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Thursday, August 11, 977


Thursday. Auaust 11, 1977 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Three


Bloodmobile strike
halts somesurgery
at 'U' Hospital



University Hospital yesterday
began curtailing certain elective
surgical procedures as a result
of a strike by American Red
Cross bloodmobile drivers.
The drivers, who transport
and set up bloodmobile equip-
ment, walked off the job yester-
day morning after contract ne-
gotiations between the Red
Cross and Teamsters Local 299
broke down.
Ac c o r d i n g to Red Cross
spokesman Ron Kelly, no blood
w a s collected in Washtenaw
County or the Detroit area yes-
terday, althnigh other areas of
the state remain unaffected by
the walkout. He said the Red
Cross is planning to collect
bhd at regular donation sites
totay if the nurses who actually
draw donor blood do not honor
the union's ticket lines.
Dr. Bruce Friedman, Associ-
ate Director of University Hos-
pital's blood bank, said collec-
tion sites may be set up at 'U'-
Hospital'and at St. J o s e p h
Mercy Itospital.
"We're doing our best to as-
sune that patients who are in
the hospital now will be able to
have their scheduled opera-
tions," Friedman said yester-

HOWEVER, he added that pa-
tients scheduled for elective sur-
gery requiring large anotits of
blood will not be admitted until
the strike is settled. Elective
operations not requiring much
blood use will not be affected.
Blond transfusions at the hon
pital have been limited to only
emergency cases.
Universi'y Hospital has made
arrangements to obtain approxi-
mately one-third of the blood it
would normally need from other
Red Cross units throughout the
state. According to Friedman
this is enough blood to meet
the emergency needs of the com-
Kelly was unable to-predict
how long the strike would last
although he did say the two
sides were "far apart" when
contract talks broke down. The
sinion members, who man five
bloodmobile units in southeast-
ern Michigan, are demanding a
more than 60 per cent hourly
pay increase. Kelly said the Red
Cross believes the wage hike
would be "highly inflationary."
"The total number of blood-
mobile drivers only totals 16,"
Friedman commented. "I think
it' astonishing that so few could
affect so many."

AP Photo
From all angles
Better than those cars without side panels in the television ads, we present the see-through
chair-gear mechanism. An employe of the Saline Ford plant with the unlikely name of
Richard I[. Nixon looks through the mechanism as he prepares to roll a plastic instrument
panel and lamp parts into place.

Bias c
The controversy over charges of racial
discrimination filed against the city's
Planning Department is brewing once
Three employes, E.l, Weathers, James
Blake and John Morton, have informed
their attorney, Jean King, that they are
not satisfied with the settlement reached
out of court between the Michigan Civil
Rights Commission (MCRC) and the city
on July 26.
THE COMPLAINT filed by the three
employes charged the Planning Depart-
ment with "harrassment, salary discrim-
ination, discrimination in the assignment
of work, and working conditions."
The city and MCRC settled the coin-

plaint out of court on July 28, By the
terms of the settlement, John Morton
was to receive some back pay and all
three employes were to have disciplinary
actions struck from their employment
KING IS currently contemplating fur-
ther legal action in an attempt to gain
a settlement m o r e favorable to her
But King says before she can give her
clients effective counsel, she would like
to have a look at the 30-page report com-
piled by the MCRC after their investiga-
tion of the Planning Department. So
MCRC officials have balked at making
the report public.
MCRC's position is that no report will

still brewing

be released until all litigation stemming
from civil rights complaints are finalized.
"I DON'T think it will be necessary to
pursue a law suit against the MCRC,"
King said in a telephone interview yes-
terday. "If I don't get a response, I'll
merely turn the information over to
Washington, and let them know that an
agency they have contracted with, to help
them do their work, is not complying
with federal guidelines"
In addition to not having access to the
MCRC's investigative report, King said
she has not been given a copy of the
settlement between the city and the
"I've gotten bits and pieces of the
report from different people. I've heard
that a part of the settlement includes a

prohibition against John Morton ever be
ing employed by the city or the Planning
Department again," said King. "But I
don't know if that's true or not because
I haven't received the text of the settle-
IT IS UNCLEAR who has been furnish-
ed with a copy of MCRC's investigation.
Adela Val Verde, a chief investigator for
MCRC, told the Daily that the city had
been furnished with a copy of the report.
She later said she was not sure if the
city officials handling the negotiations-
City Administrator Sylvester Mttrray or
Melvin Muscovite, an Assistant City At-
torney-has been given a copy of the
Both Murray and Muscovitz deny hav-
ing seen the report.


Playboy Magazine's September issue has hit the
stands, complete, with photographer David Chan's
"Girls of the Big Ten." Chan, you will recall,
caused a furor on campus in March when he spent
several days holed up at the Campus Inn recruit-
ing local "talent" for the piece. The University's
own Grace Packard, Caprice Wolfer and Lisa Joy
Steele were among those lucky women who made
Chan's starting lineup. Commenting on one student
who wrote that "Photographing women for the titil-
lation of men helps perpetuate cultural myths and
imposes an undesirable stereotype for women to
live up to," the Playboy editors addressed them-
selves to the two or three readers who buy the
magazine for its printed copy as follows: "The
girls who turned out for interviews with Chan (and
they turned out in droves) did not fit any one
stereotype. They were musicians, gymnasts, eques-
triennes, law and premed students, would-be tele-
vision broadcasters and even a producer of an
X-rated movie. And, as you can see for yourself,
they are far from undesirable." Twisted logic, per-
haps, but probably nothing Philosophy 201 wouldn't

Happenings ...
pretty slim happenings today, consisting of
a Christian Science Organization meeting in Room
4304 of the Union at 7:15 p.m.'... and a showing
of a documentary on the Kent State shootings at
9 p.m. on the Diag.
Mr. Smith. forgets to
go to Washington
Some of the Carter administration's "new faces"
are also proving to have occasionally absent minds.
Item: a special assistant, offered a ride home from
a party had the benefactor drive him to the Chevy
Chase section of the city. Once there, they cruised
down street after street for nearly an hour until
the Carter man recognized his own hou^e. It seems
his wife drives him to and from the White House,
and he never bothered to check the route. Item.
Another Carter aide was housed in a Washington
hotel until his wife arrived from Georgia to set up

housekeeping. When she arrived, he packed up and
left, but forgot to tell the hotel, which finally
tracked him down and slapped him with a bill for
several thousand dollars. Because it wasn't a legiti-
mate government expense, the Democratic National
Committee picked up the bill. Item: Before leav-
ing Georgia, one Carter political strategist parked
his car on an Atlanta street. Unfortunately, he
couldn't remember which Atlanta street, and when
Carter employes listed their net worths recently,
he was one of the few who listed no automobile.
"The car would never have made it to Wash-
ington anyway," his White House secretary con-
fided. To date, there have been no photos of Jim-
my himself falling down airplane ramps or trip-
ping over his skis.
On the outside
Fish are drownin' and the cotton is growin' too
fast to pick. It looks like summertime rain, folks.
Today will be sunny with a high of 79 and only a
slight chance of precipitation, but tomorrow will
be cloudy and wet, with a high of 76.

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