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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - November 12, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                PUBLICATION OFFICI Cirbondile 710 N Illinois Murphytbwe 111 Walnut Htrrin 212 N 1Mb Volume 82Ne 2441 Se Copy 2 Sect PECATUH Crboi MeMei Hrrm Murphyrtor TUESDAY NOV 11 W4 wouia 1 Centralia AP An Illinois official of the United Mine Workers of America says The time has come when we are going to get a good contract If wedont get it now we never will and we stay aut until we do The warning came just hours before the unions contract with the coal industry expired Gene Mitchell a UMW in ternational executive board member from Illinois and a member of the unions bargaining council was prepared to leave his home in Benton for Washington at a moments notice to consider a new contract package the first step in the ratification process That process could come more swiftly than forecast in some circles he said within five days instead of two weeks If the council approves the package it would be submitted to a convention of district delegates in Pittsburgh In turn the delegates would sub mit the contract to the rank and file Mitchell said Monday It would take eight days Actually the way theyve got it set up they could do it in five The voting process would take approximately three days But every working member will get a chance to vote on this There are about 120000 UMW members in the United States Jack Ponsetti of Benton a member of the state UMW board said Illinois 11500 members wouldnt need more than four or five days for ratification But he said there Walkout begi as talks go on Washington AP A nationwide coal strike cast Its shadow for the first time today over resumption of con tract talks between union and management represen tatives The strike by 120000 United Mine Workers another blow to the nations battered economy began at The gut problems coal miners and their families face remain unsolved UMW President Arnold Miller had after the 83rd meeting with industry representatives broke up Monday The B4th session began just after am CST today The strike expected to last at least twotothree weeks could idle tens of thousands of workers in the railroad steel and other basic industries The coal industrys chief negotiator Guy Farmer ex pressed disappointment but some progress was made toward agreement n a new contract Every day of progress brings it closer to an agree ment he said I believe definitely we can have it by the end of the week After negotiators reach a settlement UMW members must ratify the proposed con tract a process the union says will take 10 days However sources on both sides indicated they were still far apart on a number of key Issues including wages various other benefits A union source said another hangup involves the unions jurisdiction and the sub contracting of work to nonunion contractors The source com mented that the definition of its jurisdiction Is the heart and soul of the union Miller was not as optimistic about the possibility of an early settlement as Farmer He summarized the nine weeks of negotiations Pickets gunshots mark strikes start Charleston W Va AP Isolated picketing and a minor shooting incident mark ed todays beginning of a na tionwide coal mine strike by members of the United Mine Workers There were few visible signs of the strike at UMW mines since miners traditionally do not picket in UMW contract disputes They simply do not show up for work But picket lines were set up at some ponunlon mines In the Appalachian coalfields Tom Owens president of UMW District 28 In Virginia also reported the shooting In cident A man jumped out of a car at the Paramount Coal Co mine in Wise County Va Owens said tore down picket signs and fired a shot into the ground near one picket The picketer was a member of a local non UMW labor group who was demons trating in support of the UMW Owens said He said the man then jumped back into his car fired a se cond shot which struck his own car and fled There were no injuries We talked and the industry listened But apparently they did not hear So now coal miners have been forced to resort to the only language the coal industry seems to unders tand a strike The UMW leader said As the strike goes on industry knows public presure for in tervention by the government will mount Striking miners and their families will be feelilng the bite of lost wages as the Christmas season approaches I serve notice on the coal industry that no matter how great the pressure coal miners will not be bludgeoned into accepting in the future a contract that is not acceptable now he said Labor Secretary Peter J Brennan indicated that the government would not invoke the TaftHartley Act to order the miners back to work until the union members vote on a proposed settlement If they turn down the con tract and the strike looks like its going on longer then I think Its time for the government to act Brennan said At the deputy press secretary John W Hushen said there certainly is concern on the part of the President about dislocations and hardships that will result from the strike We continue to be hopeful that the collective bargaining process will work The prospects for settlement are good Few members olf the UMW which accounts for three fourths of the nations coal production worked Monday which was observed as Veterans Day In many states Mines began shutting down last Friday and Saturday as miners finished their weeks work Three shots hit school bus in West Virginia controversy Charleston W Va AP Three shots hit a school bus today as it was preparing to pick up students returning to classes for the first time since the board of education decided to keep controversial textbooks in the Kanawha County school system No injuries were reported School officials closed one school where pickets appeared and some sheriffs deputies were assigned to drive buses whose drivers had been scared away by the pickets Todays shooting incident came after two school buses were struck by shotgun blasts Monday night Earlier Monday a car owned by parents who had been sending their children to school was firebonbed police also said there were no injuries in those incidents School resumed today following a Veterans Day holi day Monday The school board last Friday refused to throw out textbooks which opponents say un dermine the religious faith and patriotism of their children Leaders of a protest had urged parents to keep pupils out of classes Most buses made their runs this morning without inci dent About 50 protesters appeared at the Cedar Grove Community School and by mutual agree ment of the teachers and Board of Education classes were suspended The protesters said they will not allow classes to resume at the school until the books are permanently removed Teachers decided not to at tempt to enter the school when they were confronted on the parking lot by the pro testers isnt a good standard for estimating the necessary time because this is the first time weve ever done this The Illinois rank and file much of which worked meir final shifts Saturday because of the holiday Monday seemed calm and prepared for a pro tracted walkout Many spent the last day of their contract relaxing hunting and catching up on household chores One leader from Herein took the opportunity for a shopping trip to St Louis Others made their holiday purchases weeks ago A handful of miners mostly maintenance workers were on the job at tripletime pay for winding down operations at a few mines Mine owners said management workers were on vacation work The miners do not picket dur ing a contract strike unless coal companies attempt to ope rate mines Gene Mitchell UMW International boards member of Benton said Meanwhile union officials are working to help miners in need to get public assistance Thomas Shoemake UMW Dis trict 12 Subdistrict 8 board member of Herrin said 10 strike fund Shoemake said officials are working to set up a program to assist miners in getting food stamps public aid to depen dent children and general as sistance He said a central point where miners may come for help will be established but details are not completed Ford withdraws Gibson for FEA Washington AP President Ford agreed today to abandon Andrew E Gibson as his choice to be federal energy administrator but prom ised to appoint him to another responsible position in govern ment if FBI checks raise no obstacles Gibsons selection to head me FEA became controversial because of his connections with Interstate Oil Transport Co a Philadelphia oilbarge and tanker company In 1972 the Federal Maritime Administration granted a million subsidy to a tanker building venture which benefitted Interstate Oil Gibson was maritime ad ministrator at the time and the Over ousfer subsidy was signed by his deputy Robert J BlackweH Six months later Gibson became president of Interstate While he held that Job Interstate applied for a new million subsidy from Blackwell who had moved up to maritime administrator Gibson left Interstate last May with a guarantee of million for his services of only 14 months and Interstate got its second subsidy last Ju ly Gibson had been selected to replace John C Sawhffl as Federal Energy Administrator after the President accepted Sawhills resignation as re quested by Morton Ford may damage black relations Mine strike brings layoff of 90 area rail employes c Washington StarNews Washington President Ford In an action certain to chill his relations with black leaders has decided to remove Barbara M Watson from the State Department According Ford ended moritSs of doubt about Miss Watsons status last week by accepting the pro forma resignation she had submitted when he became president Miss Watson assistant secretary of state in charge of the departments Bureau of Security and Consular Affairs is one of the highestranking blacks in the federal govern ment Her removal had been sought ardently by a number of upper echelon officials of the depart ment but heir efforts were strenuously opposed by black leaders and several members of Congress Bom the Black Congres sional Caucus and group of black leaders to sep arate meetings at me White House with Ford urged him to retain her ThePresident reportedly told them that he would give their advice serious consideration and then decide tht Watson matter himself Her ouster was confirmed by sources in the State Depart ment who said that the Presi dent sent her a letter of notification last Wednesday the day after the congressional elections Lawrence S Eagleburger executive assistant to Sec retary of State Henry A Kissinger refused to discuss the matter Monday He declin ed to deny however that she was being removed The readv coal miners strike al laid off because of the coal s begun affecting em strike in other area Indus Frank Malone a press rela 11 tions manager with the lt0r An official of the Illinois in Chicago said some operat Ontral Gulf ICG Railroad ing engineers trainmen rae anSced Way that 90 South chanics and clerical persons ern Illinois employes have been were affected Aufo industry cuts back Detroit AP A souring economy and slumping new car sales sent another 15625 workers to the unemployment lines this week as the Big Three auto makers added to the nations growing jobless ranks Monday 5200 General Motors assemblers began in definite layoffs Ford Motor Co furloughed 1725 workers in Or any other Democrat In 76 definitely and Chrysler Corp laid off 8800 Hamtramck Mich workers for the week With new car sales off to their worst start in a decade the recessionplagued auto companies have 53000 workers on indefinite layoff and another 12000 scheduled for longterm furloughs within the next three weeks COLDER Of I T Walker says he could back Wallace The ICG furloughed a total of 270 persons About 90 of the persons affected work in the St Louis Division which is headquartered in Carbondale and includes Southern Illinois he said If the strike continues the layoffs may increase he said The ICG will lose about 1000 coal car loadings each day of the strike Malone said but it will continue to get some coal loadings from nonunion mines Many of the hopper cars used for coal hauling will be divert ed to sand and gravel ser vice since those companies have been short on cars for some time The shortage occur red because of coal users stock piling coal before the miners strike Malone said US moves toward recessionNessen Washington AP President Fords c h 1 spokesman acknowledged to day we are moving into a recession White House Press Secretary Bon Nessen ending weeks of semantic debate said pre view of Novembers economic statistics show a continued ero sion in the economy and that when they are announced and analyzed it Brobably would appear mis nonth we are mov ing into a recession We are not now in a reces sion but new figures will prob ably indicate we are moving into a recession he added Nessen said the White House acknowledgeent not nec essarily mean there will be changes in President Fords economic program But be left open the possibility that the President may accept an al ternative to his proposed five per cent income tax surtax on middleand highincome indivi duals and on corporations Hes not wedded to the per cent surtax but be is wed ded to the principle that there must be some way to raise the money to finance federal efforts to aid me unemployed Nessen said Birmingham Ala AP Gov Daniel Walker says he expects to be able to support Alabama Gov George Wallace or any other Democrat for the partys presidential nomination in But the Illinois governor also said Monday in Alabama that he will reserve the right to listen to the issues when the time comes Walker visited Alabama to address a retail trade group and also chatted with Wallace who was in Birmingham for a Veterans Day parade I try to visit with the governor whenever Im in another state Walker told newsmen He and Wallace met privately then spoke with newsmen Wallace said the Democratic sweepin last weeks election was a mandate for change He said he and Walker discussed the party move away from the average citizen and a need to get into position where the average man relates to it Walker said he asked Wallace to attend the Democratic Governors Con ference later this month Itll be good for the party because Gov Wallace is a leader in the Democratic party Its a big party and theres lots of room for unity he said A Wallace aide said the governor might not be able to attend the conference because of conflicting speaking engagement In his luncheon speech Walker attacked waste in government spending saying it was increasing faster than the rate of inflation Walker also told newsmen he has not made a decision whether he will support in dependent Alderman William Singers campaign to win the Democratic candidacy for mayor of Chicago It has been reported that Singers aides have asked Walkers top aide Victor de Grazia to handle Singers election bid which could result in a facetoface battle with Mayor Richard J Daley who has not yet announced whether he will seek a sixth term Walker whois en route to thegovernors conference said that he and de Grazia will distuss their role in Singers campaign and make a decision when both he and de Grazia who is vacationing in Europe return to Dlinois The decision could in 10 Mostly cloudy tonight low in mid SOS Wednesday cloudy and continued cold high in up per 40s Cloudy Thursday through Saturday chance of snow or rain on Thursday Cold throughout the period lows in 30s highs in 40s INDFX Classified Comics TV Bridge Crossword Editorials Family living details map 13U 19 4 1417 1112 17 I Arafat en route to New York By the Associated Press Palestinian leader Ysir Arafat was en route to New York today where the tightest security measures in the citys history were thrown up to shield him and his delegation from militant Jews A Palestinian source in Cairo said Arafat chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organiza tion left Egypt today and was making stops in Libya and Algeria en route to New York to address the UN General AiMinbly i IBHE delays consideration Chairman astounded1 by budgef requests LindsaySchaub News Service Springfield Board of Higher Education Chairman Donald Prince said today he was astounded by the fiscal 1976 budget requests of public colleges and universities Prince said the increases which totals 30 per cent when both capital and operating budgets are considered is more than I can comprehend and places this board in a very unenviable position Prince said that he had discussed the request with Gov Daniel Walker and added dont tee it in toe cards that any one will come out with a 30 per cent Increase At Princes request the board decided to consider the budget increase requests in January not in December as expected Prince said that would give the staff adequate time to analyze the requests with representatives of the colleges and universities Prince added that he hoped that the colleges and universities would be realistic about the position the board finds itself in and would reconsider their 1974 budgett budgets   

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