Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 30, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 220 AUGUST 1973 PRICE 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS 32 PAGES Rail workers Anxious wait for glimpse at rail bill By VIC PARSONS OTTAWA union leaders waited anxious- ly today for a glimpse at a bill designed to force their striking followers back to work after spending Wednes- day lobbying MPs and party leaders here for a recalled Parliament. Spokesmen for the non-operating rail workers began selective strikes over a month ago made the walkouts national last contents of the bill could determine if and when the workers return to their jobs. there is a worthwhile settlement in the legisla- there won't be any problems in getting them Richard chairman of the non-operating workers bargaining said Wednesday. Strikers in several parts of the country have indi- cated they would not go even though labor de- partment officials are confident of a complete return to work within a few days of passage of a law by Parliament. Many have doubts Despite optimism expressed earlier this week by Labor Minister John Munro that trains might be mov- ing by Saturday or many observers feel traffic will not begin to move before Monday or Tuesday. Union leaders spent Wednesday talking with MPs and asking for support of their position. They also planned a demonstration on Parliament Hill today at 1 p.m. and delegations from unions representing shop- craft and operating employees are expected to join the non-ops. If the bill seems unfair to the they will attempt to have it amended by supporters in the Com- spokesmen say. But little will be said until the contents of the legislation are known. The bill is expected to set out a basic wage settle- ment and provide for mediation and compulsory arbi- tration. It -will also apply to all rail not just the non-operating workers who were on strike and the shopcraft employees who threatened last week to walkout soon. New wage package Likely basis for the wage package is a proposal similar to that in the conciliation report prepared by Mr. Justice Craig Munroe of the British Columbia Su- preme Court. In that tried to end the non-ops dis- Justice Munroe suggested a 30 cents-an-hour retroactive raise beginning Dec. a five per cent increase on Jan. 1974 and a further increase of three per cent on July Average hourly wage for the non-ops is while shopcraft employees get a average. A third representing also carried their views to MPs and party leaders Wednes- day. They say they can live with wage increases that might be included in the legislation. But they are more fearful of compulsory arbitration on a job security issue that could reduce freight train crews to two from three men. A spokesman for the United Transportation which represents the train said Wednesday the trainmen do not want an arbitrator who does not realize the issues behind crew sizes. The trainmen hope the bill will allow them room for further negotiations because the union had not indi- cated it would strike It will be in a legal position to strike Friday. Inside 'He loves he loves ma Classified Comics......23 Comment 4 District......5 22 Local News Markets......6 Sports 17 Theatres......21 TV............20 Weather........2 Youth 7 LOW TONIGHT HIGH FRIDAY SHOWERS Rent's up tenants leave A group of tenants sit on the steps of a six-suite apartment building near Casa Loma in Toronto which will 'be vacated next weekend by five of the six tenants be- cause the new owner has raised rents by 40 to 80 per cent. Rent increases ranged from for a apartment to for apartments now renting for Nixon rejects seeks higher court help By LARS-ERIK NELSON WASHINGTON President Nixon may ask the United States Supreme Court to meet in emergency session to decide whether he must surren- der his secret tape recordings on the Watergate officials predicted today. Sources close to the Water- gate prosecution said the White House appeared to have raised this possibility Wednesday in rejecting an order from federal Judge John Sirica to turn the tapes over to him for private scrutiny. Judge Sirica plans to listen to the may contain evidence that Nixon knew of the top-level cover-up of the Water- gate he de- cides whether they should be released to the special prose- Archibald Cox. an order like Judge Sirica's would not be subject to but the bitter clash be- tween the the prose- cutor and the Senate Watergate committee is without legal prec- edent. The sources said the Supreme in recess until Oct. 1 might be willing to meet in spe- cial session to rule on the battle over the separation of powers between the judicial and legislative branches of the U.S. government. Reiterating Nixon's assertion that to surrender the tapes would violate the tradition of executive privilege and destroy the confidentiality of the White a statement released at Nixon's home in San president con- sequently will not comply with this order. House counsel are now considering the possibility of obtaining appellate or how otherwise to sustain the president's the state- ment said. Sources in Cox's office said in light of the White House statement about alternatives to appellate they expect Nixon may go directly to the Supreme currently in re- cess until Oct. 1. The prosecutor's office said it is by Judge Si- rica's ruling that the president must subject like any other to judicial review in the matter of withholding evidence. Senator Sam Ervin chairman of the Water- gate hailed the deci- sion as a All but overshadowed by Wednesday's ruling and its re- jection by the president were briefs filed with Judge Sirica by the White House and the Senate which is also seek- ing the tapes. The White House argued that the committee was engaged In a of the Water- gate principals and had thus ex- ceeded its constitutional pow- ers. The committee's brief sup- ported its demand for the tapes by saying that testimony by for- mer White House counsel John Dean made them essential. National rescue planned for sub Combine kills woman Mrs. Steve Mrazec of Shaughnessy died in St. Mi- chael's Hospital Wednesday night from injuries suffered in a combining accident in the Barons area. The woman suffered severe injuries when she was caught in the power take-off of a com- bine. The accident occurred at 8 Ireland Two Britons trapped for 24 hours in a midget submarine feet beneath the Atlantic sent a message for their wives morale is fantastic. Tell them we're As they an inter- national rescue operation got under way to save them from the 20-foot long submarine Pis- ces III before their oxygen runs out Saturday morning. The submarine's mother ship Vickers Voyager sailed from Ireland's Cork Harbor with tvrn other midget one from Canada and one from and six divers. It was expected at the scene 150 miles south of Cork later to- day. Meanwhile the two trapped and Roger re- laxing and keeping conversation to a minimum to conserve their supply of oxygen. Rnhert senior allot of the mini-sub rescue team most sophisticated equip- ment in the world will be used for the rescue attempt. We are leaving nothing to chance and are optimistic about the out- No Herald Labor Day The Herald will not publish Sept. Labor Day. Display advertisers are re- minded of the following dead- Ads to appear Sept. must be received at The Herald by noon for Wednesday and Sept. 5 and by noon for Sept. by a.m. Saturday. Classified advertisements re- ceived by a.m. Saturday will appear in the Sect. 4 edition. in Ottawa Union storms Parliament to protest federal order OTTAWA Militant members of the striking non-op- crating railway workers stormed through the doors of Parliament Hill's Centre Block shortly after noon today shouting their opposition to back-to-work legislation as they moved down the building's hall of honor. Wild cheers erupted when a number of the roughly 200 workers who broke through the guards fell on a red-coated mountie and threw to the floor. The workers converged near the end of the hall and at- tempted to break through steel fire doors into the ornate Li- brary of Parliament. As the workers milled chanting and a num- ber of them began to break win- dows lining the corridor walls. Police efforts to remove them from the building were stymied as the demonstrators greatly outnumbered both RCMP and protective forces. The demonstrators inside the building tiien turned on tele- vision cameramen attempting to capture their actions on film and began to smash cameras and other equipment. Mounties attempting to inter- vene were hit and and a number of scuffles broke out between demonstra- tors and police. the initial frenzy of the demonstration subsided some- what and many of those inside the building dropped to the floor to continue their shouting. Po- lice and security guard inter- ference remained at a min- imum. Despite the scuffles there were no Immediate signs of serious injury. About eight RCMP officers continued to block entry to the Centre Block to the rest of the but the big majority of the demonstrators were circling peacefully on the lawn. At Winnipeg a crowd of railway employees estimated at more than marched on a downtown federal government building in a demonstration pro- testing against any federal back-to-work order ending the rail strike. Three delegates from the group visited an official of the labor standards branch in the building and presented a copy of a letter that has been mailed to Federal Labor Minister John protesting any back-to- work government move. The letter deplored fact that the government of Canada is using its legislative power to take away from railway work- ers the right to collective bar- gaining by forcing them back to work at sub-standard The letter was signed by offi- cials of the non-operating rail unions on strike against Cana- dian National Railways and CP Rail. The delegation as met by C. A. regional man- ager of the federal labor stand- ards branch. Harry Manitoba strike stand to Mr. Frey was that we don't intend to go back to work until we have studied the bill and had time for discussion with the Outside the located on main street near portage av- demonstrators carried signs re- never will be wage and Earlier in Ottawa inflated liv- ing costs were expected to share the Commons spotlight before trouble broke out today. are really the prod- uct of the rising cost of Conservative House Leader Gerald Baldwin said Wednesday as he and other politicians plotted strategy aimed at extending the sitting beyond the time needed to end the rail strike. is the number one Conservative and New Demo- crat spokesmen refused to re- veal party positions until they aee the back-to-work but there were indications that it would receive quick passage. Both opposition parties tfruaed their that Par- liament carry on with other matters once the strike between the railways and the member Associated Non-Oper- ating Railway Unions is re- solved and other threatened rail strikes averted through legisla- tion. New Democrat House Leader Stanley Knowles North suggested the government may proceed with legislation raising family allow- ances and payments to people on fixed incomes once the strike bill is passed. Rather than risk defeat on a procedural motion to adjourn the he more likely that the government will move on to legislation that will gain the support of the Com- Mr. Baldwin agreed. While the government would not likely come up with a plan to deal with it would probably agree to debate on allowance and pension legislation. have to keep David Lewis sucking away at a pop- sicle of some kind to keep him he referring to the New Democrat Party leader. Spokesmen for Government House Leader Allan MacEachen would say only that the govern- ment would do everything pos- sible to assure quick passage of the back-to-work adding that subsequent plans remained fluid. In a opposition parties seemed less concerned with the rail strike bill than with events to follow. Layoffs lower than expected Major Lethbridge pack- ing plants have not laid off as many because of the national rail as was first anticipated. Canada Packers Ltd. feared it would be forced to lay off 50 to 60 workers Wednesday but MORE RABID cancelled the lay-off manager Ross Held said today. At Swift Canadian Ltd. where 35 employees were laid off last manager Jim Gough said the firm is holding its ovn. havn't laid off any more people he we are working on a day to day Canadian Dressed1 M e a ts Ltd. has laid off only 12 of its 100 man- ager Archie Murphy said. He the firm could carry on at its present output of 40 per cent of normal if the rail strike is ended soon. Seven more cases of possibly rabid including one in which a woman was are being investigated in the Leth- bridge region. Health of Animals Branch in- spector Dr. C. H. Chapman said be would know late today if the bat that bit a woman at 25 miles south of Leth- was rabid. The which occurred was reported after ra- bies was confirmed in three bats found Tuesday near 40 miles southwest of Lethbridge. Dr. Chapman said four bats from the Raymond 25 miles southwest of the are being examined. In there was one suspicious case in Milk 50 miles south of the and another bat re- trieved on the Coutts highway. The woman is being examin- ed by a Dr. Chapman said. Travellers flown from Nova Scotia N.S. About 200 weary travellers who had been stranded at North N.S.. since ferry service to Newfoundland was severed a week ago were flown home to- day on extra flights operated by Air Canada. Seventy-one were flown to at 1 a.m. ADT and another 95 went to St. at a.m. Oth- ers have been handled on regu- lar flights. An Air Canada spokesman here said that although the de- mand appears to warrant more extra flights plans have not been completed. Students' union proposed for B.C. VANCOUVER Every secondary school student in British Columbia will become a dues paying member of a stu- dents' if a study group working under the auspices of the education commission has its way. Members of the which commissioner John Bremer set up in July to conduct an eight- week feasibility study on a stu- dents' says in schools warrant es- tablishing a student organiza- tion. Spokesman Mike Helmer said membership in such a union would probably be low unless students are required to join and dues are collected in the same way student councils take in activity fees. Kevin another mem- ber of the said Bremer has made it clear he wants stu- dents to have a inde- pendent organization which can express their views as effec- tively as teachers' opinions are communicated by the B.C. Teachers' Federation it sounds authoritarian to say everyone has to Kevin said. if it's going to be It should bt A sin- gle and all its members can help shape its The two were speaking to 22 students at a meeting called by a local student organization which they the Greater Vancouver Students' Union. Students not on the commis- sion study group objected that making membership in a prov- ince wide union mandatory would alienate many who would gladly join a voluntary organization. They urged that existing student councils be consulted. and htard About town JTITTY at the tra- vel association ec- static over an American tourist sent for payment of a brewery gardens post card to the Boy Marg Train explaining she was late for work because she was still running on B.C. time.