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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 10, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Wadnctdoy, October JO, 1973 THE LETHBRIOGE HERALD 19 Honeymoon over between B.C. labor, NDP government VICTORIA (CP) The honeymoon between labor unions and the New Democratic Party in British Columbia is over. The marriage itself may be headed for the rocks all because of new labor legislation drafted by Premier Dave Barrett's government. Large cracks are showing in their never-solid and often-uneasy alliance. Some trade unionists are talking about making it tough for NDP in- cumbents in the legislature at the next election three years from now. Led by Ray Haynes, secretary-treasurer of the militant B.C. Federation of Labor which has about members in affiliated unions, some union spokesman have attacked the week-old Labor Code of British Columbia Act. They were already upset at having to wait for more than a year since the NDP took office to have the controversial and restrictive Labor laws of W. A. C. Bennett's Social Credit govern- ment erased from the statute books. Some segments or organized labor which provided a hefty chunk of the money and men that organized Mr. Barrett's 38-seat victory now feel the party has backed out of a strong pro-labor campaign platform last year. "Since the Barrett government was elected we haven't had the relationship we would expect considering the part the trade union move- ment played in putting the NDP government said Mr. Haynes last week. "They're listening to people who are not in the jungle of labor relations." Mr. Haynes admitted in an interview that the NDP government abolished the Mediation Com- mission Act, which gave a three-man board powers of compulsory arbitration, and raised the minimum wage both campaign promises. But he charged that it ignored other pledges to end government interference in labor- management relations, consult labor over new laws and make the Labor Relations Board (LRB) a fulltime body with labor and manage- ment appointees. "We've got more compulsory arbitration now than we had under the he said. Labor Minister Bill King earlier this year call- ed for submission of new ideas from both sides to cool off industrial relations in the province. "We gave them our views and they ignored them, if that's what you want to call con- said Mr. Haynes. The LRB under the new legislation is an ex- panded, fulltime body with wide powers ranging from supplying mediation officers at the request of union and employer to forced first settlement where a company and newly-certified union local have been unable to reach agreement. The main beef of Mr. Haynes in this regard is that nobody on his list was appointed to the new 10-member LRB, the key feature of the labor code and which will be responsible for ad- ministration of its 153 sections. Mr. Haynes wouldn't tell anyone even other affiliated unions who was on his list, but his criticism seems a bit premature. Three labor nominees on the board have been promised by Mr. King before the end of the year. Manage- ment will also be allowed to name three people. "The workers are a pretty disillusioned said Mr. Haynes. He claimed that the labor code has 44 items that are favorable to management and only 16 that will help labor un- ions. But there is by no means a common front among labor against the new labor code. Criticism from the other side of the bargaining table has been remarkable by its absence. Only C. J. (Chuck) Connaghan, president of the Construction Labor Relations Association (CLRA) has spoken out against it He sa.U the new law would cause "utter chaos" in the building industry Transport Labor Relations (TLR) has merely asked Mr. King to delay passage of the bill for a while, to allow closor study. Not a word has come from the fotest industry giants who provide half of every dollar in the provincial economy. Nobody ever promised labor a rose garden. one newspaper editorial said after Mr Haynes outburst over the new labor code, and "said Premier Barrett's warnings last year have all come true. "Don't lie down, thinking heaven has arrived simply because the NDP has been Premier Barrett told the federation's annual meeting a year ago. "It's not going to be that way." STORE LOCATIONS 2025 Mayor Magrath Drlva "Collaga Mall" 324 Mayor Magrath Orlva 420 6th Straat South "Downtown" tha right to limit quantltlaa. 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