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GM
lays off
r16,700
work ers,
DETROIT (AP) - "If the strike
,,goes - well, not even too much
r~longer - we will be completely
'shut down," said General Motors
llCorp. Chairman Roger Smith.
GM yesterday laid off 16,700
1c workers until further notice in
-,2Michigan, Kentucky, and Missouri
due to parts shortages caused by the
-17,700-worker strike at a Delco
Electronics plant in Kokomo, Ind.
FURTHER assembly line
;,,,shutdowns were expected among
gGM's 35 North American assembly
'j plants later yesterday, but many
plant managers and spokesmen said
.they believed they could keep
; working until the end of the, week.
"We're all prepared to get laid off
r;tomorrow," said Bill Bowers,
president of United Auto Workers
{,,Union Local 1112 at the 8,000-
worker Lordstown, Ohio complex.
Talks resumed yesterday morn-
nkg between representatives of
striking UAW Local 292, the UAW
international, GM, and Delco
g Electronics. No further information
W4was available on progress of the
discussions, said GM spokesman
John Mueller.
THE TALKS were moved to
3icDetroit Wednesday so both sides
i'v'1could have easy access to infor-
:;ramation they might need, said UAW
lan spokesman Bob Barbee.
The Kokomo plant workers have
- been on strike since Monday, when
&r talks failed to resolve a dispute over
subcontracting of some jobs and
transfer of radio production to
r Mexico.
The plant ships electronic parts
w such as radios, heat sensors, and
fa onboard computer components on a
"just-in-time" basis as they are or-
dered, so little or no inventory of
the parts existed when the strike
began.
It took little more than 24 hours
for the parts shortage to force GM
to begin shutting down assembly
lines and sending-workers home.
The strike is the first to test the
just-in-time inventory system that
U.S. automakers have been adop-
ting f6r the last four years.and that
Japanese automakers have used for
Rdecades.
limeents ap

The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 21, 1986 - Page 5
Abortion dispute stalls
State Medicaid bill

LANSING (AP) -- Health care
for Michigan's 900,000 Medicaid
recipients was jeopardized yesterday
as the state Legislature adjourned
until December 2 without resolving
the standoff over state-funded abor -
tions.
The House was to consider a
Senate measure putting a proposed
constitutional ban of state-paid
abortions to a vote of the people,
but House Speaker Gary Owen de -
cided representatives did not have
enough time to consider the idea.
THE ABORTION dispute is
stalling passage of a $1.5 billion
Medicaid appropriations bill for the
fiscal year which started October 1
With the last state payments to
Medicaid providers going out Wed -
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nesday, lawmakers, and Department
of Social Services officials predicted
doctors and hospitals may start
withholding health care.
"We could now see a denial of
care for the first time in this state's
history," said Representative David
Hollister, chairman of the House
appropriations subcommittee on
social services.
"There is no money," the Lan -
sing Democrat said. "We've done
all we can do."
HOLLISTER SAID it is un -
likely anyone in a life-threatening

situation and others who provide
medical services to Medicaid re -
cipients will not get paid for at
least three weeks for care they have
already provided.
Owen blamed the stalemate on
the Senate's insistence that there be
no agreement on this year's Medi -
caid budget until the House voted
on the proposed constitutional
amendment.
"None of us approved of the
Medicaid budget being held hostage
in this way,' the Ypsilanti Demo -
crat said.

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Daily Photo by JOHN MUNSON
FSACC member speaks
LSA junior Brett Stockdill, member of the Free South Africa Coor-
dinating Committee, speaks to the Board of Regents yesterday. He said,
South African political prisoner Nelson Mandela should be granted an
honorary degree from the University of Michigan.

New law
to bolster
Soviet
economy
MOSCOW .(AP) - The
Supreme Soviet on Wednesday
approved a law allowing citizens to
moonlight as self-employed taxi
drivers, restauranteurs, and repair -
men to earn extra cash in the
socialist economy.
The new law follows up on
Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev's
effort to bolster consumer services
plagued by shortages of both goods
and manpower.
It will legitimize some services
already in high demand on the
illegal market, which provides such
consumer services as car repair.
Any Soviet citizen 18 years or
older will be allowed to propose
individual enterprises to make up
local shortages, and local'officials
wqulddecide whether there was a
need for the goods or services,

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(Continued from Page 1) high enough
legislature, this year's request Shapiro pre
would add $45 million to the fund. economiq gi
4 The size of the General Fund the near ,fut
allocation will determine, whether believes tb
the University will again raise University
tuition next year. University request.
officials have said that an increase Vice Pr
of less than $45 imillion will have Affairs\ a
"implications" for tuition. DuderstaL LI
In general, the state allocation fallen be
for higher education falls far short keeping fa
of the University's request.competitive
University President Harold the largest
Shapiro said the 11 percent increase increase, $1
is "plausible if higher education is a for salary in

budget
,h priority of the state."
edicted that the state's
rowth will be modest in
ure, but he said he still
e state can give the
inost, if not all, of its
resident for Academic
nd Provost James
said the University has
d its peer institutions in
aculty salaries at a
level. Because of this,
chunk of the requested
6.4 million, is intended
creases.

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