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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, July 15, 1980-Page 7

AATA and
bus drivers
bargain 9
hours; still
no contract
By ELAINE RIDEOUT
Optimism expressed by officials of
the Ann Arbor Transportation
Authority and striking members of the
Transportation Employees Union going
into a weekend of talks has waned as
negotiations continue to flounder.
According to Shelly Ettinger, TEU
vice president, the two sides "tossed
back and forth" unofficial proposals
during the weekend bargaining
sessions.
ETTINGER SAID the union presen-
ted a package proposal at yesterday's
nine-hour session covering about 60
issues, including issues not yet faced by
negotiators.
AATA management will present a
counter proposal at this morning's 10
a.m. bargaining session, she said.
"We'll know (today) from what their
response is whether or not we're closer
to a settlement," she said.
MEANWHILE, TEU members voted
Sunday night to continue to refuse to
work without a contract and refused to
return to work without the protections
of the old contract.
"Union members are determined to
remain strong," she said, adding that
union officials have been working
literally night and day drafting
proposals to present AATA
management.
Management officials were
unavailable for comment.

Nothing fishy here
This the scene inside the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit as viewed through a fisheye lens. It will probably take more than
a special lens, however, to make this type of shot interesting-dozens more will be forthcoming over the next few days.
Soviets step up Afghan bombing

NEW DELHI, India (AP) - In an ap-
parent change of tactics, Soviet troops
have attacked and bombed 50 to 60
villages in the Afghan countryside in
the past two weeks, causing "many
thousands" of civilian and rebel
casualties, a diplomatic source said
yesterday.
There also has been a marked in-
crease in Soviet air traffic into the
Afghan capital in the last four days,
with as many as a dozen Russian tran-
sport planes landing daily during
daylight hours in addition to the con-
tinuing nightly supply flights, the sour-
ce said.
ABOUT 10 DAYS ago, the diplomat
said, the Soviets reduced their efforts to
engage the anti-Marxist Afghan rebels
in the countryside and instead sharply
increased their attacks on villages
suspected of harboring the guerrillas.
The Soviets' strongest positions have
been in the cities, and the Moslem
rebels have maintained control of much
of the countryside throughout their
fight to bring an end to the series of
Marxist governments in Kabul.
Associated Press writer Edith
Lederer, who spent 10 days in Kabul,
reported heavy Soviet attacks on
villages in vineyard country north of
the capital last week. The offensive,
which lasted three days, followed a
Moslem rebel attack on a Russian
military camp that left many Soviets
dead.
THE INFORMANT, .an Afghan area
specialist with close contacts in Kabul,
said there reportedly were more than
1,000 casualties in one large village and
38 in a smaller one. He said that
because reports of the attacks came
"so frequently and so regularly" he
estimated the toll in the thousands..
The casualty estimate could not be
independently confirmed, and the sour-
ce did not speculate as to how. many.

Soviet troops might have been killed or figures in the recent raids is that the
wounded in the raids. Soviets struck at greater distances, and
Soviet generals have ordered caught villages off guard, the source
retaliatory attacks on Afghan villages said.
in the past, and the rebels responded by In addition to retaliation, the raids
warning villagers in advance to flee an also are intended as punishment for
area in which they planned a raid harboring guerrillas, as a way to keep
against the Russians. the rebels off balance and to "take the
ONE REASON for the high casualty starch out of the insurgency," he said.

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