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Strike at UBC enters sixth week
RCMP are investigating a Saturday night incident inside the UBC
power plant, during which a supervisor was attacked by three men. He
was beaten about the head and back
and his glasses were broken.
Supervisor Walter Busch. 51. told
police the incident began after a section of plywood used to cover a broken window at the power house had
been battered down from outside.
He said it was replaced once and was
being battered down again when he
opened the northwest door of the
power plant to investigate.
He said a man rushed down the
tairs and tried to grab him. They
mo\ed back inside the power house
while scuffling and his assailant was
joined by two other men.
Busch said he was pummeled
about the head and back before two
other supervisors could come to his
assistance. He said the three intruders ran back outside and up the stairs
when his fellow supervisors
A police spokesman said the
incident is being investigated.
Local 882 of the International
Union of Operating Engineers has
been on strike at the University since
Feb. 21. The engineers operate the
power plant and  maintain  the
Vol. 24. No. 7. March 29. 1978. Published by Information Services. University of B.C.. 2075 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver. B.C. V6T 1W5. 228-3131. Jim Banham anil Judith Walker, editors. ISSN 0497-2929.
Enjoying last week's sunshine, class takes to the outdoors to get in those last
few hours of lectures before final exams. Classes for most faculties end April 7
and the exam period runs until April 28.
mechanical systems in campus buildings. This work has been handled by
supervisory personnel since the
strike began.
The dispute is over a new labor
contract to replace one that expired
Dec. 31, 1977.
"A sure way out of this impasse
would be to take the whole dispute to
arbitration, since an arbiter's decision would be binding on both parties," said Bob Grant, director of
employee relations at UBC. "But the
union says it is willing to submit only
selected parts of the dispute to arbitration."
Grant said the Saturday night
incident and investigation is a police
matter and he could not comment on
He did say, however, that harassment of supervisors working in the
power plant had passed the "mischief stage" some time ago.
"We've kept quiet about this, in
the hope of reaching an amicable settlement with the operating engineers," he said, "but things are really
getting out of hand. The time has
come to let the University community know what has been happening."
Grant said the harassment of
supervisors has been going on since
the first day of the strike. Initially, he
said, it was annoying but not dangerous.
"Doors and walls of the heating
plant were pounded with metal
pipes, windows were broken, excrement was thrown in through the broken windows, air was let out of tires,
fluorescent light tubes were thrown
in to explode as they hit the floor,
middle-of-the-night telephone calls
to supervisors' homes — all juvenile
stuff, but not really a threat to
More recent incidents, he said,
have gone well beyond the "prank"
• A noxious liquid was sprayed
into areas of the power house
through a broken window. The lunch
room remained unuseable even after
• Supervisors have been physically assaulted as they attempted to
enter or leave the power house.
Grant said the RCMP now are on
Continued on p. 2 Strike
continued from p. 1
duty at shift change-over time to prevent violence.
• A safety switch on one of the
boilers was tripped, causing a second
boiler to become overloaded and to
shut down automatically. Full pressure and heat was restored after
about four hours.
• Doors to the power house have
been jammed closed with wedges
and lengths of lumber.
"These are serious incidents,"
Grant said. "Several of them are
being investigated by the RCMP, in
addition to the Saturday night
He said reports of hidden cameras
and TV scanners used to spy on the
pickets are without foundation.
"There are no such cameras and
never have been," he said. There are
TV monitors inside the power house
and they are there to scan gauges
and dials because of the reduced
workforce. They cannot be used for
any other purpose.
University president Doug Kenny
said the administration's main concern is for students and for the 300
senior citizens who are patients in the
extended care hospital on campus.
"Although heat is becoming less
and less important to students as we
move further into spring, it is absolutely essential that we keep heat
flowing to the hospitals," he said.
Local 882's contract with the University expired on Dec. 31. The University originally offered a wage
increase of 4 per cent, in a one-year
contract, in accordance with third-
year Anti-Inflation Board guidelines.
This was rejected by the operating
engineers, who asked that their
wages be related to those of UBC
tradesmen who belong to the Canadian Union of Public Employees
(CUPE). Specifically, they asked that
a maintenance engineer I receive the
same monthly pay as a CUPE
In an offer on Jan. 10, the University agreed to maintenance engineer/plumber parity, on an hourly
wage basis, provided the operating
engineers would accept a 15-month
contract, to expire March 31, 1979.
Specifically, the University offered
the operating engineers an increase
of 3.48 per cent retroactive to Jan. 1.
with an additional increase on April 1
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equal to whatever CUPE received.
Guaranteed minimum for the April
1 increase was 4 per cent — for an
over-all guaranteed minimum
increase of 7.48 per cent.
Hourly wages for the 25 operating
engineers, as of April 1, would range
from a low of $9.59 to a high of
$12.55. with yearly salaries ranging
from $17,746 to $23,490. Increases
for the year 1978 would range from
$1,085 to $1,437.
"This offer still stands," President
Kenny said, "and it is a good offer.
Although the University's original 4
per cent offer is at the upper limits of
the AIB guidelines, the University
would be prepared to support the
operating engineers in their bid to
have the Jan. 10 offer approved,
since the proposed 15-month contract would run three months beyond
the end of 1978, which is when AIB
control ends."
Grant said there have been no formal negotiating sessions since the
strike began, but said there have
been a number of unofficial exploratory talks at which the University
has attempted to find a basis for settlement.
"But nothing has been accomplished." he said. "The operating
engineers at UBC already receive
higher wages than a majority of their
counterparts in outside industry. The
University's offer to them is more
than fair. This is a strike against the
After picketing only the power
plant for the first month of the strike,
the operating engineers last week
said they would picket other University buildings as well, on a selective
The Faculty Club was picketed
first, last Monday and Tuesday, but
remained open during the busy
lunch-hour period. On Saturday
morning, pickets appeared at the
Traffic and Security building on
Wesbrook. and on Tuesday pickets
appeared outside the old administration building, which houses the
offices of the president and vice-presidents.
There has been no picketing of the
main entrances to the University and
the strike has had no effect on classes.
"With our students writing final
exams. April is the most important
month of the University year," said
President Kenny, "and the University will remain open, pickets or no
Senate roi
Senate has approved a motion
calling for "annual systematic, objective and cumulative evaluations" of
faculty members and instructors,
and of all undergraduate courses
where it is practical to do so.
A second motion approved at the
March 22 Senate meeting calls for
the annual evaluations to include
teaching evaluation and for teaching
evaluation to be considered in reappointment, promotion and tenure
UBC faculties and departments
will have the power to develop and
administer appropriate evaluation
instruments and to decide on the
timing for their administration as the
result of other motions approved by
Recommendations on teaching
evaluation were made by a Senate
committee chaired by Prof. Ben
Moyls, of the Department of Mathematics, who said that evaluations of
teaching and courses could be
obtained from students, other UBC
teachers and graduates of the University.
Senate voted to delete two recommendations from the committee
report calling for establishment of a
permanent committee to receive and
monitor faculty reports on teaching
A motion calling for faculties to
submit to Senate a statement on
methods used for evaluation was
withdrawn when it was pointed out
by Prof. Moyls that there was
already in existence a president's
committee which was collecting
information from the faculties on
procedures being used for teaching
President Douglas Kenny, who
chairs Senate, said he would submit
to Senate in the future a report along
the lines suggested in the motion.
T.A. supervision questioned
UBC's Senate has passed two recommendations made by a committee
established "to investigate the present practice of giving teaching
assistants the full responsibility for
the teaching of certain courses or sections of courses."
The committee, which has met for
almost a year, said in its report that a
questionnaire completed by faculty ndup
deans revealed that in no case is a
T.A. solely responsible for course
content or for the determination of
final course grades.
"Nevertheless," the committee
reported, "the evidence before the
committee suggests that supervision,
particularly classroom supervision,
could be improved."
The first motion approved by Senate states that "The final responsibility for credit courses shall rest with
appointed faculty at the University."
The second motion calls on deans
of faculties to ensure that provisions
exist for the adequate supervision of
T.A.s in the performance of their
Student senator Arnold Hedstrom
was unsuccessful in having added to
the second motion an amendment
that would require each University
department to prepare a departmental training program appropriate to
the teaching expected of the
appointee. The requirement is
already part of a 1973 Faculty of
Graduate Studies statement of policy on graduate student appointments^	
In case of disruption
UBC's Senate received for information at its March 22 meeting a set
of procedures for chairmen of campus meetings that are threatened
with serious disruption.
The procedures were drawn up by
a president's ad hoc Committee on
Academic Freedom of Lectures and
Audiences established by President
Douglas Kenny at the request of
Senate following the disruption in
October. 1976. of three lectures given
by South African speaker Harry
In December, 1977, Senate
approved, for inclusion in the UBC
Calendar, a statement on academic
freedom prepared by the president's
committee. The statement was reproduced in the Jan. 11, 1978, issue of
UBC Reports.
The procedures for chairmen of
campus meetings received for information by Senate at its March meeting are as follows:
1. The chairman has full control
of the meeting. He must be prepared
to exercise that control when necessary.
2. If, in the course of a meeting,
the actions of members of the
audience seriously disrupt the proceedings, the chairman shall request
an end to the disruption, calling the
disruptors' attention to their denial
of the rights of free speech and of the
audience to listen. If appropriate the
chairman may inform the audience
(i) opportunity will be provided at the end of the address for
questions, written or oral; or
(ii) opportunity will be provided at the end of the address for
rebuttal of the speaker's opinions.
3. Should the disturbance continue, the chairman shall adjourn the
meeting for not less than fifteen (15)
minutes nor more than one hour. He
shall inform the disruptors that they
are now in official violation of University principles, and that he will
use the interval to summon the University Patrol and to notify the Office
of the President. He shall further
state that if the disruption resumes
following the adjournment the Uni
versity Patrol will establish the identity of the disruptors by means of
I.D., photographs or testimony.
N.B. If violence is threatened at
any time, the chairman must immediately adjourn the meeting and
summon the University Patrol and
the RCMP.
4. Upon resumption of the meeting, any person who engages in disruptive activity shall be identified by
the University Patrol and informed
by the chairman that unless he leaves
the meeting immediately he will be
subject to such remedies as may be
available to the University at law.
5. If the foregoing procedures are
not effective, the chairman shall,
with the assistance of the University
Patrol, request the Office of the President to summon the RCMP.
New faces April 1
UBC faculty have elected 10 members to represent them on the Senate.
The new senators will take office
April 1 and will serve for three years.
Elected were: Charles Bourne,
Law; Katherine Brearley, French;
John Dennison, Education; Penny
Gouldstone, Education; Harold
Knutson, French; Roy Nodwell,
Physics; Robert Scagel, Botany;
Geoffrey Scudder, Zoology; John
Stager, Geography; and Marilyn
Willman, Nursing.
The newly-elected Convocation
members will also begin their three-
year terms April 1.
Elected were: William Birmingham, Mary Bishop, William Burch,
Patricia Fulton, William Keenlyside,
Elaine McAndrew, James McWil-
liams, Michael Ryan, Gordon Thom,
Joan Wallace and Charlotte Warren.
Continued from p. 4
12:30 p.m. ASIAN RESEARCH LECTURE. John R. Maybec. High
Commissioner for Canada in India 1974-77. on Canada's
Policies in Asia. Room 315. Buchanan Building.
1:00 p.m. GENETIC SEMINAR. Prof. H. Harris. Human Genetics. University of Pennsylvania, on The Human Alkaline Phosphatase Loci. CARS, 895 W. 10th Ave.
Cowan, Biophysics and Theoretical Biology, University
of Chicago, on Recent Studies in the Theoretical Biology
of Development, Room 105. Mathematics Building.
3:30 p.m. LINGUISTICS COLLOQUIUM. Prof Ron Beaumont.
Germanic Studies. UBC, on Causation and Control in
Sechelt. Room 2225. Buchanan Building.
on Self-Diffusion. Room 206, Chemical Engineering
Hugh J. Greenwood, Geological Sciences, UBC, on Estimating Pressures and Temperatures in Metamorphic
Rocks. Room 260, Geophysics and Astronomy Building.
8:00 p.m. UNIVERSITY CHORAL UNION, directed by James
Schell, performs Dettingen Te Deum by Handel. Recital
Hall. Music Building.
An exhibition of the collected works of Joe David, a contemporary
West Coast artist, continues until May 31. An exhibition titled Encounter 1778: Drawings, watercolors and sketches by John Webber at
Nootka Sound, opens Tuesday. March 28. and continues until June 30.
6393 N.W. Marine Dr.
UBC Reports/March 29, 1978/3 NEXT WEEK AT UBC
The last UBC Reports of this winter session will appear
on Thursday, April 6, and will include the last regular
"Next Week at UBC" until summer session.
Notices for coming events in April and May should
reach Information Services by Friday, March 31.
Beginners, intermediate and advanced orienteers should
register between 10 and 11 a.m. for this event at University Hill Elementary School. Instruction will be available.
For more information, call Helen Atkinson. 266-4687.
3:00 p.m. MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY. John Webber.
Captain Cook's artist, and his drawings and engravings
of Nootka Sound and the Northwest Coast will be discussed by Douglas Cole. Simon Fraser historian. This
talk follows the opening of the special exhibition of original Webber drawings and watercolors in the Theatre
Gallery, 6393 N.W. Marine Dr.
12 noon PHYSIOLOGY SEMINAR. Dr. Thomas Perry. Phar
macology, UBC. on Dominant Human Inherited Cerebellar Disorders and Cerebellar Neurotransmitters. Room
100A, Block A. Medical Sciences Building.
12:15 p.m. BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE SEMINAR. A p; 1 from
the Association of Values Education and Rev .,. Education. UBC, on The Child as a Perso: tildren's
Rights. Seminar rooms G53-55, Woodwarc > uctional
Resources Centre.
12:30 p.m. FACULTY RECITAL. Carol Jutte. p, , performs
Music of Brahms and Stravinsky. Recital Hall. Music
12:30 p.m. CANCER RESEARCH SEMINAR. Dr. Brer Vi Morrison, Health Care and Epidemiology, UBC., . coning
for Breast Cancer in Canada. Library. Block 'cal
Sciences Building.
Malek, Mechanical Engineering graduate student. UBC.
on A New Type of Smart Wind Tunnel. Room 1215. Civil
and Mechanical Engineering Building.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND RECREATION SEMINAR. Dr. Alfred Reed, Human Kinetics and Leisure
Studies, University of Ottawa, on Muscle Fiber Types
Related to Athletic Performance. Room 32. War Memorial Gymnasium.
3:45 p.m.      MANAGEMENT SCIENCE SEMINAR.  Prof. E.  L.
Porteous, Stanford University, Calif., on Temporal Resolution  of Uncertainty  and  Dynamic  Choice  Theory.
Room 312, Angus Building.
4:00 p.m.      BIOCHEMICAL   SEMINAR.   Dr.   Michael   Smith.
Biochemistry.   UBC,   on   Position-Specific   Mutations
Using Oligonucleotides as Mutagens. Lecture Hall 3.
Woodward Instructional Resources Centre.
4:30 p.m.      ZOOLOGY/PHYSIOLOGY SEMINAR. Dr. Donald
Reis, Cornell University Medical College, New York, on
Central Nervous Mechanisms for the Control of Arterial
Pressure. Room 2449, Biological Sciences Building.
ard W. Seaton. Architecture. UBC. on Street Patterns
and Jubilee Parties. Room 101. Lasserre Building.
12 JO p.m. SIGMA XI LECTURE. Prof. Rudolph R. Haering.
Physics, UBC. on Recent Developments in Electrical
Energy Storage. Room 126, Chemistry Building.
3:30 p.m. OCEANOGRAPHY SEMINAR. Jim Syvitski. Geological Sciences. UBC, on Investigation into the Interplay of
Zooplankton and Suspended Sediments. Room I46S.
Biological Sciences Building.
TUESDAY, APRIL 4 continued
Dr. Michel Vernier. Health Care and Epidemiology.
UBC. on Prevalence Study of Multiple Sclerosis. Room
146. Mather Building.
4:30 p.m. CHEMISTRY SEMINAR. Dr. L. D. Hall. Chemistry.
UBC. on Spin-Labelling of Naturally Occurring Carbohydrates. Room 250. Chemistry Building.
6:30 p.m. FACULTY WOMEN'S CLUB Dinner Meeting. Guest
speaker will be Dr. Peter Hochachka. Zoology. UBC.
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. Tickets. $11: guests welcome. For reservations, call Mrs. E. Ahlborn. 224-6419.
9:00 p.m. UBC PUBLIC AFFAIRS presented by the Centre for
Continuing Education. UBC. This week's program is on
Who Controls the Police? Guest speaker is Dr. John
Hogarth. Law. UBC, and former chairman. B.C. Police
Commission. Host, Gerald Savory. Channel 10. Vancouver Cablevision.
12 noon PHARMACOLOGY SEMINAR. Dr. Donald E. Brooks.
Pathology and Chemistry. UBC. on Studies on Red Cell
Aggregation. Room 114. Block C, Medical Sciences
Frohlich. Pathology, U BC, on Immunoglobulins, Structure and Function. 811 W. 10th Ave.
12:30 p.m. CHRISTIAN OUTREACH small group bible study with
Peter David, pastor. Shiloh Youth Revival Centres.
Room 200. Scarfe Building.
NOON-HOUR CONCERT. Recital Hall. Music Building.
Petro, Slavonic Studies, UBC. on Hasek and Voinovich:
Two Satires. Penthouse. Buchanan Building.
STATISTICS WORKSHOP. Jim Zidek. Mathematics.
UBC, on Some Recent  Developments in  Regression
Analysis. Room 412. Angus Building.
Keenleyside. University of Western Ontario, on Male-
Female Roles in the Parental Behavior of Cichlid Fishes.
Room 2449. Biological Sciences Building.
12:30 p.m. UNIVERSITY CHORAL UNION, directed by James
Schell, performs Dettingen Te Deum by Handel. Recital
Hall. Music Building.
2:30 p.m. PHYSICS SEMINAR. David Williams, UBC. on The
Charge-Density Wave State in VSe2. Room 318. Hennings Building.
3:30 p.m. ASIAN RESEARCH SEMINAR. John R. Maybee. High
Commissioner for Canada in India 1974-77. on The Canada-India Nuclear Relationship. Penthouse. Buchanan
3:45 p.m. APPLIED MATH AND STATISTICS COLLOQUIUM. Prof. Jack D. Cowan. Biophysics and Theoretical Biology. University of Chicago, on Co-operative
Phenomena in Neuronal Nets (With Special Reference to
Vision). Room 2449. Biological Sciences Building.
4:00 p.m. BIOCHEMICAL SEMINAR. Prof. Harry Harris.
F.R.S.. Human Genetics. University of Pennsylvania, on
Multilocus Enzymes in Man. Lecture Hall 3. Woodward
Instructional Resources Centre.
PHYSICS COLLOQUIUM. K. Kuchar. Physics. University of Utah, on Dynamics of Geometry and Geometry
of Dynamics. Room 201. Hennines Building.
8:00 p.m. FACULTY CONCERT. Phyllis Schuldl and Cohorts
perform Music of Brahms, Beethoven and Dahl. Recital
Hall. Music Building.
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