1975-03-07; Central Michigan Life
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rtma. -— •■*■? - ' "*1 "1* "*"'+* * -- ^rv rW%0*>&f* ^ Volume 55 No. 65 Friday, March 7, 1975 False campaign promises? U nion refutes charges *■ * >. i #- .* CM LIFE PHOTO BY JOHN THOMPSON SNOWWOMAN-Jerry McCrary, Carlton junior, puts the finishing touches on a snowwoman near Emmons Hall. ; by MITCH HEAD ' LIFE Ass't News Editor Charges used in an unsuccessful attempt to force Faculty, Association (FA) to begin negotiations for "a certification election recently were released by the Free Faculty. The charges, published in a letter by the Free Faculty to all faculty members this week, allege the- "union was elected on false campaign promises. The letter cites three separate statements made by union organizers in 1969 that sine*? have turned out to be false. THE FREE Faculty earlier was hoping to use ^he documents in an effort to force the FA to agree to a certification election. George Stengren and John Hepler, two of the organizers of the Free Faculty, met secretly with FA President Robert Clason and FA executive board member James E. Hayes Feb. 9 to discuss possible negotiations between the opposing factions. meeting, Strengren "unleash a bombshell" if it rejected At the treatened to against the union rustees to receive list f president candidates No less than six candidates, for jie successor to President William Boyd will be presented to the |oard of Trustees by the end of this lonth by the Presidential Screening |ommittee, Donald Kilbourn, isirperson of the committee, said. "We began Monday to interview candidates for the position," lilbourn said. When the interviews jfe completed the Presidential Search Committee „will present its recommendations to the Board of Trustees, which will choose the new president. Boyd's resignation becomes effective June 31. However, if the screening committee or the Board of Trustees cannot reach a decision, an acting president would be appointed. Kilbourn does not anticipate any problems with providing presidential recommendation's "from, the screening committee to the Trustees but with at least six qualified candidates for the position, he said the Board of Trustees may have a difficult decision. negotiations. However; the FA still rejected the negotiations because, according to Clason, "The die is cast. There now is not any potential for mutual accommodations." , Clason said the action of negotiating might be perceived as a "backing off of the union, which it had no intention of doing. ALTHOUGH STENGREN never indicated what the "bombshell" was, Clason said he was aware of the rumors which alleged the FA was elected on false promises. Refuting the charges made by the Free Faculty that the FA was elected on false promises, Clason called the charges "just a step in a propaganda war." "I don't think it is really a gut issue," he said. "The organizers (of the union) couldn't have been looking six years down the^road. What they said could only apply to those first few years." The FA, then called the CMU chapter of the Michigan Association of Higher Education (MAHE), was selected as the agent by a slim margin of 18 votes: 239 yes; 221 no; three challenged. Nearly 85 per cent of the 547 eligible faculty members voted. The Free Faculty cites three documents, all verified by CM LIFE, which were distributed on campus before the union's election as the bargaining agent for CMU faculty members Sept. 24, 1969. The first "documentary evidence" cited by the Free Faculty is a handbill issued by the MAHE Steering Committee for Professional Negotiations. The handbill states "Membership in MAHE is voluntary." 9 HOWEVER, MEMBERSHIP in the FA technically still is considered voluntary, but faculty members must pay an equivalent of $150 dues, called an agency shop fee.. The second document cited in the two-page letter is a guest editorial in CM LIFE the day of the election by Gordon Gilchrist, president of the CMU chapter of MAHE. He writes "Any proposed master agreement must be ratified by the faculty." The controversy surrounds the union's decision this year to limit (See "Union refutes "Page 7) Should election of union be void? The election in 1969 in which the Faculty Association (FA) was elected as the bargaining agent for CMU faculty members was conducted illegally and therefore isvoid, according to one faculty members. Austin C. Knapp, professor of political science, cites a state law which. says, in part, "... Representatives designated or selected for the purposes of collective bargaining by the majority of empolyes in a unit..." UNDER ELECTION guidelines established by the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC), which conducted the election, it is a majority of employes voting that determine the collective bargaining agent. In the Sept. 24, 1969 election, the FA, then called the CMU chapter of the Michigan Association for Higher Education, was selected as the bargaining agent by a slim margin of 18 votes: 239 yes; 221 no; three challenged. Nearly 85 per cent of the 547 eligible faculty members voted. ALTHOUGH THE FA was elected as the bargaining agent by a majority of those employes voting, it was not elected by a majority of employes in a unit, which means the FA actually lost the election, Knapp claims. "The law is clear. And the law takes precedence over (MERC's) rules for conducting elections," Knapp said. KNAPP SAID he will use that law in his defense if he ever is taken to court by the FA in an attempt to collect the $150 agency shop fee. However, a MERC trial examiner claimed the law since has been amended to read "Representatives designated or selected for the purposes of collective bargaining by those eligible and voting." However, the law had not been amended at the time of the election. "All this (decertification of the union) is foolishness,"" Knapp said. "The whole election is null and void. There's nobody to decertify." uto break-ins uzzle DPS A rash of larcenies from cars |tked in dormitory parking lots prred early Tuesday morning, flrding to Det. Sergeant lLes le of the Department of folic Safety (DPS). All six of the larcenies occurred I parking lots around the Saxe- ffrrig.Woldt-Emmons and Thorpe nitories between 2 a.m. and 6 ■ Tuesday, Bonstelle said. Tape decks, speakers, tools and nerous miscellaneous items were ien from the vehicles, Bonstelle An estimate of damage to the vehicles and value of the stolen property has not been made yet. Entry ,was gained to five of the six vehicles by breaking out windows of the parked cars, according to Bonstelle. "Breaking windows makes a loud noise and somebody must have seen or heard something," Bonstelle said. Bonstelle said students with information on any of the incidents should contact DPS. antra! meets Bo CM LIFE PHOTO BY RICK MCKAY SEALS AND CROFTS-Ticket lines formed early Wednesday as and $4.50 tickets have been sold out, according to a Program Board tickets for the Seals and Crofts concert March 24 went on sale. All $5 spokesman, but there are plenty of $4 tickets available. Student'lifter i ns methods, motives 1 JEditoT's note: This is the final article in a three-part '&* exploring shoplifting in Mt. Pleasant. The first Jffcfc dealt with hoto much shoplifting costs the average Jfeen, the second article, tuith the prosecution of WpUfars. This article is an intervveiy) with an lentous student shoplifter.) t by DAVID SOBEL , CM LIFE Reporter What does a shoplifter think about shoplifting? In ,™r to answer this question, CM LIFE interviewed a 'MU student who has engaged in shoplifting. The ler«on's identity will remain anonymous. Question-- When Was the first time yoa shoplifted? Answer-The first time I shoplifted Was when 1 was ^-years-old. I stple some candy out of the drug store ,n toy home town. * ' Q—When did you start shoplifting seriously? A—Oh, when I found out how easy it was. I started doing it more and more, but I never stole anything that I didn't need and I never stole anything that I could afford to pay for. Q—What Would be the total value of the items you've taken so far? 1 A—That would be very difficult to say. I don't know, this year I'd say I've probably all together stolen $30 worth since I've come up here in the fall, and that's from different stores. 1'ye never taken more than $5 or $6-or maybe $7 out of each store, Q—What is the most expensive thing you have ever taken? A—The most expensive thing I ever took was a ring frhich t took for a girl in junior-high school, I took it from a jewelry store in my home town. They were shewing me t rings-and I saw there were empty spaces on the velvet in the case. So just as she was showing me one, I took it and I was looking at it and I pretended to put it back. When she Went to get me another one, I just put it back on my finger and put my hand in my pocket and walked out.- x Q—Was the ring worth much? A—No, it was about six or seven dollars. . Q—What stores in-the Mt. Pleasant area do you shoplift from? A—My favorite is Spencers, because they' don't seem to really watch that much. I shoplift from Giant-' way, but not very much. They have real tight security. Also, R-^Mart, which is pretty easv'because> that's justone great big store and it's not too difficult in there. When Zody's was closing, I got some nice things from there ,because there were so many people in the store, it was difficult to watch. That's about all. Q—How much stuH have you stolen this month? A—This month I've taken about $5 worth. Q—Five dollars worth of what? A—I took a bottle of contact lense solution, a couple, of pens and pencils, a tube of toothpaste, a bottle of shampoo and some Lifesavers. Q-You've said you never steal anything you can't afford. Then how do you figure you can't afford a pack of > Lifesavers? ( A—Well Lifesavers aren't so much (money). I had.! about $3 dollars 1 could spend and I had about $6 worth" of stuff I had to^get, so I paid for $3 worth and stole $3 worth, Q— Do you feel guilty about what you do audi do you- consider it stealing? (See it's a dumb thing'... page 10) ^.
|Title||1975-03-07; Central Michigan Life|
|Publisher||Students of Central Michigan University|
|Description||Friday, March 7, 1975 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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