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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 15, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta District The Lcthbridgc Herald Local news SECOND SECTION July 1974 Pages 11 to 20 quiet strike looms in Kootenays By MURDOCH MACLEOD Herald Staff Writer B C At least three- quarters of the residents of this East Kootenay town are directly affected by a strike against Commco Ltd but the most notable feature of the dispute right now is the absence of tension Strollers still wander down the Bavarian style mail m the business dis- and many of them wear lederhosen Picketers sit beside their strike signs near huts at the company gates and play cards Cheerful greetings are ex- changed with management personnel passing in and out of company property But residents are directly affected as Commco employees Les Lilley president of Local 1672 of the Association of Commencal and Technical says his local has about 150 members Local 651 of the United Steelworkers of America has about men and Commco management at Kimberley numbers about he says When dependents of strikers and management are nearly everyone in town must be affected But there is no tension and Lino Sacilotto president of the steel union local claims the support of local merchants Many stores and utilities companies have agreed to a billing moratorium until the strike he says Workers who were paid uo at the start of the strike July 1 won't get more bills from these sources until it's over And about half of the stores in Kimberley sport bright yellow signs in their saying support the United Steelworkers Local 651 bargaining program The Commco strike has closed mines and plants at Kimberley Salmo and Trail and offices at Trail and Kimberley Five union locals are involved the steelworkers in the operations end and ACTE in the offices and techni- cian categories Gordon public relations chairman for Steelworkers Local 480 in Trail says there probably won't be an agreement un- til September Local 480 has found jobs for about 250 and about are regibtered he says Teh strike involves hourly paid employees and 600 salaried ACTE members Mr Sacilotto says the un- ions are co-operating on a welfare which will begin July 19 They will provide medical life and food hampers They have guaranteed that no one will lose a time- payment item such as a house or car because of the strike reason we can make that guarntee is there are over of us in and over one million ot us on the North American he says Jim public relations supervisor for Commco in says the mediator in the dispute will be back in the Kootenays Thursday A steelworkers' membership bulletin lists 11 points of disagreement with the starting with pensions and ending with the last wage offer before the strike started Others listed include sickness and group life and dental safety supervisors' union membership and contract language There are many penioners in the says Mr and the issue is an important one Mr Titsworth says the original union and out has been reduced to retirement at 55 years of age with 30 years' service All union members inter- viewed mentioned aspects of mine .and smelter work which they felt made a reduced retirement age es- sential Complaints about the amount of pensions were also common Mr Cameron the company offer was a non- contributory plan costing the company per pei month Workers with 30 years' ser- vice could retire at 60 with a he says they could retire at 65 with 10 years' service An option provided for a reduced pension at 55 with 20 years' service The company also offered to take over the full cost of ihe and in- surance he says Mr Sacilotto says although this would cost the company coverage would be reduced Buying more in- surance would be optional for workers Another big issue is the inclusion of first-line supervisors in the union Mr Lilley says it goes WALTER KEFBEfi Pickets at main gate of Cominco's Trail smelter This town seems to have some tension m the a change from calm at Kimberley back to the when the mill and smelter workers were certified as agents for the but by agreement did not include them in bargaining The Steelworkeis inherited that he said Yet some supervisors make a year less than the men under them The British Columbia Labor Relations Board will decide the question in aftermath of hearings to be conducted in Trail Mr Titsworth says supervisors want a but some are not sure about being in the same one as their subordinates They will have their own he says The company wage offer would have meant an average increase of a says Mr Cameron For the second year of a the wage clause could be re-opened with the right to strike A newspaper advertise- ment taken out by the com- pany said the proposed wage increases pi is fringe benefits would be a per hour value Wage proposals included a boost to 10 an hour for a up from and to for a up from 55 Mr Lilley says wage proposals to ACTE members ranged from an hour to an hour At the Clerk 1 a 45 cent raise to 06 an hour was up from an hour A Clerk 8 was offered a 99-cent increase to 80 an hour from he says A Technician 1 would get another 81 cents an hour under the company 40 instead of and a Technician 5 would get a raise of 97 cents an hour to 22 an hour from 25 Cominco's Kimberley office Pickets Ross and Leonard Cox in front of Bavarian-style office Father and son on Sullivan mine picket line Burt Dave Clarricoates and Dave's Charlie Clarncoates at mine gate. PUB TO RULE ON SALE OF CITY POWER PLANT Approval from the Public Utilities Board will be re- quired before the city can sell its generating station to Calgary Power Ltd S M acting board asks in a letter to city solicitor John Hammond that the city make formal application to the board for approval The board's request will be considered at city council meeting Tuesday evening Horner calls on Stanfield to step down his seventh term in Conservative Leader Jack re-elected to says Progressive Robert Stanfield should resign had three elections and the public have not cot- toned to him Mr Horner said in a telephone interview from his Pollockville home today deliberately took a calculated risk as he himself said on the wage anc' Pnce freeze the Conservative an oppo- nent of such controls said 'He also tooK a calculated risk in not allowing Leonard Jones to run in Moncton as an official candidate Mr Horner said Mr Stan- field has had several chances to win an election and the Conservatives should have won this one I think he as leader has got to suffer the penalty for his ac- tions and should step down If he was a great parliamentary debater and could really cut Trudeau and the government to ribbons as leader of the there would be some merit in keep ing him on But that's not his forte Mr Horner said a leadership convention should be held next spring to give a new man a chance He said Mr Stanfield gave a 100 per cent effort in the election but an unlikely set of com- modities to sell Mr Horner said he is not seeking the leadership himself hut there would be no lack of candidates Meanwhile Ken Hurlburt re elected to his second term as Conservative MP for remained non committal about the leadership debate mauls youths Two Edmonton youths are in good condition in Pmcher Creek hospital today dfter being severely mauled by a bear near Beauvais Lake Sunday The whose names were not immediately released by received severe lacerations after coming across a mother bear and two cubs while hiking south of the provincial park about 15 miles southwest of Pmcher a park official said today J U supervisor of added although details of the incident are one boy had apparently been dragged about 300 feet before park staff heard cries for help and found the two youths A Fish and Wildlife official said today his department would try to trap the bear and her cubs and move them to another spot away from any recreational areas Guide to Whoop-Up special attractions MONDAY 4 p.m Wenday's Puppets in the Pavilion 4 p.m. Hobby hardinger embroidery 4-30 p m. the magic clown in Independent Midway 5-30 p.m. Wendy's Puppets in Independent Midway 6 p.m. Hobby decoupage 6pm. the magic clown in Pavilion p.m. Hobby Kim s puppet's Wendy's Puppets in Pavilion 7 p.m. Playgoers Whoop-Up Pavilion p.m. the magic clown in the Pavilion p.m. Playgoers Whoop-Up Pavilion p.m. Can Can Dancers in Pavilion 8 p.m. Playgoers Whoop-Up Pavilion p.m. Playgoers Whoop-Up Pavilion p.m. Wendy's Puppets in Independent Midway 9 p.m. Can Can Antique Ag Square 9 p.m. the magic clown in Independent Midway TUESDAY 12 noon Wendy's Puppets in Pavilion p.m. the magic clown in Independent Midway 2 p.m. Wendy's Puppets in Independent Midway 2 p.m. Hobby batik p.m. the magic clown in Pavilion the magic clown in the Independent Midway 4 p.m. Hobby macrame 4 p.m. Wendy's Puppets in Pavilion 6 p.m. Wendy's Puppets in Independent Midway p.m. the magic clown in Pavilion 7 p.m. Playgoers Whoop-Up Pavilion 7 p.m. Hobby string art 7-30 p.m. Wendy's Puppets on grassed area p.m. Playgoers Whoop-Up Pavilion 8 Hobby macrame 8 p.m. Playgoers Whoop-Up Pavilion 8 p.m. the magic clown in Independent Midway p.m. Playgoers Whoop-Up Pavilion p.m. Wendy's Independent Midway p.m. the magic clown in Pavilion V. ;