Reviewing the Past

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Following are articles as they appeared in the Ranger-Review, the Dawson County Review, and Glendive Independent, 25, 50 & 94 years ago this month.

25 Years Ago Teachers Threaten to Strike

Until now, the rumor of a teacher strike has only been a whisper running through the community, but a recent vote by members of the Glendive Education Association have made a strike threat a real possibility.

Teachers in the Glendive Education Association (GEA) met Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. to discuss the association’s next move and to vote on whether they should authorize a strike should their negotiating team deem it necessary.

“It was not an easy decision; a lot of people (members of the GEA) have asked for it a long time,” said Darrell Layman, head negotiator for the GEA.

After more than an hour of discussion on Wednesday, the ballots were handed out, and the decision was made to give authorization to call a strike if a settlement is not reached. Secret ballots were used for the vote.

One-hundred-and-one teachers, out of the district’s 117, chose to vote on strike authorization.

“It (the vote) gives the committee authority to call a strike if a settlement is not reached,” explained Layman. The next negotiations meeting is set for Jan. 23. Nothing, as far as a strike goes, will happen before that session, according to Layman.

Rick D’Hooge, Montana School Boards Association negotiator hired by the board, labeled the vote as “nothing but a preplanned slap in the school board’s face.”

He said that the threat of a strike is a GEA negotiating tactic. “It is a normal process of bargaining. The MEA (Montana Education Association) and their local offices throughout the state repeatedly use this tactic in negotiations,” said D’Hooge in a phone interview Thursday.

D’Hooge added that he felt there was substantial movement during the most recent negotiations meeting on Jan. 9.

Layman also agreed that there had been substantial movement during the Tuesday evening negotiations session. He added that the strike authority vote does not mean the GEA has given up on the negotiations process. “We are still willing to work. ... We want to concentrate on the commonality,” he said.

94 Years Ago This Is Thrift Week

Saving is one of the great factors of thrift. All the wealth accumulations of mankind came through spending less than was earned.

It is always easiest to save when we have a definite object in view. The strongest motive to save is the desire to possess some article which necessitates saving to acquire it.

The best and most worthwhile possession and the best incentive to save is to desire to own a home.

One of the strongest instincts of the human race is love of home. Our tenderest as well as earliest memories are associated with “mother” and “home.” And every normal person deep down in his heart hopes and wishes for a home of his own some day.

Shelter is one of the fundamental necessities of life. All of us must pay out something for a suitable shelter.

Instead of paying rent to a landlord it is much better to pay this out for a home of one’s own. In addition to this it is usually necessary to save some considerable amount as an initial payment down. Thereafter the “rent” can be applied as future payments and after a term of years the home is paid for and owned in fee simple as the lawyers say.

There is no better investment than a home. In personal satisfaction it beats a rented place beyond description. The man who owns his home be it in the city or in the country, feels an independence, a self-respect and a security that no renter can ever approach.

It is the safest possible investment as well. Land is the basis of all worldly wealth and it is the most secure and least likely to lose in value.

This is Thrift Week–––and there can be no stronger example than owning one’s own home.