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Page 2- The Michigan Daily --Monday, December 1, 1986
No Deal
State Senate may sit on labor cost bill

LANSING (AP)-- Michigan's Republican-
controlled Senate appears likely to scuttle a
business-labor compromise on cost-saving
changes to workers' compensation and
unemployment insurance by refusing to
consider it this year.
"It represents a very fleeting window of
opportunity to cut some of the costs to the
system," said Peter Eckstein, an economist for
the state AFL-CIO.
Proponents said some of the changes will
save companies $169 million over the next four
years by phasing in increases in unemployment
Part of the package would also add a
temporary surcharge to unemployment taxes
paid by employers so increasing jobless
benefits won't deplete the fund from which they
are drawn. Other elements include a stricter
definition of disability under workers'
compensation law - a move long sought by
business as a way to make Michigan more

The package was adopted during a mid-
November meeting of members of the
Economic Alliance. With representatives from
businesses and labor, the alliance includes the
Big Three automakers, K mart Corp., the
United Auto Workers, the Michigan Building
Trades Council and the state AFL-CIO.
It's garnered support from Gov. James
Blanchard and from House Speaker Gary Owen
And Senate Majority Leader John Engler (R-
Mount Pleasant) said he's agreed to look at it
over the Christmas holidays.
But that's too late, said Eckstein and Ken
Case, secretary-treasurer of the trades council.
The projected savings will be wiped out
beginning next year when the unemployment
benefit levels set by current law go into effect.
So the end of 1986 will also end the
compromise, said the labor representatives.
"We felt that looking toward the longer term
objective of the solvency of the
(unemployment) system ... that we could live

with a slower level of increase than the law
currently schedules," Eckstein said.
"We will be unable, once the new benefit
levels take effect, to turn them back."
On Jan. 1, the maximum weekly jobless
benefit will increase from 47 percent of the
average wage earned by a worker in Michigan to
53 percent. At the same time, workers will be
able to receive 70 percent of their former wage,
compared with the 65 percent ceiling now.
Under the compromise, the maximum
weekly benefit would increase to 51 percent
next year and 53 percent in 1988. The next 5
percent increase, currently scheduled to occur in
1989, would be phased in over 1989-91.
Workers, meanwhile, would only be able to
receive 66 percent of their former salary during
1987 and 1988, 67 percent in 1989 and 1990,
then 70 percent in 1991.
Case and Eckstein said they don't hold out
much hope for lawmakers to act on the accord
during the final weeks of the 1985-86
legislative session.


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of new experiences," he said.
While at Cambridge Olson will
work toward a degree which he
described as "somewhere between
our bachelor and graduate degrees."
When he completes his studies
Olson said he would return to the
states and plans to begin medical
school. Eventually he would like to
work at the Mayo Clinic in
Olson has won recognition for
his academic achievements in the
past, although none as prestigious
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ship. He received an LSA Merit
Scholarship and the Otto Graf
Award for outstanding performance
in the Honors College.
Sexual assault investigated'
An 18-year-old University stu-
dent told Ann Arbor police shewas
sexually assaulted Wednesday mor-
ning by four men, including an
acquaintance, according to Detective
Sgt. Bill Canada. The assault occur-
red between 2:30 and 3:45 a.m. at a
"gathering" in a house in the 700
block of South State St. All four
suspects are believed to be students,
Canada said. No arrests have been
made, but the investigation is
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control," he said.
Kingdon predicted that the Pres-
ident will have problems persuading
Congress to approve more aid to
the Contras. "I don't think he's
going to get anymore," he said,
"Congress was suspicious of it
anyway, and it was like pulling
teeth to get even $100 million. But
all the time they were trying to get
money above board, they were
giving money under the table.
Members of Congress, I imagine,
must feel somewhat let down."
Similarly, the controversy will
hinder U.S. foreign policy, said
Political Science Prof. Harold
Jacobson. "Reagan is going to be
occupied the rest of his presidency
trying to restore his domestic
credibility. He won't have the
energy or the attention to devote to
foreign affairs."
The sale of arms to Iran, a
country the Reagan administration
has accused of promoting terrorism,
will undermine U.S. credibility
among other nations, Jacobson
said. "Governments will take us
less seriously because we've been
doing what we've been asking
everyone else not to do," he said.

Reagan toughens spy defenses
WASHINGTON-President Reagan is secretly implementing a
sweeping overhaul of the nation's defenses against foreign spies that
calls for more than 100 security changes from the doors of defense
plants to communications satellites in space, White House and
congressional officials say.
The changes will affect people as well as hardware. Thc 4.2 million
Americans with access to secret data will face tougher and more
frequent background investigations. New restrictions may be placed on
the ability of soviet bloc diplomats to buy computers and
telecommunications equipment on the open market in this country.
The changes are the product of studies begun by Reagan's National
Security Council Staff in 1981, and consultations throughout the
government and Congress.
Aquino cautions doubters
MANILA, Philippines - President Corazon Aquino said yesterday
the men who doubt her ability to govern are just big talkers and called
her predecessor, Ferdinand Marcos, "not the last to pay" for
underestimating her.
Aquino told the women's club of the Asian Development Bank, "It
has often been said that Marcos was the first male chauvinist to
underestimate me. He was not the last to pay for that mistake."
A week ago, Aquino demanded resignations from all Cabinet
ministers after word that a planned coup by officers close to Defense
Minister Juan Ponce Enrile had been foiled. She immediately replaced
Enrile and has accepted other resignations since then.
In other developments:
-The Communist party said that despite a cease-fire agreement with
the government, "revolutionary armed struggle" remains its main
goal, and the armed forces chief called on his troops to remain vigilant
during the truce.
-Police stopped about 3,000 leftists en route to the presidential
palace to demand justice in the slaying of their leader, Rolando Olalia.
"10,000 Aquino supporters rallied to urge adoption of a proposed
Officials expect record kills
Michigan hunters unloaded their last shots of the season yesterday
as the two-week firearm deer season came to a close.
The state's 800,000 hunters were expected to kill up to 200,000
deer during the season that began Nov. 15 and ended yesterday night,
according to earlier estimates.
Five deer hunters have died from hunting related accidents this year,
authorities said.
Veteran Michigan deer hunter Claude Pollington predicted that the
1985 record deer harvest of 186,840 would be broken.
"I'm sure it was close to a record year for bucks being taken and
quality of buck," Pollington said.
Pollington said hunters on his 1,500-acre property near Marion in
the northcentral Lower Peninsula bagged 24 bucks this year.
"That's more than last year, and there's still more out there," he
said. "Eighty percent of our bucks were about two years old. The
average antler size was eight points, with probably between an 11- or
12- inch spread."
City leaders want urban
issuses as forefront of concern
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Leaders of the nation's cities are
determined to restore urban issues such as poverty, homelessness, and
unemployment in the next presidential campaign, San Antonio Mayor
Henry Cisneros said yesterday.
The 1986 elections, with Democrats winning control of the Senate,
signal "it's now time for realism on some key problems," Cisneros
said as he formally opened the National League of Cities' annual
meeting of municipal leaders.
"There's no change in the make up of the Senate with respect to
urban problems. I don't expect dramatic changes," said Cisneros,
nearing the end of his one-year term as president of the league.
"I do, however, feel the mood of this meeting will be one of
determination - determination to insert urban programs back in the
forefront of national concerns, where they belong," he said.
Pontiff denounces abortion
PERTH, Australia-Pope John Paul II lashed out at abortion as
an "unspeakable crime" at his final Mass in Australia yesterday and
reiterated the Roman Catholic church's opposition to contraception
and sterilization.
"As the family goes, so goes the nation, and so goes the whole
world in which we live," he told 60,000 people during a service in
this city on the Indian Ocean.

"Can the pope come to Australia and fail to ask Australian couples
and families to reflect in their hearts how well they are living their
Christian love?" the pope asked.
He said Catholics should consider whether government policies for
defending family values are appropriate.
"In a world that is becoming ever more sensitive to women's rights,
what is to be said of the rights of womin who want to be or need to
be fulltime wives and mothers?" the pope asked.
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