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December 09, 1977 - Image 9

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Coal negotiations start

The Michigan Daily-Friday, December 9, 1977-page 9
Meany calls free trade 'a joke'

By The Associated Press'
Union and industry negotiators re-
sumed talks in Washington yesterday
in an effort to settle a three-day-old
nationwide coal strike.
Meanwhile, gunfire rang out before
dawn yesterday at an Ohio coal mine
in apparently isolated violence.
There were no injuries in the incident
and calm prevailed at other mines
throughout the country.
NEGOTIATORS for the United
Mine Workers union and the Bitumin-
ous Coal Operators Association met
late yesterday afternoon with federal
mediators for the first time since the
strike began at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday to
bargain on a new contract.
UMW President Arnold Miller was
present, but left the negotiating room
when the opening of the session was
delayed for an hour. Union sources
attached no significance to Miller's
The strike, involving 160,000 mem-
bers of the UMW, has cut the nation's
coal production by more than half.
BEFORE THE session began,
Miller said he had asked BCOA
representatives for "a complete
counter proposal."
His union was going into the
session having asked that wages be
brought to $114.36 per day over the
life of a three-year contract. The top
wage under the old contract was
The UMW also wants refinancing
of health and retirement funds, and

agreement on a limited right to strike
over local grievances.
MILLER SAYS such a right to
strike would localize disputes and
end the frequent wildcat strikes
which have recently hit the coal
industry. In these strikes, a dispute
at one -mine is spread to others by
roving pickets.
The nation's soft coal production
was halved when the strike began,
and it has been shaved further
because some non-union mines have
been closed either by pickets or in
sympathy with the UMW. Picketing
continued yesterday, but little trou-
ble was reported, except in Ohio.
The shooting incident took place at
a mine near Pomeroy, Ohio, but
special investigator Gary Wolfe of
the Meigs County sheriff's depart-
ment said he did not know whether
the shots came from pickets outside
the mine or from non-union foremen
working inside.
Dixon, the UMW international repre-

sentative from District 23, said,
"Things are doing real well. People
are honoring our pickets in most
Robert Carter, president of Dis-
trict 30 in Pikeville, Ky., said he
understood some non-union miners
were ignoring picket lines, "but I
don't know how many. There are no
problems that I know of."
Scattered picketing of the few
non-union mines still operating in
West Virginia was reported, but Dan
Fields of the West Virginia Coal
Association said there was no trou-
"There are a few mines, very few,
still running," Fields said.
E. Univ. at So. Univ.

President George Meany urged Pres-
ident Carter yesterday to abandon
America's free trade policy, calling
it "a joke and a myth" that allows
foreign imports to wipe out U.S. jobs
and industries.
In his keynote speech to the
AFL-CIO convention, Meany also
called for administration backing of
a bigger job-creating economic stim-
ulus program and rejection of tax
cuts for business.
THE 83-YEAR-OLD labor chief'

said Carter's commitment to full em-
ployment will be a shallow promise if
the President fails to back it up with
programs that will generate four
million new jobs each year for the
next four years and strong action to
protect American industry from
"cutthroat and often illegal foreign
"A government trade policy pred-
icated on old ideas of 'free trade' is
worse than a joke - it is aprescrip-
tion for disaster," he said.
Meany called foreign trade "a
guerrilla warfare of economics" and
said the United States "is being

HE NOTED that imports of manj,
factured goods increased by $2 billi
in the first six months of 1977, mo
than the rise of oilimports.
"The answer is fair trade - do
unto others as they do unto us -
barrier for barrier, closed door for
closed door," he continued.
"The United States must make it
clear to every other nation of the
world: The use of tariff or non-tariff
barriers to bar U.S. products will
result in swift, retaliatory action by
this government."

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going to sleep are driving a car.
Speeding and weaving their way
to death.
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sure they aren't drunk.
Don't be fooled because they
drank only beer or wine. Beer and
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