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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - September 4, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                PUBLICATION OFFICE Murphysboro Herrln 710 N 1113 Walnut 212 N 1Mb Volume a Copy Jourtla1 WEDNESDAY SEPT 41J74 010175 LIBRARY LSHEWSPAPEP4 BOX 7S5 62535 ion issues in cpa talks Arnold Miller president of UMWA AP wircphoto Third day Sniper fire looting continue in Newark Washington AP The chances of avoiding a crippling nationwide coal strike appear to depend on two critical issues increased safety for the miners and greater production for the owners Despite optimism expressed at the start of negotiations for avoiding a strike initial contract proposals put forth Tuesday in dicate the miners and owners are far apart on these issues Union sources said they ex pect less difficulty iff winning big wage increases other fringe benefits than in obtaining nonmoney items now that the companies are selling coal at record prices The national contract covering 120000 miners who produce 75 per cent of the nations coal ex pires Nov 12 and government officials are concerned that a long strike would seriously ag gravate the nations economic and energy problems United Mine Workers Presi dent Arnold Miller struck what appeared to be an un compromising position on mine safety declaring that the lives and safety of American coal miners are not negotiable But Walter G Wallace chief negotiator for the Bitumuious Coal Operators Association said if the union expects substantial wage and benefit hikesit will be essential to increase production and productivity The industry cited government figures showing that output per manday fell from nearly 20 tons in 1968 to less than 17 last Miller noted the industrys concern over lost productivity and attributed the loss to 1 wildcat strikes and absenteeism He said the union would discuss Ithese serious problems can didly and suggest solutions The surest cure for lost pro ductivity due to wildcats and absenteeism is to give coal miners acontract they can work and live under in decency and fairness Miller told the coal operators However the union chiefs safety demands would reduce productivity by raising payrolls without increasing output directly These demands were for fulltime helpers on all dangerous mine machinery education and safety programs for new miners and company paid fulltime safety com mitteemen at every mine In all the union submitted morethan 40 proposals to reduce what Miller called the senseless slaughter of coal miners that has claimed 73 lives already this year In addition to safety issues and substantially higher wages the union called for a costof living escalator establishment of sick pay pro visions improved pensions four weeks vacation instead of two a new grievance pro cedure The union did not disclose figures for its wage demands Miners now earn between and a day depending on their jobs The surest guarantee of labor peace in the nations coal fields is for industry to recognize that its financial future is secure and that its profits must be shared the men who produce them Miller said The coal operators reminded the union of its responsibility to public to cooperate in the Presidents fight against infla tion Walter Wallace president of Newark NJ AP Sniper fire and looting marked fe third straight day of disorders in New Jerseys largest city Police said 12 officers and five civilians received minor in juries Relative calm returned to this of 400000 about midnight TTuesday Police said about 15 stores Including a fiveanddime and a small department store were looted Tuesday and Tuesday night as bands of youths most tf them Puerto Rican rampag ed through the predominantly tyhite North Ward Authorities said that at one time a squad of eight policemen investigating a report of looting tet a liquor store came under sniper fire Police said six shots were fired but that none of the officers was hit They withdrew without returning the fire police said The violence was centered m a 12block square area around Columbus Homes a cityowned lowincome housing project where most of the residents are Puerto Rican Police said that in the three days of violence they have ar rested a total of 76 persons in cluding 31 charges included disturbing the peace burglary breaking and entering possession of stolen goods theft ard assault on a police of ficer Fiftyfour persons have been injured authorities said Trouble which began Sunday flared again Tuesday a few hours after MayorKenneth A Gibson imposed a ban on street demonstrations Six small stores in the area of Columbus Homes were looted police said As darkness fell roving bands of youths took to the streets and there was more looting police said A spokesman for police direc tor Hubert A Williams said most of the 12injured policemen bad been hit by objects many thrown from Columbushomes He said none injured seri ously The disorders continued into Tuesday night despite a heavy rain Police in the Columbus area said the rain helped douse firebombs hurled from the project Police said no serious fires were reported Tuesday but they said scores of cars passing Columbus Homes were pelted with rocks and bottles Spanishspeaking peoples make up about 10 per cent oi Newarks population About 50 per cent of the population is black Demands Hijacker surrenders after holding pilot Boston AP 1 A young black man deman ding for the poor sur rendered today after holding an Eastern Air Lines pilot hostage a jetliner at Logan International Airport Authorities reported A state trooper who refused to foe identified said the peaceful surrender came after the hi jacker had an hourlong con versation with a black FBI agent who spoke the guys language The pilot L E Whitaker of New York City suffered minor cuts earlier and was taken off the plane to a medical station for examination Whitaker and his unidentified assailant armed with either a1 knife or a fingernail file had been alone on the twinengine DC9 for more than three hours when a white van pulled alongside and a police car ap proached the other side The police car sped away with lights flashing and an airport spokesman announced the hi jacker had been taken into custody The twinengine plane a 7 am shuttle from New LaGuardia Airport had just ar rived at Boston when the hi jacker rushed the cbckpit and confronted the pilot with either a knife or a fingernail file authorities said The hijacker hi his 20s ordered the passengers and all of the crew but the pilot off the plane The pilot was identified as Capt L E Whitaker of New York City John Stiffler Eastern airpor services manager said the hi jacker then demanded The money was spread out on the runway after the man demanded to see its color After this was done Stiffler said the mans only commen was Give the money to thi poor people of Roxbury a predominantly black section of Boston Satte Keehan police Maj Edward said later the money was picked up by police Top military crppofnfmenf considered Haig may leave White House job nf staff Of Alexander Haig 1 first days lesson was well learned Richmond Ind AP When 5yearold Tani Jo Waltz of Webster daughter Mr and Mrs Mick Waltz was asked by her father about her first day at kindergarten the conversation went like Dad Did you like it Tani Yeh Dad Did you meet a lot of kids Tani Yeh Dad Did you talk to your teacher Tani Yeh What did she Washington AP There have been high level discussions about Alexander M Haig Jr leaving his job as iWhite House chief of staff and returning to active military du ty an administration source said today Meanwhile the New York Times quoted two authoritative administration officials as saying tfiat President Ford is expected toappoint Haig as supreme commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Nixon aides try power play uo miuuuj Story an page 26 NATO supreme commander by the President The Post said senior govern ment officials believe the most likely spot for Haig to resume his military career would be as commander of one of the main US military commands or as in Europe The Washington Post also said there are growing indications that Haig will soon leave the White House staff and be A Pentagon source said the NATO post would be a logical spot for the former fourstar general to resume his military career But the source said he did hbt Tttiow of any Haig to move into that job The death today of Army INOrul A A J j Organization and Of US forces recalled to actave mihtary duty Area collective bargaining ballot 500 state employes vote Chief of Staff Creighton Abrams will mean some reshuffling of the Armys top command echelon which would make it easier to make a top command post available to Haig if Presi dent Ford chose to do so Haig would have to be recall ed to active military duty to assume the NATO post or another military command He retired from the military in August 1973 three months after he replaced HR Halde man as President Nixons top White House aide Dad say Tani quiet She told me to be By Henry de Fiebre Of The Southern Ulinoisan More man 500 Southern II linois employes of the Illinois Dept of Corrections are votj ing today and Thursday in the states first public em ploye collective bargaining election The employes primarily guards and counselors will decide whether they want the American Federation of State County and Municipal Em ployes AFSCME to repre sent them in contract negotia tions The area workers are among2500 corrections em ployes in the state voting in the election the result of an executive order issued a year ago by Gov Daniel That order grantedcoHecTive bargaining rights to 20000em ployfisjinder control Index Fairand unseasonably cool tonight with low 43 to 48 Thursday mostly sunny and warmer with high in the mid to upper 70s Generally fair Friday through Sunday with a gradual wanning trend highs Friday in the 70s and 80s Sunday Cjassified TV Editorials Bridge Crossword Family Living Records Sports Weather details map 4 27 68 8 911 8 There are about 4800 cor rections employes throughout the state Locally voting is being con ducted at Menard and Vienna by the states office of col lective bargaining AFSCME officials say that Menard where about 385 employes are eligible to vote is one of the two most important areas in the state About 210 employes of the Vienna Correctional Center al so are eligible to vote as are employes at work release centers in the area Those eligible to vote in the election cover about 30 work classifications and are p r i marily blue collar workers according to Lawrence E Rei nold political and legislative director for AFSCME Remold predicted that if public employes win the right to bargain collectively ser vices provided the public will improve because employes will have a voice in how vices are delivered and what services are delivered j The public has been expos ed to the opposite side of the coin ihe said Theyre told taxes will go up and there wll be all kinds of strikes But he said Collective bargaining has really been a deterrent to strikes There have been more public em ploye strikes in states such as Ohio and New York where such tsrikes are prohibited than in states such as Michi gan where employes bargain collectively he said AFSCME expects to conduct similar collective bargaining elections for mental health public aid and labor employes before the end of the year Remold said and he predict ed that after those elections are held the legislatures go ing to get the message and pass a comprehensive collec tive bargaining bUl The Illi nois legislature has consider ed such a measure for more than 25 years without ever passing a bill Sue Kolker AFSCME pub lic relations coordinator said the union is urging correc tions employes to turn out in force for the ejection even though AFSCME is unopposed by any other union on the ballot We feel strongly that the bigger the vote the better the contract she said Results of the election should be announced Friday Reinold said the union expects to begin contract negotiations in about 10 to 15 days AFSCME needs a sim ple majority of statewidevot ers to win designation as the employes bargaining agent Area employers Pension laws effects unclear Mamma Mial Italy running out oi pasta Naples Government indecision and hoarding by suppliers and housewives has turned pasta into a black market item in its homeland Stores are running out of spaghetti macaroni and other varieites of the national staple Naples is hungry a Neapolitan tragedy said the newspaper H Mattino With inflation soaring the Italian government has kept pasta on its listof special items whose prices are controlled Because producers claimed they were not making a reasonable profit and were threatened with bankruptcy the local govern ment authorized a 45 per cent price hike from 51 to 75 cents a pound Irate mothers and labor leaders protested and the government ordered a rollback But there was much expectation that the lower prices would not hold and pasta disappeared from the stores and markets Retailers were accused of hoarding and housewives of stocking up Pasta was the only cheap thing there was said Maria de Biase a they want to cut that to pieces too Carmela di Criscita says her husband a construction worker earns a day and it all goes to buy pasta and bread for then13 children The 25 million Neapolitans eat an average of 22 pounds of pasta a month compared to 66 pounds in the industrial northern cty of Turin The Neapolitans say the local ppvertyof the city is one reason why they depend so heavily on pasta In the southern city of Taran to a shopkeeper was arrested for selling spaghetti at three times the official ceiling price ERROR Should be iWalkers executive orde affected about 20000 i state employes in South ern Illinois but state wide the total was 6000 0 Effects of the new pension law signed by President Ford on Labor Day are not yet clear to Southern Illinois in dustries The new law is aimed chief ly at guaranteeing that an employe who has been in a pension plan will not lose his after along period of service if he either leaves his job voluntarily or is dismissed or if his em ployer goes out of business Pension plans under union control would be more string ently regulated The act does not guarantee a pension to every American worker It does not force employers to provide pensions nor does it set pension payments The bill apparently would cajl for changes in the coal industrys pension payments to the United Mine Workers of America Otis J Gibson president of the Illinois Coal Operators Association to Springfield said Our pension plan is on a contractual basis with the coal operators and the UMW The money is paid into a fund managed by three There is no specific allot ment of funds for individual miners As a result current provi sions apparently would not conform with the bill he said My impression is that it might affect the plan but I havent analyzed it in detail Zane Neely personnel man ager for the Norge Go in Herrin said it is top early to comment on possible ef fectsofthe bill Illinois Gulf Central rail road workers are covered un der a separate retire ment act and are not affected by the new pension bill Rob ert OBrien ICG corporate re lations representative said   

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