FORMER NATO commander Alexander Haig, Jr. told an audience in Detroit yesterday that the world strategic arms
situation would continue its slide toward Soviet dominance, with or without SALT II. Haig also said he had not yet
decided whether to run for president in 1980.
UAW gives initial demands to Big 3
DETROIT (UPI)-The United Auto WAGE DEMANDS shorn of dollar as much as 18 or 20 per cent-a gap that
Workers Union (UAW) yesterday figures or precise percentages were must be closed by adjusting yearly
spelled out its goals for wage im- .-presented to General Motors Chief wage hikes and improving cost of living
provements and work time reductions bargainer George Morris and represen- formulas, UAW Vice President Irving
for 750,000 blue collar workers, with the tatives of Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler B Rues on ESPONDED that, when
atmosphere at the bargaining table Corp. all w g ESP NEDitar , hen
turning to one of confrontation. The union said the combination of an- al ages and benefits are taken into
The union, whose contracts with nual wage improvement and cost of account, auto workers have not suf-
the "Big Three" auto companies expire living increases over the past three In its generalized presentation, the
Sept. 14, carefully avoided listing the years of the contract have failed to UAWisaidei will'ins ntanti
specific cost implications of its money meet the goal of giving a real income UAW said it will insist on substantial
demands at this early stage in the improvement of 3 per cent per year. real wage increases during the new
bargaining. Inflation has eroded the wage hike by contract. s
The union also said it wants ad-
ditional paid personal holidays-a fur-
ther advance down the road toward a
four-day work week. It did not say how
many it wants beyond the current 12.
THE UAW ALSO will bargain for one-
half hour of paid compensatory time off
TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT NO TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT for every hour of overtime worked as
NO PASSES PASSES part of a move to discourage
automakers from scheduling overtime
Hasaflm about to make up for holidays instead of
Hangups JIMI HENDRIX hiring addditional workers.
Are UAW's Bluestone said the union is
Hilarious! concerned about inflation-but not
about meeting government wage
guidelines unfair and inoperative.
MEANWHILE, FORD reported
yesterday profits of $512 million in the
second quarter of this year-a poorer
showing than the comparable 1978
1 u1 e period and the first quarter of this year.
U.S. automakers all together sold 9.7
per cent fewer cars in mid-July than in
the same period a year ago, but the
figures were softened by GM's sales
TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT figures, which showed a sales increase
NO PASSES NO PASSES of 1.1 per cent over the same period last
THE LATEST MIDNIGHT CULT year.
FILM IN WHICH THE AUDIENCE Ford said sales were off 28.3 per cent,
PITCHES IN-LITERALLY. Chrysler reported sales off 30.4 per
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HAIG, TOUTED as a possible 1980
Republican presidential candidate, ad-
dressed the National Hardware Retail
Association Convention, one of his first
political appearances since stepping
down from a 32-year Army career.
"Im going to put my money where
my mouth is the day after tomorrow,
when I appear before the Senate Armed
Services Committee," he said. "I think
you know from my remarks that I have
deep reservations about SALT II."
The Soviet Union is moving toward
nuclear superiority over the U.S., and
will continue to gain on America
through most of the 1980s, he said.
SOVIET DOMESTIC policies have
been a "profound failure," Haig said,
and he accused the Russians of moun-
ting an aggressive policy of inter-
national intervention to cover up its in-
"With or without SALT II, it's impor-
tant that we understand that the
strategic balance will continue to wor-
sen, until we begin to develop the
needed military hardware," he said.
The U.S. needs to produce new, less
vulnerable atomic weapons if it is to
avoid handing the Soviets a "first
strike" capability, he said.
HAIG SAID he welcomed the SALT II
debate, because it focuses American at-
tention on the'key issues of defense.
During a question and answer
session, Haig said he plans to decide
within three to five months whether to
run for president or some other national
"I have terminated my active
military duty and returned from
Europe somewhat early, out of concern
for the direction of this country," he
"I've come home with the intention of
addressing those concerns. I will do
that for a period of three, four, five
months, to see if it gets any response.
At that point, I will consider political
activity, but at this point, I don't have
any intention of running."
FIRST RAIL PENSION
WASHINGTON (AP)-The first
jointly-sponsored pension plan in the
United States was established in 1880 by
the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and its
employees' union, according to the
American Council of Life Insurance,