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Anderson Daily Bulletin (Newspaper) - March 3, 1978, Anderson, Indiana Index Births ........... PAGES Comics .......... ......14 Deaths........... ...... 2 Editorials........ ...... 4 Entertainment .... .... 6,7 Family emphasis .. ...11-13 Sports........... What's where..... ... 8-10 ...... 5 How do curtailments affect you? See Page 15 Looking for unique craft ideas? The craft fair at the mall has plenty. See page 12 for details. Bucs, Tribe meet again in sectional See Page 8 Weather Tonight clearing and very cold. Low 5-10. Mostly sunny and cold Saturday. High in the low and mid-20s. Yesterday's high, 25, overnight low, 21; 3 4 inch of snow fell. (Map on page 2.) Friday, March 3, 1978 Anderson, Indiana Vol. 93 No. 297 Price Fifteen Cents Vote will be ‘mighty close’ Striking miners divided, unsure about ratifying proposed contract WASHINGTON (AP) - Striking miners, angry over proposed increases in medical bills and 'Curbs on wildcat strikes but worried about the sacrifices of their continuing work stoppage, are divided and uncertain over whether to ratify a proposed contract, interviews with more than 100 local union leaders show. “A majority don’t think much of it. But it will be mighty close,” said Carl Willey, of Craigsville, W.Va., president of Local 1254 of the United Mine Workers union. As rank-and-file balloting begins on the tentative settlement of the 88-day coal strike, Willey’s words reflect the sentiment of many miners. In Associated Press telephone interviews with 106 leaders of union locals across the country, 24 said their members would vote for the contract while 35 forecast “no” votes. But 47 local presidents said Hiursday either that it was too early to tell which < way this weekend’s vote will go or that they did not want to predict the outcome. The UMW leadership, led by President Arnold Miller, has not yet persuaded a majority of the local leaders to back the pact, the interviews found. Twenty-eight leaders said they personally would vote yes, but 40 said they would vote to reject the pact. Thirty-eight either refused to say or were undecided. Many union locals held meetings Thursday to discuss the pact and the voting sessions, most of which are scheduled Saturday or Sunday. A few locals are voting today, and one small local covering parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas voted 85-34 aglainst the contract Thursday night. Some of Thursday’s meetings were not all peaceful. “There were 162 men there. We went through three pages and everyone got up and walked out. We’re definitely going to turn it down,” said William Stumbo of UMW Local 8215 in Ragland, W.Va. “We had a disruptipn at our meeting today,” said Uniontown, Pa., local President Thomas Cunningham. “Some walked out, but the majority stayed. There was a lot of screaming and hollering over the clause on firing the instigator of a strike.” One of the most controversial provisions of the proposed contract is a clause designed to discourage wildcat walkouts, which coal mine operators have wanted to limit for years. The contract, tentatively agreed to a week ago by the UMW and the Bituminous Coal Operators Association, calls for wage increases over three years of up to $2.40 an hour more than the current average of $7.40 an hour. It would guarantee health and pension benefits, but force miners to pay part of the health costs that had been fully paid before. The pact also provides penalties — including dismissal — for the leaders of wildcat strikes and those who picket during such work stoppages. But other meetings were not disrupted, even though sometimes . the miners’ sentiments were clear. “None of the people were vociferous against it. Some of the men burned their contracts John Chary Just one of many ■ It doesn't really take a sign to find chuckholes drivers of the hazards facing them as they drive around the city — they're almost like magnets north on Jackson Street near Seventh Street, drawing the cars to them. But at least one con- Keep on dodging those "road cavities." cerned citizen has made an effort to warn other afterwards,” said Charles Semken of a union local in Utah. “I told them today the man who votes against it is my friend for life, and the one who votes for it I never want to talk to again,” said local President John Journey of Glendale, W.Va. The sentiments expressed by many local leaders who favor the contract were that the contract was fair overall, even if some provisions were not to their liking. But the financial burden of the 88-day strike was often mentioned. “We had a few today who didn’t like it, but the majority said they wanted to go back to work because we’re losing too much money,” said William E. Krutz of Local 2131 in Latrobe, Pa. “I say it’s going to be pretty close to being half and half. A lot of guys aren’t happy with it, but a lot of them know they’re not going to gain much by staying out,” added Jack Fraser of Seward, Pa. Those opposed to the contract frequently mentioned the proposed deductibles that could mean a union family would pay up to $700 a year in medical bills. Bandit seeks kiss, gets foot instead A Pendleton man was arrested on several counts Thursday morning after he tried to kiss his neighbor goodbye in the middle of the night. The 28-year-old man was charged with criminal trespass, criminal conversion and criminal mischief. According to police, the woman had planned to leave the state this weekend to be with her fiance. The “kissing bandit” reportedly illegally obtained a key to her house and then filed off a chain lock to gain access. After he entered the home, he allegedly waited downstairs for one and one-half hours before going upstairs to her bedroom. His expression of endearment was cut short, however, by the ringing of an alarm clock which awakened the woman. The man was lying on the floor beside the bed when the woman arose, got out of bed and stepped on him. Shryock given back pay By SUE HAGEN Bulletin Staff Writer Members of the Anderson Board of Public Safety last night ruled in favor of allowing $1,360 in back pay to Wendell Shryock, 4811 Southview Drive, during part of the period he was suspended from the Anderson Fire Department. But the matter is not settled, at least according to Shryock and members of the Pension Board. Shryock and his attorney had asked for pay (about $2,800) from the time he was placed on pension Nov. 17 to the present. The Safety Board agreed to grant payment until the end of 1977. Robert Shearer Jr., representing Shryock, said he will check with the firefighters’ union before deciding what further legal action to take. Shearer has stated his disagreement with the board’s actions of placing Shryock on pension without pension pay and terminating him from the department after Shryock did not report for work due to a back injury. Shearer called both actions illegally executed. Fire Chief Ed Ballinger reaffirmed that Shryock is now terminated from the department. He said he would prepare papers to the effect that no pay will be granted Shryock this year. “If he didn’t quit, we’ll fire him,” Assistant City Attorney Fred Spencer said. Five members of the Pension Board were on hand and asked several questions of the Safety Board about the case. One member, Don Roudebush, said, “I wondered why he was ever placed on pension.” The chief’s meeting with the board of captains was given as a basis for this decision. “We’re trying to make sure that we were not making a mistake in getting involved in this...We need to know whether to approve disability pension as requested,” Roudebush said. “I don’t think anything would justify you putting him on disability pension,” Spencer replied. During the police meeting with the board it was decided to place Charles Weatherly on suspension for the duration of his prison sentence in Wayne County Jail for failing to report income for 1973. Weatherly’s prison term began Jan. 20 and is scheduled to end May 19, unless he is granted an early release. Michael A. /froun Ferocious fan You may not agree with Dana's choice of schools, but you certainly can't argue with those teeth! The four-year-old Doberman Pinscher is owned by Anderson High School graduate Julie Jacobs, 517 Oxford Road. For two-legged fans, Saturday's Bulletin will have coverage of both morning Sectional basketball games and will be available between games at newsstands and from street vendors in the downtown area. The board followed the recommendation of Chief Paddy Jamerson on Weatherly. Jamerson backed up his position with the following reasons: (1) the judge in the case already determined punishment, (2) Weatherly was involved in a procedural crime, not in one against property or persons, (3) and he in “no way used his position with our department to assist in any wrongdoing.” “If any other action is taken it will be done when he (Weatherly) is here,” Board Chairman Harold “Whitey” Snow said. The board awarded bids for work on Fire Station No. 3 at 21st Street and Columbus Avenue. Horton Construction Co. was See Col. 3, Page IS Guidelines unwritten Township trustees not following law By BARB ALBERT Bulletin Staff Writer Second of a three-part series The majority of Madison County’s township trustees are not complying with a 1977 state law requiring written standard guidelines for issuing poor relief, the Bulletin has learned. Five of the 14 trustees have filed guidelines with the county clerk, as directed by law. These trustees serve Adams, Anderson, Richland, Boone and Pipe Creek townships. However, several of these guidelines are very sketchy. Generally, standard guidelines would define financial and other requirements necessary to receive aid, detail the types of help given, and describe the process for obtaining relief. A federal district court judge ruled in Hobson vs. Schilling last March that Indiana poor relief applicants were being denied “due process of law” because of the absence of standard guidelines. The State Legislature also has taken action to reform the poor relief system. In 1977, an interim bill, calling for standard guidelines, was passed. But it is only effective until April. However, both the court ruling and the state law did not specify exactly what should be included in the standard guidelines and when they had to be implemented, Rick Hall, lawyer for Madison County Legal Services Program, said. But poor relief reform is dead in Indiana for this session. Proponents had introduced two bills, H.B. 1405'and H.B. 1282, which would have mandated standard guidelines and made provision for state funding of townships which run out of funds. The bills passed both the House and Senate, but differences in the House and Senate versions could not be resolved in conference committees. Rep. Walter Roorda, R-Lake County, and conference committee chairman, told the Bulletin today that conferees could not agree on hOw far back a trustee’s budget should be audited after the trustee requests state funds. “Some wanted to go back six months, but others felt more investigation was necessary,” Roorda explained. “Now, as of April when the 1977 law expires, Indiana will have no guidelines at all for trustees,” he stated. Poor relief reform is welcomed by some, but not others. Reform proponents feel trustees have too much discretion in deciding who should receive aid, are not easily accessible to the public, and do not inform applicants of their right to appeal or the reason for denying relief. The 1977 law requires trustees to adopt written standards governing eligibility, notify applicants of denial and right to appeal in writing, and give a 10-day notice when aid is being terminated or reduced. Under this law, applicants must renew applications every 180 days and work off their relief unless they are physically unable, needed at home to care for a child or disabled adult, a minor or over 65 or already have full-time work. Interviews with Madison County trustees reveal that some still do not give written denial or appeal notices, in addition to not having written standard eligibility guidelines. The guidelines that do exist vary somewhat. For example, a single person living in Anderson Township has See Col. 4, Page 15
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