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Page 2-The Michigan Daily-Friday, July 21,1989

Strike
Continued from Page 1
nurses can work elsewhere for the
same money, but in less stressful
environments. Also,the constant in-
flux of new, untrained staff adds to
the responsibilities of the senior
nursing staff.
Most nurses said they want the
administration to hire more nursing
staff, decrease the amount of manda-
tory overtime expected from them,
and improve staff retention rates by
offering more benefits.
According to Lesley Shafer, RN,
who picketed the hospital's main en-
trance on Wednesday, some
University Hospital units are staffed
solely on an 'on-call' basis. This
means that nurses who have already
worked an eight, ten, or twelve-hour
shift can end up working mandatory
overtime shifts of 8 to 12 hours
more. "How can you make good de-
cisions when you're that tired?"
asked Shafer.
On Wednesday afternoon, the
hospitals were operating at 41 per-
cent capacity with only 364 of the
886 available beds occupied, and 12
of the 54 patient care units closed.
Patients have been discharged, trans-
ferred to other area hospitals, or con-
solidated into the 42 units remaining
in operation. Admissions have
ceased, and ambulances are being
directed to other hospitals. St.
Joseph's Hospital is now full, and
some patients are being transferred to

hospitals in Ohio. The hospitals are
making daily assessments to deter-
mine the number of inpatients they
are able to serve.
All elective surgeries have been
cancelled, and other surgeries have
been delayed, said Marszalek-
Gaucher. Should an organ become
available to one of the three patients
waiting for liver transplants,
Marszalek-Gaucher said, "we would
have to assess our ability to do that
transplant."
"We're not closed, but we're try-
ing to keep the volume down.The
emergency room is open, but we're
trying to turn away cases when pos-
sible, unless the patient is so criti-
cally ill that there is reason to be-
lieve they won't survive the ride,"
said UMH Public Relations
Department representative Toni
Shears.
So far between 300 and 500 RN's
have picketed at six sites around the
medical complex, including the main
entrance, the loading dock, and the
emergency department. Kirkpatrick
said he hopes that the large picket
lines will encourage more UMPNC
members to show their support as
they realize that the strike is under-
way.
In addition to picketing by
nurses, hospital housekeeping staff
represented by the American
Federation of Service and
Maintenance Employees and UMH
Security staff are also picketing the
hospital's main entrance in a show
of support for the nurses, and for in-

formational purposes. Federal
Express has reduced its services to
the University Hospitals to one
pick-up per day.
The University Hospital
Administration is asking all staff not
on strike to volunteer for extra du-
ties. Staff sleeping arrangements
have been made, nurses have been
hired from temporary agencies, and
non-striking UMPNC members are
being bused across picket lines every
half hour from an off-site parking
area. Hospital administrators are try-
ing to limit the presence of newspa-
per and television reporters by ask-
ing employees to present their ID
badges at hospital entrances.
Only 270 of the 493 nurses
scheduled for shifts Wednesday
morning reported to work.
Marszalek-Gaucher estimated that
about half of those who came in
were RN's who had decided not to
participate in the strike.
"We've done everything within
our power to get our nurses back at
work. Now we have to figure out
how we're going to gear-up again.
Many people are waiting for admis-
sion,"said Marszalek-Gaucher. "I fer-
vently hope [the strike] won't last
long."
A nursing strike has occurred
only once before in the 120-year his-
tory of University Hospitals, when
the UMPNC went on strike for 23
days in April of 1981.
CORRECTION
The Sexual Assault Prevention
and Awareness Center does
not endorse the Coalition to
Boycott Domino's Pizza. This
was reported incorrectly in last
week's Daily.
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News briefs
Physicists meet at 'U'
BY ALEX MAWS
Over 200 physicists, electrical engineers and materials scientists from
20 countries attended the fourth International Conference on Modulated
Semiconductor Structures this week at the University.
The latest advances in artificial semiconductor structures and ultrasmall
electronic devices are among the topics being discussed at the conference
which ends today.
Tremendous advances have been made in recent years in the field of
semiconductors which are used as the key components to almost all
electronic devices including computer hardware, industrial and military
equipment, and consumer electronics.
"We are now able to reduce the size of a semiconductor to that of
about 10 atoms," said Roberto Merlin,prof.of physics and chair
organizer of the conference.
This technology will allow for the development of smaller electronic
devices which will be able to process information faster.
Semiconductors will serve as a crucial link in leading us into the
"information age" of the 21st century, said George Wright, a participant
in the conference.
Speaking at the conference was Leo Esaki, a Nobel Prize winner, who
has been instrumental in the semiconductor field.
"The conference is important to bridge the interdisciplinary gap
between the different fields involved in basic semiconductor research," he
said.
Exposing Contragate
BY ROLLIE HUDSON
Tony Avirgan, one of the investigative journalists responsible for the
international revelations between the contras and drug sales, will speak
Monday at 8:00 pm in the Wolverine Room of the Michigan Union.
Avirgan was injured in the "La Penca bombing" press conferance in
1985 which eventually led to the implication of the CIA in the
subsequent Iran-Contra Affair.
An update on the Christic Institute's lawsuit against Contragate
defendants will be the focus of Avirgan's speech. He will also analyze the
connections between drugs, arms trafficking, and US foreign policy. The
speech is being sponsored by the Latin American Solidarity Committee.
Dental School dean nominated
BY TARANEH SHAFII
Yesterday afternoon the University's Board of Regents approved the
nomination of Bernard Machen, former president of the American
Association of Dental Schools, as dean of the University's School of
Dentistry.
Machen will replace two-year Interim Dean William Kotowicz this
fall.
Machen has been with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
for 14 years and is currently the associate dean of the School of Dentistry.
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