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The Michigan Daily

Vol. LXXXVII, No. 23-S

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Saturday, June 4, 1977

Ten Cents

Twelve Pages

Jobless rate dips beloii
WASHINGTON IIP) - The na- since last August. These prices employment r o s e by nearly price r e p o r t, but cautioned
tion's unemployment r a t e fell had risen 1.1 per cent in March 400,000 in May. against reading too much into
below seven per cent for the and the same in April, an annual Inflation has become the ma- only one month's figures.
first time in two and one half rate of more than 13 per .cent. jor economic concern of the
years and a sharp drop in farm Carter administration in recent RETAIL FOOD prices are ex-
prices cooled inflation at the THE MAY jobless rate edged months because rapidly rising pected to continue rising sharply
wholesale level in May, the gov- down to 6.9 per cent from seven prices could undermine Presi over the next few months before
ernment reported yesterday. per cent in April, continuing an dent Carter's economic pro- easing later this year. Price in-
Wholesale prices rose four- almost uninterrupted trend since gram. creases announced recently by
tenths of one per cent last November w h e n joblessness Administration economists said the big steelmakers were not in-
month, the smallest increase stood at eight per cent. Total they were pleased by the May cluded is the May report, but

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are expected to show up later.
Nevertheless, the four-tenths
per cent rise in wholesale prices
last month was encouraging and
represented a sharp improve-
ment over increases earlier this
year.
Both wholesale and consumer
prices increased at a ten per
cent annual rate during the first
four months of the year.
WHOLESALE p r i c e trends
generally show up at the retail
level, though there are time lags
and the relationship isn't always
precise.
The Labor Department said a
2.3 per cent drop in farm prices
last month - the first decline
since November-helped to hold
down the overal increase in
wholesale prices.
Prices fell sharply for grains,
eggs, cocoa beans, tea and poul-
try. Green coffee prices declined
three-tenths of one per cent, the
first drop since November. How-
ever, the g ove rn me n t said
wholesale coffee prices were
still 218 per cent above a'year
ago.
PRICES OF processed foods
and feeds rose 1.8 per cent last
month following a gain of 2.5 per
cent in April. Industrial com-
modity p r i c e s increased four-
tenths per cent, an improvement
from the six-tenths per cent rise
the previsus month.
Surgical
workers
protest
low wages
By SUE WARNER
University Hospital operating
room technicians failed to re-
port to work yesterday morn-
ing, but after a meeting with
hospital management, after-
noon shift employes showed up
for work as scheduled.
According to Doug Geister,
Medical Campus personnel
manager, the meeting between
management and some of the
more than 20 technicians was
arranged to discuss why the
workers called in sick. He indi-
cated that pa of the problem
was lack of communication be-
tween management and em-
ployes.
"WE TALKED to them about
a number of concernss," said
Geister, I think we've resolved
those concerns and the techni-
cians will report to work tomor-
row",
Reportedly, the employes
were acting in an effort to se-
cure a wage hike from the uni-
versity. They are presently or-
ganized in an informal bargain-
ing group.
Geister said the walk out did
not affect surgery in the hospi-
tal's 19 operating rooms, Nurse
and other qualified staff mem-
hers stood in for the techni-
cians,

Jazzy corner
Flautist Paul Vornhagen and bassist Terry Silver set up a celebrative beat to the background of yesterday's blue skied after-
noon on the corner of State and North University. Looking on is Ann Arbor's renowned keyboard, vocalist king of the flute,
Martin Simmons.
EXCHANGE ENDS 16 YEARS OF HOSTILITY:
U SC to sw iomats

WASHINGTON O)-The United States and
Cuba moved yesterday to end 16 years of
official hostility by swapping diplomatic
teams that will take up problems standing
in the way of full restoration of relations.
At the same time, the Marxist government
of President Fidel Castro said it would re-
lease 10 of the 30 Americans known to be
in Cuban prisons and would review the
cases of those remaining in jail. The names
of those released, all being held on drug
charges, were withheld until their families
were notified.
-THE STATE Department called the, an-
nouncement a goodwill gesture but said it
"was not part of the deal" to establish dip-
lomatic "interest sections."
The decision to accept Cuban diplomats
represents a major shift in policy toward
Havana. The announcement was made at
the same State Department podium where

for years the Castro regime was regularly
accused of stirring up subversion in the
western hemisphere.
The exchange of up to a dozen diplomats
on each side will be carried out within three
months.
THE CUBANS will be based in their old
embassy quarters here, which have been
maintained by Czechoslovakia since rela-
tions were broken in 1901 in the waning
days of the Eisenhower administration.
Technically the Cubans will operate under
the Czech flag.
Similarly, the Americans in Havana will
move into the old U.S. embassy building
there but under the sponsorship of Switzer-
land, which looked after the interests of
the U.S. citizens traveling and living in Cuba
during the 16-year impasse.
"This agreement will facilitate communi-
cations between the two governments and

will provide a greater range of consular
services for the citizens of the two coun-
tries than are currently available," the
State Department said.
HAVANA announced the move late Thurs-
day although U.S. officials said there would
be simultaneous announcements in both
countries.
U.S. officials said the American diplomats
would discuss with Cuba the presence of
Cuban "advisers" in Africa, some $1.8 bil-
lion in claims against Cuba by U.S. citizens,
the plight of the remaining American pris-
oners and other subjects.
Cuba is one of 14 countries with which
the United States has no formal relations
and Carter has-said he would like to estab-
lish links with all of them. The President
said earlier this week of Cuba that "we still
have a lot of differences between us" but
that "full friendship" was an ultimate goal.

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