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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-15,Lethbridge, Alberta Mine contract agreement already being criticized ■Tlic Herald' District By 0‘ARCY RICltARD Hendd Dittrict Editor SPARWOOD - One of the shortest coal mining $trikes on record «ided here recently with ratification of a “memorandum of agreement’’ by members of local 7292 of the United Mine Workers of America. The strilce began at midnight Jan. 7 and was over when miners' ballots were counted four days later. Kaiser Resources Ltd. and the union’s negotiating team hammered out the agreement Jan. 8. The rumors of what It contained were circulatii^ Jan. 9. The 55-page book, containing 24 articles, was dis-triWed to 1,300 striking mine workers Jan. 10 and they voted to accept the contract the following day. Now they are back at wort; at Kaiser operations at Michel and Natal, (underground mine and hydraulic mine); and at the (^n pit and coal washing silos at Harmer ridge. Already the agreement is being criticized. Budget includes funds to upgrade school libraries library at the Elk Valley School at Sparwood. Also, a portion of the money will pay NATAL (HNS) - A total of fl5,000 will be included in the Femie school district’s 1974 budget to upgrade school libraries. Trustees made the decision recently after hearing a resume on school library upgrading from Don Hartwig, district superintendent of schools. One third of the total library cost will be earmarked for establishment of a new Women air consumer beefs WARNER (HNS) - Newly-elected president Ethel Herbst welcomed Warner Women’s Institute members and special guest Lillian Dangerfield of Coutts, constituency convener, to the recent meeting. “Thank you letters" were received from the Alberta Hospital at Raymond, “operation eyesight” and Mr. and Wts. Rick Orcutt. The 1974 program was reviewed before editing. Roll call was answered by 11 members who spoke about “my consumer beef and what I think should be done about It.” Examples were: “Individual cheese slices and dog hamburgers are not necessary and expensive. Don't buy them. Waste space in cereal boxes, poor closings; take out the giRimicks. "CJomplaln about the mark-up on old stock, “Carrots in colored bags. "Misuse of government money, (funeral homes for pets was cited) when people of the world are hungry. “Why don’t merchants stand behind their merchandise? ‘' There are not enough good, satisfactory, knowledgeable service people available for appliances. “Why is every TV in the store going full blast at the same time? Do we get a used TV for a new price’’’ MD, town to share cost of steno CLARESHOLM (HNS) -The MD of Willow Creek council has agreed to share half the cost of a part-time stenographer used by the local RCMP detachment. This will relieve the force of some of the time-consuming office duties so that policemen will be able to spend more time on enforcement duties. The Town of Clareshobn is picking up the other half of the salary. costs Incurred by hiring library aides. Board secretary Ernie Chambers pointed out to trustees that it is very difficult to procure books for school libraries. “Some companies require four months notice for delivery,” he said, “and this sometimes puts us in an awkward position regarding the spending of money.” It was pointed out that some difficulty is experienced in determining months in advance just what particular books may be required in any given school. Mr. Hartwig presented comparative figures for each school in the district and the B.C. standard. The standard in elementary schools in B.C. is 9,000 books and the five elementary schools in the district compare as follows: Isabella Dicken, 4,520; Ridgemont, 4,015; Sparwood, 3,583; Glkford, 2,942, and Jaf-fray, 3,155. ' The B.C. standard for secondary schools is also 5,000 books and district schools compare as foUows: Femie Secondary, 3,897; Jaffray Secondary, 1,617; Sparwood Secondary, 4,482. These are figures as reported in September of last year. District calendar Coalhurst and district parents of children younger than eight years and future parents are asked to attend a meeting Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Coalhurst High School. Professional help and money is available throu^ Early Childhood Services for preschool programs, family-life education, toy-lending libraries and other projects which will “strengthen the sense of dignity and self-worth within the child and the child’s family.” The program will be discussed at the meeting. Registration will be held at the meeting for kindergarten classes next Septemtter. If unable to attend the meeting, contact Fiona Denhoed, 3293665, Jean Coombes, 327-9766 or Connie Watmough, 327-9032 . . the Coaldale and Diitrict Chamber of Commerce will meet at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the town office building . . . the beginners sqvare dance group will dance at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Chamberlain School in Grassy Lake. Report your news to. i" * ' The Lethbridge Herald Correspondent in Your Area PICTURE BUTTE S P JOHNSON PINCHER CREEK MRS eOLUNN RAYMOND MRS DELIA WOOLF MASINASIN MRS FRED MUELLER •hauohnessy MRS ALICE E WADE STAVELY MRS VIOLET CLANCY 732-4449 6S7-3257 7S2-30S4 647-2403 327-9MT Z2a-39i0 Dtatrtct wOm#C1 tnvM pMDVv fOr fWr N«w* or ClawHM AdvnlMng Lome Ryder, nresldent of local 7884 of the United Steel Workers of America, whou* 602-member union is striking the Fording Coal Company, a subsidiary of Cominco, at Elkford, yesterday called the Kaiser agreement “stupid.” He said the two-year contract offers no wage increases from Jan. 1,19TS, to expiry date of Dec. 31, 1975 “This is just as bad as the five-year contract that just expired,” said Mr. Ryder. However, his union is now in its third week of a strike that appears as far from settlement as it was Dec. 28 when negotiations broke off. And while the Kaiser settlement may not be perfect, the men are back at work with virtually no interruption in the flow of coal and pay cheques. Most Kaiser miners will still be working for |5.9S an hour and less Jan. 1, 1975, but a good number will tie over the $6.00 mark. Ranging from f6.0S to $6.65 an hour Jan. 1, 1975, will be plant operators, crusher operators, dozer and drill operators, powedermen, breaker station operators, uncertified tradesmen, continuous miner mechanics, 200-ton truck operators, shovel operators, frwit end loader operators, boiler operators, certified tradesmen and crane operators. Crane operators, top-rated workers, wiU get $5.95 an hour on their next cheque, $6.20 an hour July 1, 1974, and $6.65 an hour on Jan. 1, 1975. Other top Kaiser mining jobs are rated in the three categories as follows: Station 3 operator: $5.95; $6.20 and $6.65. Certified tradesman: $5.85; $6.10; and $6.55. Monitor and continuous miner operator 1 and 2: $5.80; $6.05; and $6.50. 200-ton-truck operators: $5.57; $5.77; and $6.17. At the bottom of the scale is the laborer at $4.55, $4.75 and $5.10. There are about 75 job classifications. A day of vacation pay will be eight times the hourly rate of the employee’s regular classification at the commencement date of his vacation. When the employer elects to close down the mine for the purpose of giving most employees a vacation, each employee with less than one year of service will receive one day’s pay for each month worked at the time of closure and will receive the remaining vacation pay to which he is entitled upon reaching his first anniversary date. Employees will receive a premium of 12 cents per hour worked on afternoon shifts and IS cents per hour worked on night shift. When an employee is designated as a leadman he shall receive 25 cents an hour more tlian his basic rate. Miners selected to train other workers get a premium of 25 cents an hour while performing such work. The agreement states there shall be two crew members on each continuous miner and hydraulic monitor that receive the operator’s rate of pay at all times. At Kaiser the work week is five days at eight hours, Monday through Friday, commencing at 12:01 a.m. Monday except that: - The surface mining division, (open pit operation at Harmer, Elkview preparation plant and loading faciHUes), work a seven-day week. In this case, the employer “will make every effort to keep split day schedules to a minimum.” — TTie by-production men work six consecutive days with two days off. The welfare and retirement fund oi I9G8 was reinstituted. Kaiser will pay assessments to the fund in District 18, UMWA, at the rate of 20 cents per clean net ton produced during 1974 and at the rate of 27 cents per clean net ton produced next year. Coal will be sold for private use of employees, retired employees and for widows in the area, priced as follows; Michel, cobble, $9.01, minerun, $8.44, and stoker, $9,11; Femie, cobble, $10.96, minerun, $10,39, and stoker, $11.06. There is an added 25 cents per ton on three-ton orders delivered at Femie. The rates are $2 per ton less for retired employees. Proper washhouse facilities, with hot and cold running water and free bath soap, (one bar per person), must be provided by the employer. A Uttle-known article is that employee's sons shall be given preference of employment over other new men. There shall be no sMkes or lockouts by either party, either collectively or in-diviAially, during the term of the agreement. It’s a big document and it even Includes articles on leaves of absence and Jury duty. “Leave of absence on compassionate grounds or for l<mg journeys will not unreasonably be withheld by the empli^yer." A fanUly death calls for three consecutive days off, at full pay. “When a regular employee is called for jury service, he shall be excu^ from work on the days he is required to appear in court.” Loans bring groans from Fernie school trustees Picture Butte Lions plan silver anniversary In its 25 years of operation the club has had to face two major problems. One was where to hold meetings. Various buildings were used. Today the Lions meet at Lee’s Palace. A second problem has been NATAL (HNS) - The Fernie sdwol district board tackled two financial matters at its last meeting and one of those items brought groans from trustees. The contentious issue concerned temporary borrowing of funds, which this year could amount to $200,000. Board secretary E. T. Chambers told trustees that the figure is the upper limit. New Year’s baby late TABER (HNS) - The first baby here arrived a week late for New Year’s but the little girl is v«y welcome to the famiW of w. and Mrs. Ronald W. Murphy of Taber Darcea was born at the Taber General Hospital at 7:35 a.m. and weighed a hefty nine pounds, six ounces. Three brothers await her arrival home; Lonnie, 6, Kelly, 5, and Devin 2. A shower of gifts courtesy of Taber merchants is in store for mother and daughter. Losing out in a race for New Year’j honors was Mr. 1974, bom 40 minutes later to Mr. and Mrs. Randall Miller, also of Taber. He is Uieir first, weighing six pounds, five ounces. Sjogren rink wins bonspiel NOBLEFORD (HNS) -The Noble Central Junior Students Union held its annual bfflispiel in the Nobleford curl' ing rink recently wifli tiie Stanley Sjogren rink capturing the silverware. Supporting skip Sjorgren were Mitch Mifflin, third; Stanley Ross, second; and Christina Brady. The winner of the “B” section was the Greg Willians rink. The money will be borrowed only In amounts necessary and it is possible that the full $200,000 may not be needed. Answering a query, Mr. Chambers said toe preaent interest rate is 9.5 per cent. He said the necessity for borrowing arises from the fact that the hoard’s fiscal year ends Dec. 31 and after that date, it must await Interim payments from municiralities and the rural areas. But in the meantime, it must meet its commitments. The second financial matter was the aroroval of school loan bylaw authorizing a debenture sale of $142,000 as authorized by school district referendum 7. The bylaw authorizes sale of the debenture to the British Columbia School Districts Financing Authority and calls for repayment of $12,453 in 1974; $14,511 in each of the years 1975 to 1992 inclusive, and a final payment of $16,553, in 1993. One new and three reelected school trustees were sworn to office at the school board offices in Femie at the recent meeting of the Femie school district board. The ceremony was conducted by board secretary E. T. Chambers. PICTURE BUTTE (HNS) — Picture Butte Lions will gatiwr Jan. 25, at 6 p.m. in St. Catberine’s School here for a 25-year Lion silver anniversary celebration. Speaker for the evening will be Lion John Oreta of Medicine Hat, district governor. Catering will be done Iqr the Catholic Women’s League. Campheltes Combo of Bow Island will supply dance music. President Fred O’Donnell extends a warm welcome to Lethbridge Lions, Li«ts in Alberta, past members and residents of Picture Butte to attend this special function. Twenty-five years ago a goodly number of Lethbridge Lions journeyed to Picture Butte to charter a Lions club. Uiat of retaining and building up membership. Over the years many members found greener pastures in other cities or towns. “We havii lost members through death and others still living in Picture Butte have left the club for healtii or otiier reasons,” says Harty Watson. Of the original charter members only two remain, Mr. Watson and Fred O’Donnell. Membership has held quite steady at 30 members. Matron, patron installed CARMANGAY (HNS) -Erla and Ed Sanderson were install^ worthy matron and patron by Heather Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, recently. Other officers are Doris Willan, associate matron; Mel Cowie, associate patron; Vivian De Boer, craiductress; Bessie Asplund, associate c<mi-ductress; June Cowey, secretary; Ted Ronney, treasurer; Leona Hunt, chaplain; Lenora Baldwin, organist; Harold Annable, marshal; Ruth Moore, adah; Mary Crow, ruth; Hilda Lyckman, esther; Mabel Svanes, martha; Jean Annable, electa; Marjorie McFarland, warder; and Marvin De Boer, sentinal. The installing officer was Ellwood Irwin and Harold Annable was installing marshal. Elks give $500 to hall BARONS (HNS) - Barons Elks lodge exalted ruler Harry Hemmaway recently presented $500 from the Alberte Elks Foundation to Orald Wobick, president of the Barons Community Hall board. The money will be used to finance repairs to the hall. 2500 Alberta childnen each need a Mother and Rather What are vou doing with the nest of vouriife? There’s a young lad in one of our institutions we think you can help. From all indications, he’s a normal, hockey-loving, TV-clicking teenager who can sense dinner-time within a tenth of a second. Yet this boy lacks something. Abandoned by his true parents as a baby, he has lived most of his life under government care. He tends to shyness in the presence of strangers. He is reluctant to return affection. He is afraid to share his true feelings. We’re asking you to be his parents for a while. With the right kind of help, we’re convinced that this youngster and 2500 others like him can regain confidence in themselves — and the world that never gave them anything but a raw deal. If you think you have the right combination of patience, perserverance and humour, why not give us a calP You could be making a friend for life. 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