High-Resolution, Full Color Images Available Online
Search, Browse, Read, and Print Yearbook Pages
View College, High School, and Military Yearbooks
Browse our digital annual library spanning centuries
Support the Schools in our Program by Subscribing
Page 8 text:
Cars gather in the parking lot of the general
office preparing for the daily convoy past the
strikers into the mine.
Members of the Arizona National Guard set
up tents in the plant on Thursday, August 18.
Lr'i1"'Qx' 1 x
Located on the 1110 dump, a small city
emerges following the arrival of the National
Guard and DPS in Morenci,
Over two hundred DPS officers were on
duty at the plant gate when the mine re-
opened on August 19.
iv' 1 LXWKW In mum
Page 7 text:
eire all in I' r
i Q .s ,.f.4
in Activities 14
Student Life - the focus was on the
fun, as well as work, for Homecoming,
the Halloween Carnival, Junior Olym-
pics, prom and graduation.
through Cooperation 28
Organizations - where we worked to-
gether. Whether planning a bake sale, a
booth at the carnival, or making a year-
book, we relied on others.
in Competition 46
Athletics - we learned the thrill of vic-
tory, and how to handle defeat. We won
some and lost some, but always did our
for Learning 70
Academics - we prepared for the fu-
ture through hard work and dedication.
Self-discipline helped students achieve
success as they worked toward their
with People 80
Students, teachers, and administrators
- working together for a memorable
record of achievement.
for our Community 106
Sponsors - helping each other and the
school through some difficult times.
It was with apprehensionthat we
approached the 1983-84 school year.
A summer of tension and violence
due to the strike against Phelps
Dodge had left us not only with -mixed '
feelings and emotions, but on differ-
ent sides. No one remained un-
igtouched by the events of the summer.
i We began the year with many ques-
tions. What would it be like at school
with the children of both strikers and
workers attending together? Would
theiproblems of the summer carry
over into the school as well? Would
anything ever be the same again? s
We were reminded of the possible
difficulties when the press arrived to
interview students the first day of
school. Then, instead of the usual
opening assembly, the four classes
were segregated for orientation.
Many students were upset at the
loss of friends who had moved away
during the summer. Others faced a -
lonely year having chosen to remain
in Morenci even though family mem-
bers had moved elsewhere.
A year of uncertainty lay ahead.
We only knew one thing for sure-
-whatever the outcome, we would
face the year together.
Theme 8: Contents-3
Page 9 text:
Two striking copper miners stand picket
duty at the main entrance to the mine.
abor dispute breeds strife,
tension and turmoil
Will Morenci ever be the same?
This was the question many people
were asking prior to the opening of
the school year. Events that had oc-
curred during the two-month old
strike had made for a very uncertain
The strike began on July 1 when
negotiations between Phelps Dodge
and the unions stalled due to dis-
agreement on the cost-of-living
clause. Phelps Dodge officials felt
that falling copper prices made it nec-
essary to cut COLA, whereas the un-
ions wanted a contract similar to that
negotiated by Kennecott.
In the past, strikes had been un-
eventful as PD shut down their oper-
ations while negotiations went on.
This time, however, Phelps Dodge
continued operating using salaried
personnel working two twelve-hour
As the weeks passed and the num-
ber of day's pay employees choosing
to cross the picket line increased, so
did tension in the town. Strikers gath-
ered in increasing numbers along the
road to the plant, shouting at those
employees who continued to work
during the strike.
Tempers reached a boiling point in
August with the company's an-
nouncement that it would begin hiring
outside workers to fill jobs left vacant
by the strikers. For three nights Mor-
enci was on the verge of a disaster as
carloads of strikers and their families
rallied throughout town venting their
anger on all nonstrikers. Then, on
Monday morning, August 8, striking
miners caused the closure of the em-
ployment office. An estimated 1, OOO
men, women, and children gathered
along U.S. 666 preventing the even-
ing shift change. Governor Bruce
Babbitt flew to the area late that
evening to meet with company offi-
cials and union representatives. At
the request of the Governor, and
faced with the possibility of forced
closure by violence, PD officials
agreed Tuesday morning, August 9,
to a ten-day shutdown and cooling-off
In the early morning hours of
Thursday, August 18, local residents
were awakened by the sound of heli-
copters flying over the townsite as a
convoy of National Guard units rolled
into town. Joined by hundreds of DPS
officers, the troops prepared for pos-
sible violence when the mine re-
opened the following day, August 19.
Although the presence of the Na-
tional Guard and DPS officers pre-
vented further mass demonstrations
and the mine reopened without inci-
dence, the resentment by strikers of
those who crossed the picket line per-
sisted. The strike was far from over
when school opened on August 29
and parents, teachers, and adminis-
trators alike wondered what effect
the events of the summer would have
on the school year.
Suggestions in the Morenci High School - Copper Cat Yearbook (Morenci, AZ) collection:
Are you trying to find old school friends, old classmates, fellow servicemen or shipmates? Do you want to see past girlfriends or boyfriends? Relive homecoming, prom, graduation, and other moments on campus captured in yearbook pictures. Revisit your fraternity or sorority and see familiar places. See members of old school clubs and relive old times. Start your search today!
Looking for old family members and relatives? Do you want to find pictures of parents or grandparents when they were in school? Want to find out what hairstyle was popular in the 1920s? E-Yearbook.com has a wealth of genealogy information spanning over a century for many schools with full text search. Use our online Genealogy Resource to uncover history quickly!
Are you planning a reunion and need assistance? E-Yearbook.com can help you with scanning and providing access to yearbook images for promotional materials and activities. We can provide you with an electronic version of your yearbook that can assist you with reunion planning. E-Yearbook.com will also publish the yearbook images online for people to share and enjoy.
Material on this website is protected by copyright laws of the United States and international treaties.
No protected images or material on this website may be copied or printed without express authorization.