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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Saturday, March 23, 1974 No contract, no work Alberta CUPE resolution By MURDOCH MacLEOD Herald Staff Writer A no contract no work stand on collective bargaining was adopted Friday by the Alberta division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) at its convention in Lethbridge. The resolution, submitted by the local representing Calgary General Hospital employees, said most employers delay negotiations and use stalling tactics to weaken a union. It was resolved that a union be free to take strike action regardless of the Alberta Labor Act, once a contract has expired. Oenise Kent, a delegate from the Edmonton civic inside workers' local, said it had taken nearly a year to negotiate a new. two-year contract for that local. The agreement has still not been ratified by the members, who will probably meet next week. Mrs. Kent said a mediator had to be called in to conciliate when both sides wanted the whole contract rewritten. It had expired at the end of March 1973. She gave wholehearted support to the resolution. Bruce Glennie, of the Calgary public school employees' local, said protracted negotiations were a waste of time, and taxpayers' money when they involved public servants. Don Gardner, deputy minister of labor, said in an interview the labor department did not like to see long negotiations. Negotiations should be concluded before a contract expires, he said. The CUPE delegates also passed another resolution by the Calgary General Hospital workers, asking that all certification applications be dealt with within 30 days. The resolution also asked that certification be granted without a hearing if a union can establish that the majority of employees have selected a union. The resolution said most applications take from two to four months, permitting employers to intimidate employees and discourage union activity. First agreements Of newly-certified unions were to be protected under a resolution suggested by the Calgary city outside workers' local. The resolution said the Labor Act makes it possible for management to defeat a new union by refusing to bargain or reach an agreement within ten months. It suggested replacing part of the act with three sections of the British Columbia Labor Code. These sections allow either party to request government arbitration when bargaining unsuccessfully for a first agreement. The agreement imposed is binding unless management and labor agree in writing to vary all or part of it. It is only effective for one year. The B.C. code allows evidence to be presented during arbitration proceedings. The evidence can take into account the extent to which there has been bargaining in good faith for a first agreement, and collective agreements covering the same or similar work. Another resolution by the Calgary outside workers said the Labor Act denied workers the right to unionize, and asked that some sections be deleted. Alberta president Les Hewson said the division would search the act for such sections and would submit its findings to Labor Minister Bert Hohol. Other resolutions on labor law passed in Friday's sessions included: support for giving women equal opportunities with men for promotion to higher-paid positions, and giving them equal pay for equal work, elimination of part of the Labor Act to allow teachers to bargain freely without the threat of an imposed settlement, exempting some CUPE locals from the act, because they existed before the Labor Act did, greater protection for employees involved in organization, since fear of firing is the greatest bar to unionizing, amending the act along the lines of the Canada Labor Code to permit supervisory personnel to join unions, bringing all provincial Crown employees under the Labor Act, establishing the right of picketing all of an employer's outlets, not just the one where the employees work, and making dismissal for refusing' to cross a union picket line an unfair labor practice, and an eight-hour day and a 40-hour week as a standard, with provision for a four-day, 32-hour week. Alberta CUPE gift Hospital patients use Won't back CSA I Governments support need 266 nf hlond The Alberta division of the Bruce Glennie, who had Canadian Union of Public sooken Thursday in favor of :S JL The Alberta division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Friday refused support to the Civil Service Association of Alberta (CSA) in its fight for full bargaining rights under the Labor Act. The resolutions committee had recommended against the move. Committee chairman Alec Kromm told delegates he felt the CSA was an association, not a union. "We cannot sit here and straddle for he said, "Until they are a union we can't support them." -Mr. Kromm said the committee's main objection was the jurisdictional fight CUPE was having with the Canadian Labor Congress and the Alberta Federation of Labor. Charles Mellon, president of the Calgary General Hospital workers' local, said he felt this was a case of "damned if we do and damned if we don't." Mr. Mellon said CUPE should support all labor, but he understood Mr. Kromm's position and was more against the resolution than for it. A Calgary public school employee delegate told the convention on a point of privilege He favored the Calgary Board of Education's increased honoraria. SPECIAL Canadian Made RCA 12" Black and White PORTABLE TV SET Super Special ONLY 95 94 Call 327-5767 DOWNTOWN Bruce Glennie, who had spoken Thursday in favor of resolutions attacking the increase to a year from a year, now said he supported it. "They want to be equivalent to the city said Mr. Glennie, "I agree with this wholeheartedly." But he said the board's employes should also get the same money for the same jobs as city workers. Delegates also asked that persons leasing public land for cattle grazing or other purposes be forbidden to bar the public or charge admission to their leases. The resolution said government land was being leased cheaply to 'cattle barons' who attempted to keep the public off it. Harley Home, a CUPE staff member from Calgary, claimed closing land to the public had created bad effects in Europe. Another resolution asked that ambulance services be taken over by municipalities. Connie Barnaby, a delegate from the Red Deer civic employees' local, and secretary of the resolutions committee, claimed private ambulances were usually municipally subsidized, hours could be better negotiated with municipalities, and some private ambulances had been known to refuse patients without money. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Schwartz Bldg. 222 5th St. S Phone 328-4095 Now is tha liM to considtr Air Conditioning white PRE-SEASON PRICES stifl in IftvteHwJ by Chariton Hill LTD. 1262-2nd Avt.S. PhoiM 328-3388 ORNAMENTAL IRON PRODUCTS NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS Phona (taking tomwr ahop to Mafctofl ttHngt, onmimim Unto and rapafca. HEMTZ PMTERS ft SMT10NERS LTV. 324-tlhStS. Phone 328-1778 FOR YOUR COMPLETE WEDDING REQUIREMENTS II (24 Hoar M I We pronde complimenwy personalized head table place cerds wffi) eaets order1 FREE CUSTOMER PARKING for Standoff news operation K The Alberta Native Communications Society in Edmonton, publishers of the weekly Native People, will receive about a year under the same interim program. Mr. Roach said the funds are being made available because of a recognition that Indians need newspapers and other means of communications. And he said he doubted if Kainai News could ever become self-sufficient. Indian News Media also operates a radio department which prepares weekly 30- minute tapes for broadcast by radio stations in Southern Alberta. In the 1973-74 fiscal year, the provincial government granted Indian News Media A Standoff-based newspaper and broadcasting operation will receive over in the next two years, the executive director of the provincial government's Indian-Metis liaison group said Friday. The grant, to Indian News Media, publishers of the twice-monthly Kainai News, will be provided by the provincial and federal governments, but the amount each will contribute to make up the subsidy has not been announced. Tom Roach said in a telephone interview from Edmonton the grant will give the federal government time to develop a policy on funding of native communications operations. 16 South LIP grants total 86 jobs Sixteen Local Initiatives Programs have been approved for Southern Alberta this year providing a total of 86 jobs with a funding of Alberta projects approved under the federal program totalled 183 with a total funding of providing jobs. Funding for the 1973-74 program was allocated by constituency with the largest amount of going to Edmonton Centre. Calgary Centre was next with and Athabasca was third with The Voice of Alberta Native PARK'S-NEILSON'S Dry Cleaners Ltd. SUPERIOR DRY CLEANING 311 6th SLS. and 1514A Ml S. PHONE 327-4141 327-5151 327-7771 -2 hour service tailoring blocking and leather processing pleat drapery FURNACES (IN STOCK) SHEET METAL WORK POWER HUMIDIFIERS AIR CONDITIONING by 2214-43fd StS. Phone 327-Stie ORBIT POWER High Torque Slow Sped Power.... SA of IN ippHoMMi. Our- AVAILABLE NOW AT. OLIVER Mistrial Stiply Ltd. 2M-M8L North Phone 327-1571 Women Society of Lethbridge was given to develop a program of recreation, arts, crafts, music and painting to promote native skills and culture. The project will employ nine people. The Lethbridge General and Auxiliary Hospital was given to provide extended service to patients in the auxiliary hospital with emphasis upon speech and locomotion therapy. Three people will be employed. The Volunteer Action Centre of Lethbridge received to staff a voluntary work registry to educate citizens about volunteer work opportunities and co-ordinate requests for volunteers. This will result in four jobs. The Canadian Mental Health Association of Lethbridge will use the it received to expand its current programs and provide further counselling and after- care services The program will employ four people. The Standoff Day Care Centre will receive to provide day care services and hot lunches and will employ four people. Nine people will be employed by the Pincher Creek School Division to provide clerical assistance, classroom aides and laborers BERGMAN'S SUES MSTALUT1MS By DON BERGMAN Open Thursday Evening tin pjn. PHONE 1201 Ava. S. MOVING? CALL OWEN AGENTS FOR ALLIED VAN LINES for repair and maintenance work. The LIP grant is for Keith Bevans of Cardston received an grant for six people to renovate and upgrade the town's agricultural building. Better Educational Services in Picture Butte will employ three people on a LIP grant to provide teacher aides and library support staff for the division. The City of Medicine Hat received for five people to perform housework, and miscellaneous home chores and yard work for the elderly and disabled. The Town of Redcliff received for maintenance, repair and renovations on public buildings. The project will employ seven people. The Town of Irvine received for four people to provide labor for community construction and renovation projects. The City of Medicine Hat will employ three people on a' LIP grant to sort, index and prepare artifacts for exhibit in the city museum. The Medicine Hat Day Care Centre will employ five people on a grant to hire child care workers to provide individual care and attention to emotionally disturbed and handicapped children. R. M. Greenway of Taber will receive for six people to provide for playground improvements and the interior and exterior painting of school buildings. Patients in Lethbridge hospitals were given free blood transfusions in 1973 that would cost them about in the United States. Gladys Palmer, president of the Lethbridge and district Red Cross says recently released statistics show pints of blood were used in city hospitals during the year. If voluntary donations were not used, as in the United States, each pint would cost the patient about The statistics, which will be included in reports to the provincial Red Cross annual meeting in Calgary this (Weekend, also show more than pints of blood were donated by city and rural donors. "Of that amount pints were returned to the local hospitals where were used to transfuse 967 patients." She adds although the cost in obtaining blood is about a pint in Canada the system works better than that in the U.S. The voluntary system still saves about a pint and people donate blood "out of the goodness of their heart and not for money." In the United States blood clinics are finding that people giving blood for money are not revealing various ailments that would make them ineligible to give blood. Unused or outdated blood that is taken from clinics here to Calgary are broken down and used for other blood products such as plasma. Other Red Cross programs in Lethbridge during 1973 showed both increases and decreases. The sickroom loan service. which provides articles such as wheelchairs and crutches on a temporary basis for free, showed an increase of 18 per cent over 1972. A service "which has seen a decrease in use" during the years is the Red Cross enquiry bureau. The bureau is designed to reunite relatives who have lost contact with each other through disaster or time. "This area has become less and less critical since the war when many families were split up but we got many requests to find relatives during a flood in the United States last she says. Requests to find people are taken at the Lethbridge office and transferred to Alberta divisional headquarters and eventually to the international Red Cross. Requests from other areas are investigated on a local level. During 1973 the local division helped to locate 55 lost relatives out of 181 requests. More than 25 cases were closed with 98 still open, she says. March is Red Cross month. 80 projects on display The Lethbridge regional science fair opened today at with 80 entries displayed by Southern Alberta Junior and Senior High school students. The fair, at the Lethbridge Exhibition 4-H building, will run until tonight and from p.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday. The fair is divided into two major categories', biological and physical. Each exhibit illustrates original scientific research, a scientific principle, process, techniques, collection or innovation. Judging was to take place today with a presentation of awards at 5 p.m. Sentence suspended A Lethbridge youth who broke into a northside drugstore last week and stole was given a one-year suspended sentence in provincial court Friday. George Hufnagel. 16, 344 19th St. S., had earlier pleaded guilty to the charge. Hufnagel was arrested about 40 minutes after the break-in was reported in the early morning of March 15. He was also fined for driving while suspended. Police had stopped him shortly before "the break-in and had suspended his licence for 24 hours. The money involved was recovered. City woman to face drug trafficking charge CLIFF BLACK, BLACK DENTAL LAB CAL DENTAL KM. LOMTUval PHONE A young Lethbridge woman will appear in Fort Macleod provincial court March 29 on a charge of possession of marijuana for the purposes of trafficking. April Diane Horhozer. 18, was charged this week after RCMP discovered six bricks, about 15 pounds, of marijuana in a car that had been involved in a minor traffic accident near Fort Macleod. A juvenile girl was also arrested in connection with the incident. FOX DENTURE CLINIC Est 1922 PHONE C. S. P. FOX. CJML MOMCAL DENTAL SLDO. SMILEY'S PLUMBING GLASS LINED WATER HEATERS SIM InMaMd OUAHANTND SERVICE To SONY, LLOYDS, PIONEER, NORESCO. and moat other ANGLO PHOTO SMVICI MPT. msatSMM I32MS7S LETHBRIDGE REFRIGERATION LTD. Commercial BetHgeiaUeii Specialists WALK-IN FREEZERS-COOLERS-ICE MAKERS 111 11th Street South Phone 3284333 INSTALLATION ELECTRONIC AIR CLEANERS W s. i 3214173 NOTICE Annual Public Meeting LETHBRIDGE UNITED WAY Wed., March p.m. Sven Ericksen's Family Restaurant Any contributor to the United Way has voting priveleges "and is cordially invited 'r Following the meeting coffee and sandwiches will be served. There will 1.00 charge 12 Pie 4 Corn riapfttadCMcftw end Soar DELIVERED TO TOUR DOOR FOR ONLT Closed Sundays for fhe Winter JUST CALL 327-0240 or 327-2217 atWIIafB. I llTllv INN fremlhe LU i uo inn CPR DOM Depot ;