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—The Daily Collegian Wednesday, November 9, 1977
Coal talks resuming but
a strike is still looming
WASHINGTON (UPI) The United
Mine Workers and the bituminous coal
industry resumed contract negotiations
for the first time in two weeks yesterday,
but they were left with little hope of
averting a nationwide walkout Dec. 6.
The new talks broke a stalemate that
began Oct. 25 when the two sides failed
to agree on an agenda. Only five
meetings were held previously.
Union President Arnold Miller and
Joseph Brennan, who heads the
Bituminous Coal Operators Association,
both indicated they now are prepared to
meet regularly until the Dec. 6 strike
, They met throughout the day Tuesday
and then announced plans to meet again
"The posturing has got to be over," an
industry official remarked.
Miller grimly told reporters a strike
could be averted "if we start negotiating
which we haven't done." Said
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Wednesday, November 9
University Press Book Show, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Kern lobby.
Selections from the CBS award winning "60 Minutes". "The Pomeroy File,"
2nd period; "Enemy of the People," 3rd period; "End of a Salesman," 4th
period; "Winning," sth period; HUB Gallery.
Association for Women Students meeting, 7 p.m., Room 323 HUB.
Chess Club meeting, 7 p.m., HUB game room.
Traffic Appeals Court meeting, 7 p.m., Room 317 HUB.
AcCounting Club meeting, Lewis Gilberg will speak on stocks, 7:30 p.m., Room
Commonsplace Theatre, All the King's Men, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Room 112
Landscape Architecture Student Society, 7:30 p.m., Room 321 Sackett.
Penn State Sports Car Club meeting, 7:30 p.m., Room 260 Willard.
P.5.0.C., Cross Country Skiing, 7:30 p.m., Room 214 Boucke.
Artists Series, American Film Theatre, David Storey, In Celebration, 8 p.m.,
PSORML meeting, 8 p.m., Room 209 Willard
SIMS meeting, 8 p.m., Room 318 HUB.
Artists Series, Edward Tarr, trumpet, and George Kent, organ, 8:30 p.m.,
Music Bldg. recital hall.
Top 0' the HUB Coffeehouse, 8:30 p.m., Room 301 HUB
Brennan: "You're always optimistic or
you wouldn't be in this game.
Union, industry and government of
ficials nonetheless acknowledged
privately there is not enough time
remaining before the deadline for the
two sides to agree on a new contract.
Asked about strike prospects, Miller
said: "If they want one, they'll get one."
Although a nationwide union strike
would not immediately create any severe
coal shortages, it would bankrupt the
miners' health and pension funds.
Contract extensions are. unknown in
the coal industry. Thus a strike probably
cannot be avoided unless agreement is
reached by Nov. 26, allowing 10 days for
rank-and-file ratification prior to Dec. 6.
Talks broke down two weeks ago when
the employers balked at a union attempt
to limit their discussion to health and
pension funds. The funds were depleted
by lost revenue during a recent. rash of
wildcat strikes. .
Embassy staff struck by strange affliction
MOSCOW (AP) Medical tests
show that one of every 29 adults at the
U.S. Embassy in Moscow suffers
from a mysterious blood condition
resulting in abnormally high levels of
white blood cells, embassy sources
Washington has accused Soviet
authorities of bombarding the em
bassy with microwave radiation, but
embassy officials have said the
radiation has nothing to do with the
blood counts. Some scientists dispute
Proposal made to extend ERA deadline 7 years
WASHINGTON (UPI) Instead of
extending the deadline for ratifying the
Equal Rights Amendment, Congress
should "take a fresh new start" with a
new amendment that would be more
popular, former Solicitor General Erwin
Griswold said yesterday.
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this and say such radiation could
affect blood cells.
. Moscow has denied beaming
radiation at the embassy, contending
the microwaves are part of the
normal background radiation found
in any major city. Common uses of
microwave beams are radar and the
transmission of television and long
distance telephone calls.
The 233 adults given medical tests
represent virtually all embassy staff
members and their spouses.
Comparative figures for the
But Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a Columbia
University law professor, countered that
if Congress redrafted ERA it might just
as well also "send the due process, equal
protection and freedom of speech clauses
back to the drawing boards."
William and Mary College
frequency of the same high levels of
white cells in the United States do not
exist, but the sources said' there was
no question that an abnormality has
been found in Moscow.
The cause of the blood condition
remains unknown, the sources said,
despite ' a stepped-up program of
special tests and detailed analysis of
the health histories of Moscow em
bassy personnel and their families.
Reasons for the Soviet microwave
bombardment of the embassy have
remained unclear since the beams
professor William Van Alstyne said
Congress • could extend the ratification
deadline beyond March 22, 1979, but only
for three years and only by a two-thirds
vote of each house.
The three testified before the House
civil and constitutional rights sub
were first detected at least as far 7,
back as 1962. U.S. officials have said
privately they believe the
microwaves are intended to foil
American electronic intelligence-
gathering operations at the embassy. '',
The State Department claims that
no outward disease symptoms have
been brought on by the high white cell
levels, and that a variety of en
vironmental factors, including
viruses and intestinal parasites, --
might be behind the situation.
committee on a proposed joint resolution
to extend the original seven-year ERA'
deadline another seven years in order to
get 38 states to ratify it.
Currently, 35 state legislatures have
passed it, although three have rescinded
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