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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 8, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta GOING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS? Book now and avoid disappointment For further derails and reservations contact; ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL CENTRE VILLAGE WEST END HHONE 328-320] or 328-8184 Lethbtidgc Herald SECOND SECTION Lcthbridge, Alberta, Friday, October 8, 1971 PAGES 15 TO 28 ERICKSEN'S PASTRY SHOP 3rd Avo., M.M. Drivo S. Phone 328-8161 "The Pioneer and Leading Retail Shop in lelhbridgc" FINEST QUALITY PASTRY AND BAKERY PRODUCTS Maynard Roelofs lines up crosswalk on 9th St. S. 9th St. S. open 860 teacher-s, students affected City teachers reject award from conciliation board By RON CALDWELL Staff Writer Lethbridge teachers Thurs- day rejected the filial concilia- lion award to be made in I heir current collective agreement dispute. The Alberta Teachers' Asso- ciation will contact Lethbridge ar.d Medicine Hat school boards early next week in an attempt to get both sides involved in the year-old dispute back to (lie barn-lining table. Joe Eerlando, co-ordinator of teacher welfare for the ATA, told a news conference today that teachers in the Uvo cities voted 85 per cent in favor of rejecting the conciliation board award in their contract dispute with the four public and sep- arate school boards involved. The four school boards unan- imously accepted the 37-page report. Possibilities now open include renewal of face-to-face bargain- ing, or strike action. Calgary public school teach- ers struck for a week last spring in the same dispute, and today 850 teachers in northern alberta went on strike to sup- port their demands. The main disagreement in all collective agreement negotia- tions this year has been the de- mand by teachers that their right of consultation be made n writing a demand which school trustees have generally rejected. The teachers seek to be con- sulted only, not to have voting or veto powers. "The main reason the report 'as rejected was the consulta- tion said Mr. Berlan- do. "It is really not worth the paper it is written on as far as we are concerned." The clause states, "The par- tics hereto recognize that there are in existence at the present time committees for the pur- pose of communicating the views of teachers on matters of school affairs to the mem- ber boards. It is the intention of the parties hereto that the current practices in this regard shall continue during the cur- rency of this agreement." M Berlando said the present communications policy is gen- erally unsatisfactory because it isn't firm enough. "There may be some changes oil the school board because of the election next week, and have no guarantee how the new boards will act. "We have to have something definite on paper." Teachers don't want veto power, Mr. Berlando said. "All we want is for the school boards to come to us when, they are planning any policy changes that affect tea- chers. "After they consult us, they can go ahead and do as they please." Mr. Berlando said there is a good possibility the clause would have been accepted if it "had more teeth in it." Proposed salary increases were also labelled as "unsatis- factory" by the teachers. The increase recommended for a 28-month contract, to end Dec. 31, 1972, was 13.7 per cent in stages for the full period for public school teachers and 13.2 per cent for teachers in the separate district. "The portion is accept- Mr. Berlando .said. "The real issue is the 1972 portion of the contract." That segment calls for in- creases of five per cent for pub- lic school teachers and 4.6 per cent for sep.irate school teach- ers. "These are not good enough increases for teachers to at- said .Mr. Berlando. The salary increases recom- mended by the conciliation board were described as "very Strike fund is available Should teachers in the 18 jur- isdictions contained in the Southern Alberta School Au- thorities Association go on strike, they will receive strike support from t he Alberta Teachers' Association. The region does nof include Lelhbridgc and Medicine Hat. The teachers have nvade rep- resentation to the executive council of the ATA and have bc-en given word any strike be aided by ATA fi- nances. Strike fund resources at the present time are said to suf- ficient lo sustain a strike for about 30 days. Beyond that time limit, contributions would have to be gathered from all Alberta teachers The teachers involved this week directed their bar- gaining agent to apply to the board of industrial relations for a supervised strike vote. Frank Ackerman, bargaining agent said he would be only speculating if here were to pre- dict when the vote might he taken, depending, as it did, upon the decision of the board. He added that the teachers were willing at any time to pit down and continue r.egotitions the school boards. The strike vofe is the latest in a series of developments. A conciliation board award in June was rejected by both sides. Attempted mediation in September was not successful. Mr.Ackerman pointed to the boards' position on a consulta- tion clause as a major stum- bling block. A settlement will be "very difficult to achieve" without; such a clause, ho said. Teachers are seeking only a "working p artnership'' with school boards, he said. As pro- fessionals they want the right to Ire advised of policy and regulations changes and to be allowed to express their views. The boards, be "were that any agree- ment would not contain any consultation clause-. g c r, e r o u s" by .Tolm Boras, chairman of the separate school board. "We arc disappointed that the award was said Mr. Boras. "Both boards bore have hee-n consulting with teachers for years and lie said. "The report simply confirm- ed that we would continue to do this." Mr. Boras said there have been "only three or four in- stances" of no communication with teachers during the past 10 years. Mr. Berlando said he hopes to meet soon with the school boards negotiat i n g committee to outline teachers' objectives to the report. "Maybe we can negotiate some of the differences away so we can reach an agree- he said. Mr. Berlando said he is still optimistic talks between the two sides can be productive. "We have backed off a long way since the talks .started last year, and they have come a long be said. "Where we were yards apart at one time, we are now only inches apart." He said the next step is prob- ably up to the teachers. "I think we will probably ap- proach the school boards early next week. "I think they arc stiU willing to talk and we are prepared to negotiate as long as he said. There are about 360 teachers and lfi.000 students in the four school districts involved. Hyndman indicates possibility of sweeping education changes ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC Ortified Dental Mechanic Metropolitan; Slds. Through traffic is now possi- ble on 9th St. S., with the open- ing Thursday of the stretch be- THREE YEAR CERTIFICATE CORRESPONDENCE COURSE IN ACCOUNTING AUDITING Recogniied by The Institute of Accredited Public Accountants and Available Through Durham College of Applied Arts and Technology Box 385 Simcoo St. N. Oshawa, Onf. 1971 1972 For Information Write: Durham College or The Institute of Accredited Public Accountants 3605 Manchester Road Calgary 24, Alberta Before Oct. 12, 1971 Lakeview Lions richer The Lakeview Lions Club is more than richer as a re- sult of its Halloween candy sale. Club members sold bags of candies during a three-day door-to-door selling campaign. All proceeds will be turned over to community organiza- tions. tween 5th and Gth Ave. S. The centre line has been painted and a stop sign install- ed at the 6th Ave. intersection, but several power poles remain on the estside parking lane of 9th St. A spokesman for the engine- ering department said the poles have been left there because money was not allocated this year for their removal. He said they will be taken down in the spring when the cable is re- routed either underground or overhead. When that is done, the final surface of asphalt will be ap- plied to the street. r ir TONIGHT AND SATURDAY TO P.M. The Charades" NO COVER CHARGEI SUNDAY For your DINiNG ENJOYMENT We Present DINNER MUSK by Len Zoeteman Accordionist 6 to 8 p.m. PHONE 328-7756 FOR RESERVATIONS By RON CALDWELL Staff Writer Sweeping changes may be in store for Alberta's educational system if the provincial govern- ment decides it doesn't like the look of where education is head- ing in this province. Education Minister Lou Hynd- man told 106 people at the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs meeting in Leth- bridgc, "I am taking the posi- tion that we should look at the basic concepts of education from the ground up.'1 "Just because things have been a certain way for a long period of time doesn't neces- sarily mean that it is said Mr. Hyndman. "Maybe we are going to have to change our thinking on edu- cation. 'We want to find out what people think and act on he said. Mr. Hyndman tossed out sev- eral ideas that, if ever en- forced, would dramatically change the face of education in Alberta. "What if we stopped allowing people to go directly from high school to he asked. "Maybe there should be a )reak of at least six months be- .wacn the two to give young people an idea of what life is ike before they are forced into t after they graduate from uni- "Perhaps if they went to work or six months or a year in he- ween high school and univer- sity, they would be betlcr- irepared for both further stud- es and university lie minister said. Responding to a question rom the audience on whether ho government was prepared o guarantee employment for thesa students, Mr. llyndman said it is not the responsibility of the government to guarantee jobs. The minister said another as- pect of education he would like to hear views on is the school starting age. "Maybe six years old is not the best starting it should be four or five or seven there should be no set age at all. "I don't know. This is some- thing else we will have to look f He also questioned the long- time practice of breaking up j education into 12 segments. "Who says there are 12 sep- arate stages to a person's edu- cation? "This is something else we should think about." Mr. Hyndman said he is in favor of work-experience pro- grams as a method of improv- ing the function of education. "I think the idea of spending part of the time in school and part of the time working in an actual job situation is a good one. "Maybe we can expand this in the future." Mr. Hyndman said changes may also be in store for the system of educational taxation "There is a task force oi MLAs currently working on he said. It may be tetter to have basic educational costs paid for by income and capital gains tax, and if a particular area wants to expand its services, then the money could come from local taxpayers through property taxes.'1 He said in return, however, some projects financed by ttie province might be made total responsibility of the cities. Mr. Hyndman said one of the main tasks facing the new gov- ernment, and the department of education in particular, is Lo de- fine the purpose of education. "We've got (o decide what we want from he said. "Then we can decide what nnney.will be spent in certain areas, wiiat programs are need- ed and what programs can be dropped.'' He added, however, "We're not going to be making sudden ciianges we will not sweep tilings away. "We plan to maintain what is good and build on it." Mr. Hyndman said he believes education today is relevant to society but "to many young people, it doesn't seem rele- vant. "This is where the problem lies. It is a question of com- munication." He suggested that by relating the curriculum to what is hap- pening today, the relevancy is- sue could be resolved to some degree. CLIFF BLACK, Certified Dental Mechanic BLACK DENTAL LAB lower level MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. PHONE 327-2822 Appeal total: United Appeal contributions to :late total The 1971 com- mitment is Vote Experience Board of Taber School Division Board of Lethbridge Junior College Board of Governors, University of Lelhbridge Senate, University of Calgary 18 years business experience Executive Director Loth bridge Association for the Menially Retarded WRIGHT, Len Inserted by LEN WRIGHT m RELIEVES GAS PAINS NEW 1600 V.W. ONLY PER MONTH 1968 MUSTANG VS. radio. (tlQQC Real Sharp I 073 1967 PONTIAC VB, fully equipped RAEWOOD MOTORS 3rd Ave. and 16th SI. S. Sales 328-4539 Car lot 328-4356 Pharmacy Facts from O. C. STUBBS In a recent report, based on a review of more than 2 thou- sand pertinent studies on smok- ing published since 1964, the U.S. federal government states "no evidence found to refute e a r I ier conclu- The new report, in fact, is much stronger agimst smoking than the 1964 re- port stating smoking to be a probable cause of death from coronary heart disease. This re- port also states that smoking is causing at least 11 million eases of chronic illness, over million lost working days per year and 306 million days of activity restriction (United j States And, going even yet further, it states that cigar- ette smoking can also be the cause of death from cancer of I the larynx, mouth, pharynx, esophagus, bladder and lungs, as well as death from peptic ul- cers, strokes and aortic .aneurygm (ballooning of the main body This is certainly a piece of information worth thinking about.isn't it. Stubbs Pharmacy is the place where your trade is always ap- preciated. Here at 1506 9lh Ave. S., your doctor's prescription is for you just as careful dispenisng will allow. Open daily a.m. fo p.m. Sundays a n d Holidays p.m. to p.m. and p.m. to p.m. for FALL at CAMM'S an exquisite new hi fashion DRESS PUMP by Lisa Debs {exactly as illustrated) Available In Block or Brown Crinkle Potenl wet look. This lovely shoe features folded top line for comfort. AAAA, AAA, AA and B widths. "Candida" by JOYCE A lovely new style available in Ian or block wet look crin- kle patent. CHILDREN'S SHOES ot Camrn's by Savage and Classmotrs Black nylon Mo Lovely new ttcp in styles Huihpuppifis for boys and girls In Brown or Black leathers Boys' Savago unimolds in tio, slip on, and buck I o style. For the "In" Crowd 14" HI FASHION BOOTS With new laminated lin- ings.. All new style line I ond toe, available in Black, Navy, Gold ond Silver wet look. Also in Black Glovo and Brown Glove. FRI. UNTIL 9 P.M. CAMM'S 403 5th Street S. SHOES ;