2 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 14, 1994
Yeltsin pledges to push ahead with reforms
MOSCOW (AP) - President Clinton
and Boris Yeltsin pledged yesterday to press
ahead with reforms that will "make life
better" for restive Russians. The two also
were ready to stop aiming nuclear missiles
at each other's countries.
In hours of Kremlin talk and over dinner
at Yeltsin's country dacha, the two leaders
agreed that Russia could not afford to
backpedal on painful economic reforms de-
spite mounting public dissatisfaction.
The crowds loved Clinton in Moscow,
surging to get close enough for a glimpse or
even a handshake, cheering when he waved
his fur hat in the chilly air.
"We'll work together," Clinton assured
stolid Muscovites lined up for bread in a
downtown bakery. "All these folks working
hard need to know that in the end they will
"I wish you success," one woman re-
Welcoming Clinton to the opulent Grand
Palace at the Kremlin, Yeltsin predicted the
three-day summit would produce "profound,"
"practical" and "sweeping" results. Privately,
he assured Clinton "there is no turning back"
from the drive for free-market reforms, U.S.
Secretary of State Warren Christopher
said the Americans came away reassured that
Russian leaders were "redoubling their ef-
forts to move forward with the reform pro-
"More attention has to be paid to easing
someof the hardships that we've heard about,"
said Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen.
Asked if he wanted more U.S. aid, Yeltsin
said, "Not more than was promised already."
During a side tour through downtown
shops and kiosks, Clinton told Muscovites he
and Yeltsin were "talking about how we can
work together to make life better for the
working people of your country.
"The whole conversation was about how
our work together can help change the lives
of ordinary Russian people for the better,"
Clinton brought together influential Rus-
sians from a variety of fields and political
backgrounds for an evening reception at the
residence of the U.S. ambassador.
"As I look around this room at the faces
of tomorrow's Russia, people from different
political parties ... people who are in private
enterprises, I say to you: There is lots of
room for difference of opinion," Clinton
told the group.
He added that while he had traveled to
Moscow as a supporter of democratic change,
"In the end, you will have to decide your
future. American support can certainly not
make all the difference, and American di-
rection is unwarranxA."
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By RACHEL SCHARFMAN
DAILY STAFF REPORTER
The benefits of the Clinton
administration's Family and Medical
Leave Act (FMLA) will soon be ex-
tended to unionized University em-
The FMLA, passed after two ve-
toes by former President Bush, took
effect last August for professional
and administrative faculty and staff.
Unionized staff members must
wait until their contracts are renewed
or until Feb. 5, whichever comes ear-
lier, to benefit from the act.
In efforts to inform University
employees of the policy changes
caused by the act, Human Resources
Administrator at the Medical Center
Laurita Thomas appointed a Family
and Medical Leave Implementation
Chaired by Leslie de Pietro, coor-
dinator of the Family Care Resources
Program, the task force has prepared
educational pamphlets and a video to
alert University employees of the new
provisions which, the University
hopes, will establish it as the "em-
ployer of choice" for those looking
for jobs in a university setting.
"We've done surveys and we've
asked for input from our employees
on how we can be an employer of
choice at the University of Michigan
and the No. I message we get back is
in today's complex world we need to
have ways where we can balance our
family needs and demands and those
of the workplace," Thomas said.
To do so the University, in accor-
dance with the law, will grant up to 12
weeks of unpaid leave per year and
guarantee the employee's position
during that period. The types of leave
eligible under the act are child care,
personal medical, and the newly es-
tablished category of family medical.
For child care leave and personal
medical leave, the University allots
an initial unpaid leave of six months
which may be extended. Family medi-
cal leave - which applies to the care
of "the staff member's spouse or do-
mestic partner with whom the staff
member shares living accommoda-
tions and expenses; and, without re-
gard to their place of residence, the
child, sibling, parent, grandparent, or
other related individual whose care is
the responsibility of the staff mem-
ber, spouse, or domestic partner" -
involoves different conditions. The
leave allowed is reduced by the
amount of time already used for child
care or personal medical leave.
Although all University employ-
ees are eligible for leave, the health
and dental coverage provided during
the first 12 weeks of leave is extended
only to those employees who "are at
50 percent or more effort and have
been employed at the University for
more than one year," according to the
video. Temporary employees are also
eligible for the 12-week continued
benefits if they have been employed
for at least 12 months and have worked
1,250 hours in the past year.
One University employee inter-
viewed in the video took advantage oL
the policy - which gives employee
on personal medical and family leaves
the option to take leave on an inter-
mittent or reduced-effort schedule --
to care for her mother-in-law who
suffers from Alzheimer's disease..
"The leave and the flexibility has
made it more manageable," she said.
"I'm afraid that I would have had to
consider perhaps going into phase
retirement or changing my job bd
cause the responsibility is there and I
just couldn't carry on the dual role."
As the video indicates this flex-
ibility is a necessity in today's work
force, in which 63 percent of women
with children work and 50 percent of
new mothers return to work follow-
University President James Dud-
erstadt promotes the policy as "a ver
important statement of the values o
an institution like the University of
Michigan, values that mean that our
employees do not have to choose be-
tween personal responsibilities and
The University of Michigan is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. I
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"If you look at your inner-city
schools ... they don't have the same
resources as suburban schools," Perry
Perry and Michigan's players,
along with Ohio State coach and BCA
member Randy Ayers, were reluctant
to discuss the state of the boycott or
their possible participation in it. They
are still waiting for details from the
Despite who is planning to par-
ticipate and who will abstain from the
boycott, the Wolverines are generally
in favor of the opportunity a 14th
As Michigan center Juwan
Howard said, "It's mainly focused on
Black athletes, (but) we're all in this
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Zarko sent the four University ad-
ministrators a modified FOIA request
that asked for "all *currently* stored
electronic mail on the afternoon of
Dec. 8. Currently shall be defined as
all mail not deleted or still appearing
on screen or in hard copy the moment
this request is received."
Harrison said these messages are
protected by the federal Electronic
Communication Privacy Act.
"Electronic mail is different than
the kinds of things that are present in
the act as it currently stands. We are
denying this request because we are
required by federal law," Harrison
He answered Zarko's concern that
top University officials make policy
using computer communication. *
"Electronic mail is not intended to
be a record of the official business of
the University," Harrison said, noting
that all official University business
takes place in writing.
But beyond e-mail, Zarko has a
suit pending regarding computer con-
Zarko sued the University for ac-
cess to a conference for members oq
the Board of Regents. He filed a FOI
request in August for access to the
private computer conference,
The University has not responded
to the lawsuit, but Harrison used simi-
lar logic to defend keeping private
conferences outside of the public eye.
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