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Vol. 22, No. 1/Jan. 7, 1976/Vancouver
named in
A provincial mediation officer has
been appointed in an attempt to
resolve a contract dispute between
UBC and Local 882 of the
International Union of Operating
The local includes 27 University
employees, 14 in the powerhouse
operating the steam plant that heats
campus buildings, and 13 maintenance
The union's contract with UBC
expired at midnight Dec. 31.
Mediator Ken Albertini has called
both sides to a meeting Jan. 12 on
campus. A second meeting is
scheduled for the next day.
The union wants a 27-per-cent
salary increase in a one-year contract.
It also wants the work week reduced
to 32 hours from 36, a paid holiday
for each employee on his birthday,
free medical and dental plans, and a
number of other benefits.
University negotiators calculate the
overall cost of the monetary requests
at more than 66 per cent. Salaried
employees within the local now
receive from $1,199.23 a month to
$1,588.31 a month. Hourly-paid
workers receive between $8.38 and
$10.40 an hour.
The University, in
federal government's
guidelines, has
wage-and -fringe-benefit
per cent. It heis acceded to some of the
non-monetary requests, and wants a
two-year contract.
Local 882 has approved strike
action, but there can be no legal
walkout while mediation is in progress.
Meanwhile, UBC's clerical workers
and non-professional library staff
voted overwhelmingly Dec. 23 to
accept terms of a new one-year
view   of   the
offered    a
increase   of  8
UEJC Reports goes weekly
We've made a New Year's
resolution. We at UBC Reports
resolve to publish once a week,
starting today.
UBC Reports, in its new smaller
format, will appear on campus
every Wednesday with all sorts of
information about UBC events,
people and decisions that affect the
campus community.
Notices of coming events,
formerly carried in This Week at
UBC. will now appear in UBC
Report:, in a section called "This
Week and Next." The new deadline
for sending in notices about events
is 5 p.m. Thursday of the week
preceding publication. In other
words, the earlier, the better.
We want to include all of the
campus community in our new
paper and we need your help.
Please keep us informed about what
you're doing and we'll try to let
you know what everyone else is
doing. If you've got comments
about or suggestions for the paper,
we'll be glad to hear from you.
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DECEMBER signing ceremony by President Douglas Kenny, left, and UBC Faculty
Association President Donald McRae marked conclusion of six months of
negotiations on a framework agreement for collective bargaining and a document
on conditions of appointment. See story on Page Two.
Report results in action
A UBC patrolman has been
reprimanded and steps have been
taken to improve the visibility of
campus patrol vehicles as a result of
two October incidents involving
students and the University Patrol.
Both ncidents were investigated
during December by a five-member
committee established by UBC's
vice-president for administrative
services,    C.J.    "Chuck"   Connaghan.
The committee, chaired by Dr.
Archie    Johnson,   director   of   UBC's
Health Service, finished its
investigation on Dec. 18 and reported
to Mr. Connaghan the following day.
Actions arising out of the report
resulted from discussions between Mr.
Connaghan and Neville Smith, head of
the Department of Physical Plant, and
Hugh Kelly, director of UBC's Traffic
and Security Department.
The patrolman was reprimanded for
refusing   to   transport   to   hospital   a
Please turn to Page Three
See REPORT Talks lead to bargaining pact
After nearly six months of
negotiation, UBC's administration and
Faculty Association have signed a
framework agreement providing for
collective bargaining outside the Labor
Code of B.C.
The agreement, approved by
association members in a mail ballot
and by UBC's Board of Governors, was
signed on Dec. 3 by UBC President
Douglas Kenny and Faculty
Association  President Donald McRae.
It establishes the Faculty
Association as the sole collective
bargaining agent for UBC's full-time
teachers, librarians, and continuing
education program directors.
However, it allows groups of
members, with consent of the
association, to negotiate subsidiary
salary agreements after a master
agreement has been reached.
The agreement prohibits strikes by
the association and lockouts of
members of the bargaining unit by the
University, and sets out in detail an
arbitration system for economic and
other matters.
The three-year agreement may be
terminated by either party on six
months' notice.
The University and the association
have also signed a second agreement
on conditions of appointment covering
criteria and procedures for
appointment, reappointment,
promotion and the granting of tenure.
In addition to revising the section
of the Faculty Handbook that sets out
conditions of appointment for UBC's
teaching and research staff, this second
document for the first time establishes
appeal procedures for settling disputes
on appointment, promotion and
The bargaining unit defined in the
framework agreement includes the
deans and heads of academic
departments. The only persons
excluded are the president and
vice-presidents of UBC; the president's
advisor on Faculty Association —
University relations, currently Prof.
Charles Bourne of the law faculty;
faculty members appointed to UBC's
negotiating   committee  for  collective
Check with your lecturer
Students who were unable to write
Christmas exams on Dec. 8 and 9
because of the strike by clerical and
non-professional library workers
should check with their course
instructors to find out how first-term
academic work will be judged.
Few UBC faculties were able to say
how many students failed to write
exams because of the strike when they
were contacted by UBC Reports on
Monday. Some officials said they
expected many students didn't write
for medical reasons.
Officials also reiterated the position
announced by the University when the
strike began — no student who was
unable, by reason of conscience, to
cross the picket line will be penalized
Almost every faculty has, however,
left the decision on judging first-term
work in the hands of individual
Students scheduled to write final
exams for V/2-unit courses in the
Faculty of Arts should notify in
writing the senior faculty advisor, Dr.
Kay Brearley, before Jan. 24.
Arrangements will be made for final
exams before Feb. 21. Students in
Arts who were unable to write exams
that were not final can make informal
arrangements with their instructors.
Students in the Faculty of Science
who were unable to write should
2/UBC Reports/Jan. 7, 1976
submit a written statement to the dean
of Science.
Students in the Faculty of Law
should contact the office of Dean A.J.
McClean or the chairman of the
faculty's exam committee, Tony
Hickling. Dean McClean said he didn't
think there would be a problem
because the picket line was lifted on
Tuesday, Dec. 9, the day before Law
exams were due to start.
ICE HOCKEY - UBC Thunderbirds
meet the University of Calgary on
Jan. 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. The Jayvee
squad meets North Shore at 3:15
p.m. on Jan. 11. All games in the
Winter Sports Centre.
BASKETBALL - The University of
Saskatchewan will be at UBC to take
on the Thunderbirds on Jan. 9 and
10 at 8:30 p.m. The Jayvee squad
meets Capilano College at 4:30 p.m.
on Jan. 9. All games in the War
Memorial Gymnasium.
SOCCER - On Jan. 10 the
Thunderbirds meet Vancouver City
at 2 p.m. in Thunderbird Stadium.
FIELD HOCKEY - UBC invitational
tournament starts at 8 a.m. Jan. 11 in
the UBC Armory. Championship
match begins at approximately 4
SQUASH - UBC's team will meet
the Vancouver Lawn Tennis
Badminton Club in Gym B of the
Physical Education Complex at 8
p.m. on Jan. 12.
bargaining; and faculty members
holding visiting appointments.
Matters subject to negotiation are
salaries; fringe benefits; items that
have financial implications for UBC,
such as leave of absence; and matters
contained in the document on
conditions of appointment.
The agreement provides for
establishment of a six-member
grievance committee for examining
and recommending settlement of
matters not covered in the section
defining the scope of bargaining.
The framework agreement provides
for collective bargaining on economic
matters to begin on May 31 for the
year commencing July 1 of the next
calendar year.
If agreement has not been reached
by June 30, matters in dispute will be
submitted to an arbitrator chosen
before negotiations begin.
This will mean that salaries and
other economic matters will have been
settled before the University
formulates its budget for the next
fiscal year.
The framework agreement provides
for a review of economic matters
previously agreed on if the increase in
the annual operating grant provided to
UBC by the Universities Council "is
more than two percentage points less
than the percentage increase requested
by the University and the University
considers it is unable to meet its
financial obligations under an
Matters not settled within three
weeks will again be submitted to an
If the University feels it can't meet
its financial obligations as the result of
an arbitrator's award, the agreement
calls for three weeks of negotiations
between the parties.
If agreement is not reached, the
association will vote on the
University's final offer. If the
University's proposal is accepted, the
arbitrator's award will be nullified. If
the offer is rejected, the arbitrator's
award will stand.
The major innovation in the
Faculty Handbook document on
conditions of appointment is the
establishment of an appeal board
consisting of a chairman and eight
members appointed by agreement
between the president of UBC and the
executive of the Faculty Association.
The board will sit in panels of three
members to hear appeals on matters
related to appointment,
reappointment, promotion and the
granting of tenure. Memorial park approved
The Frank Buck Memorial Park in
the University Endowment Lands is
official, but the cabinet order
establishing the park is subject to
review by the newly elected Social
Credit government.
UBC Reports has learned that the
order-in-council was passed by the
NDP cabinet on Dec. 18, a week after
the election, and signed by the
lieutenant-governor the next day. The
Social Credit cabinet was sworn in on
Dec. 22.
James A. Nielsen, minister of
environment in the new government,
told UBC Reports, through his
secretary, that the order-in-council "is
subject to review to determine the
reasons for allocating the land for this
He said that if the reasons are
found to be "positive and reasonable"
and "in the best interests of the people
of British Columbia" there will be no
move to rescind the order.
The park was first announced on
Dec. 1, just 10 days before the
provincial election, by Robert
Williams, at that time the minister for
lands, forests and water resources, but
it required an order-in-council and
approval of the lieutenant-governor to
become law.
Total area of the park is 1,066
acres, making it 66 acres larger than
Stanley Park, and it includes a
240-acre ecological reserve that will be
restricted to observational use only.
The order-in-council establishing the
ecological reserve was also signed Dec.
The park, named after the late Prof.
Frank Buck, a UBC horticulturist who
designed much of the campus
landscape in the 1920s and '30s, is
bounded by 16th Avenue, Marine
Drive, Camosun Street and the UBC
Continued from Page One
student who was injured in the chariot
race held in conjunction with the
annual Teacup Bowl football game in
Thunderbird Stadium on Oct. 23. The
student was covered in manure.
The committee recommended that
all patrolmen oe reminded of their
responsibilities when such incidents
occur, that a team of two patrolmen
attend large campus gatherings, and
that plastic sheets be carried in patrol
In the second incident a student
was struck by a patrol vehicle in a
crosswalk at University Boulevard and
Main Mall.
The incident occurred at 6:45 p.m.
on Oct. 29, a dark, rainy evening, as
the student crossed the intersection
with his head down. The report said
the student was blinded by the
headlights of a B.C. Hydro bus parked
at the terminus west of the
The report said the patrolman's
failure to see the student could be
explained by weather conditions, the
darkness and the fact that the side
windows of the patrol vehicle were
steamed over.
The committee said it had no
reason to doubt that the incident took
place, but was unable to decide "that a
higher degree of blame attached to one
party than the other."
The report recommended that the
visibility of patrol vehicles be
improved through the use of
fluorescent strips and that lighting be
improved on campus, particularly at
Improved lighting for this
intersection will be installed early in
1976. University officials have been
conscious of the need for upgrading
lighting at this point for some time
and funds for new equipment are in
the 1975-76 capital budget.
Design and planning of new lighting
installations at this corner have been
underway since August.
Fluorescent strips have been placed
on the fronts and sides of campus
patrol vehicles and, though this was
not recommended in the report,
vehicles have also been equipped with
a bell that will be rung by patrolmen
approaching intersections.
I n a separate development, the
University has made a special
appropriation of $41,000 to improve
lighting in 17 other locations in the
academic core of the campus.
Upgrading of campus lighting is
part of a University plan to make the
campus safer at night, especially for
women fearing sexual attacks. Prof.
Erich Vogt, vice-president for student
and faculty affairs, ordered a study of
lighting around residences in
November after he received a petition
initiated by a nursing student.
Planning and design of the
installations is now underway in the
Department of Physical Plant. Priority
areas include walkways between
campus buildings and near residences.
A Physical Plant official said the
lighting would be installed as soon as
fixtures and other equipment can be
will apply
Education Minister Pat McGeer
announced last week that the new
government of B.C. has not changed
the policy of the previous government
in respect to the federal anti-inflation
program in its relationship to
educational salaries.
He said provincial financial
planning for school districts, college
and university budgets in 1976 will
assume that the federal wage
guidelines have been applied in every
"It is our view that salaries for all
teachers and faculty in schools,
colleges and universities will come
under the federal wage guidelines," he
The minister, in his prepared
statement, did not mention
specifically the salaries of
non-academic staff. Clarification on
this point will be sought by UBC
Reports upon the minister's return
from a short holiday in Hawaii.
"Every citizen must recognize his
individual responsibility in this time of
national restraint," Dr. McGeer said in
his statement.
"Those in the education system
have always been noted for their high
degree of responsibility in times of
national difficulty. I am confident that
there will be co-operation in this
instance and, down the road, those
associated with B.C.'s educational
venture can look forward to much
brighter days."
Ontario grants up
Provincial government grants to
universities and other post-secondary
educational institutions in Ontario
have been increased 14.4 per cent.
The increase was announced Dec.
15 by Hon. Harry Parrott, minister of
colleges and universities, who termed
it "very substantial."
Provincial operating support for
Ontario's 22 colleges of applied arts
and technology will be $230 million.
Ontario's 15 public universities and
four other post-secondary schools will
receive a total of $651 million.
Published by the University
of British Columbia on
Wednesdays and distributed
free. Jim Banham, editor.
REPORTS judith Walker, staff writer.
Production assistants — Bruce Baker and Anne
Shorter. Send letters to the Editor to
Information Services, Main Mall North
Administration Building, UBC, 2075 Wesbrook
Place, Vancouver, B.C.  V6T  1W5.
UBC Reports/Jan. 7, 1976/3 THIS WEEK
Notices must reach Information Services, Main Mall North Admin. Bldg., by mail, by 5 p.m. Thursday of week preceding publication of notice.
11:30a.m. A PUBLIC LECTURE by Enrique Penalosa, Secretary-
General of Habitat on The Human Settlements Issue, A
World View. Lecture Hall 1, Woodward Instructional
Resources Centre.
8:15p.m. THE VANCOUVER INSTITUTE.    Donald B. Webster
curator, Canadiana section, Royal Ontario Museum,
Toronto, discusses CANADIANA. Lecture Hall 2,
Woodward Instructional Resources Centre.
12:30 p.m.
3:45 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
12:30 p.m.
CELL BIOLOGY SEMINAR. E.A. Slavinski, zoology
department, on The Influence of Extracellular Parameters on the Phenotypic Expression of Adrenal Cortical Cells In Vitro. Room 2361, Biological Sciences
Wyman, artistic director for the Anna Wyman Dance
Theatre, talks on My Point of View on Dance. Room
104, Lasserre Building.
Robert J. Funnell, Biomedical Engineering Unit, McGill
University, speaks on A New Approach to Studying the
Eardrum Using the Finite Element Method. Room B75,
Woodward Instructional Resources Centre.
STATISTICS colloquium. Dr. J.M. Dorrepaal, of
UBC's mathematics department, lectures on Axisym-
metric Stokes Flow Past a Spherical Cap. Room 1100,
Mathematics Building Annex.
GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES lecture. Eric Cheney,
Department of Geology, University of Washington,
speaks on Geological, Environmental and Political
Limits to Energy — A View from South of the Border.
Room 330A, Geological Sciences Building.
seminar. Dr. Pieter Cullis, Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford, on 31 p NMR Studies on the
Motional Characteristics of Phospholipids in Model and
Biological Membranes. Lecture Hall 3, Woodward
Instructional Resources Centre.
WESTWATER RESEARCH CENTRE public lecture. Irving K. Fox, Westwater director, speaks on
Control of Pollution in the Lower Fraser: The Problem
in Perspective. MacMillan Planetarium, 1100 Chestnut
Street, Vancouver.
dean of Medicine, on Hazards to the Developing Lung.
Lecture Theatre B, Heather Pavilion, Vancouver General Hospital.
Liscombe, Department of the History of Art, McGill
University, speaks on The Redpath Museum and
Aspects of Classical Architecture in North America.
Room 102, Lasserre Building.
12:30p.m. CANCER   RESEARCH   CENTRE.   Jerry   Weeks,   of
UBC's microbiology department, gives a progress report
on Cell Surface Changes During the Life Cycle of Dic-
tyostelium discoideum. Library, Block B, Medical Sci-
FINE ARTS FILMS.   The second in the spring series of
free films on art is Dada. (B&W, 31  minutes.)  Room
102,  Lasserre Building. The series continues through
TRE.    Prof. Hoyt G. Wilson, Faculty of Commerceand
Business Administration, talks on A Sufficient Condition for Unbiasedness of Minimum Absolute Deviations
Estimators. Room 306, Angus Building.
4:30 p.m. CANCER CONTROL AGENCY OF B.C. seminar.    Dr.
K.D. Swenerton and Dr. H.W. Mcintosh talk on Hypercalcemia in Relation to Neoplasia. Conference Room,
Second Floor, Cancer Control Agency, 2656 Heather
Street, Vancouver.
4:30p.m. BIOCHEMICAL   DISCUSSION   GROUP.    Dr    James
Dahlberg, Department of Physiological Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison, speaks on Structure and
Function of Primer RNA for Reverse Transcriptase.
Lecture Hall 3, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre.
3:00p.m. FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES thesis presenta
tion. Mr. Gary Medford will be examined on Geology
and Thermal History of an Area Near Okanagan Lake,
Southern British Columbia for the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Geological Sciences. Room 241, General
Services Administration Building. Faculty and graduate
students welcome.
8:00p.m. SENATE MEETING.   Thirty tickets for the visitors
gallery are available and must be applied for at least 24
hours in advance of the meeting by calling Mrs. Frances
Medley, Clerk to Senate, 228-2951. Senate meets in the
Board and Senate Room of the Main Mall North Administration Building.
Westwater series
looks at pollution
The Lower Fraser. Are we
polluting this river so badly that our
health, the ecosystem and livelihoods
dependent on the Fraser are
The Westwater Research Centre at
UBC is now completing a three-year
study on this question and will report
its findings in a series of seven
illustrated lectures beginning
tomorrow (Thursday). Dr. Irving Fox,
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director of Westwater, will illustrate
the first lecture with slides and will
describe the Lower Fraser, the uses
that are made of it and how they
affect it.
Lectures are free and are held at the
MacMillan Planetarium, 1100 Chestnut
Street, at 8 p.m.
Art gallery opens
French exhibition
Another opening, another showl
L'Art Francais, 1870-1930, the new
Fine   Arts   Gallery   exposition,   opens
tomorrow in the basement of the Main
Library at UBC.
The show, derived solely from local
collections, is an exhibition of
sculpture, paintings, drawings and
etchings from a crucial period of
French art. Organized and presented
by the UBC art gallery administration
class, the exhibition includes works by
Rodin, Picasso, Degas, Renoir and
The gallery is open Tuesday
through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to
5:00 p.m. and the show continues
until Jan. 28.


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