Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 20, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
38-THE LETHBRIOGE November 20, 1974 Local woman sawyer prefers manual labor By LYNNE VAN LUVEN Herald Family Editor Linnaea Mayer would probably contradict anyone who little girlb shouldn t play with hammers or saws That b just the sort of thinking that leads women to asbume they are unable to tope vvith jobs involving manual labor or technical skills Such attitudes are just so much sawdust in Lmnaea s view Vibrant evidence of the women can adage 19 year old Ms Mayer works eight hours a day as a sawyer at Prebuilt Industries Ltd in north Lethbndge Clad in white overalls, she guides a huge radial arm saw through sheets of wood, cutting panels of specific lengths for trailer walls and compartments I m reall} proud of the way my muscles are firming says Ms Maver making a fist to display a trim up per arm It s a good feeling to use your muscles and discover some you didn t even know were there When she began at Prebuilt two weeks ago her only previous related experience had been a few days spent measuring and sawing siding for a house However, hav- ing worked for a time as a 'flagman" on a highway construction project, she s no stranger to typical jobs for women I like manual labor, Ms Mayer ad- mits unexpectedly "I enjoy it I don't know if I d like to make it my life s work, but it s satisfying to work with your hands, complete a specified job and Know vou don t have to finish off by taking paperwork nome with you Although she d never operated a radial arm saw before she was handling equipment weighing several hundreds pounds after a single demonstration by a foreman One demonstration is all you reallv need she says 'The sawing in- volves a certain amount of skill and precision You do have to be accurate cutting the wood, but basically it's pretty simple and repetitive Ms Mayer says most oi the men work- ing in production with her reacted well to having a woman sawyer in their midst Prebuilt first employed a woman in that capacity about one year ago You do sometimes feel you're being watched but there's certainly been no un pleasantness from the says Ms Mayer, who has an out going, friendly personality unlikely to cause hostility "I suspect that foremen might find it awkward disciplining a woman, but I figure if I've made a mistake, I deserve a reprimand just like the guys 'The men expect me to hold my own she adds "I'd be insulted if they acted any differently Lmnaea might be the only woman in the trailer plant to wear a "woman power" button on the lapel of her coveralls, but she s not the only female working in production Prebuilt employs a total of 18 women included in that figure are a plumber, four electricians, two carpenters and four cabinet manufacturers Aside from office workers, the only women do- ing "traditional" jobs are the six who house clean" the trailers prior to dis- tribution Prebuilt administrators describe their firm as one of the first of its kind to take women into the production lines as skilled manual laborers I'm a healthier person because of this job, says Ms Mayer She finds beginning her shift at 7 30 a m means early to bed if she s to have the energy for her eight hour day Although she admits the noise of the assembly line the whine of saws, BILL GROENEN photo LINNAEA MAYER PLACING BOARD BENEATH RADIAL ARM SAW hammering, riveting bothers her (she wears ear she recommends the work to women as an ideal way to make a good wage 'I definitely think more women should attempt physical she says "They're not being fair to themselves by not trying it The work's really not that strenuous and they might find it satisfying She readily admits that women working in what have customarily been called "men's jobs" can earn a great deal more money than their counterparts working as a salesclerk or waitress Where else, she asks, can a woman earn 69 an hour increasing to well over after three months with no specialized training' Ms Mayer suggests women struggling to support their families as single parents have overlooked "labour" employment for too long In between college upgrading courses and making a decision to attend university or travel in Europe, work as a sawyer is obviously an ideal way for someone as independent as Lmnaea Mayer to "be her own woman "The only part of the job I really don't like is the she laughs ruefully "I love the smell of fresh wood, but that sawdust is murder on my face I guess I'm still vain enough to worry about my com- plexion, but the only alternative wear- ing a face mask seems too extreme Maybe I'll get used to it after a while Sears White Stag and Sportchief Ski Jackets Sears Ski Shop ony Special volume purchase white stag jacket has nylon shell and lining, polyester insulation. 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to transmit their Indian status to children division of assets acquired during the years of a marriage in case of divorce Rewording census questions to avoid suggestion of discrimination to anyone of a poison prevention week financial and advisory assistance more readily available to small businesses and farms laws on obscenity and pornography up an equitable of resolving labor problems in the public sector of advertising of alcohol and tobacco Consumers beware by LYNNE GORDON Toy prices spiralling It looks as if toys have been hit by the same inflationary spiral affecting all consumer products Prices this season may be from 15 to 25 per cent higher than last year What can you do to stretch your toy buying dollar9 First be selective buy fewer, sturdier toys with lasting value Too many toys can actually limit the fun children have because they are too structured I'm sure you've all had the furstrating experience of watching a present unwrapped, then abandoned a few minutes later Highly structured toys such as talking dolls and mechanical toys that do the same thing over and over may bore your child after a short period of play Unstructured toys like blocks can be used by children from the age of six months to 10 years There is more scope of creativity and imaginative play Even a simple plastic cup can intrigue a young child, he can discover that it can be used to scoop sand, stack with other cups to build a castle or carry water for mud pies Don't spend a lot of money on toys labelled "educational" Psychologists and some toy manufacturers agree that this is used as a sales gimmick, since all toys can be educational There is no way that a toy can be right for every child You have to know his stage of development A description can be misleading if it states "these beads are suitable for a three year old" it means nothing if your child doesn't have the ha'nd and eye co ordination to string them Try to avoid toys with too many parts that can get lost easi- ly and think twice before buying a "fashion" doll you may get roped into spending a bundle on a lot of accessories But that is where you come in, as a parent Take a stand that there is a limit to what you'll buy Thats your respon- sibility Many toys reflect current interests or fads in our society While space toys were popular during the height of the U S space program, they are very much on the decline today Instead, camping toys, such as a miniature camper com- plete with camping equipment, are gaining in popularity Dolls dressed for life in a commune are on the market an Evel Knievel doll has made its debute complete with its own motor- cycle that does flips and jumps There are Karate dolls com- plete with a gym, costume and break-away block Table games represent our interest in the occult in magic and in the world around us Watch for specials of nationally advertised toys because some stores offer them as "loss leaders" in the same way supermarkets have weekly specials in order to brmgronsumers into the store Shy away from commercial craft sets which can be overpriced and too structured A stack of construction paper and felt tip pens can probably provide more hours of fun One tip to doting grandparents you can spend a big chunk of money loading the nursery with with unnecessary gim micks Swinging mobiles or picutres that light up can be too stimulating for an infant Pieces of soft or fuzzy material make good toys Toddlers can enjoy a pull toy made from a plastic milk carton and a piece of string Other familiar objects in the home clothes pins, spoons, milk cartons all make good instructive toys All it takes is a little imagination So now the decision is in your hands We can all become a soft touch at Christmas O K The most important thing is not to feel guilty if you don't have a lot of money to spend you can always spend more time with your child and that costs nothing and adds up to a lot of pleasure Copyright 1974, Toronto Sun Syndicate AFTERNOON BINGO MOOSE 1234 3rd Ave. 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