Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 11, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Arbitrator rules in favor of school boards EDMONTON (CP) Com- pulsory arbitration resulted Monday in a decision that sup- ports aw position of the Bow Valley School Authorities As- sociation in its dispute with 613 teachers. Goorge Bryan, an Edmonton lawyer, has ruled that teach- ers' salary request will not be met, and school boards will not be required to pay half the employee medical care costs, wtoi the teachers also wanted. Mr. Bryan's report is binding upon both parties. Mr. Bryan was appointed sin- gle arbitrator by Labor Minis- ter Bert Hotel after a teachers' yfrug. tept students la seven districts but of school for three weeks. He set maximum teachers' salaries at for the fourth year, for the fifth, and for the sixth year. Trustees had'offered S13.600, and and the Al- fa e r t a Teachers' Association wanted and 400. The arbitrator's decisions on four other contentious areas were unchanged from the posi- tion of the trustees. No special allowances will be paid teach- ers of. students with spe c 1 a 1 learning difficulties, unless they were being paid under previous Pay raises for substitute teachers were to be effective Monday, and not retroactively to Sept. as the teachers had requested. The decision also said that Banff teachers will not be in- corporated into a pro-rata pay- ment scheme that allows for partial yean of training, be- cause the scheme Is being "phased out" of all Bow Valley districts over a four-year per- iod. Art BroombsJl, Bow Vsflty Association negotiator, said bis group is happy with the deci- sion. But the additions that were, made on the salary grid "will be hard for the boards to bear." Bow Valley was one of eight areas, comprising 86 of 150 Al- berta school districts, that opted for regional bargaining. The new Alberta School Act, approved by the legislature in made working conditions negotiable Items and allowed Talks break down in truck dispute CALGAHY (CP) Contract talks have broken down be- tween three Western Canadian trucking firms and tte Team- sters Union, representing 800 workers. The dispute has been referred to Federal Labor Minister Bryoe Madtasey who can ap- point a three-member concilia- tion commission. However, the panel would only have recom- mending powers. A company spokesman said Monday the firms favor such a commission, but teamsters offi- cials said they oppose it be- cause it is "of no value." "If we can't settle at the bar- gainrng table, I don't see how outsiders can do said Nor- man Finlay, secretary treas- urer of Teamsters Local 302. REACH IMPASSE Paul M. Rubek, director of labor and safety for Oandian FrdgntHHys of Calgary one of the firra involved said the impasse was reached late last week. Negotiations first be- gan last October to replace contract which expired Dec. 31, 1971. The. dispute mainly involves wages. The companies are re- ported to have offered the workers a 6.5-per-cent increase in a one-year contract, and the union is seeking increases of 23 to 25 per cent in a two-year agreement. Truckers now earn, an aver- age of an tour. Other companies Involved are Millar and Brown of Cradbrook, B.C., and Loisd Transport of Dawson Creek, B.C. The sp- peal came after federal media- tor Douglas H. Cameron was unable to secure tentative agreement from both sides. The dispute affects workers in western provinces. Meanwhile, another set of talks involving Teamsters and (he All-Trans Express Lines of Vancouver have improved, Mr. FWay said. "We fed we bare a contract to present." Further talks were scheduled la Vancouver, with 45 workers Human resources council dropped EDMONTON (CP) The needs of senior citizens and handicapped children hare greater priority so the Human Resources Research Council will be phased out by March 31, 1973, the Alberta government announced today. Helen H u n 1 e y, minister without portfolio, said the cabi- net had decided to close the council during the next 15 months and that the staff had been advised. "The budget of Ore coun- cil now is running at the sum of approximately a Miss Hunley said in a prepared statement. "This is one of the ways In wliidi costs pf government .were being reduced in order to pro- vide funds for the Progressive Conservative priorities for sen- ior citizens and handicapped children which we feel has the higher priority." She also said it was felt such research should more closely reflect government policy al- ternatives and "hence required closer direction by the elected ministers." FXiture research projects will be done under the specific di- rection of the elected ministers of the various departments. Miss Hunley said the council has produced "some useful work in terms of greater public awareness of certain matters such as the study of social fu- tures in Alberta." "However, the new govern- ment feels that its planning and research programs should be reconstructed and restructured in accordance with the priori- ties and the new directions of the present government." Jail case 6a crying shame9 DONALDSONVTLLE, Ga. (AP) By the time they go to trifil next month on armed rob- bery charges, a young Meads- ville, Ga., couple will have spent more than a year in jail. GOT. Jimmy Carter says the lengthy imprisonment of Karen Ellison, 19, and Kelley Patten, 22, is "a crying shame." Superior Court Judge Walter Geer said here a special ses- sion bf the court will be sched- uled. Illness of the district attor- ney forced the oanceUatim of regular Seminole County sessions of the court last year. Patton and Miss Ellison are accused of robbing a rural store Jan. 20 in this southwest corner of Georgia near the Dor- Ida and Alabama borders. Patton Is alleged to have brandished a .410-gauge shotgun during the holdup, and this :r..-.ku5 it a capital offence al- though ro one was injured. About was taken, some from the store's mkMlc-agsd! proprietor and his wife, and some from a customer. Peter Zack Gcer, one of the girl's two lawyers, said: "I'vt never been able to ftt bond for any defendant charged with a capital crime. It's not a matter of rigit, it's at the dis- cretion bf the judge." Two applications for ball have been turned down, one by a jus- tice of the peace and the other by Judge the lawyer's uncle. Companies win bridge job? EDMONTON (CP) Two Al- berta firms have been awarded a provincial government con- tract for construction pt a bridge over the Peace River at Port Vermilion, Highways Min- ister Clarence Coplthorw an- nounced today. Cantilever Construction Ltd. of Edmonton will handle exca- vation and concrete work while Dominion Bridge Co. Ltd. of Calgary will handle the sup- ply, fabrication and erection of the steel bridge. Total cost of the bridge, In- cluding: approach roads, is ex- pected to to .bout tl million. the boards to band together and negotiate as units for the first tijfit. Represented in the Bow Val- ley dispute were the counties of Wheatland and Mountain View, the school divisions of Drumheller Valley and Three Hills and local boards in Banff, Canmore and Hanoa. Walter Hughes, president of the teachers' association, said teachers are "bitterly disap- pointed" but they "would again follow the channels of authori- ty and accept the award in good grace." LABELLED JOKE In Calgary, the ATA negoti- ator for Bow Valley said the decision is "a joke, a farce.'' Bill Casanova said the move to bring in compulsory arbitra- tion was "the action of an im- mature government that pan- icked over a labor dispute." It closed all doors to equit- able settlement of such dis- putes, he said. "The decision will be inter- esting to the ATA membership, Where do we go from here? "When teachers have agreed to voluntary arbitration, they've been the losers. When compul- sory arbitration was Imposed, they've been the losers there, too." He said the decision ignored the teachers' major concerns, which were "over disctimina- tary issues such is pro-rata pay, getting all districts cov- ered by an allowance for teach- ers with students who have spe- cial learning difficulties, an) getting some employer contri- bution to the medical care plan." "Regional bargaining fa a farce. We've indicated all along me pntolemB in trying to bring together seven region with such different economic situations." TtMDfey, 11. ItTl THf UTHMIOOt MUlt Si Pcpin to head sales miMion OTTAWA (CP) Trade Mln- toter Jean-Luck Pepin will head t mission of 14 government ex- perts and 31 Canadian business- men on an eight-day selling trip to Japan, departing next week, bu office said today. His office said it will be the largest Canadian sales mission sent to Japan under official sponsorship. Canadian exports to Japan to- talled S839.7 million in the first 10 months of last year, and were down 5.4 per cent from a year earlier. Japan ranked fourth among tmporhri of Ca- nadian goods, after the United States, the United and the European Common Market countries as a group. The 31 businessmen wfH ODD- fer with Japanese buyen of manufactured goods, induing machinery and aviation equip- ment, and processed foods. The mission it due fa Tokyo Jan. 23. 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