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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - February 10, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa See 1974 as Tough Year for Labor Bargaining By Dale Kueter Union and management negotiating 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 thing. 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 be iii better shape. Those who don’t ha\e one more than likely will want one, according to Bob Carson, executive director of the Hawkeye 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. During the first three quarters of last year, the Cedar Rapids index went up 6.2 percent, lf 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 increases in the 8 and 9 percent area? ‘‘I wonder if they will be that low,” commented one labor official. "Money is the issue,” said Carson. "No 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 for," jested Chuck Swore, president of the Cedar Rapids 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 guilty,” he said. The number of contracts that come up for renewal this year in the Cedar Rapids area is not so great. "The problem,” said Dick Moi'.own of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation service. "is the uncertainty of the economy and accompanying unrest." "We will be busier," said Mediator Boh Bergstrom, "due to problems of a restless work force, whether controls stay or not.” Few building trades contracts expire this year, as most crafts signed two-year agreements Inst year. Up for renewal this year according to Swore are contracts with the plumbers, painters, asbestos workers and operating engineers all 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 increase 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 work year, “better than $2,000.” There are 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 to be lifted from most segments of the economy. The Nixon administration announced Wednesday it planned to remove all mandatory controls except on health, petroleum and selected other industries. Swore said he expects the construction industry 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 (‘limbing at an annual rate of 4.4 percent, and to then take them off when inflation is rocketing at an annual rate of 8.8 percent. While most people iii labor probably favor the impeachment of President Nixon, (’arson said, "the economy is the No. I issue in the laboring man’s mind. "Most people wouldn’t give a damn if Nixon resigned or didn’t if the economy was in good shape, it they could get plenty of gas for their car, if biod weren’t sn expensive and if they could afford a few luxuries," 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 pensions, job security and retirement 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, however. Swore said that 1974 looks like a good year for construction "if contractors aren't slowed down by a material shortage.” The mood of the worker is Camp Good Health Previously reported $ 1,217.94 In loving memory of Randy and Julie from Mr. and Mrs. Ola Blum .... 20.00 In memory of Joseph Fejfraek. in lieu of flowers, from Marie Felereisen, Dorothy Kuha.sa. Joint {-pier- risen, jr., and Rich ard Feiereisen 15.00 In memory of Harold J. Ross from Mr. and Mrs. Dunean Ross 15.00 In memory of Gladv* Fckert from O. L. Eckert 10.00 In memory of Robert ll ii n t, Mechanics- Ville, from Mrs. Frank J. Lightner 10.00 In memory of my husband. Frank J. Lightner .... 10.00 In (ovine memory of Lloyd L. Kohl. Mf. Vernon, from Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Ku- dart. ML Vernon MO I In memory of Mrs. Ray J. Mills from I Josephine Andrlik 5.00 In memory of John II. Pasour on his birthday. Feb. 12 5.0011 In memory of C harles I W I Ie \ 5.00 | In memory of Asa Emerson, Waterloo. i from Robert Lu/tun and Marie Tilla- pauch 2.00 In memory of Kath ryn Horlivy 2.00 Total — to be applied to 1974 budget $ 1.321.94 M. Banowetz Reasearcher Finds Flowers Breed Earns Eagle Bacteria Dangerous to Very III Henry Wilder Wilder Heads YM Board Henry' Wilder, 3202 Terry drive SE, director of nutrition and research at Diamond V Mills, has been elected president of the board of directors of the Central branch YMCA. He .succeeds Allan Peremsky, who was presented a "Service lst -to Youth” plaque for his service on the board and as president. Other officers elected were Tom LeBuhn. and Dr. Reid Motley, vice-presidents; and Fred Schuchmann, secretary’. Roger Lemke was re-elected treasurer. Dr Gene Grand on was elected 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 administrative responsibility for the Cen- Mark Banowetz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Norbert M. Banowetz. MIAMI (UPI) — David Taplinemotional thing,” Taplin said. Taplin said the bacteria come 2763 Franklin avenue NE, will found at the bottom of a flower!"But I remembered a paper I d f rom u ie so jj j n which the flow-receive the Eagle Scout rank vase a possible cause of hospi- read back in 1963 which said    cenerallv ever- during a court of honor during 8 tai-contracted bacterial infec- something about flowers wilting ‘ ‘    .’    ' ‘am. mass next Sunday at St. ti on by seriously ill patients. and smelling when the bacterial!^ muck in south riot Ida. [Matthew’s church.    ^ | eaS { n j ne kj n( j s of bacteria count in the water was high. It The bacteria found by Taplin A field representative of the were multiplying by the millions didn’t say anything about a and his associates are mostly Hawkeye Area Boy Scout coun-in the water which nourished threat to patients, though.” harmless to all but the very I oil will speak.    the flowers. Six of the species! The bacteria multiplied so sick. But he found them more Banowetz, 16, has been a are known to cause infections in rapidly, even in chlorinated city resistant to antibiotics than the member of troop 23 since Jan debilitated or otherwise suscep- water, it required a special dread "staph and streptococcal, 1969. He has served as tible hospital patients.    electronic counter to record cus germs, scribe, assistant patrol leader.; Taplin, an English-born as- their numbers. Within an hour The removal of flowers, wet patrol leader and senior patrol sociate professor of epidemic)- after placing cut flowers in mops and the drying up of all leader.    logy at the University of Miami, ^ res h water, the bacteria count the damp places around the hos- He attended Camp Waubeek and Patricia Mertz. a research * n a teaspoonful of water pital burn unit, he said. "was four summers and junior lead- associate, have just published cached 100,000, w ithin three, follow cd by a dramatic doorstop training at Camp Wakon- the findings of a year-long study hours the count reached 20 mil- crease in wound colonization that he is in trouble, (’arson and Swore agreed “There are certain things a worker cannot do without,” said ( arson. "Ile needs food, gasoline to get to work, and an interest rate tiiat will allow him to buy a home.” While some segments of industry didn’t adhere strictly to 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 are causing drastic changes in the labor picture. Perhaps the No. I element is that the work force is becoming younger. The post-World war ll baby boom is out of high school arid 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 bargaining committees bring slide rule* and plenty of statistics. More and more union bargaining people tote electronic calculators. Another factor, present to a smaller degree in the past but more noticeable than ever before, is the influence of world affairs on the local labor situation. "This means that there are conditions beyond the bargaining table that affect the local economy,” said one negotiating official, "lf anyone doubted 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 to compete in foreign markets. Cedar Rapids leads the state of Iowa in amount of manufactured goods exported. Labor is in a suspicious mood "'Ila' membership is seeing these huge profits, and riot only iii Ha 1 oil industry, mainly because wages were kept low,” said Carson. "A lot of laboring people are suspicious that someone is cleaning up.” Such is the climate for bargaining in 1974. Following are some of the major contracts due to expire during the year: in March - National Oat! (’o. and the American Federation of Grain Millers. In June—Barnard and !x*as and the United Auto Workers; Dearborn Brass and the Machinists union: Turner Co. and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. In July — Weyerhaeuser Co. and the Machinists union; Cherry-Burrell and UAW; Cedar Rapids Engineering and Machinists; and Cargill and Teamsters (three plants wilh contracts also expiring in August and September). In August — Renick and Ford and Grain Millers. In September — Square I) and Teamsters. In November — The Gazette and Pressmen and Typo-graphical Union. Corn Sweeteners and Teamsters. Members of local HO of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store union at Quaker Oats Saturday approved a new two-year contract, effective Monday. The vote was 364 yes to 252 no. da. He interviewed prospective in a professional merit badge counselors for the (Lancet) article. magazine lion. and infections. Eastern district and updated the’ “I want to emphasize we do I district list of counselors for his not want to ban all flowers from Eagle service project.    ,    hospitals,’’    Taplin    said Banowetz is a sophomore at "Flowers play a role in the Regis high school and is a pho- morale and recovery of the sick I tographer for the Regis Royal- "But they do pose a threat to the high-risk patients, such as burn victims, those who have; New Executive Secretary Named tor Cancer Unit Some Valentine Customs Curious Mildred Knappe KANSAS CITY (AP) — In given to children on Valentine’s    Mark Banowetz England, where Valentine’s day day. In earlier times, English has been celebrated since the girls would write their names on Fifteenth century, ith obser-    heart-shape    slips of    paper    and    Candidate To    Ride Vance is marked by some    put them in    a jar on    Valentine’s    Cedar Raaids Bucas curious local cufitoms.    day. Each young man in the    ^ In some Derbyshire farming community then drew out a William Gannon. Mingo, ean-villages girls peep through the name and pinned it to hit* didate for the Democratic no front door keyhole on Valen- sleeve. This indicated whom he mination for governor, will ))e tine’s day morning, hoping to would escort at the Valentine’s taking a firsthand look at the see a rooster and a hen outside, day festivities. From this cus- Cedar Rapids mass transit sys-reports Hallmark researcher tom, says Miss Hopkins, came tem Thursday. Sally Hopkins. If they are there,    the expression, "He    wears    hts    Gannon intends    to spend the girl supposedly will be mar    heart on his    sleeve.”    Thursday morning    riding the Tied within a year.--buses to find out from city bus In Hertfordshire, north of    Think small,    use    a    Gasified    customers    what they feel    should London, wreaths of flowers and    Ad    for big    result* - .    Place    your    be done to    improve mass    transit halfpennies are traditionally    ad today;    service. Mildred Knappe, 122 Twenty- fifth street SE, will become exundergone extensive surgery,!eeutive secretary of the Linn those under dialysis and others [county chapter of the American seriously ill where sterile condi- Cancer Society. Chapter Chair-tions must be adhered to.” man Robert Moorman Saturday He noted that flowers are only announced that Mrs. Knappe a potential source of infection, w jji assume the position March and that there is no clinical evi-n U po n retirement of Mrs. dence that flowers ever earned j ames Sigmund of Lake Mac-an infection in a patient.    bride, who is retiring after 20 Tapiin more or less stumbled years as executive secretary, onto the bacterial breeding Mrs. Knappe, who is a cured Cherry-Burrell Corp source.    cancer pa ient, earned her one son, David. 18. "We were making a routine master’s degree in social work One of th;* factors contribut-environmenta! survey of the    at the University of iowa    last    tog to her    decision to return to burn unit to determine where    year. Following treatment    for    school for    study of social work some of the ‘hot’ bacteria were cancer in 1966 and 1967, Mrs. was her volunteer work in the cerning from.” he said They    Knappe returned to college,    Ellis area    pre-school program. were checking all the sources of    earning her BA degree at    ML    She also    had served in the wetness — mops, soap dishes. • Mercy.    cancer crusade and served on sinks and the like.    Mrs.    Knappe and her hus- the YWCA board Mrs. Knappe "Flowers have been largely band. Herman, moved to Cedar is a member of the League of ignored as a source of infection Rapids from Milwaukee 16 Women Voters and of the Na-beeause they arc pretty arid an’years ago. He is an engineer at tional Assn. of Social Workers. I alentine’n Day Suf(gestion»: •PLANTS• HONKS Mil I FLOWERS • TKMR XRU AIS   Special! Thru l h!It. 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