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* UAW makes new proposal; layoffs continue

From AP and UPI
DETROIT - United Auto Workers
President Owen Bieber said yesterday
he had given General Motors Corp. a
revised wage and job security proposal
that "hopefully could conclude these
negotiations" without a national strike.
Bieber held a news conference hours
after GM laid off workers at six more
parts plants, the result of 13 spot strikes
by they UAW on local issues that began
at midnight Friday by 62,000 of the
union's 350,000 GM workers.
As of yesterday, nearly 8,000 non-
striking GM workers at 10 plants had
been laid off.
Bieber's comments were the
strongest yet that a settlement could be
reached without a nationwide strike
against the giant automaker.
However, Bieber said if talks did not
conclude yesterday night or today, the
union would decide its next move.

There has been speculation the strike at
13 plants may go nationwide if an
agreement is not reached soon.
The offer, described by Bieber as a
"counterproposal," covered both
wages and job security, issues that
have snagged talks since they began
July 23. GM's last offers on wages and
job security came last Thursday and
last Monday respectively.
GM has had no comment since
making the job security proposal over a
week ago.
But Bieber, speaking at a news con-.
ference, emphasized wages - and
economic issues usually are the last to
be settled in UAW talks with U.S.
'I would hope that they now take this
proposal and go back and take a good
hard look at it . . . We are waiting to
hear back from the corporation."
"We still have some sticking points so

far as the job security is concerned,"
Bieber said. "And of course, there are
still some economic items to be
Bieber responded to criticism that his
"indecisiveness" has stalled the talks
by saying, "I don't know what they
mean when they say indecisiveness. If'
they say indecisiveness is my un-
willingness to accept an inferior con-
tract, they'd be right."
The union leader is in his first full set
of talks since taking the top job last
year. .
The union is pushing for a raise of at
least 3 percent or about $650 in the first
The 13 plants on strike employ 62,700
workers. The union had announced that
a strike by 4,045 workers at the Van
Nuys, Calif. plant had settled their
But workers did not show up for the

first shift there Monday, and the plant
was closed yesterday pending
ratification of the new agreement.
The latest layoffs were announced by
GM's Harrison Radiator division,
based in Lockport, N.Y. - 670 of its
5,700 employees at Lockport and
possibly 80 more on Thursday at a plant
in Buffalo.
New layoffs also were announced at
the Detroit Diesel-Allison division
engine plant in Detroit, 500; Chevrolet
parts in Saginaw, Mich., 380; AC Spark
Plug in Flint, Mich. 220; a GM metal
fabricating plant in Mansfield, Ohio,
106; Fisher body in Grand Blanc, Mich.,
70; and Fisher body in Kalamazoo,
Mich., 20.
GM said that it was losing the produc-
tion of 8,000 cars and 1,600 trucks per

House defeats reform of insanity defense

WASHINGTON (AP) - Yesterday the White House
defeated legislation to overhaul the insanity defense
after Republicans argued the measure was too weak
to prevent defendants like John Hinckley Jr. from
winning acquittal by claiming mental illness.
The vote on the Democratic-sponsored bill was 225-
171 in favor of the measure. However, the bill needed
264 votes to pass under a special rule imposed by the
REP. JOHN Conyers (D-Mich), said he thought
changes made to accommodate Republican concerns
would have led to widespread support.
"Serious flaws exist in the bill," Gekas said. "If it
was in effect when Hinckley was on trial, he not only
would have walked out of courtroom, but there's a
possibility that he would not have walked into the
Hinckley, acquitted by reason of insanity on June
21, 1982, is in a federal mental institution in
Washington for shooting President Reagan, White
House Press Secretary James Brady and two law en-

forcement officers.
REP. MICHAEL DeWine, (R-Ohio), said a vote for
the legislation "is not a law-and-order vote. It is the
wrong vote. There are many different ways to ap-
proach this serious question. I would like to see a total
abolition of the insanity defense."
The Republican controlled Senate has passed its
own version of an insanity defense revision, as part of
an omnibus crime control bill endorsed by the
Reagan administration.
The House has responded by passing a flurry of an-
ti-crime bills, including key portions of the ad-
ministraton package.
THE HOUSE bill makes numerous revisions from
current law, including shifting the burden of proof
from the prosecution to the defense. Currently,
prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt
that a defendent knew right from wrong when he
committed thecrime.
The bill would force the defense to show, by a
preponderance of evidence, that the accused suffered

from a mental disease or defect that impaired his
perception of right from wrong.
Also, the measure would narrow the test for in-
sanity, thereby lessening the category of disorders
upon which such a defense could be based.
Specifically, the claim that a defendent lacked the
capacity to control his behavior would be eliminated.
OTHER KEY provisions would:
* Limit use of psychiatric and other expert
testimony. Experts could still testify on whether a
defendant was mentally ill and the nbture of the
illness, but not - as currently permitted - on
whether the defendant was legally insane.
" Establish procedures for commiting those acquit-
ted on the basis of 'insanity. Only in the District of
Columbia, where the Hinckley trial was held, can
federal judges hold commitment proceedings and or-
der the defendant to a mental institution. Elsewhere,
separate proceedings must be held by civil
authorities out of the court's control.

Daily Photo by STU WEIDENBACH.
Bridget Seeger, Army ROTC freshwoman, repels off the parking structure
by North Hall as part of her training as an ROTC cadet.
Women find chailenge
n Ilitary program

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women are not convinced that they,
want to go on to a military career
though most of the women see ROTC as
invaluable training no matter which
path they decide to take.
"IF I CONTINUE on in the service,
fine," said Stevens, "but I'll have four
-years of experience I can put on a
.resume. I have a goal to reach whether
I stay with the Army or not."
Donna. Doneski, a LSA sophomore,
says ROTC is "very good preparation.
It's training you can't get other than by
doing (ROTC). I think it's important
that you get the same training as men.
They make you push yourself."
In general, most male cadets share
the women's enthusiam.
"I seriously doubt there's any job a
man can do that a woman can't do,"
said Lt. Robert Henoch, a 1984 graduate
:of the program. "As far as I'm concer-
ned they can serve anywhere I can ... I
would expect them to perform as well
as I can."

AND WOMEN have taken positions of
leadership within the program. "Both
of our (student) commanders last year
were women. It's given me a sense of
direction," said Stevens.
The program, however, is not without
its problems.
"I think the main problem a lot of
women have in ROTC . .. is that it's a
traditionalmale thing, and there's a lot
of pressure on a woman to prove that
they're as good as a man," said
Henoch. "A lot of women come into the
program with a chip on their shoulder
to prove they're as good as a man. That
can hamper other's ability to see them
as a good leader."
Although the program requires only
two-and-a-half hours a week of a
cadet's time, most of the women choose
to participate in a number of ex-
tracurricular activities related to
"It's a very close knit group," said
Stevens. "I've developed very strong

First solo

SAVONA, Italy (AP) - American adventurer Joe Kit- Balloon of Peace, began Friday in Caribou, Maine, and ended
tinger, completing the first solo balloon flight across the an estimated 3,535 miles and nearly 84 hours later in the
Atlantic, crash-landed his 10-story balloon in rain and strong rough mountains on the Italian Riviera.
winds yesterday breaking an ankle but making history. Kittinger also set a world distance record for a solo balloon
"You just have to go for it, go for it. That's the American flight, according to his backup crew in the United States, who
way," a chipper Kittinger told reporters at a Nice, France, gave the estimates. They said the previous record was 2,475
hospital about two hours after his silver and blue craft miles set in 1976 in the Atlantic about 650 miles off Portugal.
slammed into trees on a mountain near Savona. Before being taken in for X-rays, the 56-year-old, Orlando,
He was flown from the crash site to the hospital by helicop- Fla., balloonist said the landing "was an interesting one."
ter. He called his injury "embarrassing," but added it was a
The journey of his helium-filled craft, Rosie O'Grady's small price to pay for the triumph.

...... .

Cult denies charges
of election fraud

The ever amusing and assuredly political Stoney Burke shares the U-Club
stage tonight with Lawrence Morganstern for Laughtrack at 9 p.m.

300 street people from the nation's inner
cities held a meadow news conference
yesterday to deny charges they have
been given free room and board at an
Indian guru's commune to help swing
local elections.
Some of the homeless people said,
though, they plan to vote in the Nov. 6
The group also sang a song, led by
guru disciples, that warned state
Democratic Rep. Wayne Fawbush, a
critic of the sect, that his re-election ef-
fort was in danger.
RAJNEESH, who claims 500,000
followers worldwide, lives with his
disciples at Rajneeshpuram, a city they
founded in sparsely populated central
Oregon after moving to the area from
Poona, India, in 1981.
The disciples have invited about 2,000
destitute people from major cities
around the country to live for free at the
commune. About 600 have arrived so

far from New York, Los Angeles,
Chicago, Phoenix, San Francisco and
Disciplies of Rajneesh contend his
program is aimed at sharing their
abundance with the needy, but area of-
ficials and other residents are worried
that the newcomers will vote in bloc
along with the Rajneeshees in Novem-
ber to extend the political power of the
sect thorughout the county.
Ma Anand Sheela, the guru's per-
sonal secretary, cautioned "bigoted
pigs outside" against interfering with
the commune's project to aid the
"If they touch any one of our people,
I'll have 15 of their heads, and I mean
business," Sheela said.
Responding to the charges that the
Rajneeshees are trying to expand their
voting power, he said, "Because this
country is so (expletives deleted)
bigoted, it deserves to be taken over."

K- IE~

K! -

Michigan Theater Foundation - McCabe and Mrs. Miller,
Thieves Like Us, 9:20 p.m., Michigan Theater.
Cinema Guild - Jane Eyre, 7:00 & 9:00 p.m., Lorch Hall.
Cinema Two - Z, 7:00 & 9:30 p.m., MLB 3.
Latin American Solidarity Committee - From the Ashes;
Today, 7:30 p.m., 126 East Quad.

7:00 p.m.;

School of Public Health - Thomas Armstrong, "Investigation of Work
Postures and Cumulative Trauma Disorders," 4:00 p.m., 241 ICE Building.
MTS Lecture. Series - James Wilkes, "Fortran-77 Programming
Language II," 7:00-8:00 p.m., Nat. Sci. Auditorium.
CAEN Evening Training Session - Richard Phillips, "The Apple Lisa and
Macintosh," 7:00 p.m., Carrol Auditorium, Chrysler Center.
Center for Russian & East European Studies - William Reisinger, "Im-
pressions of Soviet Life in Moscow," Noon, Commons Room, Lane Hall.
Department of Statistics - Hans Ehrbar, "Linear Estimation with
Various Degrees of Ignorance," 4:00 p.m., 451 Mason Hall.
Democratic Socialists of America - Mass Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Michigan
Readers Theater Guild - Mass Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Welker Room,
Michigan Union.
Undergraduate Anthropology Society - Organizational Meeting, 4:00
.p.m., 2040 LSA Building.
Academic Alcoholics Meeting - 1:30 p.m., Alano Club.
:. Ann Arbor Support Group for Farm Labor - Organizational Committee
Meeting, 5:30 p.m., 4318 Michigan Union.
{ Science Fiction Club Meeting - 8:15 p.m., Stilyagi Air Corps, League.
Outdoor Recreation Program - Pre-trip meeting for canoe trip on
AuSable River, 7:30 p.m., NCRB Conference Room.
Undergraduate Tappan Association - Meeting, 6:00 p.m., Rm. 3302, East
Computing Center - Laboratory introduction to Ontel Terminal, 1:30-3:00
6 m _.Ontelr mom NTBS.

Judge denies injunction
to voter reform groups


your Jostens


He'll be at Ulrich's Monday, Sept. 17-Friday, Sept. 21, from
11:00 am to 4:00 pm to answer questions and show you
the entire Josten's line of gold rings.

LANSING, Mich. (UPI) - State of-
ficials yesterday expressed satisfaction
with a favorable court decision on a suit
brought by 11 organizations seeking to
overhaul the state's voter registration
U.S. District Judge Stewart Newblatt
has denied a request for an injunction
filed by the coalition, which included
the American Civil Liberties Union, the
National Lawyers Guild and the League
of Women Voters.
ATTORNEYS for the organization
contended the delegation of
discretionary authority over voter
registration to local election clerks is
unconstitutional. Under the present
system, they said, rules for voter
registration vary widely from area to
The coalition wanted the Secretary of
State to require that local communities
approve deputy registrars to sign up
voters. It also wanted court ordered
postcard registration and election-day
registration at all polls.
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much headed in the same direction, and
that's increasing voter registration,"
Thomas said.
He noted the Secretary of State's of-
fice does encourage local communities
to name deputy registrars and has sup-
ported legislation on postcard
registration and other issues.



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