The "FIRST-OF-THE-WEEK" Tabloid . . . CUar Pictures - Mora News - Biggest Circulation Klgotra Upper Brs jtloiurs : <wm?Nov^^ SB! ALGONA, IOWA, TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, i?66 24 Tabloid p a0 e, - 2 Sections VOL. 101 NO. 2 "- • - - '.J_LITI. lil_.-- ' ; S - u-. '-_ - T-I-T i_iL~m- ~ ' - _.-iL-«Mi-THnrn-—-' __ ----New Weidenhoff Contract Rejected; Strike Loomina Mediation By Labor Dept. Slated Jan. 15 A strike of employees Is a possibility at the Weidenhoff Corp. in Algona. By a vote of 76 to 3, last Thursday, members of Local 1045 of the International Ass'n of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, voted to strike unless satisfactory negotiation is completed on a new work contract. A three-year contract that had existed expired January 7. Basically, the existing difference between the company and the union seems to center on wage scales, although company officials said that 10 major adjustments, including fringe benefits and also a pay raise, had been offered. In the meantime, a Federal mediator from the U. S. Dept. of Labor is slated to be in Algona Jan. 25 at which time efforts will be made to reconcile the spread that seems to exist between what the union wants and what the company has offered. Louis Towers of Des Moines is understood to be the mediator assigned to the matter here. Weidenhoff has 215 employees at present, of which some 180 are eligible for union membership. There are 109 members of the local union. In a preliminary vote of union members, the vote was 99 to 2 against accepting the new contract offered, a union officer said. The vote to strike came later. Six months membership in the union is required before members are eligible to vote. Vince Leners of Emmetsburg is president of the local union, and Kenneth Holcomb of Whittemore is shop chairman for negotiations, with Jim Sloan of Hurt and Bob Lensing of Bancroft as other members of the negotiating committee. K. T. Peirce, president of the Weidenhoff Corp. outlined. 10 major items that had been offered the union in the new, proposed contract. A base hourly rate increase was a major point, but the amount offered and what the union is asking is a major item of difference. No exact figures on this difference were available. Offered by the company in fringe benefits were an additional half-day for Christmas and New Years, an increased shift bonus for the second and third shift, vacation schedule increases of paid vacations according to length of service, bereavement pay, jury duty pay, equipment for painters, Drives 14 Ablaze To Fire Dept. Door time with pay for shop committee monthly meetings, an improved employee -pension plan, an improved insurance program, guaranteed pay in case of power interruptions, and an adjustment in pay in seven job classifications, other than the blanket raise offered all employees with a three-year contract which incorporates a yearly pay increase. There is also a difference of opinion as to the life of a proposed new contract between the parties. The company wants a three-year contract, the union is asking for a shorter period of time. "Present wage scales are comparable to what is being paid in the area," said Mr. Peirce, "and by competitive firms in the same field." He also pointed out that Snap-On Tools is the only customer of Weidenhoff, and that price schedules of products manufactured by Weidenhoff for sale to Snap-On have already been set for future months, a factor relative to the cost of production. In the meantime, Weidenhoff is operating as usual, with the result of efforts of the Federal mediator likely to determine what might happen in the future. Saws Stolen Algona police are investigating the reported theft of three ctain saws, owned by Don Maasdam, from the Duncan Garden Center here between the end of November and Jan, J, value of the stolen items was placed at $800, Estimates of damage ran upward from $1,000 after a truck owned by the Iowa Film Transport Co. of Des Moines caught fire about 14 miles south of Algona at 1:42 a. m. Friday - and was driven to the fire station here where the blaze could be extinguished. The burned-out truck and much of the damaged contents are shown in the above photo. Freight in the vehicle at the time of the fire included auto parts, film, record players, etc., and bundles of the Des Moines Register headed for 49 northwest Iowa towns. Driver of the truck was Darrell Smith, 40, Des Moines. He discovered the truck was on fire at the Livermore-Bode intersection on highway 169 - and after attempting to put out the blaze himself twice-with a fire extinguisher, decided the best bet was to drive to Algona and have firemen do the job. The so-called curb service by firemen marked perhaps the first time in history here that a fire had driven up to the front door of the station. The driver reported several motorists signalled him during the trip tp Algona, thinking he did not know the truck box was blazing. Officials of the Register reported newspapers for the towns affected by the fire had been printed and rushed to readers. Kossuth towns affected were Algona, Fenton, Lone Rock, Burt, Bancroft and Swea City. (UDM Newsfoto) Two New Cases Are Filed Here, District Court Two new cases were filed in district court here during the week, Hamilton Hatchery, plaintiff, is seeking to settle a promissory note for $1,394.07 with Gerald C. Awe, defendant, Melvin Faber, plaintiff, seeks a petition in equity from Florence Faber, defendant. They were married at West Bend Feb. 29, 1935 and he charges cruel and inhuman treatment and asks the court to determine the care and custody of a minor daughter. Firemen Called BANCROFT - The fire department was called to the Welp Oil station on West Main street Tuesday afternoon when gas leaked from the Geo. Rake car and it was feared it might cause a fire. No damage was done. Roto Section Today A page of new and interesting recipes, a feature for farm- minded folks, and an article on girls basketball in Iowa, are three of the major stories to be found in the January Farm & Home rotogravure section found with this Tuesday's issue of The Algona Upper Des Moines. We hope you enjoy it. Webber Yager Of Fenton Dies Friday FENTON - Webber Yager, 67, lifelong resident of this area, died Friday morning at Holy Family hospital, Estherville. He had been ailing for many years. Funeral services for Mr. Yager were held at 2 p. m. Monday in St. John's Lutheran church, Fenton, with Rev. Rex Spicer officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery. Thomas Funeral Home, Fenton, was in. charge of arrangements. Webber Yager was born July 21, 1898 on a farm south of Fenton and was married to Nettie Stamer in May, 1917. He drove a school bus and tank wagon for the Farm Service Co. and retired two years ago. Mr. Yager is survived by his wife; a son, Clarence, Fenton; two sisters, Mrs. Clarence Wagner, Ringsted, and Mrs. Cecil Bailey, Seneca; and six grandsons. A brother preced him in death. Algona Couple Cut, Bruised, Friday Crash A well-known. Algona couple, Mr. and Mrs . Orville Wicks, sustained multiple cuts and bruises early Friday evening when their auto was struck by an auto in a freak 2-car-truck mishap two miles south of St. Joe on highway 169. Mr. and Mrs. Wicks were taken to St. Ann hospital for treatment of their injuries. They were headed north and a car driven by HarlanE. Miller, Knoxville, headed south and, a truck driven by Aaron Montgomery, Ft. Dodge, also headed north when the mishap occurred. In meeting the truck, the Miller auto was thrown into the side of the truck by ice on the curbing at the side of the highway. The Miller car then slammed backward into the path of the Wicks car. The Wicks auto sustained $800 damages, the truck $600 damages and the Miller car $1,500 damages, according to investigating officers. Dies At Elmore BANCROFT - A former resident, Charles Kramer, 57, died at a rest home at Elmore Monday, Funeral services for Mr. Kramer were held Wednesday there. Mr, Kramer was born and raised here.
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