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VOL. 21, No. 17/Dec. 10, 1975/Vancouver
This edition of UBC Reports has been
produced by Information Services for'
the  benefit  of students, faculty and
others   seeking   information   on   the
AUCE strike.
Picket lines lifted;
early settlement
is president's hope
President Douglas Kenny says
he hopes the lifting of picket lines
and return to work by UBC's
striking clerical ar>d nonprofessional library workers will
lead to an early conclusion of
contract negotiations.
"I can only assume they are
returning in good faith," President
Kenny said late Tuesday night
when he learned of the back-to-
work decision, "and the University
is certainly accepting the return in
good faith."
Although a spokesman for the
Association of University and
College Employees said Tuesday
night there was a good possibility
the strike might be resumed at a
later date if a contract were not
negotiated, President Kenny
expressed the hope that this would
not take place.
The union spokesman said the
vote to return, taken at an AUCE
general membership meeting, was
He said the return was
recommended by the executive,
for a number of reasons.
He said there had been some
falling off of support, both by AUCE
Please turn to Page Four
Wrestling with a few of the 440 bags of regular mail that arrived on the
campus on Monday are Jack Hunter, left, supervisor of campus mail, and
Sid Potter, of UBC's Purchasing Department. Normal campus delivery
service will resume soon.
Apart from the major
issues of salaries and job
classifications, only eight
points remain to be
negotiated in the University's
dispute with the Association
of University and College
Still outstanding are the
questions of:
o Subsidization of staff
rooms and facilities;
o Paternity leave;
o Extended vacation
a Time off for union
o Shift-work  differentials;
o Expanded sick-leave
o Time off for moving
o Overtime for shift
The implications of these,
unsettled issues will be
detailed in a subsequent
edition of UBC Reports. "•'•«*»
y nasj
A cold and windy Tuesday afternoon on campus. Students
hunched over books in the
libraries. Some students busy
staring into space until UBC
Reports roving reporter interrupted their reveries with
questions about the AUCE strike.
UBC Reports: What made you
decide to cross the picket lines?
Education Student, 5th year: I
hadn't crossed the picket lines last
week, but today I had to hand in
my take-home exam. I didn't cross
the picket lines last week because
my classes were finished and I
didn't have any exams. If I had
exams, I would cross them. But I
feel guilty about it.
I'm a lot in sympathy with the
union's demands, reducing the
number of classifications ... I'm
surprised the union didn't get more
support from the-faculty. But most
students are apathetic toward the
strike. They're here so that they
can get a good job and earn more
money than a secretary would.
* *  *
UBCR: Did you make a decision to
cross the picket line?
Architecture student, 2nd year:
Yes, I did. I belong to a union
myself. But I thought that getting
my papers in was more important
than any sympathy I might have
with the strikers.
UBCR: Do you feel the demands of
the union are justified?
Student: I really don't understand
what their gripes are. I've put in a
whole term and I'm not going to
blow it just because the union is on
strike. I've got some things I want
to do and 1 want to get everything
out of the way by Christmas.
* *  *
UBCR: You were given the choice
of writing your exams after
Christmas if you didn't want to
cross the picket lines. Why are you
writing now?
Science Student, 1st year: I don't
want to have to study over
Christmas. I'm not doing very well
2/UBC Reports/Dec. 10,1975
and I really can't afford not to cross
the picket lines.
UBCR: What effect do you think
your crossing the picket lines has
on the strike?
Student: I guess it's not really good
for it. But it's just something that
you never even think about.
*  *  *
UBCR: Why did you decide to cross
the picket lines?
Arts student, 2nd year:  I just get
tired   of   all   the   strikes.   I   can't
sympathize with what the union is
asking for. I think that is a lot of
money to ask.
UBCR: Do you think the union  is
striking only for more money?
Student: Well, I think there are
probably a lot of non-monetary
things as well, like more holidays
and so on, but you could make that
into money as well.
Work resumes
Almost all construction projects
on the UBC campus will be back in
action today after several days of
idleness owing to the AUCE strike.
Even before AUCE members
voted to go back to their jobs,
construction workmen were
preparing to return to campus
Workmen were on the site of the
new indoor swimming pool adjacent to the S'tudent Union
Building on Tuesday and other
specialized trades were working in
the new Civil and Mechanical
Engineering Building near the
intersection of Stores Road and
Main Mall.
Other projects where work had
already resumed include the new
Animal Care Facility in the South
Campus research area and the
addition to the General Services
Administration Building.
Work is expected to resume
today on the Museum of Anthropology on the site of the
former Fort Camp Residence.
UBCR: Why did you cross the picket
Geography student, 4th year: I
UBCR: But you're here on campus.
Student: It's a funny thing. You see,
I live in residence, so I went to bed
one night outside the picket lines
and woke up the next morning
inside the picket lines, so the only
way I could support the strike is to
stay here.
* *  *
UBCR: Why did you decide to cross
the picket line?
Physical Education student, 2nd
year: I never really thought about
it. What difference does it make?
* * +
UBCR: Do you think that AUCE is
justified in making the demands
they have made?
Home Economics student, 2nd
year: No, I can't see that they
should get more than 10 per cent if
nobody else can. I work in a
grocery store and I can't get a raise
because the food prices are frozen.
UBCR: How about the whole
male/female equality issue which
has been raised by the union? The
union wants to be paid the same as
men who are doing work of equal
value to the University.
Student: Well, I think they should
get the same as men doing the
same job, but I think the men are
overpaid. How you solve that, I
don't know. I haven't really thought
about it enough. I guess I'm
thinking more about me and my
exams right now.
* *  *
UBCR: Why have you crossed the
picket line?
Business   Administration   student,
7th  year:   It   would   be   a   pretty
serious cost to me if I didn't. I've
got term papers to do.
UBCR: Do you support the union's
Student: I understand that the
union's already been offered 19
per cent, and that is well in excess
of  the wage and   price  controls. And personally I'm in favor of the
controls, so I can't support the
union. Maybe I'd be more sympathetic if they only wanted 12 per
cent plus the other things like
union wages for student assistants,
but 19 per cent is well above the
I think the mood of society is
turned against strikes and labor. I
don't think that small groups
should be able to hold society at
With the 15 per cent limit on
increases by the provincial
government, it really comes down
to how many groups there are on
campus that that 15 per cent is
going to be split among.
*  *  *
UBCR: Why haven't you supported
the strike by npt crossing the
picket lines?
Arts student, 1 st year: Because I
felt like I was being used. I'm not
against the strikers. I just felt they
were using me to get their money,
or whatever it was they wanted.
UBCR: Do you know what the
union's demands are?
Student: I have tried to find out
what they wanted. I went to their
information meeting last Tuesday,
but that didn't help much. I think I
know pretty well what they want,
but I'm not sure whether they're
worth that much.
Back to normal
The library returned to
normal hours of operation
Wednesday as members of
the Association of University
and College Employees
returned to work.
"We are expecting
everything to be back to
normal," said Chief Librarian
Basil Stuart-Stubbs late.
Tuesday night.
Library hours are posted on
all doors of alt branch
libraries and hours vary from
branch to branch.
UBCR: Why have you decided to
write your exams now and cross
the picket lines?
Geography student, 4th year: I
simply don't want to write them
later. We were told we either have
the choice of writing them now or
writing them in August. 'Some
UBCR: Why have you crossed the
union's picket lines?
Arts student, 1st year: Well, I
agree with what they're doing. The
women want equal wages, right?
But it's not going to help me any,
and it's not going to help them any
if I don't cross the picket lines.
They're going to go back to work,
and everything will be all right, but
I'm going to go back to school and
I'll have missed a lot.
UBCR: Has the strike had any effect
on your classes or exams?
Student: Net on my classes. All my
teachers said that their priorities
were with their students. But it
sometimes (takes a long time to get
parked because the pickets block
the roads. They're not going to get
student support that way.
* *  *
UBCR: Why did you cross the picket
Agricultural Economics student,
7th year: I didn't feel that me
crossing would make any difference. I'm in grad studies and I'm
just writing my thesis. Whether I
get my thesis done three weeks
later isn't going to make any
difference to anybody. My thesis
isn't vital to anyone, that's for sure.
UBCR: Why do you think that
students haven't supported the
Student: You just can't look at a
student as being a union member. I
pay to come here; I don't get paid. I
think the union's demands are
pretty reasonable, but I think
they're being unreasonable about
the last few percentages. I think it
would be worth it to them to go
back to work now.
*  *  *
UBCR: Why haven't you supported
the AUCE strike by not crossing the
picket lines?
Science student, 2nd year: Cause I
had exams. I really don't sympathize with them because they
chose a really bad time to strike.
They say they want equal pay with
the men, but I don't even know
what they're comparing — what
jobs with what. I don't know what a
Clerk I does.
They're really trying to disrupt
the students. The place is a mess.
In my case I have five exams in
four days, and I can't even get a
cup of coffee around here.
Power outage
chills towers
Heat was cut off for two hours
late Tuesday afternoon from the
three-building Walter H. Gage
Residence complex.
But this was not related in any
way to the AUCE strike, nor was it
a result of a failure of the
University's heating system.
Frank Keetley, superintendent
of operations and maintenance for
the Department of Physical Plant,
explained that B.C. Hydro cut off
electrical power briefly in order to
change a feeder cable to the
campus. This power outage halted
the Gage heat pumps, which had to
be restarted manually.
The Gage towers, like most
campus buildings, are heated by a
central steam plant which was
operated throughout the strike by
Physical Plant professional and
supervisory personnel. No trouble
was experienced in maintaining
heat throughout the campus apart
from the Gage incident.
UBC Reports/Dec. 10, 1975/3 BACK TO WORK
Continued from Page One
members and members of other
unions who had been honoring the
AUCE picket lines.
The strike began last Wednesday.
The decision to return came
after a meeting on Monday between C.J. Connaghan, UBC-vice-
president of administrative services, and the union negotiators
which led to an exchange of
position briefs on Tuesday.
The union outlined its case for
cutting UBC's present 17 wage
classifications to 7 broader ones,
and the University outlined its Case
for reducing the classifications to a
minimum of 9.
The UBC brief also strongly
urged the union to reconsider the
salary and classification offer that
was made last weekend and
rejected by the union membership
Sunday night.
The offer was in three parts —
restructuring to nine pay grades,
which would cost the University 6
per cent; a 7-per-cent or $70 increase on the nine new base rates,
retroactive to last Oct. 1; plus an
additional amount to bring the
total to 10 per cent or a minimum
increase of $100 by Jan.  1.
The union's seven-category
restructuring would amount to an
average salary increase of 11 per
cent. AUCE also asked for a
straight 10-per-cent increase with a
minimum raise of $100 a month on
top of that, all retroactive to Oct. 1.
The total would have amounted to
23.8 per cent.
On the reclassification issue, the
basic contention of the union is
that positions carrying the same
numerical level (i.e. Clerk I and
Secretary I, Clerk II and Secretary
II, etc.) are directly comparable.
AUCE argues that although duties
may differ technically, at each
level they are of similar complexity
and therefore all jobs at a given
level should carry the same salary.
Thus, under the union proposal,
Pay Grade 1 would include Clerk I,
Library Assistant I, Data Control
Clerk I, Steno I, Secretary I and
Keypunch Operator Trainee.
The University contends that
these positions are not all directly
UBC says, for example, that
Clerk I, Library Assistant I and Data
Control Clerk I are all basic entry-
level jobs requiring no previous
experience or special training, and
therefore groups them all together
in its proposed Pay Grade 1.
On the other hand, it says, the
positions of Secretary I and Steno I
both require skill and training
beyond that of the basic entry
level, and also carry a wider range
of responsibilities. It therefore
proposes to include these two
categories in Pay Grade 2 of its
nine-grade structure.
The University argues that the
same principle of higher financial
reward for additional skills and
training should operate at higher
salary levels as well. In fact, it says
that compressing the present 17
categories into too few alternative
groups would cause even greater
difficulty at these higher levels,
where "there are obvious differences relating not only to skill
and experience but also particularly to degrees and   kinds of
In its response to the AUCE brief
Tuesday, the University said:
"The University's position on the
proposed nine-level restructuring
is based on the premise that
classification grading relates to
differences     in     training     and
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UBC              Present UBC Job
Plan                 Classifications
f cfeTk 1                                   "
I         m  Library Assistant 1
V.DJU Cnnlri 1 Clerk 1
»        1
/Steno 1
1 Secretary 1
2         fl Keypunch Operator Trainee^
1 Clerk II                                        "<
vLibrary Assistant II
'Data Control Clerk II
Keypunch Operator 1
Equipment Operator
►    2
3    <
Secretary II
Steno II
Junior Theatre Asst.
Jteypunch Operator II
*r. Data Control Clerk           >
Clerk III
4     '
Secretary III
Stack Attendant
.Senior Keypunch Operator
Computer Operator Trainee
>    3
Theatre Assistant
5    <
Senior Equipment Operator
Library Assistant III
£tack Supervisor                    ^
/senior Theatre Assistant
JSecretary IV
►     4
D         ^Program Assistant
Utbrary Assistant IV
Tlerk IV
Buyer                                               ^
7     '
Library Assistant V
Assistant Programmer
►     5
Xompuler Operator                ,
q          ^Senior Computer Operator^
"         \5enior Buyer
►     6
^fchief Computer Operator   *
>     7
9         ^^ssistant Supervisor of Ops^
knowledge, skills, experience,
complexity, and responsibility,
"Moreover, the University
considers that a nine-level
classification system provides for
greater flexibility and more
equitable treatment in the compensation of employees in an
institution of this nature" than the
union's seven-step proposal.
In only two instances, at the top
end of the scale, do the union and
the University agree completely on
the placing of job categories within
a pay grade. The union's top pay
grade (Grade 7) lists Chief
Computer Operator and Assistant
Supervisor of Operations, as does
the University's top pay grade
(Grade 9). And in the second-
highest pay grade, the union has
Senior Computer Operator and
Senior Buyer, as does the
At the lower end of the scale,
the first two pay grades proposed
by the union are spread over three
grades under the University plan.
The union's first pay grade contains
six jobs and the second pay grade
nine. UBC has three in Pay Grade I,
five in Pay Grade 2, and seven in
Pay Grade 3.
The next three pay grades under
the AUCE proposal are spread over
four grades in the University scale.
AUCE would have nine jobs at
Grade 3, six at Grade 4 and three
at Grade 5. UBC lists five jobs at
Grade 4, five at Grade 5, four at
Grade 6 and four at Grade 7.
The union, in its brief to the
University, also took the stand that
the classification groupings should
be the prerogative of AUCE, not of
"It is a puzzlement to the union
that the University should be at all
concerned about how we have
chosen to group our classifications
. . .," the brief said.
This contention was rejected by
the University.
"The University has the
responsibility to carry on its
operations with fiscal responsibility and as effectively as
possible. In order to do this, a
realistic and workable job
classification system is essential,"
the UBC brief said.
"We are willing to consult with
the union and its members on this
matter, and we have been doing so
since November, 1974, having met
with union representatives more
than 30 times on this matter alone.
Moreover, we have indicated
during the present negotiations
that we are willing to continue
discussions aimed at remedying
any possible inequities in the
classification system."


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