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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 3, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, April 3, 1972 THE ItTHBRlDGE HERALD IS in third month CBC technicians rotating strike defies simple explanation 11 y IAN POHTIOIl Ciinaclian Press Uilior Writer OTTVWA (CP) Now In Its third month, Ihc rotating strike by CBC technicians defies a simple explanation almost as much as it tlocs a simple solu- tion. The issues in the dispute Vie- Iwecn the corporation ami the National Association of Broad- cast Employees and Techni- cians were not easy to isolate in the first place. The positions of bolh sides seem lo grow liardcr as more and more bystanders arc drawn ink' the battle. "We have a feeling that If we pa (liis far and then give in, management will throw it in our face cvcrytimc we sit down to talk contract in the said one NABET member on a Parliament Hill picket line. NABET officials say their men would compromise for a hefty salary increase. Chief union negotiator Robert Uou- chanl insisted in an interview this week, however, that "they (the management) don't have enough money lo buy a peace." At least equal to money in im- portance, he said, is the issue of job security. He blamed man- agement attitudes for (he feel- ing by (lie men that they must fight for their jobs. From this point of view, the dispute is the underside of a revolution in communications technology that has itccured during the past 10 years, largelj ns a spin-off from tile U.S space program. The new technology includes (he lightweight, hand-held tele- vision c a m e r a s known "creepy desk-size vi deotapc equipment that enable: a producer lo pre-edit hi: shows, computer programmes that permits nulomatic switch ing and scheduling of broad casts from major stalions, am ic p 1 a n n c d communications alcllite. The CDC is already taking ad- antagc of some of (he new pob- ihilities and is experimenting vith others. Hut the complex la- lor-managemont relationship las yet to adapt to even so sim- ile a device as a high-fidelity xjrtnble tape-recorder. Tiie portable lape-rccorders appeared early in Hie innos. In- and easy to operate, hey were a boon for fvcc-lance radio reporters but a real threat full-time technicians at the CBC. In a 19G5 compromise, Ihc BC agreed to limit (he number of non-union people who would be pormilled to use the Lipe-re- corrters. But we couldn't police Mr. Bouchard explained. 'Every free-lancer's name was on the list of the people who were eligible to use the equip- ment." As a result, MABET now is seeking to eliniinale altogether the use of the equipment by free-lancers, he said. Mr. Houchard accused the CBC of seeking a "blank cheque" to introduce new equip- ment in any way it sees fit. At the same Ume, he agreed that the union will be wide open to criticism if it gives the im- pression that if is opposed to changes. He argued that the union does not question management's right 10 innovate but is demand- ing a total job guarantee so that no worker may be laid olf ex- cept for improper behavior. Benealh that blanket, other demands include: retraining and relocation provisions for NADET technicians dlplaced by new techniques; assurance that such workers will have first crack at any new jobs that are created; a provision that the work performed with the new equipment will continue to be within NAIJKT's jurisdiction. Not unrelated lo the technological eliantfc issue is another demand for n four-day week that, would result in 500 new jobs. The now positions would cushion the arrival of tlic new technology whicli, Mr. Bouchard estimated, will a fleet up to 30 per cent, of the men in the next three years- An annual in seven per (.-cnl in Hie mcin-bfrship will be insufficient by itself lo ensure Unit, no one will have to be laid off. "They protest Hint the four-day week would cosl them another ?5 million a year but they never mention that it would save them S-l million in he .said. The CI1C lias promised that no men will be laid oft as a of technological change but it lias refused to (jive a total job Kunrantce-Hcginald Horlon, director of television operations in Toronto and a member of the corpora-lion's negotiating team, explained the CDC's position in an interview, "Technological change vill not cause the layoff oi people now. We have to be careful v.o say Hint. If wo gel a rcduc- fion in our budget from ttic gav- TtinH'iil, Unit's something else Rain WITH UNION" "This is uhere we're in (rou- o Ilic Mr. llnrlon "Tliey don't any layoff for any reason, We nn." Kenneth. Steel, a regional rliri'tlor rur NABET. Is being less The possibility Hint Tarlla- I muni might cut the nl- 'm S1M millioD did not disturb Mr. the than L'amlirl. "Tlifir Siiys that in Hie event nl dianges which may result in the lay- off or (if employ- "If the took ee.s, tlic: shnli nclvise i very clnsc- LtKjk at their opera- and dismiss null clianges with [lion Ihcy could find literally the union." [dozens of ways oi saving "Now, if inve you a clear money. I-'or one Ihing, they guarantee licc in connection with several in Sicily is tU1- [jcmling LI by im- nuKralion officials. An itnniigi'alion (leijiitlinenl s jt o k e H m a n said GiacoiTimo Carnporoalt, of Palermo, Sicily, was detained on arrival al AlonUcal Inlcrnalional Air- port. Officials noicd certain ir- regularities in liis passport and checked RCMP. Through Intcrpol, [he. interna- tional police organisation, il was loamed Italian police, had issued warrants Tor Camporo.alc's ar- rest in conncclion witlt at least three slayLntfs. Police said Caniporcale es- caped from Asinara penal col- iny lasl December, lie had been sent there in June. 1971, during an exile of alleged lead- ers of organized crime. STAJII'KDE GIM.MICK CAIXIARY (CP) Aid. Brie MiLsgreavo says Lhc Calgary Stampede uses Indians as a clicap tourist ginurick lo help increase attendance. Mtisgreavc says the Stampede is making money by displaying "tlic arti- facl.s of a worn-out culture. I hope lo see (lie of this prac- tice soon, hopclully by tlic end of the IWOs." 2 DOOR. 1600 cc engine, 4 speed trans., bucket seals, block heater and many other ford Better Ideas. AS LOW AS........ Dunlop Ford clear their entire fleet of company owned and executive driven 1972 ot drastic reductioni- jncludcd in this offer cire other in stock units which must be sold to muko room for incoming spring in- ventory. Come see and save this week al Dunlop Ford "it's like buying direct from the 1972 MUSTANG 2-DOOR HARDTOP Sparti Roof, 351 2V Cleveland VB encjlns, P.S., Aulo tronl., radio, P.B., while bucket segti, low mileage, rear speoker. Uvular 1972 MAVERICK 4-DOOR SEDAN low dark green metallic, VB engine, auto trans., accent group, block heater, M.D, ibaltery, eidewall tirei. AS LOW AS NOW ONLY r 1972 TORINO 2-DOOR HARDTOP Medium green metallic, with green vinyl Interior, great for, the young family, V8 engine, auto tram., radio, ww tires, bumper block healer. Regular Retail 1972 MUSTANG CONVERTIBLE' Grabber lime In color, black converllbls top, 351 ?V Cleve- land V8 engine, P.S., P.B., sporty wheel .covers, automatic bucket Mate, and console, our PretidenKi wife's' cor. Approx. 'miles. Regular Relatl 1972 GAlAXlf 500 9 PASSENGER COUNTRY SEDAN STATION WAGON Special .color-gEpw Ivy brpnza malaise in color, 400 V6 auto Irani., P.S., P.B., radror rear seal speakers, deluxe .lug- gage rack, till steering wheel, tinted glasj nnrf many nlher Ford Baiter Our lecrelary treasurer's car. Retail ONLY 1972 GAUXIE 5M 2-DOOR HARDTOP Medium green metallic and green vinyl roof, 400 V6 anoinB, oulo Irani., P.S., tinted glass, Factory Installed air dilionjng. Regular Retail NOW AS IOW AS 2 DOOR HARDTOP V8, aulo Irani., P.S., P.B., bocfelit scoli, vinyl roof, red and in color. miles. Owners available upon requejl. Regular 4095.00 SPECIAL I Vi TON PICKUP Wide box, long wheelbaie, V8, oulo Irons., P.S., P.B., radio. Approx. miles, complete with factory compcrette. Regular NOW ONLY 2 DOOR 6 cyl., W.W. tiros, radio. Regular 11995. NOW ONLY Economy radio. Regular S169S. NOW ONIY 2 DOOR HARDTOP 6 cylinder engine, auto trans., THESE A-1 USED CARS ALSO ON SALE! low mileage unit, complete with Owner'i name avnilabta on requMt Regulor NOW ONIY 4 DOOR SEDAN d cyl. ennir mitagc, own' Reaulor JI995 SPECIAL oulo trans., radio, low 6 PASSENGER WAGON Fully cquippi-d, V8, auto., P.S., P.B., radio, root rack, 6 pnssrrvgcr model now hut con convert lo JO passenger mrcipl, reconditioned. Owner's narno avoi'oble upon rrquesl. Great forgo family holiday fun. Regular NOW ONLY A DOOR SEDAN B cyl., aulo Ircns., P.S., P.B., radio. Regular SB95. NOW ONLY OPEN HOURS: Weekdays 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. TOP TRADE-IN ALLOWANCES NO PAYMENTS UNTIL MAY! Corner M.M. Drive end 16th Ave. S. Phone 328-8861 ;