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Sioux Center News (Newspaper) - March 2, 1977, Sioux Center, Iowa Weather report Date 2-21 2-22 2-23 2-24 2-25 2-26 2-27 High 62 61 51 43 35 33 36 16 25 37 20 26 28 in the Sioux Center news published in Sioux Center Iowa volume 84, number 9 wednesday March 2,1977 complied by Henry Baker Precup. 0 0 .58 t t t it county workers supervisors relations seen As Low Point by Kerry Kircher relations Between the Sioux county Board of supervisors and members of of some american federation of state county and municipal employees local 1774 have recently become very inharmonious. Serious charges of illegal activity were levelled at the supervisors two weeks ago by Ray Conley an of some attorney from Des Moines. This article is written to provide background for the current situation at the courthouse. The stage was set for the unionization of Public employees in Iowa with the passage in april 1974 of Senate file 531, the Public employment relations act. This Law which became effective july 1 of that year Deal with the right of Public employees to organize and bargain collectively and it delineates rules to govern the relations Between Public employers and organized Public employees. In june 1975, Sioux county Road department employees took the first step toward organizing by requesting that an election be held. The election took place in november an 1 nearly 80 percent of the conservation department employees county Home employees and custodial personnel As Well As Road department employees voted to affiliate with of some. Bernard Schiefen of  Hawarden was chosen president. Prior to the election however an important hearing was held before the Public employee relations per Board a creation of Senate file 531. The hearing involved unit determination. Members of the Road Crew requested that they alone be defined As a bargaining unit. The supervisors requested that the bargaining unit include also conservation department employees county Home employees and custodial personnel. The per Board ruled with the supervisors. Contract negotiations Between local 1774 and the Board of supervisors began soon after the november election and were not concluded until july 1976. Gerald Kraai an experienced labor attorney from Sioux City and Earl Slife or. Of Hawarden represented the county. County employees Bernard Schiefen and Ray Faber of Orange City and Julie Bonds Meer an of some Deputy from Des Moines represented local 1774. Negotiations were Long and arduous but reportedly took place in a Friendly the contract was signed for two years with wages. And overtime compensation to be renegotiated after one year. Those negotiations Are now underway Federal mediation was required but binding arbitration was not. The contract provided for a three step grievance procedure step 1, to be filed with the Foreman step 2, to be filed with the county Engineer step 3, to be filed with the supervisors. If satisfaction is not obtained after the three Steps an Appeal May be made to the per Board for a hearing. The first grievance was filed in july 1976 by Lewis Strong and Dan grooters both of Orange City. Strong and grooters grieved irregular paydays to the Board of supervisors. Some paychecks were occasionally hand delivered to shop Foreman by maintenance superintendent John Zeutenhorst of Orange City and thus at some shops checks were passed out earlier than at others. The supervisors made no formal response to the Strong grooters grievance but since that time All paychecks have been mailed directly from the county auditor s office. A second grievance filed by Lewis Strong in september 1976, came As a result of a june 24, 1976 supreme court decision involving the fair labor standards act. That decision absolved All Public employees from the obligation of paying time and a half for overtime work. Within one week of the decision the supervisors availed themselves of this new option . They stopped paying time and a half for overtime. A Short time later the Engineer s office posted a notice that straight time or compensatory time off would be offered for overtime work. It was this policy that Strong grieved although the exact nature of the grievance is not Clear. The supervisors responded by dropping the compensatory time off option. In june 1976, an altercation took place in the Rock Valley shop involving supervisor Pete Timmer of Rock Valley and three employees. Sharp words were exchanged and one of the men Russ Van Berkum of Rock Valley grabbed Timmer. As a result Van Berkum and the two other men involved Allen Vandestouwe of Hull and Harold Van Berkum of Rock Valley were suspended two weeks without pay and placed on six months probation. This action was grieved on october by All three men and a per Board hearing was held nov. 23. Bernard Schiefen of Hawarden testified As Well As Timmer and All six members of the Rock Valley shop. At this Date no decision has been received from the hearing officer. Another grievance was filed in november. The supervisors made a decision to reduce by one the number of Road graders operated out of the Rock Valley shop. Allen Vandestouwe requested As a result of the reduction that he be taken from Road grader duty and placed in the shop. Supervisor Timmer refused the request and Vandestouwe filed a grievance citing his 15 years seniority. The supervisors did not act on the grievance and Vandestouwe did not Appeal. A fifth grievance one of a much More serious nature was filed on Jan. 11, 1977 by Bernard Schiefen and Dan grooters. The grievance alleged a violation of article 12, Section 9 of the contract in the december 31 Layoff of the two men. The Layoff was made by letter and without any prior consultation with the Foreman and no reason for the move was Given article 12, Section 9 provides that employees shall be Laid off in the inverse order of their seniority and ability As determined by the employer provided All probationary and temporary employees Are Laid off the supervisors responded on Jan. 13 by denying the allegation. Continued on Page 6 Farmers Coop sets record sales by Randall Palmer the Farmers cooperative society of Sioux Center and Ireton had record sales and a profits general manager Loyd Vermeer told a record crowd at the sixty ninth annual meeting of the society saturday feb. 26. Sales totalled $28.5 million for 1976, an increase of about $4.5 million or 19 percent Over 1975. The society realized an increase of about $250,000 in profits for a 1976 savings of $1.76 million. 1976 yielded close to $1 million in dividends for members. Numerous shareholders High school principal says no penalty in citing of standards. The Sioux Center Community schools were recently cited for not being in Complete agreement with state educational standards. This was a very technical citing and was explained by supt. Charles Irwin. The state standards say that every school District must teach two years of one foreign language Irwin said this year we offered both German i and German ii but Only had one student interested in German ii. Therefore we offered German ii to her on an Independent study basis but since there were no other students desiring to take this naturally we did t teach the class. If we were to meet state standards we would have had to put a $10,000 teacher into an empty class room or a classroom with Only 1 student and this is 1 Irwin explained that there Are no penalties associated with the citing this year but there would be if not corrected by next year. Therefore it will have to be corrected hopefully by having enough students sign up to feasibly offer German ii or by following the ridiculous situation described earlier by having a teacher in an empty classroom just to say we Are teaching it Irwin said. 1 a. ,�-, it i a a a it a a a is 9 & i \ a irm aut the thei entire contents of the Ler of punt to i fast thursday 1 who alerted of k was Start Are Uncertain t fortunate to. Picked up dividend checks of Over $10,000 at the meeting saturday afternoon according to Vermeer. The checks sizes varied with the amount of Selling and purchasing the individuals did through the Coop. John Broek was re elected to the Board of directors from the Western Sioux Center area Percy Bylsma from Ireton and Jasper Timmer was elected for the first time from the northeastern Sioux Center area. A nominating committee had also presented the names of Darwin Post Robert Van Voorst and Gordon Van Wye. Broek president of the Board picked up 344 of the record 423 votes cast Timmer garnered 253 and Bylsma collected 310 votes. Gerrit Van Voorst retired from the Board after having served a maximum nine years. In View of conditions in the past year continued on Page 10 visits Sioux Center James Javore third from left talks with or. And mrs. B. J. Haan of Dort College. Javore came to Sioux Center As part of the so arts councils of a West Iowa. He is an affiliate artist who gave a presentation recently. Javore is a baritone and has performed with operas and various theatre groups. Sioux Center Heads county retail Trade second in four county area taxable retail sales taxable sales in Quarter taxable sales in Quarter percent ending june 30,1976 ending june 30,1975 increase Sioux county Hawarden 2,376,714 $ 1,951,938 22% Alton 852,999 912,779 -7% Hull 1,075,960 1,240,637 -13% Orange City 3,559,239 2,764,363 29% Rock Valley 3,094,735 2,857,566 8% Sioux Center 5,147,882 4,311,043 19% Boyden 697,512 631,286 10% Hospers 632,781 493,893 28% Ireton 1 760,080 770,349 -1% Granville 135,499 111,537 21% Maurice 58,541 56 599 3% other 1,403,186 1,579,649 -11% total county $19,795,128 $17,681,639 12% Lyon county 3,233,169 Rock rapids 3,085,812 5% George 1,002,907  855,191 17%. Doon , 347,693 184,247 89% Inwood 771,751 533,331 45% Larchwood 366504 303,251 21% Little Rock 195,599 123,273 59% Alvord , 47,010 79,133 -41% Lester 186,681 . 184,898 1% other 813,489 317,115 157% total county 6,964,803 $ 5,666,851 23% o Brien county Sheldon " Hartley " Paullina Primghar Sanborn Sutherland Archer other total county Osceola county Szwey Ashton Ocheyedan Melvin other total county $ 6,253,466 1,751,642 1,210,543 718,362 799,312 355,941 134,046 690,024 $11,913,366 3,062,464 867,637 885,750 610,070 484,068 4,809,989 $5,381,161 1,630,250 1,201,566 691,671 726,387 429,395 89403 811,618 $10,889,451 2,618,089 421,689 266,206 638,980 425,703 4,370,567 Sioux Center continued to head the retail sales picture according to data released by the Iowa department of Revenue in Des Moines the Community reported in a 19.4 percent increase on $5,147,882 in sales. The figure compares with $4,311,043 from a year earlier. Experiencing the largest increase among the major county towns however was Hawarden where sales were up 21.8 percent from the $1,951,938 reported for the a March june period of 1975. The retail total there is $2,376,714. Communities in the county reporting a decline in sales for this period included Ireton 1.3% 1976 $769,080 1975 $770,349 Alton Down 6.5% 1976 $852,999 1975 $912,779 and Hull Down 13.3% 1976 $1,075,960 1975 $1,240,637. Total sales for the county in the 1976 period ran $19,795,128 compared to $17,681,639 for the same Quarter in 1975. Other communities showing an increase in retail sales were Rock Valley. Re had $3,094,735 in retail sales which amounted to an increase of $237,169, or 8.3 percent Over the $2,857,566 reported for the same period in 1975. For the entire county the average increase during the period was 12 percent. Orange City recorded the largest sales increase with a $2,764,363 showing in 1975, to a $3,559,239 in 1976. The gain of $794,876, or 28.9 percent gave the county seat second spot among All towns except Sioux Center which led Overall herewith is a breakdown of the four county area. Caution noted a Sioux Center Man reported monday that he was tailed by a Des Moines firm regarding House siding. The so Man said that the firm had called his Home several times regarding this matter. Finally he returned the Call saying he wanted to know More about the Home siding organization the firm told him they d prefer to visit with the so Man rather than discuss the matter Over the phone. They told me the so Man said that they could do a better Job than anyone in Sioux Center. I told them they were wrong and that i did t want them calling me the news advises caution regarding out of town Calls on merchandise and services. Hope Haven to seek Church help the Board of Hope Haven in Rock Valley informed the news this week that it has assessed the response from the churches As reported by the volunteers in their efforts to solicit funds from the the Board Learned of the response at their tuesday feb. 22 meeting the Board As a result of their findings said that Many churches will be taking offerings sunday feb 27 a motion was also made that Hope Haven continue to operate depending on benevolent it was further moved that the Board Convene again March 1 tuesday to assess the total gifts and commitments made by the churches and to consider what opportunities exist for further service. / at present 106 children and 52 staff Are at Home during Hope Haven s two week temporary suspension of services the children Are scheduled to return March 7. $ 16% 7% 1% 16% 10% -17% 50% -15% 9% 17% .18% 46% -20% 14% 10% i sales figures do not include non taxable items such As food and drugs j. Area news in Brief Rock rapids mayor Julius roths said that the department of housing and Urban development Hudeas approved a pre application for a $344,000 Grant to be used for capital improvement and Public works. Rock Valley Hope Haven beginning last week closed the handicapped children s facility for a period of two weeks. The suspension of operations is expected to provide time for fund drives to be conducted amount the 176 reformed congregations in the society that Are being asked to commit funds for the school s programs. Orange cloy at least part of Revenue sharing funds granted too a will go toward the formation of an arts Council the amount came to $1,000. Rock Valley the City Council approved its budget for 1977, the latter noting a 7% increase Over the budget of last year. The figure was Given As $1,217,753, $713,000 of which comes from an economic development Agency Grant. Orange cloy the Sioux county Board of supervisors will Appeal a ruling stemming from a prohibited practices complaint filed by three former Rock Valley Road workers the complaint had been filed by Russell Van Berkum Harold Van Berkum and Al Vandestouwe after they were suspended last june from to sir jobs in Rock Valley., v

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