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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 1

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U.S. says outdated civil service setup keeps blacks off fire, police forc$ By ARTHUR 3. THOMASON Telegraph Staff Writer Blacks have not been employed on the Alton cil.y police and fire departments partly because of a discriminatory civil service selection system that Is outdated and probably unconstitutional, according to a U.S. Justice Department's assessment of the city's hiring practices, the Telegraph learned today. The highly-confidential Justice Department report recommends that the city Immediately abandon the current civil service written examination for police and fire department positions because the test is culturally biased and would certainly be struck down by the courts based on a Supreme Court decision. Alton Mayor Paul Lenz said today he was "not happy" with the report and that its author, Dr. Lee Brown, "did not have anywhere neat- enough time to talk to a cross- section of the community" to develop an objective assessment. Lenz, as other community representatives who received copies of the report, were asked by Justice Department officials not to reveal the contents of the document. "I can't understand why the report is so secretive," Lenz said. He indicated that although he felt the report should be available for publication by the news media, he made a promise to Jesse Taylor. Midwest Regional Crisis Coordinator for the Justice Department's Community Relations Service, that he would not reveal the report to the press. The mayor, however, offered a copy of the report to the Telegraph with the stipulation that the Telegraph not publish the document. A Telegraph reporter refused to accept the copy on that basis. From sources outside city hall, however, the Telegraph was able to piece together much of the language of tho report and learned that n good part of the assessment, was highly-critical of (he city's hiring practices as they relate to the employment of blacks. The report, it was learner!, concluded that blacks aro clearly under represented in city employment 'and the majority of blacks cmploved by the city occupy menial jobs in the lower wage brackets in a small number of departments. Qualified black candidates for the police and fire departments are available but have been unsuccessful in obtaining positions because of what would be ruled by a court of law to be a discriminatory selection device — the written examination, according to Dr. Brown, author of the report. In his recommendations. Dr. Brown said two existing vacancies in the police department should be not be filled but instead the monev for these jobs should be allocated to employ three black community service officers. The officers, who should be black, should meet the same qualification requirements for police duty except age, and could assist in the recruitment of blacks for the police and fire departments and the development of better community relations. The community service officers, after serving one year, should then be promoted to regular positions on the police department, according to the recommendations. The report also recommended, it was learned, that the city seek available stale funds to implement opportunities for blacks in ciry hall. Another recommendation was development of an education program to keen management and employe's informed on their social and civil rights responsibilities. To develop such a program, the mayor should establish an affirmative action advising committee composed of representat business ves of the immunity selecle-.l by the mayor and members of the s e 1 e c t e Coalition, .EGRAPH Serving Madison, Jersey, Macoupin, Greene and Calhoun Counties Vol. 137. No. 192 « A'ton rele R raph ' Printing Co.. 1.072 Alton, Illinois, Monday, August 28, 1972 Price lOc ? s g£°1? NS Est. Jan. 15, 1836 bomb saturate -Haiphong SAIGON (AP) - American fighter-bombers destroyed or damaged more than 170 build- Ings Sunday at military camps in the heaviest raids on the Hanoi - Haiphong area in 4& years, the U.S. Command announced today. The command said that Air Force and Navy jets attacked 20 different targets in the Hanoi-Haiphong area, including three army barracks, the northeast raiJ line to China, railroad yards, supply barges, storage and fuel depots, and antiaircraft missile and artillery batteries. It was the heaviest attacx In the Hanoi-Haiphong area since March 1968, U.S. officials said. North Vietnam claimed five American jets were shot down and some pilots captured. The U.S. Command made no mention of any plane losses. Among the raids Sunday was the first attack of the war on the Xom Bai army barracks 37 miles northwest of Hanoi. Pilots said their bombs destroyed 13 barracks and 10 storage and support buildings, and damaged another 46 buildings. The Xuan Mai military training complex 17 miles southwest of Hanoi and Hal Dong Barracks West, 23 miles northwest of Haiphong also were hit. The U.S. Command confirmed a report from Washington that a Chinese minesweeper had slipped into Haiphong harbor despite the U.S. minefield laid last May. The Command said the sweeper has been in Haiphong about a week and is tied up next to a Chinese freighter. It said it was "not aware that any mines have been swept." and tne Navy said the minesweeper had not attempted any clearing operations yet. The Command said it had planted new mines "at various locations to cover areas not previously seeded." The Navy said that the Chinese minesweeper was the only ship that had slipped into Haiphong, and none of the 27 ships there when the harbor was mined had left. The U.S. Command an- nounced that an American Air Force adviser was killed in South Vietnam Saturday when his small observation plane collided with a South Vietnamese jet near Que Son. A Vietnamese pilot with the American and the two Vietnamese in the jet were also killed. In the ground war, North Vietnamese forces fought their way back into the district headquarters compound in Que Son Sunday night, but government troops were reported still holding other sections of the town. )lack community by the Black ) recently forme-1 group to Watchdog the rights of blacks in Alton. program, the report indicates, should be developed immediately. Other programs to recruit blacks for! city employment, specifically' on the police and fire departments, should a!st bo undertaken immediately, Dr. Browrj said, to prove to the black community that the city is actilig in good faith. Dr. Briwn's" report concludes th,-it the nature and level of tension in the comm u n i t y necessitates that priority be given to hiring blacks on the police department. Two cuh-ent vacancies on the department, he said, must be filled bV blacks. Long-ranjge objectives cited by the city! administration will have little potentcy, he said, if short-rahge objectives such as hiring black policemen, are not pursued. The report shows that 13.7 per cent Of the total work force for the city government is black. According to the 1970 census figures, 17.2 per cent of the city's population is black. Almost half of the city's departments have no blacks at all and the largest nuir.ber of blacks; is employed in refuse collection. In totalj more than two- thirds of blacks working for the city art employed by only three departments — refuse collection, playground and recreation and street maintenance. Asked clbout implementing the recoijnmendations, Lenz said. "Any implementation of recommendations, if they are in the report, would be purely coincidental." Lenz said he had the "highest 'respect" for Dr. Brown, bijt the author of the report spent too much time talking tq "special interest" groups iijstead of a cross- section of the community. Brown had told the Telegraph earlier this sum- Teacher pickets at Edwardsville Junior High School 272 Edwardsville teachers on strike Inside mer that public his report would be Bi-State criticized as Inefficient' at Illinois Senate committee hearing By DENNIS McMURRAY Telegraph Staff Writer EAST ST. LOUIS - In a hearing by a special Illinois Senate committee investigating the Bi-State Development Agency, the mayors of Alorton, Centreville and Brooklyn criticized Bi- State for poor sen-ice, while a Telegraph reporter, called as a witness, an East Alton restaurateur and an economics professor gave testimony that characterized Bi-State as inefficieint. The mayors of the predominantly black municipalities adjacent to East St. Louis said Bi-State ignored the needs of their citizens in its routes and its fare structure. Mayor George Thomas of Brooklyn said there was no direct bus service from his town into downtown East St. Louis even though Brooklyn residents use the food stamp center and grocery stores in East St. Louis. Thomas also said that Brooklyn residents who worked in the Tri-City area had to walk a mile to Venice (See Page 2, Col. 1) Editorial . . . . A-4 Rostow explains Vietnam. Killed A-3 One dead, 3 hurt in auto crash. Sports B-2 Durocher's debut a success. Family A-10 Miss Black America. Personal Finances . . A-6 Low cost homes disappear. Harris A-5 Voters critical of Nixon on three points. Amusements A-ll Anderson .... A-5 Tax credit plan hard to handle. Roche A-5 Turns out nobody liked Vietnam war. Weather . . . . B-l Mostly sunny Tuesday; low 60, high 80s. Television .... A-12 Comics A-8 Obituaries . . . . B-6 Stocks B-5 Classified .... B-6 ejnd available for publication. Brown, however, apparently had no control over the report, o^ice it reached the Justice Department's hands, the Telegraph was told, and the department said the report was to be withheld from the public. Lenz sa,id Taylor told him the document was to be held confidential because the Justice Department didn't want it to) appear that it was dictating policies for the City of Alton. Asked [f he thought the J u s t i c «j; Department had decided to keep the report from the public because of an election year, Lenz said, "that's a possibility, but you would ha\fe to judge that for yourself." 1 By JIM LANDERS Telegraph Staff Writer EDWARDSVILLE - More than 5,300 Edwardsville students could not attend classes today as 272 District No. 7 teachers established picket lines and refused to report for work pending settlement of a six - month contract dispute. Pickets early today were walking ir. front of the Edwardsville Junior High School on St. Louis Road and at Hadley House, the school district's administrative offices on St. Louis Street. Pickets were expected to march at the senior high school this afternoon. At the same time, teachers in Alton voted against a strike Sunday in Alton Community District No. 11 after a last ditch meeting Saturday gained recognition of the teachers union as -a bargaining agent in addition to settling other contested points. In Edwardsville the strike closed the nine district schools, including seven elementary schools, which were scheduled to conduct half-day sessions. The strike is expected to continue Tuesday when District No. 7 schools were scheduled for normal sesrions. A Gordon Dodds, Edwardsville school superintendent, said the board of education would meet at 8 p.m. tonight. The six-member board ma\ vote to request a court injunction against the striking teachers. The board believes the strike is illegal under the terms of an agreement signed last year, Dodds said. The strike resulted from the failure to reach an agreement with the District No. 7 Board o f Education concerning binding arbitration of teacher grievances. Compromises were reached between the Edwardsville Education Association, which represents the 272 district teachers, and the board on items of salary increases, school class sizes, severance pay for retiring teachers and sick leave. According to David Shonkwiler, EEA president. Dodds confirmed that the issue of binding arbitration of teacher grievances remained unresolved. Presently, the board of education will submit only to advisory arbitration — meaning that the board may reject suggestions by outside arbitrators. Binding arbitration would require the board to accept the suggestions of a neutral arbitrator. The teachers and board have been negotiating five main contract issues since early March, Shonkwiler said. An informed source told the Telegraph that the EEA had accepted a board offer of $7,900 annual base salary. Original'y, the EEA had requested $8,000 while the board offered ?7,800. The board agreed to increase annual sick leave to 13 days from the present 12- day level. Also, teachers will be allowed to accumulate a total of 150 days sick leave, which is an increase of 10 days total accumulation. Approximately 200 Edwardsville teachers attended a meeting Sunday night to hear a report from the EEA Alton teachers nix strike Teachers in Alton School District 11 Sunday voted against a mass strike after teachers and school board negotiators had signed a long awaited tentative agreement recognizing the Alton Education Association as sole bargaining agent fo rteachers. Teachers voted 287-105 to oppose a strike in a boisterous rally, at Godfrey Civic Center in which AEA negotiators reported they had achieved tentative written agreement on major issues of AEA recognition, an agenda of items to negotiate, contract protection and establishment of "good faith negotiations." Approximately 475 teachers gathered for the rally but dozens of teachers walked outside of the civic center before the vote was called on a strike. Following the non-strike vote, teachers passed E resolution directing the AEA officers to set policy for a series of teacher "activities" aimed at achieving a satisfactory contract with the sdiinj) board. The 2',i - hour ral'.y climaxed with the vote and a report from the Illinois Education Association which declared that a strike in Alton would not be successful because teachers and community were not fully supporting the AEA leaders in (heir vigorous campaign tor a firm contract. "We feel you have the issues to strike," Curtis Hamilton of the IEA told the Prince William is killed piloting plane in air race Expelled Asians . Brili.sli Asians, ulio are anionj- 60,000 Asians expelled from Uganda, prepare to leave Entebbe, Ugamla, lor London by a cliarteml flight las< Friday. (AP \Vire- phutu) W01.VEUIIAMPTON. England (AP) -Prince William of Gloucester, cousin of Queen Elixabeth 11, crashed in his light plane during an air rare today and died, police reported. They said the copilot also perished. The 30-year-old prim-c wa.s ninth in the line of succession to the British throne. His four-seater Piper Cherokee clipped a tree about a mile from the runway of Halfpenny Green Airport and spun into a hillock, exploding on impact, witnesses said. Prince William, one of the aviation-minded royal family's most enthusiastic pilots, had just taken off in the Goodyear Air flace. The elder son of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester ha.s boon a flying enthusiast since his univority days in Cambridge. gathering of teachers. "But you, as ap organization, have not done the work to strike successfully." The tentative agreement on recognition of the AEA as bargaining agent was reached in a long meeting Saturday between AEA negotiators unJ a school board negotiating committe^ headed by Alton Assistant Superintender.i Charles Rayborn, A FA president James Callahan ink' the teachers. I' n cl e r the tentat \e agreement, the AEA will !v t bargaining agent for all certified personnel excludin-. 1 , administrative staff which includes administratiu' assistants, principal assistant principals and head teachers. A E A negotiators airl Rayborn signed a tentative agreemenf establishing an agenda U| negotiate issues of s a 1 a i % i |:' s , fringe benefits, wi'rkmg (fonditions and othe' 1 items whjch both sides agree are n.".:»tjab!o Negotiations on salane.v however, will probably In 1 directed toward the 197.'i /-} school year because budget ftfr the current on salaries has already established. <)l|):>r ixslies !h;it .i) ' peiuliin! ifi future nogotiaUaii'- are pe|-M>n:tl lea , c !•,• teachers, dale fur ttui-ation ui any contract iiiid a clar-e relating to impasse in ih" event that the board committee and AEA represon t a t i v e s should become deadlocked in reaching aiv, agreement on a full contract, the teachers were told Sunday. "The committee (AEA negotiators) feels that -A" have made progress Sa'ur clay." Callahan said. "Kir we've still got a long win to go." .lames Lippert, chairman of the prui'essional negotta''"!! team for the AEA and IEA leaders, urged teachers !•> give strong support to llv; AEA negotiators in a move to get a formal contract i\<<teachers The AEA plans a campai-'n to get teachers and community support in their drive to reach an agreement wan t h e school board, ih- Telegraph was told. Tasaclays increase MANILA (AP) - A bos- was born on Sunday to the Stone Age Tasaday tribe in their mountain cave in Cotobato IVovince,. 040 miles southeast of Manila, a spokes in a n for the presidential assist a n t on nafonal minorities said today. Both the baby and his mother were reported doing well. The birth increased the Tasaday population to 27, the spokesman said. Alert by Belscot clerk foils robbery suspect ISs WILLIAM (i. [(VAN BelMno iclegrapli Staff Writer Identified as Gordon I. KDWAltDSVII.LE — A 4.)- Moppuis. ot L'llS Johnson St year-old Alton man released Alton, the man was capuin\l on is a week ago after serving when a clerk pointed him out a HO-day sentence at the state an I soiled "that man |u>t penal farm for an Mloii thott. robiicj Hie jeuelr, depart- ua- back in cuslod\ loda\ on m, r,l and iie has a _ r uii an armed robbers eliar-je '1'iie -n>peot ssa.s bronchi to stemming irein a holdup tin count;, jail a:o:u ',uth a Saim.las nijii! in me ie'.selr) iv.o'nei and pouch oi ca-h department at the Kel.M ol and t r.eckx I 'lahn-j, $i:',su,S 1),.-count Sto:v c:i the Alton (Se t I'age 1'. Cul. 5) negotiating team svhich had met Saturday and Sunday with a board negotiating team. The teachers voted 162 to 18 to reject the last board offer svhich excluded binding arbitration. Less than 10 teachers opposed a proposal to refuse to report to Monday classes svithout a contract, said John Davis, an EEA negotiator. Davis said EEA negotiators met until 3 a.m. Monday to decide on a course of action. More than 250 teachers attended a 7 a.m. meeting Monday to confirm the previous night's action, Shonkwiler said. The teachers will meet again at 3:30 p.m. today to decide whjch schools will be picketed tomorrosv, Davis said. Davis said the EEA has been contacting District No. 7 parents in an effort to determine public reaction. "The people have reacted unbelievably favorably," Davis said. The teachers may also decide svhether to attend tonight's board meeting, Davis said, This decision will be discussed at the afternoon meeting. ,• If the six-member board "Of education decides to seek an injunction, the EEA will have legal counsel, Shonkwiler said. H. T Brockmeier, board secretary and school district business manager, said the 1971 agreement between the board and Edsvardsville teachers excludes the possibility of a strike. Paragraph "H" of the agreement reads: "The Edwardsville Education Association hereby agrees not to strike, or engage in or support or encourage any refusal to render complete contractual services in the school district." However, the EEA maintains that a subsequent paragraph allows a strike. T h e no-strike agreement remains in effect only until "Mich time as a nesv procedural agreement is negotiated." Since negotiations have failed, the EEA says, the teachers may strike. "We want to go back to svork," Shoj'ksviler said. "We svant the schools to open but ii is a matter of principle." KlsewhH-e in the state, some 200 teachers in School District 149, embracing the southern Chicago Suburbs of Doluin, South Holland and Calumet City, continued their strike over what they call cutbacks in the current board of education contract offer. The teachers voted Friday to strike. In the District 87 in the south,'ni Chicago suburbs o: B e r k o 1 e y , Bolhvood and H i ' 1 s . .! e , an emergency no-'oti iiinj session between ItiO -:r:k'-i : teachers and the board of fdu.'.itioii \cas called by Kobe: I M J'lwick, Cook Counts -iipciimendcnt of SclMoks In seu'i;,! other dosvnstate d:.-'!r'1-t.s. Deluding Bchidere, to ichor-. -ta\ed assay from 1 he 1K\ reported set' eii'."ii! - on teacher contract-, 'ACT r-.:.-lied over the s\eel,end ii h ,11 a do/en 'I -rvK -Ajii'e o'her dull-ids

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