The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 9, 1976 · Page 7
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 7

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Thursday, December 9, 1976
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Palm Beach Post, Thursday, December 9, 1976 A7 Teamster Local Rejects UPS Offer Job Security, Working Conditions Cited as Reasons WTnoKAE Napa Medicaid in South Labeled Disgrace SHREWSBURY, Mass. (UPI) - Rejecting the advice of top Teamster officials, the first of 74 striking union locals voted by nearly a 3-1 margin yesterday to reject a proposed new contract with the United Parcel Service (UPS). Some 18,000 UPS workers have been on strike since Sept. 16 in a 15-state area, snarling Christmas package shipping across the nation and forcing the U.S. Postal Service and small private carriers to assume the bulk of deliveries. "It was the same package they offered us 12 weeks ago except for a monetary increase," said Robert Morrison, a steward for Local 170 here. "Money was never the issue to begin with. The issues are job security and working day and union officials meeting with representatives of the locals said the group recommended ratification. The pay scale was not an issue because UPS workers already were promised the same wage level negotiated in a master freight agreement reached by the Teamsters earlier this year. The agreement came after negotiators broke through controversial areas involving a proposed liberal company firing policy and UPS efforts to cut some fulltime jobs by attrition and fill them with part-time workers. Sources indicated the biggest problem area was a dispute over pension fund contributions for part-time workers and how the funds would be handled. The 282-100 vote to reject the contract was taken at the UPS distribution center here. There are about 550 members of the local, one of the biggest groups of UPS workers in the region. Seventy-three other locals around the nation vote on the contract Thursday. Teamster officials have recommended acceptance of the latest UPS offer. Rejection would run counter to the wishes of Teamster President Frank Fitzsimmons. Morrison said the entire proposed contract was read to the membership at a six-hour meeting before the vote was taken. Terms of the agreement have not been disclosed by either side in the dispute. Tentative agreement was reached early Fri they found praying around the unem-balmed body, were arrested on charges of failing to report a death, a health code violation. The men told the detectives they hoped to bring the dead man back to life with their prayers and that three days after his death "he appeared to look better" but never arose. The body was taken to the morgue. SALE! AT LAST A TOWEL BIG ENOUGH TO WRAP UP ALL THE SAVINGS YOU'LL ENJOY WHEN YOU STOCK UP ON THESE BATHING BEAUTIES 5.$ --s v. - jt"?ip-,lr A 3.49 BATH, IF PERFECT 6.50 PARLOR From Utica " -Stevens, this beautiful combed cotton towel ensemble in five luscious shades. Take advantage of these savings! A full 25x50" bath towel in rich, plush, solid color terry Small imperfections do not affect their beauty or wear. 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He criticized Secretary David Mathews of Health, Education and Welfare for failing to implement new Medicaid regulations proposed in August 1975, and said that the former University of Alabama president has "an unusually high tolerance for doing nothing . . . "Secretary Mathews has not been a whiz kid as an administrator," Moss said. Mathews had no comment. UAW Workers Ratify GM Fact DETROIT - The 390,000 workers represented by the United Auto Workers (UAW) at General Motors Corp. have overwhelmingly approved a new three-year contract to wrap up the final "Big Three" labor pact, the union announced yesterday. UAW Vice President Irving Blue-stone, head of the union's GM department, said production workers voted, 7-1, in favor of the agreement and skilled tradesmen approved by more than 2-1. The two groups voted separately with each having a veto power. Approval of the GM contract was by a much wider margin than in earlier balloting on contracts at the Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Corp. The Ford agreement followed a 28-day strike and the GM pact after a record short 12'2-hour walkout at 16 selected sites. School Hoard Seeks Injunction in Strike LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Jefferson county board of Education voted yesterday to seek an injunction to end a 10-day-old teachers' strike after both sides went into court accusing the other of harassment. David Vogel, a spokesman for the board, said the injunction would be obtained as soon as possible -"Thursday at the latest." "We want an injunction ordering them back to work," he said. "The board will ask that the schools be reopened at the earliest possible date." Vogel said the injunction would require teachers, on strike since Nov. 30, to return to work or face "fines, jail or dismissal if the injunction is not obeyed." Earlier yesterday, circuit Court Judge Charles Leibson issued a restraining order against the teachers, ordering them to limit pickets to five each at 165 county schools and other facilities. He also issued a restraining order against the board, ordering it not to, "intentionally or recklessly" inter-' fere with teachers walking picket lines. That injunction was issued after a teacher testified he had been struck by a car driven by a nonstnk-ing school official. Assassination Panel Studies Larger Budget WASHINGTON - A special House panel probing assassinations, trying to put together a strong group of aggressive investigators, meets today to weigh a $2.5 million operating budget - five times the initial estimate. The House select committee on assassinations, an outgrowth of last year's congressional investigations into the FBI and CIA, is charged with penetrating the mysteries surrounding the deaths of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. The most serious business facing the infant panel, however, is convincing the full House that it needs $2.5 million a year to carry out its duties. The committee now has a staff of 40, which it contends must swell to 170 to be effective. Cultists Try Prayer To Hring Dead Man Back NEW YORK - Police arrested six men yesterday who were part of a religious cult that allegedly paid a dead man's rent and bills for two months as they gathered around his body and prayed for him to "Arise'" Police detectives said they received an anonymous tip which sent them to the apartment of Stephan Hatziehedorou, 29. Hatziehedorou died Oct. 9, apparently of natural causes, police said. The six men, who detectives said jraaff5H) Vo;TrfAl A unit of Alhed Stores J A -v V - V "iS i' : '"' v.. yfc !'' Keep Posted with our Hot Shots! Se better Newt photo in The Pott. Call Circulation 659-1450. Subscribe now! SHOP ALL JM STORES SUNDAY, 11 AM TO 7 PM!

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