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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, August 14, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 5 Railway wage talks get off on wrong foot OTTAWA (CP) Railway unions and company negotiators have got off to an early start in bargaining for a new contract this year, but results of the first encounter seemed to provide scant hope easy settlement. Cost-of-living increases to offset rises in consumer prices figure largely in union shopping lists as their negotiators seek a reopening of existing agreements cover- ing about workers But talks at an unofficial early start of negotiations for the renewal of contracts abruptly ended Monday in Montreal when company of- ficials representing CP Rail and Canadian National Railways offered an extension of the existing agreements to the end of 1975, with wage ad- justments to cover cost-of- living increases. The bad news for unions was a second part of the proposal which advocated a freeze on fringe benefits until 1976. Fringes often account for about one-third of total com- pany outlays Current agreements, which apply to non-operating workers, shopcraft tra- desmen and about run- ning trades, expire at the end of this year The non-ops now earn average hourly pay of 39, the shopcrafts average about 27 and the trainmen about 35 But the early start to negotiations, which normally get underway in the fall, may not be lost Richard Smith, chairman of the non-ops negotiating com- mittee, sent a telegram to company officials Tuesday asking them for a further meeting Thursday to clarify positions of the two sides. A request from 17 railway unions for a special cost-of- living increase to apply before the expiration of current agreements led to the early start this year The unions say the arbitra- tion award of Emmett Hall, retired Supreme Court of Canada justice, delivered last January, underestimated increases in the consumer price index this year. The award took into account inflation at 7 5 per cent but latest figures show the 12- month increase from July last year to July, 1974, was 11.3 per cent. "We feel an immediate in- crease in the wage rate is justified to bring pay up to what was intended by the arbi- Ed Finn of the Cana- dian Brotherhood of Railway, Transport and General Workers said Tuesday Mr Finn said ill feeling arose among CNR employees particularly when workers for the Crown corporation saw that a cost-of-hving bonus was paid to federal public ser- vants and staff of the CBC and Air Canada while railwaymen were left out. That led to wild- cat walkouts in Montreal and Edmonton earlier this summer The unions say they are not ready yet to reject fully the idea of a one-year extension of existing agreements and cost- of-living provisions, as proposed by the companies Monday But the freeze on fringes was too much for the unions to swallow it was termed "unrealistic "The unions are prepared to look at the extension one union source said Tuesday. Father and son Prime Minister Trudeau with his son Justin perched on his knees, Tuesday watched delegations from 25 countries attending the International Festival for Francophones Youth in Quebec City as they par- aded in front of the National Assembly. Interest rate rises on Ghargex accounts MONTREAL (CP) The Royal Bank of Canada has notified holders of its Chargex credit cards that the interest rate on outstanding amounts over is being increased to 18 from 12 per cent annually The increase takes effect next February, leaving unchanged the 18-per-cent rate currently charged on outstanding amounts less than In a letter to cardholders, the bank said the rate increase was made necessary by higher operating costs. "Despite the increase in our operating costs, we have suc- ceeded in holding the line on Chargex interest rates during the six years since 1968 (when the cards were the letter said. ''In the same period, prac- tically all other interest for deposits and for loans climbed considerably." RtVOSTOKC Multi Tone Long wearing Polyester (Dacron) Jute and Malibu. Manufacturers suggested list price 13.95 sq. yd. Revy's Stock Clearance Sq.Yd. Delicate Patterned Nylon Hi Lustre Shag The ideal living room carpeting. 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