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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, July 18, 1978-Page 7
Strikes continue i four cities

By The Associated Press
Philadelphia's nearly 20,000 municipal
employees intend to continue their
strike until they get a wage hike com-
parable to one reently awarded city
policeofficers, union leaders said
yesterday. Their statement came on
the fourth day of the walkout.
In Louisville, Ky., one back-to-work
order was overturned on a technicality
but replaced soon after by another in
the firefighters' strike that has closed
all but eight of Lousiville's 23 fire
stations.
IN MEMPHIS, TENN., meanwhile,
where both police and firemen have
rejected tentative settlements, Mem-
phis Police Association president David
Baker said he would ask the city council
today to come up with more money for
the two unions.
In Salt Lake City, union president
Sam McGinnis warned the county
commission yesterday that firefighters
would strike Aug. 1 if 48 members are
not moved from a headquarters station
house built on radioactive uranium
tailings. The tailings, used as landfill 20
years ago, are emitting radon gas at a
level seven times that considered safe
for uranium miners, according to a
state health department study.
And off-duty police officers in New
York demonstrated yesterday for
higher pay. The 18,500-memher
Patrolmen's Benevolent Association
seeks a $5,000-a-year pay increase from
their current base pay of $17,458 to put
them ahead of policeofficers in ad-
joining suburban Nassau County.
TRASH REMAIND the most visible
U.S. will
(Continued from Page 1)
Israel and Egypt have publicly
declared each other's overall proposals
for a settlement to be unacceptable. But
Dayan, before a helicopter whisked him
away to the castle, said: "There are
some meeting points in the two plans."
TROOPS IN full battle dress, backed
up by Scorpion tanks and Saracen troop
carriers, guarded Heathrow Airport's
perimeter for the arrival of Dayan and
then Kamel.
Vance flew into a Royal Air Force
base in southeast England from Bonn,
West Germany, where he attended a
seven-nation economic summit
meeting. He arrived at Leeds Castle
within minutes of Kamel in a large U.S.
Air Force helicopter gunship with.
another as escort.
Kamel, before boarding a helicopter
for the flight to the castle, told repor-
ters at Heathrow Airport he came to
Britain "with an open heart and an
open mind."
"WE ARE determined to explore all
avenues leading to the goal which all
the people of the area are longing for,"
Kamel said. "This meeting, as we all
know, is held at the initiative of the
United States government, in persuan-
ce of their efforts to achieve a just,
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evidence of Philadelphia's largest
municipal strike. Most recreational
facilities were closed and health care
units operated on a referral and
emergency-only basis.
Leaders of District Councils 33 and 47
of the American Federation of State,
County and Municipal Employees,
representing non-uniformed city em-
ployees, voted unanimously yesterday
to reject the city's latest contract offer.
District 33 represents 17,000 clerical
and blue collar workers with an
average annual salary of $11,686.
District 47 represents 2,000
professional, technical and supervisory
personnel. Their average annual salary
is $17,400.
A SPOKESMAN for the councils said
the union was holding out for no layoffs
and an immediate 9 per cent wage in-
crease, which an arbitrator awarded
recently to city policeofficers.
In an 11th-hour bid to appease the
unions, the city Thursday offered them
a seven per cent wage hike the first
year, five per cent the second, and a one
and a half per cent increase in fringe
benefits over the two years. The city,
however, said layoffs would result.
The question of layoffs has per-
meated the dispute ever since the city
said that as many as 3,500 workers
mightthave to be furloughed to offset
the cost of a $21 million contract awar-
ded recently to 8,300 police, officers.
GUARDS AT Philadelphia's three
prisons and court-related employees
refused to obey a court order obtained
Sunday enjoining them to return. About
2,000 employees are affected by the or-
der.
urge Israeli
tlement in the Middle East.
"Our hope is new momentum can be
given to the peace process by the
discussion which will be taking place,
and that we can see further direct
negotiations between the parties,"
Vance said in an arrival statement.
"We're all here together. We'll talk
frankly."
Kamel said if Israel is as willing as
Egypt to explore all avenues of peace
"we shall be able to achieve the
meaningful progress we all hope for."
But he said that "expansion can build
no confidence. Annexing other people's
lands creates no real or durable
security. Trespassing on other people's
sovereignty and rights is certain to
create frustration and violence."
HE SAID Egypt's position has not
changed, with "no softening or har-

In Louisville, a sidewalk crowd of
about 500, including strikers and their
wives and children, cheered after Jef-
ferson Circuit Court Judge George
Ryan dissolved his own order, issued at
the start of the strike Friday, to
firefighters to end their walkout.
However, he issued a substitute back-
to-work order later in the day and
Edgar Zingman, attorney for the city,
said if the firefighters are not back on
the job today he will again ask that they
be held in contempt of court.
THE CITY HAS said it will not
negotiate further unless the firefighters
return to work. The firefighters' union
has said its 600 members will not return
without a contract.
The city's latest offer would give
firefighters with five years' experience
a pay raise fom $12,758 to $14,315. The
union had asked for about $400 more.
In other municipal worker disputes:
EIGHTEEN POLICEOFFICERS in
New Bern, N.C., including the chief of
police, returned to work yesterday, en-
ding their 15-day walkout.
Great Lakes
WINDSOR, Ont. (UPI) - A U.S.-
Canadian research group reported
yesterday that Great Lakes pollution
was still threatening the region's en-
vironment despite drastic im-
provements by government and private
industry.
In a 171-page report to the Inter-
security
dening."
British officials in Bonn said British
Prime Minister James Callaghan
decided personally to shift the site of
the talks, first scheduled for a central
London hotel, to the 13th-century, moat-
ringed castle because of concern about
possible disruption by Arab extremists
who oppose any accommodation with
Israel.
One of Vance's major objectives will
be to set up what one U.S. official called
"an accelerated negotiating schedule"
including follow-up talks between
Egypt and Israel, possibly within a
week and in no more than a month.
A U.S. official, briefing reporters and
barring use of his name, said the main
focus of the talks over the two days
would be the West Bank and Gaza.
Israel already has agreed to return all
of Sinai to Egyptian sovereignty,
although it wants to retain Jewish set-
tlements and airbases there.

The 34 officers who walked off their
jobs June 30 have been allowed to
return to their jobs, and all but a few
have.
Police Chief John Worsham, who had
resigned along with his men, was
rehired Friday after a special meeting
of the New Bern aldermen. He was the
only member of the force the board
fired after the walkout.
The policeofficers walked out
because they did not get, a 10 per cent
pay hike. The city instead decided to
give all its employees, including the
policemen, a 6 per cent raise. Before
the raise, police pay ranged from $7,900
to $14,269.
Sedalia, Mo., officials said they would
schedule a special meeting this week
with local police to discuss contract
proposals. Officers who staged a
weekend walkout to express their
displeasure with a city salry offer were
back on the job. The officers had asked
a $300 increase to their $625-to-$700
wages. The city of 23,000 has offered all
employees a hike of $50 a month.
pollution cited
national Joint Commission represen-
ting both countries, the researchers
said seemingly unimportant sources of
pollution such as farms and drainage
ditches were adding to the problems in
the lakes.
FOR EXAMPLE, researchers said,
from 32 to 90 per cent of phosphorus
pollution in the lakes came from such
courses.
The report released at a meeting of
the joint commission also said that
although governments have spent more
than $3 billion in the past six years to
stem pollution, particularly in Lake
Erie, the task was far from over.

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