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Forest Park World (Newspaper) - June 23, 1974, Forest Park, Illinois Contract negotiations 209 hit Snag in dist. By Laurie Lawlor the proviso township District 209 Board of education has been working for the past week to Complete a final salary proposal for presentation to the teachers Union said Clarence Echols president of teachers Union local 571. No Date has been announced when the boards proposal will be submitted for a vote by the 317-member teachers Union. The first Snag in two months of smooth negotiations Over Union i demands for increased salaries came june 13, when the Union refused to ratify the boards salary proposal Echols said. According to Echols the Union initially requested a 20 percent salary increase for 1974-75. A i think the Board was surprised that the proposal was not accepted by the Echols said. A most Union members were unhappy with the Board s distribution of salary raises. In a hoping the Board is presently working to come up with a More equitable pay raise distribution. The total amount of the pay hike initially granted will remain the Stewart Diamond Counselor for the proviso school Board said he was very hopeful that negotiations would be quickly resolved. Both Diamond and Echols said they thought negotiations would be completed before provisos fall term begins. �?�1 think some kind of agreement will be reached soon a Diamond said after the Board broke into executive session at the end of last monday nights meeting. The Board will meet for a special a a adjourned meeting next monday night. As part if its regular Post school year recess a a housekeeping chores the Board accepted the resignations of 12 teachers hired 13 new teachers and raised the salaries of four teachers. A new head wrestling coach was named for proviso West. Howard current will rep Ace Harold Yaeger who resigned. Current came to proviso in 1961 As a member of the boys physical education department at proviso East. He was transferred to proviso West for the 1970-71 school year the Board hired a part time life guard for summer swim classes due to Large summer swim enrolment. The summer swim program will begin june 24 and will last through aug. 2 effective in september Evelyn Swanson will be acting department chairman for the proviso West Library. Swanson came to proviso in 1964 and has served in the Library at both proviso East and West since then. Because proviso East has experienced difficulty in establishing the definite residences of its incoming students each fall the Board hired William Jordan to personally investigate the residences of All incoming proviso East students. At the March 18, 1974, meeting of the Board the proviso West mathematics department received approval for postponement for recommended adoption of an algebra textbook pending the outcome of their 1973-74 algebra i Pilot program. Results of this program indicated that a textbook rather than the experimental instructional materials Best fits the re aligned curriculum. Because the algebra textbooks Are out of print the Board voted to Purchase 700 new text books at $6.06 apiece for the proviso West mathematics department. Cat nabs employee in $4,000 theft at Desplaines St. Station two Little Indian two Myca Indian guides take a walk along the Desplaines River in River Forest and pretend to a a scout the area. The Indian guides is a group sponsored by the Oak Park Myca to bring fathers and sons closer together. Cat Security police arrested a cat Motorman conductor on june 13, charging him in connection with the june to robbery of the cat offices at the Desplaines ave. Rapid transit station in Forest Park. The Motorman 27-year-old Darnell Tidwell of 7704 s. Jeffrey in Chicago was charged with theft in the incident. Most of the $4,139 reported missing in the theft has been recovered according to cat Security Force chief Norman Graver. The Money was taken from the a counting room in the cat offices which Are located in four old rapid transit cars parked in the Northern part of the Yards. Receipts from All the stations along the Congress rapid transit line Are collected there by a clerk. The clerk mrs. Linda Lindsey reported the crime to police the night of june to. She told the officers she had left her office and passed through a waiting room on the Way to the washroom. Upon her return mrs. Lindsey said a robber grabbed her from behind in the waiting room forcing her to open the two locked doors leading into the receipts office. Then after he made mrs. Lindsey stand facing the Wall the Man scooped up approximately $4,000 in Small Bills and fled. Norb near strike decision by Tom Walter the employees strike of the famous liquor store located at 7339 Madison Forest Park entered its second week last wednesday amid reports that the crucial Issue in the strike May be resolved Early this week. At Issue is whether the Union local 1540 of the retail clerks Union can hold an election for Union recognition in Only one store. The store has contended that if the Union wants to organize employees it must do so in All eight famous stores in the Chicago area. A hearing was held earlier this month by the National labor relations Board Norb to determine the proper bargaining unit. After the hearing the Union set up a picket line in front of the store. In a counter move the store filed a petition with the Norb charging the Union with unfair labor practices. John Loihl an Norb official who is handling that petition said the picket line is Legal because a petition to hold an election has been filed with the Board. The main effect of the unfair labor charge apparently is that the decision on the proper bargaining unit will be expedited. Legal briefs were to be filed no later than last thursday afternoon and a decision from the regional director of the Norb can be expected in the immediate future. Normally such actions take four to five weeks. Union organizers were confident that the Norb decision would go their Way noting that they have organized Large retail food chains on a one by one basis in the past. If the decision goes against the company it has a number of recourse. The store would be required to allow an election As soon As possible unless it filed an Appeal with the Norb in Washington. If that happens the regional director could not hold an election for 25 Days after he made his decision. In that 25 Day period the store could file an Appeal in Washington. If the Appeal is rejected then the election would be held on schedule. If Washington accepts the Appeal for consideration the election would be put off until a decision is handed Down. It appears that the strike is having some effect upon sales in the store. Bud Schwarzbach president of famous industries which controls the store said sales were Down 20 percent Over last year. In a related matter pickets at the struck store have charged famous with illegally bringing in liquor from its other stores in the area. Morton Siegel one of the stores attorneys said a i can assure you that whatever merchandise the store is getting is through Legal Union pickets have stationed themselves outside the stores delivery doors asking delivery truck Drivers not to Cross the picket lines. They said they Are having some Success with teamsters Union Drivers. The joint Council of teamsters has approved the picket line meaning it recognizes the strike As a legitimate one. Under the Law no one can order someone not to Cross a line but individual Drivers can choose not to Cross the lines. Deliveries Are being made to the store however. The Union has witnessed employees not on strike delivering liquor and the Union said the liquor has come from other famous liquor stores. The strike involves around 20 full and part time employees of the store who asked the Union in to help them organize. The Union claims that Only four non management employees have refused to participate in the strike. Park District close to decision on Bubble the Park District of Forest Park is nearing a decision on whether to Purchase an inflatable plastic Bubble to enclose the villages five Tennis courts in Winter. Built by a Kentucky firm Irvin industries the Bubble would be 40 feet High 118 feet High and 251 feet Long and is constructed of opaque White Vinyl Nylon. Cost would run Over $90,000. Anchors around the perimeter of the Bubble and High strength webbing reinforcement Are designed to stand the stresses of High winds rain and Snow. A a key to whether the Park Board decides to Purchase the Bubble is the Type of financing arrangement it can work out. Tentatively the Board has looked into the possibility of issuing Revenue Bonds to pay for the construction and installation of the Bubble. The Park District would Issue the Bonds which would then be sold to private investors. The District would pay Back the Bonds through the fees charged by users of the Bubble during Winter months. A key feature of such a financial arrangement is that no tax Levy would be involved. Under the proposal the District would not be allowed to Levy additional taxes to pay for the Bubble. It is hoped the Bubble would pay for itself. Parks and recreation director James e. Sarno has said the District would Issue around $160,000 in Bonds. The additional Money would be used to construct locker rooms and showers for Tennis players. The Bubble would be erected from october to May and taken Down during the summer months. Sarno said he Felt paying for it would be no problem a we be going into this if it weren to going to More than pay for itself a he said accompanying this Story is a ballot for Forest Park residents to use to let their feelings be known. The world is running the ballot in the Hopes of receiving a Cross Section of Community opinion on this Issue the results of the poll will be forwarded to the Park District for its consideration. Cat Security officers were suspicious of the robbery from the Start according to Forest Park police. Because the waiting room is open Only to cat employees and Access to the entire Yard area is restricted an a inside jobs was suspected. Polygraph lie Detector tests were administered to various employees and one employee was identified As a conspirator in the crime. That employee who has not been charged led police to Tidwell. Tidwell has been charged with Petty theft a Misdemeanour rather than armed robbery or grand theft which Are both felonies. Police said the recovery of All the stolen currency May have had something to do with the lesser charge being pressed. Remodelling of cat station announced bored commuters on the cat Congress rapid transit line can look Forward to some changes in their daily round in coming months. The cat has big plans for the Desplaines ave. Terminus of the line according to cat spokesmen. The plans include a Complete new paint Job for the Desplaines Stop As Well As 24 other Al and subway stops on the a tax a lines. The paint Job which will replace the familiar dreary Gray on cat platforms will be a a Ocolor coordinated Basic Gray accented with shades of red Green Blue or yellow on railings and pillars. One Stop the merchandise Mart station has already received its new paint Job. The Desplaines Stop and almost two dozen other stations will get their repainting sometime this summer according to cat maintenance chief Evan Olmstead. Farther in the future the cat has plans to completely remodel and modernize the Desplaines ave. Station. The remodelling expected to Cost More than $300,000, will include a reconstruction of the platform area a new escalator and other improvements. The present painting project is Only a an interim measure a to Spruce up the station until the remodelling can begin according to Olmstead. Remodelling of the Desplaines ave. Stop and eight other rapid transit stations is planned. The renovation is being paid for out of state and Federal funds. One station the Bryn mawr Stop on the Howard Al line has already received its renovation. Work on the Desplaines ave. Stop will probably not begin for another nine months however Olmstead said. Once begun the remodelling will probably take approximately nine months to Complete Olmstead said. Also being rebuilt under the program Are the Kedzie and Kimball stations on the Ravenswood Al the Jackson Park terminus at 63rd and Stony Island the Central Park station on the Douglas route the Halsted station on the Englewood line and the Fullerton station on the Howard line. Tennis Bubble ballot Are you in favor of the proposed Bubble for the Tennis courts in Forest Park the Bubble would be in place during the Winter and would allow year round use of the five Tennis courts. It would be financed through Revenue Bonds sold to private investors. No tax monies would be used. The Bubble would pay for itself through fees payed by users. Yes a comments mail to Forest Park world 6905 w. North ave. Oak Park 111. 60302 don9 forget about a the Parks summer concert monday june 24, 7 ., in the Park a the friends of the Library Book Sale saturday june 22, from to . To 5 At the Library a East basement a the Library artists film series wednesday june 26, 7 45 they re All free i delivered i to your door every week i 40g per month a a single copy 20c Forest Park sunday june 23, 1974 vol. 5 no. 25

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