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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 4, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta JO UTHBRIDGE HERMD Wodnclday, November 4, 1 ?70 Mackasey Won't Back Down n Layoff Rates Scheme U'l'l'AWA (CIJ) Labor Min- ister Urycc refused Tuesday lo back from a wiilcly-cilieiiUuiied proposal lo increase itm'niployrncnt insur- ance prcmimiis for employers ivilli higlitr-lhan-avcragc layoff rales. "1 think it's awfully important to keep Ihis feature in the IMr. JIackasey told the Commons labor committee as it wound up hearings on his white paper to revise unemployment insurance. He asked (lie committee to en- dorse the proposal ior experi- ence or "merit-rating" in its re- port so that a Epeci.il committee of industry and labor represent- atives can work out an accept- able formula. Experience rating has been criticized, [or various reasons in briefs presented to the Com- mons committee by both labor and management groups. The construction industry lias de- scribed it as an uniair hardship and tile Canadian Labor Con- gress has warned it could en- courage employers lo adopt harmful labor policies. "I can't very excited about any of the arguments ngaiii.M experience Mr. Mat'kascy said, Wliilc he was prepared to take into account hardships facing certain industries, lie said lie believed the present flat rate charged all empooyers is "sub- sidizing their inefficiency." The experience rating pro- posal, he said, irill encourage such industries lo "rationalize" their ojKa-atious and create greater stability in the work force. For example, Ire added, both the shoe and textile industries need to reduce their work force and invest more in automation. "The question of what to do with the laid-ofl workers is an- other problem that we'll look after. But we can't expect these industries to survive on low- wage labor." The employer's share of un- employment insurance costs under Hie existing plan is ?1.40 for each of insured income. The now plan increase by LIB million the number nt worlior." covered and reduce the average employer's share to ?1.JI. Tliostj ivilh a bctow aver- age layoff pattern would pay only cents but high layoff figures would result in prem- iums of S1.5U. Full implementa- tion would be delayed to OTIi. DEFENDS WHITE J'AI'Ett Mr. Mackasey also defended the white paper against fears lhat it has gone too far by re- during the eligibility menls to eight from 30 weeks in the work force. The provision would extend coverage to many young people who are able to find a summer job alter graduating from school. 'A youngster shouldn't be forced to wait around for two years on street corners hoping lo round up enough stamps to ho said. Mr. Maekasey salu he liopes .egislation based on the white paper will be submitted to Par- liament early in the present ses- sion. The committee's report is expected a month I "W BUYCE MACKASEY Youth Centre FGRNIE (HNS) The For nie Centennial Committee ha decided the greatest need in tin city is a youth centre and om will be built as a centennia project. It wilt be an one-storey building, containing a large hall, headquarters for the city's recreation comrnis sion and facilities for a teen age "drop-in" centre. Estimated eost is Completion date is Dec, 3t IS71. Union Contract Demands Labelled Highly Inflationary By Companies By PRTEIt LLOYD MONTREAL (CP) Railway unions representing ahout workers presented new contract demands Monday which Can- ada's two major railways promptly called "highly infla, tionary." Canadian National Hallways and CP Rail said in a joint statement demands made on be- half of about non-operat- ing employees and train- men would cost them ?132.8 mil- lion annually. Eight JiM-operating unions have demanded a cumulative raise of 25 per cent over two years and a new deal ia pen- sions sick leave and job secu- rity. Demands for ivage increases of more than 40 psr cent for yard service workers and 16 per cent for road service workers came at the same time from the United Transportation Union, representing about n-ork- ers. SEEKS Sl.SI) INCREASE The UTU is asking an hourly increase of to the novr paid yard operators and an increase of 18 per cent over two years for conductors, brakemen and baggage men earning an annual average of Demands by the unions repre- senting the non-operating work- ers ivould increase average pay to about an hour after two years from the present Ss.20. The non-operating unions are asking an eight-per-cent in- crease plus 15 cents an hour in hour in the second. CP Rail and the CNR said when the newest union demands are added to the cost of in- creases sought earlier by unions representing engineers and trainmen, "the potential wage bill facing the major railways would increase by more than million Tory Caucus To Boycott Meetings OTTAWA (CP) Marcel Lambert West) said Tuesday the Conservative caucus nys decided to boycott any routine meetings of Com- mons committees held when the House is sitting. Mr. Lambert said in an inter- view exceptions might be made in eases where outside wit- nesses were appearing at com- mittees or where "urgent mat- ters" were being considered. The policy is not necessarily a long-term measure, Mr. Lam- bert said. The move was aimed at forcing a "more reasonable approach to committee meet- ings." Mr. Lambert said memhers ol his party believe "their place is in the Commons at this time." The House begin debate Wednesday on a government bill lo replace the War Mea- sures AcL with temporary emer- gency For too long, committee meet- ings had been scheduled at hours when the House was sit- ting forcing many MPs lo miss vital Commons debates, Mr. Lambert said, They said the figvre did not cover "the many millions of dol- lars" sought by the eight non- operating unions and the UTU representing trainmen in other contract revisions. Dick Smith, chairman of the non-operating unions'. negotiat- ing committee, told a Montreal news conference he expects a "trying liine ahead" because of the atmosphere created by Uie current anti-inflation campaign. He said he hopes for a settle- ment before the current con- tract expires Dec. 31 but it was "nut always possible." The non-operating unions rep- resent clerks, sleeping-car porters, signalmen, communica- tion workers and maintenance men. The railways are required to meet the unions witliin 20 days but negotiations tfre not ex- 'pected to be as smooth as in 19CS, when agreement was reached nine days betas the end of tile contract and without Parliamentary intervention. OTHER TALKS STALLED Negotiations between CP Rail and the Brotherhood of Locomo- tive Engineers began May but became deadlocked and now are in the conciliation singe. In addition to the contracts presently up for renewal, the railways are expected lo re- ceive demands from about 22000 rail shopcraft workers later this week and from firemen bv the end of the year. W. C. Y. McGregor of the non-operating unions negotiating committee said in an interview Monday that "appropriate ac- tion" would be taken if talks fail. "There's no doubt a strike would be a grest hardship to our he said. The last railway strike, in 18GG, lasted five days before Parliament intervened. Mr. McGregor said the unions have to get wage increases of 25 per cent "just to stay equal" with the average pay of workers in durable goods industries. Neiv System, For Students It's Almost Better Than Playing Hooky SAN DIEGO, Calif. (AP) "It's almost better than play- ing says a pupil at Patrick Henry High. That's the school where no one gets an "F" and everyone decides when, what and how to study. Most of the 3.000 pupils say the unorthodox learning envi- ronment suits them line. But some of their parents have yet to be convinced. Devised two years ago by Principal Donald Giddings, Patrick Henry's experiment views pupils as individuals and tailors teaching accordingly. "We don't teach a class of 30 students, but we teach 30 stu- says Samuel Turner, chairman of the English de- partment. "The system is de- signed for students, not teach- ers." A pupil decides whether he will study, do leisurely reading, see an cmicMional film, take a rest or "rap" with his school- mates, Turner said ia an inter- view. Learning packets designed by teachers outline work ex- pected of pupils during a mester in order lo win an "A" or a "B Those who complete a course but fall below the two grades get a "Cr" or credit. Re- placing the traditional "F" is "Nc" or no credit. If a pupil gets a no-credit rat- ing in a course required for graduation, ha must repeat the ccurse. Each course packet lisls an objective on which Hie pupils j are they de- cide they are ready. But (here is a limit to tlu's freedom. "If at the end of the 12th week the report card is still Turner said "I begin to counsel and take charge." Gidflings said many pupils had advanced further in the first two months of the school term than they would have under traditional methods. SNOWY STROtl li woi snowy walkins and ofhcrs in Rcyina, as me dry ci snowfall ol more than four incho.i. for this WCIi Ilil 'Pregnant' Dolls Come Under Fire LONDON (Renter) Life- like dolls thai, are "pregnant" and others that "bleed" are among British toys atacked as obscene by a member of ParLa- nient today. Conservative HP Jolm Cordlc t? the "prejmanl" dolls have! 'lip fronts from which bahy I can be taken. He wants these toys and others with realistic plastic body-parts banned from the market. He said dial if [lie govern- ment does not lake action, he will bring up his own bill in Parliament. Cordle said some stores are offering nlnstic eyes, tongues. lips, lungs, hearts, fingers anil feet with red rivnluls of "blood" lo indicate amputation. Children are urged in a pro- motion display lo collect the i j pieces of the body and play at transplants. 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