The Michigan Doily-Saturday, April 11, 1981-Page 7
House scoffs Reagan job
WASHINGTON (AP)-A Reagan administration
initiative to retrain the hard-core unemployed and
move them to greener job pastures has run into a wall
of skepticism in the House, where one chairman says
the plan smacks of the torn roots and failed promises
of the old Dust Bowl days.
Details are still sketchy, but Labor Secretary
Raymond Donovan has discussed the outlines in
visits to Capitol Hill. He indicated that the ad-
ministration was prepared to commit itself to a
ninefold increase in funds to give the jobless new
skills and move them from areas where prospects are
THE PROGRAM would apply especially to the
automaking centers of Michigan, where 200,000#
workers have been laid off.
And the proposal would raise from $8 million to $70
Million the amount the government devotes to such
activities-an impressive increase at a time when the
administration is cutting most programs.
Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) chairman of the
House labor standards subcommittee, voiced his
skeptism in an interview.
"THEIR BUDGET cuts are predicated on the sup-
osition that the large numbers of unemployed and
he future unemployed will migrate across the coun-
try," Miller said. "At no time in history have we tried
to take care of the entire unemployment problem
'Not since the Okies have we seen these kinds of
numbers (for relocation) anticipated or discussed,"
he said, referring to the migration of impoverished
Oklahoma farm families to California during the
Dust Bowl days of the 1930s.
Another California Democrat, Rep. Phillip Burton,
'Are you suggesting that we move our
unemployed people out of Michigan and
Illinois and Pennsylvania and the other
industrialized state, New York, to some
other place where it is a little bit warmer
and cheaper to pay unemployment?'
-Rep. William Ford
noted that workers often are reluctant to pull up
stakes and asked if the administration planned to
"put a gun at their back on the job search."
LAWRENCE WEATHERFORD, a Donovan aide,
replied: "I think the question is not whether you put a
gun at somebody's head to force them to go or
whether you provide them with an opportunity to go.
That is what we're talking about."
Before the House Education and Labor Committee
this week, Donovan suggested that many unem-
ployed auto workers will never return to jobs in tlhat
Some of them could be retrained to fill vacancies in'
the tool and die industry, he said, noting that there
are 40,000 openings now and the number of workers
needed there ultimately could reach 130,000.
"I RECOGNIZE it is difficult culturally and every
other way to pick up stakes and move from Michigan
to another state," Donovan told a skeptical Rep.
William Ford (D-Mich.) "It is a monumental
Asked Ford: "Can you tell me what state is ready
to take over 200,000 unemployed people and their
families? It astounds me that you, in sort of passing,
say,;'I know it is kind of tough ...'
"Are you suggesting that we move our unemployed
people out of Michigan and Illinois and Pennsylvania
and the other industrialized state, New York, to some
other place where it is a little bit warmer and cheaper
to pay unemployment?"
Donovan replied that his purpose was to get the
country out of its siege of "stagflation"-a com-
bination of economic stagnation and inflation.
"Maybe we can all stay where we are," he said.
"But to face realities, if it is true that these 200,000
auto workers, as an example, will never find re-
employment in the auto industry, they, must be
retrained to find work elsewhere.
"This had happened before in our country. It is
never a pleasant task."
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By LINDA RUECKERT
Late last night more than 1,000
cheering people did what Ann Arbor
women cannot do alone-they marched
safely through some of the highest risk
rape streets of the city.
"I'm tired of walking in fear,"
declared University student Lydin Wad-
sworth at last night's Take Back The
Night Rally. "When a group of women
get together there's a magical energy
that's created that can't be penetrated
from anything outside."
THE RALLY'S purpose was to alert
the city's citizens to the seriousness of
rape in the Ann Arbor area and to
suggest ways rape can be stopped.
After the rally the men and women
took to the streets on a three-mile mar-
ch through some of Ann Arbor's high
risk rape areas. They marched down
Fourth St. to Ann At., and then took Ann
St. to Observatory St. From there they
crossed the bridge and traveled down
East University to South University,
then down tpte and Liberty Streets
and back to the Federal Building.
Jennifer Brown from the Women's
Crisis Center said at a press conference
before the rally that men and women
must be "resocialized." Women are
brought up tibe passive while men are
brought up to be "macho" and
dominant, Brown said.
SHE ALSO noted that "the University
spends thousands of dollars on sports
activities but when it comes to tran-
sportation they won't do anything about
The rally was sponsored by the Ann
Arbor anti-rape coalition.
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