The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, August 27, 1986, Image 5

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Wednesday, August 27, 1986/The Battalion/Page 5 'hitmire, council fill disagree over hiring of workers OUSTON (AP) — City council m|inbers and Mayor Kathy Whit mire remained split Tuesday on the fat< of 83 sanitation workers who wf e fired during a protest over lay offs and increased workloads. HvVhitmire dismissed the workers Iasi week after they went to the city’s four solid waste service centers and refused supervisors’ directives to go to work. ■A four-hour meeting Monday be- uyten the mayor and four council members ended with no resolution. The council members want the workers reinstated, while Whitmire is opposed to letting them return to work. H“We really don’t have anything to announce,” Whitmire said after the evening meeting. “That’s why we didn t invite the press.” ■The mayor said the talks were t |)ductive, but she refused to say Iw close they are to a conclusion. ■Councilman Rodney Ellis said Whitmire “has shown a willingness to listen,” and hoped that further talks would provide a breakthrough. If Whitmire accepts amnesty, the workers will still pay a price for the wildcat strike, such as a two- or four- week suspension without pay, offi cials said. The average laborer earns about $350 per week Meanwhile, city crews supple mented by temporary workers were sent out on all 137 city routes as the Solid Waste Management Depart ment continued its efforts to restore normal collection schedules. The wildcat strike began Aug. 18 when 400 of the city’s garbage collec tion drivers and laborers began a protest of extended working days and other working conditions. The councilmen have pushed Whitmire to rehire the workers, but she has said the workers were fired for an illegal strike and are being re placed witli workers laid off earlier. Sixty-nine of the fired workers have appealed to the city Civil Serv ice Commission. :er-l)ii Late mail Couple receives lost letters husband wrote during WWII ■ HOUSTON (AP) — During ■orld War II, Charles Reass wrote of undying love for his young bride, who was finally able to read what he Kd to say this week when the Postal Service delivered a batch of 42-year- okl letters. ■ Houston Postmaster Samuel ■teen Jr. on Monday presented the eight letters with apologies for the delayed delivery to Charles Reass ratid his wife, Eunice. jaih : sail: head» onab a will has mi 1 )avidi ied im ward I’sMrt ertf arlv tf J to of 1 " ml it she foral*' Number of active rigs decreases HOUSTON (AP) — The num ber of working oil and gas rigs in the country dropped to 727 after the count had increased five weeks in a row, Hughes Tool Co. officials said. The count dropped 11 from last week’s total of 738, company officials said Monday. Last year at this time the count was 1,940. In July, the rig count hit an all-time low of 663, officials said. Before 1971, the lowest num ber was 805 rigs working in April 1943, according to officials of the oil tool maker that has kept in- untildl dustry statistics since 1940. 3 ,ni, I; More than 1,000 rigs have saintil 1 been idle since December when i ClitJ oil prices began to decline, falling as low as $9 a barrel. Since Dec. 23, the rig count has dropped steadily from 1,995, officials said. In contrast, 4,500 rigs were ac tive in December 1981. Government nixes Eastern-Texas Air erger proposal BOTHER’S BOOKSTORES Your Complete Greek Headquarters 340 Jersey (across from Univ. Police) 901 Harvey (Woodstone Center) ROTHER’S BOOKSTORES Open Late to Serve You 340 Jersey (across front Unlv. Police) 901 Harvey (Woodstone Center) ROTHER’S BOOKSTORES Custom Silk Screening Specialists 340 Jersey (across from Unlv. Police) 901 Harvey (Woodstone Center) “I knew the post office always comes through,” joked Reass, 64. Reass said the letters actually were delayed due to a problem in the mili tary — and not with postal workers. As an Army private, Reass wrote the letters to his wife of 19 months while on board a troopship bound from Virginia to North Africa. “When I say, T love you,’ it means that every morning when I open my eyes, I love you more than when I laid down, and each night when I lay me down I love you more when I wake up,” one of the letters said. Opening one of the lettes, Reass studied one for a moment, and then said, “I suspect these are a little on the mushy side.” Reass’ letters to his wife, his par ents, an aunt and a service buddy were among 235 pieces of V-Mail found recently in an attic in Raleigh, N.C. A young man from Raleigh, now dead, was to have mailed the letters, but for reasons unknown, did not do so. Instead, he left a duffel bag full of mail in his aunt’s attic. V-Mail sheets were a combination letter and envelope supplied to serv icemen on uniform stationery. They were mailed free of charge and accorded preferential sorting and transportation. A pest control operator recently discovered the mail while working in the aunt’s attic and turned them over to the Postal Service. Until two weeks ago, the couple did not know the letters were miss- ing. Reass said that since he wrote his wife nearly every day during the war, he never checked on whether each of his letters had been received. | WASHINGTON (AP) — The overnment on Tuesday grounded he proposed $676 million purchase f Eastern Airlines by Texas Air lorp., but said it would consider a ew merger plan that resolves com- etitive problems in the lucrative Jortheast air-shuttle market. A spokesman for Texas Air Corp. [aid the company remains, com- litted to the merger and is “absolu- jely confident” it will still get prompt overnment approval. Eastern offi- ials also said they are optimistic the government’s objections can be re solved. 1 Industry and government sources, who spoke on the condition they not be identified, said the two Companies are likely to rework their merger plans as quickly as possible ^nd resubmit them to the Transpor tation Department. I One solution, one of the sources jaid, would be to help Pan American orld Airways obtain needed air- ort access — especially at New ork’s LaGuardia Airport — so it an better compete wdth Eastern Air- nes in providing air shuttle service etween Washington, New York and oston. The Transportation Department ive tentative approval to the Texas ir-Eastern merger on July 9, but at [he time conditioned the decision on ssurances that a final deal would reserve competition in service be- kveen the three cities. Eastern Airlines and New York Advertising in The Battalion is as Good as Gold! CALL 845-2611 Air, already owned by Texas Air Corp., now compete head-on with hourly flights linking Washington, New York and Boston, making it the most heavily traveled commercial air corridor anywhere. The merger of Eastern with Texas Air, which also owns Conti nental Airlines, would create the country’s largest airline holding company, slightly larger than United Airlines. The department said Tuesday it had no problems with the merger except for the impact on competi tion in the Northeast and that a new proposal aimed at solving those problems would be reviewed expedi tiously, “with the focus on the pro posed competitive remedy issue.” But the department said the merger before the government would bring both Eastern and New York Air under common control and eliminate effective competition in the Washington-New York-Bos- ton shuttle corridor. Texas Air thought it had resolved the Northeast competition question with a deal last May with Pan Am in which Pan Am bought some of New York Air’s landing and takeoff slots at New York and Washington for $65 million. Pan Am plans to begin shuttle service in competition with Eastern in October. WHO COULD ASK FOR MORE? WHY SETTLE FOR LESS? Loupot’s Means Book Reserves Wouldn’t it be nice to have one less line to stand in? Ole’Army Lou understands. He’s been serving Aggies for over fifty years and some things never change. That’s why Loupot’s offers book reserves. Just hand in your schedule and Lou’s crew will handle the rest. Drop back by at your convenience and a bag of books with your name on it will be waiting. Reserve before September 1 and receive a free Aggie T-shirt, too! Loupofs Means Used Books without a Hassle Thousands of Aggies sell their books back to Loupot’s each semester, so they have plenty of used books for every class you’re taking. 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