THE MICHIGAN DAILY
va : i: i r i,. fy "Fsi7t. 4, 1944,
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Automobile Industry Presents Program
For Employing Wounded Wur Veterans
DIETROIT, March 30.-(A)- On employment begins with a medical ex-
the theory that no man is "disabled" amination. In some instances an ap-
if he has the courage to go ahead, titude test follows; in others the re-
the nation's automobile industry is habilitation work is under the super-
providing jobs for thousands of han- vision of special representatives of
dicapped war veterans .the company personnel department.
Rehabilitation programs in the In all cases the worker is fitted to
Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Hud- an existing job essential to the gen-
son and other factories already are eral production scheme. The handi-
well under way. Jobs are not creat- capped worker is paid the rate for
ed for the physically handicapped; the job to which he is assigned. Ev-
worker and job are matched just as ery effort is made to convince the
in normal employment. worker that he is needed in that job.
No Segregation of Handicapped Seniority Problems
Returned soldiers are not sent to Problems of accumulated seniority
jobs that bring back war memories, have to be considered in the case of
but there is no segregation of the former employes returning from mili-
handicapped where it can be avoided. tary service. They were absent on
If their war-suffered handicaps military leave and two years or three
permit, returning soldiers are assign- years of military service counts as
ed the type of work they performed additional job seniority. The senior-
before entering the armed services. ity, however, applies only in the work-
For the others a carefully worked out er's pre-war classification and not on
formula determines the type of job a plant-wide basis.
for which they are best suited. Thus a welder, handicapped by
Soldiers Tested war-suffered impairment and unable
The soldier's return to industrial to resume his old job, cannot take
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his seniority into a new assignment.
There are indications that an agree-
ment may be worked out to make the
seniority plant-wide, at least for han-
dicapped war veterans.
Doctors Approve Transfers
Once assigned to a job, the veteran
with physical impairment cannot be
transferred without approval of the
medical department. This rule is
observed even when the worker him-
self asks a transfer from a job which
has been picked for its safety to an-
other which is more hazardous.
At the Ford Motor Company plants
the employment of physically handi-
capped war veterans fits in with a
program Henry Ford inaugurated
more than 20 years ago. At that
time he decided that Ford plants in
each community should represent a
cross-section of the community's
population. Thus if one out of ev-
ery 6,000 persons was blind, then one
of every 6,000 Ford workers must be
a blind man.
Art Arbor Air
Lawrence C. Neely and Donald W.
Conner, both of Ann Arbor, injured
when their plane crashed Sunday
on Scully Rd. were reported "com-
ing along quite well" by St. Joseph's
Hospital physicians yesterday.
Conner suffered a chest injury and
head lacerations while Neely, pilot-
ing the plane, suffered chest and ab-
dominal injuries and face lacerations.
Sheriff's deputies were unable to
determine the' cause of the crash.
Occupation of Ruhr
Cuts Miuition Supplies
"With the loss of the Ruhr valley,
Germany has lost most of her raw
materials for munitions, synthetic
plants, and petroleum reserves," ac-
cording to Prof. K. K. Landes, chair-
man of the Department of Geology.
After these losses, Prof. Landes
said, Germany can only exist on re-
serves accumulated in unoccupied
parts of the country. It is as if the
United States were to lose the Pitts-
burgh and Detroit areas, with their
iron and coal resources, steel mills
Germany has also lost the natural
resources in the Saar and Silesia,
and in southern Germany. The iron
in the Lorraine district is now in
Allied hands, and although ore may
ibe imported from Sweden, it is of no
use without coke.
The coal which could be used for
making coke, necessary for the man-
ufacture of steel, was lost with the
Ruhr valley. Some supplies of lig-
nite still remain, but coke cannot be
made from this. It is used for mak-
ing synthetic gasoline, but these
plants have been razed by Allied
Germany also has resources of salt
and potash. The latter will be im-
portant in the post-war period for
the manufacture of fertilizers. But,
Prof. Landes stated, "Germany is
now running on supplies in the cup-
board, and very soon the cupboard
will be bare."
BUMY WAR BONDS
' P R E S S C L U B' I N F 0 X H 0 L E S-Holes scooped in volcanic ash serve as news and photo
headquarters for the men covering the desperate battle fort Iwo Jima.
N A M E D -Wallace K. Harri.
son (above) has been named
director of the office of inter-
American affairs by President.
Roosevelt, succeeding Nelson
Rockefeller, who recently was
appointed an assistant secretary
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D I V I S I O N C I T E D F O R B A S T O C N E B A T T L E-Somewhere in France the 101st U. S. Airborne Division lines up to
receive a Presidential citation for its heroic deeds at Bastogne. It was the first such citation to be awarded to an entire division.
Get in the swing of Spring with one of the
newest of brief little toppers. Of 100% wool in
delicate shades of pink, green, blue,
i d e0& wr
j 0 A N-Actress Joan Blondell
donned this feathered hat and
old-fashioned dress for her role
in a new motion picture.'
D A K 0_T A S U N L 0 A D-Army trucks pull up beside a long line of RAF Dakotas at a Belgian
airfield to unload sunplies of ammunition, rations, and medical equipment,
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