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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 29, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Wadniiday, Navtmber 29, 1WJ THfJ LETHBftlDGE HERALD _ 39 THOSE NEW POSTAL CODES One man's dream, another's ordeal CODING DESKS Postal worker operates coding machine ot main Ottawa post office. Some postal unions are objecting to the introduction of mechanization and claim that post office administrators are not considering the human factor in their automation program. By VIC PARSONS OTTAWA (CP) Plans lor a modern and mechanized post office to produce more efficient mail service are keeping up to schedule, post office spokesmen say. But the postmaster's dream Is a mail-sorter's nightmare, job-conscious union men say. Target dates for completion of the new postal codes are at the end of 1973, while automa- tion of large post offices for the coding of letters and faster sorting is expected to be complete in mid-1976. In spite of the enthusiasm of post office administrators, the revolutionary plans for the mail service have not met with universal acclaim. Unions with members In the the Ca- nadian Union of Postal Work- ers which has most to lose through new machines objected to the auto- mation moves. CUPW repre- sents mail-sorters. Union officials say the post office administrators, several ot whom have moved into the public service from private in- dustry, are not considering the human factor in their au- tomation program. Although government offi- cials repeatedly go on record to say no existing employees Top Level Winter Warmers Set3" Brighten up your winter with acrylic knit beret and scarf sets, a neat cuffed beret clinging close to your head, pushed high or low...any way you want it to go! Then, matching up like a dream, a fringed scarf (abt. to wrap around you and keep the cold out. Hand- wash with care. Asst'd colors. Beret fits all. Belting It Out Each Buckle- dc-ivn on that Christmas shopping list...have a look at these fashion belts! A special purchase permits us to offer yon these germing leather belts at a low holiday price! We'vo got suedes, smooths or patent leathers, all with gold or silver-i colored metal buckles. .Abt. Asst'd colors. Si7.es Accessories Styles: Group 212 AccMorlll Quality Costs No More at Simpsons-Scars STORE HOURS: Open Dally 9 a.m. la p.m. Thundoy and Friday 9 a.m. V p.m. Cenlrt Village. Telephone 328-9231 concede that the total number of postal workers may be re- duced by as much as to if mail volumes remain the same. They qualify comments by saying that it is difficult to predict what the future may bring. But they expect mail volumes to increase in future, despite lower volumes of the last few years which resulted as many clients turned toward delivery methods with better service and lower rates. Officials say they want to see the post office operating like a well-run private busi- ness. They say that steps to- w a r d mechanization will mean efficiency and fewer postal rate increases. Main feature o[ the new post office technique is the use of a postal address code for each locality. The codes can reduce delivery areas Codes now are being used in down to a city block, and offi- cials expect that in a few years the code will be as much a part of mailing ad- dresses lo clients as the name or street number- Codes are being used in eastern and southwestern On- tariO" Saskatchewan and Al- berta. USE EXTENDED By early 1973, they will be introduced lo Toronto, south- central Ontario and eastern Quebec. Extension to the rest of the country will be com- plete by the end of 1973, says J G. Fultz, director of the coding and mechanization branch. Machines costing million are being bought to process arrived and are seeing active duty in Ottawa. They include 24 coding desks and two let- ter-sorting machines. More machines will be de- livered to Ottawa in the spring. The next city to get them will be Winnipeg, where they will be installed In July. Others will go to Regina and Saskatoon in the summer. The government has al- ready bid for another machine lo process char- acter readers will eliminate the need for some of the coding desk oper- ators whom the government would have hired. The OCRs scan typewritten or printed letters and code them auto- matically for sorting. Officials hope that eventu- ally they will be able to get OCRs that will read handwrit- ten codes. At the Ottawa operation, coded mail is separated from ur.coded letters, and chan- nelled to the coding desks manned by operators paid an hour, according to government j o b classifica- tions. The operators punch the ap- propriate keys to mark letters with the yellow codes that are read by the letter-sorting ma- chines. After marking, the let- ters are sorted out by the ma- chines into the various coded areas of the city. The whole process takes only a few sec- onds. Ottawa now haa reached a level of acceptance of the codes ot 50 per cent, sufficient for the system to pay off, offi- cials say. And as more businesses change their mailing systems to include the code, much more o( the mail will be han- dled by machines. "Mail as a form of social intercourse is getting to be a thing of the one official said. Ninety per cent of mail now Is generated commer- cially. Mail not coded will suffer delay, officials say> as the un- coded letters will be handled manually. The post office has also set standards for size, shape, thickness, whiteness, and slip- periness of envelopes. The standard letter sizes, for ex- ample, are set between 3Vz by inches minimum and Sla by 10 inches maximum. Mail that does not meet standards will be handled manually by postal clerks. The criteria are set in an agreement signed by Canada in 1969 as a member of the Universal Postal Union. The government move to create the coders' positions unearthed a none that union and management have been growling over while discus- sions go on for a new working contract for 2B.OOO postal workers. The coders will be paid about 75 cents an hour lower than other postal workers, and the union feels the crea- tion of the jobs should have been negotiated. The post of- fice claims creation of the new jobs is not a subject of collective bargaining. One effect of the disputa was that Prime Minister Tru- deau found himself confronted during the election campaign in several communities by dissatisfied postal workers who object to the govern- ment's unilateral job classifi- cation, i Another is that postal work- ers are urging a Canada-wide boycott of the code. The question of bargaining the jobs has been debated be- fore the public service staff relations board- which regu- lates relations between the government and its employ- ees, but in the meantime the coders are working at then- desks. Dies at 107 MAN, W. Va. (AP) John Henry Williamson, a retired coal miner, died yesterday at the age of 107. A native of Fa- yetteville, Tenn., Williamson re- tired from the mines 37 years ago At 302, he slill walked without assistance, had his own teeth and saw without the aid ot glasses. Simpsons-Sears has everything for Christmas Gifted ideas for the well-groomed male utility kit crafted of antiqued buffalo-groin cowhide. Matching zippered pouch, for ihaver, detachable pocket, for cufflinks. Wet-proof lining. manJcure set. Black alligator- grain leather case containing necessities for well-groomed nails. 6x3" case. utility kit. Beautifully fash- ioned of loft, antiquated buffalo-grain leather. Interior lid itrap. mirror lights up for shaving. Swlveli from plain to magnify. 7" diam. Woodgroin finish base. Outlet for shaver. 6 ft. cord. 9 098 and mirror set with wood-back hair brush, natural boar bristle. Clips on hang-up mirror with matching frame. club brush, comb, tray, valet fray holdi medallion design club brush. Nylon bristles. comb. buffalo-grain leather utility kit. Tote handles. Top zipper. Wet-proof lining. Folds down for packing. 10x5Vixi." travel case. Smooth black leather containing 3 chrome fittings and 10 other grooming needs. Sewn-in pouch. .98 1.50 7 .93 SIMPSONS bears Beauty and Health at you get the finest guarantee Mtltttetton or monty refunded end free delivery our HWB-lo-door iervlce begins with the proteca you enry Inch or my Quality Costs No Move at Simpsons-Scars STORE HOURS: Open Doily 9 a.m. In p.m., Thunday and Friday unlll 9.00 p.m. Centre Village. Telephone 328-9131 ;