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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 17, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 32 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, February 17, 1975 Jobless auto workers seek low-paying posts Manitoba New Democrats seem united at convention Alberta doesn't want B.C. welfare recipients DETROIT (AP) A ser- vice station owner who adyer- tised for a atten- dant says he got more than 300 responses, about half from laid-off auto workers used to making or an hour. And a private guard service in suburban Southfield says it now has no openings for jobs that went begging six months ago. These are but two examples of a trend developing in Mich- igan, with its troubled auto in- dustry. Jobs judged menial in the past now are being grabb- ed by persons who have lost better-paying work in the economic crunch. Martin Taylor, director of the Michigan Employment Security Commission says unless layoffs in the auto industry "there is a good possibility that openings in the low-pay field also will dry up." Taylor cited these other ex- amples: new restaurant being built in Clawson said its ad for general kitchen help, waitresses and bus boys brought in more than 100 responses. Warren tennis club's opening for a part-time maintenance man at less than an hour was sought by near- ly 20 men. Nearly of the auto in- dustry's hourly workers are on temporary or indefinite layoff this week due to the sharp sales slump. The layoffs have been heavi- est in Michigan, which has an unemployment rate of 13.7 per cent, compared to a national jobless rate of 8.2 per cent. Taylor said many of the per- sons now out of work have used their maximum 52 weeks of unemployment compen- sation. MESC officials say the situ- ation could become very serious once Supplemental Unemployment Benefits (SUB) run out for more laid- off auto workers. Many workers still getting the SUB benefits haven't sought new jobs and are hoping to be recalled soon. The special SUB benefits, together with regular un- employment, provide workers who have been on the job at least a year with nearly 95 per cent of their take-home pay for up to a year. However, heavy and prolonged layoffs in the auto industry have forced the companies to curtail benefits to keep their SUB funds from running dry. One MESC analyst said if the auto workers are not recalled and their benefits ex- pire, "it's very doubtful there will be enough job those in the lower pay assist everybody." U.K. CROWDED The United Kingdom has the densest transportation pattern in Europe, with twice the density of roads and three times as many railroads as the U.S. WINNIPEG (CP) Differ- ences of opinion between Manitoba's NDP government and the party's rank and file appeared relatively minor at the group's annual convention during the weekend. Confrontations between cabinet ministers and party members were kept to a minimum, and few debates on specific resolutions revealed deep schisms in philosophy. At news conferences Sun- day, both Premier Ed Schreyer and the party's newly-elected president, Muriel Smith of Winnipeg, agreed that the mood of the convention was less divisive and the debate more construc- tive than in previous years. Mr. Schreyer, who stood at the centre of a controversy over state aid to separate schools at a party convention only three years ago, attributed the new mood to a recognition of the NDP's new role in provincial politics. "I think to some extent it may be a sign of... maturity and growth within the he said, noting that the NDP first came to power in the province less than six years ago. The 650 registered delegates participated in a series of wideranging discussions on basic philosophy as part of a year-long attempt to develop a platform for the provincial election expected in 1977. While the party reached a consensus on few specific principles, there was no reason to have any specific platform planks approved im- mediately. "This was not a convention that was intended to come up with final explain- ed Mrs. Smith. "We felt un- less we brought differences in the party out in the open we would never reach a consen- sus." Only, few of the major resolutions ever reached the convention floor. In several cases, a relatively mild resolution was offered for debate in place of others more critical of the government. A resolution condemning the inaction of the govern- ment in the labor dispute at Flyer Industries Ltd. of Win- nipeg was not debated: But a "covering" resolution on guidelines for management in publicly-owned corporations came up for discussion. two resolutions on abortion, an issue which split the party three years ago, were referred in advance to the party's provincial coun- cil. Issues which appeared to occupy much of the conven- tio'n's time were the relationship between the government and the party, and issues well suited to dis- cussion in a year designated by the United Nations as International Women's Year. Former NDP leader T. C. Douglas set the stage for dis- cussions on party and govern- ment in a speech to delegates Friday. He reminded the gov- ernment of its obligations to keep supporters well- informed of legislative 'programs, and he also called on party members not to ask the government to do the im- possible. VICTORIA (CP) Alberta doesn't want any more of British Columbia's employable welfare recipients, says Norman Levi, B.C. human resources minister. The minister said Saturday the Canada Manpower of- ficials in Alberta have stopped a program which offered exploratory grants to employables to canvass job opportunities in other centres. The project was sponsored jointly by the B.C. human resources department and Canada Manpower here. Mr. Levi said the program "has come to a complete halt" as far as welfare recipients are concerned. "Manpower people in Alberta were upset and con- tacted said Mr. Levi. "They felt we were moving too many people around, when we were only responding to what appeared to be a demand." The program began last fall when Canada Manpower reported jobs listed with the Edmonton office alone, compared with 300 listings here. Stan Purdy, Victoria Man- power manager, said that the exploratory .program was cut off "only to people who don't meet the criteria." Mr. Purdy said that although there's been no change' in criteria since the program first began, there is a change in the needs of the Alberta work force. Listings previously called for semi skilled and unskill- ed labor, but a decrease in job openings has left, openings mainly in the skilled worker classification. Mr. Purdy said he expects the job market will "loosen up a bit as spring rolls around." Neither Mr. Purdy nor Mr. Levi had statistics on the number of people who found work through the exploratory program. OLD PLANTATION An old but still working plantation, Primer Hall, is a tourist highlight of Ocho Rios, Jamaica. What price comfort? Engine mounted sideways to free up leg room. Low, low centre of gravity gives high stability. Fully reclining bucket seats. Door-to-door carpeting. Enough room for four adult heads. MacPherson strut suspension independent on all four wheels for N a firm, yet cushioning ride. No space-gobbling hump because of front-wheel drive. Constant flow ventilation: heating: cooling. Enough room for twp pairs of legs. Unders3000. Honda ChicThe Automobile Rethought Trice specifications based on manufacturer's suggested list price for two-door, 4-speed transmission Civic FOB Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. Price does not include handling or pre-tWivcry inspection charges, licence ind provincial tax. 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