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Federal Court to decide
Plymou0th Center c ase
(Continued from Page 1) stitution.said a PARC member.

The Michigan Daily-Friday, March 3, 1978-Pagqt
Panel to ask Regents to oversee
South African financial ties
(Continued from Page 1)
The Sullivan statement is an affir- divest itself of shares in that cor- function of the suggested Investments
mative action policy written by Rev poration. Advisory Committee.

Center library and to enhance the
general education level at the in-
DENVER (AP) - unique horizontal
guideway, nearly one-half mile long
and capable of continuous operation,
has been installed here by an elevator
conpany to test advanceed "people
mover" vehicles and control systems
for use in downtown city centers and at
resorts, universities, hospital com-
plexes and shopping centers.
The new guideway will allow the
testing of small vehicles carrying 12
passengers, up to large ones capable of
transporting 80 people, says Rober L.
Cole, president of Otis North American
Operations. The track's continuous loop
design will allow durability testing of
vehicles runnihg nonstop for long
periods of time.

"THROUGH OUR different projects,
we have tried to humanize Plymouth
Center. Recently we were able to have
the special education law enforced
which provides the residents with an
education they never had before," said
one PARC member.
Many PARC members stressed the
necessity of unified action against the
alleged Plymouth Center abuses.
s a
"We have got to join in and work
together to fight this thing. Construc-
tive work and not criticism is needed,"

CRITICIZING the public's indif-
ference to the problem, another PARC
member said children "are part of
society whether they are mentally
retarded or not."
Another member severely condem-
ned DMH for failing to spend enough
money to aid Plymouth Center.
"Last year DMH didn't spend $10
million on Plymouth and Governor
Milliken was praising Smith for saving
so much money, but no one thought of
saying anything," said the concerned

Leon Sullivan, a General Motors Cor-
poration board member, which calls for
equal pay for blacks and whites,
desegregated company facilities, and
upward mobility for blacks.
The committee further recommends
that "corporations should be encour-
aged to work for the enhancement of
political, social and economic rights for
all of their employes in South Africa."
IF A CORPORATION fails to satisfy
these minimum prerequisites within a
reasonable time period, or if a cor-
poration undertakes "significant
capital expansion", meaning construc-
tion of new plants, in South Africa, the
committee recommends the University

The report on the University's
general investment policies, also
suggests that the Regents consider
establishing an "Investments Advisory
Committee" responsible for gathering
information and writing recommen-
dations for the Regents' consideration
on other issues of moral concern.
The Investment Advisory Committee
would consist of:
two members of the University
Senate appointed by the Senate ad-
visory Committee on Financial Affairs;
" two students appointed by the
current official student government
* two administrators appointed by
the University president.
IN THE South African case, the
committee stated it would assume the

In ,general principle, the committee
states: "The University is not
primarily an agency dedicated to direct
social or political action. Its overriding
responsibility is to maintain itself asp
neutral forum for analysis, debate, il
the search for truth."
Therefore, the committee repor&
the University runs the risk of -
pairing its essential role when, as
corporate body, it adopts a political
THE REGENTS' chief responsibili
as directors of the endowment fund'ii-
vestment is to seek the maximum
return with the least possible risk, ac-
cording to the report.

Budget cuts threaten Legal Aid
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EASTHOPE SAID there are many
criteria taken into account when budget
cut decisions are made.

University to provide legal aid to the
students?" said Easthope, citing one of
the criteria.
Also taken into account is the impact

Carter sends 'sweeping' civil

service r
(Continued from Page .
merely to fire someone for just cause,
and at the same time the protection of
legitimate rights is costly and time-
consuming for the employes . .. You
cannot run a farm that way, you cannot
run a factory that way, and you cer-
tainly cannot run a government that
The President, who campaigned for
office on a promise to make the federal
government more efficient and respon-
sive, said revision of the civil service
system is the single most important
step to be taken toward that goal.
"CIVIL service reform will be the
centerpiece of government
reorganization during my term in of-
fice," he said.
"Our proposals will mean less job
security only for incompetent federal
employes, but conscientious civil ser-
vants will benefit from change that
recognizes and rewards good perfor-
MOST OF Carter's proposals would
require approval by Congress, where
federal employes have a strong lobby.
But the package has been endorsed
by the AFL-CIO, which won con-
cessions from the White House during
behind-the-scenes bargaining that went
on for months.
The proposals sought by the AFL-CIO
and agreed to by the White House in-
clude a promise to put union-covered
federal employes, or 52 per cent of the
federal workforce, under a system of
arbitration to settle grievances which
now take years to settle through federal
appeals machinery.
CARTER also agreed to creation of a
new and independent Federal Labor
Relations Authority, which had been
sought by the AFL-CIO.
The major proposals in the plan in-

Pe orms to
* An end to virtually automatic merit
pay increases for 72,000 federal super-
visors in grades 13 through 15, who now
make from $26,000 to $47,000 a year.
These managers also would get only
half the yearly inflation pay raises they
get under the present system. They
could earn pay raises of up to 12 per
cent of salary through job performan-
* Scrapping the present performance
evaluation system for federal workers,
under which 98 per cent get "satisfac-
tory" ratings and most of the rest are
rated "outstanding." Individual agen-
cies would be required to set up their
own rating systems and use them;
* PEGGING OF pay, promotions,
firing and other incentives to the new
evaluation systems. The plan's drafters
say this would make it easier to sack
federal employes whose work is con-
sistently mediocre;
" Dismantling the Civil Service
Commission. Its powers to set policy on
hiring, firing and pay would go to the
President's Office of Management and
Budget. Its power to police the gover-
nment against political patronage and
favoritism would be taken over by a

new, independent Merit Systems
Protection Board;
" Creation of a special counsel's of-
fice within the new merit board to in-
vestigate allegations of patronage or of
retaliation against employes who ex-
pose waste or corruption in gover-
* SCRAPPING most preference in
hiring and retention for World War II
and Korean veterans and for military
pensioners who retired with the rank of
major or above. Critics have said the
preference limits job opportunities for
women and makes managers reluctant
to reduce their workforce when it would
mean firing competent non-veterans.
The Carter plan would retain preferen-
ces for disabled veterans and for thos
who have been out of the armed forces
for less than 10 years;
" Create a new Senior Executive
Service for 9,200 top-ranking civil ser-
vants now in grades 16 and above, who
make from $42,400 to $47,500. Those who
choose to do so could join the new ser-
vice, giving up their protections against
demotion or transfer in return for the
possibility of winning salary bonuses of
up to 20 per cent of their pay through
superior performance.

budget cuts will have on students, said
Easthope. The possibility of alternate
funding is also considered.
"I think there are a lot of things we
should be doing that we can't afford,"
he added.
CAMPUS LEGAL AID is actually a
branch of Washtenaw County Legal Aid
Society. The branch was established in
1971 to cope with the special legal
problems of students, said Rose. He ad-
ded that the county branch could not
handle the student load if the campus
branch were to close.
Lauer said he will meet with
President Fleming to discuss this and
other issues next week. A student
assessment must win the approval of
"the Regents as well as the students.
Easthope said definite decisions on
budget cuts should be complete within a


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