The Michigan Daily-Friday, June 2, 1978-Page 5
Drink up! Strike threatens brew
By ELIZABETH SLOWIK
A strike by local beer delivery
drivers which was supposed to begin
late last night may threaten the supply
of at least ten popular brands if it con-
tinues longer than two or three weeks.
Teamsters Union Local 247 drivers,
helpers, mechanics, and warehouse
workers planned to walk off the job at
midnight last night, leaving truckloads
of beer at distributors' parking lots and
no one to deliver them. The strike affec-
ts only Washtenaw County.
A QUICK survey of area party stores
revealed that immediate supplies of the
affected beers should last two to three
weeks. A similar strike three years ago
lasted a month.
The beers affected by the strike are
Stroh's, Miller, Miller Lite, Pabst, An-
deker, Lowenbrau, Old English, Bud-
weiser, Busch, and Michelob.
Union leaders and distributors agree
that it is too early to tell when a set-
tlement will be reached.
"WE'RE STILL quite a ways apart,"
said union representative Jim Brodel.
"I hope we can get together and come
to some agreement. We're at an im-
passe." Brodel said the union is
picketing the distributors.
"It's tough to say how long the strike
will last," said a spokesperson for
Brewery Products, and Ann Arbor
distributor. "We really don't know what
they're looking for right now," he said.
However, the spokesperson did say
the truck drivers and the distributors
are not "too far away from a decision."
He said a federal mediator had been
requested after meetings between the
union local and the Washtenaw Beer
Distributors Association failed to avert
HUGH WANTY, president of O & W,
Inc., ad distributor on Jackson Rd.,
said two small distributors are con-
tinuing deliveries as is one non-union
Turkey plans to stay in NATO
WASHINGTON (AP) - Turkish American relations," he said. "We' CONGRESS CUT off arms shipments
Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit cam- have not threatened to retire from to Turkey in 1974 after Turkey sent
paigned yesterday for the removal of NATO, or even from the military struc- troops to Cyprus, an island whose
an American arms embargo, but he ture of NATO, as Greece and France population was 80 percent Greek and 20
pledged that Turkey would remain in have done . . . We intend to remain in percent Turkish. Turkey said the
NATO whether it is lifted or not. NATO." Greek-oriented government was plan-
Ecevit, in an appearance before the Exevit went on to say, however, that ning to unite the island with Greece.
National Press Club, made none of the Turkey could not subscribe to NATO's The Turkish troops seized 40 percent
veiled threats Turkey has voiced recen- long-term defense programs until it of the island, causing dislocation of
tly about reassessing its position in knows what its defense capabilities will thousands of Greeks. It is still divided.
NATO if Congress refuses President be. Those capabilities, he said, are Congress, responsive to complaints
Carter's request to repeal the four- dependent on a free flow of American from Greek Americans, has refused
year-old limit on arms shipments to assistance. several requests to lift the embargo
Turkey. Carter told a group of House mem- although it has modified it to permit
"TURKEY WOULD react in a very bers earlier yesterday that the ban some sales to Turkey.
responsible way, in a way that would "has shaken very seriously the Ecevit said the embargo has
not irrevocably damage Turkish- cohesiveness of the NATO alliance." seriously hurt the Turkish air force and
exacerbated his country's economic
problems. But its most serious impact,
he said, was its "adverse morale ef-
J d e ouster fect" on the Turkish people.
Moreover, he said, the embargo en-
(Continued from Page 1) I am talking about conspiracy." couraged Greece to be intransigent on
express at this time. I think it is a very LaRosa said a courthouse worker the Cyprus question, "because they are
serious matter that deserves the coun- pointed out the case to him. interested in seeing the American
cil's attention." If it decides it has jurisdiction, the pressure continue."
judicial council could exonerate, "The embargo is not good for
LA ROSA, A Hartford Democrat, privately censure, publicly censure or anything. It is not good for Turkish-
held a news conference Thursday at suspend the judge for up to one year. It American relations and- the collective
which he released this transcript of an could also recommend to Connecticut's security. It is not good for Turkish-
exchange between Pickett and Supreme Court a longer suspension or Greek relations, and it hasn't eased the
prosecutor Bei Cramer in open court on removal from office. way to a Cyprus solution," he said.
"The court: Do you really claim you l
have proven probably cause as far as
Mr. LaBelle is concerned?
"Mrs. Cramer: Your Honor, I think
he was obviously a participant.
"THE COURT: He was there. He
wasn't the driver. He was a passenger.
What did he do to engage in a con- 1
spiracy? The only thing he did was he /r y /i W
tried and failed.
"Mrs. Cramer: That is enough of an F A/P /A -
overt act. / FRIDAVSPECIAL
"The court: You can't blame,2-5p .,
somebody for trying.
15C HOT DOGS
"MRS. CRAMER: But he assaulted15 H T O
"The court: But he didn't know that ,f
he couldn't, but he didn't."
"Mrs. Cramer: My reading of the d :
facts is that he is guilty of sexual Ha P ee
assault in the third degree. f Half Prce on Beer '
"The court: In the third degree, yeah. 7
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Wanty said the Teamsters "want
quite a bit more money." He added that
drivers are unhappy about proposed
solutions to problems created by
Proposal A which was approved by
Michigan voters in November, 1976.
Proposal A contains provisions which
will outlaw non-returnable bottles and
cans at the end of this year.
According to Wanty, the Teamsters
want distributors to hire additional help
to pick up the empties. He said the
distributors offered the drivers an eight
per cent pay hike to pick up the retur-
Union representative Brodel refused
to comment on specific issues in the
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