Page 6-Saturday, August 4, 1979-The Michigan Daily
Senate OKs anti-recession aid
From AP and UPI
In its first effort to ease effects of the latest
recession, the Senate yesterday voted $1 billion worth
of aid to help states, cities, and counties retain essen-
tial services during hard times.
On a 69-23 vote, senators passed a bill to reactivate
one type of standby anti-recession aid to state and
local governments and to create a new program for
distressed cities and counties.
STATES THAT would get the largest sums in im-
mediate aid for high unemployment cities are New
York, $70 million; California, $65.7 million;
Michigan, $21.3 million; Illinois, $20.1 million; and
New Jersey, $19.1 million.
Although the bill, endorsed by the Carter ad-
ministration, carries a $1 billion ceiling, that likely
would be only the starting point if the unemployment
rate rises to more than eight per cent, as is predicted.
Despite its political appeal, the bill is not a sure bet
to become law. It now goes to the House Government
Operations Committee, whose chairman, Rep. Jack
Brooks, (D-Texas), is a die-hard opponent of such
revenue sharing programs. The Senate last year
passed similar legislation only to see it die in Brooks'
The legislation, weakened somewhat below that
recommended by the Senate Finance Committee,
Authorize federal aid to states, cities, and coun-
ties of up to $1 billion during the 12 months that begin
Oct. 1. The money would be distributed only after the
national unemployment rate - now 5.7 per cent of the
labor force - is 6.5 per cent or greater, and would go
only to governmental units where unemployment is
six per cent or more.
Creates a new program of targeted aid for an
estimated 2,100 cities and counties, most of which are
still struggling to come out of the 1973-74 recession.
This aid would be available only if the national
unemployment rate falls below 6.5 per cent, and only
then to cities and counties with jobless rates of six per
cent or more.
If unemployment reached 6.5 per cent nationally,
the legislation would make available to cities a total
of $125 million per quarter - plus $30 million for each
tenth of a percentage point rise in unemployment
above 6.5 per cent, up to a maximum of $1 billion a
Israel hits guerrilla
bases in Lebanon
From United Press International frontier near the Lebanese village of
Israeli troops launched their biggest Kawkaba. The Israelis said they suf-
Isearhand-estroys missnihndheiggest fered no casualties.
search-and-destroy mission in eight Leftist Lebanese militia and
months yesterday, trekking silently Palestinian officials said five men were
past U.N. lines in darkness to attack killed and five others wounded in the 30-
two fortified Palestinian guerrilla minute battle.
bases in southern Lebanon. The assault marked the biggest ac-
Israeli gunboats and artillery tion of its kind since Jan. 19, when two
followed up the assault by pounding a other guerrilla bases were attacked in
string of Lebanese villages and the central sector of southern Lebanon.
Palestinian refugee camps, the state- The attack, the second in about ten
owned Beirut radio reported. days, came against a backdrop of
THE ISRAELI command said troops growing U.S. annoyance with Israel's
of the crack Golani Brigade killed at search-and-destroy policy and moves to
least 10 guerrillas in their strike against limit Israel's use of American weapons.
the two bases nine miles north of the
Union walkout continues;
no further talks scheduled
Continued from Page 3> "WE'LL HAVE TO see what tran-
claims by University negotiators that spires," Braman said.
there was "room for movement" in the The attitude of the strikers is "We
bargaining. "They do not want to move. can stay out until hell freezes over,"
They do not want to budge," he said, according to Mericle. He said the union
"The only movement was backwards." members can make up for the lost pay
Mericle said the mediator ended the by contracting jobs independently.
talks because no progress was being Mericle said the union hopes to get a
made. The bargaining teams were in- bigger pay increase than the University
structed to "cool off" and call the has offered. The University proposed
mediator on Monday to schedule wage increases between 4.4 and 6.45 per
another meeting, the union represen- cent according to the pay grade and
tative said. trade, the union spokesman said. He did
DIRECTOR OF Plant Operations, not disclose the union's demands.
Meindert van der Kooy said the depar- The University has also proposed
tment is taking care of essential modifications in the union's sick leave
repairs. policy, according to Mericle.
"So far, we have not had any in- "They say it's too costly to monitor
terruptions," he said, "It all depends on our sick time program," Mericle said,
how long it (the strike) lasts." but "we average about six days per
If the strike continues for an extended year per man on sick time."
period the University may have to According to Mericle, a University
make provisions for overtime pay for van struck and bruised one of the pick-
the supervisory personnel, according to eting union members at the hospital
Braman. He said he could not speculate Thursday. A spokesperson for the Ann
how long the University could maintain Arbor Police Department said no
services without the union personnel. report of the incident had been filed.
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