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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE May CLC compromises on autonomy issue VANCOUVER The Canadian Labor Congress took steps toward greater national independence for Canadian sections of international unions Wednesday with adoption of a compromise report which provides for tough action to ensure compliance with national au- tonomy standards The issue dominated the third dav ot the congress biennial convention with 25 speakers participating in a bitier debate that ended when two leaders of a reform group jf unions said they were nilhng to accept a report from a congress commission on the constitution and structure of the CLC But many speakei s from the traditionally conservative building trades unions warned that the congress might be going too far by enforcing compliance measures which gives the CLC powers to suspend affiliates that do noi adopt standards They suggested the provision could split the organization The report was accepted by the delegates following speeches by Louis president of the Quebec Federation of Labor and Stan Little president ot the Canadian Union of Public both leaders of the reform group Mr Laberge said he did not think the report of the commission went far enough But he added that he was wholeheartedly in favor of its adoption are discussing the re- spect and dignity of the Cana- dian he refer- ring to the question of national autonomy know there are some internationals who are not giving the support to the national standards There were some spokesmen for building trade internationals who were lying through their he by suggesting that Canadian members did not want autonomy WELCOMED BY CUPE Mr Little said that the provisions contained in the repoit were welcomed by CUPE and that the union would press to have them enshrined in the congress constitution But he said that there were omissions from the icport Among standards the reformers have wanted are ratification by Canadians of VISIT DUNLOP FORD TODAY AND Experience the great car buy. 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Phone 3284861 collective agreements affecting greater Canadian control over finances and the right of Canadian international sections to merge with other unions these we feel we must pass this section of the commission report We can't deny implementation of these adequate even with their while we wait for measures we regard as he said would hope in the elections tomorrow we choose people who are able to turn these provisions into meaningful measures for the workers of Canada he added Besides the tougher autonomy compliance the report proposes that Canadian international union sections be permitted to affiliate with international labor confederations and calls for assurance that Canadians can participate fully in public life regardless of provisions in international union con- stitutions The congress also has guides that call for election of Canadian officers in international unions by- determination of national policies by Canadian members and leaders and the nght of Canadians to have authority to speak for the union in country Many in- ternational unions do not comply with these provisions adopted at the congress 1970 convention Dennis McDermott Canadian regional director of the United Auto an international union said a union should be judged by its its philosophy and ideology and the commitment to its membership 'You don't get that by simply Canadianuing it 'We have gone through the pioress of reform in the UAW At urries it wasn't easy But you'd be surprised how sympathetic some of those Americans can be il you have the guts to stand up once in a while SECTIONS ADOPTED He called for adoption of the report and soon the sec- tions on autonomy wert- adopted overwhelmingly by the convention During the spokesmen for the building trades unions spoke on both ot the autonomy question Prisoner switch This is a file photo that shows Wallace L Rhodes Jr along with another James M. when they were sentenced in Montana last July to hang for murder and kidnapping. Bizarre swap uncovered Ken Ro'bf a vieo-president t the International B roth ft hood of Klectnral Workeis said his union did not believe in dictation can live with what is in the document out we can't live with compulsion suggest that international unions are not heinous. inonstws that some people suggest they aie 111 Will the real Wallace Lloyd Rhodes Jr please stand up9 Federal prison authorities would like to find him He s apparently part of a bizarre identity swap that in- volves three prisoners and at Irast two aliases It all or so prison authonties about a month ago in Utah Rhodes who was convicted of kidnapping several persons and killing one of them after a 1972 Idaho and another Richard Larry were waiting to be transferred to the fed- eral puson in Marion Kuik was supposed to wind up in Dallas where he faced narcotics charges the two men changed places and Rhodes went to Dallas where he was jailed Undei the name of Demetn Thor Rtibk wound up in Marion Wai den R L Aaron thought he had Rhodes One of our otficeis noticed that our tile picture of Rhodes was not him but Rusk and that stai ted the in- vestigation said Aaron ANOTHER FALSE NAME R a f k in Dallas Rhodes who had been booked as Thor -appeared before a magistrate earlier this month He gave another false namf that of Arthur Baker -and said he'd been picked up in Utah on a drunk charge A writ of habeas corpus al- ready had been pi epaied by a man who identified lumseli as OWNED BY CANADIANS Steel is one of the few major sections of the Canadian manufacturing industry that is largely Canadian-owned Gary Arthur Baker the same day Rhodes appeared in court and Rhodes was released The day authorities discovered the rniKup Federal officials said attempts were made to iden- tify the man who called hirn- selt Baker before the but that there wasn t enough time Aaron who is holding Rusk and Mai cus 22 a hiend of the real said the two men he has in arm I talking But he said ht- believed that Shu-Ids and Rhodes masterminded the plan THE FINEST RETIREMENT AND RECREATIONAL COMMUNITY Blind B C 50 miles cast of Kamloops on Tians Canada Please mail mo a fico biochure NAME ADDRFSS PHONE LH There's one great reason why Acadian 400 is becoming so popular. 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