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SUNDAY, APRIL 2, 1967

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

PAGE THREE

IN THE NEWS THIS WEEK:
Five Major Conflicts Mar U.S. Labor S

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Teamsters Union.
Takes StrikeVote

HANOI SAYS NO:
Vietnam Peace Moves Fail:
U Thant Asks U.S. Act First

By The Associated Press
In the fifth major labor dispute
of the week, members of an At-
lanta Teamsters union local walk-
ed off the job - from force of
"habit."
The truckers went on strike be-
,cause their contract had ended,
not realizing their union wasn't
ready to go on strike. They were
told to return to work, to wait for
the results of strike votes.
First returns from the voting
indicated heavy majorities endors-
ing a strike call if necessary but
negotiators appeared in no rush
to get the results and act on them.
Other Strikes
The threat of a Teamsters
strike came immediately after the
postponement of crippling rail
strikes.
On Friday the Order of Railway
Conductors and Brakemen were
placed under a court order by a
federal judge in Chicago, and
were barred from striking 66 rail-
roads in a dispute over health and
welfare benefits.
-The National Mediation Board
suspended a strike threatened for
yesterday against the Union Pa-
cific Railroad by the Brotherhood
of Railway Trainmen in a dispute
over job protection for baggage-
men.
Transportation isn't the only
industry affected.
In New York, printers at the
Daily News have attended several
union chapel meetings since the
expiration of their contract at
midnight Thursday. The meetings,
which come during working hours
and last as long as an hour, are
held to inform the printers of
what is going on in discussions
with the publishers of the News.
The printers and nine other
newspaper unions have agreed to
continue contract talks beyond
the expiration of their contracts,
which affect over 17,000 employes
of New York-newspapers.
The American Federation of
Television and Radio Artists is on
strike, as is the National Farmers
Organization.
Negotiations
Negotiatons for some 500,000
union members and 12,000 em-
ployers worked overtime in the
search for an agreement, while the
truckers' strike votes, expected to
be tabulated by tonight, began.
A major segment of the indus-
try threatened to lock out some
200,000 workers if the Teamsters
carry out their strategy of strik-

ing a few companies at a time.
There will be an "immediate
and complete cessation of our op-
erations" in the event of a strike
against any firms, said President
M. M. Gordon of Trucking Em-
ployers Inc.
Agreement in Doubt
Both Gordon and Teamsters
officials said they saw little hope
of an agreement in their national
trucking contract talks during the
weekend.'
Trucking Employers Inc. repre-
sents 1,500 major transcontinental
firms that carry about 65 per cent
of the nation's truck cargoes.
A shutdown by these companies
also would severely hamper 10,000
smaller firms involved in the ne-
gotiations that serve largely as
feeder lines between the big firms.
The crisis was the first for the
1.8 million - member Teamsters
Union since its president, James
R. Hoffa, went to prison several
weeks ago. The outcome could af-
fect political maneuvering for
control of the world's largest
union.
Federal mediators stepped into
the talks in an attempt to narrow
the big gap of 19 cents an hour
between the Teamsters demands
and the industry's last offer.
The union, which originally de-
manded 75 cents per hour over
three years, scaled that down to
56 cents. The industry responded
with a 37-cent offer.
The union's money demand
does not include higher mileage
pay rates for long-haul truck driv-
ers, numerous fringe benfeits and
new equipment also being asked.

-Associated Press
AN ALL-STAR cast of CBS employes sang along with Mitch Miller on the picket line this week.
'No Comment' FromPicketing
Newsmen as Talks Continue

By The Associated Press
Executives of the three major
television-radio networks marched
silently past their own cameras
and microphones yesterday to talk
with federal mediators and the
union representing striking net-
work newsmen.
"We're not commenting," said
George Fuchs of NBC about the
four-day strike which, among
other things, split the NBC televi-
sion news team of Chet Huntley
and David Brinkley.
Brinkley is striking and Huntley
isn't.

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After three hours of preliminaryI
meetings, Donald Conaway, chief
negotiator for the striking Ameri-
can Federation of Television and
Radio Artists with a grin describ-
ed the tone of the talks as "melli-
fluous."
The chief federal mediator,
William E. Simkin, said, "We're
meeting, period." He said the talks
will continue for "the indefinite
future."
A settlement between the union
and the Mutual Broadcasting Sys-
tem radio network was reached
Friday night, but terms were not
announced. There was no indica-
tion whether it might affect ne-
gotiations with the three net-
works.
Pay scales now ranged from
$200 up, plus the additional com-
mercial fees based on the amount
of broadcast time. The union is
demanding $325 a week for radio-
television n e w s m e n, compared
with the networks' $300 offer. It
also wants a higher percentage of
commercial fees for newsmen.

Meanwhile, Huntley c 1 a i m e d
support from 37 newsmen - in-
cluding Brinkley-for his proposal
to form a new union exclusively
for broadcasting newsmen.
Brinkley reportedly said he will
stay off his evening news pro-
gram with Huntley until the strike
is over and declined comment on
Huntley's claim of his support
to form a new union.
Another noted television news-
caster, Walter Cronkite of CBS,
also remained on strike and said
of Huntley's position, "I think if
you don't like the army you get
out before the battle starts."
AFTRA o f f i c i a 1 s discounted
Huntley's claim of widespread
support for his back-to-work
movement.
Producers reported Secretary of
State Dean Rusk, Secretary of
Transportation Alan S. Boyd and
Prof. John K. Galbraith, former
ambassador to India, withdrew as
scheduled panelists on today's
television-radio programs after
the strike began.

By The Associated Press
United Nations Secretary-Gen-
eral U Thant urged the United
States yesterday to take the first
step toward peace in Vietnam by
declaring a unilateral ceasefire.
U Thant's statement, which en-
dorsed a similar proposal issued
the day before by Sen. Joseph
Clark (D-Pa.), capped a week of
diplomatic activity on his part.
Earlier in the week he proposed
a three-point plan of a) general
true b) preliminary talks, and
c) Geneva peace conference.
Differing Responses
Washington said yes. Hanoi
said no.
In his statement yesterday
Thant said of his three-step plan
"My proposal was necessarily di-
rected to both sides in the con-
flict and implicitly called for si-
multaneous action with regard to
the standstill truce by the two
sides.
"Nevertheless, I recognize, the
harsh reality of the existing im-
passe. Indeed, this realization was
the sole motivation for my latest
proposal.
? Solution Possible
"But, it becomes ever more clear
to me that this impasse can be
broken and a halt put to the in-
creasingly horrible slaughter and
destruction of the Vietnam war
only if one side or the other shows
the wisdom and the courage and
the compassion for humanity to
take the initiative on a fiist step
-that is to say, by- undertaking
unilaterally to put the standstill
truce into effect, and therefore to
fire only if fired upon.
"The United States, with power
and wealth unprecedented in hu-
Iman history, is in a position to
take this initiative. I must say in
all frankness that I share Sen.
Clark's view that the United
States can afford to take such a
step even though there is an ad-
mitted, but in my opinion, limited
risk for the United States in do-
ing so."
Earlier in the day, Thant toed
reporters preliminary discussions
of truce details-insisted on by the
United States and South Vietnam
-were "out of the question" be-
cause they would "not be accept-
able to the other side."
-Bombing Stops talks
"So long as the bombing of
North Vietnam is going on. Thant
said, "there will be no talks as far
as the North Vietnamese are con-
cerned."
His evaluation at that time was
that "somebody has to propose
that on such and such a date the
general standstill truce should go
into effect. I or a group of coun-

Protesting Farmers
Plan To 'Dump Cows'

tries then would make an appeal."
However ne made no mention
at that time of either combatant
starting a cease-fire on its own
initiative without consulting the
other.
Thant, in endorsing Clark's call
for a U.S. ceasefire on April 15,
said he customarily refrained
from commenting on statements
by government officials, but he
was making an exception this time
because he had been "so greatly
impressed" by what Clark said.
On Tuesday, Thant had an-

nounced a peace proposal calling
for a general truce. North Viet-
nam turned it down, saying:
"As the U.S. is committing ag-
gression against Vietnam, the cor-
rect way to settle the Vietnam
problem is that the United States
must stop its aggression."
Thant said that the North Viet-
namese reply was not to be re-
garded as a categorical rejection,
although he conceded "It is all
too clear that the positions of the
parties concerned continue to be
far apart."

CIA-NSA Episode
Nears Final Chapter

The Central Intelligence
Agency's subsidy of private or-
ganizations was back in the news
last week, as a Presidential com-
mission recommended a prompt
end to the affair, while critics
once more called for a complete
airing of it.
The commission, composed of
Nncholas Katzenbach, undersec-
retary of state, Richard Helms, a,
CIA director, and John Gardner,
secretary of health, education and
welfare, recommended that Presi-
dent Johnson adopt the following
policy:r
"That no federal agency shall
provide any covert financial as-
sistance or support, direct or indi-
direct to any of the nation's edu-
cational or voluntary organiza-
tions," that such support be term-
inated where it presently exists.
This the President agreed to do.
The commission also called for
open government support of or-
ganizations judged to be serving
the public need.
The commission's report was not
enough for the National Student
Association, one of the organiza-
tions that had received major sup-
port from the CIA. Sixty of its
former officers charged that the
commission's report was a "poor
substitute" for a full disclosure of
the activities of the CIA.
They demanded a thorough pub-
lic investigation, to be conducted
by Congress or private citizens.
"We believe that the public has
a right to know more than the
Katzenbach report has told," they
declared.
The group also questioned the
commission's conclusion that open

financing of organizations would
end the controversy. "Some of
those programs do not deserve to
be continued" the former, NSA
members charged.
The group joined in a general
commendation of the recommen-
dation to cut all ties between the
CIA and private organizations.
Yet they persisted in calling for
a complete investigation.
NSA had called for such an in-
vestigation shortly after disclosure
of the CIA activity over a month
ago. At that time the NSA turned
some of its financial records over
to Congress. Despite the efforts of
persistent CIA critics, no investi-
gation was held.
The presidential commission
virtually asked to close the book
on the CIA subsidies, saying "no
useful purpose" would be served
by identifying all groups that re-
ceived CIA funds.
The ┬░former NSA officials dis-
agreed, claiming that groups that
were not involved with the CIA
had to have their names cleared.
Even Sen. Eugene McCarthy
(D-Minn.), a persistent critic of
the CIA, agreed that it would be
pointless to disclose any more
groups as receivers of CIA funds.
The CIA affair is not over. Rep.
Dante Fascell of Florida has an-
nounced that a House Foreign
Affairs subcommittee, which he
heads, will hold hearings on the
presidential commission's report
very soon.
From the hearings are expected
to come bills calling for a pub-
licly controlled corporation to aid
private overseas programs former-
ly helped by the CIA.

By The Associated Press
"If we can't dump our milk,
we're going to dump our cows,"
the National Farmer's Organiza-
tion said in announcing the or-
ganizations's newest "Pressure"
move.
The NFO says members of the
striking organization -would begin
selling cows for slaughter tomor-
row at three locations in Michi-
gan.
Earlier this week state officials

KEY POSTS:
French Cabinet Resigns
In Effort To Muster Vote

PARIS R) - Premier Georges
Pompidou and the French Cabinet
resigned yesterday in a maneuver
designed to maintain control of
key posts in the National Assembly
for the Gaullists, weakened by
recent election defeats.
The new assembly, elected
March 12, convenes Monday for a
crucial ballot on the presidency
of the assembly - equivalent to
speaker of the house-and chair-
manships of the man commit-
tees.
The followers of President Char-
les de Gauille will need every vote
they can muster, and even then
the outcome is far from certain.
Be resigning yesterday, Pom-
pidou and other Cabinet ministers
who won seats in the new Parlia-
ment will be eligible to vote Mon-
day.
The constitution of the Fifth
Republic forbids a Cabinet min-
ister to vote in Parliament.
Pompidou submitted a collective
resignation to De Gaulle after a
special Cabinet session.
The president accepted the res-
ignations immediately, then asked
the premier and other ministers to
remain at work in a caretaker
h status pending appointment of a
new Cabinet.
Technically, the president asked
for Pompidou's resignation under
a clause of the constitution pro-
viding for appointment of a new

government at the beginning of
a new legislature.
Thus, the resignations would
have been handed in any case,
but the process was advanced by
about a week because of the situ-
ation in the new assembly.
The Gaullists have a hairline
margin of 244 to 242. and even
this is based on a hotly contested
seat in Corsica, where the oppo-
sition has filed formal charges of
fraud.
Twenty-two members of the
outgoing Cabinet were elected to
the new assembly, and would have
been unable to vote Monday if
they had not resigned their Cabi-
net posts. This would have left
the Gaullists in a definite minor-
ity when assemblymen met to
elect their new president.
In this ballot, Gaullist Jacques
Chaban-Delmas is seeking re-elec-
tion against Gaston Defferre, So-
cialist mayor of Marseille, who
has the endorsement of the com-
bined opposition.
The vote is secret and personal
-each deputy must be present to
vote.
De Gaulle is expected to name
a new Cabinet sometime late this
week. By that time, organization
of the assembly should be com-
plete, and it should be safe for
deputies to take posts in a new
government.
De Gaulle is expected to reap-
point Pompidou as chief minister
of a slightly revised Cabinet.

warned NFO members they could
no longer dump milk in streams
because of pollution.
The NFO says the dairy cows
would continue to be slaughtered
in an effort to pressure dairies
to agree to an increase in milk
prices of two cents a quart for
farmers. "This will shorten the
supply of milk a bit.'
Oren Lee Staley, NFO president,+
said no NFO member has beenl
asked to decimate his dairyherd,
but rather to haul one or two4
cows to stations where cattle are
bought for slaughter. Trucks car-3
rying a single animal at a buying
station usually draw more than
passing attention.
The NFO is under a federal
court restraining order against
any violence of illegal acts thatl
interefere with interstate ship-
ments of milk.
This order stems from a Justice
Department injunction charging
the NFO with coercing nonmem-
ber farmers to join in the milk
withholding action.'
Attack Johnson
Staley Friday night attacked,
President Johnson in tape-record-
ed mesages to NFO county meet-
ings throughout a 25-state area.
"LBJ has just given lip service
to farmers and has promised them'
parity of income but has taken
very fews steps to recognize their
problems," Staley said. Milk prices
in the Midwest range around 25
cents a quart but vary in different
markets.
The slaughter is part of a na-
tional effort by the NFO at 52
points in 27 states. The three
points in Michigan are Detroit,+
Flint and Burlington.
It is estimated farmers would
receive about $200 for each cow.
The NFO claims a dairy cow
will produce an average of 40
pounds of milk each day. In a
year that would be 12,000 pounds
or 5,580 quarts.
They conclude it would take
three years to replace one cow's
production.7

Democratic Chairmen Meet
To Mend Splits WithinParty

By The Associated Presst
Democratic Sen. Robert Kenne-
dy (R-NY) acted to relieve any
party tension over his possible
role as a 1968 presidential candi-
date, but intraparty warfare seem-
ed still to be a major concern
of the Democrats last week.
Kennedy made it known that1
he was prepared to swear that he
will not be a candidate in 1968, if
such action is necessary to keep
his name from free-for-all primar-
ies,
But a two-day session of Demo-
cratic state chairmen indicated
while Kennedy may not be a
force threatening to split the
party, "factionalism" might well be
deep enough to hurt it in 1968.
"A number of states reflect a
disunion in state and local Demo-
cratic organizations," says Post-
master General Lawrence O'Brien.
"Democratic disunity is the germ
that produces Republican disease."
The state Democratic chairmen
of both Michigan and New Jer-
sey, states that President Johnson
carried by better than 65 per
cent in 1964, agree that "it's much
too soon to tell "whether he could
even carry the states in 1968.
Chairmen froma number of oth-
er midwestern and western states
seem to feel the same way.
When the Democrats wound up
their Washington conference on
Friday, the Republicans started
moving in for their own discus-
sions.
The Republicans started yester-
day with seminars on the lessons
learned in 1966 elections, and the

utilization of public opinion polls
for political purposes. They issued
a call for Republicans to bring
young Democrats into the GOP.
National GOP Chairman Ray C.
Bliss told a news conference, "We
welcome any Democratic converts
to our cause."

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