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The Globetrotters were previously racked by labor problems in 1971 when team members struck for three weeks for higher pay and better traveling conditions. Haynes wasn't with the organization at the time. He had joined the Globetrotters in 1946 and had become famous as the team's dribbling specialist, but quit in 1953 to form his own comedy-basketball troupe, the Fabulous Magicians. He returned to the Trotters in 1972 and was elected president of the union when it won NLRB certification in 1974.
Haynes admits that conditions on the Trotters have improved since the '71 strike. But, he says, the average salary of the 20 players who make up the team's two touring troupes is $37,000 for a six-month, 200-game schedule, far below the $130,000 average for NBA Players, who have 82 games over six months. Haynes says that when he tried to raise grievances about salaries and other issues, management began pressuring his teammates to avoid him. As a result, he says, "Some of them were so scared that if I walked into the room, they wouldn't look at me. These were my best friends, people I'd been playing with for years. Sometimes they would call me late from pay phones because they thought they were being observed." Herbert Levine, a lawyer representing Metromedia, Inc., which has owned the Globetrotters since 1976 said he would not comment on Haynes' charges while the NLRB complaint was still pending.
MR. RODGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD
On Thanksgiving Day, marathoner Bill Rodgers helped promote the five-mile Manchester (Conn.) Turkey Trot by running stride for stride with Denis Mullane, president of the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company, a sponsor of the event, all proceeds from which went to muscular-dystrophy research. Mullane and Rodgers crossed the finish line together, in 46 minutes.
"And what was your time?" she asked Rodgers.
"Forty-six minutes," he replied.
"Well, I think you should be proud just to have finished," she said to console him. "Five miles is a long way, if you're not used to it."
THE FISHBOWL STATE
Vacationers and retirees aren't the only exotic creatures who find south Florida's subtropical climate inviting. So do growing numbers of alien species that are turning the area into a veritable United Nations of the animal kingdom. Cuban Treefrogs, which are believed to have arrived as stowaways on banana boats, inhabit Miami's tallest buildings, and a number of imported pets have found their way into the wild, including myna birds from Asia and South American parakeets, both of which have formed breeding colonies in Coral Gables. Similarly, the tilapia fish from Africa started out in fish tanks, but apparently some owners turned them loose; they now dwell in Miami's sprawling canal system, where they are multiplying with startling rapidity. So many other fish have followed the same route that Tamir Ellis, a University of Miami biologist, recently told The Miami Herald that Dade County was becoming "a kind of fishbowl for exotic species."