Five petroleum-product marketing associations recently joined forces to protest the "harmful" effects of proposed quotas, tariffs and import fees on the oil industry.
The newly formed coalition argues that import restrictions are expensive, anti-competitive and harmful to consumers and the economy. The group fears that quotas would eliminate imports and lessen competitive pricing in the United States, eventually driving up consumer oil prices.
"The industry relies on bargaining, if we close the doors to imports and make supplies skimpy, consumers will have to rely more and more on the big companies," said Jack A. Blum, general counsel of the Independent Gasoline Marketers Counsel.
The coalition wants to ensure that quotas are not imposed, said Blum. "We want to get our message across to Congress and administration officials," he said.
The organization is comprised of associations that represent independent marketers of heating oil, gasoline and residual fuels in the United States. The five groups are: The Empire State Petroleum Association; Independent Fuel Terminal Operators Association; Independent Gasoline Marketers Council; the New England Fuel Institute, and Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America. Trade
A group of telecommunications consultants, lawyers and managers have formed the Telecommunications Action Group to help corporations and other institutions understand new developments in the telecommunications industry. The group intends to monitor state and federal proceedings; disseminate analyses and documents released by the FCC and state public utility commissions; address member complaints regarding access charges and provide reports on the state of the industry to its members. TAG will offer its members a toll-free hotline to answer questions and provide research on specific tariffs or regulatory decisions regarding the telecommunications industry. According to one of TAG's founding members, Charles H. Helein, an attorney with the Washington office of Dow, Lohnes & Albertson, the group will work to decipher the "massive amounts" of information available to companies on telecommunications. TAG plans a membership drive mailing for the end of May.
James H. Luther, senior vice president and general counsel of Sterling Drug Inc., has been elected chairman of the Proprietary Association. PA is a group that represents the non-prescription over-the-counter medicine industry in the United States. Luther becomes chairman of the 104-year-old association after serving for 25 years on its government affairs committee. He chaired the committee between 1964 and 1966 and again in 1973-74.
The American Nuclear Energy Council has elected Edward M. Davis as president of the Washington-based trade association. Davis has worked for the council since 1977. He was named ANEC's vice president for technical affairs in 1979 and senior vice president in 1983. ANEC represents the interests of the nuclear industry before Congress.
The Employee Stock Ownership Association has completed a survey of its member companies on the effects of their stock ownership plans. Out of the 239 respondents (400 companies were surveyed) 16 percent indicated that worker motivation was "strongly improved" as a result of sharing stock. Fifty-six percent of the respondents said that worker performance and motivation were "somewhat improved." The survey also found that, on an average, the plans owned 33 percent of the company stock. The companies surveyed estimated that employe ownership could grow to an average of 48 percent of company stock over the next five years. According to association statistics, there were fewer than 300 ESOPs in the country in 1974; today there are aproximately 7,000 companies that have instituted employe stock ownership plans. Currently, the Washington-based association represents 400 companies with employe stock ownership plans and 350 professionals such as bank trustees, legal advisers and others involved in advising companies on the use of such plans.