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Page 4-,-Satourday, August 15, 1981-The Michigan Daily
Judge urges
stripping of

In Brief

Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports

PATCO
From AP and UPI
WASHINGTON - An administrative
law judge recommended yesterday that
the striking air traffic controllers union
be stripped of its rights to bargain on
behalf of the air controllers because of
its involvement in the illegal air con-
trollerwalkout.
Judge John Fenton urged the Federal
Labor Relations Authority to "revoke
the exclusive recognition status" of the
union and that it be ordered to "cease'
and desist from call or participating" in
its walkout of nearly 12,000 air con-
trollers.
THE RECOMMENDATION was a
major victory for the Reagan ad-
ministration, which has asked the labor
authority to decertify the Professional
Air Traffic Controllers Organization for
engaging in an illegal strike against the
government.
If the three member authority goes
along with Fenton, the union would no
longe be recognized as representing air
controllers in bargaining with
the Federal Aviation Administration
and would be deprived of automatic
dues checkoffs.
Pleading for its life as a labor union,
the striking Professional Air Traffic
Controlles Organization asked the
judge to reject the governm,ent decer-
tification move, saying that would be
"punishment for punishment's sake."

rights
PATCO LAWYER Richard Leighton,
in a brief filed with Federal Labor
Relations Authority Judge John Fen-
ton, said the public interest would not
be enhanced by decertification.
He said unless the underlying labor-
management dispute is settled,
"neither air traffic safety nor efficien-
cy will return to normal within a
reasonable time, if ever."
PATCO President Robert E. Poli,
declaring "We are still alive and still
well," said he expected the law judge's
recommendation and that the union in-
tends to argue strongly before the labor
authority to reverse it.
IF THAT FAILS, Poli promised an
appeal through the federal courts. He
noted that the union has a separate
complaint before the labor authority
accusing the government of unfair
labor practice in the way it hegotiated
during contract talks earlier this nion-
th.
Looking at the broader issues of the
strike, Poli told reporters that the con-_
trollers were prepared to continue their
walkout for months if necessary and
said, "We're prepared for as long as it
takes."
Meanwhile, thousands of airline em-
ployees are being laid off and others are
accepting pay cuts as their industry,
already pinched by high operating costs
and slack demand, is sent reeling by the
air traffic controllers strike.

Forein students find
temporar home at 'U'
(Continued from Page 3)
Williams of the University's Housing student could have signed up in June
Administration and Counseling office. and the incoming foreign student
(Freshpersons are guaranteed arriving in August wouldnothave had a
housing.) chance because by the time he signed
CURRENTLY the housing situation up he would be at the end of the list.
is "very tight" in the dormitories Keith Meade, now a resident advisor
Williams said, whose office is now for the incoming foreign students, said
assigning dorm rooms from the housing he believes newly arrived foreign
cancellations it has received. students should be guaranteed a per-
Now students looking for dorm rooms manent place to stay as University
must phone in each day to be placed on freshpersons are now. Meade is from
a waiting list for cancelled room reser- the tropical islands of Trinidad and
vations. Starting Aug. 24 the housing of- Tobago.
fice will shift to a walk-in system, He was an incoming student twc
Williams said, whereby students have years ago at the University and said h,
to sign up in person to get on the waiting stayed in, the "really deplorable'
list. barrack-like room on the ninth floor of
The ones who come early and put South Quad.
their names on the housing list first will "IT WAS NOT the sort of situation
get first crack at the open rooms for the you'd like to arrive to," Meade said. If
day. For example, if five rooms are you arrived over the weekend you wer<
available that day, then the first five "sort of literally stranded," he said.
students on the list will be placed. The Now, largely through the concern of
list is updated each day, since the list the Michigan Student Assembly and
from the previous day is discarded. some staff members of the University's
THIS WAY, the most persistent International Center, the problem o
students seem to have the advantage temporary housing for foreign students
and the foreign students are not placed is largely resolved. Not only do they
at a disadvantage. A foreign student have their private dorm rooms, bu
arriving late in the month has as much they also have the services of two live
chance as a transfer student who has in resident advisors and the counselorr
been here all summer but has failed to over at the International Center.
search for a room. If, for example, the But as for permanent housing-wel
Housing office kept a permanent they'll have to scramble like everyonf
priortized. list, th e ansf e , hel,'eW has tsigned ea4."

Inflation hits three-year low
WASHINGTON- Inflation at the wholesale level rosea moderate 0.4 per-
cent in July, with only a surge in pork prices spoiling what would have been
the best month since last fall, the government reported yesterday.
The Labor Department said wholesale prices-as meausred by the
Producer Price Index for finished goods-increased just 8.8 percent in the 12
months ended in July, the lowest 12-month rise in more than three years.
In addition, private economist Donald Ratajczak said the 1.5 percent jump
in wholesale food prices last month was "a blatant aberration," raising hope
that the relatively low increases in overall national inflation in the past
several months may continue.
But Commerce Secretary Malcom Baldrige warned, "this is no time for
complacency ... the anti-inflation battle must continue."
Union celebrates first year;
Brezhnev, Polish leaders talk
WARSAW, Poland- Summoned to urgent talks, Poland's top leadership
met Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev in the Crimea yesterday as Polish
workers triumphantly celebrated the first anniversary of the strikes that
gave birth to the independent Solidarity labor union.
In Moscow, diplomatic sources said the Soviets gave the West formal
notice of large-scale military maneuvers to begin around Poland Sept. 4.
Notification, compulsory under the 1975 Helsinki Accords, meant the
maneuvers would involve more than 25,000 troops.
However, Secretary of State Alexander Haig said in Washington he saw no
reason to be alarmed by the maneuvers.
North Carolina man convicted
of enslaving eight teenagers
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.- A man described as a deacon of the Church of
God and True Holiness was convicted yesterday of holding eight teen-age
church members in involuntary servitude and was sentenced to 20 years in
prison.
Jimmy Conyers, 39, who was also convicted of conspiracy, received four
consecutive sentences of five years each. He faced a maximum prison term
of 45 years and a fine of up to $85,000.
In the trial, several young people testified that Conyers enslaved them
between 1974 and 1978, forcing them to work and pocketing the money they
earned.
In closing arguments, Richard Roberts, one of two special Justice Depar-
tment prosecutors handling the case, told the jury that Conyers helped hold
the youths in "child slavery ... all in the guise of working in the name of the
Lord."
Roberts said leaders of the church, which had congregations in Durham,
Wilson and Florence, S.C., relied on fear, beatings and public rebukes to
deprive members "of their normal life force" and of more than $100,000.
Anti-Khomeini commandos
hijack gunboats near Spain
MADRID, Spain- Anti-Khomeini commandos reportedly led by the late
shah's former naval chief attacked three French-made gunboats off the
coast of Spain Thursday and sailed away in one of them, Spanish officials
disclosed yesterday.
The gunboats, which were being delivered to Iran, were carrying no am-
munition at the time.
The gunmen boarded the gunboat with the help of the boats' crew mem-
bers and without firing a shot, then forced it toward Tangier, Morocco,
across the Gibraltar Straits, the Spanish navy said.
The official Pars news agency said the Iranian Foreign Ministry was
taking measures in connection with the seizure, but did not specify them.
Claiming responsibility, a group calling itself Azadegan Movement of
Iranian Liberation said in Paris the attack marked the "start of direct ac-
tion" against the Islamic regime of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
Pope released from hospital
VATICAN CITY- Pope John Paul II, looking pale and drawn, left the
hospital yesterday, waving to well-wishers and embracing his doctor. He
returned to a warm Vatican welcome after three months' recuperation from
gunshot wounds.
Doctors said he has completely recovered from the wounds suffered May
13 in an assassination attempt but still needs six weeks of convalescence.
"Welcome home, Pope Wojtyla!" Vatican Radio said, using the pontiff's
Polish surname.
The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano said in a front-page com-
mentary: "With the return of the Holy Father to the Vatican, the time of fear
and trembling hope is concluded, and one savors again the taste of nor-
malcy."

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