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years in private practice and employment with Thiokol Corp. and Combustion Engineering. Much of his work now involves participation in workers’ compensation cases. Dr. Glenn says he has never seen a case of occupational cancer at Union Carbide. “The chances of getting cancer are as true for the housewife as for her husband who works here. Breast cancer and lung cancer these are not solely the province of the worker.” He explained why he never attached significance to the brain tumor cases that developed among workers at Union Carbide. “At the time of the original OSHA investigation,” he said, “we had ten cases since 1951. Ten cases in 455 deaths didn’t strike me as significant. I’m still not convinced the primary brain tumors are related to occupation.” Describing himself as “equally interested in protecting the company’s and the employee’s rights” in workers’ compensation cases, Dr. Glenn launched into a general discussion of work-related illnesses and injuries. “You’re talking about very difficult legal questions, as well as medical,” he said. “For example, a heart attack may occur at home two days after a man worked here. He may say that stress and strain helped cause it. But who really knows? There’s a lot of evidence that herniated discs are congenital abnormalities. The same is true for other chronic degenerative conditions. I don’t think it’s always hard work. . . .” In this era of Reagan Administration deregulation, Union Carbide officials are confident that the storm is over. “We expect to have the whole thing wrapped up fairly soon,” said Dr. Glenn. The company plans to release what Dr. Glenn termed “an in-house study” that, he expects, will put the company in a good light. Texas, meanwhile, continues to lead the nation in on-the-job deaths, according to the National Safety Council, with 1,090 fatalities in its workplaces in 1980. Texas workers’ deaths increased by 2% last year, while other states experienced an overall drop. The state’s fatality increase, it should be stressed, was above that of 1979, a year in which it led the nation in occupational deaths with 1,064, and managed a death rate more than three times the national average. Because figures on occupational diseases are hard to come by, there are no reliable statistics available that reveal how much illness is workrelated. Some labor safety and health officials have charged that Texas probably leads the nation in job-related illnesses. Tony Mazzocchi, Denver-based health and safety director for the oil and chemical workers union, terms the nation’s factories “a big plantation.” It is not accidental, he argues, that little is known about the work environment and its relation to occupational diseases. He says industry and insurance companies suppress information that will prove embarrassing because disclosures could result Progressive Organizations In no hurry, the Observer is building up lists of the political organizations we regard as progressive, their meeting evenings where that is applicable, and a phone number for each, in Texas cities. The editor invites communications recommending organizations for inclusion, by city. AUSTIN ACORN, 8 nghbrhood groups, 442-8321; Amn. Friends Service Cmte., 474-2399; Amnesty Intl., Group 107, Cindy Torrance, Bx. 4951, Aus. 78765; Austinites for Public Transportation, 3rd Tue., 441-2651; Aus. Lambda, every Mon., 478-8653; Lesbian-Gay Pol. Caucus, 4th Tue., & LesbianGay Demos. of Tx., 478-8653; Aus. Nghbrhood, Ccl., 4th Wed., 442-8411; Aus. Nghbrhood Fund, 3rd Mon., 451-2347; Aus. Tenants’ Ccl., 474-1961; Aus. Women’s Political Caucus, 1st & 3rd Tues., 472-3606; Black Aus. Demos., 478-6576; Brotherhood of Viet. Vets., every Sun., 443-4830; Central Aus. Demos., 3rd Wed., 477-6487; Central Tx. ACLU, 477-4335; Central Tx. Lignite Watch, Travis Co., 479-0678; Citizens’ Coalition for an Economical Energy Policy, 474-4738; Cmte. in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador 477-4728; Demo. Socialist Organizing Cmte., 2nd Wed., 453-2556; Ecology Action, 478-1645; El Centro Chicano, 477-7769 or 476-3747; Gray Panthers, 4th Thu., 345-1869; IMPACT, 472-3903; LULAC, 2nd Wed., 451-3219; Magnet Coalition 441-2651; Max’s Pot \(ap928-4786; Mxn. Amn. Demos., 1st Mon., 444-7688 or 472-9211; New Amn. Movement, every other Sun., 454-2888 or 478-2096; NOW, 2nd & last Wed., 472-3775; Nurses’ Environmental Health Watch, 4543932; Northeast Aus. Demos., 2nd Tue., 836-3533; Phogg Foundation, Box 13549, Aus.; Save Barton Creek, every Tue., 472-4104; Sierra Club, 1st Tue., 478-1264; Socialist Party of Tx., 2nd Tue., 452-3722; South Aus. Demos., 447-4091; Tx. Abortion Consumer Assn., 477-1882; Tx. Mobilization for Survival, Sun., wkly., 474-5877; Travis Audubon Scty., 3rd Thu., 447-7155 or 477-6282; Travis Cty. Demo. Women, every Fri., 453-3243; Travis Cty. YD’s, 453-3796; Univ. Mobilization for Survival, wkly., 476-4503; UT YD’s, 452-8516; West Aus. Demos., 2nd Thu., 454-1291; Zilker Park Posse, 472-1053. SAN ANTONIO ACLU, 224-6791; Amnesty Int’l., U.S. Group 127, Julia Powell, 828-4141; Women’s Political Caucus, 2nd Tues., 655-3724; Civil Rights Litigation Center, 224-1061; Citizens Concerned About Nuclear Power, 1st Sc . 3rd Weds., 655-0543; Communities Organized for Public Service 2nd Th., 222-2367; Demos for Action, Research & rsch. volunteers needed, 4th Wed., 674-0351; Latin-American Assistance, alternate Sats., 732-0960; Mxn.-Amn. Demos., 3rd Mon., Walter Martinez, 227-1341; NAACP, 4th Fri., 2247636; Organizations United for East Side Development, last Tue., 824-4422; People for Peace, 2nd Th., 822-3089; Physicians for Social Responsibility, 1st Mon., Dr. Martin Batiere, 691-0375; Poor People’s Coalition for Human Services, 923-3037; Residents Organized for Better and Beautiful 3rd Tue., 226-3973; S. A. Demo. League, 1st Thu., 3441497; S. A. Gay Alliance, last Wed., Metropolitan Commnty. Church, 102 S. Pine; Sierra Club, 3rd Tue., 341-5990; United Citizens Project Planning and Operating Corp. 224-4278. DALLAS ACLU, 2001 McKinney, Suite 330; ACORN, 823-4580; Amn. Friends Service Cmte., 321-8643; Amnesty Intl., U.S. Group 205, 361-4690; Armadillo Coalition, 1st Wed., 349-1970; AMIGOS, 339-9461; Bois d’Arc Patriots, 827-2632; Bread for the World, Dist. 3, Joe Haag, 741-1991×298 & 4951494; Brotherhood of Viet Vet., 224-9750; Brown Berets, 337-4135; Citizens’ Assn. for Sound Energy 387-2785; Comanche Peak Life Force, Wed. wkly, 337-5885; Cmte in Solidarity with the People in El Sal375-3715; Dallas Gay Alliance, 2nd Mon., 528-4233; Fellowship of Reconciliation 1-370-3805; E. Dal. Nghbrhood Assn., 3rd Mon., 827-1181; Frederick Douglass Voting League, 428-2407; Nghborhood Info. & Action Service, 827-2632; NOW 742-6918; NOW No. Lake College Solar Club, 659-5254; Progressive Voters League, 372-8168; Sierra Club, 2nd Wed., 369-5543; Txns. for Handgun Control, 528-3985; Tx. Cmte. on Natural Resources, 352-8370; Tx. Tenants Union, 823-2733; 526-1853, 387-2785; UN Children’s Fund War Resisters League, 337-5885. FORT WORTH 924-1401, board meets mthly; Armadillo Coalition, 927-0808; Bread for the World, 924-1440 \(Dist. Dist. Citizens for Fair Utility Regulation, 478-6372; Coalition of Labor Union Women, 469-1202. Dist. 10 Demos., 2nd Sat., 535-7803; First Friday, 1st Fri., 927-0808; F.W. Tenants’ Ccl., 923-5071; IMPACT, \(telephone chain, works largely through progressive Protestant Mental Health Assn., 2nd & 4th Tue., 335-5405; NOW, 3rd Th., 336-3943; Precinct Workers CI., 3rd Th., 429-2706; Senatorial Dist. 12 Demos., 2nd Sat. or 2nd Wed., 457-1560; Sierra Club, 3rd Wed., 923-9718; StuCty. Demo Women’s Club, 2nd Sat., 451-8133, 927-5169; Tx. Coalition of Black Demos \(F. W. Women’s Political Caucus, 1st Wed., 336-8700. GREATER TEXAS Alta Loma: Brotherhood of Viet. Vet., 925-6405. Amarillo: ACLU, 373-7200; Panhandle Environmental Awareness Cmte., 376-8903; Northwest Tx. Clergy and Laity Concerned, 2nd Tue., 373-8668. Bastrop: Central Tx. Lignite Watch, Bastrop Co., 321-5250. Beaumont: ACLU, 898-0743; Amnesty Intl, group 221, Karen Dweyer, 420 Longmeadow, Beaumont 77707. Brownsville: ACLU, 541-4874. Bryan: ACLU, 823-5543; Brazos Society for Alternatives to Nuclear Energy, 822-1882. Denton: ACLU, 387-5126. El Paso: ACLU, 545-2990; Amnesty Intl, Group 189, 584-4869. Lubbock: ACLU, 765-8393. Midland: Brotherhood of Viet. Vets., 684-3768. Nacogdoches: Pineywoods Coalition, 218 W. Austin St., Nacogdoches. San Juan: ACLU, 787-8171. Waco: ACLU, 755-3611. HOUSTON ACLU, 524-5925; ACORN, 523-6989; Amns. for Demo. Action, 522-9544; Amnesty Intl., Group 23, Anne Chastang, 6006 Saxon, 77092 & Eileen, 8695021×42; Brotherhood of Viet. Vet., 728-4857; Citi3343; Concilio de Organizaciones Chicanos, P.O. Box 9, Houston 77001; Demo. Socialist Organizing Cmte., 921-6906; Gay Political Caucus, 1st and 3rd Weds., 521-1000; Harris Cty. Concerned Women, 674-6798; Harris Cty. Demos., quarterly, 528-2057; Houston Area Women’s Center, 528-6798; Lesbian and Gay Demos. of Texas, 521-1000; Mxn.-Amn. Demos., 6944 Navigation, Houston 77011; Mockingbird Alliance, 747-1837; NAACP, 1018 Clebourne, Houston 77001; PASO, 6716 Fairfield, Houston 77023; Senate Dist. 15 Demo. Coalition, 862-8431; Tx. Coalition of Black Demos., 674-0968; Tx. Demos., 667-6194; UofH YD’s, 749-7347; Westside Demos., 464-2536. THE TEXAS OBSERVER 17