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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 14, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 'Runaway employers' from States setting up shop in foreign lands i____ fiticri SHlfl tnC Pattern __ July M, 1971 THE LITHBRIDOE HERAID 29 Deaths yesterday In an endless struggle to compete on equal terms jvith cheaper goods, United States business is setting up shop abroad in steadily growing numbers. This arti- cle examines the trend and the monumental problems it poses. By STERLING F. GREEN WASHINGTON (AP) United States business is going multinational witV. a rush. As the corporations go global, they carry U.S. capital, technol- ogy and managerial skill to the earth's four comers and leave alarm bells ringing back home. Complaints are piling up that U.S. jobs, and possiblv some vital portions of the U.S. in- dustrial base for defence and economic stability, are going overseas. Organized labor, which for- merly carried the banner of free trade, has taken alarm at vanishing jobs and shrinking memberships, and has joined some major industries in the drive on Congress for import quotas. The unions, led by the AFL- CIO, also are criticizing the multinationals as "runaway em- ployers" who move plants to Em-ope, the Orient, or the Car- ibbean where labor is cheaper. Ironically, competition from imported goods is the main rea- son many corporations have gone global. They are trying to stay competitive with foreign products by becoming importers of components, semi-finishet goods, or entire products whicl come back to the customer with mly one U.S. part, the brand IHUB are, however, many oilier reasons why U.S. industry is deploying subsidiaries over- ieas-to gain growth by reacti- ng new customers, to get be- hind trade barriers that U.S. ex- perts cannot pierce, to cut costs and improve profits, to compote on even terms with foreign firms in world markets. For the U.S. consumer these are among the signs of the changing times: Dodge Colt, one of tho new U.S. "answers" to the small-car imports, is 100-per- cent made in Japan, by Mitsubi- shi. you buy Ford's Pinto, an- other of the U.S. industry's an- swers, you may get a car with an English-made ensine and German-made transmission, as- sembled either in Canada or the United States. per cent of all radio sets tape recorders and cas- settes sold in the U.S. are made elsewhere. S'o are more than half the black-and-white televi- sion sets, nearly one-fourth of all color TV sets, two-thirds of the sewing machines and most of the typewriters. A major industrialist, board Chairman. Fred J. Boron oi General Electric, told The Asso- ciated Press: "I don't know any American manufacturer who would not prefer to make his product in this country for this market." SAVES PRODUCT LINE But in cases where the choice became either abandoning a product line or "moving off- shorc" GE and others have disadvantaged said the gone offshore. That way. Borch unions' joint statement it lent half the U.S. To deal with this and other eSes ie kit on to, job problems, Nixon in January ere- .ue Council on engineers, sales force, research and develop- ment people and others. The AFL-CIO industrial un- bsr ions which once took pride in their liberal free-trade stance- along with the U.S. steel indus- try, now being jostled for world leadership by al- most apologetically lined up with such long-time protection- ists as the textile and shoe in- dustries. Their combined push for im international trade and invest- ment policy. At least seven in-depth studies also have been started by var- ious government groups. How aggressively Nixon's council will attack its problems 7263 Local bricklayers remain on the job Bricklayers in Lethbridge are continuing working today, de- spite picketing by striking bricklayers in Edmonton and Calgary. Picketing began Tuesday, halting work on major con- struction projects in those two cities. The strike began last Wednesday. Lethbridge workers in the bricklayers union did not par- ticipate in the strike vote, and union spokesmen say they will not be called out on sympathy strike. However, a contract agreement is expected to apply to the Lethbridge bricklayers. In Edmonton and Calgary, members of other unions re- fused to cross picket lines estab- lished around 19 constructiton sites. Wages are the main sticking point in the dispute. The eon- tractors are offering in- crease per hour over two years, while the union is reported seek- ing on a base rate of 54.55. There is also a dispute over retroactive pay. Meanwhile, a province-wide strike of operating engineers started Tuesday. The Interna- tional Union of Operating En 'gineerc, which represents heavy equipment operators, construe tion steam operators and heavy equipment mechanics, is seek ng wage increase and retroac- ivc pay as major requirements of a new contract. However, no picket lines have been established by the opera- ing engineers and constructtion projects in Lethbridge are- not expected to be seriously affect- ed by the strike. Damage heavy in earthquake RABAUL, New Britain (Reu- _ A violent earthquake centred in the adjacent Solomon Islands area in the Pacific, northeast of Australia, caused widespread destruction here today. have been injured but there were no deaths. Three persons are believed to en injured but there initial reports of The quake, and a seven-fool high tidal wave that reached here five minutes later, caused damage estimated in the thou- sands of dollars. port quotas in the 91st Congress jlocked President Nixon's trade-expansion bill by plaster- ing it with import-quota amend- ments, and came within inches cf reversing a 35-year policy of liberalizing U.S. tariff and trade. Only a major defensive stand organized by the foreign trade community, including the heads of many multinational corporations, stopped them. There will be no trade legisla- tion at all this year. Nixon's supporters dare not push his bill to a vote, they now admit pri- vately, because Congress would turn it into a restrictionist bill curbing imports. MUST FACE ISSUE Some day the issue must be faced. In the meantime, the Nixon administration is moving in three areas to blunt the quota drive: is pressing for negotiated restrictions by Japan and other quotas which doctrinaire free traders abhor just as much as they de- plore quotas imnosed by law has launched a verbal of- fensive calling on Europe and Japan to drop their protectionist laws and pick up a fair share of defence costs. As.Treasury Sec- retary John B. Connaliy told the International Banking Confer- ence last month, Europe's easy assumption that the U.S. will be willing indefinitely "to bear dis- proportionate economic costs does not fit the facts of today." is enforcing, promptly and vigorously, for the first time ever as a deliberate policy, ong-standing curbs on unfair trade. Such crackdowns as a March 10 ruling against Japa- nese TV sets, sold in the U.S. at iar less than the Japanese home price, are considered certain to jiscourage cut-rate foreign competition at relatively small risk of retaliatory action against U.S. products. There will be less head for quotas next year if, as the ad- ministration confidently p r e- dicts, the economy has picked up steam and unemployment has declined below'six per cent. JOBS ARE LOST But labor is impatient. The three major unions in the con- sumer electronic and electrical goods industries have told Con- gress that more than of their members' jobs have disap- peared in three years. "The types of jobs exported are precisely the unskilled and semi-skilled jobs needed here if we are to win the war against .poverty and provide dignified and gainful employment for our T v ll By THE CANADIAN PRESS Tucson, Gold- smith, 72, creator ot one of the ngest-runnuig programs on adio, The Aldrich Family. George Slocum, i, former owner of Automotive ews, a weekly trade publica- on. Tacoma, N. Ei- enhower, 82, brother of the late resident Dwight D. Eisen ower. Truro, Creelman Parker, 40, widely-known Mari- time newspaper and radio re- porter. Robert, 56, the youngest world wrestling champion recognized by the Na- tional Wrestling Association of the United Slates and the Mont- real Athletic Commission. Mountainside, N. J oh n Wood Campbell JMB., VtVt, SCIENCE FICTION WHITER and editor of the science fiction magazine Analog for the last 34 years. ____ NOs PROBLEMS WITH THE NEIGHBORS This half- way house in Tarentum, Pa., has become just that-a half house, with half up and half down. Owned by the Penn- sylvania Department of Transportation, half the house was torn down more than a year ago and about six months ago the Robert Fleming family moved m the standing half. "It's quite they say. __________ You'll love and live in this trend-setting quartet. New look! 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