Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on July 20, 1973 · Page 15
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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 15

Galesburg, Illinois
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Friday, July 20, 1973
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<gatesbur a Register-Moi 1, Galesburg, By United Press International The impact of the Phase IV price hikes hovered somewhere between the wholesaler and the retailer today. Only the mechanics of marketing and the speed of the mails stopped immediate increases in the price of food in many cities, a UPI survey showed. "Take a good look at that meat," said a supermarket meat manager in Birmingham, Ala. "You'll never see it at those prices again." -"I've never seen prices go up this fast," said David Traver, president of East Tennessee Packing Co. of Knoxville, who announced a $4 per hundred weight increase in the price of hogs. Illinois livetock markets reported all-time high prices for pork, which is currently In short supply, with hikes of between $4 and $5.50 per hundredweight. The view from the other side of the counter was morose. In New York, Alice Monroe, a shopper at a Bohack supermarket, said, "Really, I don't know what 1 will do. The prices will get higher and my monthly income will stay the same. I'm worried sick about it." They'll Wait for Details "Right now we have to see where we stand," said a spokesman for the Publlx grocery chain in Miami. "We have to get the guidelines first. Hopefully they will arrive by Monday." Other food retailers also said they would have to wait for details of the new program to be sent to them. Many said they would wait for wholesale prices to change before they posted new prices. Under the new economic program announced this week, only the food and health industries are allowed to raise prices now. Other portions of the economy will have to wait until Aug. 12. "It is going to have to be on a dollar-for-dollar basis," said Kendall Ayers, spokesman for Safeway's Denver division, which includes Colorado, Wyoming and parts o! neigh' boring states. "We couldn't increase any price arbitrarily until we had the wholesale cost to us from our supplier. Then all we can pass alongf to the consumer is the amount of the increase." Texas Prices Jump In Texas, prices of pork, eggs and other foods jumped sharply Thursday, according to the state Agriculture Department. Wholesale egg prices were already on the rise and expected to increase 10 cents a dozen in the next week on the retail level, making them about 85 cents for Grade A large eggs. Associated Milk Producers, Inc., the nation's largest milk marketing cooperative, said it will increase its prices as much as 10 per cent in 20 states from Texas to Illinois. . Friday, July 20, 13 v In , Seattle, , the wholesale price, of eggs immediately jumped five cents a doaen. The wholesale price for AA large eggs' there is now ft) cents; Other, sudden jumps were expected in cereals, dog food and products using soybean oil. The price of white wheat jumped SO cents on the Portland, Ore., market. In Philadelphia, a spokesman for Acme Markets said his chain's 600 stores in seven Eastern states would begin raising prices in the "near future," primarily on produce, poultry and other perishable items. Dry Items Up A supermarket manager in Jackson, Miss., said prices went up Thursday morning on 200-300 stalled "dry" grocery items, including dog foods, flour and meal. , One effect of Phase IV is that operators of feed lots for cattle will now be allowed to past on their higher costs to melt pickers, according to Cal Santare, a spokesman for the Western States Meat Packers Association. "Their cattle is new beyond our reach," he said, "yet we must buy it at their increased prices and sell it at a frown celling price. It's such a stupid thing, I can't believe it." He predicted a beef shortage within a short time. In Sah Francisco, Del Monte Corp., the world's largest canner of fruits and vegetables, said higher costs of raw agricultural products will increase the price of Uie average can of fruit or vegetables less than half a cent per can. Potato-chip addicts were wor* rled by bad news from Maine, where the director of the state Potato Commission said the output of spuds was so small that there might be a shortage of the salty snack. Loading Up 1 As prices for poultry, pork, produce, milk and many other foods went up In the, nation's supermarkets, some people loaded up before prices went any further. Here a shopper in San Francisco pushes one cart while a bagboy loads another ono in waiting car. UNIFAX California Cannery Worker Strike Endangers Crops > May Raise Prices SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) ~ A strike by more than 65,000 cannery workers in the nation's largest farm sltate is endangering hundreds of millions of doMars worth of crops and threatens to drive food prices even higher. California agricultural officials said that if the strike lasts more than three days "we're in critical condition." The strike by Teamsters Union members employed in 70 canneries throughout the state comes iat the height of the peach and pear harvest and at the start, of tomaifco picking. California produces 80 per cent of the nation's processing tomato supply. Cannery workers walked off their jobs when a strike deadline passed at 10 a.m Thursday while negotiations were still going on in Washington, D.C., for a new labor agreement. Negotiators scheduled more taJks in Washington for today. Federal mediator W. J. Usery, Jr., said there had been "seme progress" 'in the Washington talks "but there are still wide differences of opinion." State Food and Agriculture Director C. B. Christensen said the strike "will have a great effect on our crop because we're harvesting full time in - SUNNY SPORTSWEAR SALE! 3 to /2 Yi OFF regularly 4.00 to 40.00 Choose wanted fabrics: polyesters... cottons ... permanent press . . . knits in summertime favorites: halters ... tankers . , . middy blouses . . . newest tubes . . . rehearsal shorts... flared and straight leg trousers . . . pleated and A-line skirts , , . popular shorty and classic long jackets... many from famous makers! . . . many coordinates! • KNIT TOPS • SHIRTS • BLOUSES •SKIRTS • SHORTS •SLACKS • BLAZERS COME EARLY and SAVE DURING THIS 6 RE AT SUMMER EVENT for JUNIORS and MISSES! Open Tonight Till 9 SATURDAY Till. 5 P.M. Congress Ups Wage Scale, Expects Veto WASHINGTON (UPI) - The House and Senate have agreed in separate bills to raise the $1.60 an hour minimum wage to $2.20, but Senate GOP leader Hugh Scott says he is afraid President Nixon will veto the measure. "In the present Senate form I would be fearful he would veto it,". Scott said Thursday. He added, "I would not expect or urge him to do so." The measure will go to the President after the House and Senate iron, out a few minor differences in their versions. Passes Both Houses The Senate passed its measure Thursday on a 64-33 vote. The.House approved its version June 6 on a 287-130 vote without repealing certain overtime pay exemptions now in the law, creating the main differences in the two bills. Both measures would raise the minimum for nonfarrn workers to $2.00 two months after enactment and $2.20 a year later, while the $1.30 farm minimum would go to $2.20 over three years, marking the first time the agriculture minimum would equal the non- farm minimum wage. Both would also expand coverage of the law to federal, state and local government workers and to domestic household workers, a provision the White House has opposed. Main Objection The main administration objection, however, is expected to be the lack of a youth wage differential which was included in a GOP substitute defeated in both the Senate and House. The Republicans proposed permitting employers to pay youths under 18 either $1.60 an hour or 85 per cent of the minimum wage, whichever is higher, for the first six months of work. Sen. James Buckley, R-N.Y., whose youth differential amendment was rejected Thursday by a- voice vote, said that unless a sub-minimum wage is permitted, employers will not hire young persons and will replace those they presently employ with older workers. Sen. Harrison A. Williams Jr., D-N.J., manager of the Senate measure, said the bill retains present provisions in law to allow paying the suk- minimum to teen-agers who have been unemployed and part-time students under 20 if the employer first certifies to the government that the youth is not displacing an adult in the job. i The full "Afro" hairstyle pop-j u'ar in the United States is rarely seen in Zaire, the old! Belgian Congo, although short Afros and Afro wigs are catching on. I peadhes and pears now and just starting on tomatoes. "We can probably stand two or three days of strike and be able to store and house and continue to pick. But after that we're in critical condition." Robert Holt, manager of the California Tomato Growers Association, said tomatoes had •an estimated gross valu of $600 million to the sltate. "There are thousands of tons of tomatoes being lost in the fields because of this dispute," he said. "These field losses are going to mean higher food prices. That will be a definite result of this senseless action." Ralph Bunje, president of the California Canning Peach Association, urged President Nixon to intervene in the strike thait he said was "putting higher price tags on all commodities and adding further to the burdens of consumers." Mighty Atnnzon The Amazon River, winding 4,000 miles >to the Atlantic, almost cuts South America in two. The river's source, just below the backbone of the Andes in southern ••Peru, is only 97.5 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Charles Waitc, 1st baseman for a Boston baseball team in 1875, was the first player to wear a glove. NEED SIDING? We Install All Kinds Vinyl, Steel and Aluminum. Guaranteed to Meet or Boat Ail Prices. EVEN THOSE SPECIAL PRICES. Call U S/ We Will Not Call You. 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