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ffihe -3>Kfriana (Sja^ettg / Tuesday, Jute IS, 1985 — Page 3 Strike won't halt vital services TEN DOWN, 390 TO GO — Cindy Heckman, left, of Elderton and Sharon Johns of Clymer departed early Saturday morning on a 400-mile bicycle ride to Wildwobd, NJ. Before setting out from Clymer, the women sought pledges for their ride which will benefit the Indiana County Association of Retarded Citizens, a group involved in such programs as the Special Olympics and Camp Sunrise. Anyone still wishing to contribute may contact ARC at 349-8230. When this photo was taken, Heckman and Johns were along Route 553, about 10 miles into the journey. They hope to cover around 100 miles a day by riding for 12 to 14 hours. (Gazette photo by Fusia) Unions displeased, employers happy with equal-pay ruling HARRISBURG (AP) — Gov. Dick Thornburgh said Monday negotiations with state employees unions are continuing and he hopes a settlement can be reached. But he said his administration is determined that no vital state services be interrupted in the event of a strike. "We've made contingency plans throughout state government to insure no vital services are denied to any Pennsylvanian in the event the unions do chose to go on strike," he told reporters. Mike Moyle, a spokesman for Thornburgh, said hospitals, prisons, and operations involving welfare and unemployment benefits all would be considered vital. In the event of a strike, management and people who report to work would be shifted to keep the services going, he said. Contracts between six unions and the state expire June 30. Negotiating in separate talks are: —The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which has 50,939 state employee members, and is the largest of the public employee unions. —The Pennsylvania Social Services Union and Pennsylvania Employment Security Employees Association, with 10,365 members. PSSU represents social workers and PESEA workers in the state's jobless service offices. —The United Food and Commercial Workers, which has 1,888 members among state liquor store clerks. —The Federation of State Cultural and Education Professionals, with 343 educational administrators as members. —The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Fa- culities. AFSCME executive director Edward Keller has said his members will strike if there is no contract July 1. However, a strike must first be authorized by the rank and file. WASHINGTON 7 (AP) — The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has finally ventured into the fray over comparable worth with a ruling that has angered labor unions and pleased employers on one of the most significant women's rights issues of the decade. Controversy over comparable worth has raged for several years, and the commission has been criticized for not weighing in with a decision. The comparable worth concept was endorsed in a Supreme Court decision four years ago. It supported paying men and women the same when they have different jobs that require equal training and responsibility. On Monday, the commission on a 5-0 vote rejected the use of comparable worth as a means of determining job discrimination. Specifically, the panel said the theory of comparable worth is not recognized under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In a case involving a local housing authority in Rockford, 111., the commission found that "there was no allegation — and no evidence — that the employer assigned employees to jobs on the basis of sex." EEOC chairman Clarence Thomas, a Reagan appointtee. told a news conference. "There was no allegation — and no evidence — that any barriers existed to prevent males and females from moving between job categories." he said. In the housing authority case, 85 percent of the employer's administrative staff was female and the maintenance staff was 88 percent male. The administrative staff was paid less than the maintenance staff and the women and their union on the administrative staff complained that their jobs were at least as difficult as those on the maintenance staff, but that the administrative staff was being paid less. - The Service Employees Interna- tional union accused the commission of failing to fully investigate for evidence of discrimination, saying "the words of the EEOC carry a ring of hypocrisy for the 49 million working women in the U.S." The union said the decision means the union must resort to court redress "to achieve fair wages" for women and minority workers. "We found no evidence that the pay difference was due to sex." said Thomas, "and therefore we could not infer that sex was a factor in wage setting." "We are convinced," said Thomas, "that Congress never authorized the government to take on wholesale restructuring of wages that were set by non-sex-based decisions of employers — by collective bargaining — or by the marketplace." "The commission's actions are just the most recent actions by the administration which seek to choke off the nationwide movement towards remedying sex-based wage discrimination for millions of working women," said Gerald W. McEntee, president of the 1.1 million- member American Federation of State. County and Municipal Employees, which represents the administrative emplovees in Rockford. Medicare Supplement insurance* It can pay some charges Medicare doesn't pay. call: CLARENCE E. WALTERS i / .214 LINCOLN ST. / 4 HOMER CITY, PA Ph. 479-2602 FOR ALL YOUR INSURANCE NEEDS INSU&ANCE Like a good neighbor. state Farm is dpcte. * Not connected with or endorsed by the U.S. Government or the Federal Medicare Program. State Farm Mutual Automo&tt insurance Company Home Office woominoton. i Weekly Health Tip By Don Eaglehouse, tt.Ph. TOOTH IMPLANTATION If your child accidentally knocks out a permanent tooth — put it in milk, advises Dr. Frank Courts of U. of Florida. The chances of successfully implanting a loose tooth are vastly improved if the tooth is stored in milk until a dentist can be reached. 401 N. 4th St., Indiana, Pa. "»«»W.pahyau««n" Ph. 3*9-9170 Our Booklet is m S morn . need a buy. meborMon .SS555S-. the bon-ton Such a vote, which would take three days to complete, could come at the end of the week or early next week if talks don't progress, said a spokesman for Keller. Negotiations are scheduled for Wednesday through Friday this week. The state has offered AFSCME a three-year contract calling for two percent wage increases July 1, two percent Jan. 1, 1987, and a two percent increase awarded on a merit basis July 1,1987. AFSCME now seeks a one-year contract with a 7.5 percent or $1,350 increase, whichever is larger. Thornburgh refused to characterize negotiations other than that they were ongoing. "We have a genuine desire to achieve an agreement ...," he said. "But that agreement will not be at the expense of the taxpayers of Pennsylvania or at the expense of greater productiviy and output within our work force.'" Benefits pose a thorny issue, with the administration seeking tighter control over sick leave and fewer holidays. The administration wants a rule requiring employees to use a vacation day for the first day they call in sick. AFSCME members used an average of 10.8 sick days during the 1983-84 fiscal year — more than any of the other state employee unions, according to the Governor's Annual Work Force Report. Overall, sick leave cost the state $68 million last fiscal year, the administration has said. 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