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November 14, 1989 | from Associated Press
A locksmith says he had a run-in with New York hotel magnate and convicted tax evader Leona Helmsley over the locksmith's demand to collect payment after installing a lock on a vault in her home in this Phoenix suburb. The locksmith was not identified by name or company affiliation by the Phoenix Gazette, which reported last week that Helmsley on Nov. 7 refused to pay the locksmith $385 in cash when he installed a lock on a vault in her home, although a c.o.d.
March 12, 1987
Barney's letter defending locksmiths' pay in the L.A. school system continues the common perception that teachers begin work when they enter the classroom and stop working when they leave it. My husband teaches the 5th grade. He gets to school at 7 a.m. to prepare the blackboards and get everything in order in the classroom. He leaves school at 3:30 p.m., usually, unless he has a teachers' meeting or some sort of committee meeting. Monday through Thursday evenings he is in his study preparing lesson plans and correcting papers from 7 to 9 p.m. On Sunday afternoons he prepares bulletin boards and works on school records for the children.
February 26, 1987
I am a locksmith for the Los Angeles Unified School District and feel it's time to defend the locksmith profession and the realities within the school district. All locksmiths are required to work 8 hours a day, 260 days a year, for a salary of $31,532 or $15.16 per hour; teacher's are required to work 6 hours a day, 180 days a year, for a salary ranging from $20,600 to $35,500 or, in laymen's terms, $19 to $32 an hour, depending on schooling and years of service. Locksmiths are not afforded the luxury of Christmas and Easter vacations, sabbatical leaves, teacher's aides, substitutes or step increases, as implied.
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