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The Michigan Daily

Vol. XC, No. 53-S

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Tuesday, August 5, 1980

Ten Cents

Twelve Pages

President
addresses
Billy's ties
to Libyans

From UPI and AP
WASHINGTON - President Carter
said yesterday there was no White
House impropriety in his brother Billy's
activity with Libya, but said he was
"deeply concerned" about the relation-
ship between Billy and the Libyans.
Carter said he did not know where the
money Billy got from Libya went, but
reiterated that it did not go either to the
White House or the family peanut
Sen. Edward Kennedy said yesterday
he thinks the Democratic National
Convention will be open, with delegates
free to vote for the candidate of their
choice. See story, Page 5.
warehouse business in Georgia.
CARTER, AT A mid-evening news
conference, also said he has no plans to
release his delegates to the Democratic
National Convention for a so-called
"open convention" next week in New
York.

Bl tast victims Aro~
Coffins for some of the victims of Saturday's explosion at a Bologna, Italy
train station are stacked in front of the morgue in Bologna on Sunday.
Strikes and demonstrations were called across Italy yesterday to protest
against neo-fascist terrorists suspected of setting off the explosion that killed
76 people.

AA TA orders strikers
to return or face firing
By ELAINE RIDEOUT break our union solidarity." games-we'll negotiate with you but
The Ann Arbor Transportation Union members voted 103-11 on Sun- you have to do it under these terms
Authority issued an ultimatum to day not to return to work under the con- because to do it under your terms would
striking transit workers yesterday to ditions of AATA's final offer, which never get us anywhere.' "
return to work in one week or lose their would have allowed negotiations to con- TEU and AATA bargaining teams
jobs as the strike that has crippled the tinue while workers were on the job. will meet with the state mediator at
city's mass transit system entered its THE UNION spokeswoman said 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, and union mem-
fifth week. union members knew their jobs were on hers will vote tomorrow night at 7:30
"The board (of directors of AATA) is the line when they voted Sunday night whether to ignore the back-to-work or-
serious about ultimately reaching a to reject AATA's offer. der.
resolution that is acceptable to all con- Transportation authority officials "I predict that when we get together
cerned, but in order for us to fulfill our said union members would receive Wednesday night, the vote will be the
responsibilities to the community, notification by mail this week outlining same," union spokeswoman said. "I
AATA must request its employees worker options. know the vote hasn't changed yet-the
return to work," Board chairman Cecil "Employees have essentially three members know these are unacceptable
Ursprung said at a press conference options," said AATA Director Richard terms."
yesterday. Simonetta: "They may return to work, The union spokeswoman said because
OFFICIALS OF the Transportation resign, or be terminated as of 5 p.m., the board's final offer contained so
Employees Union condemned the back- August 11." many "arbitrary management con-
to-work order. I was hoping all trols," employees could just as easily
"We're appalled at this action," a along we wouldn't have to get to this to work as for
union spokeswoman who asked not to he said, "but we're not shutting off the staying off the job. "The threat is the
be identified, said. "We consider these process-we're just saying, 'Let's get same either way," she-said.
devious and threatening efforts to the service back, let's stop playing See AATA, Page 2

The Billy Carter affair has become a
selling point for the preident's
challengers as they seek to sway
Democratic National Convention
delegates to vote against a rule binding
nominating votes to the outcome of
Democratic primary elections and
caucuses.
Carter said he has no plans to heed
the demands of Sen. Edward Kennedy
(D-Mass.), and others, including
Senate Democratic Leader Robert
Byrd, that the delegates be released
from their commitments.
"I RAN IN all the primaries, all the
caucuses," Carter said. "In that inten-
se political competition I won about 60
per cent of the commitments of the
delegates."
He said "these are not my delegates,
they're the voters' delegates."
He said releasing his delegates
"would put back by 10 years the
progress the Democratic Party made to
democratize the process" of'selecting
presidential candidates.'
CARTER DECLARED "neither I nor
any member of my administration has
violated any law or committed any im-
propriety" in the case of brother Billy
and his dealings~with the government of
Libya.
Carter began the nationally broad-
cast news conference with that
declaration, then spoke of his brother in
these words:
"We are extremely close. I love him
and he loves me."
The president recalled his efforts -
unsuccessful - to dissuade Billy from,
traveling to Libya, saying that his ef-
fort was for Billy's good as well as the
good of the nation.
CARTER SAID he is not aware of any
efforts by his brother to affect U.S.
policy toward Libya. "I am certain that
he made no such efforts with me," Car-.
ter said.
-He said the only situation in which
Billy's dealings with Libya did involve
government policy was in the effort to
enlist that government's support in ef-
forts to gain release of the American
hostages in Iran.
He said it "became an absolute ob-
session with me to get those hostages
released. We especially thought that
those Moslem countries, believing in
the Koran, might have some influence
See CARTER, Page 7

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