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Seeking 10 Per Cent General Increase Northweit Arkansas TIMES, Thurt., July 18, 1974 Â· FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS ^__ 230,000 Workers Involved In Strikes By CHARLES WHITE Associated! Press Writer Tentative agreements have ended strikes in Rhode Island prison guards and 4,000 state employes in Ohio, but nearly a quarter of a million other Americans stayed away from work today as a result of labor disputes. , Communications w o r k e r s guards at the state prison in the town. of the Some 247 walked oft the job to what 'they felt was authorized a strike vote against ;he Bell Telephone System and pickets marched at.two airlines, Arizona copper mines, San Francisco bus garages, and a Minnesota snowmobile maker. W a l k o u t s also affected municipal workers in hundreds of cities and private industry. Labor experts say the strike surge swiftly followed the end of federal economic controls, and in most instances workers sought to fight inflation with wage hike demands that exceeded 10 per cent. The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service said.it has tallied more strikes than at any time since it began counting in 1959, with 230,ODD workers involved in 588 strikes during the week that ended last Monday. This was 'the labor scene early today: BELL SYSTEM T E L E P H O N E S -- The Communications Workers of America early today authorized a strike vote against the Bell Telephone System, but a union guards protest lenient handling of an inmate who had assaulted a guard. Noel fired the 'guards, triggering the full- scale strike two days ago. He said he was assured by officials of the Brotherhood of Correctional Officers that future union policy would not include the use of job actions as a bargaining tactic. 9HIO -- A legislative pay raise proposal was reluctantly accepted by 4,000 of the 7,500 state employes striking prisons mental health hospitals, liquor stores and other facilities. Local chapter presidents o the American Federation State, County and Municipa Employes accepted a join l e g i s l a t i v e committee' suggested wages of increases 30 cents in hourlj for those Weather Forecast Sunny skies are forecast Thursday for most of t h e nation. Temperatures w i l l range frpm hot for the South- west, the Plains and Mississippi Valley,- to warm for all Imt the upper Great Lakes and New England. Showers are expected for Arizona, Florida panhandle and N e w England. (AP Wirephoto Map) j . WED 33 YEARS, j : FLUNKS COURSE 1 PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) -; -An Alaska man who flunked a Â·- "Problems of Marriage" course t 33 years ago thinks his grade ! 'should be changed because he J ' has proven his professor wrong. Leroy M. McDonald of Anchorage told Washington State University's registrar this spring that he has been married to the same woman for 31 years. McDonald asked whether he should petition university regents for special consideration. He said he was "trying hard to get a degree before my youngest child does." spokesman said, continue while 500,000 members talks would the vote union's on the It was the second time McDonald has tried to have his academic failure in .Sociology 40 in 1941 wiped off the records. Six years ago. he wrote the university, "This year I completed 25 years of marriage to the same woman and have raised two fine hoys. Is it pos- ,sible that you could extend me credits for this course?" strike question over the next two weeks. However, some 1,300 CWA members of Local 2001 in West Virginia went on strike and an official of the local expected 2,500 employes of Western Electric and ATT to honor the picket lines. Workers in other locals in the state were expected to return to work today. At midnight Wednesday 33 contracts covering 750,000 Bell employes expired. Neither the company's offer nor the union's demand was disclosed. RHODE ISLAND -- National Guardsmen and state troopers were ordered off duty in Cranston by Gov. Philip Noel, who announced a settlement Wednesday in the walkout of earning less than $8,000 an nually, 10 cents for worker paid more than $12,000 and 2i :ents for those in between. Th 'nil legislature must auprov the raises. AIRLINES -- Negotiation were to resume today in Wash mglon between National Aii lines and the machinists' union A union mediator said majo unresolved issues in a ne\ labor contract included a cos of living wage escalator clause vacations, pensions and oths benefits. The carrier, eighth largest, the nation has bee rounded since Monday. Only bout 900 of National's 8,000 nployes were on duty Wed- esday-all supervisors. There re 1,600 strikers and 5,500 'orkers have been furloughed 'ithout pay. PROTEST LONG SHIFTS Also remaining off their jobs fere cockpit crewmen and light attendants for Trans ntcrnational Airlines, one of lie world's largest vacation barter firms. The workers truck the Oakland, Calif.-based arrier Monday, objecting to vhat they said were danger- ius)y long work shifts. COPPER -- About 30,000 :opper workers across the lation wre on strike while talks vere temporarily recessed San Francisco with the Ameri can Smelting and Refining Co. n Phoenix with the Phelps Dodge Co. and in Tucson with the Magma Copper Co. Abou 16,000 of the strikers work .in Arizona. About 10,000 employes of thi Kennecott Copper Co. ii Phoenix reached a tentativ contract agreement with th r irm. MINE WORKERS -- Tw arrests Wednesday in shovin incidents brought to 14 th number of persons arreste since Monday at the Highsplin Mine in Harlan County, Ky- The United Mine Worker union began picketing the min last week to seek support to its strike at two other mine owned by the Eastover Minin Co., and the members of th outhern Labor Union honored e lines. CROSS PICKET LINES However, the SLU members rosseil the line Monday to 'open the mine, and the loving.incidents began. BUSES -- About 20,000 lalifornians were left without lieir usual bus transportation etween Oakland and San n rancisco as a strike by 1,500 rivers, mechanics and clerks gainst the AC Transit District ontinued. The strikers are coking a cost of living salary aise. HOSPITAL -- Supervisors inei volunteers struggled to :eep a San Diego hospital anc hree clinics operating despite walkout by 680 nurses cchnicians, clerks and custo dians. All essential services vere still being provided Wed ncsday. MUNICIPAL -- About 8,001 employes of the Los Angcle: Department of Water and Power defied a Superior Com- order to halt the first striki against the department in 3 1 years. A power outage affectei about 5,600 residents of the Sai Fernando Valley, but leaders o Ihe striking local of the In Lernational Brotherhood o Electrical Workers denied an sabotage. In Michigan, no ne\ negotiations were slated in th two-day-qld strike of 800 Gran Rapids city workers. But 175 guards and othe employes of the Detroit House Corrections reached a lonta- ve agreement in their five-day alkout and in the suburb of iver Rouge 120 city workers ere to vote to end a seven-day rike. In Thief River Falls, Minn., 30 members of a local of the nternational Woodworkers nion remained off the job into second week at Arctic Enter- rises, Inc., the nation's biggest nowmobile manufacturer. ope Reads Solzhenitsyn VATICAN CITY (AP)--Pope ! aul VI has made it known he s among the readers of books jy exiled Soviet author Alexaner Solzhenilsyn. lie said during his weekly ublic audience Wednesday that lolzhenitsyn's "Gulag Archipel- go" provides evidence of "in- mman exercise of class po- ver." The pontiff, referring to the account of Stalin-era concentra- on camps, warned about the 'danger of accepting social formulas which for instance by erecting class struggle as a sys- em turn it inevitably into cla-s latred and class hatred into the lossible inhuman exercise of lower." EVEREST UENNINGS WHEELCHAIRS RENTALS t SALES FajrcUevllle Urnf E. 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