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School Custodian Talks Said Slow

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In the face of a custodial maintenance contract that expires Tuesday, the Ann Arbor Board of Education and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employés report that bargaining is slow. Woodrow Shelton, president of Local 1182, said he expects the negotiating teams to meet daily until some settlement is reached. Shelton said the membership of the local will meet Saturday and decide action. He said he hesitates to use the term "strike" because he said it is "traditional" that workmen have contracts. Approximately 183 employés who work in various building and grounds and maintenance capacities in the school system are involved. Shelton said as long as the units are "sitting aeross the table and talking" he sees a possible settlement. Aside from describing the talks as on "all contract issues," Shelton did not reveal specific trouble spots. The contract expiring Sept. 30 is a one-year pact. In a statement the school board said officials indicated that "progress was slow over hard bargaining over economie issues." The board said it was hoped a "reasonable" settlement could be reached by Saturday. The board also said negotiations with Teamsters 247, which] represent 40 school bus drivers, were progressing extremely well. Optimism that a contract could be ratified by next week was indicated. The school bus drivers'


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