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Strike suts N.Y. papers
NEW YORK (AP) - A pressmen's
union called a strike last night against
The New York Times, the Daily News
and the New York Post, and the city's
three major newspapers immediately
The strike was called after the
newspapers posted unilateral new
working conditions in the pressrooms.
The two sides had failed to reach
agreement on a new contract to replace
one that expired March 30.
The publishers announced earlier
that they would make no attempt to
publish if the pressmen walked off their
jobs. Pressmen had been assured of
strike support from eight AFL-CIO
sister unions, including the key
newspaper delivery drivers' union.
THE OFFICIAL announcement of the
posting of new work conditions was
made by J. Kracke, executive director
of the New York City Publishers
Association, after a day of mediation
efforst had failed to resolve a manning
dispute. The association represents the
three papers in negotiations.
"The strike is on at all three papers,"
said William Kennedy, president of the
1,550-member Printing Pressmen
The newspapers said there would be
no Thursday editions.
The publishers had announced two
weeks ago that, without a replacement
for the old contract, they would impose
the last three-year wage offer and in-
stitute an attrition program to reduce
pressroom personnel by as much as 50
per cent over a number of years.
JOURNEYMAN pressmen regularly
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employed at one of the papers for the
past two years would have job guaran-
tees, but the attrition program was
viewed by the union as a threat to the
livelihood of many part-time em-
ployees, some of whom lost regular
employment with the closing of a num-
ber of other newspapers and commer-
cial printing shops here in recent years.
The part-time workers have votes
within the union and are hired when
needed for peak work loads and to fill in
for regular pressmen absent from work
for whatever reason.
The Times and News - but not the
Post - had offered an initial $23 in-
crease to the pressmen's weekly base
pay of $350.18 on the day shift and
All three papers offered $23 more
weekly for the second year and $22
more in the final year.
Postal Serviee won't
WASHINGTON (AP)-The Postal
Service said yesterday it refuses* to
renegotiate the tentative contract with
its labor unions that has been widely
criticized by their members.
"We have completed our
negotiations," Postmaster General
William Bolger told the Washington
Bolger said he had refused a request
by the president of one of the four postal
unions to re-open talks in the face of
heavy opposition among the union
members. Bolger declined to name the
union president, buta union spokesman
said it was Emmet Andrews of the
American Postal Workers Union, the
largest of the four.
BOLGER SAID rejection of the ten-
tative contract by the more than 500,000
workers now voting on ratification
would mean fact-finding and ar-
bitration by mediators.
He said this would re-open all issues
that had been thought settled in the
three months of negotiations that ended
July 21 with the tentative contract.
The major issue then was retention of
a clause forbidding layoffs of postal
employees, which the unions managed
Since the tentative contract was
reached, many union members in-
cluding numerous local presidents,
have said the wage increase of 9.5 per-
cent over the three years of the contract
WILDCAT WALKOUTS at major
postal installations near New York and
San Francisco were ended only with
court orders and firings of more than
In addition, an advisory panel within
the American Postal Workers Union
and the national convention of the
National Association of Letter Carriers
has recommended rejection of the con-
George Meany, president of the AFL-
CIO, added fuel to efforts to defeat the
contract by predicting Tuesday that it
would be voted down.
Bolger repeated his predictions that
it would be approved by the union
members, but said this was "a gut
reaction. Obviously, I don't know what
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S.
officials said yesterday that
President Carter's Middle East
summit at Camp David is fraught
with severe risks but that the
alternative may be an end to the
According to officials, there
was an atmosphere of
"desperation" in the nation's
capital last week when it ap-
peared that the peace initiative
begun so triumphantly last
November by Egyptian
President Anwar Sadat had run
THE OFFICIALS, declining
to be identified publicly, said
there is no certainty the Camp
David summit, at which Carter
will be joined by Sadat and
Israeli Prime Minister
Menachem Begin, will permit a
resumption of Israeli-Egyptian
But the officials said they were
heartened by the quick acceptan-
ce by both leaders to Carter's in-
vitation to come to Camp David
on Sept. 5.
IN INVITING the pair to come
here, Carter is putting his per-
sonal prestige on the line. By all
accounts, no prior agreements
were worked out beforehand to
ensure a successful summit, and
officials do not rule out the
possibility of total failure at
Camp David, with either Begin or
Sadat angrily stalking out of the
Democrats give Milliken 'Fitz'
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ditional $250,000 of their own.
MILLIKEN, A 56-year-old Traverse
City native, is understated, soft-spoken
The 6-4, 205-pound Fitzgerald, a
bachelor and former basketball player,
is conspicuous, loud and has a lively
sense of humor.
His Senate colleagues found Fit-
zgerald abrasive and dumped him from
the prestigious post of. Senate
Democratic Leader only two years af-
ter they had elected him.
THE YOUNG attorney says he has
been running for governor "since I was
born" and is expected to key on crime,
the state's business and economic
climates and Milliken's record as an
Tax limitation likely will not be an
issue between Fitzgerald and Milliken,
since both were late and lukewarm
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supporters of the Headlee proposal,
which probably will be on the fall ballot.
Fitzgerald's slick television cam-
paign, engineered by a Washington
firm that handled the campaigns of
John and Robert Kennedy, heavily em-
phasized the businesses and jobs lost to
other states under Milliken's ad-
NEITHER MAN has a record of
tough leadership on crime and both are
labeled as political moderates.
An unknown factor in the upcoming
campaign is abortion. Milliken has long
supported each woman's right to
choose whether to terminate a
pregnancy while Fitzgerald, a Catholic,
is flatly opposed to it.
Milliken, who had run well among
Catholic voters in'the past, just last
week vetoed a bill that would have
halted state funding for welfare abor-
FITZGERALD will take Milliken to
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task on his record as an administrator
- particularly on his handling of the
PBB episode, his efforts to lure
business to Mi an and allegations
that patients inl care of his mental
health department were abused.
He will argue that the Milliken ad-
ministration is tired, and new blood is
needed to revitalize state government.
Milliken, while defending his own
programs, will point to Fitzgerald's
legislative career - a less than daz-
zling record that played a backseat to
his higher ambitions.
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