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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 14, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Weather- cloudy with llli'it snow iliroiigli In- night. Lows, lo.v 20s. Highs Friday, (u upper 30s. VOLUMU 92 NUMBKK 309 CITY FINAL 15 CENTS CIODAR RAPIDS, JOWA, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, ASSOCIATED PRESS, UPI, NEW YORK TIMES WASHINGTON (AP) Sharp- ly higher prices for food and 1975 cars contributed lo a 2.3 percent surge in wholesale pric- es in October, the labor depart- ment reported Thursday. Over-all, wholesale prices last month were 22.6 percent higher than a year earlier, Hie biggest 12-month increase since a 28.5 percent rise in the year ending in June, 1947. The October increase ranged across virtually Ihe entire econ- omy. The 2.3 percent rise was on a seasonally adjusted basis, mean- ing seasonal variations were taken into consideration. On a seasonally unadjusted basis the increase was 1.7 percent. There bad been virtually no change in September on either basis. Consumer foods increased 4 percent in October, farm prod- ucts were up 2.6 percent, proc- essed foods and feeds rose 3.2 percent and 'industrial prices climbed 1.1 percent. The biggest factor in the lat- ter increase was a G.4 percent rise in motor vehicle prices. All Ihe increase in prices had their impact on the October index, since that was considered Hie starting month for wholesale auto sales for 1975 models. The October index stood at 170 percent of Ihe 1967 average of 100. The price increases reversed some September declines, es- pecially for farm products and processed foods and feeds, but were not as high as the big surges in wholesale prices of 3.9 percent in August and 3.7 per- cent in July. The United Way campaign has passed the halfway point, as campaign chairman C.I. Rice reported Thursday 57 percent of the 1974 goal has been collected. Rice said has been raised and expressed optimism the campaign "will be brought to a successful conclusion in the next week or so." The 1974 goal is Among firms which reported increased contributions over last year included the following: Spectra Associates, Inc., and employes. 588 percent of last year's giving; Weyerhaeuser! Tclcnhoto HAPPY ENDING Arnold Miller, left, United Mine Workers president, and Guy Farmer, chief negotiator for the Bituminous Coal Operators Assn., after reaching agreement on a contract. (Continued: Page 3, Col. 3.) WASHINGTON (AP) The striking United Mine Workers won a 'hefty package of wages and benefits from the coal in- dustry in a tentative contract settlement which could reopen the nation's soft-coal mines be- fore Thangsgiving. UAW President Arnold Miller predicted his members would approve the pact. The union's ratification process is expected to take about 10 days. In the meantime, the two-day- old strike that has already idled about 'workers in [he steel and railroad industries will continue. "Gross Inequities" "It's a very good settlement one I think 1 can .sell to the Miller said in an- n o u n c i n g the settlement Wednesday night. He said would "eradicate some of the gross inequities that have exist- ed for years." The union's 38-mcmber bar- gaining council, summoned from the coal fields was to meet Thursday night to consider (lie three-year package. Its approv- al is needed before the pro- posed contract can be sent out to the members. Under the tentative settle- ment, miners would receive wage increases of 9 percent the first year and 3 percent in each of the next two'years; In addi- tion, (hey would get cost-of-liv- ing increases in the second and third year. Miners now earn be- tween ?42 and a day. The contract also guarantees sick leave for the first time, and an increase in pensions from the present a month to at the end of the contract. Catch-Up Bonus Numerous other fringe bene- fits, including a one-time "inflation catch-up add up to what appears to be the biggest labor settlement this year. The negotiators refused to put a price tag on (he agreement, but industry sources said it re- presented a 46 percent boost in wages and benefits over (he three years while union sources figured it as closer to 40 per- cent. Coal prices have quadrupled over the last year and the set- tlement is likely to lead to fur- ther boosts. How much will be passed on isn't known. But with the electric power, steel and railroad industries heavily de- pendent on coal, consumers eventually face high' electric bills and bigger price tags for automobiles products. Economists and other steel have expressed concern that a; big settlement would -set a prevailing minimum level for wage negotiations in 1975 and touch off a new round of inflation. But some govern- ment officials have acknowl- edged that the coal industry had special problems to be consid- ered. Strike Reduction The industry had sought in re- turn for higher wages and bene- fits a reduction hi wildcat slrikes and absenteeism, to maintain high-level production. The new pact provides for a new grievance procedure to help settle such disputes. Union officials indicated that the earliest the mines could be reopened is Nov. 25, beginning Sirica Names Doctors To Check Nixon, Asks Report by Nov. 29 Gazette Leased Wires WASHINGTON U. S. Dis-! trict Judge John Sirica has or- dered ihree court-appointed doc- tors so report by Nov. 20 on 1 whether Richard Nixon is physi- cally able to testify at the Wa-j lercate cover-up trial. Sirica s.iid doctors, whom he described as "three of the outstanding men in Ihe country." had been or- dered to conduct whatever ex- aminations are necessary in- cluding Nixon's medical records and a physical examination of the former President himself. The three physicians are: Dr. Charles Anthony llufnag- ble for the Nixon case, but his medical personnel" if they feel announccmcnt said a report either interim or final would be made by Nov. 29. Instructions In spelling out general in- structions for the doctors, Sirica lllctl. ilisled seven possible recommeii- Wednesday the dalions They ranged from a conclu- sion that Nixon is currently fil enough lo travel to Washington and appear as a witness lo tak- ing a written deposition from the former President under spe- cial conditions at his estate in San Clcmcnte. Calif. Sirica made no mention of the Dr. Charles Aniiiony tha le, chairman of the panel, a m[ _ chief of surgery at Georgetown Ol'.icr Possibilities University hospital in Washing- Among Ihe alternatives, how- ton. .ever, thai Ihe doctors were Dr. llic'hiinl Starr Ross, a car-lgjvcn lo choose from was live diologisl and director of Iboi testimony Vixen as a adult cardiac clinic al Johns iwilness in California. Sirica's Hopkins University hospilal inilaw clerk said that could mean a car- ,ycrs lo some location near San Baltimore. Dr. John Spitlell, diolocisl .-mil internist al ihdClcmemc lor I In; duration of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn, j Nixon's testimony. Sirica said Ihe plusiciaiisi Sirica empowered the panel In would 'sel up Iheir own limeta-'consult with "other competent necessary. The government will pay their expenses. Nixon was subpoenapd Sept. 4 by cover-up defendant John Ehr- lichman, who contends Nixon is Nixon is Out LONG BEACH (AP) Pale and thin, Richard Nixon left the hospital Thursday in a wheel chair after 23 days of treatment. Wearing pajamas and a bathrobe, he was taken out a back entrance. His phlebitis-stricken left leg was elevated. Attendants sup- ported him as he lifted himself from Ihe chair and chatted with hospital personnel before gcl- ,ing inlo a limousine with Ihcir iclp. He waved lo spectators from inside the car. Nixon's physician, Dr. John jinigren, said he and oilier members of the medical learn with the midnight-to-8 a.m. shift. This is the first time in al least a half-century that a coa! contract will be put to a rank- and-filc vote and no one is sure how the miners will respond. But in the coal fields, initial reaction to the settlement from the miners was cautious, and most warned that it would have lo survive critical examination before being ratified. New Offer The breakthrough in the nego- tiations came late Tuesday night on the 83rd day of the when the coal operators presented the UMW with a new offer that sources said included many concessions. The union responded wil'h a coun- terproposal Wednesday and the two sidus spuill tile rest of (he day tying up the loose ends. In briefing newsmen on the agreement, Miller said the wage package and co.st-of-living in- creases, based on current infla- tion rales, would raise the daily rate of a miner now earning to per day at the end of the contract. A miner at the lowest wage rate, currently earning a day, would receive under (he contract. Royalty payments by the in- dustry would be raised from 80 cents per ton of coal mined to adding million lo the union's pension fund and bring- ing the total lo about 2 billion over (he life of the contract. Mortqaqe-Financinq
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