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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 5, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta JTAGE srx THE UETMBniDGE DAILT HERALD JUNK Alberta Government ones For (he information of the public, it is rtwnetl advisable. tt> give (he essential facts in the negotiations between (be Department and Plant Employes, it limited iniiulwr of whom have quit work. TheTelephone Companies both lo tiieKiist aniHYest have issued new regulations ;uid wage tor they far11017, which in snbstaiM-e provide for the same rate of :is were granted, Alberta Government Toleplume employes in 1913. The TxxMl Union. No. 348 I.U.EAV., of Calgary made a_ request for a conferewe lo discuss a revision of our sdtedtile, to which the following reply was After, a two days' conference, during which a full look place, the Committee was iif armed W EDMONTON, April 12th, 1917. Murdoch, Local Union, Xo. 3JS, I.B.E.AV.. Box 21S1, Calgary. Dear We are always pleased to discuss matters respecting employes of this Department, and to volun- tarily institute regulations and establish rates consistent with the requirements and the interests of tbc people of the Province. To this end I shall be pleased to meet such Committee ra Monday, the 16th inst. Yours very (ruly, (Signed) W. J. HARMER, Deputy Minister of Railways and Telephones. The dale of meeting was changed to 23rd. ing wn _______________ that the would issue a MW schedule IB accordance with the cosjditiosis of my-communication. Followiaf this conference, the schedule as p mi ted below was submitted with the following W. J. DywMs, EDMONTON, May 10th, 1917. Box 2181, Calgary. Dear For your information 1 encloce a copy of our "Regulations aad Wage which I have no doubt the employes will greatly appreciate, the are better and the wage Kale higher those of any neighboring systems to the East or West. Yours very Irnly, (Signed) W...J. HARMER, Deputy Minister. ALBERTA GOVERNMENT TELEPHONES-REGULATIONS AND WAGE SCHEDULE 1. Eight hours shall constitute n day on Exchange work, ordinary working hours S a.m. to 12 m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., but where requirements of the service demand shiftwork, any right consecutive hours (except one hour intermission for meal) shall constitute a day, and such shift hours will' be iiiuse that the'service required to be filled constantly. An assignment lo shift hours shall not bo made for less than fourteen calendar days where practicable. 2. Eight hours shall constitute a day on Rural and Long Distance work, ordinary working hours 8 a.m. to 12 m. and 1.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. 3. All employes shall go to and from point of work on their own time. 4. AH monthly men who have worked continuously for one year shall receive one week's vacation on full pay of the Ordinary time in the second year, and two weeks after two years' con- tinuous service. 5. Where car fare during working hours is deemed necessary-by the Department, same shall be furnished to employes affected by this schedule. Where transportation is considered necessary by the Company beyond the 5c limit, the Company will fur- nish same to the employes affected by (his schedule. 6. Overtime slialj be computed on the basis of eight hours per day, at the standard rate the ernploye is entitled to in Section 31. All overtime, including Sundays and Holidays, will be -computed at the rate of_time and one-half of standard rale cf wages paid employes. 7. Holidays will be as follows: New Tear's, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Dominion Day, Labor Thanksgiving Day and Christmas and such other days as are observed as General Holidays fhronghont the Province. (Bank Holidays not in- 8. Overtime will only be allowed employes in cases of emergency. Foreman or person in charge must make a written report of particulars and causes to the Plant Chief, who will advise Head Office. 9. Overtime will not be allowed employes assigned to Section or District work, except in cases of extraordinary local or general disturbances caused by storms, fires or floods. 10. Employes held waiting orders, or material will be paid at the .standard rate, and employes relieved from duty during the day (except by their own fault.., or request, on account of 'weather conditions) will receive not less than one-half day's pay, and If working more than one-half day will be paid for a full day. ll.; Employes requested lo report for duty shall not receive less than two (2) hours' pay. 12. Transportation will be furnished or allowed all employes when required in the performance of their duties, or when being transferred. 13. Employes resigning or dismissed, will not be furnished or allow- ed transportation. When sen-ices nf employes are dispensed with.on account of completion of work, transportation will be furnished or ol- lowed to either Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge, or any inter- point on a railway nearest to where employe was engaged. 14. City gangs working beyond the 5c car limit shall report for work at car line limit at 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. 15. Employes dismissed while in the field shall be paid in full for all time doe them. 16. The actual expenses of board and lodging will be allowed Inspec- ton, Swilchboafdmen and Installers when pursuing their away from Headquarters, 17. Cabfernen will be allowed actual expenses up to and including ten working days when working away from Headquarters. 18. The actual expenses of board and lodging will be allowed Ex- change, Rural and Lang Distance line employes while en route by train (o another point of work. Ifti The actual expenses of board and lodging will be allowed other employes when away from their Headquarters open a tem- porary job. Ten working dayn shall be considered a tempor- ary job. More lhan ten working days will be considered a permanent job, for which no board or lodging expenses will be allowed. 20, Headquarters will be (he place where employes are assigned for duly, the place from which they receive orders, or to which they report. 21. While il is presumed that those- in charges of employes, (o obtain economical results, will assign them lo the work for which they have trained, there is nothing in these regulations which means that employe! shall do only the class of work for which they are being employed; nor that certain classes of work shall be performed by only certain classes of men; shoald, howeter, an employe be assigned to work which pays a higher rate than that for which he is employed, will be paM the schedule rate for aqch work while engaged upon il. 22. Employes will be paid semi-monthly. Wage cheques will, be issued and forwarded as promptly as possible upon receipt of pay roll. 23. All drawing in of underground cable and laving of conduit will be in charge of a practical man. 21, All switchboard installations and moves shall be handled by a practical man. 25. "FOREMAN: An employe haying charge of more than three (3) line men or more than twelve (12) laborers. 26. SUB-FOREMAN: An employe having charge of three (3) or less than three linemen, or less than twelve (12) laborers. 27. Foremen shall be paid on a monthly basis, and no extra pay will be allowed for overtime worked; no deduction in salary will be made for an enforced loss of time for which the De- partment is responsible, except in case of dismissal. 28. On Class A-B-C lines framing and splicing of poles shall be done by a practical man. who. shall be rated as a lineman, and pole setting gangs shall be under the supervision of a lineman. V Sufficient money shall he advanced 16 cover employes' expenses when necessary. A married man being moved by the.De- partment from one headquarters ,to another shall receive transportation for himself and household effects. 30. These regulations apply designated in Article No. 31. -V y; 31. CLASSIFICATION AND WAGE SCHEDULE Foreman lo J1W.OO per month Foreman. Floating Gangs per day and expenses Lineman, Floating per day and expenses Groundman, Floating Ganj......................... per day and expense Sub-Foreman. Exchange per hou Sub-Foreman, Rural and Long Distance...........................56c per hou Lineman, Exchange..................................... 53c and per hou Llnernan, Rural and Long Distance '........-.'.............We and 53c. per hou Head and Long Distance.......................4lc per hou Groundman......................................... 34c, 37c and VK per hou Cable Splicers.............-............................. 62c and 65c per hou Cable Splicer Helpers He per hou are used as Cable Helpers, LlnemenTt rate shall apply. Installers 45c, 4Sc, and 51c per h'our 45c, 48c, and Me per hour Swllchhoardtnan..................................S10D.OO to {115.00 per month .tW.OO to Siro.OO.per month District Plant Inspectors___........................19500 to J115.00 per month DiJtrict Plant Inspector's Assl. to J95.00 per month First Class. 4120.00 per month Second Cluj per month Third per month per rrfonth in the regulations or wage schedule shall .be construed as affecting isolated repair men where eight con- secutive' hours are not required, nor in the case of men in training. j 82, Higher salaries than specified in Article 31 will be paid when warranted by ability or quality of service rendered. Effective June 1st, 1917. Approved: W. R. PEARCE, General Superintendent. W. J. HARMER, Deputy Minuter. The following reply was received: Calgary, May 14th, 1917. W. J. Harmtr, Esq., Deputy Minister of Railways and Telephones, Edmonton. REGULATION AND WAGE SCHEDULE Re yours of 10th inst., regarding the above, beg to state that same does not meet with the approval of affected, and that at a meeting held lately the employes empowered me to meet you to discuss (he matter finally, and 1 trust lo the mutual satisfac- tion of all concerned. AS THE BUSY SEASON WILL SOON BE UPON US; I would request that you give (his yoar attention, arranging by return mail, if possible, to meet a committee of em- not later than Monday, May 21st next. Yours sincerely, (Sfd.) E. D.-.GIJINN. In compliance with this request the General Superintendent and Plant Superintendent met the Committee in Calgary on May 22nd, when the Committee presented a new. schedule embodying the three contentious matters, wi, an agreement with the Electrical recognition of the abolition of'the sliding scale, and LASTLY, THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE AGREEMENT AS I'RE- 'SENTED, and further refused to even discuss the Regulations and Wage Scale that had been issued by the Department. On May 29th the-following letter was received: v Calgary, Alia., 27lh Mav, 1917. To the Deputy Minister of RailwnyG and Telephones. W. J- Farmer, Esq., Edmonton, Alta. a meeting of the Alberta Government Telephone Elec- trical Employes, held May.27th, 1917, il was decided to inform you that unless the Agreement and Wage Schedule, ns presented to your Officials on May 22nd, 1917, by the representative of the employes, be accepted by The Telephone Department on or before Wednesday, May 30th, 1917, at 13k.; they will quit work." Trusting to receive an amicable settlement, remain, yours Signed on behalf of (Sgd.) E. A. GARRETT, .SU 36th Avenue West; Calgary. Phone M4262. (E. GUINN, Chairman; (E. It. JENKINS, (W. McKAY, (0. i. HONING, (G. F. PAULING, (E. A. GARRETT. As a result of this ultimatum, thirty-one electrical employes in the Calgary Exchange, and twenty-five in the Southern Provincial District quit work yesterday. The following table will show the rale of wages paid the various employes who quit work at Calgary: Hourly No. of Man Occupation Monthly Rate Foreman.'..... J140.00 120.00 115.00 Troublemen 110.00 Troubleman..............................'.. 100.00 55.00 Assistant Switchman 85.00 Assistant Switchmen......................'. fiO.OD .90.00 Students......'............................. 75.00 Cablemen....................................65 132.00 i (26.00 'Subfortmen ........................60 122.00 .56 114.00 Rackman 91.80 Installer Cable Helper ....'.........'..'.........'.........44 89.75 Assistant installer .............................41 Student ........i.v ..........................35 71.40 SOUTHERN DISTRICT MEN WHO QUIT WORK No. of Men Occupation Monthly Rite .1. Wire 1 Inspector 120.00 2 Plant Inspectorsx.............................. 115.00 1 Plant Inspector................................ 110.00 4. Plant 105.00 C Plant ImpccUrs 100.00 1 Plant Inspectors 95.00 1 Assistant Plant Inspector...................'... 1 Swltchbsirdmtn............................... 1K.OC 1. AsslsUnt TrouHeman 1' Automatic Student 65.00 2 Linemen 13.25 per All employes whose duties require them to.travel are allowed all their expenses while away ftom Headquarters. We have contracted all. yur construction work for several yean, with very gratifyinr'tesulls, and the question of following out that 'policy with respect to nil our plant reouirementg has been under advisement for some time. are now under way and arrangements about com- pleted for taking care of oar maintenance requirements, ns result of which we do not anticipate ths! ear pztrons will suffer any in- convenience. W. J. HARMED Deputy Minister. ;