Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana on March 16, 1988 · Page 5
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Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana · Page 5

Logansport, Indiana
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Wednesday, March 16, 1988
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Pharos-Tribune, Logansport, Indiana, Wednesday, March 16, 1988 Page 5 Court Strikes Down Public Utility Strike Law INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled unconstitutional a state statute •' that makes it unlawful for public utility workers to strike. In a unanimous ruling Tuesday, the court said the law conflicts with a federal law protecting unions' right to strike. The appeals panel threw out a lower court's decisions prohibiting two locals of the Communications Workers of America from imposing fines against workers who crossed the picket line to report to work during a nationwide 1983 strike against Bell Telephone companies, including Indiana Bell. The union fined Marilyn F. Reeb of Speedway $552 and Sylvia T. Megnis of Indianapolis $288. They filed suit and claimed the union's strike and fines for working behind picket lines violated the Indiana Public Utility Anti-strike Act. ' Marion Municipal Court Judge Richard H. Huston upheld the women's claims on grounds that allowing the unions to strike and impose fines on uncooperative members violated Indiana public policy. The appeals panel rejected that logic and said the Indiana law is pre-empted by the National Labor Relations Act. As a federal law, that act prevails over a state statute that conflicts with it, the court said. The federal law protects a union's right to strike and also to enforce fines against members during the strike, the court said. The court reinstated against Megnis a partial fine of $96.19 and sent Reeb's case back to the lower court to determine how much or if she should be fined. In Reeb's case, the court needs to settle whether she was a member of the union for the entire period for which fines were imposed. Reeb claimed she wasn't a member of the union and thus shouldn't be fined. In other action Tuesday, the appeals court threw out a $300,000 verdict in favor of a former Nashville toy shop owner. Edward Hollis, operator of the Toy Chest, had won the damage award in his lawsuit against Penmanta Corp. after an August 1983 fire in the shop he rented from the corporation damaged a miniature wooden circus exhibit Hollis had carved by hand. At the time of the fire, Hollis's lease had expired but he continued to pay his rent as before. At the trial, Morgan Superior Court Judge Thomas Gray held that the terms of the previous lease didn't apply during the hold-over tenancy. Man Submits To Blood Test For Dying Brother For $1,000 MIAMI (AP) — Physicians expected results today or Thursday that would determine whether Randy Chapman is a suitable bone-marrow donor for his dying brother. Champman, 32, had refused to help his brother until offered $1,000 to take a blood test. The brother lives in Indiana and is battling leukemia. Chapman, who lives on the streets in Florida and earns money by submitting to medical experiments, said, "If he dies, he dies. He's about as much a brother to me as you are." He changed his mind when an anonymous Indiana man who also has a blood disease offered the money to take the test. Chapman submitted to the blood test Tuesday at the American Red Cross Blood Bank of south Florida, said spokesman Chris Chidley. An American Red Cross Blood Services spokesman in south Florida said results are expected today or Thursday. If he proves to be a suitable donor, Randy Chapman stands to gain another $2,000 for donating marrow. The genetic marker tests will determine if Randy is a suitable match for his brother, Steve Chapman, 38, of Oolitic, Ind. "I'm glad he did it, and I hope it all works out after all this trouble," said the ill brother, who is married and the father of two. "I just wish he hadn't raised such a ruckus. There was no sense in doing that. He's a little rough around the edges, I guess." Randy Chapman said he hopes to smooth out, some of those edges and find new direction in life with the $2,000 he would gain as a compatible donor. It's Time Again for the CASS COUNTY 4-H CLUB ASSOCIATIONS FRIDAY MARCH 18th 4:00p.m. to 8:00p.m At The 4 H COMMUNITY CENTER BRING THE ENTIRE FAMILY This message sponsored by these local businesses COCA-COLA BOTTLING CO. INC. 82 South 6th, Logansport 753-3911 or 800-382-8888 Cokeisit! The Farmers & Merchants State Bank F&M -LOGANSPORT- -WALTON- -GALVESTON- Monday-Thursday 9-.A.M. - 5:P.M., Friday 9:A.M.-6:P.M. Saturday 9:A.M.-Noon SAVINGS & LOAN 723 E. Broadway Phone 722-3855 Serving This Area Since 1925 Your Savings Federally Insured to $100,000 Mr. HAPPY BURGER *EAST* *WEST* *DOWNTQWNER* Cokeisit! Pepsi-Colo Dr. Pepper BOTTLING CO. 1031 N.3rd St. Logansport 722-6207 PEPSI me CHOICE OF A NEW GENERATION; Security fcderal Banh 314 Fourth Street Logansport 722-626) iOUUHOUSK LENDER

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