Santa Cruz Sentinel from Santa Cruz, California on August 13, 1981 · Page 16
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16 Santa Cruz Sentinel Thursday, Aug. 13, 1981 Controllers Still Expect Accord By LOUSE COOK Associated Press Writer Air traffic controllers say they weren't surprised by the toughness of President Reagan's response to their illegal strike only by the speed with which he moved. And most of them also say they expect that they and the administration will come to terms eventually. "I think it's only a matter of time before there will be a very definite breakthrough," said Bob Cameron, 35, of Norfolk, Va. "The economic pressures will be the key to the termination of this whole thing." The controllers walked off the job at 7 J" . if " , , - IK. 1 Pof Ferns of Eugene tries to net "Chester." Fish Hook Trapped In Sea Gull's Mouth AP Laserphoto El'GENE. Ore (API - Chester the sea gull has a sticky problem. The gray-flecked bird went for what appeared to be the glitter of a tiny fish, but got hooked instead on an abandoned fishing lure at the Fern Ridge Reservoir west of here. The double-hooked lure became snagged on both the top and bottom of the left side of the gull's beak Chester can still eat, by twisting his head sideways and nibbling out of the right side of his beak. Pat Ferris, a visitor to Richardson Point State Park at the reservoir, discovered the bird Friday and tried without success to get help from several govern ment offices. She then called the Eugene Register-Guard newspaper. James Beal. Richardson Park manager and a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employee, said Wednesday that he had not heard about the gull's problem, but that "it sounds like the arrow-in-the-duck syndrome" and that he would see what could be done. Beal planned to try' to capture the bird and to turn it over to wildlife officials for treatment. Chester's predicament did not diminish his appetite. The gull has gobbled up crackers and pieces of watermelon rinds, pieces of bread and taco chips tossed by people. Religious Requirements OK'd By American Bar Association NEW ORLEANS ( AP) - Critics say an American Bar Association amendment allowing church-supported law schools to use religion to discriminate in the admission of students and hiring of faculty will allow schools to bar Jews, Catholics, blacks or anyone else deemed to fail its religious requirements: The ABA, at its week-long annual convention here, bowed to legal pressure Wednesday as its House of Delegates approved the accreditation amendment 147-127 Following the vote. Oral Roberts University's 0 W Coburn School of Law in Tulsa, Okla. was granted provisional accreditation, despite its requirement that students sign religious pledges and faculty members sign pledges and pass religious tests. It may seek permanent accreditation in three years. Peter Langrock. a lawyer from Mid-dlebury, Vt , said the amendment put the ABA in the position of telling most law-schools they must have affirmative action programs to benefit blacks and other minorities but that religious schools may discriminate as they please "Discrimination by any other name is still discrimination," he said The action took the ABA off the hook in a federal court case in Chicago in which the fundamentalist school sued the ABA. charging violation of the constitutional right of religious freedom. Accreditation is a serious matter for a law school because lawyers maintain strong regulations, similar to a labor union's closed shop. In most states, graduates of non-accredited law schools cannot even take the bar examination for licensing as a lawyer. The Oral Roberts matter was one o! the more controversial proposals at the convention, which closed Wednesday The vote came after more than an hour of debate. Many backers specified that they didn't care much for the change in ABA standards, but that it was necessary Joe Stamper, a lawyer from Antler. Okla . who argued for the amendment, said he could not subscribe to the Oral Roberts requirements because "I like a beer now and then." But he said religious organizations have a long history of superior education and only recently bumped into the "enforced secularization" of civil rights. The law school, he said, would go down the drain unless it won accreditation. The first class is now in its third year and ABA rejection would force most students to switch schools, he said. "Why does everyone who supports this amendment do so half-heartedly''" asked Dennis Archer, a Detroit lawyer. "Everybody has an alibi, an excuse. Well, Oral Roberts can do what it wants to do, but it does not have the right to come in here and blackjack us into giving them accreditation for it." J D. Ashcroft, attorney general -of Missouri, said the only question was freedom of religion. "When any of us exercise our freedom of religion, we exercise religious discrimination." he said. To Whitney Seymour, a New York City lawyer, the issue was political tactics, not social philosophy. He urged passage of the amendment because an extended legal fight could create complications. "I want to warn you against all the enemies lurking in the bushes who would try to deprive the council of its right to accredit law schools." he said. The amendment said, in part, that nothing in the anti-discrimination standard "shall be construed to prevent a law school from having a religious affiliation and purpose and adopting policies of admission and employment that directly relate to such affiliation and purpose so long as notice of such policies has been provided to applicants, students, faculty and employees." ABA lawyers may now tell U.S. District Judge James Moran that the legal dispute is resolved Moran had issued an order July 17 forbidding the ABA to deny provisional accreditation to ORU's law-school hut suspended enforcement pending the outcome of the vote. Fire Alarms Go Off At MGM Grand LAS VEGAS (API - Smoke from a welder's torch set off alarms at the newly-reopened MGM Grand Hotel as smoke filtered into the resort's upper three floors. MGM spokesman Bill Bray said smoke from a welder's torch on the 27th floor of the main tower set off smoke alarms on the upper three floors shortly before 10 a.m. Wednesday. Bray said the smoke activated the resort's new $5 million life safety system and alerted guests on the upper floors to the problem. Clark County Fire Department units also responded to the scene and found no blaze. Bray said fans purged the smoke off the floors, but the smell of smoke remained. The massive resort reopened July 30, eight months after a blaze killed 84 persons in the nation's second-worst hotel fire. a m. on Monday, Aug. 3, defying court orders and risking fines and jail. At 11 a.m. the same day, Reagan gave them 48 hours to return to work or be fired. Most controllers ignored the threat. The government started mailing dismissal letters a week ago Wednesday and took the position that there was no more strike; there were merely empty jobs to be filled. "We were prepared to be fired, or we wouldn't have walked out to begin with,", said Ben Grimes, 3H, of Charlotte, N.C. "We were surprised by the quickness of it all." Jim O'Connor, 35, of Hanover Park, 111., a Chicago suburb, said the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization "anticipated everything that happened." O'Connor added, however: "On the first day of a strike to walk out and fire 12,000 people is unheard of. It was a mistake and unfair. I'm not surprised because he (Reagan) is a conservative Republican and probably a bit of a reactionary." Larry Hartman, 33, of Tucson, Ariz., wasn't quite so prepared. "We had expected some of the things they were going to do. We didn't expect all of them," he said. "We didn't think they were going to fire us and then throw us in jail and then fine us." Bob Westra, 33, who, like O'Connor, worked at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, said Reagan's action strengthened the determination of the strikers. "When they unloaded all the big guns on us and gave us the Wednesday deadline, they really did us a favor. No one expected the president to join the fracas so quickly..." Westra predicted that the government would change its stance and re-open negotiations. "It's a matter of how long they can weather the storm. The government is going to have to deal with us." He said that when the public realizes the impact of the controllers' actions, the administration will "find it a very cheap solution indeed to sit down and negotiate some of the issues that have been brewing in this field for 10 or 15 years." The issues, according to Westra and other strikers, are not monetary, although PATCO demanded a pay hike of $10,000 a year for controllers who earned an average of $33,000 annually. The real issues, say the men and women on the picket line, are long hours, retirement benefits and working conditions that they claim are filled with a dangerous amount of stress. Ben Hoffman, 39, of Milwaukee, complained that the news media was focusing on money and overlooking other demands. "Nobody wants to hear, us," he said. "We've been crying out." Doc Livingston, 33, the president of PATCO Local 246, said he is convinced that a settlement will be arranged. "There will be some breakthrough. The controllers will go back to work. The issues which are fundamental ... will be addressed by the administration." . - ' 7 , - wr St -if -v - - -7 ' - i l ' ' ' ' v.; J ; ; J K j ' r AP Laserphoto Robert Poli, center, president of controllers' union, goes to court. For Airlines, Is Strike A Blessing Or Curse? By ROBERT BURNS NEW YORK (API - It has frustrated millions of travelers, but the air controllers strike may be a blessing in disguise for some airlines, analysts say. The airlines are gaining big savings by dropping unprofitable routes, furloughing workers and sidelining fuel-wasting aircraft, thanks to a government order to cut their flights by an average 25 percent in the wake of the controllers' walkout. Before the strike, the streamlining was restricted by-competitive pressures, but it became easier once 12.000 controllers walked off the job Aug. 3 in a contract dispute with the government. "This situation does allow the airline industry to rectify some of the critical problems it has been facing, particularly on labor productivity and fuel consumption issues," said Julius Maldutis Jr., who follows the airline industry for the investment firm of Salomon Brothers. Maldutis estimated that the industry would save about $2.1 billion in fuel expenses if it operated at about 80 percent of capacity for a full year. Sharp increases in jet fuel prices last year helped push the domestic airline industry into its deepest financial nosedive in history, with seven of the 10 biggest carriers reporting deficits for the year. Another round of steep price increases early this year added to the problems. Neal St. Anthony of Republic Airlines estimated that the carrier was saving as much as $200,000 a day in fuel costs by flying fewer flights, reducing the number of short-haul flights and sidelining less efficient aircraft. Trans World Airlines, which began to streamline its operations last year by reducing flights and trimming costs, may achieve that goal "a little quicker" because of the strike, spokeswoman Sally McElwreath said. Despite the savings projected by analysts, most airline officials insist that the strike will do them more harm than good. And some said they may be forced to make deeper cuts. John J. Casey, chairman of financially troubled Braniff Airways, called the controllers strike a "curse" to the industry. His airline, which lost $128 million last year, has furloughed 2,000 workers since the strike began. "In the interest of survival, we may have to have deeper layoffs than we anticipated," said Eastern Airlines Chairman Frank Borman. Eastern's 39 top officers accepted 10 percent wage cuts last week, and the Miami-based carrier may request similar sacrifices from its 42,437 workers. Wall Street analysts, however, suggested that airline executives were bemoanirg the strike for public relations purposes. "What would you expect them to do? You don't tell anyone in any environment that something causing other people pain is making you money," said Eliot Fried Jr., an airline analyst at Shearson Loeb Rhoades, an investment firm. Couple Returns To Soviet Union Without Son MOSCOW (AP) - Michael and Anna Polovchak returned to the Soviet Union today, their dreams of living in Chicago shattered and their 13-year-old son Walter a political refugee in the United States. Asked by reporters at the airport how she felt, the mother said, "I feel well," but then broke into tears and was escorted to a waiting car. The parents arrived at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport with their 6-year-old son Michael, and were given flowers by a government representative of the Ukraine, where they are expected to resettle. The Soviet news agency Tass quoted the mother as saying before her departure from Washington, "We are lucky to have managed to get out of here with our younger son." In a statement released Wednesday in the United States by the American Civil Liberties Union, which represented the couple, the father said, "My wife and I were raised to believe that a child should be with his parents ... My wife is crying all the time. This affair has made her very upset." "We want our little Walter back, and we just do not understand how the government is the one to decide where the child is to live ... "We believe that our Walter does not yet understand what asylum means nor what his life would be like without his parents ..." The boy had said he could not go back now because he feared reprisals, but his father said: "My wife and I would not return to a place where they would harm a child. Walter had a nice home in the Ukraine ..." Last week. Walter applied for permanent resident alien status, one of the first steps toward citizenship. He is in the care of foster family and is attending a summer camp in Wisconsin. But the departure by the Polovchaks still was a surprise because it came the same day that the boy's lawyer announced the government would not step in if probate authorities gave the parents custody. The Polovchaks emigrated here last year but decided after six months that they did not like life in the United States. They said they were distressed about their poverty in the United States and about interference in the religious and social lives of their children by U.S. relatives. Walter, however, ran off with his sister, Natalie, to stay in an apartment his uncle had rented for the two. He was granted asylum over the protests of the Soviet Embassy in Washington after a Cook County juvenile judge placed him in state custody. Natalie. 18, also remained behind and applied to be a resident alien last week. She was not involved in the custody dispute because she legally is an adult The ACLU said it has not dropped the parents' fight for custody. The case is before the Illinois appellate court and a ruling is expected "in two or three months," said lawyer Julian Kulas, who represents the boy. Federal Hearing On Strike Canceled LAS VEGAS (AP) - A federal court hearing scheduled for striking a'tr controllers Friday in Las Vegas has been canceled by agreement of both the government and the controllers. The hearing before U.S. District Judge Harry Claiborne was to decide whether a preliminary injunction should replace a temporary restraining order issued earlier by Claiborne ordering the controllers back to work. 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