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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, November 13, LEfHrt-, I v- Demand has ignited some bitter disputes this year Cost-of-living allowances new demand of organized labor OTTAWA (CP) Cost-of-livmg allowances have joined general wage increases and job security as main goals of organized labor this year as inflation pushes the Consumer Price Index (CPI) steadily upward The demand for the allowances, which help provide a guard against erosion of purchasing power, has ignited some bitter strikes this year, often during the term of existing collective agreements Sporadic strikes by railway workers in Montreal, major walkouts by Quebec and British Columbia construction workers and work stoppages by Montreal firemen and transit workers Ontario rubberworkers and B C paperworkers are among disputes which largely have centred on the allowances But many employers, following the lead taken Dy the Steel Company of Canada early in the year, have given voluntary cost-of-hving bonuses to employees The federal govern- ment and two of its Crown corporations the CBC and Air Canada gave many of their employees bonuses Unions have increasingly tried to negotiate allowances into their contracts In many disputes, they have become the main issue A survey released earlier this year by the federal labor de partment noted that less than 10 per cent of contracts mcuded the allowances But the percentage of allowance-containing contracts has been rising rapidly The allowances originally won popularity during inflation spurred bv the Korean War in the early 1950s But when the economic climate grew more stable they were dropped Irom contracts While the allowances are approved by labor as a means of keeping up with changes in the CPI, unions have pointed out there are disadvantages from their viewpoint A reservation unions have is that cost-of-hving ad- justments usually follow the CPI and the index does nof include all the items employees pay out of their wage packets Unemployment insurance contributions and income tax changes for example, are not included in the CPI One example given in the The Journal of the Canadian Union of Public Employees says an employee whose hourly pay is pays out 12 per cent of salary in income tax If his salary goes to 50 an hour, his income tax rate is 18 45 per cent "Therefore to increase his take-home live per cent a worker would need a wage increase of approximated six per cent The Journal says Organized labor has been urging its memueis 1101 10 give up the fight for general wage increases on top ol tost of living payments A second disadvantage to employees is that the allouam usually lag behind inflation Adjustments are made normalh on a quarterly or annual basis some weeks 01 months after the CPI has been released Statistic- C anada The index also underestimates the proportion of income bpent by lower income earners on food With food onccs increasing half again as fast as those for the general CPI the effect is greater on those at the lower income levels Sears PURCHAS LEVI JEANS Clearance of Boys" Levi jeans (irregular) Boys jeans made of denim and brushed denim Siyled long and lean with a flare or bool cut leg Rugged heavyweight fabric for lasting comfort SMched throughout with strong thread Brushed denim pants in color ol tan and blue Waist size 27 lo 30 Leg lengths 30 1o 34 PAIR Boy: Wear Enjoy it now' Use your All Purpose Account. At Simpsons-Sears you get the finest guarantee Satisfaction or money refunded. 1 Simpsons-Sears Ltd. 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