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Striking nurses reject
University contract offer
BY MICHELLE RABIDOUX
1 Striking members of the
University of Michigan Professional
Nurse Council voted this week to
reject the hospital's contract offer,
by a margin of more than 3 to 1,
extending the strike into its ninth
"It didn't even come close," said
Deborah Stoll, spokesperson for
UMPNC. "We had the largest
turnout, in terms of numbers and
percentages of membership, in the
history of our collective bargaining
More than 1,000 votes were cast
to decide the fate of the proposed
University contract, which included
possible bonuses for mandatory
overtir. and an increase in nursing
The strongest objection to the
proposed contract was the issue of
bonuses for mandatory overtime.
The demands of the UMPNC include
a system of volunteer overtime,
greater recruitment and retention of
staff, and a better system of staffing
"As part of the UMPNC, I really
feel strongly that the (University's)
proposals don't speak to the mem-
bership's needs," said Stoll.
"What we're looking for is a
mechanism to control our practice as
professionals. The University wishes
to maintain that control for them-
selves." See Nurses, Page 2
For over a week, University nurses have picketed outside the hospitals. The strike entered into its
ninth day after nurses rejected the University's contract.
Journalist speaks about
Monaghan and the CIA
BY ANN EVELETH
Detroit-based journalist Russ Bellant spoke to
about 100 people Wednesday in a talk entitled "Tom
Monaghan and Religious Totalitarianism; A CIA
Connection," sponsored by the newly formed
Coalition to Boycott Domino's Pizza.
Bellant is a free-lance journalist and author whose
work has been published in the National Catholic
Reporter, The Detroit Jewish News, The New York
Times, The Detroit News, The Metro Times, The
Texan Observer, Extra!, and New America. He has
written extensively on right-wing activities.
According to Bellant, a new movement based on
religious ideology has taken hold in the United States
in the last 20 years. There are two currents in this
movement. One is the principle of "shepherding disci-
pleship" in which a person must submit their life to a
"shepherd." The other is "reconstructionism" which
states that "all forms of democracy and pluralism must
be abolished in favor of religious dictatorship," said
"These currents are working not only to take over
dominant churches, but also country politics," said
"Jerry Falwell becomes a weak-kneed liberal in
the eyes of these people," said Bellant.
Today Word of God has an estimated 1,600 adult
University Christian Outreach at the University.
Its religious practices include "cult control tech-
niques, pyramid-style authority submitting members
to an ultimate shepherd, and exorcisms, called deliver-
ances, which all members are obligated to undergo,"
Tom Yoder, a Word of God member from 1968 to
1976, said of the group's philosophy, "It's radical anti-
feminism, a woman belongs in the home, or celibate
for God. Women are completely responsible for child-
rearing, and only after the male-child is 12 may the
man get involved. Men are not allowed to change dia-
pers, and wormen are not allowed to wear pants."
Ralph Martin, the ultimate shepherd, or senior
leader of present day Word of God, hosts an evangelical
television program entitled "Choices We Face" to
which Domind's owner Tom Monaghan donated
$100,000 in 1986. Martin has also been arrested at
Operation Rescue health care clinic attacks.
Today Word of God is part of an international
umbrella organization called Sword of the Spirit,
which has branches in cities including Newark,
Baltimore, Manila, Beirut, Managua, Belfast,
Johannesburg, and San Jose, Costa Rica.
"The operations (Monaghan) is conducting in
Honduras are tied to Sword of the Spirit," said Bellant,
Journalist Russ Bellant, an expert on right-wing affairs, speaks to a
* crowd of 100 on Tom Monaghan and the CIA.