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Thursday, August 3, 1972 ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN News Phone: 764-055!

Court approves
referendu non
abortion reorm
LANSING, Mich. 0-The Michigan Appeals Court re-
fused yesterday to block election officials from placing a
controversial abortion reform question on the Nov. 7
general election ballot.
The court dismissed a request for an order against the
Board of State Canvassers, saying it found no fault in
procedures used by state elections officials to verify petition
signatures requesting the late fall vote on the issue.
Barring further appeal to the Supreme Court, the
ruling clears the way for voter consideration of a proposi-
tion that abortions should be legally available to any
woman through the 19th week of pregnancy.
The referendum, originally formulated by the Michigan
Co-ordinating Committee on
Abortion Reform, states that
F ifioti case "a licensed medical or osteo-
pathetic physician may per-
(rn . form an abortion at the re-
Prule y 1quest of the patient if the
C period of gestation has not
Circuit Court exceeded19 weeks."
The referendum also state
Michigan s Court of Appeals that the abortion must be per-
ruled ye terday that theuWash- fm at alicesdhspital
teitaw County Circuit Court has othe'r facility apiiiove.d by itle
complete jurisdiction over a suit Department of Health
concerning the University's out- Tecretsaeaoto
law, dating froim 1846. permits
of-state tuition policy. ai abortion oly if the mother's
The suit, brought by attorney life is endangered by the preg-
Arthur Carpenter, challenges nancy.
the constitutionality of the Uni- The suit against the fall elec-
versity's rule that a student is tion referendum on the question
a Michigan resident, for tuition was filed by a trio of doctors
purposes, only if he lives in the with two other men and a wom-
state for six months as a non- an linked by employment or
student. other affiliation to the Michigan
The suit does not question the Catholic Conference.
idea of charging higher tuition They charged that the Board
for out-of-state students. of State Canvassers relied on
"guesswork" in checking valid-
Carpenter's intent in bring- ity of petition signatures.
ing the suit is to force the Uni- Stuart Hubbell, Traverse City
versity to grant Michigan resi- lawyer representing the group,
dent status to all students who argued in several presentation.
hav me th sttevoting re- to both the Canvassers anid the
have met the state Appeals Court that no-statisti-
quirements. The suit also asks cally valid effort was made to
that if this action is not taken find out how many signatures
the University be forced to might be defective.
grant credit to all students who The group's argument was
based on substantial returns
have been registered to vote from college communities, where
while paying out-of-state tuition it, was supposed many students
sincerthe suit was filed. ' might have signed ballot peti-
The Court of Appeals ruling tions without being registered
resulted when Judge William "This allegation is without
Ager of the Washtenaw Circuit merit," the court said.
Court decided that the case "We find nothing in the stat-
should be split between his court ute or Constitution which ii-
and the Court of Claims. dicates that the methods em-
ployed by the board were im-
Ager's position was that the proper or illegal. To the con-
request for an injunction came trary, the record indicates that
under his jurisdiction while the even utilizing the procedures
money settlement portion of the employed by the plaintiffs, the
casey souleec ied bythe petitions bare sufficient signa-
case 'hould be decided by the tures without taking into ac-
Court of Claims. count the final filing."

AP Photo
Splendor in the grass
Ann Arbor street people A. Vant Gard and May Nard display their enthusiasm for the citys tradi-
tion-smashing new marijuana law, which cuts the weed fine to 25c and/or 15 minutes in jail. Gard-
commented, "Tradition an't the only thing that's smashed around here."
United arm Workiers to push-
i A
lettce ) Cot inAnn rbo

An effort to crush head lettuce
sales in the Ann Arbor a r e a
will begin tonight as U n i t e d
Farm Workers (UFW organiz-
ers kick off a local lettuce boy-
The lettuce boycott is aimed at
forcing California and Arizona
lettuce growers to accept the
UFW, an insurgent union head-
ed by Cesar Chavez, as the main
bargaining agent for farm work-
An organizational meeting is
scheduled tonight in the Mich-
igan Union ballroom. Discussions

will center on tactics, benefits
to raise money, endorsements,
and affiliations that might de-
velop with other local organiza-
tions in the course of the let-
tuce boycott.
A film will be shown, outlining
the principles, tactics and rea-
sons for the successful grape
boycott, also conducted by t h e
Currently about 15 per cent of
head or iceburg lettuce is pick-
ed by United Farm Workers. A
dispute with the Teamsters un-
ion dating back to June, 1970,
is also currently at issue.

City creating segregated depts?

The UFW claims the Team-
sters made collusive agreements
with growers and illegitimately
signed contracts that favored
the growers. Additionally, the
UFW charges that the Team-
sters were never authorized by
farm workers to represent them.
The UFW is organized in 30
boycott cities across the coun-
try. Boycott workers receive liv-
ing expenses plus $5 per week.
The contracts that the UFW
have negotiated specify provis-
ions for improved wage rates
and working conditions. The
most highly disputed issue be-
tween growers and the union
is a demand that the tion
conduct hiring and firing pro-
Sitehon arraingemaest. com-
nironty known as a "closed itnion
ship" is banned by the Taft-
Hartley Act for all indtistries
other than agrictture. Agri-
culture is exempt from most
regulatins including the $1.60
per hout minimum wage, collec-
tive bargaining laws closed un-
ion shop agreements and others,
Other contract provisions in-
-Bass iages of $1.90 per
-A normal wort week of 54
hours with overtime wages paid
for excesses:
-Grievance procedures; and
-Health care contributions
totaling 10 cents per hour.

Although the city's affirtaa-
tive action hiring program has
greatly increased the number
of black city employes, figures
released this week indicate the
program is creating "black de-
partments," while other offices
remain almost all white.
The affirmative action pro-
gam was initiated by City
Council in fall of 1969 to in-
crease minority employment
which then stood at about 10
per cent. In two-and-one-half
years of operation, it has raised
that figure to 26 per cent.
Progress has been much less
spectacular, however, in break-
ing down barriers which sepa-

rate city departments along ra-
cial lines,
In nine of the 24 departments
included in the report, employ-
ment of blacks stands at ten
per cent or less. Included among
these are upper level adminis-
trative departments such as the-
offices of the city attorney,
treasurer, clerk, and controller.
On the other hand, in five de-
p a r t m e n t s employment
of blacks is well above the city
Among these department are
those primarily concerned with

offering services to the black
community such as the Human
Rights Department and the
Model Cities program.
Next to Model Cities, the Pub-
lic Works department employs
the most blacks in City Hall -
largely in menial capacities.
"If you look at Public Works,
you'll see most of the blacks are
refuse collectors, "says Frank
Orlos of the city's Personnel
Although it is true that
blacks serve as department
heads in several areas --- not-
ably Model Cities, H u m a n
Rights, Personnel -- the aver-
age black city employe is not
likely to have an upper echelon

No figures exist on hotw
large a slice of the city payroll
goes to black employes. Orlos
admits it would "probably be a
good idea" if such figures were
Officials of the Personnel
Department, which is responsi-
ble for overseeing the affirma-
tive action program, concede
that despite their efforts, the
pattern of hiring in City Hall
tends to perpetuate this division
into "white departments" and
"black detiartments."
In the six month period from
January to June of this year,
36 per cent of those hired for
permanent or temporary posi-
tions have been black.
See CITY'S, Page 7

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