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BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP)-
Beirut's airport opened for busi-
pess yesterday and a cargo ship
sailed unscathed into a Christian
port, raising hopes that a truce
was holding after six months of
fighting between Christians and
"It's music to our ears,"
said a resident after a commercial
freight plane circled overhead, one
of three aircraft to land at the
newly re-opened Beirut
International Airport. Beirut resi-
dents stopped in the streets and
rushed to balconies, craning their
necks to look at the plane. -
A security committee made up
of officials from the warring fac-
Lions and headed by Lakhdar al-
Ibrahimi, an assistant secretary-
general of the Arab League, met
for the second time yesterday to
discuss how to solidify the cease-
fire and implement a peace plan.
The committee had met for
the first time Saturday as some of
he most ferocious artillery bat-
tles in Lebanon's 14-year-old
=civil war came to an end.

The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 25, 1989 - Page 5
Ex-union bargaining
chair faces appeal

by Heather Fee
Judy Levy, former bargaining
chair for the union that represents
2,400 University workers, appealed
her July suspension Saturday before
the union's highest judicial body.
Levy, an outspoken activist
against racism in the University
workplace, was found guilty by the
union's Michigan Council 25 in
July of violating an American
Federation of State, County, and
Municipal Employees Local 1581
(AFSCME) executive board order.
The board order bars union
members from removing seniority
lists from the union hall.
Levy appealed the Michigan 25
Council decision to the highest
union level, in Washington, D.C.
The results of the appeal will be
announced within 30 days.
AFSCME Local 1581 represents
University employees with 150 job
titles,. including food service,
maintenance, grounds workers,
nurses' aides and other non-clerical
The executive board is a
congress-like body that governs
Local 1581. A general board policy
forbids taking the seniority lists out
of the union office. Levy removed
and made copies of the lists despite
verbal and written requests to return

But Levy maintains that it was
not wrong for her to possess the list.
Levy, who was in charge of
representing union members with
written grievances, said she needed
them to check the validity of claims.
In any case, she said, "I have a right
to those lists through (the Freedom
Of Information Act)."
The lists contain names, phone
numbers, and social security
numbers, which, if used in the
wrong way, could hurt union
members, said Ron Modovon, who
took Levy's place after her
suspension. For example, he said he
feared she would release the names to
political mailing lists.
Local union president Leroy
Carter was unavailable for comment
last week.
The executive board voted to
place charges in Michigan Council
25 against Levy in June, 1988. A
hearing took place in January, and in
July the council announced Levy's
suspension as bargainingchair.
Patricia Darden, who worked with
Levy through the union, said she did
not think the lists were the real
reason for Levy's suspension. "They
(the executive board) basically
wanted her out of the way for

elections... out

of the running," she

Levy's party, the Membership{
Action Committee, is in the
minority on the executive board,?
which is dominated by members of
the We The People party.
But Moldovon maintains Levy
was suspended for "directly violating
an executive board order."
Moldovon was appointed ,by
Local 1581 President Leroy Carter to
serve as bargaining chair until the
next election takes place. While-he
agrees that the bargaining chair
requires seniority lists, he said Levy
did not go through the right
Rather than removing the
documents, as Levy did, she could
have postponed the (grievance)
hearing to review the seniority lists.
"If it is necessary to prove
seniority," he said, "I can review the
papers the day before." r w
Moldovon said while he feels
Levy's fight against the unionis
counterproductive, "a union divided
is not a union at all... I feel for her
and admire her fight," he said.

Associated Press
A Progressive Socialist Party militia-member listens to the news on the
the Moslem side of the Green Line yesterday, after the Arab League
called on all warring parties in Lebanon to stop the fighting.

Officials announced the lifting of
seaport blockades, the opening of
the airport and the daytime open-
ing of all crossings between
Christian east Beirut and Moslem
west Beirut. Only one crossing
had been open sporadically during
the latest outbreak of fighting.
By police count, 929 people
have been killed and 2,741

wounded, nearly all civilians,
sincehthe bombardments began
March 8.
Carrying a cargo of clothing,
the Trans Mediterranean Airlines
freight plane was the first aircraft
to land at the airport since it was
closed March 12.

Israeli legislators demand

Experts say embryo ruling
will likely be overturned


inquiry into deaths


JERUSALEM (AP) - Two leg-
islators said yesterday that almost a
third of the Arabs killed by troops in
he last six months of the
Palestinian uprising were children
nder age 16, and they demanded a
overnment inquiry.
In a letter sent to Defense
Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Justice
Minister Dan Meridor, the two legis-
lators said 17 Palestinian aged 12 or
less were shot to death and 31
youths between the ages of 12 and
16 were killed since April.

The letter said the 48 children
represented one-third of all
Palestinians killed over that period
by soldiers.
Yesterday, troops shot and killed
Bassam Farouk el-Jabri, 18, when
they opened fire on stone-throwers in
the Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis,
hospital officials said. An army
spokesperson said the military was
The death raised to 574 the num-
ber of Palestinians killed by soldiers
or Israeli civilians during the 21-

month uprising against the Israeli
occupation of the West Bank and
Gaza Strip. Forty Israelis also have
been slain.
The legislators, Yossi Sarid and
Dedi Zucker, of the left-wing
Citizens Rights Movement de-
manded that Rabin and Meridor in-
vestigate whether the killings are the
result of new regulations on firing
In the last few weeks, Rabin lib-
eralized the army's firing orders, giv-
ing troops permission to shoot un-
armed masked youth if necessary.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A judge's ruling in a di-
vorce custody battle over frozen embryos is an aberra-
tion not likely to survive on appeal, legal experts say.
But at least for now, they say, the decision may have
unforeseen consequences for fetal research and the tech-
nology of fertilization outside the mother's womb.
Tennessee Judge W. Dale Young ruled Thursday that
"life begins at conception" in awarding temporary cus-
tody of seven frozen embryos to a woman who is di-
vorcing her husband.
"This is just a tragic case," said Professor Ellen
Wright Clayton of Vanderbilt University Law School,
an authority on reproductive rights. "But, yes, I'll say
it's aberration. No judge has said this before."
She added that the Supreme Court, while showing
increasing hostility to its 1973 ruling legalizing abor-
tion nationwide, is not likely to hold that life begins at

"I certainly think (Young's ruling) goes too far even
for this Supreme Court," Clayton said. The justices
"have never said embryos are children."
A deeply divided Supreme Court, ruling in July in a
Missouri case, expanded state power to regulate abor-
tions but stopped short of overturning its 1973 ruling
in Roe vs. Wade.
In the Tennessee case, Young awarded temporary.
custody of the embryos to Mary Sue Davis. who wants
them implanted in her so she can bear a child. The
judge ruled against her estranged husband. Junior Lewes"
Davis, who opposed implanting the embryos.

Davis said he will ask the Tennessee Court
Appeals to overturn Young's ruling.
Abortion opponents welcomed Young's ruling.




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