Page 2-Wednesday, August 12, 1981-The Michigan Daily
Fro mAP and UPI
WASHINTON-The air traffic con-
trollers strike delayed flights between
theUnited States and Europe yesterday
but internaional travel showed signs of
getting back to normal as Canada an-
nounced it would reopen a key trans-
In Australia, controllers backed down
on a threat to boycott U.S. flights.
THE ACTIONS came as the Reagan
administration pressed ahead in its ef-
fort to leave the nine-day-old strike by
12,000 federal air traffic controllers
More military 'controllers were
assigned to civilian duty and officials
arranged interim airline schedules for
domestic flights curtailed by the strike.
A boycott by Canadian controllers of
flights into and out of the United States
caused lengthy flight delays on both
sides of the Atlantic yesterday, but the
announcement that the control service
at Gander, Newfoundland, would
resume could ease the traffic back-up.
LEGAL MANEUVERING by the U.S.
government continued against the
Professional Air Traffic controllers
Organizations-the strikers' union-
with a bid to have it stripped of its
Meanwhile, top executives of the
airline industry endorsed the Reagan.
administration's firing of 12,000
striking air controllers yesterday but
said turmoil in the airlanes is costing
them $30 miliion a day and will cause
layoffs, pay cuts and disruptions for at
least a year.
"It's not a blessing, it's a curse to our
industry," said John Casey, chairman
of Braniff International, which he said
already has furloughed 2,000 employees
because of the sharp reductions in ser-
vice resulting from the strike.
TRANSPORTATION Secretary Drew
Lewis told industry leaders that air
traffic would be kept at 75 percent of its
pre-strike level until April.
About 50 airline and airport officials
met with Lewis and other key Reagan
administration officials for three hours
to plot strategy on coping with air flight
curtailments that could last for years.
In the meantime, aviation authorities
yesterday cut the number of west-
bound trans-Atlantic commercial
flights to four an hour, wrecking airline
schedules and stranding thousands of
homeward-bound American tourists in
A poll of airports showed about four-
fifths of flights from Europe to the
United States were canceled. The four-
flight-an-hour figure was agreed upon
by British and North American con-
Normally a total of up to 450 flights a
day cross the Atlantic in both direc-
Furthering the inconveniences, many
airlines refused to feed or accom-
modate delayed travelers. Pan
American gave London passengers a
statement that said: "Under the
current emergency circumstances,
Pan Am cannot assume any respon-
sibility for the payment of interrupted
trip expenses, for cancellations, delays
or changes in equipment caused by the
labor dispute and resulting air traffic
New faculty plan no 'bitter lemon'
U NIVERSITY STAFF and faculty members now have a new and
expanded Long Term Disability (LTD) plan that offers immediate
eligibility and coverage on higher salaries University officials announced.
The plan is an alternative to the current basic LTD plan. Sounds okay so
far-a switch foyer from plans does not sound so earth shattering. But there
was a bit of controversy in the matter. One faculty member even described
the new plan as possibly being a "bitter lemon" and suggested that the
University's brochure on the new plan was "purposely biased." However, all
these allegations proved unfounded. Don Thiel, assistant personnel director
of staff benefits, assured that the University was "not trying to trick
anybody into the plan." In fact, for people who make more than $28,000 each
year there is no question whether to take the new plan (a salary over that
amount was previously uncovered by the old plan). The question "to switch
or not to switch" applied only to the below-$28,000 group, and herein the con-
troversy lies. With the old basic plan you could recover anywhere from 50 to
75 percent of your salary. With the new plan the rate is a flat 65 percent. The
brochure describing the new LTD plan boldly states: "Once you are enrolled
in the Expanded Plan, you cannot change back to the Basic Plan." Further-
more, the pamphlet urges you to irrevocably sign up, and then you will
receive a booklet in November explaining the plan in further detail. It seems
almost reminiscent of a pact with Scratch, but all potential misgivings
should be assuaged. University Assistant Personnel Director Thiel said to
disregard the statement in the pamphlet until November when the booklet
with the detailed information is, in fact, in print. Until that time, faculty and
staff will be able to switch back to the original basic plan. The first in a
series of informational meetings regarding the varous LDT Plans is today in
MLB Aud. 4 from 4 to 5p.m. Anyone with questions about-the plan should
contact the Office of Staff Benefits at 763-1217. O
Clear today becoming partly cloudy tonight. A high is expected in the
AAFC-Scanners, 7 & 10:20 p.m.; The Brood, 8:40 p.m., Angell Aud. A.
C2-Summer Stock,7:30 p.m.; Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 9:30 p.m., MLB 3.
CFT-The Story of Adele H., 4, 7 & 9 p.m., Michigan Theater.
Faculty Recital-John Mohler/clarinet, Jerome Jelinek/violin cello.
Benning Dexter/piano, John McCollum/reader, 8 p.m., Recital Hall.
Ark-Hoot Night, 9p.m., 1421 Hill.
Intl Fold Dance Club-adv. teaching and dancing, 8 p.m. - Midnight, Union.
Intro to TM-8 p.m., Union rm. 4315.
Karma Thegsum Choling-meditation, 7 p.m., 734 Fountain.
Rackham Christian Forum-meeting, noon, Michigan League studio.
Wholistic Health Council-lee., "Polarity Therapy with Pierre Pannetier,"
7:30 p.m., Union Conf. Rm. 6.
Commission for Women-Mtg., noon, 2549 LSA Bldg.
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The state passed legislation earlier
this summer naming the state Depar-
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federal funds, which are used to sub-
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said Dan Sharp, a legislative assistant
to state Rep. Perry Bullard (D-Ann Ar-
bor), who sponsored the legislation.
EARLIER THIS year Elaine
Nowack, a senior University financial
Rema in s
Michigan until at least January,"
Nowack had said.
The new ALAS program, because of
its restrictions and qualifications that
must be met, can be termed the most
complex program in the federal gover-
nment, Butts said, but the huge volume
of applications for other loans has
shown there is no lack of demand for
Because the new program is not
based on need or other income criteria,
it is conceivable that an independent
graduate student could receive $8000
for a year of study. Five thousand could
come from the GSL program, while
$3000 can be collected from the new
ALAS program, Butts said.
However, the new program demands
repayment of the loan to begin within 60
days of reception of the money, it would
be advantageous for the recipient of the
loan to have some source of income to
immediately begin repayment, such as
a part-time job or a working spouse,
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