The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, August 8, 1979-Page 9
AUTOMAKER DEMANDS HEALTH CARE BENEFIT FREEZE
GM, UAWsplit in industry contract talks
DETROIT (UPI)-General Motors "restrictive, costly and unrealistic." YET MORRIS and UAW Vice- for the struggling Chrysler Corp.
(GM). Corp. yesterday issued a strongly The UAW, negotiating to renew con- President Irving Bluestone continued to GM said the paid personal holiday
worded list of cost-cutting deman- tracts for 750,000 auto workers at GM, express optimism negotiations can be system negotiated in 1976 has failed to
ds-including a health care benefit the Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Corp., concluded by the Sept. 14 contract ex- reduce absenteeism. In the three years
freeze-and said a "chasm" now has asked for substantial wage and piration date without a strike. since, the company said absentee rates
separates it from the union in auto in- pension hikes, additional paid days off Both sides also -said the bargaining have increased-a contention disputed
dustry contract talks, and greatly enhanced health care table atmosphere was not chilled by by the union.
In its first detailed counter-proposal benefits. UAW President Douglas Fraser's harsh "You state that you are prepared to
to the United Auto Workers (UAW) 'At the moment I would say the par- and profane criticism last week of GM work with us toward alleviating the
Union's wide-ranging demands, GM ties are getting farther apart than Chairman Thomas Murphy. problem," GM told the union.
said it will bargain to hold down health closer together," said George Morris, Fraser lashed out at Murphy for his "However, your various other pasition
care and pension costs, curtail unex- GM's chief negotiator. opposition to special government aid papers speak otherwise."
cused absences and paid time off and
increase probationary periods for new
GM'S 32-PAGE proposal repeated the
company's "concern over the chasmCSAI
which separates the parties at this
time" and described union demands as
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In the OCC newsletter issued yester-
day, University, clericals also were
urged not to do trades council jobs, to
help picket, and to support campus-
wide actions against University
"THE OCC HAS told the Trades
Council that we are prepared to assist
in organizing campus-wide actions
against UM management, including
demonstrations or a work stoppage by
all campus workers," the OCC letter
Campus construction projects halted
by the strike are still at a standstill, in-
cluding several sites contracted by non-
University firms whose workers have
not crossed union picket lines.
The effect of the work stoppage on
construction schedules at the law
library, the Taubman medical library,
and the Gerald R. Ford Library project
on North Campus "depends on how
long" the strike lasts, according to
University negotiator Braman. He.said
he could not predict how long the strike
TRADES WORKERS President
Murphy said the union's picket lines
and work stoppage have been effective
in delaying renovations in campus
buildings since the strikebegan Aug. 1.
Murphy said the picketing union
members "are more determined" as
the week-old strike wears on, even
though the union is out of funds.
"We don't have any money," Murphy
said. He added that he was notified
yesterday that all union members are
LAST WEEK Murphy estimated that
each union member is losing an
average of $7.50 per hour in wages.
Murphy also said the University is
using "strike breaking tactics. Reports
have been substantiated," Murphy
said, that University trucks have been
unloaded into "smaller vehicles" into
the parking lots of area shopping malls
in eff rts to make speedier deliveries to
campus unhindered by picketers.
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