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Mediator To Resolve Yale Labor Dispute

By Dan McGuire
associate news editor

Yale administrators asked Friday that a federal mediator be brought in to resolve the dispute with the members of the Local 34 and 35 service unions.

The service contract for Yale food service and physical plant workers expired Monday and negotiations thus far between the University and the union over medical insurance and pension have gone poorly.

University officials began fine-tuning emergency plans to keep vital services such as dining and snow removal operational by using professional managerial staff and subcontracted labor. Teaching assistants who took part in the earlier grade strike said they would not participate. [Yale Daily News]

UC system president delays ban on affirmative action

The president of the University of California system, Richard C. Atkinson, said in a letter Wednesday that he would delay the implementation of new admissions guidelines that ban the use of race or sex as factors in college admission until 1998.

Atkinson said that the move was not a retreat and would instead allow universities time to evaluate the results of the guidelines and create new policy around them. California Governor Pete Wilson, who campaigned vigorously for the ban, appeared before the board to protest the action. Ten members of the board who back the ban asked for a closed meeting today to "review the performance" of Atkinson. [The New York Times]

Brandeis faces faculty cuts

Brandeis University's Board of Trustees voted Thursday to approve a plan to shrink the faculty at the Waltham-based college by 10 percent. The cuts will move Brandeis' student to teacher ratio from 8:1 to a more typical 11:1 and will probably result in the loss of 36 faculty positions, most of them through attrition.

The faculty cuts, along with an increase in the student body from 2,900 to 3,200 and a shrinking of the university's graduate program, are designed to allow it to avoid a projected 1999 budget deficit of $10 million. [The Boston Globe]