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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - April 29, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana Vol 143 No 236 KOKOMO Kokomo Ind Friday April 50 cents Pat Harden of UAW Local 292 places a wreath honoring workers killed on the job at the Highland Park memorial Thursday Tribune photo by Tim J3ath Workers promised OSHA reforms Number of employees killed on job has fallen since act passed in 1970 By DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Ptess On the day that labor unions honor col leagues killed or injured on the job Labor Secretary Robert Reich and congressional leaders told grieving workers and their rela tives they win strengthen the federal job safe ty agency Wein the United States will will not accept unsafe work conditions in our country and were going to pass this legisla Sen Edward Kennedy said Thursday during a service at AFLCIO head quarters Labor unions pause each year on April 28 the anniversary of passage of the Occupation al Safety and Health Act to remember col leagues and renew the push for safer work places In Kokomo Ind members of United Auto Workers Locals 685 and 292 and other labor groups gathered in the rain to lay a wreath at a Highland Park memorial honoring local workers killed on the job In Washington Thursdays ceremony was the sixth observance Two women told of enduring the loss of their loved ones a husband who was presi dent of his local union and active in safety issues in Louisiana and a collegeage brother who worked nights at a Kansas beef plant to save money for tuition We want to put the teeth into the OSHA said Rep William Ford who is cosponsoring the reform bill with Kennedy We nave a chance this year because for the first rintein OSHA is endorsed by the sitting president of the United Earlier a group of people who had been injured on the job or were related to someone who was killed peppered Reich with ques tions about the governments role in guaran teeing their safety at work To most of their questions Reich said Presi dent Clinton was committed to improving safety conditions for the approximately 100 million workers at more than 6 million job sites in the United States OSHA has inspectors Reich said federal data show 17 workers die daily on the job down from 38 per day in 1970 when OSHA was passed Thats 17 workers too Reich said adding that workplace injuries and illnesses total a day Were making progress but that is still not good But he said government cannot police the workplaces by itself with its limited resources which is why the Clinton adminis tration supports reforms The legislation would require employers to create safety and health programs to find and correct potential hazards and form worker management committees at sites with 11 or more employees It also would require employers to provide workers with safety and health training before they begin their jobs and with retrain ing at least annually It would extend OSHA coverage to some million state and local public employees now excluded Workers would also be shielded from dis crimination for reporting injuries illnesses and unsafe conditions Workers need a stronger Diann Coldfelter of Bazine said She choked back tears as she told of her 20yearold brother who fell off a ladder and into a tank Two men who tried to save him also died This is so men and women arent killed just to do their Truck strike nearly over WASHINGTON AP A threeweek strike by Teamsters truckers nationwide could be over by the weekend following approval of a new fouryear con tract that settled such disputes as parttime workers and use of rail transport The Teamsters said the tentative contract agreement came late Thursday after Trucking Manage ment representing 22 truck ing companies dropped its demand for lowerwage parttime workers The companies had proposed using new parttime workers to work 24 percent of the hours now worked by fulltime dock workers There will be no such workers in the new the union said in a written statement Under the agreement wages would increase by an hour and benefits would go up an hour over the life of the fouryear pact Members of the Teamsters union currently earn an hour on average Representatives of local freight unions were to vote on the new agreement today after which the strike could be called off Union members will decide whether to approve the agreement in mail voting expected to take about four weeks union spokesman Matt Witt said Mem bers also will vote on contract supplements negotiated by regional bargaining committees Inside todays Tribune Business Classified Local News of Police seeking identity of body The Carroll County Sheriff Department has released a picture of the man found dead Monday in a Carroll County creek in hope that an identification can be made Police requested that the Koko mo Tribune publish this picture to help them identify the victim who police believe may be from the Kokomo area An autopsy conducted Tuesday revealed the man had bled to death The autopsy conducted at the Indiana University Medical Center indicates the man died from hemorrhagic shock No other information was available The body was found around noon by a mail carrier who noticed the body as he was cross ing a bridge on the Carroll and Clinton County boundary 500 E Road 800 South according to Janet Everett a dispatcher for the Carroll County Sheriff Depart ment Do you know this man The body was that of a white male between the ages of 20 and 25 standing around 6 feet 1 inch to 6 feet two inches tall weighing around 200 pounds He has brown and light hair light Ford reporting healthy profits Big gains in worldwide operations DEARBORN Mich AP Ford Motor Co today said it earned million in the first three months of the year a big improvement over a year earlier as the company made substantial gains in worldwide automotive operations The report rounded out a strong earnings performance from the Big Three automakers in the Janu aryMarch period Fords profit which reflected a million charge related to its sale of First Nationwide Bank amounted to a share In the first quarter of 1993 the nations second biggest automak er reported a profit of mil lion or per share Revenue for the quarter rose percent to billion from billion a year ago We are encouraged about our automotive Ford Chairman Alex Trotman said Our worldwide automotive earnings in the first quarter alone were greater than in all of 1993 because of substantial improve ment in our Fords automotive opera tions produced a net income of million compared with million a year ago International operations earned million After the million charge Fords financial services group lost million The earnings report was in line with analyst estimates Ford which has Indiana opera tions in Bedford Connersville and Indianapolis is the last of the Big Three to release its firstquarter financial results The nations biggest automaker General Motors reported Thursday that its profits for the firstquarter were 66 percent high er than the year before Net earn ings came to million or 81 cents a share after a million accounting charge related to future disability benefits CM is Indianas largest single private employer with more than workers in the state Chrysler the third largest automaker reported last week that its first quarter was the best in the companys history with profits of million or per share Chrysler has Indi ana operations in Indianapolis Kokomo Muncie and New Castle GMs chief financial officer G Richard Wagoner said higher interest rates or the threat of them hasnt cooled the excite ment of car and truck buyers who produced sales records across the industry last month The trend is clear that the mar ket is running Wagoner said Up with a banner Kokomo firefighters Ray Fitzgerald left and Capt Doug Thomas put up a welcome sign in front of Kokomos City Building for the Up With People group who will be performing Saturday and Sunday at Kokomo High School south campus Shows are at Saturday and 2 Sunday Tickets are on sale today until 4 today at Ralph Stewart Insurance 219 W Sycamore St Tickets are also available at the door For more information call 4575314 Tribune photo by Anne Farrar with a mustache and a growth of a beard and hazel eyes He was wearing maroon cutoff sweat pants and had a size 9 34 10carat yellow gold wedding band on the dispatcher said The carrier called Clinton Coun ty Sheriff Department who then called Carroll County sheriff deputies The Indiana State Police Lafayette District are assisting in the investigation Jurors facing difficult decision Kevorkian maneuver may lead to acquittal DETROIT AP The judge in the assistedsuicide trial or Dr Jack Kevorkian opened a possible escape hatch for the retired Cathologist telling jurors to acquit im if they arent certain where the death occurred Recorders Court Judge Thomas E Jackson instructed jurors Thurs day that they must be convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that Thomas Hyde died in Wayne County where Detroit is situated and where the trial is taking place Kevorkian had initially said Hyde died on Belle Isle a Detroit park where his body was found Aug 4 inside Kevorkians van But Kevorkian and his lawyer sprang a new defense at trial con tending that Hyde actually died in neighboring Oakland County and that Kevorkian cannot be convict ed in Wayne County The maneuver was all the more shockingsince Kevorkian had repeatedly said he wanted to be arrested and put on trial to settle the issue of assisted suicide The jury resumed deliberations this morning It deliberated for 20 minutes Thursday without reach ing a verdict ;