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Tuesday, July 13, l971


Page Three

F. Albert, Meany hit
W 3 Nixon economics

SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE Carl Albert talks with AFL-CIO President George
Meany during the labor organization's job conference. Both criticized President
Nixon's economic policies.
Local Bell walkout ends
as natonal strike looms

WASHINGTON (A) - House Speaker
Carl Albert said yesterday that the true
villain" of the current U.S. economic site-
ation is the policy of the Nixon adiniss-
Albert spoke at the opening session of
an AFL-CIO conference on jobs. He was
followed by a procession of speakers gen-
erally critical of the administration policy.
AFL-CIO President George Meany.
known in the past for his conservtive
stance, opened the conference ith the as-
sertion that "the Nixon promisor, of eco-
nomic stability has been a miserable fail-
ure and American workers have been pay-
ing with their jobs for this economic blun-
Albert said the nation is beset by a do-
mestic crisis more severe than any since
the depression of the 1930s.
"Unemployment is approaching bread
line proportions and inflation rages un-
abated,' Albert said. "The national Ba-
reau of Economic Research has officially
labeled this slump a reces, iou.
"Hut respitetheonpecedegited combt
nation of simultaneous inflation and unem-
ployment," Albert continued, "we mist
contend with the administrtiton reaction
that can pest be described as apathy.
Albert said the economic situation is af-
fecting Americans from bte collar work-
ers to doctors of philosophy.
"The deliberate anti-milation policy of
the Nixon administration fis emerged as
the true villain," Albert said. "Relying on
the assurances of classically teamted econo-
mists that a sacrifice of jobs would bring
deflation, the President has tightened the
screws and seems helpless in the back-
wash of uncontrolled inflation and uneni-
Meany said Sunday that federal con-
trols on wages and prices appear to be the
only answer to the problem of contine'd
inflation in the United States.
"That is a decision that the President
has to make." said Meany dctring NBC
TV's "Meet the Press."
"And if I were in his position, I would
impose. controls. I don't a3e any other
Meany said his own 13.6 million meats-
ber labor organization is "not advocating
controls," but would not oppose them if
they were imposed evenly.
Several other union members criticized
Administration economic policies. Jerry
Wurf, president of the American Federa-
tion of State, County and Municipal Em-

ployes said, "This administration opposes
almost every measure designed to ease
the economic and social woes in America
today-from health care to education to
Floyd Smith, president of the Interna-
tional~Association of Machinists, called for
better planning in reconverting the U.S.
economy from wartime peacetime status,
while S. Frank Rafferty, president of the
Painters Brotherhood, said that the in-
crease in unemployment "is the direct re-
sult of an engineered recession planned
and carried out by the present administra-
Pre Cs. sign"s
job measure
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (4) - Presi-
dent Nixon signed yesterday a $2.25 bil-
lion enmergency job act that he said "will
have an immediate effect in areas of high
The measure authorizes a two year pro-
gram to create 200,000 temporary jobs in
state and local governments in such areas
as sanitation, environmental quality, health
care, education, public safety, transpor-
tation and economic development.
The cost during the next 12 months would
be $1 billion.
Just last month, Nixon vetoed a $5.7 bil-
lion public works bill because it incor-
porated a $2 billion plan to subsidize state
and local employment of workers in con-
struction and related fields.
The President argued the proposal would
have an eventual inflationary effect be-
cause most hiring would be delayed as
much as two years while public construc-
tion projects were in the planning stag .
By that time, he predicted, the economy
would not need stimulation. The chief ex-
ecutive argued that his program would
have an immediate impact and would train
temporary job holders for regular employ-
ment later in the private sector.
"America needs more jobs," Nixon said
in a statement. "And it needs them now.
This administration is working to meet his

fly The Associated Press
Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti's wildcat tele-
phone strike ended yesterday as com-
munications workers across the coitry
prepared for tomorrow's nation-wide sti ik
against the Bell system.
The local actiun. which was viewld as a
preliminary for the national walket, he-
gan Thursday when Michigan Bell otfic-
ials docked nine workers a day's pay for
refusing to cross picket lines at a ware-
house in Dearborn.
The strike, which had been ssupt.rrte-. by
almost all Communications Workers of
America ICWA> represented workers in
Ann Arbor and YpsilantI, ended when
workers agreed to remove picket lires n
return for a company protniec to nege.-
On the national scene, a strie tomor-
row is seen as ineivtable by the AFL-CIO
Communications Workers of Alerica al-
though negotiations between the 'nion and
the company are continuing.
Meanwhile. no progress 'as reported in
negotiations aimed at ending a telegraph
workers' strike that has kept most Western
Union offices closed since June 1.
And strikes are also set for Fr-day at
five railroads and for next week by sili-
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tant New York employes of the new U.S.
Postal Service.
Union and company spokesnhem agree
that a telephone strike would have little
immediate effect on the public beeree
most telephone equipment is autoi~ated.
H -wever. lack of maintenance sooner or
later would bring about increas ingly se-
vere breakdowns even with sapervisory
persr nnel working to keep lines open, both
sides said.
Telephone negotiations continued in S'y
York' and Washington Monday without any
sign rf progress.
Affected are employes incltding opera-
tors, maintenance personn, bilng clerks
and service representatives. Pay now
ranges from tops of $193 a week for craft
workers to $118 a week for operatora.
A CWA spokesman said a strike would
mean 400.000 members would leave their
jobs immediately, setting up picket lines
that he said would be observed by at least
100.000 more telephone worke's twho be-
long to other unions.
Within a matter of days, as a-tore con-
tracts expire, the strike would spread to
thousands more workers, the union :pokes-
man said.

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