The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa on May 7, 1970 · Page 3
Get access to this page with a Free Trial
Click to view larger version
May 7, 1970

A Publisher Extra Newspaper

The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 3

Des Moines, Iowa
Issue Date:
Thursday, May 7, 1970
Page 3
Start Free Trial

Page 3 article text (OCR)

Teachers Go On Strike in KeokukfusB By Larry Fruhllng (RofllsterSlaff Writer) KEOKUK, IA. - The first general leathers' strike in Iowa shut down schools in-the Keokuk Community Sc'hobl District W e d n esday, leaving "about . 3,800 students • M "" JO ° with no classes to attend. Wednesday afternoon, District Judge J. R. Leary granted the School Board's petition for ¥ temporary injunction to halt the strike, .but it was not immediately-clear whether -the -180: striking teachers will heed" the order. Thomas Coffey, president of the Keokuk Education Association, responded with a "no comment" when asked if the teachers would obey the court order, which also prohibited picketing on or near school grounds. . The walkout resulted from a deadlock between Tfie association, which represents nearly all the teachers in the district, and the School Board. It climaxed a fouj'-nionlli salary dispute. "School Today" School Superintendent Robert Leland said school would be held today "either with our contracted employes or other employes." He said the "other employes" are substitute teachers who have no regular contracts. Judge Leary granted the injunction against the strike after an hour-long hearing in district court. "The court is of the opinion that members of the Keokuk Education Association are public employes, and that public employes do not have a right to strike in the state of Iowa," Leary declared' from the bench. - Normally, judges enter contempt citations for persons who disobey restraining orders, but Leary would not say what ac- _tion he would take if his in- ftEGISTER PHOTO 8Y HENRY BARNETT Teachers Picket Keokuk School An unidentified Keokuk teacher pickets outside Keokuk Junior High School Wednesday after teachers walked off their jobs in a dispute over salaries. tify himself, however, "because I've got friends on both sides." The walkout was joined by about 180 of the district's 196 classroom teachers, Superintendent Leland testified at the injunction hearing. The strike closed down the district-s high school, junior high and seven elementary schools. The strike was called early Wednesday morning by the association membership, although t h e association's executive board was authorized earlier to call the walkout on its own after negotiations with the school board hit an impasser— "Workshop Day" Leland said he lieard the strike had been called at 6:30 a.m. on a local radio station. Five minutes later, Leland designated Wednesday as an "ad- junction were ignored. .The Iowa State Education Association (1SEA), the state's majn teacher organization, immediately supported the walkout at Keokuk. ,W'I firmly believe the Kco- "Ttuk Education Association and its members have acted in a mature and responsible manner," said Kenneth Wells, executive secretary of the ISEA. The Keokuk association claimed "majority" community support for its cause, but the walkout created divisions in this Mississippi River city of 16,000 residents. One man, whose two children were without a school to go to Wednesday, said he was not for the'walkout. He refused to iden- teacher in the Keokuk Junior High. Base Pay The board's proposal would increase base pay for starling teachers to $6,800 a year, a $300 increase. Coffey said the teachers' association would have settled for slightly smaller increase for beginning teachers, but wanted greater raises for teachers with experience. "Career teaching in Keokuk is jeopardized," Coffey declared, adding that the board refused to accept a mediator's proposal after the teachers association and the board couldn't get together. mininlrative workshop day," which freed students — but not teachers — of the responsibility show*up in <:JaaprtjOms. About 30 custodial workers in the school district — represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employes — also struck Wednesday... George Parks of Iowa City, state director of that union, said the custodians' union authorized the strike earlier after receiving an offer for a 2 per cent salary raise in the coming school year. The School Board has offered contracts for the next school year that would raise teacher salaries an average of 5.5 per cent, said Coffey ran English Leland said the board wished to "stress productivity" in the salary index for the coming school year, while the association wanted the emphasis for more pay on "longevity." Both sides agreed they were about $21,000 apart on the entire salary package. Ruling Cited George L. Norman, a Keokuk lawyer who represented the School Board at the injunction hearing, said public employes -strikes-jaere_jElearly outlawed earlier this, year in an Iowa Supreme Court ruling which involved maintenance men at,the University of. Northern Iowa at Cedar Fajls.f'-" Marvin'Adams, a Des Moines attorney representing the Keokuk teachers, told Judge Leary that teachers and other public workers have a "constitutional right" to strike, the same as workers in the private sector. Adams said- the School Board had failed to live up to an agreement to negotiate salaries for summer teachers and for some special duties, and therefore did not go after the injunction with "clean hands." * Adams is general counsel forj the Iowa State Education Association. CONSTRUCTION TALKS FALTER Members of striking Local 177 of the Laborer's Union and the Des Moines Construction Council met fruitlessly here Wednesday in an attempt to end the six-day strike that has shut down construction projects in Des Moines. "There was no progress," said Robert Crusie, federal mediator who is meeting with both sides. "There are no further meetings scheduled at this time." It was learned contractors have offered a one-year, contract with a wage increase of 72Vfe ..cents an hour, plus improvements in working conditions. . The laborers, ii was learned, have countered with a demand for a three-year contract calling for an increase the first year of $1.25 per hour; $1.20 the second year and $1.15 the third year, plus " improvements in working conditions. The laborers 1 ' present pay scale is $4.21 an hour, which includes various fringe ben- The strike has idled about 700 members of the union but also has put several thousand other craft union members off work because they are honoring the picket lines posted by Local 177. The strike has shut down work on an estimated $100 million worth of construction work in the Des Moines area, including major downtown" buildings and school additions. LAUNCHES WARSHIP GLASGOW, SCOTLAND (REUTERS) — Princess Anne, daughter of Queen Elizabeth, launched her first warship Wednesday. FIRE DESTROYS MOBILE HOME By Larry Eckholt Fire apparently ignited by a hot if on destroyed the mobile home and personal belo'ngings of a Des Moihes woman, firemen said .Wednesday. The home, owned by Mrs. Rachel Clements, was a't Holiday Hills Mobile Home Village at 802 E. County Line-road. War Widow District-Fire Chief Joe Lof* fredo said he was told Mrs. Clements' husband was killed in South Vietnam last year. Loffredo said the mobile home was destroyed in less than fifteen minutes. "It was just like someone was standing over it" and -pouring-gasoline-on-i^'-Lof^ fredo said. "By the time we got there, laid out the hoses and started pouring water on the trailer, there was only a skeleton left." Loffredo" said the fire evidently started in the rear of the 15-foot by 60-foot structure about 1:45 p.m. He estimated the value of the mobile home and Mrs. Clements' household goods at about $9,000. Only the base was left after ;he blaze, Loffredo said, and the aluminum siding "looked ike solder poured around th« frame." Another Damaged Loffredo said the home was "relatively new. Mrs. Clements said she moved in it about four months ago." The intense heat from the blaze buckled the siding of the mobile home next door, Loffredo said, but the extent of the damage was not known. MANLY SCHOOL HIT BY BLAZE (The Register's Iowa News Service) MANLY, IA. — Fire Wednesday gutted the combination lunch room-music room at the North-Central Community High School here. The fire, which was reported about 5 p.m., is the second fire in two months at the school. Town Marshal Lannie Navratil said the fire was contained in the second floor lunch room- music -room, but the shop area below suffered water damage. He said musical instruments and band uniforms also were damaged^ Firemen from Manly, North wood and jrtason City fought "the blazet The state fire marshal's office i is investigating,' D.MrSpWier Missing in Viet Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Ledlie of rural Des Moines have been informed by the Defense Department that their son, Pfc. Donald R. Ledlie, 22, is missing in action in Vietnam. Pfc. Ledlie entered the Army in August, 1969, and was sent to Vietnam in February. He is a 1966 graduate of Lincoln High School. Des Moines Register Thus., May 7, 1970 . Iowa Beauty Ray Lauds Big Brothers> Generation Gap 1 The Big Brothers of Greater Des Moines were lauded Wed- ffesday by G6v. Robert D. Ray as "an organization doing some- tnMg about the generation gap." ' "In a day and age when we are all concerned by the lack of understanding on our college i^ke campus of more than 20 Jacqueline Lee Jochims, 22, of Carroll, is scheduled to leave this morning for Miami Beach, Fla., where she will represent Iowa in the upcoming Miss U.S.A. Pageant. The blue-eyed blonde beauty was chosen .Miss Iowa last September. She visited DCS Moines Wednesday after Carroll residents gave her a big send-off. campuses, even at the Univef sity of Iowa right now r your organization is doing something about it," Ray said. "It's a problem we're wrestling with evefyjay,. looking for something to do. The time 'to really close it is before the gap gets started, and yon are doing that." Big Brothers is an organization which matches mature volunteer men with fatherless boys between the ages of 8 and 17. ..~AbouL 300... p_erson!_.attej}dj2d_ the annual luncheon meeting at Hotel Fort Des Moines. Billy Martin, former manager of the Minnesota Twins, was the main speaker. Service Award A Drake University fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, won the Big Brothers' 1970 Outstanding Service award. In presenting the award, President-elect Hans Weiss said the fraternity men were "directly and primarily respon- Second Murder Charge Asked as Witness Is Found By Nick Lambcrto The Polk County Grand Jury will consider a possible murder charge against a man freed by a municipal court judge last Friday because a key witness could not be located! 1 Polk County Attorney Ray sible for the recruitment on the Fenton said Wednesday he will submit the case involving the death of Scotty Sias, 69, of 745 Eighteenth st., to the grand jury. Robert Warren Maples, 49, formerly of the same Eighteenth street address, was accused of murder in the death of Sias last May. Hunted by Police Maples was sought by police for almost a year before he was arrested last Mar. 27 in Indianapolis, Ind. He was returned to Des Moines Mar, 30 and held in county jail without bond. • Last Friday Municipal Judge Howard Brooks dismissed the murder charge against Maples after Assistant County Attorney John H. King told him Dr. Edward B. Grossman, jr., a key witness, was out of the country and could not be found. Dr. Grossman was located by a Register reporter at Orange City. Dr. Grossman said he has been in Orange City since last November and "any doctor at Broadlawns or Iowa Methodist (hospitals) would know where I am now." While serving as a surgical resident at Broadlawns Polk County Hospital last May, Dr. Grossman treated Sias before he died. Prosecutor King blamed mutt i c i p a 1 bailiff Bobby Rice, whose job it is to subpoena witnesses, for not Grossman." Rice Big Brothers. "They also assisted us on numerous special projects during the past two years." Ron Roark, fraternity president, accepted the award. Governor Ray was presented an outstanding service award. When Big Brothers organized here three years ago, Ray served as its first treasurer. United Way _Big Brothers, funded by the United Way, started with II "matches" of men and boys and now has 100 such "matches" in Des Moines, said Harold Friedman, Big Brothers president. The Big Brothers agree to spend time regularly with the younger brothers participating in various activities., An award honoring the late Don Schwartz, first president of the group here, was presented to Alphonse (Babe) Bisignano, president during 1969. Donald Arnold, 23, of DCS Moines, was presented the Outstanding Big Brother award from among 12 nominees. The award is named for Ronald L. Troy, the group's executive director. Other awards were presented to Billy Martin and Gene Messenger, for • "outstanding achievement"; and to Jerome Wolf, Ken Prideaux and Mrs. Ruth Schwartz, widow of the first president, for "Outstanding service." finding—Dr. J blamed the ^^^^Irao WAINUT UST6ATE . Fresh new group of PolyesterDresses .from California A wide assortment of styles in colorful prints and checks all in wonderfully washable 100% polyester knit. Orig. $24 $11 Orig. $30 now $16 Orig. $38 ..' now $19 Orig. $46 .now $23 Sizes 8 to 16 Dresses at Both Stores REICHIRDrS 7-w. .fyp"'-'' !^#;>1U: Every Spring Coat in Stock, now Famous name coats, some all weather coats included iri'misses and petite sizes 6 to 16, 5 to 13. (Downtown only) For all you fast minute party gpers . . . Our Few Remaining Prom Dresses Drastically Reduced Sizes 5 to 13 $10 and up (Downtown only) shoppe CRYSTAL FOR SUMMER 1970 Crystal plays vertical against horizontal to stripe its brightest, summery Lacoste. White on sandstone, ice blue, grass green, salmon, .buttercup or navy in easy- care doubleknit of Dacron. Sizes 6-16. No Phpn* or Mail Ordci^-All Sales Final NEW WOMEN'S SHOPPE 703 LQCUST/ " ROOSEVEU SHOPPING CENTER county attorney's office, contending someone there told him Dr. Grossman was out of the country. "I don't know whether either is at fault," Fenton said Wednesday. We've always had a close relationship with the bailiffs. With so many subpoenas, sometimes something slips by them and us. "We had new attorneys at munHpal court and it was an old case. We didn't supply him with—an-address-and—I don't know if the hospital was checked." f No Double Jeopardy Fenton said submitting the case to the grand jury for possible indictment of Maples will not constitute "double jeopardy" since "that does not come about until an actual trial is held." Maples is at liberty now, but police don't know where he is. JRobbedof$90 An armed bandit described as a "real clean-cut kid" robbed the S & L Grocery Store at E. Thirty-eighth street and Avenue Frederick M. Hubbell of about $90 late Wednesday, police said. Elaine Lusk of 3510 E. Thirtieth st., a clerk who was alone in tba store about 11:30 p.m., said the bandit ordered her to give him the money from the cash register and warned her not to "sic your dog on me or I'll- shoot it in-the head." Miss Lusk's two-year-old German Shepherd dog was sitting near her, she said, but she did not command it to attack the robber; ' She said the man was carrying "some sort of a gun with a real long barrel but not much of a handle." He was described as white, about 19* years old and wearing a yellow jacket and denim trousers. give our best? to Mother the shirt that grew Yesterday, it was a famous French tennis shirt . . . today, it's the savviest shirtdress in everyone's favorite miracle knit . . . textured polyester - hand washable — Navy/white or Aqua/white stripe in sizes 12 to 20, M'/i to 22li. Solid Aqua or Lemon for sizes 12 to 20, Aqua or Pink for sizes 14!2 to 2212. Have your Mothers Day yiit wrupjjed free! Second Floor Downtown, Merle Hay, Waterloo

Get full access with a Free Trial

Start Free Trial

What members have found on this page