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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 1, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 32 THI IRHBRIDGI HIRAID Wednesday, Dcccmbor 1, 1971- Negotiation is the only way teachers have to determine salaries, working conditions and fringe benefits. Teachers' negotiations with the Lethbridge and Medicine Hat School Boards so far have failed. The final alternative, provided under the Alberta Labour Act, is a strike. We wish to point out our reasons for this action, The Boards have not met with us since September 10th and we have not had a contract for over a year. Teachers returned to work in the fall expecting an early settlement. This did not happen. To date, the following issues are not resolved and we feel the trustees, in their circular, dis- torted the facts. 1. The Boards publicly declare consultation and participation in decision making is a teacher 'right" so why do they refuse to make consultation a meaningful part of the collective agreement? 2. Proposed salary increases in Lethbridge and Medicine Hat are lower than those given other teachers throughout the Province or those given in industry. LOWER STANDARDS will be the result of lower salaries. Do we want this for OUR children? 3. The Boards will not agree to appointing vice-principals in large schools. Who will be responsible in the principal's absence and who will assist him with the administrative load? 4. The Boards want to eliminate payment for partial years of training. Why? 5. The Boards also want the provision for extra-curricular activities dropped from the collec- tive agreement. Our position is that extra-curricular work is a vita! part of our whole education system. 6. The Boards further refuse to pay part of the premiums for Alberta Health Care and Blue Cross, yet this is a common practice in practically every other business and industry. THESE ARE THE ISSUES AND THE FACTS. THE BOARDS' STORY HAS ALREADY BEEN PRESENTED TO YOU THROUGH THEIR TABLOID, PAID FOR WITH YOUR TAX DOLLARS. THIS IS OUR CASE, PAID FOR WITH TEACHER DOLLARS. TEACHERS OF LETHBRIDGE AND MEDICINE HAT ;