Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 17, 1975 · Page 58
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 58

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 17, 1975
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14D -- August 17,1975 Sunday Gazette-Mail -- CterJGVift A*s.i Virginia UMW CONTRASTS Miller's Young Idealists, Rank-and-File As Different As Diamonds From Rough Coal By Wayne Slater Attociated Prvtt In the winter of 1972. a coal miner named Arnold Miller emerged as the international president of the United Mine workers Union. Pale and carbuncular. he had the look of a man who had spent his best years underground. But if Miller seemed homey and unsophisticated, his campaign staff did not. His successful reformist campaign was largely the product of a handful of bright young idealists who were as different from the grizzled rank-and-file as dia- . monds from West Virginia coal. They had come to the reform movement by way of anti-poverty programs and academic think-tanks, and once they got to Washington, they began instituting the most sweeping changes in the union's history. They were, above all. the ideologues of the Miller regime. And now. almost three years after his election, they have begun to leave. Within a little more than one month, three top-level staff members have resigned and there are indications of more changes in the months ahead. * * * THE RESIGNATIONS include: *Don Stillman, 29. crusading editor of the United Mine Workers Journal. A product of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Stillman is a former reporter for the Wall Street Journal and a former assistant professor at West Virginia University. ·'Edgar James, 28, Miller's top administrative aide and a former fellow in history at Columbia University. He worked in the 1968 Robert F. Kennedy presidential campaign and then in the student-run Movement for a New Congress in 1970. ··Joseph "Chip" Yablonski, 34, general counsel, son of Joseph A. "Jock" Yablonski. the slain union insurgent who became the martyr of the reformist movement in the coalfields. "It is not the same anymore," said a union insider from West Virginia. "They are no longer the crusaders--they are the establishment. Their fights are petty now and the big battles are pretty much over. "It is ironic." he said from his coalfield perspective, "that individuals of that type, the crusaders, rarely ever end up becoming good administrators." * * » THE QUALITY of Miller's leadership and the success of his administration have come under increased attack in recent months. Dissident miners have complained that the new contract they approved in 1974 was not the same one that was finally signed. They have charged that some parts, for example a Thanksgiving holiday pay provision, were excluded. Some regions wanted a right to strike clause and changes in shift rotation schedules, but they didn't get them. . What they did get was an improved pension system, a pay raise with a cost-of-living clause and a sophisticated grievance Arnold Miller Staff Changing Don Stillman Going to UAW grease" when the UMW recently boosted salaries of some staff members. "It's an understandable feeling of the rank-and-file." Yablonski said of the disenchantment with the young staff. "But it's hard to find people who have 10 years of mining experience and an LLB. 1 can understand their feelings. "If I've got one regret in my term in the general counselship it's that the affairs of the office have never been whittled down to the point where I could spend more time with the group that is paying my salary." where the huge gains and clear-cut goals of the early volunteers in the reformist movement have given way to the more tedious, day-to-day affairs of trade unionism. It is" now a matter of qualifying the new structure, he said, of honing the rough edges after the revolution. "Power relationships are still in the role of being defined," he said. "You can't just look at the amount of factionalism in the union right now and see where it's going. I think in five years it will settle down." * * * THE RECENT exodus of upper echelon people from what some critics unaffec- tionately call the "Miller cabal" has nevertheless left several of the originals still on the job. They include Davitt McAteer,.a 30-year- old lawyer and former Ralph Nader associate: Thomas N. Bethell, 35, a former Appalachian Volunteer; and Bernard Aronson, 28, the UMW press assistant, who is a University of Chicago graduate and former VISTA worker. In addition, there is a 32-year-old contracts expert named Rick Banks, a black lung activist who came to Appalachia in 1967 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. But Banks, too, is reportedly thinking about moving out of his key administrative post and into a side area where he would be able to devote full-time to contract education. The Miller-Trbovich schism had its beginnings at the Miners for Democracy convention of May 1972, a loose and freewheeling affair largely managed by the young activisits who had begun their apprenticeship in the reform movement in the early bathhouse-to-bathhouse days of "Jock" Yablonski's candidacy. FLY PIEDMONT direct to MYRTLE BEACH and the GRAND STRAND Joseph Yablonski Will Practice Law procedure that is still too new to work smoothly in a rugged industry steeped in the tradidion of the picket line. Throughout the negotiations with top executives of the coal industry, Miller's young staff, his college boys and "hot shots," provided the guidance, research and technical support. The factionalism and union infighting came to the surface last month when Vice President Mike Trbovich circulated a memo among the executive board criticizing the financial management of Miller and Secretary-Treasurer Harry Patrick. · Among other things, the memo labled Miller's staff as "radicals," and charged that only "the squeaky wheels got the YABLONSKI, who will enter private law practice in October, said his decision to quit had been a long time in coming but said he was making the break now because he has "become all consumed by the UMWA. It's problems have warped my perception of law and life." He has given the union the option of retaining him as outside counsel, but will no longer be the UMW's chief full-time attorney. "A lot of things that caused me to get into the drive to reform the UMW have been accomplished, not by me but by the coal miners and the staff," said Stillman, who will take a similar publicity post with the United Auto Workers. "We have been through a series of contract negotiations, we have democrati- cized the union, there is a positive ongoing safety program, organizing of nonunion coal, the right to elect district officials, a credit union. I can leave feeling in many ways I've accomplished something." * * *' THE THREE downplay the role international pressures had in their decisions to get out, but James admitted, "Everybody's conscious of leaving the ship and wants to leave things in order." James, who will attend Harvard next month, sees the union in a state of flux ABOUT 700 rebel miners selected Miller as their presidential candidate.and Trbovich, who had assumed he would head the MFD slate, had to settle for second place. But if Miller won the office, he nevertheless lost the executive board, on which his opponents now outnumber his down-the- line supporters by about 3-to-l. And with his staff beginning to leave, it is uncertain what the future of the union will be. "I don't have any doubts that on-going operations will do just fine," said Stillman. "It hurts in a sense to have people shifting, but I have never considered myself indespensible." James said he sees "a certain mellowing" among the heirarchy. , "There's a new convention coming up and a district election and they'll have to get ready for another contract negotiation in about 2'/z years." he said. "Once you get on that cycle you can't get off without leaving a vacuum. "This time around the waters will be a lot muddier. I'll have friends on both sides of the fence. It'll be the same people, the same issues and the same fight, but'we'll be less effective. It would be hard to stay around and live through events that were not as exciting as the original ones. The real effectiveness of the outside people will be to see if those within the union take our place." Bangladesh Bury Chief With Honors NEW DELHI, India i/Pi - Sheik Mujibur Rahman, the Bangladesh leader slain in a military coup and branded corrupt by the nation's new leaders, was buried Saturday in his home village with "full honors," Radio Bangladesh reported. India condemned the killing of the 55-year-old sheik in Friday's predawn uprising, but the country's new rulers picked up quick diplomatic and moral support from Pakistan, against whom Mujib led the successful 1971 independence campaign. The radio broadcast gave no details of how death came to Mujib, once revered as the father of the young nation. It said the burial took place in Faridpur district near Dacca. The radio did not specify the type of honors accorded Mujib's remains, but the term "full honors" often is used in this region to connote some form of special government recognition at a funeral. Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who once branded the Bangladesh leaders as traitors, bestowed his country's official diplomatic recognition on the one- day-old Dacca government led by newly installed President Khondakar Mushtaque Ahmed. But Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's government, which helped Bangladesh fight its brief war of independence, deliberately refrained from any expression of support to Ahmed and said it was "carefully studying and watching developments." "We are deeply grieved by the tragic death of Sheik Mujibur Rahman who led the national struggle for liberation with steadfastness and courage," said an official statement issued by the Indian Foreign Ministry. "We held him in high esteem in India as one of the outstanding personalities of our time." Informed observers said the strong wording of the Indian statement made early Indian recognition of the new Bangladesh government unlikely. "We cannot remain unaffected by these political developmwnts in a neighboring country, but they are internal matters of Bangladesh," it added. The statement said "the people of India are committed to a vision of cooperation and friendship among the countries of the subcontinent. We shall continue to strive for the achievement of this idea." The Indian statement followed Bhutto's recognition of the "Islamic Republic of Bangladesh," a name change reported by diplomatic sources but so far not officially announced by Dacca radio. Bhutto, a bitter foe of Mujib, also announced he was sending large donations of badly needed clothing materials and 50,000 tons of rice to Dacca "as a first and spontaneous gesture." Bangladesh responded by broadcasting Bhutto's message of good wishes on its official radio throughout the day. Ahmed, in a broadcast Friday after he was installed as president, said Sheik Mu- jib was ousted because he had permitted We've got a place for you. 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