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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, June 15, 1978-Page 11

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Labor law filibuster continues
HINGTON (AP) - The Senate their growing strength, and a fifth anti- how any senator can change. That was said Sparkman was prepared
d fr btefourthtime to cut off filibuster attempt was scheduled for their high-water mark," Hatch said. anti-filibuster forces, giving
filihuster against lahor law today. votes, but the sources said S
ns yesterday and a leading op- The previous attempt to shut off the But Labor Secretary Ray Marshall, voted against shutting off deb
urged the bill's supporters to filibuster, on Tuesday, had the support who watched the vote from a gallery it became clear the filibusterv
e defeat. of 54 senators. However, officials on seat, emphasized the increasing be defeated.
cloture vote was 58-41, two shy of both sides of the struggle had pointed to strength demonstrated by anti-
votes needed to limit debate on yesterday's vote as critical filibuster forces, who drew only 42 votes
ntroversial measure which has After the vote, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R- on their first try last week.
cking of organized labor and the Russell Long (D-La.) has b
- administration but is opposedhby Utah), filibuster leader, called on fcso fot akr
aDs IsTrTI det, spporters Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd to The legislation, similar to legislation focus of efforts by backer
as groups. concede defeat and withdraw the bill. passed by the House, stiffens penalties measure to find a 60th vote.

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DESPITE THEIR defeat, supporters " HN Ecnhl.Idntse
of the bill said they were encouraged by "I THINK WE can hold. I don't see
Carter aide forsees
economic diffiuclties

(Continued from Page7)
"There is no way to get a reduction in
inflation that way," said Bosworth, sin-
ce wages are the major factor in
determining prices. He said it isn't
wages of all unions that are a problem,
but wages of major unions, specifically
in the steel, auto, railroad and possibly
the airlines industries. He also
specifically mentioned the Teamsters
Union as a problem.
In these unions, he said, wages have
been increasing from nine per cent to 11
per cent a year at the expense of the
rest of the economy. Members of those
unions have kept up with inflation, but
everybody else has lost ground, he said,
including businesses, whose profits
have dropped considerably in the past
10 years.
if you see it happening,
call the j t j at 764-

The only hope in restraining inflation
soon and averting another economic
decline is for the President's voluntary
inflation program to hold wage and
price increases below their levels of the
past two years, and also for the gover-
nment itself to cut back on its inflation-
inducing actions.
Bosworth said various government
actions in the past year or-so have ad-
ded about 1.5 per cent to the rate of in-
But he said balancing the federal
budget by reducing expenditures isn't
the answer. That will only bring on the
feared recession, throw millions of
more Americans out of work, and in-
crease new demands for the gover-
nment to do something about it, even-
tually bringing on a new round of in-
flation again.
The problem would only be post-
poned, not solved, which was what hap-
pened after the 1974-75 recession, he
Inflation has been getting worse in
the United States since World War II,
he said, and no one has yet found a way
to solve the problem.
"This country is making absolutely
no progress against inflation what-
soever," he added.
He estimated that reducing inflation
to the level of two per cent to three per
cent by slowing the economy would
mean putting 12 million to 15 million
people out of work for at least two
He said the increase in oil prices in
1973 and the rapid rise in food prices in
1974 reduced the average standard of
living in the United States by between
three per cent to four per cent. If
Americans had accepted that, the loss
would have lasted only about 1/ years.
But he said they didn't accept it, and
tried instead to recapture their loss
immediately, which made inflation
worse and led to the decision to create a
recession to try to restrain it.

against labor law violators and sets
deadlines for union representation elec-
the votes of sen. Lowell Weicker R-
Conn.), who was absent on Tuesday,
and three other senators who had
previously sided with the filibuster:
Republicans John Heniz of Pen-
nsylvania, Ted Stevens of Alaska and
Charles Percy of Illinois.
But they also had been counting on
support from Democratic Sens. John
Sparkman of Alabama, Dale Bumpers
of Arkansas and Edward Zorinsky of
Nebraska. All three voted against
Sources who asked not to be named

Backers also hope that Zorinsky and
Bumpers will agree to switch sides, the
sources said, and Sens. Howard Cannon
( D-Nev.) and Lawton Chiles (D-Fla. )
are seen as other possible sources of
Opponents claim the measure would
give labor unions an unfair advantage
over employers in organizing drives,
and say organized labor is asking the
government for help because its mem-
bership has been declining in recent
Backers say the measure is needed to
protect workers from unscrupulous
employers seeking to deprive them of
their existing right to joina union.

Fleming at hearing:

GSA 's are
'Continued from Page 31
The University's lawyer Veracruysee
attempted to draw an analogy between
athletes on scholarships, who par-
ticipate in an activity for their aid, and
graduate students who work for the
departments for their pay checks.
GEO's Cousens, on the other hand,
compared the graduate students to the
students who work in the libraries and
cafeterias. Cousens asked Fleming
whether or not the research assistants
were involved in the creation "of some
sort of product." Fleming responded
"They may be simply exploring an
idea and nothing may come of it," said

When asked by Cousens whether the
University would have to hire new
teachers if all the teaching assistants
were fired, Fleming agreed that there
would have to be hiring to maintain the
same classroom loads, but said that
"due to a limited pool of money" it
would be impossible to do so.
Veracruysee, while arguing that
some testimony should be entered on
the record over Sperka's objections,
charged that GEO has "no continuity
of leadership," "steadily changing
membership," and refuses to negotiate
during vacations. "These flaws exist
because they are students," said

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