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Page 2-The Michigan Daily- Tuesday, April 14,1992

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"Education is now a matter of
pressure group politics based on the
false basis of racism," Reisman said.
"Today's college graduates fulfill
the romantic ideal of being simple,
uneducated men."
Reisman said, "The essential na-

ture of a primitive society is by na-
ture one of conflict."
Reisman defended western civi-
lization against criticisms from the
audience. He said, "If we respect in-
dividual rights, then we do away
with murder and enslavement."
Reisman incited an array of
comments from the audience.
Doctoral candidate Tara Browner

said, "There wasn't anything about
morality or the human spirit. It is a
cold, empty spirit he is expounding."
LSA senior Rhonda Williams
said, "I think he's full of shit. I per-
sonally have a problem with anyone
who tells me that I should feel lucky
that my ancestors were stolen from
their homeland and enslaves, beaten
and murdered."

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cause I'm about ready to retire
"I make the top rate, but I'm
working alongside a guy who does
the same job as me and here he's
making five bucks an hour, he has
absolutely no benefits to speak of
and he has no chance to come up
through the ranks," he said as he and
about 20 others picketed outside a
Kroger in Livonia.
Messer was one of about 7,800
employees at 65 Kroger Co. stores in
southeastern Michigan who struck
the grocery chain yesterday after
voting down what the company said
was its final offer. Contract talks
broke off April 3 and no new bar-
gaining has been scheduled.
Kroger's proposal called for
elimination of 10 personal days a
year for full-time employees and of-
fered $1.50 an hour in wage in-
creases spread over four years. Full-
timers would still have five personal
days, six holidays and up to five
weeks paid vacation, Kroger said.
Workers now earn $4.50 to
$10.37 an hour, depending on their
status as part- or full-time workers.
The previous contract, signed in
1987, expired Jan. 3. Kroger stores
covered by Local 876 are in
Livingston, Macomb, Monroe,
Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and
Wayne counties. Detroit area work-
ers last went on strike against Kroger
in 1967.
Kroger said in a statement
Monday afternoon that its latest con-
tract offer guarantees the jobs of
2,000 full-time workers, challenging
the union claim that the company
wants all part-time workers, who
would come with limited benefits.
The strike is the first at a grocery
chain in Michigan since the United
Food and Commercial Workers were
out for one week against Farmer
Jack supermarkets in 1987. Since
then, consolidation in the extremely
competitive Detroit market has led
to Farmer Jack's takeover by the
Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co.,
parent of A&P supermarkets.

President Bush's order limiting some
union political spending - most of
which supports Democrats - prob-
ably won't have much impact except
to create a bookkeeping headache,
labor leaders said yesterday.
"It's kind of a harassment of
unions and pandering to right-wing
elements more than anything," said
Candice Johnson, a spokesperson for
the 14.2 million member AFL-CIO.
At issue is an executive order
signed yesterday by Bush that re-
quires federal contractors to tell non-
union employees that their union
dues may not be used against their
wishes for political activities such as
phone banks, newsletters and get-
out-the-vote campaigns.
It applies to what unions call
"agency fee payers," or non-union
workers who are required to pay uni-
form dues to cover the union's costs
of negotiating new contracts and fil-
ing worker grievances. These are
workers in what are frequently
called agency shops.
Democratic presidential con-
tender Jerry Brown, campaigning
before California labor groups yes-
terday, called the Bush move "an
outrage." Brown said people have a
First Ammendment right not to fi-
nance political activities if they
don't want to. But"Bush is exploit-
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he described as an independent
group of students friendly with the
team members.
He said the police spent most of
the evening outside of the club.
"The problem that the police had
was that there were so many people
outside. They only came in one or
two times to count the crowd
'There were no major
incidents that I know
of - inside or outside.
There were no big
-Jim Johnson
Nectarine manager
inside," he said. "They wanted to
make sure we were complying with
capacity limits and fire codes."
Police reports said that people
were knocked to the ground and
crushed against the doors of the
Nectarine. It said that approximately
six officers tried to control the crowd
when it rushed forward toward the
Johnson said he thinks police
might have been out in large
numbers as a result of the riots
which occurred after the basketball
games last week.
"I think that the police might
have been wary from Monday
night," he said. "I think they were
concerned about having enough
people there."

ing this as another effort to weaken
the ability for people to organize and
advance their interests," he said.
Bush's order just covers non-
union workers employed by federal
contractors. Workers in right-to-
work states are not affected, since

For instance, a union might mail
out a newsletter that features five
pages on collective bargaining up-
dates, and one page that urges work-
ers to vote for a particular
Democratic candidate.
Unions aren't likely to stop such

they have the right to refuse to join
unions or to pay any dues.
The order also has no effect on
labor's monetary contributions to
candidates because federal law al-
ready prohibits dues from being used
for that purpose. Instead, direct con-
tributions come from political action
funds financed mostly by voluntary
worker checkoffs.
But "Some get-out-the-vote ef-
forts, educational efforts, could be
hurt," said Joel Ax, a lawyer for the
Amalgamated Clothing and Textile
Workers Union.
Bush's order could blur the line
on what is political and not political.

mailings; it will just be a difficult
chore to divvy up how much money
goes for what portion of a mailing,
union officials said.
In a separate action, the Labor
Department is planning a new rule
that will require unions to report
separately how much they spend for
political activities, lobbying and
contract negotiations.
The new strictures "will impose a
very, very heavy burden of record-
keeping," said Carl Frankel, a
lawyer for the Steelworkers. He also
noted that Bush has delayed new
regulations on businesses in an effort
to spur economic activity.

does not affect race.

'It's kind of a harassment of unions and
pandering to right-wing elements more than
- Candice Johnson
spokesperson for the AFL-CIO

Bush asks to increase
intelligence about
foreign economics

Associated Press
The Bush administration has
asked the CIA for a dramatic in-
crease in intelligence on economic
policies of other countries, the spy
agency's director said in Detroit
Nearly 40 percent of the adminis-
tration's new tasks for the Central
Intelligence Agency are economic in
nature, Robert Gates said in remarks
to the the Economic Club of Detroit.
He said the increased emphasis
on economic intelligence reflects the
changing nature of foreign threats to
the United States. The assignments
were prepared by 20 administration
agencies to refocus U.S. intelligence
agencies away from Cold War mis-
sions to new problems expected to
face the United States through the
year 2005.
"The most senior policymakers of
the government clearly see that
many of the most important chal-
lenges and opportunities through and
beyond the end of this decade are in
the international economic arena,"
Gates said.
The 1993 intelligence budget will
reflect the shift in priorities, assign-

ing two-thirds of its estimated $30
billion spending to economics and
other issues. Until now, between 40
and 50 percent of the budget was
used to spy on the Soviet Union and
its allies.
Gates, in his first detailed com-
ments about economic intelligence
since taking office last November,
said his agency would gather and
analyze intelligence on other gov-
ernments' policies and strategies and
on any efforts they may make to
subvert U.S. businesses, technolo-
gies and investments.
The CIA and its sister agencies
will also track other countries'
compliance with international trade
agreements to make sure they are
playing by the rules, he said.
The CIA is placing top priority
on protecting U.S. companies from
espionage by foreign governments,
Gates said. He cited cases of moles
being planted in American high-tech
companies and U.S. businessmen
abroad being subjected to bugged
rooms and searches.
Gates did not elaborate. But FBI
officials say Russia, China, France
and Japan are among those sus-
pected of such attempted espionage.

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