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Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, July 18, 1976
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12A --Julv 18, 1976 Sunday Ga*elte-AfaiJ. J __J : ---Charleston, West Virginia Area Firms List Awards, Activities, Promotions Standard Laboratories here has added to its staff Alan E. White, who will work on problems of coal and water testing, including development of new equipment. White is a former employe of Preiser Mineco and is a graduate of West Virginia Tech with a major in physics. Herald R. Baughman, first vice president of operations and cashier of Kanawha Banking Trust Co., has been elected a district director of Bank Administration Institute, which maintains headquarters in Park Ridge, 111. His district encompasses West Virginia, Washington, D. C., North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. .Consolidated Coal Co. has promoted three employes in the Southern Appalachian Region. They are D. M. Hymes, promoted to manager of industrial relations; James W. Jones, to manager of employe development, and John W. Fox, to manager of benefits and compensation. Union Carbide has promoted Jean Pickus to division supervisor in the employe relations department in City Center East. Her responsibilities include include equal opportunity and affirmative action plans. Carbide has appointed Ronald Ritchie employe relations manager at the Texas City, Tex., plant. He is transferring from the South Charleston Technical Center as an employe relations supervisor for engineering and construction. Ronald R. Plumley has joined the National Bank of Commerce as general auditor. He is a graduate of Marshall University and is a certified public accountant. Stephen G. Simms, a native of Charleston, has been named vice president of real estate for Family Dollar Stores with headquarters in Charlotte, N. C. The chain has 229 units and plans to have 235 stores open by Aug. 31. James D. Dyson Jr. of Sissonville has been awarded membership for the second year in the Top Producers Club of Liberty Mutual Insurance Companies. He has been with the firm since 1970. Wayne Hasty, a former Charleston resident, has been appointed director of system communications for the American Electric Power Service Corp. in New York. Mike O'Dell of Bramwell has been appointed manager of engineering for Metal Craft Inc., which offer products to the coal industry in Southern West Virginia and other areas. SS Corp., a manufacturer of underground mining equipment, .has promoted Jay C. Curley to manager of the company's new renewal parts division warehouse in Beckley. New directors of FF Mining Corp. and Capitol Fuels Inc. are Harry G. Tibbs of St. Albans, Mrs. N. G. Curtis of Montgo- mery, Philip J. Defade of Goldtown and Mrs. Toui Michele Defade of Goldtown. White Btu(hmu Pickut Difficult UAW Issues Discussed by Woodcock DETROIT (AP)-The United Auto Workers opens negotiations with the nation's automakers this week on new contracts covering 750.000 U.S. and Canadian hourly workers. Current pacts expire Sept. 14. This year's talks will be the last for UAW President Leonard Woodcock, who retires in 1977. ending a labor career spanning more than four decades, including seven years as head of the UAW. He took over the reins of the 1.4-million member union in 1970, upon the death of Walter Reuther. In a recent 90-minute interview with Associated Press staff writer Owen Ulmann and Detroit Bureau news editor Michael Graczyk. the 65-year-old Woodcock said his members appear to have less strike fever this year than in the past, but !! warned that there are a number of issues "that could lead Jo extreme dif- Jficulties." He also said demands I for a four-day work week, which the UAW has eyed Woodcock as a w a y to protect against future rounds of mass industry layoffs, could create problems for the companies and the union. And he said he has told presidential · nominee Jimmy Carter he wouldbe interested in "being involved" in a Carter administration. Here are some excerpts from the interview: Q. Why has the UAW been so unusually vague this year about what it will demand at bargaining table? A. There isn't anything that has emerged as an obviously clear item like taking the "cap" ceiling off the cost of living in 1970. That was a yes or no proposition. In 1973 it was going all the way on "30-and-out" retirement with full benefits after 30 years. When you talk about job security, which we say is the central theme, you have a whole range of things that fall under that. Like the restructuring of SUB supplemental unemployment benefits funds and making certain that longer seniority workers have their rights protected. It's highly technical and doesn't lend itself to the kind of emotional response the other things got. Q. Is that why there is no rallying cry from the rank and file? - A. That's a part of it. Also, the traumatic two years of layoffs that everybody went through. Q. Is there less strike fever this year because of the recession? A. It's hard to know. Let's take SUB. I think the general reaction is "Well, okay, it needs fixing and we'll fix it." They're not worried about it. At various meetings we had back in the spring, buys would come up and say "We're not going to have a strike, are we?" And before I could even say anything, they'd add, "But, we'll take one if we have too:" In 1970, the General Motors' guys were anxious to strike. They felt it was long overdue, that we'd been afraid of the Big One - 'By God let's take them on.' There's none of that now. Q. What are the chances of avoiding a ; strike this fall? A. There are things there that could lead to extreme difficulties. If the companies , are really serious about trying to push some of the cost increase for health care benefits over on the workers, that would be a very troublesome matter. 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. . Q. You have said the UAW won't de- I mand a four-day week in order to shorten work time and create jobs. Is your posi- ' tion still the same? ." A. What I intended to say is if we could ; shorten the work week, we'd do it not be' cause a 40-hour week is onerous but be- · cause there aren't enough jobs to go ar- · ound. If you had a 30-hour week, young : workers could certainly hold two jobs. If · that happens, you're not solving the prob- : lem you set out to solve. You also have to ' be coined with the unnecrtfcary extra expense when you keep that capital equip- ment idle, because that's one heck of a cost. Now those aren't things that say we wouldn't move in that direction, but they are added problems which I think we have to give very serious consideration. · Q. Could industry demands that workers pay part of any increase in health insurance premiums lead to a strike? A. Well, their the companies' recent public comments would indicate to me that it's-not a do-or-die situation as far as they're concerned. But we recognize there are"problems in this area. They do spend a great deal of money and pay these increases. Sometimes there's a lack of understanding on the part of our people that this is happening. But I think there are ways to meet that problem. Q. Will the union consider dropping any health care benefits now provided by the companies to help contain medical insurance costs? A. No. We won't be taking that approach. I'm sure we'll have some areas we will want to improve. We have good coverage, yes. But it's needed coverage. We aren't disposed to cut it back anywhere. Q. Since pension agreements negotiated in 1973 without cost-of-living clauses are closed until 1979, will you ask the makers to improve benefits through direct cash payments to retirees? A. That could be one possibility. We went to the companies early in the year to say that we're going to be making this approach, that there is a problem and we want to find a solution to it outside the pension plan. The initial reactions were sympathetic. Q. Would you agree to a continuation of the cost-of-living COL formula adopted in 1973 of an additional penny for each three- tenths of a point rise in the Consumer Price Index CPI? A. No. First of all. going into 1973 we did not have complete protection against inflation. And with the gross inflation since then, the COL formula has been substantially diluted. So we're going to lay that problem on the bargaining table. Also, we are very serious about modernizing it COL . . . Wages will be a contentious factor. Q. Is there much talk among members for big wage boost? A. I think particularly with regard to the younger married workers, with the disappearance of much of the overtime, they're having considerable wage pressures. Q. Do you see other troublesome issues that might lead to a strike when current contracts expire? A. Well, sitting here now I can't see them. But by the eighth of September I may see a lot of icebergs. Q. The UAW and automakers have pioneered innovative contract provisions later adopted in other industries, such as in the area of cost-of-living and SUB. Do you see another breakthrough this year? A. Well when you take the question of shortening the working time, we've been doing that in one form or another in the whole post-World War II period. That would be the only new area I can think of right now. There's nothing else in the incubator. Q. What is the possibility of abandoning the traditional three-year contract in favor of a one- or two-year pact? A. If we had been at the bargaining table a year ago with the economic climate then, maybe the way out would hve been a one-year agreement. But with the change of climate I would think the industry would want to put something together to justify three years. Q. Do you share the industry's optimistic forecast of a strong, healthy market through the rest of the decade? A. Yes I do. But if we had another oil embargo all bets are off because we haven't done a single thing to protect ourselves against it. We're more vulnerable now than we were when it happened But absent that kind of external factor I'm reasonably optimistic. Q. Could a long strike affect the outcome of the presidential race? A. The earliest a strike could start would be mid-September. Even if it were GM, the economic impact would be slow in making itself felt. " "~i BOLL FURNITURE'S MID-SUMMER CARPETSALE! * professional installation and service * quality Lees or Berven carpeting and Omalon padding * complete selection of 5 Berven and 5 Lees carpets and colors. * save at least 10% up to 20% on the price! This is the one you've been waiting for. Don't miss it! 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