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| the history of wake forest
Progress toward the improvement of the School of Law proceeded,
though more slowly than the School would have liked. Emphasis was
now being placed on the School’s need for more space, especially for
the library, and on plans for a capital campaign to be undertaken
at such time as the sesquicentennial campaign was finished. In May
Dean Scarlett reported to the Trustees that he had received a letter
from the American Bar Association extending the accreditation of
the School of Law and commend-
ing the Trustees for actions they
had already taken toward the
strengthening of the School.
The University had to face the
implications of a new kind of in-
ternal struggle when it received
word from the National Labor
Relations Board that Local 391
of the Teamsters Union had sub-
mitted a claim in behalf of the
University’s maintenance workers.
There were 131 such employees,
and D.H. Sherrill, the recording
secretary of the Local, said that he
represented 80% to 85% of them.
The administration argued that
the Union had “nothing desirable
to offer our employees,” but an
election was scheduled. After five
months of debate the workers voted
75 to 47 in favor of the Union.
Their main issues were higher wages, different grievance procedures,
and an improved seniority system. Negotiations followed, and the
University meanwhile approved across-the-board pay increases of
between nine and ten per cent. At some point the Teamsters recog-
nized that they had “falsely” interpreted the mood of the mainte-
nance workers and withdrew their right to represent them. The
University remained a non-union employer.
Thanks to a grant from the Smith Richardson Foundation and,
thanks, especially, to the creativity and dedication of Robert L. Utley,
Jr. (B.A., 1971), a young member of the Department of Politics, the
“Pink Lily with Dragonfly” by Joseph Raffael: purchased
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