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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 30 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Saturday, February 17, 1973- IN MEMORIAMS ZEMEK - In loving memory of my dear husband, Joe, who passed away February 17, 1970. As time unfolds another year, Memories keep you ever dear. -Sadly missed by his loving wife Rita. 7207 ZEMEK - In loving memory of a dear father and grandfather, who passed away on February 17, 1970. Quietly remembered every day Sadly missed along life's way, Just as he was, he will always be Treasured and loved in our memories. -Ever remembered and sadly missed by Carolyn, Brenda, sons-in-law, Len and Joy, and grandchildren. 7208 Contract satisfies post office workers HIRSCHE - In loving memory of little Wanda and Travis Hirsche, who were taken from us February 17, 1971. A thought of sweet remembrance To those we love so dear, And the cherished moments with them Are etched in memory clear. Our hearts still ache with sadness, Many think the wound is healed. But they'll never know the heartbreak, That lies in our hearts concealed. -Loved and sadly missed by daddy, mommy, grandpa, grandma and aunty Val. 7205 OTTAWA (CP) - The 28,000-member Council of Postal Unions gave the government formal notice Friday that postal workers were satisfied with terms of a tentative contract settlement. Notice of the ratification of an agreement initialled three weeks ago came after results that showed 73 per cent of full-time postal workers favored the settlement. Formal signing of a contract is expected in the next two weeks. The ratification brings labor peace in the post office closer after a year-long series of contract negotiations that several times nearly erupted in nationwide strikes. Talks began last February and the postal employees contract ended in March, leaving average hourly pay rates at $3.69 for postal clerks and $3.54 for letter carriers. The ratification date, now established as Friday, is the key to when the wage increases go into effect. Upon ratification, hourly pay rises by 38 cents. Further increases are scheduled of 14 cents-an-hour 10 months after ratification, and 13 cents-an-hour 15 months after the notice. Among key clauses and conditions to be included in the contract, which ends Dec. 31, 1974, are job and wage security guarantees pledged by the post of- Standard Oil buys share of exploration program CALGARY (CP) - Standard Oil Co. of British Columbia Ltd. said yesterday it has agreed to acquire one-half of Skelly Oil of Canada's interest in acreage In the Grand Banks and Flemish Cap areas off the coast of Newfoundland. The two companies will contribute $18.75 million each to- ward a two-year, $50-million program of expenditure in the areas. This expenditure will give Standard and Skelly each a 12.5-per-cent interest. Amoco Canada Petroleum Co. Ltd. and Imperial Oil Ltd. are other participants in the program, which calls for the drilling of 15 ot 20 wells. One well now is being drilled. fice, and the setting up of a manpower committee to advise and study job classifications, creation of new positions and such matters as hours of work. Union members, fearful of a trend to automation in the post office, had called in negotiations for measures to ensure their jobs and pay. The joint union-management manpower committee was a key factor in settlement of the dispute and union leaders said they were willing to bend on the monetary items in the contract in order to make gains in that area. In addition to the wage boosts and manpower committee clauses, the postal workers will receive retroactive pay of $466 up to Feb. l, with further backpay, which will be a portion of a $66 monthly allowance for the month of February. The key event in the year of negotiations occurred in October when a conciliation board was set up at the request of the postal unions. The final contract will be based substantially on findings of the majority report on that board which reported in December. Although the union nominee on the board agreed with the chairman, national union negotiators recommended rejection of the board report but this stand was not accepted by the rank-and-file. They voted by a slim majority against the national leaders' recommendation. Following that, vote in January, both sides returned to the bargaining table and thrashed, out a settlement, despite a breakdown in talks which led to sporadic strikes in some cities, including Toronto and Vancouver. However, with differences finally overcome after a further input into talks by conciliation board chairman Owen Shime, the tentative agreement was signed. The contract will mean there will be no legal strikes or lockouts involving the council until 1975. Strike threatens Britain LONDON (Reuter) - Britain faced the prospect of a mounting wave of strikes as opposition to the government's statutory prices and incomes policy intensified today. The full strength of union condemnation of Prime Minister Health's anti-inflationary curbs is likely to be demonstrated Sunday at a mass rally in the Midlands city of Coventry. Representatives of all the 600,000 workers pledged to take strike action are expected to attend the meeting. The gas workers campaign of selective strikes, refusing overtime and slowdowns, now in its fourth day, has already disrupted heating and cooking in millions of homes and upset production in hundreds of factories. The situation is likely to worsen at the end of the month. On Feb. 27, 250,000 civil servants are scheduled to hold a one-day strike while on the same day thousands of teachers in London schools start the second stage of their protest action. DRIVERS TO STRIKE The next day train drivers plan to launch a 24-hour strike, which is likely to halt all passenger rail traffic in the country. The stoppage will be preceded by a policy of "non-cooperation" which could start later this weekend and may lead to a slow paralysis of the country's rail network. On March 1 hospital ancillary workers start in unspecified period of non-co-operation, selective strikes and overtime bans. Union leaders have said the National Health Service will be affected and some hospitals might have to close. On the same day workers at Ford Motor Co.'s 21 plants are also expected to go on strike. Lewis wooing Quebec vote By BILL COULTHARD QUEBEC (CP) - Saying he must pay more attention to Quebec, NDP Leader David Lewis made a one-day tour of Quebec City Friday and called on Quebecers to join his party. "We'll never become a national party," he told a meeting of about 150 persons Friday evening, "without the participation of Quebecers." "It's on this province that the future of our party depends." Mr. Lewis tried to visit Quebec's jailed labor leaders but was refused permission at provincial Orsainville prison near here. He also met strikers and members of a grovip claiming shoddy workmanship on homes financed by the Central Mortgage and Housing Corp. at a lower-town Quebec union-hall meeting of about 100 persons. He was questioned at the evening meeting about his party's weakness in Quebec, where it has never elected a member to Parliament. WEST STRONG He said the party now is strong in all provinces west of Quebec, including Alberta where he felt the NDP was rapidly gaining strength. But it was.weak east of the Ottawa River, and the NDP leader said it will be "almost impossible to implant the party in the Atlantic provinces without gaining strength in Quebec." He felt theh party's weakness resulted from lack of resources to spread the word about it and its programs. Raymond Laliberte, leader of the NDP's Quebec wing, analyzed the party's weakness in this province as stemming from four principal points: -Until recently the Roman Catholic church in Quebec had great influence and was squarely opposdd to social democracy; -Quebecers are "more spontaneously motivated" by the national question than by social or economic questions; -The Canadian Labor Congress has worked to promote the NDP throughout Canada since 1961 except in Quebec where the labor movement is split into rival federations and the CNTU constitution forbids ties with any political party; -Social Credit began to take root in Quebec 35 years ago and the NDP has always had "enormous difficulty" where Social Credit was established first. TRIED VISIT Mr. Lewis' attempt to visit Marcel Pepin, Louis Labergo and Yvon Charbonneau in prison was refused because visits are normally restricted to family members and legal advisers. The men, presidents of the Confederation of National Trade Unions, the Quebec Federation of Labor and the Quebec Teachers Corp. respectively, went to jail two weeks ago to serve one-year sentences for contempt of court. They were cited for contempt in advising strikers to ignore injunctions ordering a return to work in some Quebec hospitals during a province-wide public service strike last April. Mr. Lewis called their sentences "savage and unjustified" and said he hoped the Quebec government will give them speedy pardon, "after a month, perhaps." Kidnappers gain "mm'unaV ransom Director quits WASHINGTON (AP) - Presi- j dent Nixon has accepted the resignation of J. Curtis Counts as director of the federal mediation and conciliation service. Nixon said he will nominate Assistant Labor Secretary W. J. Usery Jr. to succeed Counts. MONTREAL (CP) - Credit union manager Gerry Rob-ichaud, lived a tense 18 hours Thursday -while two armed kidnappers toyed with the lives of his wife, daughter and son-in-law. But the kidnappers obtained only a "minimal" amount of the $150,000 ransom demanded and the three hostages were released, unharmed, police said Friday. The kidnap began Wednesday night when Mr. Rob-ichaud answered the doorbell at his suburban Laval home. A man, posing as a taxi delivery man, produced a .22 calibre revolver from under a box and ordered him and his wife to lie down. A second man, wearing a hood, walked in and a short time after, the Robichauds' daughter and her husband arrived on a surprise visit. The kidnappers held Mr. Robichaud in his home while the three others were driven, at gun-point, to a nearby flat. "There was no water in the house and he wouldn't let us go to the bathroom. We had to go in a closet," said the son-in-law, Pierre Lemire. In Laval, a jittery gunman kept talking and drinking beer all night, forcing his captive to lie face down on the couch and cover his. head with pillows. PHONE BUGGED On Thursday, Mr. Robichaud was allowed to go to his office, but was warned that his telephone was "bugged".. He. kept the secret from his employees until 3 p.m. when the money shipment arrived. Then he ordered that no one leave the credit union and keep silent about the affair, put an undisclosed sum of money in a purse and took it to the dropoff spot. As he sat in Ms car, he spotted the Laval police chief who happened to be passing by. "I thought they had learned about the kidnapping and were staking out the place," said Mr. Robichaud who added that he expected to find that the kidnappers had killed his family because he hadn't kept up his end of the bargain. There was nobody at the drop-off, a building at Jean Talon and Ohabot. "I dropped the money on the stairs and ran out." Back at the office, the telephone rang and a yoice at the other end told him his family was free. His employees celebrated with a bottle of champagne. Incidents hospitalize 3 persons Lethbridge city police are investigating two incidents which sent three persons to hospital early Saturday. A boy and girl were taken to Lethbridge Municipal Hospital at 1:10 a.m. after the motorcycle they were riding collided with the mediain on Stafford Drive in the 1300 block. Damage to the motorcycle . which upset was $50. The boy received concussion and lacerations. Further details were not available from city police pending notification of next of kin. A 20-year-old man was found with multiple injuries lying on 4th St. S. in the 600 block about 12:40 a.m. He was taken to St. Michael's General Hospital. Police are investigating the possibility of a hit and run accident. Further details were not released. 1.00 DAY DRUG Dollar Day Specials! 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