Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on April 23, 1976 · Page 11
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 11

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Friday, April 23, 1976
Page 11
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TO · Northwest Arkansas TIMB, Friday, April,IS, 197* fAYKlTEVU-LK. ARKANSAS Sinking Rubber Workers Collect Last Checks MEMPHIS (AP) - Nearly S. 000 striking rubber workers In Memphis and at Union Cilj' ar entering what Is perhaps til toughest part of their strike ac Hon. Most of the -West Ten nessce members o l - t h e Unitec Rubber Workers, will- rcceiv their last company pay chec due them before the strike. Officials of Memphis Loca 186 said they will part the! picket : line at the Firestone Tlr Rubber Co. between 8 a.m and noon Friday to-allow th 2.800 striking union members I collect last week's pay. The weekly pay-roll for II Memphis plant is more tha $500,000, a company offtcia said. · At Union City officials :of L bal 878 said their 1,900 slrikin members will pick "up the checks from ths Goodyear Ti Rubber Co. plant at the N tional Guard Armory. '·: Robert Arnold, Local 186 o! cer. said union members a due, a full week's pay Frid and two days' pay April 30 . : Both sides would apparcnl not like to see the stri strelch/}d to April 30, noweve Arnold said by then the me bers receiving stri benefits of $33 a week. ' : . "Beginning in the third wee u n i o n - members will recei strike benefits," said Mar; Burkhardt, field represental for the international union. '· Burkhardt of Nashville. In Union City lo 'monitor t West Tennessee strike action^ ."The strike is still 100 per cent here," he said. . However, Burkhardt was reluctant to discuss what would happen if the strike goes beyond a few weeks. At the mention of co-op action or possible pooling of resources by striking workers, he said, "This has not been established at this point. But consideration might be,i! en at a later dale." : J ' Meanwhile, union leadership In Memphis said they will begin assisting members in processing applications for food stamps next week. '· , · "I presume that the fact that they are on strke would -.not disqualify members for food stamps." Burkhardt said. "It doesn't necessarily qualify them for food stamps either. But: I presume they are en:' Arnold said the last union strike was in 1973, when the contract expired and members were on strike for three days. There was a three month strike witcn ton contract.;expire*!: in 1967, he said. ':. '--.;. . . There have also been scattered "work stoppage" · over, various disputes in r»st years? but the only general strikes have been related to contract expirations, Arnold said. Killings Continue In Lebanon associated Press Writer BEIRUT. Lebanon (AP) -More than 100 persons were killed during the nient and more than 200 wounded in heavy artillery, rocket and mortar fire between a Moslem enclave in Beirut and Christian districts around it. police reported today. They said some homes were destroyed in the Nabaa Moslem district and the adjacent Sin El-Fil and Dora quarters. More bodies were be] loved in the ruins, they reported. Fighting in the year-old civil war had tapered off Thursday, and only 27 killed and 46 wounded were reported. But hopes that the oiasc-firc agreed to last weekend was taking hold were badly shaken by the outbreak during Ibe night. . Palestinian leader Abu lyad, the second in command pi Ya- sir Arafat's Al Fatah guerrilla organization, said the truce cannot takfl hold until the political slalcmale between the leftist Lebanese Moslems and l-iKM-wing Christians is re- S °Hc said the llisher Military Committee trying lo put the Cfiase-fire into otlert "agrees on things, but Ihey are not carried out on the balllelields. The problem now is Lebanese and related to a political solution." lyad was referring to the re [usal ol the Christian president Suleiman Franjieh. to Iransmi to Parliament his endorsemcn o! a constitutional amendmcn clearing the way for his replacement before his term ex- P I Kranjieh met today with special U.S. envoy L. Dean Brown before Brown left for 1-ondon to 'report to Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger on his efforts to help the warring Lebanese factions get together. _ Brown met Thursday nifihl with the leader of the Moslem Stisls, Kam»l Jumblatt, who earlier Thursday, threatened to establish a socialist MoslCT slate unless Franjieh quit in 10 d \ y vrian President Hafez Assad Ja?!), 0n SvcrciF/!il siri cc J.ehanon b c ? a m « imlcpendenl after Former President CumlHe Chamoun, who controls 'he-second-largest priv.ilo army flfinl- Jnis on Ihc Christie :tklc, told newsmen Kranjich woulrt make his flccision todas' and "it wiM be the last decision." 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