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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 25, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta TRAVELLING TO EUROPE We ore ogenli for TRAFALGAR, GLOBAL, and SOUTHDOWN TOURS Let us arrange your land tours, ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL CENTRE VILLAGE MAIL PHONE 328-3201 The LetKbridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Aiberla, Thursday, January 25, 1973 PAGES 11 TO 22 LETHBRIDGE OFFICE FURNITURE LTD. iQwiT Level 71 h Sired Shopping Moll LflhbrioV, Albcrtc Phone (403) 326-741] S.C.M. TYPEWRITERS Labor organizing failures here caused by fear of losing jobs By JIM MAYBIE Herald Staff Writer Local member; of Lhe labor movement were urged Wednes- day (o get out and organize the unorganized. Gerald Liichfield, outgoing president of the Lethbridse and District Labor Council told del- egates attending the annual meeting that efforts to organize have r.ot always met with suc- cess recentlv. "The main appears lo be fear of loss of jobs through associating with he said. He (old of one attempt to or- ganize employees of a local or- ganization who were employed at meagre wages and under poor health conditions. "The employees met at my home.1' he said, "but someone let out the plug and the organi- zation was never completed.1' Organized labor sets Ihe trend for a lot of the unor- ganized, said Mr. Litchlield, but the gap between organized and unorganized labor continues to widen. "Go organize lo bring their standa-ds up.'' he directed the delegates. "There is a lot of work to dc in the Lethbridge area. Lf the unions would go out and or- ganjze the unorganized would get better wages and working conditions for the other workers in the community." Regarding unorganized la- bor's fear of losing jobs, he said "a major undertaking would then appear to bs public rela- tions between management and He also urged labor mem- bers to get involved. "Get on city committees so labor has a voice and vote on these com- mittees." It's also very important that labor council delegates say what's on their minds at labor council meetings, Mr. LHchfield said. Summarizing the labor coun- cil's activities of the past year, he said it was involved with the 15-2-5 Golf Club; supported the Iflre-a-Student campaign; had representative; on univer- sity commit-.fees; supported the United Appeal; provided speak- ers for the university, college and grade schools to explain Ihe labor movement to stu- dents; and worked with oppor- tunity students at Hamilton Ju- nior High School to assist those who won't finish high school. Alderman Bill Kergan told the group that the labor coun- cil was "a most vital organiza- tion in the tba' it WES im- portant to both labor and mas- Members must have vision, responsibility and be men and women of good faith, he said. council should have a responsibility to assist local la- bor groups.'1 Aid. Kergan supported a sug- gestion that labor get involved with cine affairs and get rep- resentation us various committees. Short ivork week struggle continues Members of Lhe Lethbridge and District Labor Council were urged Wednesday nigh: to support the Albena Federation of Labor in iLs opposition to the compressed work week. Last year the AJL took the stand it favored the eight-hour.' four-day tS2 hours1 work but was opposed to the IP-hour or 111-hour work day. Harry. K o s t i u k. assistant executive secretary of the AFL (old 50 persons at the ccunciTs an- nual meeting The Board of Industrial Rela- tions, he said, gave Gulf Oil in Edmonton permission to oper- ate a plan! on a 12-hour, three-, day work week. The company, he said. 15 us- ing the employees 35 guinea i pics to test noise pollution and i other health effects. j Plant employees will receive j no overtime under the new; scheme. Mr. Kostiuk said. They i will be put on standby boards and may be required to wofk a full shift with only a day or two of rtst. Toe employees also suf- fer a three tMr ;oss in wages, he said. The coinpany said in hearings before the Board o: relations that it would have to hire two eottra men because of the com- pressed work week. Some people's health will only take eicbt working hours a day. he said, so the com- pressed work week will be a hardship on then. Individual who supported application for the compress- ed work week were dot mem- "ART STUDIO ON ENP7U RVENUt ARTISTIC PICTUQE flRT GflUERV OPEN DAILY v. 30-5. 30 SATURDAY 10-5 AVE S "1 bers of true trade labor unions Mr. Kostiuk said. They belong-1 ed to company unions acd as- sociations, "Have we an obligation to the AFL stand which was made at the annual meeting? Let's not give them an opportunity to have the real trade unions in- volved in supporting applica- tions'1 for the compressed work week. Al Packard, a member of the local labor council, said the compressed work week will re- sult in employees having less money to spend, an increase in moonlighting, an increase in health and accident hazards and disruption of family life to the point that children will go tad. "We don't spend enough time with the family he said. "What will happen when you have lo work 12 hours a Labor is still struggling for (he 32-hour work week, he said. The compressed work week is against labor principles. The January-February issue cf Alberta Labor says research i has shown the compressed! work weelt doesn't create one single job. that it increases ner- vous breakdowns, broken homes and divorces by at least li per cent. A survey showed that if the terisions are allowed to con- tinue, the paper said, lifespan will be decreased 15 years from TO to 55. "T h e eight-hour-day, four- i day-week, while it is not a cure- all. would relieve some ten- I sims, reduce accidents and fa- teiities and increase the work J force by 20 per cent the paper said. i The result would be "a tre- mendous reduction in the tas burden of those who are em- pioyed. besides siring hope to 3 million u n employed workers." said Alberta Labor. "Man is most productive the first t'.vo hours in the working day." the paper said. "After that his productivity decreases because of monotony and frus- tration. 'Alberta potatoes of poor quality' By KIC SVTCHART Herald Staff Writer TABER Alberta's vegeta- ble producers have been told to Siop complaining abcut poor i prices and to start growing bet- ter quality goods. Sven Ericksen. Lethbridge I restaurateur and partner in a fresh potato processing plant in Taber. said producers today ex- pect to get number oae prices for any product- He told the Alberta Agricul- tural Products Marketing Cora- cil at a public hearing here Wednesday that producers have to learn the difference between culled products and good qual- ity product. "You'll get quality price when you produce quality prod- uct." he said. He said when he started a fresh potato processing plant in Taber the government p-ntn- ised inspection stations that r.-Liuld qualiry product. He said there still is no in- spection station and now every crower is his own grader. Warm weather ready to leave Optimistic spreader Golf s a year arcund gcme in bclmy Lethbridge. Andy Bricsl, mnncger at the Bridge Valley Par-3 range in the rix-er valley on the '.vest side of ihe Ola'man River, was out Wednesday applying the annual mid-winter sptey of fertilizer. The firm a bit more bounce in the ball, but that hasn't kept golfers away during the recent warm spell. Ervin photo Speech therapist sought By HERB LEGG Herald Staff "Mosi accidents occur after the fifth hour and fatalities dur- L-s the last hour on the job." ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAl MECHANIC Schworti Bldg. 222 5th 51. S. Phone 328-4095 COMPUTER ACCOUNTING AND MANAGEMENT LTD. Data Processing 5C-7 CANADA TRUST BUILDING TELEPHONE 32S-7SS3 There are sbout 40 children 'within the Lethbridge Separate School District now facing I speech problems and trustees j Wednesday vowed to do tome- thing about it. separate board received a letter from Elizabeth Hunt 1 statir.p children who need assist- snce cannot receive help because I o! hck of qualified person- 'nel. "I wish to ask the school board to corridor employiig a speech thrrcrL-t. part-tir.ie. so children in the systotn who j have spwc'n can re- oeive adequate "Trere are children in our i sdicoL'5 who r.eod troatmcnt. I earnestly Esi; [he boa.ii to sidcr h'-rint: r. 35 soC'.T 's-aitl. :o sate the problem although fi-. chairman Ron Fabbi said :'-e type oi service avaiiaMc to the board will depend on bud- get allocations. "As finance chairman. I'm aivare of the monetary facts of lile we must live with. 1 li we can afford it (speech thcr- j spy) I'd like to see it happen." Mr. Fabbi said. Maurice director of education, siid there Ere only three people in now involved with speech therapy. Ke s.-id two oi tKis? K-rscr.! "C to the public school system and ail threi.1 urt? ic.o busy to induce separ.v.o srhcxil children witliin t'r.oir Agreed to para-spate i n a regional library conference at tie of The March 31 meeting mil be sponsored by the Southern tirta Regional School Library Council. TEACHERS REJECT INCREASE More thin -n soutterr. Aiwrta today rev.-iod a proposed 6.C Cti'.t taise SMILEY'S PLUMBING BASEMENT BATHROOMS REMODELLING Phone 328-2176 Riley McComick "Lelhbridge's Leading Western Store" Centre Village Mall Phone 328-5644 Featuring TONY LAMA WESTERN BOOTS The largest selection in ihe Soulli Counliy rcniuring 33 styles in all sizes and colors. C STARTING AT "The largest selection of Western Wear and Saddlery in Southern Alberta" He said Us city's pro-school ffrvices department ha? biK- fcted for a por'.-tinie speo-c'n therapist biti employment tv.ust await formal budget approval from the City of Le'.h'nridcc. Mr. LandYy said he cotiid not estimate the cost of a part- timo irvrapivt who. lie said, mijir. Iv o't ticlp to the sopar- If budget approval i? given, by the city, and a qualifittl ap-: plicanl Is hired, spooch tlterapy may be av.iil.ilx1 lo sop.ir.ite schools by April. Mr. Landry said. other business Wednesday, a request for rcp- i-ivontatioa .1: a Calgary sor.i- tnar to discuss eh.niLies !o the .V'.vrl.i Labor Ac! 'Tito Fob. contcrcncc will be .wed by Ihe School Ajirood to apply :o Onn.ida Manpower lor Local Initiative ir.-orTraiii funds to hiro sides. Application will bo made in October. By JOE MA Herald Staff Writer Been enjoying the warm spell? Well, make Lhe most out of what remains, "cause it's coining to an end, weatherman Gerald LaEgevm says. Mr. LaBge.ria says "the sys- tem which has been giving us the warm spell is hiking down.1' The current spell has been caused by "persistent high pressure IB the western sates and low pressure in Northern Alberta and Saskat- chewan." initiating Chinook winds from the southwest. There are sisps this system is breaking down and end cf the vann spell cannot be too far away." he said. The wirm spell in ihe Leth- bndge area started on Jan. 11 and since then the temperature has beep, averaging 35 decrees. comparing the normal Jtouarv average o; 17 decrees. The highest temperatures re- i carded during the current spell [were 53 degrees on Jar, 15 and i 23. he ssid. Only i.S inches o: snow ieU h th? first week o: nor.o since the speil began. On Lhe average. S.7 inches of snow falls in Januarv. Despite 1 o w precipitation, strong winds and hcgh tempera- tures, humidity has main- rained the is because the winds have been melting snow fallen Li tiie first week of January, .Mr. Lan- src-vin said. Relative djnr.g tb-c stvil has been averaging P'I cent, comparing with the mean average oi p-er cert. 1 The spell has caused a drop in snowmobile sales bui an in- crease in raotorcycle and bi- cycle sales. Oae snowmobile dealer. Let.h- tridge Honda Centre, has sold on? S30''vmobile so far this i year. "Last year this time we 1 had soid eight." a salesman Be: Bert and Mac's Cycle has experienced an tnusually high increase in motorcycle and .bicycle Psles. "'Last week we :sojd irjotorcycles and five I bicycles." a salesman said. "Normally this time of the year i vce seli oae a week." Automobile sales no: been affected b.v the warm weathsr. according to Tcyota Travel Ce-trc slid Enerson's Neither is the car rcitlal busi- ness. "If it snows, we get more customers who go skiing, but if iis weatier good, we have going ot_her Kerb Rent-A-Car said. He said would challenge, at.ycne who claims AJberta bas the best potatoes. Alberta po- tatoes haven i reached 50 per cent of the quabty they should. He pointed to potatoes in Ida- ho which "have given SouLhera Alberta growers a real yard- stick." He recommended doing away Tiith the "combination'' grades. In this grade, about 73 per cent of I'm? are No. 1 grade with the rest No. 2 grade and the whole lot is sold as No. 2 grade. "You have quality baHng po- tatoes but you have to pick them out and give the culls to the pigs." he said. Mr. Ericksen said the vegeta- ble producer rodsy is so busy with curling and social events that he can't hsve the time to to business. Clarke Ferries, chairman of the agricultural products mar- keting council, agreed with Mr. Ericksen. He said there were very few producer at the bear- ing to represent their industry. He questioned several speak- ers about this and al] agreed producers lacked interest in the vegetable industry. (More stories pact! 12 IT) CLIFF BLACK, Certified Dentcl Mechanic BLACK DENTAL LAB MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. Lower Level ____PHONE 327-2825 JANUARY CLEARANCE! PROCTOR S1LEX MODEl 13970 SPRAY. IRON Guaranteed for one full year. Regular 18.95 JANUARY CLEARANCE Col! Housswarej 327-5767 DOWNTOWN Mr. C'ark said or.'.y OT teachers oas; ot- inp Ttiesasy and Wed- ncsdav. Ho thf !y roprest'r.ts a s.-.i.iry hiXis; of more etcht per cent, once increment slloo-inons are con- sidered. Mr. Ci.irk ssiii if of :S school tw.irds in the rural area votod in favor ci in? n'nce seillo.Ter.t. He said tlie next move is up to Iho te.iolxrs. BERGMAN'S rtoOR -COVERINGS Fh. 32S-0372 AM- i. Open Thurs., Fri. lill 9 p.m. E. S. P. FOX Certified Dental Mrchnnii FOX (loth.) DENTAL LAB LTD. 204 Medical Denial Bldg. Phons 327-6565 TIME TO ORDER The F.T.D. LOVE BUNDLE (Valentine's Day) Feb. 14th May ba trnl anywheri In Canada or the USA. Coll 327-5747 FRACHE'S FLOWER SHOP 322 -6lh Street South Featuring "The 4K's" 8 TO 12 P.M. NO COVER CHARGt iamu PHONE 328-7754 FOR RESERVATIONS ;