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Page 6-Tuesday, August 4, 1981-The Michigan Daily
U.S. says no to
PLO role in talks on

Palestinian
WASHINGTON (UPI)-The United
States yesterday ruled out any par-
ticipation by the Palestine Liberation
Organization in the stalled Palestinian
autonomy talks.
U.S. officials, briefing reporters in
advance of Egyptian President Anwar
Sadat's arrival today for four days of
talks, said the "door is closed" to any
participation by the PLO in the West
Bank autonomy talks between Israel
and Egypt.
SADAT HAS pushed the inclusion of
the PLO in the talks as the only realistic
means of getting the Palestinians in-
volved.
The talks on Palestinian autonomy
have been at a standstill for the last 18
months. U.S. officials hope the for-
mation of a new Israeli government will
permit the talks with Egypt to be put
back in motion.
THE UNITED States is sitting in on
the talks asa mediator.
Israel and Egypt were scheduled to
put the final signatures on an

autonomy
agreement putting in place a 2,500-man
multinational peacekeeping force for
the final stage of Israeli withdrawal
from the Sinai.
However, the State Department con-
firmed that with the exception of Fiji,
no country has publicly agreed to join
the force. The United States will supply
about half the troops, but wants inter-
national participation asa sign of world
support for the peace negotiations.
THE FEAR OF economic retaliation
by some Arab states that oppose the
agreement has made several nations
wary of joining the Sinai force despite
an energetic American selling cam-
paign.
The Israeli withdrawal from the Sinai
is the largest accomplishment of the
process that began with the Camp
David summit in 1978.
Sadat arrives in Washington today
and will be formally welcomed at the
White House Wednesday morning for
two days of talks.

Complaint filed for equal
pay for female workers

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LANSING (UPI) - The Michigan
State Employees Association, citing the
principle of "comparable worth," filed
a massive complaint yesterday
charging that salaries for female civil
servants are inequitable.
Union leaders conceded the com-
plaint, filed with the state Civil Rights
Commission and referred to the U.S.
Equal Employment Opportunity Com-
mission as well, may take years to
resolve.
,CIVIL SERVICE officials said they
had not seen the document and could
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not comment in detail, but said the
issue of comparable worth already is
under serious study by the state.
The MSEA currently is vying with the
American Federation of State County
and Municipal Employees in a crucial
unionizing election involving the state's
largely female clerical workforce.
THE PRINCIPLE of "comparable
worth" - which prescribes equal pay
for different jobs involving similar
levels of skill and training - was given
an important boost in a U.S. Supreme
Court ruling issued in June dealing with
the U.S. Civil Rights Act.
In its complaint, the MSEA - the
largest state employee union - charges
the state Civil Service Commission and
Civil Service Department have a
history setting lower pay rates for
traditionally female-dominated
positions.
THE COMPLAINT cites comparisons
both between similar jobs and positions
which are totally different but require
comparable levels of skill. Secretaries
in the IVB classification are paid 23
percent less than maintenance
mechanics even though the two
positions involve a "comparable degree
of skill, experience and responsibility,"
the union said.
The civil rights commission could or-
der the complete revamping of the state
job classification system if the com-
plaint is upheld.

vaily enoto Dy r rHL
.Death of a building
University workmen finish demolition work yesterday on the remains of the
University's Database Systems Research Group Building which once stood
on Monroe Street.
Business picks the 20
worst federal regulations

WASHINGTON (AP)-An ad-
ministration survey has identified a
score of federal regulations, ranging
from nuclear licensing to noise control,
that business and industry deem the
most burdensome and costly.
The list was compiled by the Com-
merce Department and forwarded to
Vice President George Bush, who is
overseeing President Reagan's cam-
paign to slash federal regulation and
paperwork. The U.S. Chamber of
Commerce promptly dubbed the
package the "Terrible 20."
FIVE government agencies were
singled out as overseeing most of the
unpopular rules. They were the En-
vironmental Protection Agency, depar-
tments of Labor, Energy, and Health
and Human Services and the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission, according to a
letter Commerce Secretary Malcolm
Baldrige sent to Bush.
Bush kicked off the effort to compile
the "most burdensome" rules on March
25 by sending letters to business groups
for their opinions. Baldrige spread the
word in speeches.
The result was more than 350 letters
from members of the business com-
muntiy.
OF THE regulations singled out by
large companies, the administration
already was examining about one-third
to one-half as part of its review effort,
said= BoydenGray, counsel to the Task
Force on Regulatory Relief.

In order of the number of responses
received and estimated costs of in-
dustry-wide complaince, some of the 20
regulations are:
- Hazardous waste management
rules that set up a nationwide system
for classifying and handling hazardous
products. Costs estimated by business
at $3 billion initially and $2 billion an-
nually.
- Criteria standards for the national
pollutant discharge elimination
system, which governs permits for
about 70,000 facilities. Annual costs
estimated at $4 billion.
* Licensing requirements for nuclear
power plants. Costs range from
several hundred million dollars per
reactor to more than $1 billion.
- The Clean Air Act's pre-treatment
standards that tell what treatment in-
dustrial wastes must undergo before
being discharged to publicly owned
treatment plants. Business puts costs at
$4 billion for the capital and $1 billion
for maintenance and operation.
* Notification and testing
requirements for new chemical sub-
stances under the Toxic Substances
Control Act. No cost estimate.
' The cancer policy of the Oc-
cupational Safety and Health Act that
set up a procedure for classifying and
regulating possible carcinogens.
Capital costs range from $9 billion to
$85 billion; annualcostsfrom $6,billion
to $36billion; according to industry.

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