Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 5, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
Post Office May Become Crown Agency By KEVIN DOYLE OTTAWA (CP) Treasury Board President C. M. Drury says the government will decide within 18 months whether to convert the post office department into a Crown agency. He told a news conference Friday the idea, which has been before the government for some time, will be decided upon before the expiry March of a new postal contract signed earlier in the day. The post office now comes directly under the cabinet. Operation of Crown agencies and corporations is more flexible and independent. Mr. Drury and John Young, chairman of the prices and incomes commission, said the wage settle- ment of 6.8 or 7.2 per cent on the figures clearly a violation of the six-percent guideline for increases. But Mr. Drury said the guide was formulated by the commission, not by the government. The govern- ment had accepted six per cent, however, as a real- istic figure in the anti-inflation fight. The government-appointed commission is an inde- pendent agent, Mr. Drury said. He added that 6.8 per cent is ah accurate measure of the wage increase but the postal unions insist the figure should be 7.2. To arrive at 6.3, the government adds the per- centage increases in each of four periods in which pay raises totalling 55 cents an hour are given The government follows this procedure, Mr. Drury said, because what is really important is the percentage increase in each period. Calculate Differently The unions use the total monetary increase of 55 cents an hour as a base and divide by the current average hourly wage of S3.06 to show a total increase over 30 months of 18 per cent. Eighteen per cent, pro-rated over 30 months, stows an annual increase of 7.2 per cent.' When all the increases are in force next April 1, the post office will be paying a minimum of about million a year more than in the final year of the old contract. If postal workers vote to ratify the it seems likely they will receive a three-cent-an. hour increase to 18 cents for shifts worked in the evening or at night. They will also be given a retroactive payment of to cover the period since last Sept. 30 when the old contact expired, at a total cost of Current rates of pay call for expenditure by the post office over 30 months of Added to this under the new contract will be in pay increases. Letter carriers will be paid overtime on a daily, instead of weekly, basis. A letter from Postmaster-General Eric Kierans as- sures postal workers they wall not lose their jobs be- cause of technological changes. Pay Medical Care The post office will pay 50 per cent of medical care insurance premiums in all provinces on an equal contract. Previous arrangements differed from prov- ince to province. The cost of this provision to the gov- ernment will be about Employees will also be granted four weeks of an- nual vacation after 18 years' service instead of after 20. The dispute over a contract began Sept. 2, 1969, with the first meeting of negotiators and witnessed the appointment of a conciliation board, too mediators.and a series of rotating strikes before it ended. The conciliation board, appointed last May under Montreal Judge Rene Lippe, split three ways on wages, with Judge Lippe recommending a 50-cent-an-hour in- crease over 32 months for the postal workers. Following the report, A. W. R. Carrothers, president of the University of Calgary, was appointed to mediate the dispute. He quit after four days of meetings in June because he said the sides were too far apart. The unions then began a three-month series of rotating strikes with the government responding by closing down offices, in some areas affected. The appointment of Thomas O'Connor, a Toronto labor relations specialist, was announced Aug. 19. Mr, O'Connor met both sides continually until agreement was reached. WHAT'S reading on, try to guess what this is, but think twice for the photo probably will fool you. A herd of rhinos sinking in quicksand? Wrong. It's the back of a house fly, greatly magnified by an eleclron scanning microscopft of e wax research laboratory, MMtttMCAST Wit, VOL.LXm-Nb.MI SoaA Southetatem 3.C." LETHBRTOGE, ALBERTA. SATURDAY. SEPTEMBER WTO Price 15 Cents FOUR SECTIONS PAGES Natalia Makarova Soviet Ballerina Defects To West LONDON (CP) The Soviet embassy in London asked per- mission today to see ballerina Natalia Makarova, the second star of Leningrad's Kirov Ballet to defect to the West. The embassy telephoned the foreign office and asked if it could send an official to meet the dancer who deserted the ballet company in London Fri- day. The foreign office passed the request on to the home office Agreement Reached In Pulp Strike PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. (CP) A memorandum agreement ending a strike against the Prince Albert Pulp Mill, was signed shortly before midnight Friday night, the deadline for settlement set by Premier Ross Thatcher. Settlement was announced jointly in a statement from union and management negotia- tors. Members of the Pulp, Sulphite and Paper Mill Workers' Union were to return to work today The pact averted a special session of the legislature scheduled for Tuesday if there .was no agreement within the time limit. The agreement, signed by mill personnel manager John Madson and union local presi- dent Larry Pickering, provides for average raises of 7.7 per cent in each of three years. The negotiators announced the agreement in a joint state- ment. The 325 workers, who earned wages ranging from to an hour, struck for first- year raises of seven to 15 per cent, with bigger boosts in lower classifications, and a sec- ond-year increase of eight per cent. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN CTUDENTS. Harlen Jones, 7, and Doris Francis, 14, recently from B.C., saying "there's no difference in the education system of the two provinces both have lots of homework and not enough holidays" Marlene Find- lay managing to avoid hav- ing a recent seen and heard item in this column at the farmers market, big buy- ers Gerald and Phyl Peterson absent mindedly driving off with their pumpkin still sit- ting on the trunk of the car. Suez Missiles Issue Egypt Denies Breach Of Mideast By TIIE ASSOCIATED PRESS Egypt says the United States is "absolutely far from the truth" in its charge that Cairo has been violating the Middle East ceasefire by setting .up anti-aircraft missiles near the Suez canal. The Egyptian foreign ministry also said Friday that "while the United States succumbed to Is- raeli pressure, it has taken no action on Egyptian counter- charges of Israeli violations." In i'act, the ministry said, the United -States itself has violated the military standstill by send- ing Phantom jet fighters to Is- rael since the ceasefire went into effect Aug. 7. Egypt said its foreign minis- ter, Mahmoud Riad, has presented the complaints to Donald C. Bergus. the top U.S. diplomatic official in Cairo. Meanwhile, Israel charged today that Egypt is building new missile sites within 19 miles of the Suez canal. Israel made its charge in its 10th com- plaint of Egyptian ceasefire vio- lations to the UN truce supervi- sion organization in Jerusalem. Chileans Pick Marxist Candidate For President which then got in touch with Miss Makarova. Officials stressed that it is en- tirely up to the dancer to decide whether or not she wants to have contact with Soviet repre- sentatives. Britain already has granted her plea for asylum. She told British officials that she was not defecting for politi- cal reasons but thought Britain offers a dancer more opportuni- ties than the Soviet Union. Miss Makarova did not ap- pear at Royal Festival Hall Fri- day night for the final perform- ance of a six-week engagement in Britain. The British home off- ice then informed the Russian embassy she had defected. "Miss Makarova applied to the home office this evening to remain in this country, and her request was a British spokesman said. Her whereabouts were not re- vealed. Sources said only that she was staying with friends outside the city. Miss Makarova danced at re- hearsals Friday with the 80- member Kirov .Ballet, then told other members she wanted to do some last-minute shopping before the troupe's departure this weekend for Holland. SANTIAGO (AP) The vot- ers have picked a Marxist to be Chile's next president, but it is up to Congress to confirm or re- ject their choice. The government announced early today that Senator Salva- dor Allende had defeated for- mer president Jorge Alessandri, a conservative, and Radomiro Tomic, a moderate leftist, in the presidential election. But Allende got only 36.3 per cent of the votes cast, edging out Alessandri by votes. Under Chilean law, a presi- dential candidate must receive more than 50 per cent of the votes cast to win an election outright. Otherwise, Congress Mass- Slayer Sought CREST ON, B.C. (CP) RCMP were seeking an "armed and dangerous" man believed to be holding a child hostage after seven persons were found shot to death in two houses near this southeastern British Columbia community today. The child was believed the only surviving member of a family of six after a man and woman and three of their four children were found slain in one of the houses. A mother and her daughter were found dead in an- other house. Armed police were reported concentrating their search in the Corn Creek area, southwest of Creston near the United States border. Roadblocks were set up throughout the southern Kobtenay district. The shootings occurred in a rural area called West Creston, across the Kootenay River from the main community. RCMP were reported watch- ing for a man in his late 20s who might be driving a blue 1966 model car. The bodies were found early today. Police would not say how they learned of the killings. No other details were availa- ble. must decide between the two leading candidates. Congress always has picked the top vote-getter in the past but is under no legal obligation to do so. It will meet Oct. 20 to make its choice. The leftist coalition led by Al- leitde has 83 of the 200 seats in Congress. Tomic's party has 74 and Alessandri's supporters have 43. A linkup between the Tomic and Alessandri forces is considered unlikely. EDGE SLIM Final election figures showed Allende with votes to for Alessandri and for Tomic. This gave Al- lende 36.3 per cent of the vote, Alessandri 34.9 per cent and Tomic 27.8 per cent. If Congress goes along with the choice of the voters as ex- pected, Chile will have the first freely elected Communist- and Socialist-backed government in Latin America. Chile's neigh- Bolivia and P e r u r e military dictator- steps. Allende, a 62-year-old former physician and three-lime loser in previous presidential elec- tions, has promised Chile a non-Marxist government but "one fiiat will open the way for socialism." for the love of Reprieve Won By Maharajas NEW DELHI (AP) India's 279 pensioned maharajas won a reprieve today when the Rajya Sabha, upper house of Parlia- ment, failed to one-third of a constitu- tional amendment abolishing their privy purses and special privileges. In an embarassing rebuff to Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, the upper house voted for the legislation 149 to 75, while tech- nically she needed 149% votes to meet the constitutional re- quirement of two-thirds ap- proval of those members voting. The vole left the future of the amendment in doubt. The Lok S'abha, lower house of Parliament, had approved the amendment Wednesday by a vote of 339 to 154, giving the measure nine more votes than the required two-thirds. Protest Visit BONN (Reuters) About 200 persons demonstrated hi the centre of Bonn today against the state visit to West Germany of President Suharto of Indone- sia. The demonstrators, mainly students, carried banners and placards denouncing "Suharto's bloody rule" and calling for the "victory of the Southeast Asian revolution." By the time the demonstra- tors reached the main square in Bonn, their numbers had dwin- dled to little more than 50. A few police were on hand but there were no incidents. In Washington, a state depart- ment spokesman said the United States has demanded "rectification'' by Egypt arid the Soviet Union of the alleged ceasefire violations. But he declined to say if this meant an insistence that Uie missiles be pulled back out of the canal truce zone. The United States already has said the Soviet Union and Egypt .must stop violating .the cease- fire, but Israel has said this is not enough and that the missiles must be removed. Israel is entitled "to take ac- tion on the political level and any other level it deems neces- Foreign Minister Abba Eban said in a Jerusalem tele- vision interview Friday, "We are now pursuing political meth- ods." He said Israel's ambassador to the United Nations, Yosef Te- koah, would not be returning to New York immediately to con- tinue the indirect talks opened last week by UN envoy Gunnar V. Jailing. Meanwhile Lebanon accused Israel, of launching a three- pronged attack on South Leb- anon behind a screen of bomb- ing and staffing pkres. lit called for an urgent meeting of the United Nations Secur- ity Council in New York to take up it's charges. Army Units Ordered To Withdraw AMMAN (AP) The Jordan- ian government and the Pales- tinian Arab guerrilla organiza- tions announced today they have ordered their respective forces to back off from positions in which they now confront each other militarily. A government statement said army units were being ordered to withdraw from the outskirts of Amman to their normal training areas. Troops manning strongpoints inside the capital apparently will remain. Near Death GLEN FALLS, N.Y. (AP) Film star Edward Everett Hor- ton was reported in poor condi- tion hi hospital here today with an undisclosed ailment. The 83-year-old character ac- tor was admitted to hospital Thursday from .his Adirondack summer home at nearby Lake George. The hospital said he was ad- mitted as a private patient and refused to talk about his ail- ment. No Herald Labor Day Monday, Sept. 7, celebrated across the nation as the stat- utory Labor day holiday, The Herald will not publish. Com- plete coverage of the holiday weekend activities will be found in Tuesday's edition. Yukon Electors Vote Tuesday WHITEHORSE, Y.T. (CP) The seven members of the Yukon territorial council will.be chosen Tuesday in an election which, fer the first time, gives 19 and 20 year olds a vote and includes party-label candidates. Hope For Collectors Items Thousands A ttendjunk Sale TILLSONBURG, Ont. (CP) Ernie Simmons was a sus- picious person who rarely let anyone visit, his farm. But Ernie is dead and his farm perhaps saw more vis- itors Thursday than any other farm in Ontario has ever seen. Some came out of mor- bid see the place where Ernie last year was riddled by six bullets, robbed of and left for dead. Others came for a bargain in junk that Ernie had col- lected over many years and which was rotting and rusting away on the fields. Still others came because some of the junk has value as collectors' items. About persons turned up on the first day of a three- day auction to get rid of old cars, motorcycles, aircraft and guns. The visitors stum- Wted across the fields old cars had sunk a foot or more into the ground and tree roots had eaten through the metal. Outside the unheated farm- house a line formed as vis- itors wanted to see the rooms where Ernie lived. The rooms were piled with garbage and old newspapers. Despite efforts of police and auction officials, greedy sou- venir hunters started to dis- mantle knobs from drawers and beds and hid them in their pockets. PATROLLED WITH GUN Perhaps, after all, Ernie had reason not to trust vis- itors. He patrolled his farm vyith a loaded gun and the few times he did let a person look at his collection, he charged admission. Harry Fenn, one of Ernie's cousins, said the recluse was to wspiciotu that "I never came in the lane without call- ing first." Dan Murray, auctioneer from Woodstock, Ont., said that Thursday's sale was the biggest he has ever had. Among items which were sold were 20 cars to a scrap dealer who paid for each. The aircraft will be sold today and Mr. Murray said he expects bidding to be "fran- tic" because they include Swordfish, the type which helped in the sinking of the German battleship Bismarck in 1941. Mr. Murray said there are only 15 Swordfish left in the world and Ernie had seven of them. After he was shot last year Ernie recovered from his wounds but died of pneumonia last January shortly after he was released from hospital. BID Of FOR FAIREY SWORDFISH Auctioneers received a bid by tele- phone Friday from Scotland for on a Fairey Swordfish, one of seven at farm of the late Ernis Simmons and one known to exist. Bidding in the swordfish and Yals trainer aircraft It ba, stiff wjim they goto block iou'ay.