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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 16, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Mackasey stakes future on new labor bill v ------------------Thundoy, December 16, 1971 _ THE LETHBRIDC! HERALD S MONTREAL (CP) Labor Mini s I e r Bryco Mackasey slaked his political future on Hie issue of lechnologicnl change as lie launched a slinging at- tack on two Canadian employer groups. In an inipas.sionoti off-the-cuFf defence of proposed legis- lation before about 250 manage- ment, labor and government in- tluslrial relations experts, Mackasey called for an end to fixed positions opposed to his Bill C-253. lie said lie was fed up with "thick, glossy briefs'1 and piles of form letters which show that knowledge of the labor field by the Canadian Manufacturers As- sociation and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce "leaves a hell of a lot to be desired." "If reaction from the labor movement had been as irre- sponsible as some of the letters I got from management, people would have got up and said I told you so." The labor minister stressed he had invited and continues to welcome discussion of Uio bill which would alter several rules and practices governing collec- tive bargaining. One of the major innovations j in the bill is aimed at getting! iabor and management to in- clude provisions for technologi- cal change in their collective agreements. It provides for 90 days notice of change, gives un- iojjs the right to reopen negotia- tions on tile matter during the lit-B of the agreement and pro- Vfdcs a limited right lo strike on flu: issue after appeal to the labor relations hoard The CMA, the Chamber and many employers have criticized these provisions. "You will Mr. Macka- JIL. unveil, niiuiy finpiuy- ers "callously launch into tech- nological changes without tak- ing into consideration the effect of this on your work force Striking teachers vote CALGARY (CP) The- pro- vincial government has ordered a supervised vote to determine whether 613 rural teachers want to continue their strike for higher wages. The vote is to be held Thurs- WORLD OF SHOES 317A SIXTH STREET SOUTH i-g- day al one high school in each of the seven areas that have been without instruction since Nov. The board of industrial rela- is to oversee the ballot- ing on an offer for settlement made by the trustees last weekend. In an unsupervised vote Sun- day, 394 teachers participated and 56 per cenl of them re- jected tlie settlement proposal, terms of which were not re- leased. WITHOUT CONTRACT Some of the teachers have been without a contract for 15 months although they acceplcd a conciliation board re p o r t SO WELCOME ABOARD! HELP US UNLOAD 15" TO 19" SCREEN SSZES PRICED FROM V W lr A Grand Home Gift For Christmas! ALL AT PANASONIC RCA SYLVANIA and TOSHIBA AND WE'VE 'GONE OVERBOARD' SLASHING PRICES ON STIftiOS AND STEHEO COMPONENTS CASSETTES TAPE RECORDERS ALL REALLY SLASHED FOR PKE-CHRISTMAS BUYING We've Really 'Lowered the Boom' On Prices All Down the Line Each year when we say we WE MEAN JUST THAT! MAC'S which recommended pay in- creases averaging 5.9 per cent. The trustees, represented by the Bow Valley School Author- Hies Association, rejected the recommendation. Wages vary among the dis- tricts bul instructors with one, two and three years training have maximum salaries around and The strike has left ele- mentary and secondary stu- dents out of class in the conn- lies of Wlicatland and Moun- tain View, the school divisions of Drumheller and Three Hills and local boards in Banff, Can- more and Hanna. Since the vole was taken last Sunday, teachers in six of the seven dislricts have offered to negotiate separately with in- dividual boards. But the school aulhorilies as- sociation would nol bargain in that manner and the Alberta Teachers' Associalion would nol sign a.ny agreement made lo- cally by leachers unless Hie board also acted separately. "Clauses on technological change arc remaining in Bill C- 253. 1 stake my political future on it." Fewer than 15 per cent of collective agreements under federal jurisdiction "even pro- vide for notice in the event of technological change." "The cornerstone of Canadian labor relations has been that once a collective agree- ment is signed, the right to strike is prevented. "If this is lo be there has got to be some escape valve in the conlracl lo lake ac- counl of issues which have not been resylved during prior nego- tiations." SOME HAVE MOVED Tile labor minister said some employers had introduced such changes "in a civilized man- ner." Following a report in 1Mb, the railways had managed toj make the switch with the mini mum of disruption and eastern Canadian ports have modern- ized to container facilities, mak- DOWNTOWN On Seventh Street Phone 327-3232 Canadians may benefit tinder plan LONDON (CP) Canadians who worked in Britain during the Second World War and paid British taxes may benefit from a government decision to repay all post-war credits next year. All told, about five million taxpayers may oillcct a total of million (about ?325 mi- lion) frcm the British treasury in the repayment cleanup, which includes interest totalling about 38 per cent. During the war, the British government reduced the per- sonal allowances that could be claimed for tax purposes but pledged Ihat the extra lax paid be refunded in pcsl-war credits. In pest-war repayments were made lo men of fiO and over and women of 5.1 and to the unemployed and others claim- ing hardship. Now an additional 2.500 civil servants will be employed in the cleanup, designed in part lo in- ject more money in Hie i consumer market. The general release of refunds i will start next April with the governmenl Imping lo clear the bulk of claims by September. Priority will be given to those who have credit certificates, which should be forwarded to the British Inland Revenue de- parlmenl in London. Rape of north I must slop isays Bartou i EDMONTON (CP) The rape of northern resources to feed the south must stop, Den- nis Barton, Social Credit mem- ber of the legislature for Les- ser Slave Lake, said today j Mr. Barton said in a pre- pared statement there is no ex- cuse for tlie new Progressive C o n s e r vative government s iaek of northern development policy. lie said he is happy with the appointment of Al Adair as minister in charge of northern development but is concerned i that he ranks lowesl in cabi- net priority. "It appears that northern j problems will be unilaterally and dictatorially swept under the rug and allowed to settle j wiih Ihe rest of the Conserva- tive bureaucratic said Mr. Barton. Air idled iby walkout KAN M.-VIT.O, Calif. (APi Mechanics wont on strike against Hughes Air West yes- Irrday, leaving idle most of Ihe airline's operations in eight Western stales. Mexico and Canada, (ho firm sak.. Calgary is the only Canadian cily served by liughes Air 1 West. BKVCE MACKASEV old Jogs ing "the difference between stir- vival and extinction." Tho new bill, expected to die i T cr on Ihe order paper of the cur- j Oil rent parliamentary session r.nd j WATERLOO, Ont. (CP) be reinlroduced w i t h some amendments in the new year, is designed to replace legislation passed in 1918. "The new bill should be de- signed for Ihe '70s, for the next 25 years, regardless of whether this upsets vested interests in the I'm talking about vested interests in the union movement as well as in the business Mr. Mackasey said. "The problem facing this country in the '70s is our ability lo the United States, with the Common Mar- ket." He urged employers to "gel with the century." Stressing his belief in the pri- vate enterprise system and the free, collective bargaining proc- Pcnsioner Frederick Straus says old dogs should gel the same sort of tax exemptions as old people. To prove his point, Ihe (ill- year old man went to jail for two days today ralher than pay a S10 fine for failing to by a tag for his 14-year-old dog, Bonnie. Mr. Straus told Judge Gor- don McConnell he has paid S6.50 a year to the city of Wa- terloo for years to get Bonnie? her annual tags. And now that Bonnie is pushing 15, he fig- ures she should be pensioned off from Ihe dog-lag system. INVENTED IN VIENNA ss. he warned it "will survive! Tlie accordion, one of UK only if it meets the challenges' smallest members of the organ the young generation has posed j family, was invented m 1829 in in recent years." I Vienna. IN LETHBRIDGE: 613 4th Avenue South TELEPHONE 328-4214 o. ro ro Q Q. ft. n K- Q n Q CO re 3 CD (n 3 D 3 O ii Q Q o S S (O C (D O o Q in Q O LO :3" P O. O CD I i e CD O CD VI n CO o o to rs n> en 3 0 i1 o 9- S CD (T O C O 0 3-< I o o m co m ST CD SHOWROOM 2nd Ave and 8th Street S. OK LOT 2nd Ave. and 9th Street S. Phone 327-3147, 327-3148 ;