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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 22, 1921, Lethbridge, Alberta THK LBTH3RIDGB DAH^Y HERALD' SATURI>A^, JANUARy^2a, IWl TEACHERS' ALLIANCE (An Oii�n Lettw) ,!4 Vkitorl* mgh School. ' Bdmooton. J�n. ISth, lOl'l. Tha Hon. a P. Smith. Nnulster of .'G�uc�tlott, QovoroBient BniMincs, Sdmooton. Sir,-At a gett�r*J meeUng of the Bdmontoa High ,a(du>oI Ix)ca1 Alii-anoe Md on the arailns oC JMa. 8th wo tron huBtructedi by a tmrnsimous vote of the body ot teachers to send you a oommunicstlsn dealing with Bomo statenenU you made before the convention of Ini^eetors and normal school teacher* on the* preoedlng day. "We would preface our remarkB with ilie reneral obserration that the body of teachers an not uninformed concerning our provincial officers ahd yourself. You UtUe understand dth-er the mentality or the temper ot the teachers of this province if yoo suppose that they leave entirely \Tlth the provincial esoeotlve the formalation and executlonNof policlea for oar organization. The teachers indignantly reject your ooddUng phrases as to your great r��pect for themaetves when at the same time you heap alan-iler and abuse on the heads of their �elected representatives. Sir, you cannot insult the officers of the Prov-luclal Alliance, aa yon have done on one or two inemorahl� occasions, �without at tho same time betraying . your real inner estimate ot the body of teachers ihemselveE. But to moro specific-according to the offk:ial press reports you made the foUowing statement: "The contract form which tiio leaders of the Alberta Teachers" -Mlianco sent out Mo tho toachers of this province without submitting It lo the Department ot" Education was a perfectly monstrous document aud it will never be Jipprovcd by the government." By way of Indicating to you that others fuan the provincial officers ot this organization are thoroughly cognj-/unt of the to.rtuons twistings you liavo succeeded in performing with the contract question, we beg to submit the following statement of facts, which wc challenge you to refute either publicly or jirivately. At the annual general meeting ot the Alberta Teachers' Alliance in 1918 a resolution was passed asking Hon. Mr, Boyle, then minister of education, to make provision for t;reater security of tenure for teachers. No action was forthcoming at that time as Mr. Boyle resigned soon afterwards and was replaced by yourself, "i'ou were then asked io meet the proyincial executive of the A. T. A. to tallc the matter over. It was iMpos-Bibie,- iiosvever, to arrange a meeting with, you until Dec. 28th, 1918. At that meeting you promised to give it your earnest consideration. In spite of your promises given at that meeting there was no result. On account of this lapse the Edmonton High School Local in the spring .of 1918, sent a resolution to the annual general meeting which authorized the executive to prepare a model form of agreement for the use of our members. This form was very carefully. DNTROVERSEY BETWEEN HON. inister Replies to Alliance place hotw�eu o�ir provincial cxecu-i live and officials ot your departniBnt, appointed by you, at which your ot-flclals stat�d that the toUowl&g points in our moM form ot agreem�nt were vbsolutely laJr: (1) The wjlf-renewlng olause; (2) The elaose incorporating a salary schedule In the contract; (8) The,clause statinc tbo teacher should be paid on the iVt day baals rather than the 210; (4) Tbe clause dealing with cttmulatlve tlok pay. Your officials on that ofioaaloaa went so tar as to say that theae tour points were "not dabatahle." tTiay also agreed that some bralce fehould he pnt upon the dlBmisaiog ptopmaitleB ol some school boards,.., la mite ot all thin, however, you WitU>�A your consent to the third and fourtli ot thaie pointa on the gfound that iuambers ot the cabinet objected to them, but you promiiM to arrangel a mMtlns bis-twe�n dttr prdvinCtal otRclals and the At that meeting ttltotciitWe clause waa dlMuMed.parUoularl; the question of the teacher having a representative to aBBist him la case of any investigatloEt in connection with his dismiatal. It Was at this time that he word "representative" was cussed instead ot "ratepayer." Mr. Frank Ford, K. C, our counsel, pressed for the word "representative." You then promised before arriving at any flinal draft yourself, you would communicate with Mr. Ford-which promise you broke. Then our president, Mr. Newland. took up this matter with yon and received from you a promise that^n "bona flde cases" you would not object to "representative" rather than "ratepayer." After this, nothing was done until early In August when Mr. Newland was in Ontario. Then Mr. Bamett telephoned, having received no reply to his letter, dated July 8th, Stating that Mr. Ford had not yet been communicated with. You then surprised Mr. Barnott by saying that you Intended to alter.the draft of the contract as published. After promising to make an appointment with Mr. Barnett no appointment with him was arranged, and, as a Idst resort Mr. Bamett called at the department and waited until you appeared. In face ot all these proceedings you stated flatly that you would not allow the word "representative" to be inserted, read to him the clause in question which you said would be the final draft. When Mr. Barnett oitered- some objections and reminded you ot your understanding with our president you with the latter. In consideratioi^ of the facts herein reviewed how can you possibly justify yourself in accusing Provincial Alliance officials of duplicity and mis-repres'entatlon? Morever, the official agieements ot the Department of Education v/ere not available imtil September. At that date'it was too late to cirry on further /negotiations before the teachers throughout the ftrovince could be presented with 4in ultimatum to sign the department contract as it stood. The explanation ot the delay prepared by the law committee of theJ during the long summer holidays and A.T.A. who had the benefit ot expert legal advice by way of ensuring that nothing illegal under the ordinance should remain in the. final draft. In December, 1919, a meeting took your feverish haste during the last days ot August is perfectly clear to the teachers, who understand that logic ot fate which compel a politician to act as "psychological moments." ''Will I make an extra profit, or will I stick to quality???" -Whenever the grocer buys tea this is the question that comes to his mind. If he is after the biggest profit he will never buy Red Rose ;Tea for it gives him less profit than other teas which he sells at the same price. But he buys Red Rose. -It has the quality. TO GET TRUE ASPIRIN Warning! Unless you see name "Bayer" on tablets, yoii are not getting Aspirin at all. Nothihg else is Aspirin. SAFETY FIRST! Accept only an "unbroken package" of genuine "Bayer Tablets of Aspirin," wliicli contains directions worked out by pliysicians during 21 years and proved safe by millions for Headaclie, Earache, Toothache, Neuralgia, Colds, Rheumatism, Neuritis, Lumbago, and pain. Made in Canada. Hand; tin boxes of 12 tablets cost but a few oenta-^Larger packages, JUrptrin l� thn trado marh (reBlilf-red In Canada; ut Tiayfr Munufdcturo of Mono-AeatlcaciaMter ot Ballcyllcacld. 'V^'hIlo U in well known that Aeplrin iiu^aun IlHior tuanutacturt!, to aeslit th� putille agalnit Imitations, tho TutilPts of Uayir Cuinpany .MU tia atampca with tti�lr geoaral triae inaik, tUv "iimtir Cr�i)ii." Furthermore, sH7 you implied that the provincial executive had pressed for a statutory minimum wage tor teachers ot $1,JOO. This ihjpllcation you know to be absolutely without foundation. As you are well aware, there has been no attempt made either through the provincial executive or any other body of teachffrs to have the gOTOTnmont ot Alberta ostab-IlBh any minimum wage. We teal, sir, that you have sadly mlBrepresented tho teachers ot Alberta and especially the oflicers of their organization to tho electorate ot our profession to make clear presentation ot the facts ot the case. Yours faithfully, Edmonton High School Teachers' . Alliance. Mary Crawford, Pres.; V 11. E. Balfour, secy.-treas. Mr. Smith's Reply Editor, The Bdmonton Bulletin, Sir:-Wi\h reference to the open letter ot the Edmonton High achool Alliance in this morning's Bulletin and the noon edition of The Journal, may I say tikat I had no latlmatkm that this was an open letter or that it waa to be published in th� pnu, conse' quently my reply, written Immediately ^pon receipt of the Alliance letter, was not written with any thought that it would ever be published. In view of the fact, however, that the Alliance has declared the correspond-nee open, I preaume that I am al-, most compelled to submit my reply d'S-! for publication. This I do not hesitate to do. In taking this course, however, I n;ay be permitted to draw attention to the fact that the letter of the Alliance is a complete answer in itself to their charges against me. They have completely dropped the accusation that I ever promised to draft the disputed Clause 5 in the contract in accordance with their wishes, and they have also dropped tho charge th^t I altered tho contract in this regard after .it had been agreed upon between tho Department and the Alliance. No clause over was agreed upon. In spite of the violent language and unnecessary sarcasm which characterises the Alliance letter, it is at the same time the most splendid vindication of my "course for which I could wish. Throughout this whole controversy the Alliance leaders, have quite tor-gotten that tho Department ot Edu-. cation owes a duty to school boards and ratepayers as well as to the teachers. School trustees who are the elected representatives ot the people, must have some rights and powers left, else they might better not exist. The institutions which are the guarantee th'at the people shall rule must be protected by someone,' even against the radical tew who have moulded the policies of the Teachers' Alliance. I do not hesitate to recognize that obligation while 1 am in my present office. Tollowing is a copy of my letter to the Alliance : "Edmonton, Jan. 13th, 1921. "Madam, "I wish to acknowledge receipt ot your communication without date but signed by yourself and Mr. Balfour on behall of the Edmonton High School Alliance. I may say that the tone ot the' letter is In keeping with what I hav-o learned to expect from some of tho officers of the Alliance , . . and would seem to indicate quite the \"� '� juaee. contrary to any desire for co-operation between the Alliance and the Department. ' Replying to tho letter generally, I would say that important points are omitted and the general impression not at all in accordance with the real facts. However, I do not Intend to answer in great detail and tlie fact that certain' points are not alluded to, will not indicate that they are unobjectionable. "I may be permitted to point out that an undertaking from me that I would not object in certain cases to school boards altering the contract by striking out the word "ratepayer" and substituting the word "representative," is a very different thing from an undertaking that I would myself substitute the word "ropreson-tative" for the word "rateayer" and issue the contract form in that way. I did not even make the former undertaking definitely, but I am free to state that a school board such as that in tho city of Edmonton should know its own mind, but I added that in no caso would I permit such an alteration in tho rase of districts generally. I am not aware that 1 have up to the preaent moment undergone any change of opinion with reference to the point discussed between Mr. Nowland and niysolf, and ijothing has happened that does leave me entirely free to consUier such an alteration by a city school board, if one comes before me. "What all tho dl&cussion is about I really cannot discover. I have not been accused of changing my mind with reference to the action I might take in regard to what you term "bona fldo cases." T have been ac- c cased, on tho contrary, of having agreed to put the word "representative" in tho contract for all cases and having then brok cemed. "Your statement, with recard ta the attitnde ot th� offlclalB ot this Department, ii mlta Incorrect. Tht of-flcialk m�d� a ]�lnt r�port to m� after their coafiwnHMes with ttto Alliance and th�y referred to in yonr letter, Bhonld be incorporated In our n�w form of contract. I hav� th� definite asiurance ot each of'the ofRcialB coBoemed, that your atate-menta ia thl� regard are aulto tneor-rect. "It ii �nUelit^ning to havo your aiBu^ance that the Alliance do�3 not advocate the fixing ot a mtnlmnm wage by legislation.' "May I be permitted to aay in con- olualoii Uiat' I havd,iJiiad� no statement that I am not now prepared to reaflm and that my position ia, as it always has been, one ot strong de-Blre to render ibt> beat service of which r am capable in the work in which I am engaged. I am attU confident, moreover, that as tho toaohers havo the opportunity of more tuUy underatandlng the attitude ot myself and the Depart^ient, and the fundamental principles which have guided UB in the decisions we have made, our course will be fully vindicated, and that co-operation which never should have been disturbed, wUl again pro-rail. - ' '^Faithfully yours, "QEORQB P. SMITH, Minister of Bducation. "Miss Mary P. Crawford, President, ISdmonton High School Alliance, "Victoria High School, Edmonton. > faithfully yours, GEOROB P. SMITH, Cdmonton. Jan. 14th, Teachers Answer Minister TEACHER'S ALLIANCE REPLY Lethbridge, Jan. 21st, 1921. The Editor, Lethbridge Herald: Dear Sir,-At a meeting of the Lethbridge Teachers' Allianco held Wednesday evening, the question ot the dispute between the Minister of Education and the officials of the Alberta Teachers' Alliance, was discussed. After bearing the ofBcial statement as published by the Alberta Teachers' Alliance, a vote ot confidence in the general executive was passed unanimously and It was decided that the Herald should be asked to publish this official statement. Enclosed you will find a copy of this ^statement which has already been published in the Calgary and Edmonton papers. It is but right that both parties in this dispute shoul^ be allowed to present a statement td'the public and leave them to form their own judgment. ~  Trusting thai you will be able to find space for this purpose. I am, yours faithfully. W. CRAWFORD, President, Lethbridge Teachers' Alliance and Executive Member Alberta Teachers' Alliance. TEACHERS' ALLIANCE OFFICERS MAKE REPLY Editor; The Bulletin: Sir:-The recent statements of the Minister of Education to the press, and his address to the convention ot School Inspectors and teachers of Normal Schools, would seem to call .tor some statement from the officials'^t the Alberta Teachers' Alliance. There are two methods by which one might meet attacks against the policies of our organization and tho good faith of its officials. The first is to answer charges which were never made and the second is to answer charges which were made. The Minister ot Education has unfortunately seen fit to pursue the former method, but it shall be our aim to pursue the latter-to make a fclear and straightforward statement and leave the pub- (1) Re the Minister's breach of faith with the A.T.A,: * We accuse the Minister of Education of a breach ot faith with the A. T. A., and base our accusation on the following facts which we challenge him to disprove; these facts we Are willing to state under oath. (a) The Minister ot Education, during the last session ot the Legislature, promised the officials of the Alliance in the presence ot Frank Ford, K. C, that before he put out his new form ot contract he .would notify Mr. Ford, in order that Mr. Ford might advise with him regarding it. The close ot the session passed by and the new form of contract did not appear. Early in June Mr. Ford informed ourj secretary that he had not yet been advised by the i\llnl8tei; regarding the contract, and on June 6th, a Jetter was dispatched to the Minister stating that no contract liftd appeared, nor had Mr. Ford been communicated with. On June 2:5, a special messenger from the Uepartmont was dispatched to the Edmonton Public School Board with the long-awaited form ot contract, described as the "form^of agreement between trustees and teachers, which has recently been approved and authorized liy the Minister ot Education," and that "copies "will bo available in a few days." This Is Breach No. 1 (b1 The president, Mr. Newland. asked for an interview with tho Minister, and after a heated telephone conversation in wliiiih the Minister .was at groat pain.s to explain his breach of faith, Mr. .Xewland succeeded in go Boards a tree hand in the use of the discretionary power conferred on them by Sec. 156 of the Ordinance in regard to sick pay, we seem to havo in the new Departmental Agreement all, perhapfl, eliev� thaJ t^ci that the Minister baa given absolutely the Minister's'^ statement that he heartily approved of the changed claus^He had no chance whatever to study the legal eftect ot the clause or to place It before our solicitors. And, for the Minister of Education to expect that Mr. Bamett, after hearing the clause read, without any opportunity to study it or consult counsel would be in a position to "heartily endorse" it, is absurd on the face of it. No man would place himself in such a ridiculous position. The Minister's show ot rhetoric about "British fair play" ill consorts with hi procedure on a matter ot vital importance to tho Alliance, involving as It does the rec-oBnitiou ot the teachers' organization. The Minister of Education evidently uEsumes that the Alliance are not endeavoring to obtain a clause, the legal effect of which is clear and unmistakable, whereas, tho fact is that the Alliance has always considered it necessary to obtain the beSt legal advice on this all important matter. It is obviously to the Interests ot th'o Allianco to secure the host legal draftsmanship, iind it v/ould appear from a perusal of the Minister's new form that a similar atlitudo on his part and a desiro to consult with the Alliance Bolicitora, before rushing to tho press witli, his contracts would have saved a great deal of trouble vHOn tbe Al)lance. iRa-alising Um serioumesa o i, . (b) Such a notioe not he glten by a board, or tf-gtv^tt shall be tnet-fectlve unleai and itaill thm Board shall have flM held a awMtec for ths purpose ot dlacuailnc Um aabject of any complaint against the teacher and shall haTe given him at least tbn days' notice in wrltli^K prrrioM to the meeting, speelfylns tfie time and place thereof and the svhiect ot complaint imd shall have glvte full opportunity to the' teicher by Wmselttor his agent to attend the meeting and discuss with the board the subject ot complaint and shall have given full opportunity to the" teafcher by himself or his agent, to attend the meeting and discuss "with the board the subject of complaint and to adduse bo-fore the board such evidence as Jie may 'be advised relating thereto. (c) Such notice of meeting shall be served upon the teacher persopally or be mailed to him by prepaid registered letter addressed to his last known post office in the district in eufflclent time to reach such post office in duo course of mail at least ten days prior to the data ot the meeting. (d) Such notice shall state that in the event of the teacher by himself or his agent falling to attend the said meeting this agreement shall be terminated at the eiplratlon ot. thirty days from the date, fixed "My the notice ior the said meeting and upon audi failure to attend this agreement shall be terminated aiccordingly without turther.".ndtice. (e) IT IS FURTHER AGREED that except in cases where immediate action is required in order to keep the school in operation the teacher shall not be suspended or dismissed for any of the causes specified in Section 95 (18) of "The School Ordinance" unless and until the board shall have first held a meeting for the purpose of investigating the subject ot complaint against the teacher and shall have given to him at least ten days' notice In writing in the manner hereinafter provided previous to the meeting specifying the time and place thereof and the subject of complaint and shall have given full opportimlty to the teacher by himself or his agent to attend the meeting and discuss with the Board the subject ot complaint and to adduce before the board such evidence as h^e may be advised relating thereto. ' Re the $1,200 Minimum The executive again repeat the statement, "Wo have never asked the Minister of Education to make $1,200 the statutory minimum for teachers." We have endeavored to foster a sentiment in favor ot a $1,200 minimum by publicity thereby rendering it easier for teachers to obtain this from boards. When the Minister states that: "This is the first time that any official of the Alliance has made this statement," he overlooks the fact that he was informed by the President himself ot this ve�y fact. The Mmister accuses Mr.^ Stanley of rushing into print before hearing both sides of a question. This charge has no basis ot fact; it it had. Its nearest parallel would be this attempt of the Minister to propagandise against the Alliance in making it appear that tho Alliance had asked the Government to make the $1,200 minimum statutory. Re Text Book Shortage The "A.T.A. magaeine" exists for the purpose of putting the point of vie.w of the teachers before the public. If the magazine succeeds in acquainting the public with the lament ablo facts it Is performing a service, not a dis-servlco to the cause of education. It the Minister has a defence for tho inability of the Department to see that a sufficient supply of text books is maintained it is time this defence is forthcoming. The article referred to by tho Minister does not, as he suggests overlook the paper shortage caused by the war, or other obstacles, but Is an honest attempt to find a remedy for an intolerable situation by making public all the available facts in connection with the matter. Re Monstrous'and Indefensible Document The minister is hero indulging in tho somewhat spectacular game of beating a dead horse. This alleged monstrous documont-^the original ten tatlvo agreement put out by the Alliance was merely to be used as basis of negotiations between tho Alliance, the Department, and School Boards. To use the Minister's phraseology-there has been no point upon which the Alliance has been more explicit than this: that if any clause ot this document were ultra vires ot the School Ordinance (which ought, after all, to bp permitted to function in favor of the teacher in the few instances in which it cau be so construed), the Alliance was always ready and willing to amend this document to keep it perfectly legal and valid. But why discuss this document now, when the Alliance and the Minister agreed qn a new form in June last? Had the Minister remained by this agreement there would havo been no further discussion in regard to the contract. The Minister alleges that wo refused to call in the tonus of agreement, but us a mattef of fact, we were waiting luitil we knew just what the Minister was preparing to give us instead .and subsequent events have justified our foresight. It must be stated, however that no model agreement tonus havo been issued to our members tor execu' tlon since December, 1919. The minist er refers to the fact that this form  did not meet with hie approval'is re-.' quired by^. law., This is th that a ftrw inaMloua alkd IttiriitlAttaK phnMea.thnnm oat 16 i ielivmller liAn-�er, with ultablehtdMouldi td'the rank and tile o'-�� Cooiiadng of Cutkun Soap to dwuiM and punfr, Cutlctira Ointntetit to KwttM and �often, and cuticura Talcum to powdar aid perfume, prpmotc and maintain akin ty, skin comrort and akin health often' IT, uiu i;DuiiDri.Bna wiin neaimoiien WIMn allelseaeerattofaO. Everywhere ZScaadS. m ;