10 Â· Northwtil Arkansas TIMES, Wed., Feb. 21, 1973 FAYITT^VILLI, *Â»KÂ»HÂ»*t Divided Loyalty Untenable Philadelphia School Board President Resigns PHILADELPHIA (AP) -For most of his 73 years, Wil- liam'Rpss has sided with labor, city's public struck, the But, when the school teachers school board president found himself in the role of an em- plover. On Tuesday, deciding his dl- .vided loyalty was untenable, Ross resigned. Â·Â·Â·"I'm really doing it to eliminate the personal element in the strike," Ross said. "I don't know if my stepping down will open the way to a settlement--I hope so--but the finger was .pointing to me and I didn't like 31. I was the target of personal Â·attacks, and I want to remove Jlhal." * Ross accepted the post as tschool board president in De- ^ceniber 1971 at the request of iMayor Frank Rizzo. J Since the teachers' strike re- Â·sumed Jan. 8 he has been the Â·main target of criticism by the ^Philadelphia Federation of JTeachers in a walkout which Jhas seen the two top leaders of Slhe 18.000-member PFT jailed Jand 970 teachers arrested for Â·Â·blocking entrances to schools. j "Oh, I've had very much "worse periods in my life in ^strike situations where I was "defeated. But I won more ^strikes than I lost," said the ci- Jgar-smoking, white-haired labor (Â·leader. ? PERSONAL ATTACKS j But this time, Ross said, .there have been personal at- Â£ tacks on him involving other lather unions, "as if I created the ;situation." For example, about jlO days ago, some 50 'labor ^leaders met with Rizzo but pRoss was not Invited. - "I was wrongly maligned by Mother unions," said Ross, who 3s manager of the local council *of the International Ladies Gar- jment Workers Union. "What ^happened here was that I con- 'gEidercrl the welfare of the com- Â·munity rather than special in- i.terests." The current strike is a defeat 'or the city school children, he said. "The bargaining approach ay the teachers is devastating." The strike is now the second longest teachers' walkout In the nation's history, ranking behind an 11-week walkout in Newark, N.J.. in 1970. The walkout here actually began last September when the teachers struck for three weeks over pay, length of work day and assignment changes proposed by the school district, which claimed it couldn't afford the union's demands. rhp school hoard ha^ offered the union a $42 million package over three years. Union demands total J80 million. The walkout was halted temporarily while talks continued, but no agreement was reached and the strike against the 280,000-pupil system resumed last month. On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Labor announced it was sending Asst. Labor Secretary William Usery to Philadelphia to intervene, apparently at the request of AFL-CIO President George Meany, who met with President Nixon in Florida on Monday. Concert Planned By University Groups j The University of Arkansas department of music will present three ensembles and the Symphonic Band in concert in the Arts Center Concert Hall Saturday at 8 p.m. The Trombone Choir, directed by Gerald Sloan; the Percussion Ensemble, directed by James McKinney; and the Brass Choir, directed by Robert Bright, will present the first portion of the program. The Symphonic Band, conducted by Eldon Janzcn and featuring as guest artist Philip Farkas, professor of music at Indiana University, will play following intermission. Farkas is regarded by many as the foremost hornisl in America today. An admission will be charged. Extortion Trial Of Former Teamsters Official Under Way ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) -- The government planned to call its first witnesses today in the third extortion trial of former Baton Rouge, La., Teamsters official Edward Grady Partin. Selection of the jury of seven men and five women took all of Tuesday. U.S. District Court Judge Manuel Real of Los Angeles closely questioned each prospective juror about exposure Â· to pretrial news coverage and union ties. Only two of the jurors ever had been affiliated with a un ion. Pretrial exposure was a 1 factor because Partm's lengthy second trial was held in Atlanta and the case was covered by local media. Few prospective jurors were familiar with it. Partin, 48, was charged with two counts of extortion arid three of conspiracy in the sec- ond trial. The judge directed acquittal on two of the conspiracy counts, threw out the third and one of the two extortion charges. He declared a mistrial on the remaining extortion charge, which is the count now pending. The first trial, held at Butte, Mont., in 1971 on a change of venue from Louisiana, ended in a mistrial on all counts when the jury was unable to agree on a verdict. Partin, a husky six-footer who resigned last year after 22 years as business agent for Teamsters Local No. 5 in Baton Rouge, was indicted in 1869 at New Orleans on charges of using strong-arm methods to help a Baton Rouge businessman gain control of the cement business in the Louisiana capital. Ted Dunham, his accused coconspirator, was convicted and is now appealing his case. The extortion charge concerns a Jan. 16, 1968, attack by an armed group of men on a construction crew at Plaquemine, La. The government alleges that the group was assembled at the Teamsters Hall on orders from Partin, who hoped to frighten a contractor into buying concrete pipe from Dunham for a sewer line project. Contractor W. 0. Bergeron was shot in the attack and he testified that, following the violence, he began buying Dunham products. Witnesses at the first two trials testified that Dunham then paid Partin a substantial sum of money for his help. Partin is represented by former Nashville, Tenn., U.S. Atty. James Neal. who in 1964 successfully prosecuted nation- Teamsters president James Hoffa for jury tampering. Partin was Neal's star witness. 4-H Club News ' DOG CLUB Kristy Newman was elected president of the Washington County 4-H Dog Club at a meeting Saturday at the W a s h i n g t o n County Fairgrounds. Other officers are Gordon, C l e n d e n e n , vice president: Karen Russell, secretary and Ann Slaniger, reporter. The elections followed a class in dog training and plans were made to hold a "painting party" in preparation for the March 10 Dog Show. Man Divorces Wife So Bills Be Paid Â· ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. ;(AP) - "It's final, but I still Tlove her," said Howard Thomas tafter he divorced his wife of 32 ;years so the critically ill wom- jan could get welfare benefits to ypay her mounting medical bills. His 45-year-old wife, Ruth, ;-lay in a nursing home unaware -of the 10-minute divorce hear- Jing Tuesday dissolving a mar- triage which had given the ^couple six children. ; She is in the advanced stages ;of incurable multiple sclerosis. :; "I was shook, and the judge jwas shook, too," said Thomas, -a 49-year-old steelworker. "He Ckncw it was something that had ?to ,be done... Just like me, he Swished he didn't have to do it." 5 After Circuit Court Judge C. fRichard Leavengood granted jlhe decree. Thomas applied in ;his wife's behalf for the stale ^welfare assistance needed to in"sure continued medical treat- -menl. Â£ DUE HASTE ; Jack Youngblood of the Flor!Jda Division of Family Services ;said Tuesday night the appli- jcation would be processed with ;"due haste." The division ad : ^ministers the state-supported Smedicaid program. 1 Leavengood gave Thomas .'custody of his two youngest ^children, ages 5 and 11. The Joiners are adults. ; "We're behind our father 100 ;per cent," said daughter jBrenda Pivinski. "if my moth- ner were aware of the situation, JI know she would understand." '. Last November, state offi- "cials said they had made a mis- ;take in granting Thomas medi- jcaid benefits to help pay for his Â·Â·wife's costs at a nursing ihome--he earned $79 more than Jthe m a x i m u m to qualify. ' f The $117 monthly payment lie Shad been receiving for 7 "months was halted, but the $500 ^monthly nursing home cost con- ,Â· tinned. t ft was then that Thomas said She decided to sue for divorce, ^explaining t h e n . "I'm at end *of my rope..." -AAC Approves Grant iFor Carroll County ; LITTLE ROCK (AP) The Â·state Aeronautics Commission Â·approved Tuesday a $10,000 Â·grant to the Carroll County Air- Jport at Berryville, provided an '.application for federal aid is Japproved by the Federal Aviation Agency. .5 The money would be used to ;Jnstall a lighting system an d i n - jstall hot mix asphalt pavement Â·on the aircraft parking area |and taxiways. . The commission also ap Uprovod a request from the Tc- Jxarkana airport for the S5.000 "final payment of its $10.000 :slale grant for airport improve- rmenls. : Confirmed ; LITTLE ROCK (AP) The Â·Senate confirmed Tuesday the Â·appointment of E. Boyd Alder- 'ton of El Dorado to the state IOil and Gas Commission for a Â·term expiring Feb. 20, 1979. i The Senate also confirmed jthe appointment of Mrs. Lorene .-Hendricks of De Queen to the Â·jlalc Board of Hearing Aid Dis- 'jicnsers. Mrs. Hendricks' term expires July 31 of this year. 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