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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 29, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 1HI IETIIBRIDGI IIERMD Tuoilay, Augutl 7', Mailmen pledge support to union in wage talks OTTAWA (CD Mailmen made an unanimous nlcdgo Monday to support their bar- gaining rommiltre in any ''iiv rluslrial action" the, committee sees as necessary In get a fa- voiahh- contract from the go- vernment. The plrdgo followed a warn- ing by >u'ni Mayes. vice-presi- dent of Ihe ix-Ucr Carriers' Uu- i in of Canada, at tile union s triennial convention here, that members should prepare for the "worst fight" they Imve ex- perienced in bargaining. Mr. Maycs, chairman o( the bargaining committee nf Ilie GRADUATE British Columbia Penilenliary inmate receives more than a cortificalo for hil iludiei. Thirty inmates graduated from an experimental program in higher rin New Weitmiruter, B.C. Women worn allowed to visit their hui- callon ot a ceremony i bands following the ceremony. (CP Wirephoto) Permanent research data department urged in report Council of Postal Unions which is now negoating wilh. Ihe treas- ury hoard, lold (lie 1175 dele- gates the government was try- ing to split and rnmuivr tlic un- ion. Tho treasury board is the government bargaining agent. Since the start of collective bargaining in Ihe public service in tho Into 1960s, members of the Council of Postal which includes tho I.etler Car- riers and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers-have gone on strike twice, in 1908 and 1070. Delegates to tha convention also endorsed rejection of the government's latest proposal o( a n-pcr-cent Increase over three years, calling the offer "insulting." Both parlies lo the current negotiations applied lo the pub- lic sen ice staff relations board last week for conciliation. UNABLE TO AGIIEE Ttie government and unions are unable to agree on wages, job security, and whether the unions have tlie right to bargin over new employee classifica- tions. In his vicfrpresidenUa] report [o Ilie convention, Mr. Mayes said the government was trying to take away concessions made to the union on job security, was attempting to destroy se- niority provisions, and was us- ing the issues of new job classi- fications and regional pay to di- vide Ilie postal workers. Earlier Monday, Letter Car- riers' president Roger Decarie and Donald MacDonald, presi- dent of the Candian Labor Con- ress, told tha delegates that 10 government was not bar- ;aining in good faith with the lions. The negotiating situation was escribed by Mr. Dacarie as grim" and he said the govern- icnt's attitude could lead to ic "ultimate confrontation." In his statement, Mr. Mayes ook a different stance toward merger of the two postal unions om Mr. Decarie. The issue of merger will arise later this week, Mr. Mayes said he has hought sirice 1966 that it would ic in the best interest of the wo postal unions to merge while Mr. Decarie said the pro- posed merger would pre- mature. The two unions bargain to- gether with the government but nave remained separate. Tne executive of Ihe Canadian Un- ion of Postal Workers has fa- vored amalgamation. SAYS STRIKES NOT CON- FINF.I) TO tor II. Carl one cif Canada's leading author- ities hi industrial relations, s.iid today hitinr is "not less law abiding than anv other group In the com- munity." In an address lo tho 51th annual meeting of Ilie Canadian Bar Assurln- lion In Montreal, hr. added, "When professional associa- tions lix tlic fees In lie charg- ed by Ihcir members Iliey sic advising the public thai their services will not available for less.