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The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 6 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD TuMday, January 22, 1974 Ric Swihart Union boss offers farmers way to keep grain moving Agriculturally speaking, in these times of high prices, low returns in some commodities and high priced credit, it was a union of all groups that has provided the greatest breath of fresh air in this quarter. In the midst of the annual SNOWMOBILES Increase Speed and Horwpower I 10% to 20% increase fuel economy and reduce engine wear at the same time! FOR INFORMATION Phone 327-9903 meeting of the Palliser Wheat Growers Associa- tion in Regina Jan. 10 to 12, speaker after speaker had been pointing out weaknesses in grain movement, grain handling and 'grain transportation. Pew had been pouring out bouquets of any sort. But it was Don Garcia, Canadian-area president of the member Inter- national Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union in Vancouver, who came up -with one of the bright original ideas that could solve a very conten- tious issue facing agriculture. He gave a very infor- mative spiel about remov- ing grain from the binding negotiations between his union and the 75-member B.C. Maritimer Employer's Association. He was calling for removal of grain so grain would be able to move through the port of Vancouver without hindrances, even when his REMOTE SPECIAL SAVE NOW AT 31.200 Volts Accumatic 4 1 Instant Picture 100% solid state Automatic Fine Tuning Mediterran- ean Cabinet Super Accu- color Pic- ture Tube 6" Duocone Speaker On Casters for easy moving MODEL CCE991R Why not stop in today and let us show you the convenience of RCA Remote Control From the comfort of your chair you can turn your set on and off Change channels automatically, vary the volume up and down Complete control with a hand held transistorized 4 button selector Special during our clearance VAN'S TV SALES SERVICE 1238 3rd S. Open Thursday and Friday till 9 p.m. Phom 327-5020 union was on. strike for higher wages or what ever else unions go on strike for. But the farmers, being the untrusting souls they .sometimes can be, didn't vote on a resolution of co- operation with the union. But the delegates did turn the proposition from Mr. Garcia back to the ex- ecutive of Palliser for further study and action and the members of the ex- ecutive The Herald talked to were in favor of the idea. Mr. Garcia's main argu- ment at the convention was the federal government is the marketing agent for most grains. It also has a hand in the rail system and through the allocation of boxcars, has a say' in the use of the country elevator system. He said this is fine but why should private enterprise enter the grain- shipping picture for the loading exercise only. The equipment and facilities of members of the maritimer employers association are privately owned. To take the grain from the huge terminal elevators to the ships requires this equip- ment and the union workers. The union has agreed its members will move the grain even when on strike "for the good of all Canada and the rest of the world." Of course, the union realizes that without grain on the negotiation list, a great deal of government and public sympathy would be removed also. With the grain moving, there wouldn't be such a high risk of government intervention. Mr. Garcia admitted it was the grain involvement in the 1969 strike that forced the government's hand to legislate the workers back on the job. It may sound selfish of the union to offer to do good when in fact it is also solving one of its own problems. But the livelihood of Cana- dian fanners would also be enhanced. The last time a strike of dock workers occurred in the U.S., it tied up grain movement for six months. Millions of dollars of ex- port trade was lost, never to be regained. Mr. Garcia said when the government legislated the union back to work in 1969, there was a great deal of union opposition. He said he didn't know what the workers would have done if he had told them to ignore the back to work order. That kind of talk lends even more support for the union suggestion that grain be excluded from labor talks. Regardless of the motive behind the suggestion, I feel it is in the best interests of farmers to agree. Enough pressure on government and it just might be possible. One of the biggest farm information meetings is scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the Science Building at the Lethbridge Community College. Sponsored by the Alberta department of agriculture, the meetings are open to the public at no charge. Marvin Gaits, regional economist, will deal with new tax laws as they affect farmers in 1974. Cal Brandley, regional law specialist, will discuss five areas where fanners can benefit with more knowledge of the law. Regional farm manage- ment specialist Alan Hunt will discuss farm credit Biting flies Punkies, sandflies or biting midges. Call them what you will, they're all tiny blood-sucking flies which can create havoc for vacationers. Most prevalent from the beginning of June to the middle of August, Agriculture Canada scien- tists say no effective control of the little devils is available, but suggest some personal protection may be obtained by using repellents. management with topics ranging from where money can be borrowed to how to set up a repayment schedule. All sessions start at 10 a.m. and end at about "p.m. THUNDERBIRD "The Original End-Drive System of Mechanized Irrigation" TRI LATERAL SUSPENSION at MCh transmission station, lour whMla are used to provide positive Inline movement of the entire system. SELF-ALIGNING SPRINKLER ASSEMBLY: This standard equipment tenure thorough and even irrigation of the IMd. POSITIVE TRACTION: are built sturdily to endure rough terrain, but are designed with flexible spoke hands to -give'' thereby averting breaking point stress and strain. 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