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Iowa a place to grow •— _ Vol. 107 - No. 65 Carroll Daily Times Herald Carroll, Iowa. Thursday, April 1, 1976 — Eight Pages DrliviTi'il tn Carrier Kach KviTiiim lur Mr Per Week Copy Economy Faces Crunch as Negotiations Resume Nationwide Trucking Strike Under W ARLINGTON HEIGHTS. The Tpametor.! haul ahnnt I ok«, c . ui T •_. .!___! ,,__L___,,_ .. . . ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, 111. (AP) -r Teamsters Union members marched in picket lines today as talks resumed in an effort to end a nationwide trucking strike. Negotiations, which continued into the early morning but failed to bring about a settlement, resumed shortly after 9:30 am. CST with wages, fringe benefits and a cost-of-living clause still the sticking points. The strike was the first nationwide by truckers, and there were scattered reports of violence as picket lines were thrown up in a number of states from Connecticut to Colorado. Tax Plan Scheduled for Debate DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A three-year plan to hold down rising property taxes by increasing homestead credits and changing the valuation system for farms was set for debate in the Senate Thursday. "Now, evidently we have enough votes," Senate Democratic Leader George Kinley, D-Des Moines, said Wednesday. "I know that we'll at least have 20 Democrats." The Democrats settled on the final package after a day-long caucus. All but five of the 25 Senate Democrats agreed, to support the plan. The 26th Senate Democrat, Sen. Karl Nolin, D-Ralston, is ill. Senate Republican Leader Clifton Lamborn, R-Maquoketa, promised that at least six Republican Senators would vote for the plan after two Republican plans are considered on the floor. "I have the assurance from Sen. Lamborn the Republicans will not play games," Kinley told his caucus. The package is a substitute for a compromise plan worked out by a House-Senate conference committee and approved in the House two weeks ago. No House Republicans voted for the package and Republicans opposed it in the Senate. In the first year of the new package, the state would pay the tax on the first $4,500 of a homestead instead of the usual homestead credit. This would average more than double the usual homestead credit of $62.50. The agriculture land tax credit would be increased from the usual $18 million statewide to $42 million. Most portions of city and county budgets funded by property taxes would be limited to a 9 per cent growth. Local governments with hardship conditions could Taxes, See Page 2 Area Forecast Clear Thursday night, lows in mid to upper 30s. Partly cloudy and mild Friday, highs around 70. The Teamsters haul about 60 per cent of the nation's manufactured goods, and the walkout threatened a major blow to the economy. The Interstate Commerce Commission took temporary steps to help insure the movement of passengers and property so that "essential services are not totally disrupted." Auto of f icials^said they were worried that the industry could be crippled within a couple of days, shipments of gasoline could be in peril in Florida and a supermarket manager in Terre Haute, Ind., feared a run on his grocery shelves. Labor Secretary W . J. Usery Jr. and other top federal troubleshooters had no comment today and there was no word from the White House whether President Ford would .seek a Taft-Hartley injunction. In Cleveland, police said two men fired at trucker Paul Al- jen, of Marilla, N.Y., as he drove through the city early this morning. Officers said Allen's cab was hit twice but he was not injured. In Detroit, where truck company employes reported operations paralyzed, police said a 23-year-old man was beaten by several picketers when he tried to park his truck at the International Cartage Co. State Police at Rockford in the southwestern corner of Michigan said a group of men threw rocks at trucks near Michigan 50 and Interstate 96. No injuries or arrests were reported. It appeared that the strike might have an immediate effect on the auto production, which has been on the upsurge in recent months after last year's poor performance. In Detroit, Richard Haupt, director of transportation and traffic for Ford Motor Co., said today the walkout "would have some immediate effect. In one week it could completely halt production of Union Pickets Crouse — -Staff Photo Maury Julich, third from left, makes picketing arrangements Thursday morning in front of the Crouse Cartage Co. terminal as 75 local Teamsters joined in a nationwide strike. Members of Teamsters Union Local 383 struck Grouse's Carroll facility and about 400 others struck the Crouse system, which serves several Midwestern states. Almost all drivers, dock workers, office personnel and maintenance workers at the local firm belong to the Teamsters Union. More Than 4,000 Union Drivers Off the Job in Iowa DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) As many as 4,000 to 5,000 Teamster Union truck drivers were off the job in Iowa Thursday as the union struggled 'with management to hammer out a new national contract, a union executive said. Charles Kirschbaum, Des Moines, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 147, said 1,400 of his 3,000 members were not driving. He said only the 1,400 were covered by the national contract: "We have pickets at all-50 terminals" served by union drivers, said Kirschbaum. But four trucking companies with union contracts were allowed to operate because managements there had signed agreements known as stipulations saying they will agree to pay whatever union and management national bargainers agree on.. Kirschbaum would not name the four companies. The union executive looked for an early end to the strike. And he doubted the walkout would have a major effect on the economy. "It would hurt the economy a little, but not to a great extent," said Kirschbaum. "But a complete shutdown would tie things up for a while." Kirshbaum said the union is allowing its members now on the road to complete runs to their home 'terminals if they started those runs before midnight Wednesday. Some independent over-the- road truckers passing through Iowa said they will try to reach their destinations before shutting down for the duration of the strike. Wallace Duncan of Chicago, who owns his own rig and w o r k s for Midwest-Emery Freight Lines of Chicago, said his destination is New Jersey — but he will try to at least make it home before shutting down. Duncan and Walter Cade, another owner-operator who drives for Ace Truck Lines of Des Moines, pondered the strike as they sat in a truckstop along Interstate-80 near here. "My theory is that if they call a strike, it will be 100 per cent participation," said Cade. "After Saturday, nothing will move." ''There's more determination this time" than in previous walkouts, Duncan agreed. But Cade believed teamster truckers "can't stay out long. The President will put in the Taft-Hartly Act," requiring a return to work during a cooling-off period while contract negotiations continue. Cade believed President Ford would "let the strike go a week," but said that even if a b a c k-to-work order were signed. "It would take another Trucks, See Page 2 the company's cars and trucks in the U.S." A General Motors Corp. spokesman said GM would begin to feel the effects almost immediately. He said if a settlement was not reached, GM probably would have to begin closing some plants early next _week. Teamsters President Frank E. Fitzsimmons said three hours after the midnight strike deadline that Teamsters were "on record if we didn't conclude an agreement by 12:01 midnight that our people weren't going to work. . . . There is a strike. Our people have walked off." The strike, Fitzsimmons Morrison Retires as Manager Leigh Morrison retired Thursday after working at the Iowa State Liquor Store in Carroll for 21 years. He Has been manager of the store for eight years. Before being appointed manager, he was a store clerk. Store Clerk Clarence Wenck is the temporary manager-in-charge. A permanent manager will be named within 30 to 60 days, District Store Manager Jim Walsh, Missouri Valley, said. Upon his retirement, Morrison plans "to do a little traveling, play some golf, go fishing and just take life easy, "he said. He has seen the Carroll liquor store go through many changes over the years, he said. "The'customers used to have to make out the ticket and the clerk got the liquor for them. Now everything is self-service and the merchandise is more attractively displayed." "We used to have mostly men customers; now 50 per cent of the customers are women," he said. Another Morrison, See Page 2 Mort Collison Hit by Own Car Maurice L. (Mort) Collison, 315 E. Second St., Carroll was hospitalized Wednesday after being struck by his own car. Collison, who was having his car worked on at a local tire dealership, was hit by the car when an attendant was moving it. He was taken to St. Anthony Regional Hospital by Carroll County ambulance. After a hip-pinning operation Thursday morning, Collison was in satisfactory condition, hospital officials reported. Inside Women's news — Page 4. Editorials —Page3. Deaths, daily record, markets, late news — Page 2. Sports Tigers field young squad, cage stars sparkle in Knights' track opener — Page 5. said, covers "the entire United States of America." Of the possibility of a federal back-towork order, Fitzsimmons said, "It's entirely up to the government." "We haven't reached an agreement," he added. "At one point we were very optimistic. Unfortunately, we came to this point." But, he also said, "We're in the ball park." The Teamsters leader refused to elaborate on the latest industry offer. Earlier, though, William G. Mclntyre, chief negotiator for Trucking Employers Inc. — the trucking firms' bargaining agent — told reporters its offer had been improved substantially. How many firms would be forced to keep rigs off the road remained uncertain as Teamsters locals around the country continued a push begun Wednesday to pressure individual companies to sign interim agreements. This strategy, seen by union sources as a means of breaking up the employers' solidarity, would guarantee the Teamsters' demands until an agreement is reached. Before the midnight deadline, more than 160 firms had adopted the agreements, in return for assurances that J their trucks would continue to operate without Teamsters' interference in event of a strike. Fitzsimmons said he did not know how many companies had signed the agreements. The union lists 400,000 members. Mclntyre, who first announced the impasse, said the talks would continue and "hopefully, sometime we can produce a contract that will stabilize the transportation system of the country. "If I thought that the continued efforts of TEI were hopeless, I would be on my way Strike, See Page Z Farmland Contract Extended 2 Weeks Leigh Morrison Farmland Foods, Inc. of Carroll and Local 440 of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters union extended their contract for two weeks Wednesday night, but remain "quite aways apart," according to officials on both sides. The contract was to expire Thursday morning, but a union meeting was held in Carroll Wednesday night and members voted to extend the contract so negotiations could continue. The contract went into effect Dec. 3,1973. Farmland Plant Manager Marion (Mike) Benton called the difference "strictly a money factor." Louis Duncan of Denison, secretary-treasurer of the local, would not comment on whether a strike will be called if the two sides cannot agree to a contract within two weeks. Benton and Duncan both said more meetings are set up between Farmland and the union. Criminal Trial Plan Fails to Pass House DES MOINES. Iowa (AP)A move to require county attorneys to bring all criminal cases to trial within 180 days has failed to pass the Iowa House. But a motion to reconsider is on file. The proposal, advanced by a judiciary subcommittee on criminal code revision, lost on a 47-47 tie vote Wednesday. The House also voted to retain the present law which requires unanimous jury verdicts in criminal trials instead of the 11-1 verdicts which the Senate proposed to allow. The House plodded through 30 amendments to the massive 427-page criminal code revision bill. At the end of the day Wednesday, 112 of the nearly 450 amendments filed remained to be acted upon. As the bill was passed last year by the Senate, it would have required county attorneys to bring criminal cases to trial within a year. Rep. Brice Oakley, R-Clinton, said the House judiciary subcommittee felt that is too long to make a defendant wait for trial and proposed to cut the time limit to 180 days. Under the subcommittee amendment, a prosecutor could gain an extension of time beyond 180 days if he could convince the judge that there was good cause for the delay. ''There has been considerable outcry against this amendment from county attorneys," said Oakley. "They contend a 180-day limit would lead to wholesale dismissal of cases. "But they read this amendment as if the 'good cause' provision isn't even there. They can gain more time by simply telling the judge why." Rep. Robert Kreamer, R-Des Moines. contended that "all chaos will be created" if the 180-day limitation were adopted. "We have granted blanket House, Sec Page 2 Highest U.S. Award Given to Rubinstein WASHINGTON (AP) —Polish-born Arthur Rubinstein is receiving at the White House today the highest U.S. award to a civilian, in tribute to his talent as one of the world's greatest pianists. It has been a long time coming. Rubinstein made his American debut more than 70 years ago, in January 1906 with the Philadelphia Orchestra in New York's Carnegie Hall. That was half a century before the U.S. government created the Medal of Freedom, which President Ford planned to bestow on the famed musician today. In the meantime, Rubinstein has been honored with awards from France, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Poland, Chile and other countries and by many cities and universities. He is still playing in public and recording, at an age about which there is some uncertainty. Teamsters Picket Grouse Cartage Terminal Here Seventy-five Carroll Teamsters Thursday joined about 400,000 other Teamsters nationwide in striking while contract negotiations continue. The Carroll Teamsters, members of Local 383 in Sioux City, all are employes of Crouse Cartage Co. About 400 Crouse employes struck the system, which has facilities in several Midwestern states, according to company "President Paul Crouse. However, a check with several local businesses and industries indicated the area could,expect to feel little impact if the strike is as short as local union members hope it will be. "We don't anticipate any immediate effect," said Robert Day, manager of the Carroll General Electric plant. However, Day will watch the strike closely, he added. "We have stocked heavily on the items that are affected and we will be all right" if the strike doesn't last longer than a week, said William S. Farner, head of Farner-Bocken Co., a major area wholesale distributor. Cigarettes and candy bars would be the first items affected by the strike, Farner said. A strike longer than a week "would greatly affect us," he said. The strike "probably won't have a great affect on our supply situation if it is short term," said Merle Danner of Juergens Produce and Feed Co. "But it could affect the movement of farm commodities — m.ore specifically beef, pork, grains and so forth — immediately.'' Carroll Teamsters agreed that little effect would be felt locally. Maury Julich, shop steward.for the Carroll local, and several other striking Teamsters said the primary effect in the area would be a reduction of stock in business places and distributor warehouses. Most affected would be firms needing parts, such as automobile and farm implement dealerships. Replacement parts will be delayed until after the strike in almost all cases. Even if a part is in the Carroll Crouse facility, Julich said, it cannot be picked up without a court order. While a few Teamsters manned the picket lines in front of the Crouse building, seven to nine non-union employes and supervisors were kept busy answering telephones inside. Callers kept phone line busy with queries about when deliveries could be expected or if another carrier could haul .the goods Crouse generally handled. Non-Teamsters were not affected by Thursday's strike. Crouse said meat packing houses could be the most affected by the strike, on a system wide basis. Their heavy shipping days are Thursday and Friday. National Teamsters' negotiatiors haggled with trucking industry negotiators about wages, fringe benefits and a cost-of-living clause, but locally, "we have no spats," according to Julich. "We probably wouldn't have to be here if it wasn't for this technicality, "he said. The Teamsters' contract expired Thursday morning, although some Teamsters stayed on the job in parts of the country. But in Carroll the feeling was "we don't have a contract . . . without a contract you don't work," Julich said. "We didn't have much choice." "Our opinion is that we will be out a day or possibly two days," the shop steward continued. One Teamster added, "I think this (strike) will settle it a lot faster." Nationwide, Teamsters receive an average base wage of $7.12 per hour, Julich said. The Sioux City local averages $7.05 as a base, he added. Union officials scheduled picketing in front of Crouse on a seniority basis — those with the less seniority during meal times and at night. All Teamsters were not immediately affected by the strike. Truckers on the road were permitted to return to their home terminal. Wholesale Prices Up Despite Farm Drop WASHINGTON (AP) - Wholesale prices reversed a two-month decline and rose two-tenths of a per cent in March despite another sharp drop in farm prices the government said today. The Labor Department attributed the over-all increase to higher prices for processed foods and feeds and industrial goods, which offset a 1 per cent drop in wholesale prices for farm products. Wholesale prices have fluctuated within a narrow range during the last five months, and the March increase was within line with Ford administration forecasts. The two-tenths of a per cent increase, adjusted to account for seasonal influences, compared with declines of three-tenths of a per cent in February and two-tenths of a per cent in January. Prices were up only slightly in November and December. The Labor Department report included the annual readjustment of seasonal factors to reflect developments throughout 1975. For this reason, some of the seasonally adjusted figures of recent months differed from those previously reported. Originally, the government said wholesale prices had declined or remained unchanged during the four-month period between October and February. Despite the adjustments, wholesale prices have remained in a relatively stable range in contrast to the sharp increases throughout most of 1975. Administration economists predict the economic recovery will continue this year, but say the rapid declines in the unemployment and inflation rates of the past few months are unlikely to continue. In March, the wholesale price index stood at 179.8, meaning that it costs wholesalers $179.80 to buy goods that sold for $100 in the 1967 period. Over the year, wholesale prices were up 5.5 per cent. Wholesale price changes generally reflect prices consumers eventually pay for goods. Declining prices for'livestock, fresh and dried vegetables and oil seeds led the 1 per cent drop in wholesale farm prices last month. However, the decline was not as great as January's 2.3 per cent drop and the 2.5 per cent decline in February.

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