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   Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - November 17, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois                                PUBLICATION OWICl Carbonate 711 N Illhwl 1111 Whwl HKTte official WNDAY NOVIMBIR 17 W74 By Merrill Perlman Of The Southern Ulinoisan Outside of the for the pensioners and the widows the rest of it stinks So Tom sub district 8 board member for the United Mine Workers of America on the proposed coal mining contract Shoemake said he has talked to about 200 miners on the contract Ive never found one thats going to vote for it yet I think tiie miners will vote it down 0 to 1 in Illinois Shoemake said he has not wen the actual proposal but Ive heard the terms through the grapevine It stinks It sounds like a contract that the companies worked up and they want us to okay it I dont think itll ever get to the coal miners I dont think itll ever get past the bargaining council Shoemake Mid the killing of an Alabama district president will delay the contract talks but said he doesnt think the contract proposal would settle the strike anyway not only the wages its me other parts of the con tract The benefits to widows of miners killed and pensions are nice but its not enough The coal companies have raised the price of coal from a ton last year to a too this year Shoemake said while the miners price for the coal the cost for a miner to produce a ton of coal has risen from to Since the average miner pro duces 20 tons of coal per day he said the coal companies are making a profit each day from a mine that employs 300 persons And theyre offering us a lousy 40 per cent increase over three years Shoemake said not many miners know what the contract offer is because the figures not been released But he said the bargaining council is supposed to let miners know and keep us informed While he said he didnt know exactly what wage offer would have to be made before miners would accept it he said it would have to be a great deal more than the current of fer I will personally recom mend the miners to turn it if it comes here How long will the strike last Well the food stamps art available and were making ar rangements for the miners to get them Shoemake said Itll last till these conglo merates these coal companies are willing to share their pro fits with the men who give their lives mining their damn coal Other UMW officials could not be reached to discuss the contract offer Killing slows coal talks c New York Washington A spokesman for the United Mine Workers said Saturday fcat efforts to obtain ratifica tion of the tentative agreement with the coal industry would be delayed until Tuesday because of the murder last night of a union official Instead of reconvening to continue deliberations on the contract 38member bargaining council held a brief memorial service this morning tor Sam Littlefield president of the unions District 20 in Alabama who was shot during unrelated robbery attempt his motel Littiefield will be buried in Bessemer Ala on Monday nd the bargaining council will not meet again un til Tuesday making it virtually certain that a crucial third week will be added to the na tionwide strike that began last Monday However there were indica tions that LittlefieldB death might unify the union leadership and help bring miners strike to a close by the end of the month Meanwhile coalrelated industrial layoffs and factory shutdowns are ex pected to multiply with grave effects on the economy Attempts by Arnold Miller the UMW president to obtain approval of the contract he negotiated last Wednesday with the mine operators were reported to have been met by baiting and querulous by council members The proposed contract which had been received by union Sam Littlefield negotiators and staff economists with gratification and even astonishment at its generous terms would provide an overall increase in total wages and benefits to 120000 working miners of more man 49 per cent over the old agree ment 497 per cent by union estimates and 628 per cent by industry calculations Pensioned miners were among the largest gainers with prospective increases in the meager retire ment stipend to a maximum of a month at age 65 with 50 years service With eostof living increases included ac tive miners pay would rise from a current top of a day to a day in 1977 Littlefield a widely respected bargaining council member who has been in charge of separate contract negotiations for 4000 coal mine Riots hit Jordan Israel on alert By The Associated Press Deathdealing riots in support el Arab the Bank of Jordan on Satur day and brad announced it up itnotary rotdkMM following Syrian At flMJMM fow Egyptian steamed Into fce Sow Canal on the first noe since the19W ArabfarwJiwar In other Middle East developments letters from Washington and Moscow were reported delivered to Presidents Hafez Assad Syria and Anwar Sadat of Egypt but the contents were not disclosed of State Henry A Kissinger told Israeli of ficials Saturday that he had assurances from Syria that it would not attack Jewish White House spokesman Secretary of State Henry A Kissinger still does not think war is likely and we are not In a situation of imminent conflict UN SecretaryGeneral Kurt WaldheJm urged new restraint in the Middle East and eld UN had reported slightly more air activity than umial over the Golan Heights dead scores injured and at least 50 persons arrested of Israeli Premier Yitzhak Rabin said Friday that 20 Soviet ships were anchored off me Syrian port of Latakia warned Syria against building up its His were widely In giierrfll chief Ywir Arafat u eying in Havana the Ziontt high command is ready to taunch a surprise at tack against its and warning that nuclear weapons could be used if war break out in the Middle East In Tel Aviv Defense Minister Shimon Peres said Israel took suitable precautionary measures after Syria placed its forces on an unusual alert Peres said this was not me first time Israel had taken such measures and that Syria often Q heightened its alert in different O6 R GTOI 5 branches of its military forces He gave no other details On the West Bank of Jordan riote demonstrations and violence swept through three in the occupied zone leaving teenaged Arab girl terpreted in Arab circles as an attempt to justify a pre emptive strike against Syria The Beirut newspaper Ai Safif said France warned Syria on Friday that Israel may strike within 24 hours by tend sea and air The French foreign ministry in Paris tennedthe report baseless Greeks vofe today c New York Times Athens Democracy will return to Greece today when the nation elects its first new parliament in more than 10 years The voting will end a four month transition period that began last July when the military dictatorship that had ruled Greece for seven years collapsed during the crisis over Cyprus and ceded power to a civilian government led by Constantine Caramanlis construction workers left TJMW headquarters at the 8 pm council recess Friday and walked the six blocks to his motel room in the Holiday Inn at 15th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW As he approached his room a robbery was in progress The police said that tlefield had seen the door ajar to a room across the fourth floor corridor from his own had pushed it open and discovered a man standingwith a drawn gun over Frank Stevenson and HA Brownsfield two bargaining council members from Utah The gunmen had forced them to lie down Littlefield ran into the cor ridor and was shot in head the police said No arrests have been made as yet Ford leaves for Orienf trip today Washington AP President Ford departs today for Japan and South Korea and ameeting to the Soviet Union thatmay deal with fee arms race and the Middle East war threat The White House press office said Saturday night that reports of increasing tendon in the Mideast would not delay Fords departure Ford will be the first US president ever to visit Japan and faces a threat of street demonstrations like those that forced cancellation of a 1960 Japanese visit by President DwightD Eisenhower Inflation Whats that ono of wiHvlnflaHon After ago 9 Mrir 4dm ro having prob inflation when you 90 to filter and to put of Hie 9roeeriM baek Democrats may seek wageprice controls New York News Service And Associated Prese Washington Democratic Natiwtl Committee proposed Saturday a tentative economic program mat would open the door for Congressional action on man datory wage and price controls and fuel conservation as an alternative to the policies of the Ford administration The program prefaced by a stinging attack on President Fords leadership was prepared by me Democratic Advisory Council of Elected Officials an arm of the na tional committee Democratic officials within the committee and in cautioned that the program was not tiwlr partys final answer to Ford tteproposals set forth by the council are general and in some cases ambiguous On the key issue of wage and price controls the Democrats paper asserts the Republican administrations failure to ap ply them equitably in 197173 makes it difficult to recom mend them now However it adds that ex traordinary increases in food and fuel costs may be starting Mother pricewage spiral so and the antiInfla tionary steps outlined abort are not sufficient to control spiral then would support an system of economic controls including prices wages executive com pensation profits and rents it said We would also creation of whatever governmental monitoring systems are necessary to in sure the equitable application of these controls We do not propose recreation of a system that discriminates against salaried and hourly workers AnnaJonesboro High school bond issue voted down A million bond issue to finance modernization of our buildings on the Anna Jonesboro Community High School campus was defeated Saturday The issue was voted down 1136 to 881 according to at unofficial tally Ron Bittle sec retary of the school board laid In precinct one Jonesboro the vote was 341 to 169 the unofficial tally showed There were three spoiled ballots In precinct two Anna 795 voters were against the issue and 712 voted in favor accord ing to the unofficial count There were 15 spoiled ballots The modernization would Butz argue c York Times Rome Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz said repeatedly at the world food conference that food is a tool in the kit of American diplomacy underscoring the belief of the Ford administra tion like that of earlier ones that the top priority in food aid should be to further foreign policy objectives Some Democratic Senators who brought reformist ideas to the Rome forum as advisers to the American delegation think the priority should be to fulfill humanitarian needs The senators got the delega tion to cable President Ford asking permission to announce here that the United States Food conference adjourns I I n UN World Food Couneilestablishedlinjome New York Times News Service And Associated Press Rome The World Food Conference declared Saturday night the battle against hunger is the common responsibility of all countries and agreed to set up a new UN agency to direct the fight The resolution establishing the World Food Council was first in committee and later approved by the 123na tion assembly The conference which began 11 days ago then adjourned The head of the United States delegation Secretary of per sessed valuation countries including Mexico arid Senegal however expressed disappointment in the meetings The new food council is to be formed by the UN General Assembly in New York and have its headquarters in Rome Its supporters claim it is to give teeth to other food accords already approved The new World Food Council will have a to Rome associated with the Food and Agriculture Organization but will report to the United in New York The new structure a key becauM of its assigned role in implementing plans made here was the result of an intricate compromise between develop ing and developed nations reached in the final session of this 11day meeting of 130 na tions As the delegates gathered here Nov 5 In deep concern over hunger and malnutrition mat threatened the lives or wellbeing of hundreds of millions of people many hoped that pledges of immediate aid to avert famine would materialize while they worked on longterm foodsupply pro Those hopes for immediate pledges during the conference closed their sessions Saturday they gave the projected council a number of new programs to supervise and coordinate all of which were embodied in resolutions with detail and machinery to be worked out later The major plans were me following agricultural develop ment fund originally proposed and other environmental tions irrigation drainage and floodcontrol program to aid developing countries of agricultural research and rain and methods of disseminating findings among growers nutritionaid program including special feeding for malnourished children and sesse vauaon Part of the nations threatened with famine cost would have been offset The president refused v in the schools A roosal submitt The new structure a Key ac f sea mainounsnea muuicu by several Arab nations in fortification of staple eluding major oil producers and later sponsored by many other nations fertilizeraid program with help for increased supplies for developing nations as weU as for new and improved plants pesticide program wim V I I Afti role in agriculture and food right to equality and he special nutritional needs of mothers A call for achievementof a desirable balance between population end the food supp ly research into residual effects ly by a decrease in the schools tax rate by 31 cents per equalized assessed valuation during the next four years Ann Byllno BO INDEX Inside today EVANSV1LLE small town UNBEATEN CRAB ORC JaSnsWr Greer Page TAB KWAN DO a Korean ttyle of selfdefense Story by Kathie Pratt photos by Tom Porter Page 21 GAS SHORTAGE is over ac cording to articles by Joanne ariaBud Farrar Pages STUC BASKETBALLERS In jcluded in 197576 Missouri Val ley Conference schedule Sport Talk Page 11 ILLINOIS WINS 1714 over IfinneMta to atoute PlftU Crossword Family Living Tolovltion WMtfatr 7A 5A 3132 2 3740 5A 30 2125 3336 5 10A15A I A proposal submitted to the conference by the American delegation after considerable infighting represents something of a compromise between the two philosophies The proposal requests donor governments to Reaffirm a commitment to continually review thek food programs toward that the neediest are receiving ade priority in the allocation of available food supplies CLOUDY Ford puts quota on Canada meat mil a nroeram an eq Variable cloudiness and a little warmer today High in the mid or upper 50s Tonight partly cloudy Lows in the low er 408 Monday partly sunny and Washington AP President Ford imposed a quota system Saturday on fte shipment of beef and pork from Canada had erected Krt restric against US pro ducts The President contended me Canadian meat restrictions violate the commitments of Canada made to the United Statesoppressthe commerce of the United States and pre vent the expansion of trade on a mutually advantageous basis In a proclamation the President set these for a 12montti period beginnrogtest Aug 12 17000 head of cattle 60000 head of wine 17 million pounds of fresh chilled frozen prepared or preserved beef and veal and 86 million of pork in the category US compare with the C 82000 head million pounds of beef and veal He announced the mov on the eve of his departure for Japan where such tradebar riers will be a major topic of his talks witti Japanese leaders Ford also isreportedly con sidering a quota system on US purchases of foreign sugar that would set a ceiling on th amount of foreign sugar Bow ing into the United States but would remove current country byoountrj JloTOiom May modify surtax plan day that he will accept a modification of his 5 per cent surtax proposal But Ford said surtax would put a greater burden on ftose best able to pay and same time relieve some of program an equitable ap proach It doesnt affect anybody untfl after mey have an income of a year and even when you go up to a year of taxable income I think its only a year as I The action on sugar is due to be announced in the very near future one administration of ficial said It wont have much effect on consumer prices Im afraid this official said But it might keep them from going higher Retail sugar prices have increased 300 per cent this year to about cents a pound On another matter Ford said tat a inUrview totur same tune reaeve swuc its a year as j the problems of inflation off the recollect 12 cents a day said shoulders or the backs of peo Ford pie who are inequitably af are fected by the problems of higher costs Many members of Congress contendthe 5 per cent addi tional tax on families earning or more a year is unfair because it affects the middle income bracket too much The minimum income level for single persons would be 17500 ora Ford defended his tax plan in an interview taped at Camp David on Oct 26 by ABCs Harry Reasoner It was broad cast Saturday night on The Reasoner Report Asked whether he would ac cept a modification or a change Jn the 5 per cent figure Ford replied I would as long at they dont abandon concept In other ThePresident called to revenue   

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