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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - November 14, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                PUBLICATION OMICI Carbonate 710 N lllhwli MurphyibBrt 1113 Walnut JJJN Volume IINo 2M15c a Copy Two Swlioiw MtcMMrteCirMnfilt Oilhr Jill ML THURSDAY NOV 14 consi Washington AP The striking United Mine Workers won a hefty package of wages and benefits from the coal industry in a tentative contract settlement which could reopen the nations soft coal mines before Thanksgiv ing UMW President Arnold Miller predicted his 120000 members would approve the pact The unions ratification process is expected to take about 10 days In the meantime the twoday old strike that has already idl ed about 20000 workers in the jteel and railroad industries will continue Its a very good settlement one I think I can sell to the membership Miller said in announcing the settlement Wednesday night He said it would eradicate some of the gross Inequities that have ex isted for years The unions 38member bargaining council summoned from the coal fields meets to day to consider the threeyear package Its approval is needed before the proposed contract can be sent out to the mem bers r Under the tentative settle ment miners wold receive wage increases of 9 per cent the first year and 3 cent in Arnold Milter each of the next two years In addition they would get costof living increases in the second and third year Miners now earn between and a day The contract also guarantees sick leave for the first time and an increase in pensions from the present to at the end of the con tract Numerous other fringe benefits including a onetime Guy Farmer inflation catchup bonus add up to what appears to be the biggest labor settlement this year The negotiators refused to put a price tag on the agree ment but industry sources said it represented a 46 per cent boost in wages and benefits over the three years while union sources figured it as closer to 40 per cent Coal prices have quadrupled over the past year and the set tlement is likely to lead to further boosts how much will be passed on isntknown But with the electric powersteel and railroad industries heavily dependent on coal consumers eventually face high electric bills and bigger price tags for automobiles and other steel Economists have expressed concern that a big settlement would set a prevailing minimum level for wage negotiations in 1975 and touch off a new round of inflation But some government officials Have acknowledged that the coal industry had special pro blems to be considered An early indication of the Ford administrationsapproval came from the Presidents chief labor troubleshooter W J Usery Jr He said shortly after the agreement was an nouncedthat it demonstrated concern for the interests of the nation Interior Secretary Rogers C B Morton said the settlement allows us to get on with the development of a comprehensive national energy Guy Farmer chief negotiator for the iBtumindus Coal Oper ators Association called me contract expensive but added Wehope it will achieve in1 creased productivity and balance off the costs Union officials indicated that the earliest the mines could be reopened is Nov 25 beginning with the midnightto8 am shift The breakthrough in the negotiationscaine late Tuesday on the 83rd day ofthe talkswhen the coal operators presented the UMW with a new offer that sources saidincluded many concessions The union with a coun terproposal Wednesday and the spent the rest of the day tying up theloose ends Inbrief ing newsmen on the agreement Miller said the wage package and costofhv ing increase basedon current inflation rates would raise the daily rate of a miner now earning to per day at end of the contract A miner at the lowest wage rate currently earning a day would receive1 under the contract Other benefits include ft sickness and health insurance plan providing up to a week for 52 weeks widows aid a clothing allowance new work rules longer vacations and more holidays including an additional day before Christmas in honor of Joseph A Yablonski the insurgent UMW leader No vote could be probleTTi for UAAW By Don Frost and DeMaris Berry Of The Southern Illinoisan About 7330 Southern Illinois coal miners may be voting soon on whether to accept or reject new United Mine Workers of America threeyear contract but the union could have gome unforeseen problems if the miners vote no And so faft several area min ers questioned about the pro posal have fliised doubts over whether the new contract will be accepted by the members Illinois UMW PresidentKen neth Dawes of Valier and Gene Mitchell UMW International Executive Board member scheduled to leave for Washington today for a 6 pm Union would have no way of determining which parts unacceptable to and ifthe contract is voted down This is thefirst time in the ported raise offerlofO per cent for the first year and 3 per cent die second year With other benefits such as ificati6n The spokesman said he is sure Miller knows what the coal miners want and he is sure a proposed contract would meeting of the unions bargain ing council The bargaining council will vote on whether to forward a proposed contract agreement to the rankandflle The contract would then be explained to UMW district con ference members at a meeting in Pittsburgh Pa It wouldthen move to a vote of the rahk andfiie in the reported contract offer Powell said he would probably vote in favor of it But from what I have heard I just dont believe it will go over The rankandfile vote would be accepted by the rankand Idont think Idgo for it be r As a reisulti the contract is voted downl union officials apparently would have no way of knowing what part or parts of the contract wouldheed re UMW Presi dent Arnold Miller said that problem would be tackled when file But some Southern Illinois Zane Powell UMW Local wewould have to 9678 president at Freeman Coal utae thanthat Corps Orient No 4 mine near 6 wouid have to read it Johnston City said From It could be voted down no more raise than that He was referring to the re Food stamp center set up for miners A food stamp certification center for striking miners will open at am Wednesday in theIflinois National Guard Armory 802 W Main St West Frankfort Despite a tentative contract agreement reached Wednes day between mine owners and members of the United Mine Workers of America the Illinois Dept of Public Aid will proceed with plans for the center according to Bill Det weiller of the departments in formation service in Spring field The subject to ratification by the union rank and file Miners could be back on the job within two weeks The Frankfort center ers in this area who began their strike Tuesday as part of a nationwide walkout Detweiller said miners should speak with then1 union stewards about eligibility for food stamps The stewards willuse on a personby wilUerve members of the Unit general guidelines to screen ap edMine Workers of America plicants although UMW in Perry Jefferson Franklin Williamson Saline Wabash and Hamilton counties Lawrence Duff regional direc tor of the Illinois Department of Public Aid office in Marion said there are about 7000 min and handing out stamps by the end of the first day Detweiller said There is usually a 21 day waiting period between submitting the application and receiving the stamps The West Frankfort of fice will serve only striking miners Strikers at the Norge Co in Herrjn General Tele center The has committed itself to process ing 200 completed applications Illinois schools Board may wait week super By Paul Ingrassia was the boards favorite can LindsaySchaub News Service didate Springfield But some educators The state Board of Education speculated that a move by Gov was meetingin closed session Daniel Walkermighthave thrust here today to discuss who will Cronin Into the favorite s become school superintendent However informed sources said the board was likely to wait a week or two before ac ting The board confirmed published reports that the three remaining candidates a ui person basis Stewards also will phoneCo and the Du Quoin schedule appointments at the Packing Co can apply for food stamps through their county public aid offices A spokesman for the Illinois Dept of Labor office in Chi cago said striking employes of a company and those who sup port or hope to benefit from a strike are not eligible for unemployment compensation A possible exception to this rule would be the employe who has been ill just previous to the strike He can claim he took no part in strike prepar ations and does not support the action the spokesman said Striking employes who feel they can qualify under this pro vision should file a claim with the county labor department office he added contract word for word what Ive heard I dont know doesnt sound too bad George Yarbrough of Zeigler a miner Ben Coal Coras No near Ses ser said Its hard to say until I get all the The new contract sounds like an improvement over what weve Jim Price of Coulterville who s employed at the River King Mine an underground mine near Free burg He was especially glad the contract calls for five sick days and sickness benefits of per week up to 52 weeks Miners are more suscepti ble to flu and bronchial di seases Before if we were off sickwe received no benefits unless we have had a private insurance policy or belonged to the sick program paid for by the miners he said Its impossible to say if the contract will be approved Min ers are independent men and Im sure theyll vote their con science he said A snokeBman for the United Electric Coal Co near Du Quo in expressed doubt that the contract would betfatified I dont think the contract is offering many sick days as the wanted or as large a pay increase Those who have worked in the mines several yearswill be quicker to accept the contract than the new miners the said He asked not to be identi fied SUC InteHrn Rodent Hm SIU formally approves tnt Warren W Brandt 51 was formally approved today as the new permanent president of Southern Illinois University at Cfirbondale Meeting at SIUC the SIU Board of Trustees passed a 78word resolution appointing Brandt to the Cutbacks pay hikes on agenda Story en page 3 to SIUC interim president Hir Brandt am H Lesar received a 15 would be provided with housing second standing ovation from and an automobile by the Uniboard members and the aud versity Brandt was unofficially nam ed president nearly one month ago He is the former president of Virginia Commonwealth Uni versity at Richmond Va Board chairman Ivan A El liott Jr of Carmi called Brandt a man Im sure will give us leadership for this univer sity and will be part of the greatness of SlUCarbondale in the future Brandt who attended the board meeting and sat next ence when he was introduced by Elliott The new president replaces David R Derge who resigned March 14 Derge is now a pro fessor of government at SIUC Elliott said that Brandt would be formally introduced to the university community possibly in January The SIUC Facul ty Seriate passed a resolution this week requesting that El liott arrange the meeting The board also passed a reso lution commending Lesar for eflotrilmttont to tiie welfare andprogress of sroCarbohdale He also received a standing ovation Lesar win return to duties as fulltime dean of the law school Dec 1 when Brandt starts to work The board which began meeting at nearly am almost halfanhour behind sch edule was scheduled this after noon to hold an open debate on a controversial committee report which would limit the authority of the boards chief of staff The trustees received that report last month The board was also scheduled to onsider a proposal that the SIfrfe president be allowed to negotiate oil and gas on university property The SIUC Faculty Senate this week requested that the board delay action on the proposal COLDER La Rue says he felt cash bought silence Washington AP Frederick C LaRue a self admittedcentral figure in the Watergate coverup testified today that he believed from the start that the nearly half million dollars paid the original Watergate defendants was meant to buy their silence During two days of question Ing by Asst Special Prosecutor Richard BenVeniste LaRue directly implicated all five of the defendants in the Watergate coverup trial LaRue testified as three doctors selected by US District Judge John J Sirica were making preparations for an independent medical inquiry into the fitness of former President Richard M Nixon to testify at the coverup trial Fair and colder tonight lows in mid or upper 20s Partly cloudy a little warmer tomor row highs in lower or mid 40s Chance of rain Saturday then partly cloudy skies Sun day and Monday Daily highs in 40s lows in 30s INDEX Comics TV Bridgt Crossword Editorials Family living Weather details map 1124 IT 4 2421 if nUnofs school Supt Michael J Bakalis 36 Massachusetts Secretary of Education Joseph M Crohin 39 and Lansing Mich school Supt I Carl Candoli49 Board chairman Jack Witkowsky said the board had planned to release the three names Monday but had decid ed to comply with the request of of the three that the names not be announced That c andldate reportedly was Candoli who learned he might lose a sizable pension if he left his present position within the next year If Candoli his pension question he might be appointed today reportedly role Walkertias announced that he has hired Steven J Tiechener an attorney from the staff of outgoing Massachusetts Gov Francis Sargent to be his liaison with the new state Board of Educa tion Cronin is a member of Sargents cabinet Walkersoffice however emphatically denied any con nection between Ticheners appointment and the boards deliberation Although Bakalis is among the three finalists sources close to the board indicate many of the13 board members would ndtK entfiusiasticabout choosing him i That could explain reports here that the board is likely to extend the search for one or two weeks to reconsider can didates who previously were eliminated Middlemen push up food prices Hid for all of 1973 the signed a consumer pledge that accounted for Washington AP cent increase in tne momns Department said the President said he hopes will 73 per cent of the While high farm prices ac ending in June of 1947 oart Of concerted mass Tilf now the situ this year it has been the mid per cent surge1 in wholesale dleman who pushed up the pricesin October family grocery bill new Consumer foods increased 4 government figures show percent in October atwhole In a related development the sale farm products were Labor Department said today up 26 per cent processed foods and feeds rose 32 per cent and that wholesale price increases in October ranged across yjrtuany the entire economy Overall wholesale price in creases which normally are reflected quickly at the retail level were a seasonally ad justed 226 per cent higher than a year earlier the biggest lJ month increase sinct a W5 per Industrial prices clilmbed 11 per cent The middlemans growing shareotthe family grocery bill wai figures for a statistical maffcet basket of farmproduced food During the firstnine months year the market basket cost an an nual rate more than tt about84 per cent of the increase while the share going to farmers went up on an annualbasis in the first three quarters In other economic developments the Federal Reserve Board moved to pump signed a consumer pledge that the President said he hopes will be part of a concerted mass effort to stop inflation Agriculture Department ex perts said the average market basket retail cost during the first three quarters of 1974 was annually Of that mid dlemen got while farmers received accounted for about 78 per cent of the increase But now the situation baa been reversed with middleman margins comprising most of the 1974 consumer food price gains according to USDA Meanwhile the Agriculture Department said it had re jected at least temporarily a shopping season and Interior Secretary Rogers C B Morton resurrected thr proposal to raise gasoline taxes to provide additional revenues and en courage fuel conservation And President and Mrs Ford retailers in much of the year the food basket cost in cluding for middlemen and for farmers Officials said the 1973 market basket cost was up from 1972 and htat the farm share marketing order areas And consumer and industry spokesmen agreed tnat shop pers save only pennies a week when supermarkets s top marking up the prices of items already on me shelf   

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