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DETROIT (UPI) - Chrysler Corp.'s
chief bargainer said yesterday the
company is retooling United States
plants to produce some parts made by
striking Canadians and threatened to
use outside suppliers if Americans
refuse to do the work.
United Auto Workers Vice President
Marc Stepp - whose union has strongly
protested the retooling efforts - said
the statements by Chrysler Vice
President Thomas Miner could be par-
tly bargaining rhetoric.
BUT STEPP said if Chrysler tries to
make Americans perform the so-called
"struck work," it would set up a con-
frontation that could prove to be
"suicide" for the struggling No. 3
The remarks came in tie second day
of renewed bargaining aimed-at win-
ning wage hikes for 10,000 striking
Canadian workers and 45,000 American
workers. Bargainers planned to work
today, then break for the holiday
Miner, at an impromptu press con-
ference, confirmed the company is
duplicating machine tooling and
casting dies needed to produce parts
that had come from Canada, where
workers have been on strike since No. 5.
"Our opposition is - if we need work
done, we're going to offer it to our
American workers and, if they don't
want to, we can have it done
elsewhere," said the burly vice
The union has estimated Chrysler's
U.S. assembly plants will shut down by
Dec. 1 if the strike lasts that long.
About, 4,600 American workers have
been idled by the strike.
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Even in the depressed local employment market, advertising pays off. Charles Halbert's sign by the side of Woodward
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Congress may block pay hike
WASHINGTON (AP)- Members of
Congress will receive an automatic
cost-of-living salary increase of bet-
ween $2,426 and $16,648 annually begin-
ning Dec. 17, unless the increase is
blocked during the lame-duck session
which begins next week.
Chances that the raise will ever ap-
pear in congressional paychecks ap-
pear dim, however..
ALREADY, there have been calls for
continuing an existing ceiling on the
annual $60,652 Senate and House
salaries, and an aide to Senate Majority
Howard Baker said yesterday, "There
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will be an effort to knock out the
automatic pay raise."
Baker and Democratic House
Speaker Thomas O'Neill met Monday
and discussed the pay raise issue. Sour-
ces familiar with the discussion said
both leaders expect the increase to be
Baker and O'Neill agreed if that hap-
pens, they will resist any effort to raise
congressional salaries indirectly or
quietly late in the brief legislative
session which starts next Monday.
"THE LEADERS agreed they want
an up or down vote on any pay raise,"
one Senate leadership source said.
Congress must also decide whether to
permit an increase in senior executive
branch salaries, which also go up Dec.
17 if no action is taken.
There was early opposition to the pay
raise from both sides of Capitol Hill.
SEN. NANCY Kassebaum (R-Kan.)
said, "Especially in this difficult
economic period such a pay increase
doesn't make sense. We must set the
tone for the nation and . . . show our
willingness to hold the line on personal,
as well as government budgets."
Similarly, Rep. Denny Smith (R-
Ore.) said, "How in the devil can
Congress even consider giving itself a
hefty pay increase at a time when ...
Americans are paying the highest taxes
in history and suffering personal and
Supporters of an increase, including
assistant Senate Republican leader Ted
Stevens of Alaska, say most members
of Congress who look for jobs in private
industry could earn far more than the
$60,652 annual salaries in effect since
BUT NO issue is touchier than
congressional pay, especially in a time
of economic recession and high unem-
There is disagreement over the
amount of the increase which would
take effect if Congress does not act.
Compiled from Associated Press and
United Press International reports
Seat belt bill suffers setback
LANSING- What could be the nation's first mandatory seat belt
legislation suffered a setback yesterday with the House seemingly on the
verge of rejecting the bill on an unrecorded vote.
Rep. David. Hollister, a Lansing Democrat and chief sponsor of the
legislation, said the issue "was not close" and the House's electronic voting
scoreboard indicated the measure was headed for about a 2-1 defeat before
voting was halted.
"This is a real setback," said Hollister moments after the aborted vote. He
refused to say the measure is dead, but added, "time is our biggest enemy."
Supporters of the bill had hoped for House approval before Thanksgiving,
but Hollister said now it appears there will be another attempt next week.
Hollister said many lawmakers reported mail running heavily against the
three-year experimental proposal which imposes a $10 fine on drivers and
front-seat passengers who fail to wear safety belts.
Reagan calls for increase
in federal gasoline tax
WASHINGTON- President Reagan, falling in step with congressional
leaders in both parties, said yesterday he will press for an increase in the
federal gasoline tax to pay for repairs to the nation's highways and bridges
and-coincidentally, he insists-create jobs.
Some of the money also would go for mass transit.
The president said doubling the gasoline tax to 8 cents a gallon would cost
the average motorist $30 a year.
It would be the first federal gasoline tax increase since 1959. The states
also tax gasoline-an average of 12 cents a gallon.
Senate Republican Leader Howard Baker of Tennessee and House
Speaker Thomas O'Neill of Massachusetts have said they will push for some
type of highway-rebuilding project financed by a gasoline tax increase.
Consumer prices up in October
WASHINGTON- Consumer prices, boosted by higher housing costs, rose
.5 percent in October to give the nation an annual inflation rate so far this
year of 4.9 percent, the government said yesterday.
If that rate persists through the end of the year, it will be the best perfor-
mance since the 4.8 percent recorded in 1976 and substantially under the
double-digit levels of just a few years ago.
Last month's increase in the Labor Department's Consumer Price Index,
somewhat higher than many private economists had expected, was still
welcomed by the Reagan administration.
President Reagan said the price figure was "not really up that much on a
monthly basis to make a fference."
"It's still around the 5-percent range," he told reporters.
New space shuttle moved
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.- America's new space shuttle, the Challenger,
was moved into an assembly building yesterday to be prepared for its
inaugural mission early next year.
The Challenger, an updated version of the veteran space shuttle Columbia,
has been at the Kennedy Space Center since July. It was rolled out of its
processing hangar before dawn and moved next door to the huge Vehicle
Assembly Building. The 300-yard trip took less than 30 minutes.
Guards in camouflage garb and armed with M-16 rifles watched over the
move to protect against sabotage or terrorist attack. Such precautions are
taken each time a shuttle is moved.
NASA spokesman .Mark Hess said the 122-foot-long shuttle would be
hoisted vertically insidethe assembly building'and hooked up to an external
fuel tank and twin booster rockets.
The Challenger, a slimmer and lighter version of Columbia, will make the
next shuttle flight, tentatively scheduled for launch Jan. 24.
Group sues to stop warnings
linking aspirin to brain disease
BOSTON- A committee funded by the aspirin industry has filed suit to
block the government from warning doctors and consumers about a suspec-
ted link between aspirin use by children and a rare brain disorder.
The lawsuit claims federal officials lacked sufficient evidence to warn
parents against giving aspirin to children with chicken pox or flu, and con-
tends the warning could endanger some sick children.
"Aspirin has been the drug of choice for many years and it seems a shame
that a trusted drug used by millions of people should be discouraged unless
people have a study that can be depended on," committee attorney Neil
Chayet said yesterday.
The Committee on the Care of Children, in its suit filed Monday, seeks a
restraining order to prevent Health and Human Services Secretary Richard
Schweiker from continuing a public education campaign concerning a
possible link between aspirin use and Reye's syndrome, a brain disorder
that can be fatal.
The committee also asks the government to stop private groups,
specifically Ralph Nader's Public Citizen Health Research Group, from
distributing warning lables for aspirin.
Dr. Sidney Wolfe, director of the Nader group, said Tuesday that the
lawsuit was an effort to "shut the government up" and silence his
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