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Minority hiring plans appear safe after Bakke
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The gover-
nment's chief civil rights lawyer said
yesterday he sees nothing in the
Supreme Court's Bakke decision to bar
vigorous federal enforcement of
minority hiring or federal funding
programs for minority-run businesses.
Assistant Attorney General Drew
Days III, chief of the Justice Depar-
tment's civil rights division, said Wed-
nesday's ruling means the court "has
said the consideration of race is not for-
bidden, is not inherently un-American"
in decisions affecting employment and
industry as well as education.
Days said he believed the ruling could
even strengthen the hand of federal
agencies like the Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission because, as a
result of the court ruling, using race as
one legitimate justification for hiring
could now be considered, "out in the
IN PART, Days echoed Attorney
General Griffin Bell, who said Wed-
nesday the Bakke ruling means "a
great gain for affirmative action. It is
not a setback at all."
Affirmative action programs are
those that are intended to increase
hiring or enrollment of women or
minority groups that are under-
represented in schools or jobs.
In a news conference, Days went
beyond Bell to focus on the potential ef-
fect of the ruling on private businesses
The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote on
Wednesday, overturned the program at
the University of California Medical
School at Davis that reserved 16 of 100
places in each year's class for blacks,
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Hispanics and Asian-Americans, The dlectston upholcding affirmative action minority-run businesses. Days s
court ordered the school to admit Allan was that there are government in- plan, being challenged in federa
Bakke, who it said had been denied ad- stitutions which, Powell said, "have the ts, is constitutional, adding th
mission solely because he is white. authority and capability" to identify Justice Department is s
BUT FIVE OF the nine justices also past discrimination and devise ap- Supreme Court review of a lowe
ruled that affirmative action programs propriate remedies. ruling that held the plan
that consider race as one factor in gran- Powell's decision "emphasizes that stitutional.
ting preferential treatment do not attempts to deal with past Days said he believes the
violate the Constitution. discrimination may warrant preferen- ruling does not increase the risk
The decision did not address itself in tial arrangements," Days said.
detail to areas other than educational FOR EXAMPLE, he continued, ployers who adopt affirmative
institutions that receive federal funds. Congress in 1977 passed a public works programs that they will be su
But Days said he believed one of the bill that requires 10 per cent of the $4 whites who contend they were de
major themes of Justice Lewis Powell's billion in federal funds be used for job or promotion based on race.
House vetoes worker rights bill
By MICHAEL ARKUSH
LANSING - In a surprise move
yesterday, the state House of Represen-
tatives rejected a bill that would
provide employees with total access to
their personnel records, but agreed to
reconsider the motion in today's
session, scheduled to be the last before
the summer recess.
The House voted 50-40 to turn down
the proposal which would also require
employers to notify an employee when
any derogatory information is sent to a
MAJOR OPPOSITION stemmed
from House Republicans who said the
bill would allow employees' records to
be submitted to anyone who desired the
But the bill's sponsor, Rep. Perry
Bullard (D-Ann Arbor) told the House
the bill would only let employers send
records to others if the employee con-
"The employer doesn't have to send
NEW YORK (AP) - The number of
self-employed workers in the United
States has dropped from 19 per cent in
1948 to approximately eight per cent
this year, according to the American
Council of Life Insurance.
The 1948 figure included eight per
cent who were employed in agriculture
and the current figure takes in the two
per cent of the work force engaged in
the records unless the employee wants
to release it. This protects the em-
ployee," Bullard said.
THE BILL, which was reported out of
a conference committee several days
ago, was carefully negotiated in several
meetings with employer groups.
Bullard said officials of the Michigan
Manufacturers Association - and
GeneralMotors supported the bill.
"I'm a bit shocked by today's vote,
especially since the House approved a
stronger employees' rights bill last
year," said the Ann Arbor Democrat.
But he said he had gathered support
from 13 representatives who opposed
the bill yesterday and would try to sway
a few more. He predicted it would be a
very close vote and would not speculate
on the final outcome.
AN AIDE SAID Bullard had expected
a tough struggle in the Senate but did
not foreseea defeat in the House.
If the bill fails again today, the
measure wuld revert back to the com-
mittee in September. Even if the bill is
passed, however, the Senate may elect
to postpone any vote until September or
may even flatly reject it. The bill's
main supporters seriously doubted the
Senate would approve the bill. Many
-representatives said they expect the
bill to be tabled until September.
A Bullard aide suspected the bill
would have little chance for success in
September if it does not pass the Senate
today. The aide said some employer
groups are slowly beginning to rally
against the bill and may succeed in
blocking its passage in the fall.
BULLARD TOLD a prominent
Republican House leader to push for the
support of House Republicans. Bullard
said he had worked vigorously on the
bill and stressed its importance.
"The intent of the bill is to lift the veil
of secrecy from management personnel
files. Personnel file information is in-
creasingly the only basis for decisions
on promotions, raises and hiring by
other employers. These records can
have a vital impact on an employee's
future, yet most workers have no idea
what is in their own record," said
"The bill would at least give em-
ployees the right to review their file,
and place some restrictions on what
can be included in the file," he added.
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IN THE 1975-76 academic year, 1,448
tunity Grant (BEOG) program. Across University students from all three
the country, BEOG supported an campuses received a total of $1,300,000
estimated 1,931,000 college students in in basic grants. Those figures jumped
1976-77, up from 89,000 in 1974-75. to 2,981 students and $2,950,000 in grants
Bob Holmes, administrative in 1977-78, But though the amount of
associate at the Office of Financial Aid, money dished out for the BEOG
called the BEOG program expansion at program has risen, so has tuition.
the University "the most dramatic in- Michigan State University ranked
crease of any major federal program 27th among colleges receiving federal
we have here." aid, getting $45,412,000 in total federal
funding during the 15-month period.
Wayne State University was 69th,
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