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Southern Illinoisan (Newspaper) - October 15, 1974, Carbondale, Illinois PUBLICATION OFFICI Carbomlate 710 N Illinois Murphyiboro 1113 Walnut Htrrln 312 N Itth Southern Illinoisan Murplyrtro 82No Copy 2 Ssctioni 20 luceiiurt carbmli It Hirrt Dilly Jwnul Murplyrtro li TUESDAYOCTOBER 010175 lit LIBRARY LS NEWSPAPERS BOX 789 DECATUR ILL 62525 Coal deadlock broken New York Times News Service And Associated Press Washington Negotiators for the United Mine Workers and the coal in dustry apparently have broken the stalemate over discussion of key health and safety issues and have resumed hard bar gaining The deadlock held up the talks for a week and provoked union warning for a nationwide coal strike Nov 12 Top union and Industry nego tiators held a lengthy meeting Monday after the Bituminous Coal Operators Association agreed to the unions demand to resolve their differences over noneconomic issues before moving on to wage propos als The meeting was the first since last Tuesday when the in dustry presented what was de scribed as its final offer on the noneconomic issues UMW President Arnold Miller accused the industry of refusing to bar gain in good faith and warned of a strike by his 120000 members who mine 75 per cent of the na tions coal Last Tuesday according to some industry officials chief industry negotiator Walter C Wallace overplayed his hand They said that he had led Miller a former coal miner elected to the UMW presidency in 1972 to believe that the industry had made its final offer on noneco nomic issues in the new con tract The mine safety provisions were unacceptable to Miller Miller who was disabled in a mine accident and then was elected to the presidency as a reform can didate pledged to reduce the high rate of death and injury in the industry took the industry negotiators apparent refusal to move on safety and other non pay issues to the unions 38man Wage Policy Council on Thurs day morning He received unanimous au thorization to make public the industrys position The talks had been held in airtight se crecy Miller said at a news confer ence Thursday that strike was likely unless the industry re ceded from its inflexible posi tion on safety issues He called the companies pro posals garbage and so little changed from those in the ex piring threeyear contract that they were like asking for a threeyear renewal of their li cense to kill The UMW is entirely serious about its noneconomic demands especially those in the field of safety and the BCOA evidently has come to recognize this Miller said in a statement after talks resumed Monday While avoiding a deadlock the resumption of talks on nonpay issues meant that neither side had yet presented its pay pen sion sick pay and holiday pro posals Industry was reported ready to do so However it is still doubtful whether enough time remains to avoid a strike The current threeyear contract runs out Nov 12 and any settlement would have to be submitted to the union rankandfile at least a week inadvance if it is to ratified in time The UMW has proposed a number of safety rules that the industry contends would strip out of much of its management rights Among them are pro posals for fulltime helpers on heavy mining machinery and a greater union role in the en forcement of safety laws Some work rules also are in dis pute The union has also said it win demand substantial increases in pay scales that now range from S42 to a day based in part on the enormous increases in pro fits reported by most major coal companies since the Arab ofl embargo a year ago Many coal companies are subsidiaries of the major oil corporations An estimated 80 per cent of the nations coal production would be shut off by a UMW walkout Nearly half the coal mined in the United States is burned in the boilers of steam electric power plants many of which have a 30to60day stockpile Soys main concernfo save his own neck Ehrlichman lawyer Nixon withheld story fVio whifp fnllnw vour a Washington AP Frates thus laid out Ehrlich John D Ehrlichmans lawyer manS defense That Richard accused former President Nixon deceived misled lied and Richard M Nixon today of de Ehrlichman statement to the ury sa withholdinfi He referred to the White follow your advice Its all my House tapes that Nixon fought fault If Id only followed your so hard to retain in the White advice we wouldnt be in this House The tapes obtained after situation extended court fights and a Su Prates made the first open preme Court decision will be ing statement for the defense played for the jury in the course Lawyers for two other defend of the trial ants Robert C Mardian and The tapes might have done Kenneth W Parkinson were to easy for Ehrlichman to make some people harm Frates follow The other defendants H Tapes tell lot about Nixon Story on page 17 theYufstory SdTtt K Nikons number served until the prosecution SnEhSmaand prevented two aide until he resigned our He said the evidence would cases end Ehrlichman from making a full f xons at the defendant separately in show that in a personal unre The first witness was disclosure of the facts that presidential term su aj making their decision at the end corded conversation Nixon told John Dean III tne tirst wnice Ehrlichman recommended at counseHable starting fix y Qf fl ne to last Ehrlichman you have that time f again itotonyer said it was not three or four months WARMER UllirilCIlIUallj UUIUIj JW r VJ JLAVTMUV been my conscience but I didnt and his closest associates Springfield Jury considers bidrig evidence Springfield AP originally indicted with A U S District Court jury has currently on trial The begun considering evidence in Tiajik jjutty Edwin Pautler and the monthlong trial of three Jamfis Knott were granted 1m Southern Illinois roadbuilding prosecution per firms charged with those men d cases on million in government Nuttyi Inc vien projects na Pautler Brothers Contrac The jury deliberated lor 3 Inc caster and Johnson Fair cooler tonight low in the low or mid 40s Wednesday partly sunny warmer high in the mid or upper 60s Most ly fair skies Thursday through Saturday Daily highs in the low 70s daily lows in the 40s line upheld in court hours Monday night before re Asphalti InCi Red Bud tiring at midnight without were rom the current reaching a verdict proceedings On trial are E T Sunonds governments case was Construction Co and its presi mistakes Eugene T on ch president Dories defense attorney Ed House fails to override Fords veto Washington AP Brown said his sytem would The Supreme Court today uppermit the transmission of both held the constitutionality of the oil and gas without the need to TransAlaska Pipeline Authoribuild roads or to bury a heated zation Act passed by Congress oil pipeline under the Arctic last year permafrost as proposed by The act cleared the way for Alyeska the granting of a permit to The court also announced that Alyeska Pipeline Corp and it would consider several Issues placed strict limits on environincluding mental lawsuits against the Whether states may deny project welfare benefits for unborn The court sustained without children Federal regulations comment a decision by U S give states a choice of whether District Judge Joseph C Waddy to count unborn children in of Washington that the act was computing benefits under the a valid constitutional exercise statefederal program of aid to tn of power of Congress to limit the families with dependent chil 10 dren Washington AP The House failed today President Fords veto scope of judicial review cutoff of military The law was challenged by Thirtyfive states do not count BurThomas Howard the chief aid to Turkey killing the cut Byron Jhoenix on federal ov The vote was 223 to 135 to prises who applied for a permit Social Security clause for paying After listening to eight hours override 17 short of the two to build a pipeline suspended widowsbenefite only to females thirds necessary from an aerial tramway is discriminatory Robert L Cox finds cleaning Norge parking lot easier peopof his Sctions to the jurors and linois by jour verdict tort tte two fl that attorneys contended loud Howard urged the defendants never par The prosecution contended in a ThTchief government witJune 1971 bid letting to divide resse were the presidents of up three road projects among 7 three companies which were themselves Norge strike could cost million week u tn stink Frost said the strike comes Pfjone employes vote on contract About 1850 employes of the General Telephone Co 800 of them in Southern Illinois are voting on a new contract pro posal with a decision due Wed nesday The contract one of two being proposed by General Telephone for two groups of involves telephone Installers repairmen and con struction workers who are members of International Bro therhood of Electrical Work ers Locals 51 and 702 A decision on the second contract for telephone opera tors and service office person nel is due Oct 23 from the workers to the company Sumpter Logan company public affairs director said today the companys unoffici al reports Indicate the new contract may not be ratified by the unions Harvey Fryer business ag ent of Local 702 in West Frankfort could not be reach ed for comment on voting in that local Orley Welker busi ness agent of Local 51 in Springfield said a final vote will not be known until Wed nesday morning Contracts for both groups of employes expire at mid night Oct 26 Logan declined to comment on the terms of the contract being offered to employes be cause of an agreement be tween the company and union against commenting until the voting decision is known The two groups negotiating contracts total 2810 employes with 1350 of these in Southern niinoli By Don Frost Of The Southern Illinoisan The International Associa tion of Machinists Lodge 554 strike at the Norge Co in Herrin could cost Southern Il linois economy about mil lion a week as the result of salary losses alone About 12 picketers were around the outside of the plant today carrying machinists un ion on strike signs The pic keting started at am today Based on average pay of an hour and the 1640 union employes at the plant Norge union salaries would be about a week But the impact on the areas economy does not end when the employe gets his pay check Ed Goodwin president of the Bank of Herrin said Goodwin explained that an employes paycheck is spent and Tespent The employe buys merchan dise and pays his bills then the merchant or creditor again move the money into economy to meet his finances as if 10 people were in a room and each owed tht person to bii right 18 One bill could pay all the debts The concept Is known aa the velocity of money Good win said He said the national aver age for the velocity of money is 55 Based on that figure the direct loss of the pay roll into the economy would result in an overall loss of I sure hope those people are able to come together and work out what would be a large problem for all us Goodwin said Leon Zwick owner of Zwicks Ladies store in Her rin noted that a long strike would be especially harmful to the economy Almost 2000 paychecks a week is a lot of money out of the area he said He noted that the strike also would put a dent into the Herrin United Fund Drive He said Norge always to a large contributor but the strike probably would de crease contributions The strike apparently would affect at least one other Her rin industry 1640 union employes walk off jobs today Dura Containers Inc pro duces cardboard boxes in which Norge washers and dry ers are shipped If its a long strike we would probably have to reduce our work force Dura Con tainer plant manager Don Todd said Todd said Norge is the com panys largest customer call ing for about 2000 boxes a day He said he does not think the impact would be disas trous but as many as 12 per sons might be laid off if a itrUct occuTi The union Saturday voted 884 to 133 in favor of a strike and 940 to 100 to reject the companys contract offer The union is seeking a two year contract with annual wage increases of 20 per cent Herman Jarvis president of Lodge 554 said The companys final offer was a threeyear contract with raises of 7 cents the first year 7 cents the second year and 8 cents the last year he said Picketers on the line today said they did not know how long tiu strike might last but they are prepared to stick it out If we go back and accept what the company wants to offer Ill have to look for another job Norman Right ler 23 of Herrin a repairman in the welding shop said Guido Zanzottera 52 of Herrin an employe in the ma chine shop who has worked for Norge since it came to Herrin said he has tried to put some money back in order to support himself and his wife and child during the strike But some of them have five or six kids I dont know how they are going to do it Picketers said the employes have a check coming from the company and a week strike fund starts in three weeks John Frost 22 of Herrin a paint production worker said he has been preparing for the strike for the last four or five months He said the strike fund will buy a few groceries but he also is looking for another job until the strike is over Frost said the strike comes at an especially trying time for his family because he is about to become a father for the second time Other areas of concern men tioned besides more money were a better insurance plan and a better pension plan One employe who prefers to remain unidentified said many of the younger workers do not consider the pension plan important But he said he came to Norge 20 years ago and in tended to stay about a year He is now nearing retire ment and benefits are more important to him he said Im not glad there is a strike he said but under the circumstances we have to have more money to meet the higher cost of living He said that employes should realize that the com pany has a side of the ques tion too If factories cart make a profit there wouldnt be any jobs He said strikes are nothing new to him Its just the way thingi are done Its a way of life ;