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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta may 1974 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Conflict troubles pulp mill town OCEAN B.C. Conflict is endangering this pulp mill town of people which was rescued from death 14 months ago by the New Democratic Party gov- ernment of British Columbia. The government is reported to have lost since it took over mill operations from Crown Zellerbach March 1973. Disillusioned the backbone of the NDP want the government to pump in another to million on top of the million paid for the mill to make the plant and townsite feasible. Ocean Falls was and is a company town. If the giant newsprint machines were to so would the town. But this relationship can work in Workers can become dissatisfied with their living and working conditions. They and their families can forcing the plants to close. About 300 workers walked out April 11 for 24 hours in a dispute over shift safety regulations and conditions at the townsite. The walkout was an obvious expression of frustration with a management group which workers say is unprepared to meet grievances which have slopped over from Crown Zellerbach days. don't want to back the government into a said Mike an executive member of Local 312 of the United Paperworkers Inter- national Union. Need change things are going to have to he said in an interview after the walkout are too many frustrations and uncertainties and the situation is getting worse every Both the workers and the government-know the opposition parties are waiting for the project to fail in order to point to it as an example of the ineptitude that follows government intrusion into private enterprise. But some of the men are beginning to wonder whether the government is just another management group which will only grant concessions in response to some form of job action. After the 24-hour management changed unpopular shift hours and agreed to hire women for mill work. But union spokesmen say the men they represent de- manded they seek improvement in the management and operation of the including pest emergency air ambulance services and high shipping costs. The government is familiar with the problems. In Pat the union's west- ern wrote Premier Dave Barrett The premier acknowledged the letter and promised it would be sent to Resources Minister Bob Williams The union men say Mr Williams' announcement March 29 that the government is looking for a partner to expand production in Ocean Falls Corp only hedges the problem of the town's future. The workers ask why pri- vate which has already pulled out of the would want to come back as partners with the even on an expanded basis with bigger log production. The men do not blame the government entirely for the current low morale and conditions in the town. Union spokesmen say Crown in started phasing out its operations as far back as allowing conditions to deteriorate. By the time the government took townsite facilities and equipment in the manu- facturing end were run down to the point where costly improvements were necessary. A recent editorial in Local 312's newspaper blasted local management for a communications gap. The editorial said management's attitude is you don't like it the way it is Under Crown Zellerbach the workers had certain now said the editorial. we going to stand Manure pile to heat home NORTH Conn Home heating from a manure pile is the ultimate goal of a simple tank converter fashioned by Alton Eliason and Joseph Pelliccio. Two home-fuel tanks connected by pipes already are producing enough methane gas to heat Eliason's they said. When the converter is fully operational it use manure from Eliason's chickens plus dead leaves and plants from the greenhouse to produce gas. produce gas. beauty of the thing is its Eliason said The existing converter would cost between and to and the gas-making in- gredients if anything. Home production of methane from animal waste is growing. Specialists in all types of ENGINE REBUILDING CYLINDER BORING AND RESLEEVING CRANKSHAFT REGRINDING Ask about our Guarantee ENGINES WISCONSIN ENGINE Sales and Service Centre Custom Engine Parts Ltd. 1605 3rd Avenue South Phone 328-8181 by and let them We are entitled to a decent townsite reasonably well in accordance with our B.C. standard labor agreement. working for the people's mill means to have less privileges than working for private then they might as well close Ocean Much of the discontent arises from the deterioration of townsite facilities. Gunther the last of Ocean Palls' 22 house painters and a union said residents are uncertain as to their future. if they saw some of the townsite problems being some maintenance work being it might help alleviate this he said. Newcomers Another issue is the ques- tion of municipal status. One town faction strongly opposes it because it fears residents will have to pay for all the needed improvements. The other argues that with an elected municipal residents would have a stronger say in the town's destiny. Another complexity in an already muddied situation is the fact that most of the experienced work force deserted the town when the government took over. These who remained apparently resent the newcomers for ex- have a majority on the union's executive. don't seem to think we have any business said Ed who started work 10 months ago. Conflict between worker and between labor and between the government and private enterprise has been the norm for 13 months. It say union not much on which to base a future. 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