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July 11, 1976

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 16

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28 -July 11, 1976 Sunday (,a*ette-Mail _ : Ch*rlnftn, W*il Vlrjinlt Irritated Ford Calls Sex Discrimination Letter 'Shocking 9 UAW, Industry Optimistic About Talks By Owei Ullmia By Tony Ledwell SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - President Ford, who read it, said he was "shocked" by the letter and ordered it reviewed. Helen Walsh, who wrote it, called it perfectly rational and is not one bit happy. A seemingly routine letter mailed June 25 from the Health, Education, and Welfare Department's regional civil rights office to the Scottsdale, Ariz., school district has stirred a hornet's nest of national proportion. Signed by John Palomino, chief enforcer of antidiscrimination laws in secondary schools in the West, the letter said traditional father-son, mother-daughter school functions were sexually discriminatory. A school district which discriminates on the basis of sex could lose vitally needed federal funds, the letter said. "I was shocked," Ford told a news conference Friday. ''I think it was a very wrong decision." Ford was so irritated by the letter, which amounted to official policy, that he ordered HEW Secretary David Mathews to review the matter. That effectively suspended enforcement of the policy, and Mathews said Friday that he couldn't agree more with the President. * * * IT BEGAN in. February when Dr. Ira King, who is in charge of making certain the Scottsdale schools comply with anti- discrimination laws, routinely queried the San Francisco HEW office. If schools sponsored banquets and restricted them to fathers-sons or mothers- daughters, King asked, would that be considered discriminatory. King's inquiry came to Palomino's office. He dispatched it to the regional office attorney who, in turn, "bumped it to Washington and the HEW general counsel for advice," according to Robert Fouts, public affairs officer here. '.'They chewed on it for five months and Helen Walsh NO discrimination the answer finally came back, 'Yes, it is discriminatory,'" recalled Fouts. HEW officials contacted in Washington and San Francisco cited a portion of Title IX of the 1972 Civil Rights Act, which reads in part: ' 'Any aid, benefit, or service to a student shall not, on the basis of sex, subject any person to separate or different rules of behavior, sanctions or other treatment." With the decision made in Washington, it went back to San Francisco, where Helen Walsh, 28, an HEW "equal opportunities specialist," was assigned to draft a reply to King. "It was very routine," Ms. Walsh, who prefers the feminist designation, said later of the letter. "I thought the decision was very rational." DETROIT (AP) - With the opening of contract talks between the auto industry and United Auto Workers just one week away, both aides are predicting with uncharacteristic optimism that 197$ could be the year for a peaceful agreement without a disruptive national strike. Absent from the prebargaining atmosphere this summer are the fiery rhetoric, stirring battle cries and unrest among militant UAW rank-and-filers that have marked prior bargaining rounds and subsequent strikes in 1973,1970 and 1967. Instead, the industry and union are showing little spunk for a fight over new three-year contracts covering 700,000 U.S. hourly workers at General Motors, Ford, Chrysler and American Motors. Current pacts cuspire Sept. 14, and talks on new agreements begin July 19. The all-too-fresh memory of a disastrous industry depression and ravaging layoffs that left up to 200,000 workers on indefinite furloughs during 1974 and 1975 have contributed much to the current mood. · * * * AND NOW that car sales are booming and indefinite layoffs have receded to less than 30,000, no one appears anxious to force a confrontation that could hurt both the auto recovery and the national economy. "There are always surprise stumbling blocks that surface when we get down to the wire," one top company negotiator said. "But, if I had to predict the outcome now, Td have to say I don't read a strike in the cards... That's something I couldn't say in past years." In an interview with The Associated Press, UAW President Leonard Woodcock said: "Back in 1970, the guys at General Motors were anxious to strike... Obviously, there's none of that now. I don't think either side is looking for a strike, certainly. "But as the past has shown, either side is perfectly capable of taking one." In 1970, the UAW 'struck GM for 87 days to take the "cap," or ceiling, off the cost- of-living wage formula.-In 1973, Chrysler was hit by a nine-day walkout over union demands for voluntary overtime and retirement at full benefits after 30 years' service. * The top issue promoted by the UAW this year is "job security" and "shortening,the work time," but Woodcock concedes they are "highly technical (issues) and don't lend themselves to the kind of emotional response that the other things got. "There isn't anything that has emerged as an obviously dear item. like 'Take the Cap off of COLA' (cost-of-living allowance) in 1970 or in 1973, going all the way on '30 and Out.' When you talk about job security then you have a whole range of things that fall under that." That's not to.suggest there won't be a tough struggle at the bargaining table, the UAW and companies say. There are plenty of potentially troublesome issues that already have surfaced the soaring cost for company-paid health insurance premiums, restructuring of supplemental unemployment benefits, increased benefits for retirees, to name just a few. BIG WAGE demands, key factor* in prior talks, have not surfaced this year, mainly because current unlimited cost-of- living clauses, something unions in other industries are still seeking, have protected auto workers from most of the ravages of inflation. The average auto worker now makes |6.76 an hour in straight pay a |1.75 an hour increase since current contracts went into effect and fringe benefits worth about $3 an hour. Company officials say both wages and benefits are among the highest in American industry. Union leaders say that there has been little talk about wages this year because members expect bargainers to push for a hefty pay boost anyhow. Woodcock said the union would again seek a substantial wage hike, adding "it could prove to be a contentious factor." If there is a walkout, the UAW ii in its; best financial shape in history to support one with a strike fund that will hold a record $175 million by midSeptember. That's enough money to sustain strikes ranging from a six-month walkout at Chrysler to a nine-week workstoppage at industry giant GM. The Big Three also are in unexpectedly healthy shape to weather a strike because of the sales boom which may provide the companies with record profits this year.. In the first quarter, GM, Ford and Chrysler had aggregate earnings of $1.2 billion, compared with a combined operating loss of $226 million in the first three months of 1975. If a strike is averted, it would be the. first time since 1964. That also was the. last time bargaining came during a presidential election year. Felipe EJugoJU. and LS. Romero, MJ). announce the opening of their office JULY 12,1976 at 9113MacCortJeAve,S.L Mvmet,W.Va For an appointment call: 346-1417 Striking Rubberworkers Using Financial Aids CH ELECTRONICS INC. Now Open in Our New Location 1825 MacCorkle Ave., St. Albans-- NEXT TO THE GRACE BAPTIST TEMPLE. Products by =A ZENITH "DDERS 727-2662 727-2662 Semi-Annual SHOE SALE Lee Dickinson STME HOURS Tues. T Wri,Thurt,Sat. 930UI-5P.M. MANDARINS WISHES Plus Other Famous Brands COX'S SHOES, Main Floor Thousands of striking rubber-workers are drawing food stamps worth up to $166 a month for a family of four to survive the three-month-old walkout. Some who are veterans are turning to the Soldiers and Sailors Relief Commission for help. Others are drawing money from savings accounts that were built up in anticipation of the strike, postponing loan payments by mutual agreement with cooperative banks and taking on second jobs. The United Rubber Workers'own strike benefits fund ran out on May 20 after distributing between $5 million and ?5.5 million. It provided each striker 135 a week for the first two weeks of the walkout and then ?25 a week for one more week. * * * THERE APPEARS to be no panic, although the 63,500 striking workers will feel the pi nch even more in another week when the industry cuts off payment of their medical and fife insurance benefits. After July 19, they will have to pay their own, and this could cost them up to ?100 a month. ' Talks have been recessed indefinitely with major economic issues still unresolved, including the amount of a general wage increase and a cost-of-living adjustment the United Rubber Workers says it needs to catch up to the auto and steel industries. The URW is seeking a 42 per cent hike in a wage-benefit package that now averages ?9.05 per hour. Firestone, on which the URW is centering its negotiations, has offered a $1.30 hourly wage increase extended over three years. In the rubber town of Akron, Ohio, alone, 3,200 strikers out of 11,000 are drawing food stamps, according to Dennis Forrer, an official of the Summit County Welfare Department. With the general belt-tightening by the workers, there has been a decline in department store sales, owners and managers report. Some restaurant sales also are down, as the workers cut back on their social life. Mountain Program At Pipestem Today PIPESTEM-"TalI Tales and True," a collection of mountain stories and experiences, will be presented at 9 p.m. today in the Pipestem State Park amphitheatre, park public relations director John Faulconer announced. Admission will be $5 per family or $2.50 per adult and $1 per child. On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, folk music artist Roger Bryant will present a show in the amphitheatre, starting at 9 p.m. The same admission charges will prevail. The week's entertainment program will conclude Friday with a concert by Trapezoid, a dulcimer quartet featuring oldtime and bluegrass music. Trapezoid's show will begin at 9 p.m. in the amphitheatre, with the same admission charges as for the earlier events. Rahall Endorses Carter Nick Joe Rahall II, Democratic nominee for Congress from the Fourth District, Saturday announced his endorsement of Jimmy Carter for president. He said he found Carter's positions "to be detailed and sophisticated.'.' 1ACY and SHORT JULY SUMMER SALE SAVE 20% 30% 40%-NOW famous Make Bedding Both Quilled Mattress and Box OA95 BASSETT DINING ROOMS Your Choice French, Italian or Spanish 9 PC. 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