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To the editor:
What started out as a conversation
among a dozen or so Knights of Columbus Hall patrons is turning into
a major fund-raising attempt to help the striking employees at MII
members of Local 644, struck 11 weeks ago when MII ownership
tendered a new contract offer that allowed the company to replace
all tenured employees in as little as two years. The 96 employees on
strike are not eligible for unemployment compensation, and with the
company not willing to come to the bargaining table, the picture
looks bleak for a settlement.
It is in this light that a group of
Lincolnites has decided to mount a monthlong undertaking to help
raise funds for Local 644 union members.
The multitiered fund-raiser,
beginning this week, will end with an all-day affair Feb. 26 at the
Knights of Columbus Hall. Organizers plan a pancake, sausage and
biscuit breakfast in the morning, as well as an evening of music
with the band Country Thunder supplying the entertainment. Donations
at the door will be accepted for the music portion of the day's
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Activities during the afternoon
include a euchre tournament starting at 1 p.m.
The organizers, who have no
affiliation with Local 644, also have other fund-raisers planned
leading up to the events on Feb. 26.
Tickets at $50 each for special
benefactors will be sold throughout the county, as well as $5
tickets for a 50-50 drawing and tickets at $5 each for the
Some of the locations selling
tickets are Dick Logan's Kerr McGee, the Knights of Columbus Hall,
Mitchell-Newhouse Lumber Co. and Logan County Rental Center.
Individuals or organizations
interested in selling tickets can call Glenn Shanle at 732 3207.
(posted Jan. 24, 2005)