Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on June 29, 1973 · Page 64
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 64

Phoenix, Arizona
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Friday, June 29, 1973
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* * « REPUBLIC MAIL i-12 The Arizona Republic ® Friday, -lone 29, lift Republic pti«« Lawrence deLeon, left, speaks to workers on the steps of City Hall City manager resignation demanded in talk to angry City Hall pickets By STEVEN TRAGASH A city labor leader, speaking to more than 100 angry city blue collar workers and firemen picketing City Hall late Thursday afternoon, called for the resignation of City Manager John B. Wentz. Dissatisfied with pay increases approved by the City Council, workers said at the demonstration they were fed up with city officials, and particularly Wentz. Leaders charged Wentz has ignored city workers since he first came to City Hall in 1970. Lawrence deLeon business the thing was nabbed. A reagent for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employes, (AFL- CIO) speaking on the steps of City Hall, called for Wentz' resignation and announced formation of a political coalition of four city-employe organizations. De Leon is not a city employe nor is he related to City Councilman Armando deLeon. "We must get rid of the cancer by joining ourselves into a coalition," de Leon told workers. They cheered. The groups participating in this coalition — one of the first of its kind in the history of the city — are the Phoenix Fire Fighter's Association, the Service Workers Association, the City Employes Un- ion, and AFSCME. A salary dispute between city workers and the administration , spawned the coaltion, and organizers promised to support candidates for elected city posts who would be more responsive to the needs of city workers. De Leon asked Wentz to give up his $45,000 a year post as the city's chief administrative officer because he is not running the city properly. Workers pounded the hot sidewalks in front of City Hall for more IVz hours in 115 degree heat. Said one picket sign: "Wentz didn't have to walk. the hot get his raise." Informed of de Leon's state- 'ment to workers, Mayor John D. Driggssaid: "The council is in the best position to evaluate his (Wentz') effectiveness/ and the council has unanimously agreed he is doing an effective job." De Leon and Everett Kenney, head of the City Em-, ployes Union, met with Wentz to discuss their differences over the pay issue and treatment of city workers in general. After picketing for more than an hour, workers gathered up on the steps of City Hall to hear labor unions leaders pledge support for the coalition. Workers inside City Hall offices peered out windows to watch the pickets and listen to the speeches, which were punctuated by loud cheers of support for almost anything uttered by leaders. Wentz said earlier this week city employes engaging in political activity were subject to dismissal under a section of the City of Phoenix' personnel rules. De Leon, who has predicted hundreds of dissatisfied blue collar laborers would show up for the demonstration, said Wentz* public statement forced many to stay away. "He's trying to intimidate city workers, but this kind of scare tactic won't work," de Leon said of Wentz. "The Cactus Curtain around Arizona must comedown." Wilbur Richey, leader of the largest union of city em- ployes, the Service Workers Association, did not call for Wentz's resignation,"but was sharply critical of the manager. "Since Wentz has come here, it's been difficult to get things done," said Richey, referring to what he described as a shortage of equipment and sanitation trucks. Wentz ic. in his third year as city manager. Richey said morale is low among blue-collar workers, which he traced to Wentz's lack of leadership. BLAZER BONANZA 9.99 to 13.99 We've sketched a perky gingham check style of polyester/cotton. It's just one of the many looks in our value-priced collection. Solids, prints and other checks to choose from, in a variety of fabrics and assorted colors. Junior World Coats, 76 \ CHRIS-TOWN 1607 W. Bethany Home Road starts tomorro SUMMER LONGINGS 19.99 Party, patio or picnic. Anytime and anywhere you go this summer of 73 . . . wear a long dress. It's like wearing a soft breeze. Very specially priced for jr. sizes 5-13. Choose the smocked bodice gingham check with tie-back, white collar. Fresh pastels, white collar trim. Or take the floral print with shirred bodice. Both polyester/cotton. Junior Petite Dresses, 85 BILTMORE FASHION PARK 2410 E. Camelback Road SHOP MONDAY THRU FRIDAY 9:30 A.M. to 9:30 P.M. SAT. 9:30 to 6 OPEN SUNDAY 12 to 5 SCOTTSDALE, LOS A8COS MALL 7333 E. McDowell Rood

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