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E HE MICHIGAN DAILY

Wednesday, May 14, 1975

Jobless benefits bill Layoff issue to be discussed

nears final
LANSING (UPI) - A bill
bolstering jobless benefits for
440,000 laid-off workers was a
step away from final legislative
approval yesterday with Demo-
cratic leaders mustering support
to override the veto promised
by the governor.
The measure, approved and
given immediate effect by the
Senate yesterday, would provide
a maximum $30 a week hike for
the workers at a cost of $241
million in 1976. It has been
called the largest increase in
the history of the unemployment
compensation system.
CRUCIAL House votes were
slated today on Senate amend-
ments and immediate effect,
which requires ,a two-thirds
margin. If the bill is not put
into effect immediately, work-
ers would not begin drawing the
improved benefits until April,
1976.
The battle lines between
Democrats a n d Republicans,
however, apparently have shift-
ed from the issue of immediate
effect to sustaining a veto from
GOP Gov. William Milliken.
Spe.krs"n

approval
As to whether the 66 House
Democrats can muster the 74
votes needed for immediate ef-
fect, Speaker Bobby Crim, (D-
Davison) said, "I don't know.
It's going to be close."
H O U S E GOP Leader Den-
nis Cawthorne of Manistee said
Republicans may shift their
tactics by voting in favor of
immediate effect, thus setting
the stage for the expected veto.
"We are not certain whether
we will argue the immediate
effect question at the present
time," Cawthorne said.
Both Cawthorne and Senate
GOP Leader Robert Davis of
Gaylord said they were certain
that a veto would be sustained.
D A V I S informed his Sen-
ate colleagues in a Senate
speech Tuesday that the gov-
ernor was standing by his
pledge to veto the bill in its
current form.
Milliken has never had a veto
overridden in his six years in
office. It has been 24 years
since the legislature last over-
rode a veto by any governor.
NOW forum

(Continued from Page 1)
The DPOA stance arises from
the fact that it has contracts
with the city-contracts that in-
clude seniority clauses which
insure that police officers most
recently hired will be the first
to be laid off.
IN CONFLICT with the DPOA
position is the affirmative ac-
tion plan of the Detroit Police
Department, which calls for the
active recruitment of minority
members into the police force.
Strict adherence to the terms
of DPOA seniority cl a u s e s
would interfere with any pro-
gress already made in minority
hiring.
The whole matter of layoffs
arose last month when Young
said. that over 1,000 city work-
ers, including 825 police work-
ers, would have to be.cut from
the payroll in an attempt to
soften the impact of a projected
$23 million city deficit for next
year.
SINCE THE rulings by Free-
man and Keith, critics have
pointed out the apparent irrec-
oncilable issue between the two:
Keith's order forbids the dis-

missal of any black officers,
while Freeman's ruling allows
lay offs of 510 officers, some of
them black.
Lieutenant Donald Restauri,
an aide to Tannian, expected
that Keith to clarify his ruling
sometime today.
A spokesperson for Keith de-
nied that any problem at all
exists between the two deci-
sions. He pointed out that the
restraining order is only tem-
porary, and that a final injunc-
tion "would not be as broad"
as the initial one.
THE DPOA has stood firm on
its contract demands, and Mon-
day appealed Freeman's deci-
sion in the U.S. 6th Circuit Court
of Appeals in Cincinnati.
DPOA President Ronald Sex-
ton said, "I think our chances
are real good. We think we're
going to win it in court.
"Our quarrel is not with the
affirmative action plan. The
city is penalizing members of
our association," he added.
HE CONTENDED that affirm-
ative action is strictly a "hiring
plan" and that once a union
member has been hired, he

comes under the provisions of
that union's contract. Sexton
thus says he approves of retain-
ing police officers only if they
have earned seniority privi-
leges.
P o li c e Lieutenant Kenneth
Borieo, echoing unionist senti-
ment on the Freeman ruling, re-
marked, "I think it's unfair. It
destroys unionism. It circum-
vents seniority."
Borieo, though not a member
of DPOA, belongs to the Lieu-
tenant and Sergeants Associa-
tion (LSA), another union which
faces possible cutbacks.
"I WOULD be demoted,"
complains Borieo. "It would be
a tremendous financial loss. It
will affect my .pension. You
can't gain that back."
Asked what would happen
should the Freeman ruling sur-
vive the appellate process, Bo-
rieo responded, "I would think
that officers are too professional
to walk out. My personal reac-
tion is that I would certainly
not walk out."
Elliott Hall, the attorney who
represents black officers in the
layoff matter, said "we've taken

advocate divorce reforms

(Continued from Page 3)
ship between the Friend of the
Court and the Circuit Court,
Judge.
THE FRIEND, after inter-
viewing the parties involved in
the divorce, essentially advises
the court as to what would be
the most proper custody, visita-
tion and alimony measures. Af-
ter the divorce is completed,
the Friend of the Court oversees
all procedures, assuring that
provisions are carried out pro-
perly
In a question-and-answer per-
iod held after the forum, Judge
Kenneth Bronson took the op-
portunity to rebut Schroer's un-
critical attitude. He called the
Friend of the Court's inter-
viewing procedure a "cookie
cutter" process that he claimed
pursues indiscriminating prac-
tices.
Bronson continued to blast
the present divorce system as
it is carried out by the circuit
court, noting sarcastically that
district court cases "concern-
ing stop lights and signs" are
dealt with more thoroughly
than are the crucial issues in-
volving divorces with minor
children. These cases are of-
ten handled in just three of four

minutesy
CASES which cannot be set-
tied during that time limit are
returned to the office of the
Friend of the Court, postponing
the final decision even longer.
Two other speakers, Barbara
Timmer MacQueen, a Univer-
sity law student and Maxine
Boord Virtue, a practicing at-
torney, outlined proposals for
reforming the present Michigan
divorce system,
According to Virtue, the cur-
rent court system has "inflict-
ed damage upon generations of
Michigan children and it is high
time that a family court be es-
tablished in this state."
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