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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 9, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta - THE lETHBRIDGE HERAID - Wednesday, Deeember 9, 1970 �f OR HER C. M. nUURY ... AG Case Closed 2025ill�oyiJ�:�r4t|i|i^^ Open Monday and Tuesday 9 o.m, to 6 p.m.; Wednesday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 8 o.m. to 6 p.m. Staff fairly treated OTTAWA (CP) - Conflict between Uie govenunent and Auditor-General Maxwell Henderson boileASSIF!ED Mr. Dniry told the committee that 27 of l-in positions in the auditor-general's office were "retl-circlcd" by the trcasm-y board in 19G9 following a reclassification of jobs in the public service for purposes of collective bargaining. i "R c d -c i r c 1 i n g" means a ; freeze on salary increases fo employees who are paid more, than limits established for their i new job category. The freezes are rcla.xcd when , salaries of other employees in j the category catch up. But tlio transitional proccdvu'e has been a caasc of concern for federal workers and their unions. One touchy issue has been the "benchmarks" tlirough which treasury board detennincd what jobs in the public scr\'ice should be lumped together. Benchmarks are used by sur-! veyors to mark points equal in' level. In the government service, the marks are ones used to determine equality of jol)s performed-for example for an accountant in the auditor-general's department and those in other departments-Mr. Drury said reclassification of Uic auditor-general's staff was reviewed twice by an independent committee specifically to avoid criticism that the i government was attempting to undermine one of its most constant critics. Tlio minister said there was less red-circling in Mr. Henderson's office than elsewhere in the public service. Only llt.l per cent of tlie positions were frozen compare