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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - March 9, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 185 Kokomo Ind KOKOMO TRIBUNE Wednesday March 50 cents UAW targets Chrysler By DAVE PHILLIPS Tribune staff writer The United Auto Workers is threatening to strike Chrysler Kokomo casting plant over unresolved health and safety work rules Members of UAW Local 1166 representing about 902 hourly employees at the plant voted last week to seek permission to strike Local union officials said 90 per cent of those voting approved the strike The unions international office in Detroit must approve the locals request and give the com pany a seven day notice of its intent to walk out Eugene Clark an international representative for the plant said the strike authorization could come as early as Monday Union officials are seeking changes in health and safety work rules but declined to release specifics Clark confirmed there have been injuries at the casting plant but declined to characterize the injuries Theres a potential for serious injuries that we believe should be addressed with a new said Clark Company and union officials declined to comment when asked if the unresolved issues were related to increased production levels at the plant The casting plant and adjacent automatic transmission plant have signifi cantly boosted output to meet demand for Chryslers cars and trucks Im confident the collective bargaining process will result in a settlement said John Floyd manager of Chryslers Kokomo complex He declined further comment Im always said Clark Its going to take a lot of resolve to settle these Cleaning it up Boulevard School secondgrade pupils Josh Salmon 8 left and Brad Rodgers 8 work hard to clean a broommaking machine that willbe partof a Pioneer Workshop and General Store on the second floor of the Carriage House at the Howard County Museum The youngsters and their class mates took a tour of the museum and then had some hands on training in exhibit restoration before returning to school The work at the Carriage House is part of the city and coun tys plan for its 150th anniversary celebration For another phojto see Page 2 Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Clinton creates jobless program Jobs conference opens Monday WASHINGTON AP Presi dent Clinton focusing on jobs in advance of an international con ference on unemployment is pre senting Congress with a plan for revamping assistance programs for jobless Americans Clinton scheduled a news con ference today to unveil a program to provide extended jobless bene fits for displaced workers learning new skills It also would combine all state and federal unemploy ment programs into onestop career centers where those look ing for work can apply for bene fits receive counseling and sign up for training The president presents his Reemployment Act to Congress as he prepares to open an interna tional jobs conference next Mon day in Detroit Aides sought Tuesday to lower expectations that the twoday meeting will produce any dramat ic solutions to the problem of chronically high unemployment around the world Robert Rubin director of the presidents National Economic Council said the meeting will not produce a communique or events or This is not a meeting that is going to announce some grand global said Treasury Undersecretary Lawrence Sum mers Conference participants will include top economic officials the worlds richest industri al countries the United States Japan Germany Britain France Canada and Italy plus representa tives from the European Union VICS dissolves after financial problems By CATHARINE FERNANDO Tribune staff writer The board of directors of Volunteers in Community Services voted to dissolve the United Way agency on Jan 1 after an audit disclosed that about was needed to save the agency from its finan cial problems a VICS board president Ellen Anderson said the groups board was unaware of the agencys financial prob lems until an annual audit spelled it out The audit last year showed that the agency had failed to pay in feder al payroll taxes and in state payroll taxes for 1993 United Way records show According to minutes of the United Way of Howard County boards February meeting VICS also was delinquent in rental payment to the United Way by About in employee dona tions were pledged to the notforprofit organization Anderson coordinator of community relations at Howard Community Hospi tal became board president in September 1993 Board officers from September 1992 to September 1993 were William Periman president Anderson vice president Jon Rhan secretary Shirley Mclndoo assis tant secretary and Mark Pearson treasur er Officers from September to December 1993 were Anderson president Rhan vice president Mclndoo secretary Mar sha Ward assistant secretary and Don Wilson treasurer Another fullblown audit was recent ly concluded to ensure there was no impropriety Anderson said And there was none No monies are missing and there was no wrongdoing It was just poor manage ment They spent more money delivering services than they had revenue coming she said The decision was made to pay some bills and not In dissolving VICS a major concern of the board was to ensure services pro vided to the community would not be interrupted Anderson said We made a decision to dissolve the agency so that we could merge with other United Way agencies so there was no let up in the services we provide to the com she said It just seemed to be a very responsible and logical Steve Taylor who was board president of the United Way in 1993 said VICS board members were unaware of the agencys financial problems because the information was not presented to them He said the VICS board would have been liable for the payroll taxes owed to the state and the Internal Revenue Ser vice The VICS Handyman program was started in 1974 and helped senior citizens lowincome and handicapped individuals who were unable to maintain their own homes in a safe and sanitary condition The work done by volunteers prevented these individuals from having to be insti tutionalized It also provided a transportation pro gram that matched drivers with those who had no means of getting to their medical appointments or social service agencies The Family Service Association has taken over these programs VICS information and referral pro gram which covers social cultural wel fare and educational concerns of the elderly has been absorbed by the United Ways Information and Referral service By distributing the services among the other agencies there is a savings of about in administrative costs Anderson said These savings will not be seen urjtil a year later Meanwhile the United Way directors voted to pay the taxes owed by the agency Taylor said According to the minutes of that meeting the board paid in delinquent taxes The United Way board will decide what to do with the remaining outstanding bills after the VICS board has made its final tally on income and expenses Taylor added In 1993 the United Way provided 48 percent of VICS total annual source of revenue National Guard to the rescue Program helps the needy get medical care light snow quickly turned the oTyard into a quagmire Tues Mai Glen Feather right fills out chart for patient Anton Saucedo Tuesday in Denver J AP photo DENVER AP A National Guard field hospital in a blighted city neighborhood opens its tent flaps today in the nations first effort to use troops to get free basic medical care to needy Americans The cluster of olive green tents is Set up in a schoolyard sur by abandoned ware hoijjses and industrial buildings in a rundown neighborhood fre quented by homeless people and plagued by drugs Weve been doing medical missions overseas for said Capt Joe Rice the project coordi nator Last year Congress passed authorization for a pilot program and thats why were Rice said National Guard units last year operated oneday health clinics in five states but this is the firgt time a fullscale field hospi tal has been opened to civil ians under nondisaster circum stances schoo day as about 50 patients were treated in a test of the operation before this mornings opening Loretta Weiderspan 45 of Den ver came for a checkup She got sugar pills for diabetes an eye exam a TB vaccination which she hadnt had since she was 10 and discovered that she has high blood pressure Weiderspan who said she once pulled two of her own teeth because she couldnt afford a dental visit planned to return on Thursday to see a dentist Rice said he expects the field hospital to treat 200 to 300 needy patients a day before it closes in two weeks It will offer dental and eye care and basic outpatient services but no emergency care Patients will be screened to make sure they are needy The hospital is staffed by about 75 Guardsmen from the 147th Combat Support Hospital Inside todays Tribune Local Grund trial begins in Miami County Page 2 Style Bring on the bread Page 11 Also inside Business Classified Dr Local News of iwnl JNW
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