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Thursday, May 16, 1968


Page Three






to pass 'poor' legislation

By The Associated Press
Sympathetic congressman shap-
!d a task force yesterday to push
"poor people's" programs after an
W unprecedented m e e t i n g with
march leaders on Capitol Hill.
About 70 senators and House
members met in a one and a half
hour session with the Rev. Ralph
David Abernathy, , who said the
mass demonstrations he plans
will turn to civil disobedience only
' as "a very last resort."
Busloads of protesters rolled to-
ward the capital from Cleveland,
Charlotte and Philadelphia to Join
500 marchers already camping in
tent-shaped wooden shanties near
the Lincoln Memorial.
Abernathy mentioned no price
tag in sketching for 'congressmen
the broad goals of more jobs, bet-
ter housing and an end to poverty
in America. Sen. Jacob K. Javits

(R-N.Y.), said private speculation
on the cost ranged as high as
$30 billion.
Sen. Edward W. Brooke (R-
Mass), the Senate's lone Negro,",
drew up the framework of a spe-
cial House-Senate committee to
meet with the protest leaders and
mold specific programs.
Top leaders of both parties in
the House and Senate were noti-
ceably absent from the session and
one congressmen ,conceded many
colleagues have taken a chary at-
titude toward the march.
"A majority of the congress
men today would be opposed to
the march if the vote could be
taken on that point," said Rep.
Augustus F. Hawkins (D-Calif.), a
The Rev. Andrew Bevel told a
news conference demonstrations
would begin "probably within five
or seven days," but gave no de-

The second wave of protesters
is expected to reach thecapital
within a day, with two more cara-
vans arriving by Sunday.
About 600 persons moved south
from Philadelphia to Wilmington,
Another 700 on the Midwest leg
rolled out of Cleveland for Pitts-
burgh and are due here today.
About 450 advanced through
North Carolina in another cara-
They added 35 recruits in Cleve-
land, 50 in Philadelphia, another
25 in Charlotte. Leaders of the
Poor People's Campaign have es-
timated 3,000 marchers will be here
by next week, and as many as
150,00 persons may take part in
a massive Memorial Day rally.
With their city of shanties near-
ly one-third finished, about 300
members of the Poor People's
Campaign have already moved in.
"It really looks good," said a
volunteer carpenter as he surveyed
the neat rows of triangular ply-
wood shelters making up "Resur-
rection City, U.S.A."
So far, demonstration leaders
have devoted their time mainly to
internal housekeeping-feeding and
caring for the demonstrators on
Officials called a "town meeting"
last night tolet the campers de-
Bide what rules they want to live
under until the entire 3,000 arrive
and permanent rules can be set.

peace proposal
Hanoi insists bombing halt
most precede further talk
PARIS ( - The United States, citing possible areas of
agreement, urged North Vietnam yesterday to accept a three
point proposal "vital to peace" in Vietnam.
Hanoi responded by insisting the Americans immediately
halt all bombing and acts of war before other matters "of
common interest" could be discussed.
The U.S. proposal nvolved restoration of the demili-
tarized status of the six-mile-wide buffer zone between
North and South Vietnam ----

-Associated Press
Life on main street of "Resurrection City, .-.A.-

UAW automatic


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An Agatha Christie mystery melodrama

By The Associated Press
AFL-CIO President George
Meany and Auto Workers chief
Walter Reuther, who united the
nation's often fractious labor
movement under one roof 13
years ago, have reached the cli-
max of a bitter two year quarrel.
Only the formality of a letter
from Meany remains to suspend
Reuther's 1.5-million Auto Work-
ers from the "House of Labor" for
refusing to pay its dues.
The AFL-CIO pictures the situ-
ation as "a withdrawal" by the
UAW, but a UAW spokesman said
"we're being kicked out."



Either way, it is labor's biggest
schism since the AFL-CIO ex-
pelled the Teamsters Union 11
years ago on charges of corrup-
tion. The teamsters claim 1.8 mil-
lion members; the UAW 1.6 mil-
The AFL-CIO is made up of 130
unions claiming 14 million mem-
bers. The UAW is the largest af-
The current split stems from a
squabble between two men who.
brought together once rival or-
ganizations into the AFL-CIO:
George Meany, chief of the old
American Federation of Labor,
and Walter P. Reuther, leader of
the old Congress of Industrial Or-
ganizations. Dues are a secondary
The 60-year-old Reuther char-
ges the labor movement is "stag-
nating" 'under leadership of the
74-year-old Meany and demands,
among other things, an organ-
izing crusade.- The 29 member
AFL-CIO Executive Council re-
peatedly has sided with Meany in
disputes with Reuther.
At UAW convention held last
week in Atlantic City, some 3,000
delegates overwhelmingly directed'
that an estimated $1 million an-
nually paid to the AFL-CIO in per
capita dues be put in escrow until
the federation met a UAW con-
dition for continued membership.
The AFL-CIO constitution pro-,
vides an affiliate three months in
arrears may be suspended.
Meany, after a Monday execu-
tive council meeting, said suspen--
sion would be automatic for the
auto workers unless they paid by
midnight May 15.
In ordering dues which nor-
mally would go to the federation
put in escrow, the UAW conven-
tion provided the money would be
paid the AFL-CIO if before next
Dec. 15 it "schedules uncondi-
tionally a special convention" be-

Czech premier seeks
closer ties with West

fore which Reuther and Meany
would debate their philosophies.
Meany previously offered Reu-
ther a special convention if the
UAW chief would agree to abide
by its decision and continue AFL-
CIO membership. Reuther re-
jected this, contending it amount-
ed to signing a loyalty bath.
The UAW currently is some-
thing like $295;000 in arrears in
dues. In ordering their held up
beyond three months, delegates
virtualy challenged the federation
to kick out the UAW.

and international action to
insure the neutrality and ter-
ritorial integrity of Laos and
North Vietnam's p r o p o s a l
spelled out three points, demand-
ing the immediate cessation of
all acts of war against the North
by the United States, including
propaganda and psychological
warfare, "without putting- any
condition" for this before Hanoi.
Ambassador W. Averell Harri-
man, the chief U.S. negotiator,
and Xuan Thuy, chief envoy for
North Vietnam, held a three and
one-half hour discussion at the
French Foreign Ministry's con-j
ference hall and adjourned their'
preliminary :Vietnam peace talks
until Saturday.
The two sides had returned to
the conference table for the sec-
ond full session since Monday.

LONDON (M - Three million
British engineering workers struck
for 24 hours yesterday, delivering
a warning to Prime Minister Har-
old Wilson of more trouble if -he
pushes through his wage restraint
The strikers demanded wage
hikes in excess of the three and
one half per cent ceiling laid down
by the Labor government.
They paralyzed large sections
of Britain's motor and other in-
dustries and kept the big national
newspapers from printing their
usual 10 million copies in London.
The strike followed publication
Tuesday of the government's bill
to hold down increases in prices,
wages and dividends for 18.months
at least.
Prime Minister Harold Wilson's
Laborites, still suffering from big
reverses in local elections last
Week, are steeling themselves for
a summer of industrial troubles.
Some unions already made plain
that they will not accede to tight
wage restrictions.
But Wilson snrugged off the
nationwide strike yesterday and
won support from his Labor party
legislators for the wage restraint
Laborite members of Parliament
voted 205-42 in favor of the meas-
ures, which run counter to basic
principles of the left wing party.


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PRAGUE (P)- Czechoslovakia's
new premier, Oldrich Cernik, said
Tuesday his! liberal government
want continued close cooperation
with other Communist nations
and economic links with the West
as well.
He said Czechoslovakia is inter-
ested in more effective cooperation
with capitalist countries and
would like to work to remove
barriers separating East and West.
Both Cernik and Prof. Ota Sik,
the architect of planned economic
reforms said individual busi-
nesses will soon be free to trade
abroad with only loose government
guidelines and supervision.
Also they said the government
planned to make the Czechoslovak
crown, its main currency unit,
convertible in the West, although
Sik said this would take' five to
seven years.
Czechoslovakia's new Commu-
nist leaders have been trying to
assure Moscow that their country
will remain Communist despite
the liberalization process.
In Moscow, meanwhile, the So-
viet bloc's economic coordinating
body, the Council for Mutual

Economic Assistance, or Comecon,
opened talks Tuesday on the econ-
omic expectations of the Prague
Informed sources said the
Czechslovak delegate asked the
council to reconsider the. old
Stalinist "division of labor" among
the one time satellites.
By this system each Eastern
European nation specializes in
producing certain items the So-
viet economy needs, but the sys-
tem has been breaking down.
Romania, for one, has rejected
the predominantly agricultural
role assigned it.



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By The Associated #ress
LONDON - The price of gold
hit an all-time height in London
yesterday of $40.30 an ounce, then
sellers drove it back to $40.10.
Trading among bullion dealers
was the heaviest since the free
market in gold opened in London
on April 1.~
Soaring prices could threaten,
the international two-tier system
for gold arranged in Washington
in March.
BUCHAREST-Romania's Com-
munist legislators rose in applause
in Friday's
For Information,
Call 663-7076 or 761-1292

for President Charles de Gaulle of
France yesterday as he pleaded
for the right of each nation to
speak its own voice..
Deraulle added he intends to
meet Hanoi envoy Xuan Thuy in
Paris next week.
PANAMA - Panamanians ap-
parently must wait at least a few
more days to learn who won Sun-
day's presidential election.
A spokesman for the electoral
tribunal says the official returns
are being withheld because so
many ballots were challenged.
With both major candidates
claiming victory, neither was ex-
pected to accept defeat peacefully.
* * 4*
NEW YORK - Police barri-
caded an entire block in Brook-
lyn's Brownsville slums .yesterday
and escorted five ousted white
teachers back inside.
The five were ousted from their
teaching posts by a community
governing board of Brownsville
residents last week, purportedly
-because they sought to sabotage
an experiment in neighborhood
rule over educational facilities.




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