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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 10, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 2A Cedar Baplda Gaiette! Sun.. Ftb. 10. 197i See 1974 as Tough Year for Labor Bargaining By Dale Kueter Union and management ne- gotiating teams may be in for a lot of overtime in 1974 as they labor to hammer out new contracts. There is almost universal agreement on one tiling. It will be one of the toughest bargaining years ever. If inflation breeds inflation, the coming year without wage and price controls is bound to bring escalating prices. Those workers blessed with a cost of living clause in their contract will he in better shape. Those who don't have one more than likely will want one, according to Boh Carson, executive director of the Hawk- eye Labor assembly. From December of 1972 to December, 1973, the cost of living nationally rose 8.8 per- cent. The latest consumer price index for the Cedar Rapids metropolitan area will not come out for ten days yet, but estimates are that it will show a 12-month increase in the 8 percent range. D u ring the first three quarters of last year, the Cedar Kapids index went up 6.2 percent. If local prices went up in the last quarter at the 2.2 national rate, that would give the area an 8.4 percent price hike for. the year. Does that spell wage in- creases in the 8 and 9 percent area? "I wonder if they will be that commented one labor official. "Money is the said Carson. question about that. Workers have seen wages controlled and prices go out of sight." "There is one thing we have to give President Nixon credit jested Chuck Swore, president of the Cedar Kapids Building Trades council. "I think Nixon proved labor Is not the cause of inflation. He stopped us, but inflation still went up. So we're not he said. The number of contracts that come up for renewal this year in the Cedar Rapids area is not so great. "The said Dick McGown of the Federal Medi- ation and Conciliation service, "is the uncertainly of ihc economy and accompanying unrest." "We will be busier." said .Mediator Bob Bergstrom, "due lo problems of a restless work force, whether controls slay or not." Few building trades con- tracts expire this year, as most crafts signed two-year agreements last year. Up for renewal this year according lo Swore are contracts with the plumbers, painters, asbestos workers and operating engi- expiring April 30. Construction electricians will have their contract expire May 31. Swore, who is also business agent for the electricians local 405. said his, union will be looking for a 5.5 percent in- crease plus 48 cents an hour he said was negotiated in the last two years but eliminated by wage controls. He said the 48 cents an hour cost each member of the local, on the basis of 40-hour work weeks and a 48-week o r k year, "better than There arc rumors that some labor unions whose contracts expire early in the year will ask for an extension to April 30 when federal controls are expected lo be lifted from most si'gnients ol the econ- omy. The Nixon administration announced We d n c s d a y it planned to remove all manda- tory controls except on health, petroleum mid selected other industries. Swore said he ex- pocls the construction in- dustry will be kept under wage controls. One labor official, reviewing the philosophy of controls, said it is puzzling to have controls come on when inflation (in 1971) was climbing at an an- nual rate of 4.4 percent, and to then lake them off when inflation is rocketing at an an- nual rate of fi.8 percent. While most people in labor probably favor the impeach- ment of President Nixon, Car- son said, "the economy is the No. 1 issue in the laboring man's mind. "Most people wouldn't give a damn if Nixon resigned or didn't if the economy xuis in good shape, if they could get plenty of gas for (heir car, if food weren't so expensive and if they could afford a few lux- said Carson. Carson said while the young laboring man will be talking more money, there is a good deal of talk in the balance of the labor force about pen- sions, job security and retire- ment benefits. To date, Carson said the fuel crisis and raw materials shortages have not caused many job losses for laboring people. It is a worry, howev- er. Swore said that 1974 looks like a good year for construc- tion "if contractors aren't slowed down by a material shortage." The mood of the worker is Gamp Good Health Previously reported In loving: memory ot Randy and .Tulle from Mr. and Mrs. Ora Blum 20.00 In memory or Joseph Fejfraek, in lien of flowers, from Marie Fetereisen, Dornlliy Kubasa, John Feier- eisen, jr., and Rich- ard Fciercisen 15.00 111 memory of Harold .T. Ross from Mr. and Mrs. Duncan Ross 15.00 In memory of Gladys Eckert from O. L. Eckert 10.00 In memory of Robert Hunt, Mechanics- v i 11 e, from Mrs. Frank J. Lijrhtner 10.00 In memory of my husband, Frank J. Lightner 10.00 In lovins' memory of Lloyd L. Kohl, Ml. Veruon, from Mr. "and Mrs. A. E. Ku- dart, Ml. Vernon 5.00 In memory of Mrs. Kay J. Mils from Josephine Andrlik 5.00 In memory of John H. Pazour on his birthday, Feb. 12 5.00 In memory of Charles F.Wiley 5.00 In memory of Asa Emerson, Waterloo, from Robert and Marie Tilla- paugh 2.00 In memory of Kath- ryn Horlivy 2.00 Total to be applied to 1974 budget S Henry Wilder Wilder Heads YM Board Henry Wilder, 3202 Terry rlrive SE, director of nutrition and research at Diamond V Mills, has been elected presi- dent of the board of directors of the Central branch YMCA. He succeeds Allan Peremsky, who was presented a "Service .0 Youth" plaque for his service on the board and as president. Other officers elected were Tom LeBuhn, and Dr. Reid vice-presidenls; and Fred Schuchmann, secretary. Roger Lemke was re-elected treasurer. Dr. Gene Grandon was elect- ed to fill a vacancy on the board. L. W. Van Nostrand was re-elected as the Central branch representative on the board of the Metropolitan Area YMCA The latter has the administra- tive responsibility for the Cen- tral, Marion and Ellis branches. M. Banowetz Earns Eagle Mark Banowetz, son of Mr. and Mrs. .Norbert M. Banowetz, 2763 Franklin avenue NE, will receive the Eagle Scout rank! during a court of honor during a.m. mass next Sunday at St. I Matthew's church. A field representative -of the Hawkeye Area Boy Scout coun- cil will speak. Banowetz, 16, has been a member of troop 23 since Jan- uary, 1969. He has served as scribe, assistant patrol leader, patrol leader and senior patrol leader. He attended Camp Waubeek four summers and junior lead- ership training at Camp Wakon- da. He. interviewed prospective merit badge counselors for the Eastern district and updated the district list of counselors for his Eagle service project. Banowetz is a sophomore at Regis high school and is a pho- tographer for the Regis Royal- ist. Reasearcher Finds Flowers Breed Bacferia Dangerous fo Very III Some Valentine Customs Curious KANSAS CITY (AP) Injgiven to children on Valentine's1 England, where Valentine's day day. In earlier times, English girls would write their names on heart-shape slips of paper and has been celebrated since the Fifteenth century, its obser- vance is marked by some curious local customs. In some Derbyshire farming villages girls peep through the front door keyhole on Valen- tine's day morning, hoping to see a rooster and a hen outside, reports Hallmark researcher Sally Hopkins. If they are Ihere, Hie girl supposedly will be mar- ried within a year. In Hertfordshire, north of London, wreaths of flowers and halfpennies are traditionally put them in a jar on Valentine's day. Each young man in the community then drew out a name and pinned it to his sleeve. This indicated whom he would escort at the Valentine's day festivities. From this cus- tom, says Miss Hopkins, came the expression, "He wears his heart on his sleeve." Think small, use a Classified Ad for big results. Place your ad todav! Mark Candidate To Ride Cedar Rapids Buses William Gannon, Mingo. can didate for the Democratic no mination for governor, will be taking a firsthand look at thD Cedar Rapids mass transit sys tem Thursday. Gannon intends lo spend Thursday morning riding the buses to find mil from city bu: customers what they feel shouli be done to improve mass transi service. MIAMI (UP1) David Taplin found at the bollom of a flower vase a possible cause of hospi- lal-conlracled bacterial infec- tion by seriously ill patients. At least nine kinds of bacteria were multiplying by the millions in the water which nourished the flowers. Six of the species are known to cause infections in debililated or. otherwise suscep- tible hospital patients. Taplin, an English-born as- sociate professor of epidemio- logy at the University of Miami, and Patricia Mertz, a research associate, have just published the findings of a year-long study in a professional magazine (Lancet) article. "I want to emphasize we do not want to ban all flowers from Taplin said. Flowers play a role in the norale and recovery of the sick. "But they do pose a threat to le high-risk patients, such as urn victims, those who have ndergone extensive surgery, lose under dialysis and others eriously ill where sterile condi- ons must be adhered to." He noted that flowers are only potential source of infection nd that there is no clinical evi- ence that flowers ever caused n infection in a patient. Taplin more or less stumbled nto the bacterial breeding ource. "We were making a routine nvironmental survey of the urn unit to determine where ome of the 'hot' bacteria were oming he said. They vere checking all the sources of vetness mops, soap dishes, inks and the like. "Flowers have been largely 'nored as a source of infection lecause they are pretty and an emotional Taplin said. "But I remembered a paper I'd read back in 19K3 which said something about flowers wilting and smelling when the bacterial count in the water was high, didn't say anything about a threat to patients, though." The bacteria multiplied so rapidly-, even in chlorinated water, it required a special electronic counter to record ;heir numbers. Within an hour after placing cut flowers in iresh water, the bacteria count in a teaspoonful of water reachqd within three hours the count reached 20 mil- lion. TIE UP YOUR VALENTINE There's nothing wrong with being sentimental and old fashioned on Valentine's Day. Give your man a new tie from the complete collection at Holley's. Famous maker ties from Superba, Damon, Countess Mara and Rooster available in the widest variety of colors and patterns. Open Sunday 12 fo 5p.m. SHOP FOR MEN LINDALE PLAZA CEDAR RAPIDS Taplin said Ihc bacteria come from the soil in which the flow- ers are grown, generally ever- glades muck in south Florida. It The bacteria found by Taplin and his associates are mostly harmless to all but the very sick. But he found them more city resistant to antibiotics than the dread "staph" and streptococ- cus germs. The removal of flowers, wet mops and the drying up of all the damp places around the hos- pital burn unit, he said, "was followed by a dramatic de- crease in wound colonization and infections." New Executive Secretary Named for Cancer Unit Mildred Knappe, 122 Twenty- fifth street SE, will become ex- ecutive secretary of the Linn county chapter of the American Cancer Society. Chapter Chair- man Robert Moorman Saturday announced that Mrs. Knappe will assume the position March 1 upon the retirement of Mrs. James Sigtnund of Lake Mac- bride, who is retiring after 20 years as executive secretary. Mrs. Knappe, who is a cured cancer pa.ient, earned her Mildred .Knappe Cherry-Burrell Corp. They have one son, David, 18. master's degree in social work One of the factors coniribut- at the University of Iowa last ing to her decision to return to year. Following treatment for; school for study of social work cancer in 196G and 1967, Mrs. Knappe returned to college, earning her BA degree at Mt. Mercy. Mrs. Knappe and her hus- band, Herman, moved to Cedar was her volunteer work in the Ellis area pre-school program! She also had served in the cancer crusade and served on the YWCA board. Mrs. Knappe is a member of the League of Rapids from Milwaukee Women Voters and of the Na- years ago. He is an engineer atjtional Assn. of Social Workers. kelp you mmnooy s valentine With our great gift collection you'll be sure to pick the right valentine. From tho modest to the magnificent, you will find it here and always In iho best of ta3te. tnltrftj lo i Gifts from Take Months to Pay Convenient Terms SMULEKOff Jowclry Dopt., Main Floor __ that he Is In trouble, Carson and Swore ;ifjrml. "There arc certain (limys a worker can- not do said Carson, "lie needs food, gasoline to get to work, and an interest rate that will allow him to buy a home." While some segments ot in- dustry didn't adhere strictly lo 5.5 percent wage increases last year, and in fact were not required to under guidelines, the adherence lo suggested limits were better than most believe. Nationwide, the average wage increase in 1973 was slightly above 6 percent. A number of factors arc causing drastic changes In the labor picture. Perhaps the No. 1 element is that the work force is becoming younger. The post-World war II baby boom is out of high school and into the factory. The young worker is smarter if not wiser than dad. Some are resisting union leadership. There is more job hopping. Those young persons on bar- gaining committees bring slide rules and plenty of slalistics. More and m.orc union bargain- ing people tote electronic cal- culators. Another factor, present to a smaller degree in the past but more noticeable than ever be- fore, is the influence of world affairs on the local labor situ- ation. "This means that there arc conditions beyond the bargain- ing table that affect the local said one negotiat- ing official. "If anyone doubl- ed it is a small world, these new conditions should prove it." He said it isn't just a matter of oil either, but availability of certain metals and other raw materials. Then there is the question if U.S. companies can continue lo compete in foreign markets. Cedar Rapids leads the state of Iowa in amount of; manufactured goods exported. Labor is in a suspicious mood. "The membership is seeing these huge profits, and not only in the oil industry, mainly because wages were kept said Carson. "A lot of laboring people are suspicious that someone is cleaning up." Such is the climate for bar- gaining in 1974. Following are some of the major contracts due lo expire during the year: In March National Oats Co. and the American Federa- tion of Grain Millers. In and Lens and the United Auto Work- ers; Dearborn Brass and" the Machinists union: Turner, Co. and International Broth-' erhood of Electrical Workers. In July Weyerhaeuser Co. and the Machinists union: Cherry-Burrcll and Cedar Rapids Engineering and Machinists; and Cargill and Teamsters (three plants with contracts also expiring in Au- gust and In August Penick and Ford and Grain Millers. In September Square D' and Teamsters. In November The Ga- zette and Pressmen and Typn- graphical Union. Corn Sweeteners and Teamsters. Members of local HO of the Retail, Wholesale and Depart- ment Store union at Quaker Oats Saturday approved a new two-year contract, effective Monday. The vote was 364 yes.'. to 252 "no. Day Suggestions: PLANTS HOSES 'CUT 1'LOWKHS _ Special! Thru FEB. 16 HEARTS and FLOWERS Prclly white pompons anri novelty hearts, in a "wilh love" red vase. only'5 50 floral designs 3501 FIRST AVE. S.E.-DELIVERY SERVICE 363-2675 Open Monday thru Friday 8-6; Saturday 8-5 you DISCOVER A REWARDING, SECURE CAREER WITH THE CEDAR RAPIDS POLICE DEPT. YOU CAN LOOK FORWARD TO: Salary as a police officer lo monthly. Paid or compensatory time for overtime. Excellent competitive promotional opportunities. Paid vacations-one to five weeks. Sick leave 1 2 days yearly, unlimited accumulation, Ten paid holidays a year. Uniforms paid for by the city. Excellent life and health insurance plans. 24 hours disability coverage. Early retiremenl at half pay. Full pay during 15 weeks of interesting, professional recruit training. Continuous in-service training programs. TO QUALIFY; Age: 21 through 34 inclusive Height: Police Officer, minimum 5'7" without shoes. Vision minimum 20-40 each eye uncorreded Education: High school diploma from an accredited school or Iowa Slate certified. Completed physical qualification test lo demonslrate ability to satisfactorily perform ]ob related physical tasks. If you have any questions wilh regard lo qualifications, you may obtain clarification a brochure, Call 319-398-5150, Capt. Baker or Garcth Assistant Chief of Police. Or apply to: POLICE HEADQUARTERS: 310 Second AVE. S.W., Cedar Rapids, Iowa Last day for completed application is p.m., Wednesday, April 3, 1974 AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
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