The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 12, 1976 · Page 12
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 12

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, December 12, 1976
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1 A12-Palm Beach Post-Times Sunday, December 12, 1976 I.W. Abel May Quit Union Job AND DISTRIBUTORS JEWELERS MAKE THIS A ROYALTY DIAMOND CHRISTMAS ,.?f.;;jHi?i PITTSBURGH (UPI) - United Steelworkers President I.W. Abel says he may quit and not negotiate the 1977 basic steel contract if insurgent leader Edward Sadlowski wins the presidency in union elections Feb. 8. Abel's third four-year term representing 1.4 million steelworkers ends May 31 and he is not running for reelection. For the first time, in an interview with UPI, he publicly denounced Sadlowski as an "irresponsible" candidate. The 68-year-old union chief threw his support behind Sadlowski's opponent, Lloyd McBride, director of District 34 in St. Louis, and predicted he would win. If Sadlowski won and Abel resigned, the union's 30-member executive board would be required to appoint an interim president and it could even name Sadlowski, according to a union attorney. Normally the Dresident-elect would work with MAN'S 3 DIAMOND BAND Your Cost $17500 !)96 LADY'S 3 DIAMOND BAND $170.00 Your Cost 13 DIAMOND BRIDAL SET 3 CARATS T.W. $2,395.00 Your Co: e; -!! "s c . M 1 CARAT TAV. 7 DIAMOND As above, 2 CARATS T.W A $1,495.00 RING $795.00 Your Cost DIAMOND SOLITAIRES Your Cost 14 CARAT $119 $200.00 12 CARAT $297 $500.00 34 CARAT $49990 $850.00 1 CARAT $689 $1,200.00 As above, 1 CARAT T.W. Your Cost $850.00 As above, 12 CARAT T.WH)p f-i 10k gold. $495.00 v i O J' MAN'S BLACK ONYX WITH 7 DIAMONDS 10k gold. $275.00 Your Cost 9DIAMOND TRIO Fine line finish. $347.50 Your Cost $-fla97 All 3 rings L. 1 V....... .f t..' 2 CARATS T. 7 DIAMOND LADY'S CL. 2 CARATS T.W. 14k gold. $1,495.00 Your Cost ""i;"- -" k" " "-' ' v- : 1 ' OVAL OPAL W10 DIAMONDS 10k gold. $175.00 Your Cost v.- ' n s - ' ; W. , , 15 DIAMOND TRIO Fine line finish. $595.00 Your Cost OPAL WITH 2 DIAMONDS Abel on the wage talks, which begin Feb. 14. Steel company executives would prefer to negotiate with Abel, a pioneer of the "no-strike" contract, and a Sadlowski victory and an Abel resignation might provoke uncertainty over the contract discussions. Abel alleged Sadlowski, director of District 31 in East Chicogo, was manipulated by left wing groups, had performed poorly as a district director, would have difficulty dealing with steel company executives, and might "blow up" the accomplishments of Abel's 12 years at the United Steelworkers' helm. Abel explained that because Sadlowski has waged a campaign by attacking his policies, such as the "no-strike" contract, he would view a Sadlowski victory as a "repudiation" of the Abel leadership. 'it's like a vote of no confidence," said Abel. "If you were given a vote of no confidence, the honorable thing to do is resign. That is possible." He said it would be difficult to conduct the upcoming . wage talks without the full support of the membership. About 400,000 steelworkers are covered by the basic steel agreement. The next one becomes effective August 1. "However, I wouldn't want it to be construed by the membership that I was forcing them to vote a certain way under the threat that I would take' a walk if they didn't," Abel said. "I think they will reject their (Sadlowski's) effort, but should they get elected, I certainly will be the first to say that it's high time I be gone. Then I haven't been representing the membership the way it wants to be represented." Abel said he supported McBride "with everything I got." "I feel the McBride ticket is the best that could be put together as far as this union is concerned," he said. "And the other is the worst. You don't devote 40 years of your life to building something and moving it forward to see it all destroyed by a group of irresponsible people. We know how far we have come." Of the "Experimental Negotiating Agreement" and other achievements of his administration, Abel said he assumed Sadlowski would "blow it up awful quick." "He's one of these tough guys, muscle guys," said Abel. "You have this feeling on the part of some people that they are the dominant force, that they can bring the steel industry to its knees. Well, they haven't taken time to see how big the steel industry is and how much power it has. We know a little something about that." 10k gold. $87.50 Your Cost All 3 rings MdDRIDDEIEFQJQ, 3 DAYS ONLY! X ii M lKlfty Jr 4 LADYS 17 JEWEl h if7 "f. JZ- -. . , GUILDCREST Jljr 1 tlrllH W 1'2 CARAT (J V D'AMONDS CWIH A$y DIAMOND Jgf Ti,.a.hio, $95 00 H iiiTrii rtaRir accuracy and jr j WATCH dependability ZjpP Your Cost fj 7Pm 6 DIAMOND ifel " A ti 4"T WATCH lW 14k white or yel- S JffifWb j lt&Sn V1,c',, low gold. 17 jfww 1 hl1 vyj With layout band. f&r&j iewe' Hamilton JkfCl dtMt'$7 Jiy Yellow or white Atf! movements. JjP GUILDCRES j! slJ YoTcTst Mi 2 DIAMONDS tfl&W A jCjf Your Cost flJf On attached fashion bracelet M-PJ T 1 Your Cost T Abel predicted that Sadlowski would have difficulty with the steel executives. "They can adjust, too. He says we have to have ratification of (the agreement). Well, the leadership of the steel industry is not going to lay their top dollar on the table if they have a feeling that (agreements) have to be taken to the 600,000 members and that the 600,000 members are under the needling of a Sadlowski. They want to know that the responsibility is there and that when they make a deal, they have a deal. "You hear Sadlowski saying 'You gave away the right to strike. The industry didn't give up anything.' They gave up the right to take a strike. That's a very important right in their minds. They gave up the right to say 'You go ahead and hit the bricks and we'll see who can take it the longest.'" Abel said he believed Sadlowski was the "stalking horse" for outside liberal and left wing elements that "think the labor movement should be theirs to use for political purposes." "The real brains and direction and real interest is not Sadlowski," said Abel. "It's a Joe Rauh (Washington labor attorney and Sadlowski supporter), a Victor Reuther (brother of former union leader Walter Reuther), it's a Studs Terkel (social critic), a John Galbraith (economist). "They resent the fact that a George Meany or an I.W. Abel will say that we don't agree with you. Then you have these kooky lefters. The Trotskyites, the Socialist Labor party, the Moaists. He's using them, or being used by them, I should say. I haven't heard him repudiate any of tht'rn." . - i rm Accounts use your convenient BankAmericard USE OUR 1 PDCniT Dl AMC DuaQet Accounts Youth Ac UntUI I rLMnO . 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