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Thursday, June 5, 1975


Page Three

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House fails to override job

WASHINGTON (A) - The House sus-
tained President Ford's veto of a $5.3-
billion emergency jobs bill yesterday,
handing Ford a smashing victory in his
running altercation over economic poli-
cy with the Democratic Congress.
The 277-145 vote was five short of the
two-thirds majority that would have
been required to override.
D E M O C R A T I C leaders had con-
ceived the special appropriation and
thrown their prestige behind the drive
to override the veto.
The big bill, whose sponsors said it
would provide 900,000 jobs, was a sym-
bol of the Democratic argument that
Ford was wrongly concentrating on fight-
ing inflation when recession and its ef-
fects were ravaging the country. More-

over, in pressing their economic alter-
natives the Democrats were indirectly
replying to Ford's criticism of what he
called their disorganization and foot-
dragging on energy legislation.
Ford -had made a last-minute appeal
for Republican support, telephoning
House Minority Leader John Rhodes of
Arizona from Air Force One en route
to West Point.
S P E A K I N G to the Republican
conference, Rhodes quoted Ford as say-
ing his whole program to fight inflation
and recession depended on sustaining
the veto.
When the vote came, only 19 Repub-
licans joined 258 Democrats in favor of
overriding, while 22 Democrats voted
with 123 Republicans to sustain.

In contrast, when the House passed
the bill in its final form May 14, 293 to
109, 49 Republicans voted for it.
IN HIS veto message, Ford said the
bill's appropriations for a variety of pro-
grams totaled $3.3 billion more than he
had recommended for a more limited
proposal centering on public service
jobs and summer employment for
youths. He said the bill was one of many
that threatened a $100 billion deficit for
the year-beginning July 1, while he was
trying to hold the red ink figure to $60
Finally, Ford said most of the spending
would come late, at a time when the
economy would be recovering and more
outlays would fuel inflation.
Republicans repeated these themes in

bill veto
the House debate, while Democrats em-
phasized the unemployment rate of .9
per cent.
S P E A K E R Carl Albert made a
personal appeal: "With all the urgency
I have in my body I plead with the
House of Representatives to give an af-
firmative vote, to show that we are the
legislative body of this nation and to
send a resounding message to the Presi-
dent of the United States."
After the vote, Democrats talked of
constructing a more modest bill,
which some Republicans during debate
had said Ford would approve.
The Senate does not vote on the veto
now, since the failure by either branch
of Congress to override a veto sustains
the presidential action.

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ClericaIs' union
to vote on new
contract with'U'
University clerical workers, represented by
United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 2001, will vote
on their new contract June 11. The union could
strike if their bargaining unit cannot negotiate
a contract which will satisfy the local's mem-
bership by next Wednesday morning,
"We will be holding meetings all day the 11th,"
says Jane Gould, member of the bargaining unit.
Voting will take place on the Flint and Dear-
born Campuses in the morning, and here at Rack-
ham Amphitheatre in the afternoon. The local's
members will vote on the contract as it has been
negotiated up to that point.
"WE'RE ASKING for increases in both the
economic areas and in working conditions,"
Gould says. Regarding the bargaining unit's spe-
cific demands she says, "it's difficult to com-
ment at this point, I'd hate to specify anything."
"We can not say anything about details yet,"
reiterates Jean Jones, chairwoman of the bar-
gaining unit. "If the contract is rejected by
the membership, it is likely that a strike would
ensue," she stated.
Local 2001 has been bargaining with the Uni-
versity since last December, and "negotiations
have gradually built up," Gould says. "We
started out gently enough in getting our pack-
age on the table. Now, things are changing rap-
idly. We caucus a lot."
S H O U L D T H E membership refuse to
accept the contract next week, the local will de-
cide their next step. Susan Susselman, also of
the bargaining unit, says, "Weheld a strike au-
thorization vote in April." Jones says the April
vote indicated, "If necessary, the- pembership
would authorize a strike. If the contract is re-
jected, we will clarify the 'if necessary'."

AP Photo
A bird in the hand...
A foundling robin taken to the Society for Animals in Distress (SAD) shelter in Toronto five weeks ago
is leading the good life, even getting along well with Tabby, the SAD mascot and resident cat. The
robin is being fed well, but is having problems learning how to fly again so he can return to the wild.

Clash looming for OEC,

By DAVID WHITING ing the structure and procedures
The County Board of Com- of the current CSA board."
missoners set the stage last They plan to "discuss the rules,
night for a confrontation later procedures, delineation of du-
this month with the Adminis- ties, and federal regulations and
Economic Opportunity (OEO) in guidelines affecting both the
an effort to resolve major juris- commissioners' and the CSA
dictionat disputes between the boards" at the meeting.
two bodies. Commissioner Kathleen Foj-
The commisisoners, who yes- tik (D-Ann Arbor) who intro-
terday renamed the local OEO duced the meeting motion, had
office the Community Services originally planned to call for the
Agency (CSA), hope to use the dissolution of the CSA board but
June 26. meeting to clear up claimed she would not have re-
questions concerning the legiti- ceived any support for the
macy of the CSA by-laws, the move. Fojtik predicted, "the
legality of the controversial slow death of econom opportun-
CSA board chairman election ity in Washtenaw County."
three weeks ago, and allegations Fojtik attacked the CSA office
f administrative incompetence yesterday for being "incompe-
in the CSA office. tent" and failing to apply for
federal grant money before re-
THE COMMISSIONERS last quired deadlines.
month cited "problems regard- HOWEVER, two weeks ago

federal auditors termed records
for a grant-funded CSA-adminis-
tered program "in-auditable,"
and ordered local officials to
"reconstruct" the records of
how CSA spent some $168,000
last summer for a youth job
program. L a b o r Department
representatives questioned if
the grant money was "misdocu-
mented or misspent."
She further emphasized the
commissioners "are responsible
for the CSA program . . . and
are accountable for $322,000 of
taxpayers money which we con-
tribute to the agency." State
and federal grants comprise the
other two-thirds of CSA's $1.2
million budget,
Fojtik, along with several
other commissioners, has also
challenged the legality of Clar-
ence McFall's election as CSA

board chairman and asked
County Corporate Counsel Rob-
ert Guenzel to look into the mat-
ter. Guenzel has as yet been 0j
unable to make a recommenda-
tion to the commissioners.
McFALL, fired from the ex-
ecutive directorship of OEO, was
elected to the CSA chairman-
ship three weeks ago. However,
the legality of the meeting at
which McFall was elected has
been disputed. Former CSA
chairman, Theo Hamilton, has
declared he "never officially re-
signed" from the position Mc-
Fall assumed.
One member of the CSA board
defended McFall's election yes-
terday. "He is just another in-
dividual - from the community

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