Felix Vertraten Tucson Daily Citizen 25 June 1962 page 47
Titan Work Stoppage Protests Net '.'•'• JL JL • •, ^—S -'• •':. . '- . , > . Eight ironworkers staged a work stoppage at Titan II missile complex 10 this morning, morning, protesting that a safety net was far from safe. The stoppage lasted more than an hour. Work resumed ; f ter Fluor Corp. representatives representatives inserted the controversial controversial net- ._-. A spoKesmr.n for the Corps of Engineers, government supervisor of the Titan work, termed the stoppage "just a little discussion." There was no indication from Fluor or the Corps of Engineers whether any corrections corrections had been made. The ironworkers could not be rea ed at their work "down in the hole" of the silo after work resumed. Elsewhere at the site, off Ajo Highway, near Three Points, work went on without without interruption. 'Fluor Corp. is the prime contractor for Phase 2 at the GOP Criticized On Farm Defeat FLORENCE —UPI— State Democratic Chairman George Gavin termed the House defeat defeat of the administration's farm bill "a shocking example of the greed and callousness of the Republican leadership." Gavin, addressing the Final County Democratic Commit-. tee and party candidates yesterday, yesterday, said the bill would have saved,"the taxpayers $1 billion a year." The Democratic leader said House Republicans "decided to go along with the Benson plan which, has created a $9 billion surplus and benefited a few rich grain farmers." 18 missile sites in the Tucson area. One missile base workman, ironworker Felix Verstraten, fell 125 feet to his death a week ago yesterday. Last Monday a net—the first and only one installed at the site —was put up at Complex 10, acc9rding to M. E. Anderson, a steward in Ironworkers Local Local 75. '/ "Since then," said Anderson, Anderson, "this 'fireproof net has been burned in six places. It has been tied back together and left up." Hot metal dropping from torches and sparks flying from welding devices caused the net burns, he said. Just Resting In The Wreck MERANO, Italy — UPI — Rescuers were jolted when three motionless figures in a wrecked car sat up and yawned. Peter Pivonka, 23, of Innsbruck Innsbruck explained that he 1 and his tourist companions decided decided to nap until daylight after their car left a road and crashed into the dried up river bed during the night.