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Page 4 - The Michigan Daily - Sunday, July 15, 1984
Kroger employees to
vote on new contract

Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports

DETROIT (UPI) - Kroger Co.'s
largest employee union in Michigan
said last week it will ask its members to
vote on a new contract with large wage
and benefit cuts that the company says
will keep some stores from closing.
However, union officials said they
will not advise their members to ap-
prove the proposed plan.
KROGER HAS said it will close and
sell its 70 southeastern Michigan stores
July 21 unless its 5,000 employees grant
A spokesman for United Food &
Commercial Workers Union Local 876
said Kroger told the union it would close
about half of the stores even if the con-
cessions are granted. Local 876
represents 4,200 Kroger clerks and
However, Kroger spokesman Paul

Bernish said that if the contract is
ratified, "A majority of our stores in
southeastern Michigan would remain
open as Kroger stores."
BOTH KROGER and union officials
declined to reveal details of the
proposed contract.
Kroger earlier demanded senior full-
time clerks, now making $10.37 an hour,
be reduced to $7.50 an hour. Part-time
clerks, who also make $10.37, would be
paid $5.60.
Kroger ,also asked for major cuts in
health and welfare benefits, a
weakening of seniority rules and a
two tier hiring system, under which new
workers would be paid lower wages.
Union officials estimate Kroger's
original proposal would cost employees
an average of $6.50 an hour in wages
and benefits.

Last all-white parliament
in Africa holds final session

Delegate-priest suspended
DETROIT - A Roman Catholic
priest has been suspended from his
clerical duties because he is a
delegate to the Democratic National
Convention, officials of the Arch-
diocese of Detroit said.
The Rev. Robert Williams will not
be reinstating until he has admitted
his decision to defy church law was
wrong, said Jay Berman, director of
the archdiocesan Office of Com-
munications. Canon law specifies
clerics are not to have an active role
in political parties.
Williams, pastor of St. Lawrence
Church in the Detroit suburb of
Utica, was suspended last Wed-
nesday by Archbishop Edmund
Szoka. He may not celebrate Mass,
hear confessions, preach or perform
other priestly dities, Berman said.
Coleman sought in
another slaying
CINCINNATI - Alton Coleman,
suspected in a Midwestern murder
spree of five women and girls,
Saturday was charged with murder
in the bludgeon death of a suburban
Cincinnati woman, police said.
FBI Special Agent Terrence Dinan
and Norwood police Capt. Tom
Williams said evidence discovered
while investigating the murder of
Marlene Walters led them to suspect
Labor sweeps New
Zealand elections
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -
David Lange's Labor Party swept to
victory in New Zealand's general
elections yesterday, winning power
on a platform that calls for barring
nuclear-armed or powered U.S.
ships from the nation's ports.
Labor won 56 seats in the 95 seat
Parliament, defeating incumbent
Prime Minister Sir Robert
Muldoon's conservative National
Party to take power for the first time
in nine years.
Lange, 41, pledged during the
campaign to renegotiate the terms
of the 23-year-old mutual defense
alliance and ban all nuclear armed
and powered ships from New
Zealand ports.
Train crash kills 36
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia - A
speeding freight train slammed into

a stopped passenger train packed
with vacationers yesterday, killing
at lease 36 people and injuring
scores of others, officials said.
Authorities said they feared the
death toll might rise as workers
searched the mangled wreckage for
more victims.
All of the dead and injured were
Yugoslavs, railway officials said.
Beirut fighting flares
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Fighting
between two pro-Syrian militias
flared in northern Lebanon again
yesterday despite an implied threat
by Syrian President Hafez Assad to
use military force to stop the violen-
In another development, Beirut's
professional press association called
a newspaper strike for tomorrow to
protest the shooting of leftist
publisher-editor Talal Salman in an
assassination attempt. Salman was
reported in satisfactory condition af-
ter surgery to remove bullets from
his jaw and neck inflicted in the
Saturday pre-dawn attack.
Teen charged in
police slayings
COTTON PLANT, Ark. - Law of-
ficers in a nearby town yesterday
arrested a teenager who was
charged with the murders of two
policemen that left the small com-
munity of Cotton Plant with no
police force, a prosecutor said.
Benny Hatley, 16, of Little Rock,
was arrested in the town of Des Arc.
Sgt. Bill Young of Little Rock said
the two officers approached Hatley
in Cotton Plant and took him into
custody for possession of a stolen
India declares
emergency powers
NEW DELHI, India - The Indian
government, troubled by Sikh unrest
in Punjab and insurgency in nor-
theastern India, gave itself
sweeping powers yesterday to
declare areas "terrorist-affected"
and set up special courts.
Under the new ordiance, the
government has the power to
declare any area terrorist-affected
for up to six months, and set up
special courts there to try "specified
offenses which are very heinous in
nature and impinge on the security
and territorial integrity of the coun-


CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) -
The African continent's last whites-only
parliament came to an end Friday.
South Africa's Parliament - which
meets less than a mile from the site the
first European settlement in southern
Africa 332 years ago - adjourned at
12:50 a.m., with the issue of its own ex-
piration at the center of debate.
CONSERVATIVE Party deputies
walked out to protest the ruling
National Party's plan to charge the
present style of government and to of-
fer limited voting rights to South
Africa's 850,000 Asians and 2.7 million
persons of mixed race.
The opposition Progressive Federal
Party argued vainly for whites, Asians
and "cdloreds," South Africa's official
clasgification for people of mixed race,
to debate issues together.

The nation's nearly 21 million blacks,
who outnumber whites by more than 4-
1, remain without representation or the
power to vote.
National Party won approval from
white voters last November for a new
constitution creating separate cham-
bers of Parliament for whites, for
Asians and for people of mixed race.
Elections for those chambers willtake
place in August and the new system will
take effect in September.
Up to now, the South African system
of government has been based on the
British system in which a prime
minister serves at the will of
Parliament and can be fired by vote of
no confidence. In Pretoria's new
system, a state president will replace
the prime minister and will have much
stronger powers.

Graduate student tuition

to rise more
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allocated $182 million to the University,
an increase of 11.2 percent - or $19
million - over last year. The state ap-
propriation is approximately half of the
University general operating fund. The
percentage of state aid in the general
fund has fluctuated from 73 to 48 per-
cent - which partially explains the
tuition increases of 9.5, 15, and 18 per-
cent for the past three years.
Six other state-supported colleges
have announced tuition freezes for the
fall term: Wayne State, Eastern
Michigan, Central Michigan and
Western Michigan Universities and
Ferris and Lake Superior State
The regents also approved the
University's operating budget at the
meeting. The budget plan called for the
use of the University's equity funds that
have been saved up over the years. Vice
president James Brinkerhoff, chief
financial officer of the University,
reminded the regents that the Univer-
sity can only use the extra funds once.
The budget was passed 7-1 with Baker

than 7%
opposing the motion.
LAST MONTH, the regents had to
approve a resolution to continue
operations under last year's budget un-
til the legislature set the University's
funding for the coming year. The
University's funding was approved,
along with the rest of the State's
budget, last week.
The freeze was also approved in hope
of more increases in the coming year.
The University doesn't have the
capacity to continue to absorb declining
state support, said Billy Frye, vice
president for academic affairs and
provost. The surpluses have dried up.
The regents approved on Thursday
the School of Business Administration's
plan to charge a mandatory $100 fee
each term for the use of a new
microcomputer system. The plan is
similar to the College of Engineering's
plan in which engineering students and
LSA students majoring in computer
science are required to pay a $100 per
term fee to use the Computer Aided
Engineering Network (AENH -

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