ergencies as officials sought (conserve dwindling energy [plies. The phone call from Michigan hsolidated Gas advised CMU Ire "is a definite possibility that gas will be diverted from Michigan to other states by federal order. If this happens, there will be a reduced quantity of natural gas available for distribution in. Michigan," according to Abel's letter. At pfesent, however, Michigan natural gas supplies are in "good shape," according to John Stewart, public affairs supervisor for the Alma district of the gas company. "As of how, we see no shortages in our service areas," Stewart said Sunday. "But tomorrow, depending on President Jimmy Carter's decision, I just don't know what will happen." Carter has requested arming trend' redicted for area ^on't break out your Bermuda shorts, but the central Michigan i is expecting a slight warming trend through Wednesday, a Icesperson for the U.S. Weather Service in Houghton Lake said jiday. francis Amy, meteorological technician, said temperatures in the [teens and possibly into the 20s are expected through Idnesday. [oday is expected to be mostly cloudy with light snow flurries I a high in the mid-teens. However, winds will be out of the Ithwest, increasing to 15 to 25 m.p.h. (Any significant snowfall is indicated for- Wednesday," Arhy said. ^oweverricebox*cdtiditi6n8 ate' expected" to retttrn by" TRuredgy," pysaid. ■ . The new year already is running 8.5 degrees below normal for fuary, Amy said, and since September, temperatures have been ! degrees below normal. January's normal temperature is about 17.4 degrees, while Wuary's normal temperature is about 18.2 degrees. U CMU, administrators are taking steps to cut the University's frgy consumption (See story this pageK \ spokesperson for the Physical Plant said Central is considering ping fuel oil if natural gas supplies become scarce or are diverted lore critically affected states. Congress to grant federal authority to reallocate existing fuel supplies and to temporarily deregulate interstate gas prices. The objective, .of this action is quickly .to shift more\ gas to those areas which now are suffering. The decision . on'- fuel reallocation is expected to be announced sometime today. However, even if Michigan is forced to divert a percentage of its gas supply' to other states, Consolidated Gas is confident it will be able to continue supplying fuel to local residents. "I expect it wouldn't have a great impact on us, but we will definitely feel the squeeze," Stewart said. Abel's letter said "We will try to maintain occupies spaces at approximately 68 degrees for the present, but we may be called on to go even lower if Michigan is diverted. By accepting these hardships now, it may aviod being directed to close the University at a further time this winter." ■* The fuel crisis in the Northeast threatened to add more than 250,000 new layoffs to the ranks of the estimated 400,000 already unemployed by the energy, crisis. The unusually cold weather this winter already has closed some 4,000 plants and caused more than 400,000 layoffs, according to federal energy officials. Several states said they sxpeci ,appiieatiojos:, Jpx^ujjem:: ployment benefits and food stamps to soar because of layoffs caused by natural gas shortages. The local manager of Michigan Consolidated Gas called CMU to request a reduction in temperatures to help conserve gas. Ed Naretto, CMU superintendent of utilities for the Physical Plant said the University has set up an oil replacement burner if CMU's gas supplies are cut. j "Water temperatures for the University have been cut from 130 to 140 degrees to 120 degrees to save gas," Naretto said, "However the food com- mons Water temperature will Sj^ay at around 180 degrees to wash dishes." $ In Michigan, heating oil supplies have dipped to the point that government officials are considering putting state employees on a 10-hour, four-day Work week to get over the crunch. Michigan has been hit l>y extremely tight supplies of Number 1 Heating Oil, which is used to heat 22 per cent of the state's homes, and shortages of kerosene used by mobile home occupants. Other energy sources appear to be stable at this time, according to Michael Dively, Michigan Energy Administration director. This bicycle in front of LarzelerrHall typifies a scene in front of many dormitories on campus. While students found two- wheeled transportation convenient during the fall, the arrival of winter forced them to take to foot and many abandoned their bikes in the racks until spring. (LIFE photo by Pam Eckman.) Black History Month features varied events by TONY BEARING CM LIFE Reporter A busy inw^ie^ol^cjjltural ' and social activities are scheduled through February in celebration of Black History . Month. But it is not just for the benefit of blacks, according to Greg Williams, organization for Black Unity (OBU) president. OBU will kick off Black History Month with an opening ceremony Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Warriner Auditorium honoring black women in CMU's faculty Meeting set today ecertification move begins by PAM KLEIN LIFE News Editor tfter nearly a three-year wait, Free Faculty members will meet iay to begin a second decertification campaign against Central's Jculty Association (FA). The meeting is set for 4 p.m. in the Community Room of St. ary's University Parish, 1409 S. Washington St. 7ree Faculty members first attempted to oust the FA in Sep- iber 1974, when more than half of CMU's faculty signed petitions filing for a decertification election. (However, the petitions were worded inaccurately and were Smissed by the Michigan Employment Relations Commission JERC) in October 1974. ■The Free Faculty appealed the dismissal to MERC and the state |urt of Appeals, but were turned down both times. Then the pchigan Supreme Court refused to hear the case and the Free jiculty ceased its anti-FA activities - until now. [And this time Free Faculty leaders believe their decertification Jmpaign will be successful. (Thirty per cent of the faculty must jn cards requesting the decertification vote for MERC to Ithorize an election.) ["Of course we'll get 30 per cent," Robert Anthony, Free Faculty ider, said. "We had well over that many signatures last time eptember 1974)." Robert Cf oil, another Free Faculty leader, said lout 180 signatures are needed, but Anthony added the group buld try to accumulate at least 300 signatures. [The Free Faculty have Said the decertification vote is necessary decide the issue of FA representation. However, FA officials |ve maintained faculty will cast their vote by not signing the cards N expressing a vote of confidence for the FA. ["Why are they fighting an election so badly?" Anthony asked. Wouldn't they want a mandate from the faculty? I want people to [ve a chance to decide. If I lose, I lose, but I've expressed my point Iview." |"I wish it (decertification campaign) wasn't underway, but I've fcepted it," FA President Ronald Johnstone said. He cautioned culty members to be aware that when they sign decertification [rds they are saying they do not want the FA as their collective Irgaining agent, not that they want an election to determine the lue. [But, if an election is Conducted, it should be done by June 30, [cording to J. Norbert Musto, FA executive director. 'If they do petition MERC with 30 p^er cent, we'll be barred from Igotiations until MERC reviews the cards and schedules an action," Musto Said. "If there is some delay in setting an election could lose all summer and start the academic year without [gotiations. That is something people should be cognizant of when Bning the cards," Negotiations for a new three-year agreement [ween the FA and the University are set to begin this summer. [Another issue of the decertification campaign is the FA's agency shop fee, or the equivalent of union dues. Free Faculty members have refused to pay the fee because they said some of the money was used for political purposes. But Musto said the fee still is due even if the FA is decertified and vowed the FA would try to collect the money. Anthony, however, said he has no intention of paying the fee. "We're confident we'll win in the courts and not have to pay." Both circuit and district courts .have upheld the FA's contention that the fee must be paid, but the Free Faculty have appealed the decisions to the Michigan Court of Appeals. and staff. All OBU activities during the month will be free of charge. "We'd like to stressthat Black History Month is not just for black people," Williams, Flint junior, said. "Every activity is for the whole campus and all the community. Everyone is welcome." OBU's third annual fashion show will be Sunday at 5 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom, followed by a soul food "taster". The deadline for entries in OBU's essay contest, "Black Women in America," is Feb. 15. The winner will receive a $100 scholarship. Information and applications are available at the OBU desk in the Volunteer Organization Council room. Niki Giovanni, black author and poet highlights ' another Black History Month event. She will speak at Warriner Auditorium Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. Black Theatre will present "Peer Pressure on Niggah Island", a two-act play by Moses Dennis, Georgia junior, Feb. 23, 24 and 25 in the Kiva. High school choir groups will join CMU's Black Voices when "Gospel Returns to CMU" Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. The concert will be conducted at Warriner (Auditorium' under, th&direction of. Craig Matthews, Mt. Pleasant junior. A talent show is scheduled in Warriner Auditorium Feb. 9 at 7 p.m., and the following night, Feb. 10, a skateathon is planned at the Spinning Wheels Roller Skating Arena from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Proceeds will go to the United Negro College Fund. Inside: —Dean reimburses SA fund—page 3 — Gothard's show opens today—page 6 —Basketball team gets snowbound—page 8 —Baseball. practice begins—page 9 Negotiation:**'"™0". T^f8;8 ^ talk bargaining facts byPAULRAU CM LIFE Reporter When the bargaining committees for the city and Local 1606 sit down Tuesday to attempt to fashion a new contract.for the striking union members, this popular misconception of contract bargaining may enter people's minds: Steely-eyed antagonists stare at each other across a narrow table. Ultimatums and accusations are exchanged. Fists band the table and angry voices claim what the other side is demanding is impossible. But the realities of bargaining sessions between the city and the union are actually quite different, according to union spokespersons. ''There hasn't been much of that macho confrontation stuff. The worst part of it is the boredom that comes from waiting long- periods. It's .very trying on the nerves," one union member said. During a great deal of the lengthy bargaining sessions, the "two sides aren't meeting with each other at all. One side is waiting for the other to study their proposal and offer a counter proposal. When this occurs, the two sides might meet briefly - then the situation reverses and the opposing side becins to wait. Both teams have had separate rooms at recent meetings. The city and union negotiating committees have met three times in meetings called by state mediator John VanderArk since the strike began and two of the meetings were quite lengthy. The first meetings called by VanderArk on Dec. 8 lasted only two hours because VanderArk said the two sides were too far apart to mediate. The second session on Jan. 13 was a marathon meeting of 14 hours, but at the conclusion the, parties declared they were "back to zero'." The third meeting, conducted last Thursday at the Holiday Inn, 5665 E. Pickard Ave. was the most fruitful. Both sides said substantial progress had been made after 11 hours and expressed optimism that a new contract could be approved at Tuesday's meeting. The two sides~; reportedly have placed a moratorium on aggression - they've agreed not to disagree openly before the next meeting. But things haven't always been that cozy. Shortly after the strike began on Nov. 30, the union accused the city of inflexibility. The city then accused the union of initiating an illegal strike. According to union representatives, the early bargaining sessions were somewhat similar. "The purpose of the early sessions is to expose incidents and bad situations, to get the differences in interpretation out in the open," the spokesperson said. When the air is cleared,the,bargaining teams can settle down to' do the difficult job-settling the dispute by face--to-face communication with other human beings. ,An interesting tool used at the last meeting is the "two-on-two" discussion. In this format only two members from each team meet at the, same time. At Thursday's meeting, City Manager William Barrons and attorney Phillip Nantz met with union representative James Rughruff and Walter Oliver, president of Council 11 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). "It's much easier to relate to two or three people instead of five or six. It allows plain speaking," the union representative said. 'The two-on-two format was "helpful in making progress," Barrons said. The relations between the groups .never really become friendly, the union representative said. When the last meeting broke up at about 9:30 Thursday night, choruses of "goodnight" and "see you Tuesday" Were exchanged by the city and union bargaining members. But was the warmth real? "The friendliness is riot forced, but the extent of our relationships is usually 'hello, how are yoU doing?' and that's it," the union member said.
|Title||1977-01-31; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Monday, January 31, 1977 issue of the student newspaper of Central Michigan University. Also known as CM-Life. Originally published biweekly. Later published three times a week during the academic year and once a week during the summer. Began publication in 1941. Previously known as Central State Life. Issues from 1999 to the present are available online at the CMLife website.|
|Subject/Keywords||Central Michigan University - Newspapers; Mount Pleasant (Mich.) - Newspapers; Isabella County (Mich.) - Newspapers; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
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