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Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - February 5, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois PUBLICATION OWICI Carbondalo Murphysboro Harrln 710 N 1113 Walnut 212 N 16th 82No3010c a Copy Two I By Karen Rothe Of The Southern lUinoisan Gov Daniel Walker signed G bill at a press conference in Carbondalc today appro priating million to the Shawneetown Regional Port District to help buy and reno vate a coalloading facility at Old Shawneetown The loading facility will al low coal producers to ship from there on the Ohio River Walker said It is now owned by the Peabody Coal Co Total cost of the project is estimated at million The rest of the funding will come from the federal Economic Development Administration and private sources Walker said Walker also toured a demon stration coalscrubbing project at Southern Illinois Univer sity at Carbondale The state has funds committed to the project which involves a pro cess to remove sulfur dioxide emissions when high sulfur Southern Illinois coal is burn ed Howard E Hesketh SIUC associate professor of thermal and environmental engineer ing and head of the project said the demonstration would involve only onethirtieth of the SIU smoke output Dont expect an immediate improvement in our smoke stack he warned The major components of the system are being donated by a New York firm and other equipment and installa tion costs will be financed by the Illinois Institute of En vironmental Quality Some parts of the system were missing today because the truckers strike stopped their delivery In answer to questions at the conference Walker said that he has authorized in creased state police patrols to provide protection during the independent truckers strike Walker said the idea is to make the police highly visi ble to discourage violence He said he does not plan to call out the Illinois Na tional Guard I dont believe in calling out the National Guard unless it is absolutely necessary he said He said that stores have adequate inventories to take care of consumer needs and said he wants to discourage Tonight cloudy with a chance of showers toward morning Lows in the 30s Wednesday mostly cloudy with showers likely Mild with highs in the 40s Partly cloudy Thursday INDEX Classified 1617 TV Bridge Crossword 9 Editorials 4 Family Living 6 Records 1920 Savings and Loan Section 1315 Sports 1112 Weather details map 20 Youth 5 Now 100 Walkerdistressed1 driverswait over SIUC cuts Gov Daniel Walker said to day that he is very distress ed at the firing of professors at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale I wish the administration here at Carbondale had taken the steps that were taken at the Edwardsville campus Walker said SIUC originally announced that 104 faculty jobs would be eliminated in June because of budget cutbacks bythe Illi nois Board of Higher Educa tion The number has since been cut to 38 with the re mainder finding other jobs the university Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville had no job cuts The administration at SIUE cut back on its programs over the last two or three years and was able to avoid firing any faculty Walker said He said he did not want to secondguess the action taken by the administration at SIUC but said it is his belief that all of our univer sities can stand some cut backs in administration Faculty cutbacks should only be a last resort he said SIUC President David R Derge and other top SIU sys tem officials could not attend the event in Oarbondale be cause of an board higher education meeting today in Chicago Walker declined to make any specific comments on the board of higher education budget or on the possibility of tuition increases He said he wanted to look at the en tire budget of the state first He said he hoped a tuition increase could be avoided at Marion The number of truckers wait ing out the strike in the Marion Truck Plaza area grew to more than 100 today in the fifth day of a strike by independent truckers While the number grew a meeting to collect money for room and board for some truck ers was called for noon today at the truck plaza Ray Coffey an independent trucker says the drivers sup port the work stoppage and theyre going to wait out the strike Monday afternoon Marion po lice escorted two trucks from the lot at the request of com pany owners Coffey said the drivers didnt want to go but it was go or lose their jobs While the drivers settled in for the strike Pat Lober an operator of the truck stop noted that restaurant business was really bad and hopedfor an early end to the strike Frw Htrrln Dally Journal Murphyobore Indipondmr TUESDAY FEBRUARY 51974 Truckers LIMDSAYSCRAU3 NEWSPAPER 62625 hinted Washington AP Federal energy chief William E Simon indicated today thaC the Nixon administration is on the verge of taking action designed to appease striking truckers Simon started to disclose the action to SenateHouse conferees debating the emerigency energy bill but stopped when he was advised that the meeting was open to the public i Im not going to reveal our negotiating position that would be stupid Simon said later in response to repeated queries from reporters Simon told the conferees that he needed immediate legislative authority to allow the truckers to pass along the higher prices they are paying for diesel fuel However the conference chair man Rep Harley 0 Staggers DW Va told him it was not likely Congress could act soon enough Simon indicates action near to appease drivers ing a blockade near Wilmington get supplies or ship finished NC was shot in the stomach products topped 75000 There wounded early to were warnings that food day police said It was one of shortages would start showing the federal and state regulations under which they operate A major stumbling block has been the truckers demand for a rollback in the prices of diesel fuel a move opposed by federal energy chief William E Simon Sources indicated that the rollback was not a part of the tentative compromise under discussion the truckers were seeking a freeze on fuel prices Reportedly the crucial de mand involved a request for the truckers to pass through in creased fuel costs to shippers on a dollar for dollar basis plus an Simon was making an unscheduled appearance before the conferees who had asked him to brief them on the status of the truckersstrike Meanwhile the independent truckers shutdownspread over tte few reports of injury stem ming from the violence that has marked the sixdayold pro test Federal and state officials and truckers representatives tried without success to reach a compromise that could end the ownerdrivers protest over fuel prices and freight rates The shutdown or its effects reached at least 39 states Shootings tire slashings or rock throwings were reported late Monday night or early today in Louisiana Rhode Island In more than threefourths of the I diana Maryland Delaware and nation today prompting more layoffs and bringing new reports of violence An independent driver mann Pennsylvania as well as in North Carolina The number of layoffs reported in industries unable to up at the retail level shortly Washington negotiators working into the early morning today were unable to reach a compromise aimed at getting striking independent truckers back on the roads but they agreed to continue their talks later in the day They were scheduled to resume the sessions at noon Sources close to the tions said the compromise plan involved 11 points which the truckers considered minimum addiitonal surcharge on existing freight rates The Senate Commerce Com mittee has announced plans for a meeting today to consider the administration request for speedy action on a resolution aimed at speeding Interstate Commerce Commission ordered relief for the truckers Action was also expected shortly from the House Com merce Committee The resolution would eliminate the 30day delay required before new ICC rules can go into ef fect Price rollbacks new controversy acceptable demands The sources said that in general terms the 11point list concerns the supply and price of fuel the operating conditions of the drivers driver safety and Washington AP The price rollback issue Is developing into the newest con troversy as Congress tries to agree on energy legislation While Senate House con New violence plant closings Carbondale Mayor Neal Eckert and Gov Daniel Walker at SIUC smokestack Photo by Jack Griggs Walker authorizes funds for coalloading facility panic buying during the strike He said the state has asked the striking truckers to per mit movement of food and medicine Walker said he hopes negotiations in Wash ington D C will bring the strike to an end soon By the Associated Press New violence and more plant closings were reported in the state as the strike by independ ent truck drivers continued to affect deliveries today About 3600 workers were laid off the assembly line at Chryslers Belvidere plant due to parts shortages arid the Pabst Brewing Co began laying off workers at its Peoria bottling plant A union spokesman about 300 persons were af tested Gunfire was reported late Monday at a truck plaza in East St Louis and the windows on four rigs in East St Louis area were smashed Needless to say the longer Illinois began rolling in convoys that something like this goes I following a Circuit Court order on tension builds You can morel in Clay County which removed or less expect something likesome barricades set up by in this said Jerry Lambert an I to block union ferees on the emergency energy bill were deciding in favor of rolling back the price of some domestic crude oil Secretary of the Treasury George P Shultz was telling the House Ways and Means Committee Monday that hes firmly against a rollback During the Ways and Means Committees hearing on oil tax reform proposals however federal energy chief William E independent trucker from Eff ingham who is leader of a striking truckers coalition in Southern Illinois which professes nonviolence Carl Laswell service manager atthe Gateway MidState Truck Plaza said heand two other employes were sitting in the restaurant Monday night as a car passed and three shots were fired at a plate glass window No one was injured Some trucks in Southern drivers Nevertheless about 30 trucks still remained idle at Hollands Truck Stop on USi 50 at Flora this morning as the inj Simon appeared to show at least some flexibility on rollback points But talking later to reporters Simon insisted hes not clashing with Shultz Meanwhile Senate House conferees on the emergency energy legislation approved a proposal to roll back the price of some domestic crude oil aides said it would apply to roughly 29 per cent of oil produced in the United States Sen Henry M Jackson D Wash author of the provision said administration officials estimate the rollback would lower the price of gasoline at the pump by cents Packers face crisis Chicago AP Major Midwest stock markets reported today another decline the numbers of hogs blockading fuel pumps and the marketed as the truckers strike rigs of companies not a party to the restraining order More court hearings were scheduled today in scattered parts of the state in an attempt to free union trucks blocked by strikers threatened to close nearly all the nations meatpacking plants by the weekend Eleven major Midwest mar kets reported receipts of only 16300 hogs 32000 less than a week ago At Omaha Neb there were 2500 cattle sold down from 5776 for a year ago The Peoria market had 200 hogs and 200 cattle compared with normal sales of 2000 to 3000 in each category The Joliet yards had no receipts Meat packers throughout the Midwest reported sharp pro duction cuts Monday and several plants closed Deliveries to meat wholesalers and retailers were down Some area trucks are halted By Henry de Fiebre Of The Southern Dlinoisan Some of Southern Illinois large truck lines have had vehicles halted by striking in dependent drivers but others report nearnormal opera tions Companies contacted today said there had been no violent incidents involving their trucks or drivers since the independents strike began last week Apparently hardest hit by the strike are Spector Freight in Du Quoin and Centralia Cartage which has a terminal in Carbondale Spectors entire special commodities division which includes the Du Quoin opera tion was shut down 100 per cent Thursday according to a Spector spokesman in Chi cago Delivery of such materials as iron and steel and con struction materials was halt ed by the shutdown The spokesman said drivers had not experienced a heck of a lot of violence prior to Thursday but he said the shutdown was called as a pre Ventivemeasure He said the shutdown would continue as long as the strike In Carbondale Centralia Cartage terminal manager Michael Tracy said the strike has slowed us down a little but it hasnt stopped us He said that only four loads were delivered to the Carbon dale terminal Monday night as compared to a normal six to ten loads Seven Centralia Cartage trailers are sitting in truck stops in Flora Olney and Litchfield today after being blocked by striking truckers Monday Tracy said The strikers allowed drivers to leave with their tractors he said But the trailers will probably be stranded at the truck stops for the duration of the strike Centralia Cartage trucks be gan running in convoys Mon day Tracy said He said all trucks were brought out of Chicago together Monday Womick Transfer of Carbon dale had two trucks pulled off the road at Flora Monday James Womick said How ever he said thecompany obtained a court order forcing strikers to let the trucks leave the truck stop Womick said the company has been running trucks in convoys of five or six with escorts since Sunday night The two trucks stopped at Flora Monday had just left a northbound convoy to make a delivery in Newton when they were stopped Womicfc said He criticized the state po lice saying they were avoid ing the truck stops One driver Womick said commented If it was a bunch of college kids trying to take over a campus the national guard would have been called in and the prob lem would have been solved a long time ago A spokesman for District 13 State Police in Du Quoin said police were not escorting driv ers out of blocked truck stops We have found out he said That on most of these calls the drivers dont really want to leave for one reason or another He said he doubted a pro posed plan by which a block ed driver could call police for an esrort would be put into effect Bonifield Brothers in West Frankfort has experienced no problem in its operation ac cording to secretarytreasur er Bernard Chapman How ever he said trucks are run ning iaconvoys of three or four All our runs are of na ture that the trucks can go from one terminal station to another Chapman said Be cause of that Bonifield driv ers avoid strikers stationed at truck stops The strike has kept us out of truck stops Herrins Egyptian Lines Inc presi dent Clell Hindman said When they drivers pull in to truck they have trouble getting out But Hindman said We havent had any big problems as yet The companys schedule is running normally he said adding that he Is not aware of any violence aimed at his drivers J W Ward Transfer in Mur physboro also has been unaf fected by the strike vice pres ident John Williams said The drivers report that the highways are rather vacant Williams said but they have reported no incidents so far Like other companies Ward Is advising its drivers not to force a confrontation with strikers if they are stopped If anything comes up Williams said we tell our drivers back off and dont force it Were concerned about the safety of the men and the trucks All companies contacted said they had had no problem about drivers joining the strike in sympathy with the independents They cant The Teamsters dont sanction it Centralias Tracy said He added that union drivers remember that during a 1970 strike indepen dent truckers continued op erating The Marion Truck Plan was crowded with stalled by a nahonwidt Photo by Ed Grew ;