Independent from Long Beach, California on March 18, 1976 · Page 13
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 13

Long Beach, California
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Thursday, March 18, 1976
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LW» SMC*. c«iif.. i u, nn INDEPENDENT (AM) PRESS-TELEGRAM (PM)--A-13. end to wildcat strike in sight Record Panama Canal logjam looms iW: By DON BOHNINC. Knight News Sorvice BALBOA. Canal Zone- Panama Canal Zone Co. officials Wednesday predicted Ihe biggest logjam in the waterway's 62-year history unless a b r e a k .comes soon in a threc-day- ·old wildcat strike. *i At (he same lime, Canal .Zone Gov. Harold R. Par- ,(ilt told a press conference lhal a break in the so- called "sickout" by several hundred employes was not evident and indicated thai he was prepared lo i n i t i a t e a s e r i e s of unilateral actions in an ef- ·forl to end the unnufhor- · ized walkout. Parfilt suggested ( h a t one of (he first measures would be lo require em- ployes reporting sick to provi- their illness. Failure 16 do so would mean loss of pay. the canal went on a two- shift, 18-hour-a-day opera- lion, as opposed to the normal three-shift, round-the- clock operation. The canal capacity now is 15 ships . daily. Parfitt said it was not impossible that the canal could be shut down completely if the sickout were lo grow. He also conceded lhal the action arose out of a f e e l i n g by e m p l o y e s "we've got lo lell Inosc in authority that they have gone too far." I'arfilt said the job action was "seemingly a c o m m u n i t y reaction, a complete emotional reaction of the community at largo." Ho said the c a n a l administration had been " t r y i n g lo e x e r c i s e restraint" in dealing with Ihe situation and making employes aware that there are many at all levels, up to and including Washington, "whfl are sympathetic to their problems." He said there had boon attempts, through Canal Zone unions, to "establish some sort of dialogue" and reach a formula for resolving t h e issue, but "so far wo have been unsuccessful." P a r f i t t c a l l e d the sickout "uncharacteristic of t h e people" who w o r k on the canal. "1 know lhat i( goes a g a i n s t t h e i r b a s i c instincts." While advocating resolution of the problem by restraint, Parfitt made il clear lhal those employes oft their jobs were "involved in something illegal thai cannot be condoned and will not be condoned." Students stir up brewhaha WKST G K R M A N Y UP) - Five slu- deiits caunlil browing English beer in a M u n i c h bathtub w i l l be prosecuted under a stringent medieval law guarding the purity (if German beer, customs officials said Wednesday. The four Germans and a Rrilon were caught with about 20 quarts of homemade "strung beer" brewed from ingredients packaged liy a Ixiiuion brewery and brought intu West Germany without informing customs, the officials said. The beer was poured down a toilel "with the approval of the young men" during the raiii by three agents, a customs spokesman said. The agents alsn confiscated Hie unused portions of hops, mull and yeast, along wilh brewing instructions -- makings valued at about $a. "It was new for us that tins exists. We l e a r n e d something new," t h e spokesman said. In addition to fines (or breaking the boor purity law, the five could be fined (or lax evasion. Customs officials also intend to investigate how the illegal brewing ingredients were smuggled to Germany's beer capital. also implied .' 'thai legal action was being ·^considered. · The governor, who said i he slill hoped to resolve ; the dispulc by restraint, . hinted lhal. as an extreme ' measure, outside workers might le called in lo gel Ihe canal functioning nor. mally. Cnnal offieials estimate ! that by Friday. II!) ocean- · going vessels will be backed up at either end of Ihe 50-milo-long canal, wailing i to transit. That is one more than ; Ihe 118 that slacked up in .- Augusl 107:1. when canal ' stii[ pilols staged a "go- 1 slow" effort in a labor dis- · p u l e w i t h I h e U.S. i government-administered 1 canal company. ; Unlike the I'm pilots' ; dispule, when a lisl of ', specific d e m a n d s was '· presented. Ihe current job ' action began spontaneously and lacks any rccog- ') n i z a b l e l e a d e r s h i p or . agreed upon objectives. ! IT A P P K A R S to be ·· more the culmination of a : series of frustrations and \ apprehensions be set I ing '; llit'se 3,500 U.S. employes '. of Ihe canal company and ; a w i d e s p r e a d f e e l i n g \ among Ihcm thai they are i being sold out by Washing: ton in its desire lo ncgoli- j a t e .1 new canal treaty i wilh Panama. By most accounts, Ihe · immediate catalysis for J Ihe "sickoul" w e r e pro ; posed changes lhal would ^freeze salaries indefinitely ) for some canal employes, ' b o l h Panamanian a n d ; American, and reslrict a · IS |cr cent pay differen- ; lial lo (hose U.S. citizen ·· employes h i r e d in the i United Stales. · There also is concern about a possible adverse change in leave policy. One e m p l o y e s p o k c s . man said il would take . w i t h d r a w a l o f n i l t h e p r o p o s a l s lo gel Ihe 1 strikers hack to work Canal company officials said lhal 725 employes, the ' m a j o r i t y of them U.S. citizens, had called in sick or had not appeared for work as nf l a t e W e d n e s d a y morning. EMP1/OYK spokesmen claimed that Ihe number actually off Ihe job was ·much higher. Wilh I h e exception of I wo elemenlary schools. ·U.S. schools in the Canal Xone remained closed for Ihe second straight day Wednesday as l e a c h c r s joined the sickoul. There reportedly were efforts u n d e r w a y t o g e l t h e c a n a l ' s Panamanian em- ployes, w h o also arc adversely affected hy some of Ihe proposed changes, to join Ihe sickout in significant numbers. Canal officials said they exported lo put through only 11 vessels Wednesday compared lo l on Monday and in on Tuesday. On Sunday. Ihe l a s t near-normal day of opera- lion. 12 ships made Ihe (r.insil. Officials also said (hat nf the 21 vessels entering the canal on Monday and the 10 on Tuesday, not all m a d e it from ocean lo ocean Ihe same day. Some were delayed in Gatun Lake in Ihe middle of the canal. Eighty-lhrcc ships were backed up al eilhcr end of (he c a n a l early Wednes- d a y a w a i t i n g t r a n s i t . Thirty-seven more were due to arrive during the day and '£ more today As of ti p.m. Tuesday, Champion Spark Plugs 79* Super low price. 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