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The Ubyssey Dec 2, 1975

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Array Talks go on as strike nears
Monday's contract negotiations
between the Association of
University and College Employees
did not change union plans to
virtually close the university with
a strike slated for midnight
And Peggy Smith, union
organizer for campus library and
clerical workers, said she does not
expect the university to accede to
the union's monetary demands
before the strike is scheduled to
AUCE local 1 president Ian
Mackenzie said Monday the
university has refused to discuss
any clauses dealing with wages in
the disputed contract until today,
only hours before the strike
"As yet we haven't seen a dime,"
he said.
But Mackenzie said there is still
enough time to resolve monetary
disputes if the university makes
realistic offers in negotiations
today with the union.
He said he could not predict
whether the university's offers will
satisfy the union and cause it to
call off the strike.
"We have no clue what they will
come up with tomorrow."
The 1,200-member union is
asking for an across-the-board
wage hike of $175 per month. It is
also demanding an increase in the
base rate to the lowest paid union
member to $902 from $633 per
The union and the university
have already resolved most of the
non-monetary issues in the con
tract negotiations since AUCE
served strike notice Thursday,
Mackenzie said.
"The greater bulk of nonmonetary issues have been
Mackenzie said he is pleased
with the speed of negotiations since
AUCE served strike notice.
"In two days we have made
more progress than in the last two
.Vol. LVII, No. 35       VANCOUVER, B.C., TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1975
months. It is like awaking from a
long sleep."
Peggy Smith said the university
wants to change the grievance
procedure but the union is pleased
with it and wants it retained in the
new contract.
Mackenzie said the main issue —
aside from the monthly question —
left in the contract dispute are
vacations, union meetings,
working conditions, cause of
discharge and seniority.
A core issue in the university-
union dispute is whether recently
announced federal wage controls
apply to AUCE, Smith said.
The university has said it cannot
offer the union a wage in excess of
the federal controls because it does
not know if they apply to AUCE.
But the union claims it does not
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Support AUCE
If the Association of University and College Employees
strike Wednesday, students should honor the picket lines.
Why? Because the people on strike, secretaries, library
assistants and clerical workers who help you every day, think
they aren't getting a decent contract settlement with the
They think their only alternative is strike action if the
university, after almost four months of negotiations, won't
reach a settlement with them.
Going on strike is the only weapon a union has against its
employer to force a good and just settlement. By crossing
picket lines students are undermining the only course of
action open to AUCE and possibly contributing to a long and
bitter dispute.
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PROPOSED PICKET LINES are illustrated in map of UBC campus. Association of University and College
Employees say they will strike at midnight tonight to back their wage demands. Other unions have promised
support of strike and students have option of crossing legal picket lines to attend classes and deny support.
UBC will remain open during the
first strike in its history, but how
open is open to question.
Confusion reigns, mainly
because the strike by library and
clerical workers is scheduled to
start only days before Christmas
exams begin next Monday.
Administration spokesmen said
early today that libraries will
remain open if the Association of
This special issue of The
Ubyssey is being published to let
students know just what's going on
with respect to the possible strike
by UBC clerical and library
In the event of a strike by
Association of University and
College Employees workers, The
Ubyssey will not publish Thursday
as planned.
In today's paper readers will find
stories dealing with AUCE, the
state of current negotiations and
the effects a strike would have on
the operation of UBC.
University and College employees
goes on strike.
But the status of students and
profs who refuse to cross AUCE
picket lines to use libraries and
write exams is unclear.
Registrar Jack Parnall said:
"The university will remain "open
to enable students to complete
their (Christmas) examinations."
But administration , vice-
president Chuck Connaghan indicated "other arrangements will
be made" for students, who, "if for
any reason because of the strike,
cannot write their exams."
Confusion was enhanced by
vague administration press
releases and an equally vague
conference with reporters early
An administration' spokesman
read an "official" statement over
the phone, saying:
"UBC is reaching a critical stage
in negotiations with AUCE local 1.
The union membership has approved withdrawal of services
should negotiations fail to reach a
"Should the union decide on
strike action during the month of
See page 2: CHRISTMAS
Bob Williams announces park tor UEL
Resources minister Bob
Williams announced Monday that a
1,066-acre provincial park has been
established in the University
Endowment Lands south of Sixteenth Avenue.
In making the announcement,
expected since the government
backed away from a proposal to
use the lands for housing shortly
after taking office in 1972, Williams
excluded about 600 acres of undeveloped land west of Spanish
Williams also said he wants to
see the UBC campus — separate
from the endowment lands —
reduced  in   size  and  used   for
housing       and       commercial
The provincial park, named
after Frank Buck, a UBC horticulturist who designed much of the
campus landscape in the 1920s and'
'30s, will include a special 240-acre
ecological reserve.
Calling the endowment lands
"the greatest consolidated urban
land mass in Canada," Williams
said the undeveloped land is worth
at least $10,000 an acre. So, he said,
the park is worth at least $200
It is slightly larger than Stanley
Park, Williams told about 750
persons attending a noon-hour
meeting in SUB.
He saidfthe decision to establish
the park was made after detailed
ecological studies were completed,
but admitted announcement of the •
park was delayed to take advantage of the current provincial
election campaign.
In the speech when he announced
the park, Williams emphasized he
wants to see more development on
the university's own acreage.
"It's my hope the campus itself
can be humanized to a greater
extent," he said.
Williams noted that 47 per cent of
UBC's 1,100-acre campus is
currently used for parking.
"It seems to me we should talk-
about how we can change the institutional character of the campus
itself," he said.
"Can't it become a humanized
town centre?
"I can't help but think of a wider
range of commercial things and
wider housing opportunities (on
the campus)," he said.
But Williams didn't provide
specific details about how the
university land would be
developed, how much money would
be spent or what place the
university administration would
have in the new developments. '
The park, generally bounded by
Camosun, the university campus,
Marine Drive and Sixteenth, excludes a few properties near
Camosun (some already occupied
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Tuesday, December 2, 1975
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Park to be restricted
From page 1
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Williams said the areas included
within the park were chosen
because they are "most representative of the varied land forms
and species in the endowment
"Being the largest area of
relatively natural valley floor
evergreen forest in the Lower
Mainland west of Mission, it includes Camosun bog, a heronry,
major stands of prime second
growth Douglas fir, aspen and a
rich variety of associated plant,
bird and insect life," he said.
The special ecological reserve in
the southwest corner of the park
will be "restricted to observational
use only as an outdoor classroom
for use in conjunction with
university zoology, forestry, soils,
botany, metereology and
hydrology programs," Williams
Williams said the rest of the
park's use will be decided in
conjunction with people living in
Vancouver and the endowment
lands. However, he said he favors,
"a day camp area for children
from the region" combined with a
nature park.
"Two acres on the edge of the
park on Sixteenth have been excluded — possibly for related
recreational, educational, social
and cultural facilities over the
years," he said.
Williams said use of this acreage
— and the other land in the northern part of the endowment lands
—, will be decided after further
research and people in the area
have been consulted.
A parks co-ordination officer will
work from the existing university
endowment lands administration
office, but Williams said he could
not estimate how much money the
government plans to spend to
develop the park.
Christmas exams
confused by strike
From page 1
December,      the      Christmas
examinations of students may be
affected       and       contingency
arrangements required."
When asked for clarification, an
administration spokesman said: "I
can't answer that question."
He repeated the answer to
several other questions about the
rights of students (to refuse to cross
picket lines and of professors to
decline to hold exams during the
Shortly after the telephone interview, UBC's chief public
relations officer Arnie Myers and
Connaghan, responsible for labor
relations, arrived at College
Fruiters, where The Ubyssey is
printed, for an unprecedented
early morning news conference.
Connaghan several times read a
statement issued by registrar Jack
Parnall, which said: "If it should
become necessary to cancel some
examinations, or if some students,
because of the strike, are
prevented from writing their
examinations, faculties will undertake, when possible, to evaluate
student achievements by other
means or to arrange deferred
Pressed for explanations Connaghan indicated the administration would expect
professors to seriously consider
requests of students who are
unable to attend exams for reasons
of conscience or because of a
variety of other possible reasons.
(The Amalgamated Transit
Union has indicated B.C. Hydro
bus drivers will honor AUCE
picket lines.)
Confusing matters further,
Parnall said Monday afternoon he
doesn't think exams would be
rescheduled if the strike ends
before exams start next Monday.
(AUCE has announced it will
hold a five-day strike ending
Sunday and would hold a mem
bership vote betore extending the
"We couldn't change exam
schedules under those circumstances, but it would be awkward for students," he said.
Parnall said in the event of a
strike continuing beyond Monday,
the university would have to make
provisions for students who respect
picket lines.
"We'd make every effort to give
them an opportunity to write
exams and get credit. Parnall
emphasized in the earlier interview "at the moment we
haven't done anything."
UBC head librarian Basil Stuart-
Stubbs-said earlier Monday: we
will certainly do what we can for
the students."
He- said supervisory personnel
will try to keep libraries open.
"We would be working on some
kind of plans," he said. "How far
they would go, and if we would be
able to do it is up in the air."
From page 1
come under the federal controls
unless the provincial government
passes legislation to enforce the
controls on provincial institutions
like universities.
Smith said the union will certainly strike if the university does
not agree to change its stance on
the wage and price controls and
offers AUCE a "decent" offer.
The university offered AUCE a
19 per cent pay hike, — which
AUCE rejected — before the
controls were announced. The
administration later retracted the
offer soon after the federal
government announcement.
"If they are sticking to that
assumption (no wage agreement in
excess of the federal controls) they
are forcing us out," Smith said.
"Either they make us a decent
offer or they don't."
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Page 3
Rejection prompts resignation
A Canadian Association of.
University Teachers member
involved in negotiations with
Simon Fraser University to end
CAUT's boycott of the university
resigned Monday, SFU president
Pauline Jewett said.
Jim Stevens, president of
CAUT's academic freedom and
tenure committee, resigned after
CAUT rejected a proposal to end
its five-year censure of the
Stevens could not be reached for
comment Monday.
CAUT began its boycott of SFU
five years ago after a bitter 1969
dispute which resulted in the
firings of eight political science
and anthropology professors.
Jewett said she was "very
disappointed" at CAUT's decision
not to lift the boycott.
She said the association's full
council rejected what has been
called a compromise proposal by a
vote of 22 to 27 at a weekend-
meeting in Ottawa. A preliminary
vote called for rejection of the
proposal by 24 votes to 25, she
Under the proposal, worked out
by Stevens' committee and SFU's
administration, the university
would have offered jobs to two of
the fired profs, David Potter and
Kathleen Aberle.
Four profs were to be offered
research stipends, and one was to
be considered fairly for a job at the
university. One of the eight profs
has died.
The SFU board of governors
earlier approved the proposal.
jewett said she had no plans to
continue trying to persuade CAUT
to lift the boycott.
"I feel very strongly that we've
gone as far as we can as a liberal
democratic institution," Jewett
"We do things by persuasion and
agreement, and I think we've
leaned over backwards to get fair
agreements," she said.
Jewett said she had disagreed
with another motion put before the
CAUT council — and which was
rejected — that would have
required SFU to offer jobs to all the
professors within nine months.
Ian Ross, a UBC English
professor who attended the CAUT
meeting as president of the confederation of university faculty
associations of B.C., said the
proposal approved by SFU had
included a suggestion that the
profs receiving research stipends
"seek evaluations within two years
and apply for jobs."
"This is because their, (the PSA
sevens') careers have been
disrupted by firing, and this shows
recognition of the fact on SFU's
part," said Ross.
He added: "I think the best thing
that could happen would be that
their jobs be restored to them
because the procedures in the
firing were unjust and unfair.
"But I also feel that the
agreement was honestly arrived
at, and I regret that it couldn't be
worked out."
Ross said he hopes that SFU
SUB still open
despite strike
If members of the Association of
University and College Employees
do strike at UBC, SUB will remain
open anyway, at least until it gets
too dirty.
The Alma Mater Society
executive, which made the
decision Monday, will also leave
the decision of whether or not to
cross picket lines up to individual
AMS president Jake van der
Kamp said SUB management
officials such as general manager
Bern Grady, building manager
Graeme Vance and Pit manager
Tor Svanoe will be in the building
as supervisors.
Van der Kamp said the Pit would
stay open, but any workers in the
building would not be penalized if
they respected possible AUCE
picket lines and didn't show up for
And Pit workers who would show
up for work, would not do any
duties normally done by unionized
workers, such as vacuuming or
cleaning washrooms, he said. They
would only do their normal jobs of
picking up bottles and cleaning
"The reasoning behind this
action is that the AMS is an independent party that is caught in
the middle," van der Kamp said.
"Lots of students who are
depending on their work in SUB
are not tied in with unions and are
not performing services essential
to the running of the university. It
(a strike) is going to be hard on
these people."
Van der Kamp said the AMS
In Friday's Ubyssey we stated
that the Association of University
and College Employees, local 1,
was seeking an increase in the base
rate to $9.02 per hour from $6.33 per
Actually, the union is seeking a
much lower increase.
They are asking for the base rate
to be hiked to $902 per month from
the current $633 per month.
The Ubyssey wishes to apologize
for any embarrassment and difficulty this may have caused
members of the union.
business office would be closed. He
said the Pit and other operations
would be shut down when they
became too dirty to meet health
He added: "I personally will not
cross the picket line."
Res open,
hospital and
grub closed
If the Association of University
and College Employees does go on
strike this week, student
residences will remain open but
the university hospital and food
outlets will be shut down.
And though residences would be
kept open, services will be cut to a
minimum, said housing head Mike
Davis Monday.
"If our employees refuse to cross
AUCE picket lines, supervisory
personnel will maintain some basic
services (such as heat and light) in
the residences," Davis said.
He said students who have not
paid for board as well as their
residence rooms would be on their
own for food.
Food services director Robert
Bailey said Monday that in the
event of a strike, "meals will be
supplied only to people who have
contracted for board and to
patients of the health sciences
"The SUB cafeteria and all other
cash outlets will be closed, and no
new applications for board will be
accepted," he said.
Nursing supervisor Kathleen
Boyle said Monday the university
hospital will be closed because,
"there is no point in trying to care
for patients if you can't feed
She said all patients would be
discharged to either their own
homes or to other hospitals. Boyle
said the hospital would maintain
some emergency service during
"But it is unlikely that we will be
able to provide any service during
the evenings or on weekends," she
would continue its efforts to end the
"bad feelings."
Mordecai Briemberg, one of the
fired profs, said he is pleased by
CAUT's decision.
"It indicates that the members
of CAUT realize the proposal was a
complete whitewash of a political
purge and is consequently completely unacceptable.
"As we were fired for political
reasons, the only just recourse is to
reinstate us," he said.
Briemberg said he would accept
a job at SFU because it "isn't just a
symbolic battle."
"I believe I have relevant things
to say and teach, and I would like
the opportunity to present my
ideas within the university as well
as outside it," Briemberg said.
"My view is that CAUT and the
administration are playing games
with each other. SFU wants to
pretend there wasn't a political
purge, and CAUT won't take a
strong stand to force them to take
the profs back," he said.
—peter cummings photo
ANCIENT DANCE, to counter all of the modern dancers who are getting all the flack these days, is
performed by unidentified belly dancer in rehearsal for show to be given at 8 p.m. in SUB auditorium today
and Wednesday. Even if there is a strike.
UBC closures threatened in past
There has never been a strike at
UBC. But labor disputes have
threatened to close the university
several times.
Last March, food services and
physical plant workers served
strike notice on the administration
just before the beginning of final
The Canadian Union of Public
Employees, local 116, said it would
close down the university if the
UBC administration did not meet
its contract demands.
CUPE planned to picket all
university entrances — the same
strategy library and clerical
workers will use if they go out on
strike midnight Tuesday.
But the UBC administration
settled with the union shortly after
CUPE served strike notice and
averted a university shutdown
CUPE local 116 said was almost
Regular hours kept
The administration and AUCE
allowing, library and food services
will maintain regular hours until
Dec. 19, the last day of classes.
But after that, books and bites
will be hard come by.
Most libraries will be open 8 a.m.
to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday,
until Jan. 5. They will be closed
weekends, Christmas Day, Dec. 25,
Boxing day, Dec. 26, and New
Year's Day.
Cafeterias in Place Vanier,
Totem Park and Gage Towers will
close Dec. 19 and reopen Jan. 4,
when students start trickling back
from the mountains.
SUB cafeteria will be closed Dec.
24 to Jan. 5, but the SUB snack bar
at the south end of the cafeteria
will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
Monday to Friday, Dec. 22 to Jan.
2. It will be closed weekends.
The War Memorial Gym snack
bar will close Monday for the
holdiays. Buchanan lounge snack
bar, the Old Auditorium, and
Ponderosa will close a week later,
on Dec. 15. And the Barn and the
Bus Stop will close Dec. 22.
Everything will be back to
normal Jan. 5 — including classes.
The strike threat also worked for
library and clerical workers —
members of the Association of
University and College Employees
— during registration week in
September, 1974.
Again, the administration came
up with a last-minute settlement,
narrowly averting a strike.
The AUCE contract, settled
during registration week last year,
was under negotiation for nearly
four months before the union and
administration came to an
Negotiations for a new contract
have been under way since August.
The third major campus union,
the Office and Technical Employees Union, came close to
striking in October, 1973. But the
administration settled with the
union, which represents some
campus office workers, after last-
minute negotiations.
All three strike threats were
ended when university negotiators
made eleventh-hour concessions to
resolve the contract disputes. The
administration has consistently
acted quickly whenever the
spectre of a strike has appeared. Page 4
Tuesday, December 2,  1975
Vote NDP
on Dec. 11
On Dec. 11, B.C. voters will be faced with one of the most
important electoral decisions in this province's history.
It will be a choice between innovative, dynamic,
progressive government and the ill-founded, reactionary
rantings of a power-hungry group of nabobs.
After its usual objective, in-depth looks at the issues, The
Ubyssey has decided that the best hope for the province is
"fat old Dave" and the NDP.
Since elected in 1972, the NDP has attempted through its
programs to change the public's conception of government.
No longer is it simply seen as the upholder of the status
quo. Decisions are now being made not with a business
mentality but a social mentality —decisions which take
society's best interests into consideration and not just those
of a powerful elite.
Some people, such as the Socreds, allege that the NDP for
this very reason is not competent to run the business affairs
of a rich, industry-laden province such as B.C. They blame
the world-wide economic slump's effect in B.C. solely on the
NDP. That's the narrow mentality of a hardware merchant.
No one can dispute that there have been boo-boos in the
NDP's bureaucracy when it comes to budgetary control. A
big deal is made about the $100 million over-run in the
human resources department.
True, any government has to keep within a budget because
there is only so much to go around and it should be
distributed in an orderly manner.
But for the biggest attack on the NDP's management
to be an over-run which it in fact had money to cover (and
which went to a needy cause in any event) is at best a forced
attempt by the Socreds to discredit the government.
Weighed against what the Socreds have to offer, it just
doesn't hold up. How could anyone vote a man into the
premier's office who is afraid to debate his policies in public?
From this election campaign, where personalities
unfortunately superceded policies, Bill Bennett has come
across with as much innovation as a wet sponge.
The NDP has proven itself competent in business. It has
moved into the private sector where big business couldn't, or
wouldn't, operate. Government sawmill acquisitions are, if
you believe the figures, making a profit and keeping alive
small towns which would otherwise die.
In The Ubyssey's opinion, that's good business and it's the
government's responsibility to step in when corporations
ignore the damaging social implications of pure
profit-motivated decisions.
Look at the social programs the NDP has implemented —
Mincome and Pharmacare. They've brought in a rent ceiling
in B.C. which is only now being copied by other governments
across Canada ("free enterprise" governments at that).  ->
The government has sought to control land development
with Bill 42 and the Land Commission, an innovative
program which at first shocked but was then applauded by
the public.
The NDP looked at auto insurance, smelled a rip-off then
got into ICBC and now we have the lowest insurance rates in
Canada according to the Toronto Star.
For the first time in B.C.'s history, a government has acted
for all the people in a progressive manner.
A lot of people, however, don't seem to realize this. Why is
it that two Eastern papers, the Star and the Montreal
Gazette, have to be the ones who evaluate the NDP's
performance and give it credit.
Vancouver newspapers and media are generally against the
NDP and, combined with the frequent hysteria of business,
make adequate reporting on the government difficult.
Rarely does the B.C. media, for a larger social perspective,
compare what the NDP has done to what exists elsewhere.
Things such as low car insurance rates and benefits to the sick
and elderly.
Rather than trying to form a rational, on-going analysis of
the government the Province, for example, published a series
of anti-NDP editorials immediately after the election was
called. It is now at the point where cabinet ministers are
laughing at the paper's hysterical attitude (and ignoring it).
To get parochial for a moment, look what the Socreds
have to offer as far as education goes. Nothing. If it doesn't
make a profit, they don't understand it.
And what little they do say ('more autonomy for local
school boards') is something the NDP campaigned for and
implemented during its first term. The Socreds catch on
In short, B.C. voters must re-elect the NDP for a
reaffirmation of the government's economic, social and
political policies. The sick opportunism of many Socred
MLAs should be repulsed just to maintain some semblance of
athics in the political realm.
And if the Barrett government gets re-elected, it will be the
perfect time to shift the cabinet, split the education
department up and perhaps give Eileen Dailly a less
demanding job.
The Association of University
and College Employees was certified as a legal trade union in
December 1973. The union's
members are the library and
clerical workers on campus, 90 per
cent of whom are women. We
organized our own union out of a
desire to maintain control ourselves after seeing that traditional
unions would not allow this right.
Other unions we could have
joined were almost completely
male-dominated and the contracts
they had signed, at UBC and
elsewhere, consistently
discriminated against women
workers. We organized our own
union to fight for our special needs,
one of which was that as women we
had traditionally received the
lowest wages for skilled work.
We organized an independent
union. We wrote a constitution that
ensured a democratic organization
at all times. It is run by and for the
people who work as secretaries,
clerks and library assistants.
Because all positions within AUCE
are subject to the recall and
discipline of the membership, we
need not answer to the demands of
a highly paid elite of union
AUCE can speak directly to the
personal problems of every staff
member. Our strength lies in our
democratic structure and in our
ability to give personal attention to
everyone. We are all expers in
knowing our own problems.
One of our main concerns in our
last contract and this one has been
to gain monetary recognition for
our work. We are skilled workers.
To get a job on campus the per
sonnel department requires high
school graduation, business
training and knowledge of office
procedures gained from on-the-job
experience. An average wage for a
secretary is $4.88 an hour or $741 a
month. A laborer on campus
makes over $900 a month.
Our work is neither
acknowledged nor valued when it
comes to the pay we take home. We
will no longer carry on the
tradition of being office wives - self
sacrificing, always with "his"
interests at heart.
• We do essential work to the
functioning of this campus. We will
not wait any longer for the
university to give us the
recognition this work demands.
Our experience with the university
has been that they would like to
achieve what is not in our best
interests: the most amount of work
for the least amount of pay.
This year's negotiations find us
facing the same problems. We are
trying    to    build    a     strong,
democratic union. We are fighting
for a contract that will give us the
recognition we work hard to
achieve. The university would like
to see a passive, weak union and
fight every inch of the way against
giving us a fair deal. We have
found that our only alternative
becomes using what power we
have, the power to not work. We
are ready to take this step if need
We are asking students to support us. We are asking you to not
cross our picket lines. We feel the
way to a quick settlement is to put
pressure on the university to
resolve the issues in dispute. If you
are inconvenienced by a work
stoppage, give your complaints to
the university and ask them to
We are not the culprits! We'd
like to hear your support. If we do
go out, we'd like you to join with us
on the picket lines.
Peggy Smith
AUCE organizer
Published Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays throughout the
university year by the Alma Mater Society of the University of
B.C. Editorial opinions are those of the staff and not of the AMS
or the university administration. Member, Canadian University
Press. The Ubyssey publishes Page Friday, a weekly commentary
and review. The Ubyssey's editorial offices are located in room
241K of the Student Union Building. Editorial departments,
228-2301; Sports, 228-2305; Advertising, 228-3977.
Editor: Gary Coull
"This is all very confusing," said Marcus Gee. "I don't understand it at all."
"But that's just because you're terribly confused sniggered Ralph Maurer. "I
mean anyone who can't tell the difference between a.m. and p.m " Gregg
Thompson intervened, trying to end another fruitless dispute. And Doug
Rushton said that everything was really all very simple — "this is the January
masthead because the December masthead is coming out in January."
"I don't understand," began Charlie Rendina. "It's all because of the
possible impending strike," said Doug Field. "And we may not be able to put
out another paper until January," added Heather Walker. Marek Buckshon and
Gary Coull began to fight about the editorial. "But this is the January
editorial, not the December one," said Chris Gainor, trying to garner a groan
and get a word in edgewise, at the same time even. "Make sure you put in a
good word for my pa," said Anne Wallace, while Peter Cummings watched.
And Sue Vohanka just wondered how in hell to get those essays done. Tuesday, December 2, 1975
Page 5
BCSF: forum not leadership
Nine months ago students from across the
province, representatives of democratically
elected student councils, formed the B.C.
Students' Federation. An interim executive
Avas elected and over the summer the funding for three staff people was obtained thru
the Careers' 75 program. BCSF is a student
organization. It is student representative at
BCSF conferences who form BCSF policy
and tell the executive council what to do for
the next three or four months until the next
It is BCSF's responsibility to provide a
forum to all students at conferences, not to
provide so-called 'leadership' by telling the
students of this province what to do. If we
cannot involve and hopefully politicize those
people who appear at a conference with no
previous experience, then how can we hope
to make contact with the majority of
students, many of whom have never been to
a political meeting in their life, (rhetorical
BCSF conceived
Over the last nine* months, a bunch of
students who had no idea of what they were
supposed to do or how they were going to do
it, found themselves sucked into all kinds of
different jobs. The result was that an incredible amount of work got done; most of
the executive (who did anything) flunked
courses and/or dropped out; and many of
that same executive (not to mention the one
staff person) ended up the proud parents of
a baby ulcer.
However, we learned very quickly just
what had to be done, and a surprising
amount of work has been completed, enough
to say that yes, students in B.C. really do
have an organization working full time on
their interests.
Ah! you say (if you're like Jake van der
Kamp), they're so narrow. They're fighting
only for students.
But who are students? Senior citizens,
teenagers   from   all   races   and   ethnic
backgrounds (although obviously some
have more problems than others), single
parents, mature women, housewives,
factory workers — the list goes on and on.
Many of these individuals cannot afford the
time and the money to attend universities so
they go to colleges. This is why one of our
main work areas has been ensuring that the
colleges get enough money to continue to
operate for these people.
Without a strong voice to represent your
interests as students from any one of these
groups, your problems as students will not
be solved. As student representatives there
is no reason why we cannot raise our voices
against other areas of social injustice as
well, but our main job is ensuring that you
are able to get the education you want.
Priorities set
Our priorities, the things we're supposed
to be doing, were set for the executive by
the founding conference in March, but how
to do them was discovered in a rather
hazardous way. For example, one or two of
us don't qualify for financial aid under the
Canada Student Loan plan (in spite of
proveable need), so we wrote some letters to
the government complaining. The answers
to the questions we asked in those letters
only raised more questions, so we asked
We kept asking, and examining the form
until at last a meeting was set up. We
prepared a brief of all our comments and
criticisms, ranging from lack of publicity of
availability of financial aid to the fact that
there is no support for single parents'
dependents while they go to school. This
work, begun in a very ad hoc manner has so
far resulted in:
(i) two student reps, on the CSLP Appeal
(ii) student reps, on the upcoming Aid
Advisory Committee and a committee on
student services at the provincial level;
(iii) getting together with groups at other
institutions who are facing the- same
problems we are and trying to solve them;
(iv) talking  to  individual  students   on
problems they're having and how to get
around them.
A couple of us were hired to work on
listing services at the universities. We got
together with students from all over the
Lower Mainland and worked out a shared
listing service; an effective media campaign for the kind of housing you want, not
shared rooms, or rooms with no cooking
privileges; information on the Landlord'
Tenant Act and the Rent Increase
The Off Campus Housing Service in the
north alcove of SUB, which you probably
used if you weren't accepted into residence,
would not have worked nearly as well if we
hadn't all got together. Now the information
and experience we gained this summer is
being shared with institutions in other parts
of the province.
When the budgetary restrictions on the
colleges were announced earlier this year, a
couple of executive members from colleges
where courses had tr be cut started
gathering together information and talking
to students who were angry and wanted to
do something.
Helped NDU
When the student union at Notre Dame
University realized that the only university
outside the coastal area was being wiped
out, we were able to give them a lot of
support and do some work for them.
When we realized that hardly any students
we knew (including most of us) could get
jobs this summer, we started checking
unemployment statistics and lo and behold!
quotes as high as 50 per cent unemployment
from several sources, which later subsided
to a conservative 25 per cent. This led to
contacting the department of labor and
getting more jobs — 13 for the UBC AMS
alone. Problems with government employment programs began to appear and
when we started discussing them with the
people responsible we were listened to.
Changes in the program this year are
frequently the result of these discussions.
For example, people were going to be hired
by need as determined by the CSLP. Many
students who need money don't qualify for
CSLP assistance; a need-by-CSLP program
would often result in those students who
most need a job being disqualified.
A lot of our work was the result of personal
involvement in some part of the educational
system. By coincidence (ha!) the 10 or 11
priorities set by the founding conference
were the same.
That's where BCSF came from.
Where it is going was discussed at the
annual general meeting last week.
Research and communication are vital to
both lobbying and organizing at the campus
and provincial level. However, that is where
the similarity between the two ends.
Lobbying requires relatively small
numbers of people and consequently small
sums of money for travel. Time and energy
requirements are limited to (assuming one
already has the information) phoning and
setting up a local/regional/provincial
meeting and attending the meeting, then
doing necessary follow up.
Organizing, on the other hand, depends on
a fairly wide base of students working on
their campuses on what approaches a full
time basis (or the equivalent of a full time
basis). To expect a group of eight or nine
people (the executive) to organize around a
wide variety of issues on a large number of
campuses is to invite failure (ulcers, grey
hair and a free trip to Riverview).
However, the short and long term success
of both these methods of getting what we, as
students, want and need must be examined
closely before any decisions are made.
Lobbying longterm
While initially lobbying may require very
little, lobbying is usually a longterm project,
as the original people involved experience
little success to begin with and must return
time and time again to press their points. It
is most successful when dealing with a
sympathetic person. Few people who have
to be lobbied for something are sympathetic.
See page 7: GRASSROOTS
Labour and management
went back to their jobs.
Because Barrett did his.
British Columbia
has strong leadership.
' Afaoruedby'tMrWoamoctMic Party Page 6
Tuesday, December 2, 1975
Big battle
drones tonight
A political battle royal is
scheduled at the PNE Agrodome
Dave Barrett will be
representing the NDP, Bill
Bennett the Socreds, Scott
Wallace the Conservative party,
and Gordon Gibson the Liberals.
Federal senator Ray Perrault will
be the moderator.
Hot flashes
The theme of the debate will be
the moral and ethical implications
of this election.
Also included on the card is
Clark Pinnock who will speak on
Christian  involvement in politics.
Spectators will be asked to
contribute $1 at the door. Rides
can be arranged by phoning
The 1976 issue of' Every
Woman's      Almanac      is      now
'Tween classes
Supper'    and      making      Christmas
decorations,    6:30    p.m.,   Lutheran
Campus Centre.
Forum: how to fight wage controls,
7:30 p.m., board room, Fisherman's
Hall, 138 East Cordova.
Underwater slide show. Bring scuba
gear,   or   you'll   drown.   7:30   p.m.,
SUB 205.
Christmas worship service, noon, St.
Andrew's chapel.
General    meeting    and   slide   show,
noon, Angus 104.
Practice,    new    members   welcome,
4:30 to 6:30 p.m., SUB party room
or ballroom.
Transcendental   meditation  program
free introductory lecture, 8 p.m. Bu.
General   meeting with  films — last
meeting this term, noon, SUB party
First ever National Union of
Students' general meeting, noon,
SUB 207.
Discussion    group,
noon, SUB 213.
General     meeting,
available  in  the women's office,
SUB 230.
This issue is in handbook form,
and includes an appointment
calendar and articles of interest to
women. The price is $2.95.
Lost? Confused? Befuddled?
Speakeasy exists to help you.
For information about events,
phone 228-3777. If you just want
someone to talk to the number is
Speakeasy is located in the SUB
main foyer. Feel free to drop in.
"Tiger's    Fang,"
free    film    and
discussion    of    Xmas    plans,   noon,
SUB 207.
Christmas gathering, time of singing
and     sharing,     noon,    St.    Andy's
"Trinity"   by   Mr.   McLaren,   noon,
SUB 205.
Medical        music        and
instruction, noon, SUB 207.
grin bin
3209 W. Broadway
JOpp. Liquor.Storeand Super Valu)
Art Reproductions
Art Nouveau
Largest Selection
of Posters in B.C.
Photo Blowups
from Ne'gs & Prints
Jokes - Gifts, etc.
Vancouver Burrard has a
strong team in Victoria...
keep it
that wav.
On December llth, re-elect
Authorized by Vancouver-Burrard NDP Constituency Association
ANY ROOMS AVAILABLE for the Spring Term
will be offered to those on the Spring Term
Waiting List on December 8 at 1:00 p.m. at the
Housing Office. Those interested must be ready
to pay the Spring Terms fees immediately. The
room assignments will take effect January 4,
November, 1975     Housing Administration Office
RATES:   Campus — 3 lines, 1 day $1.00; additional lines 25c.
Commercial — 3 lines, 1 day $1.80; additional tines
' 40c. Additional days $1.50& 35c.
Classified ads are not accepted by telephone and are payable in
■advance. Deadline is 11:30 a.m., the day before publication.   .
Publications Office, Room 241, S. U.B„ UBC, Van. 8, B.C.
5 — Coming Events
being offered for $82.50 which includes all lessons, lift tickets and bus
transportation. Cost of cross country
course, $58.50. For lessons and bus
transportation. Both courses commence Jan. 10th & llth. For further
details contact C.Y.H.A., 1406 West
Broadway, Van., B.C.  (Tel. 738-3128).
Mankind its citizens" Baha'u'llah
informal discussions on the Baha'i
Faith every Tuesday night at 5606
President's Row, Phone 224-7257.
10 —For Sale — Commercial
Dragons, $9.95. Chinese Insect kites,
$5.25. Fine selection of fancy belt
buckles, whistling Frisbees, fine
hand-crafted goods, Macrame supplies. (Jute—$1.75 lbs., 10-lb. roll).
Stained glass lessons. Vancouver
Crafts * Kites, 2938 W. 4th, 731-7822.
11 — For Sale — Private
THREE BEDROOM Townhouse, $59,000.
Carpeted throughout, 1300 sq. ft.,
underground parking. Close to UBC.
One  year old.  325-8103.
MEN'S 10-SPEED bike, Raleigh "Grand
Prix". New, with lights and generator.  $150.  224-0262.
PENTAX SPII fl.8 55mm W/angle,
Soligor f2.8 28mm Zoom Tele., Soligor f3.8 75-205mm. New. Phone 733-
9568  after 6  p.m.  weekends.
Snow tires, good cond., asking $700.
Call Leon 732-9188.
1945 AUSTIN CAMBRIDGE, $200 o.b.o.
Automatic, winterized. Ask for Mark
at 224-9897.
1970 VW Beetle Deluxe. New paint,
radials, winter radials, gas heater,
$1195. John 985-2020 after 6:00.
15 — Found
20 — Housing
LOOKING FOR mature student, large
room with F.P. to rent, $110. Female
preferred. Dec.  1st. 228-9409.
25 — Instruction
GUITAR LESSONS — Classic and folk
finger picking. Good rates. Barry,
731-8076.   Ex-UBC   music   student.
TAI CHI CHUAN Instruction with emphasis on forms, breathing and practical application. Allan Cho, 874-4932.
35 - Lost
SR 50 CALCULATOR, last Wed. in
Chem Lab.' Reward. Bart, 224-9691.
BIG RED WOOLLY Eskimo mitts, with
white fox on each. Monday on bench
Outside SUB. CaU 224-9193, Anne or
return to Fine  Arts Library please.
ONE JEAN JACKET, East Mall Annex
105, Nov. 26. Reward. Call 266-7764.
Buchanan Tower 412.
$200 TREMENDOUS LOSS and urgently
needed. Reward. Darrell Halverson,
224-9545. If not in, please leave message.
HP25 CALCULATOR lost possibly at
Bus Stop cafe or Sedewick Library
or pool room (SUB). $50 reward!
Leave message 253-0133 (day). No
questions asked.
LAST FRIDAY — brown wallet in back
seat of car when hitchhiking to UBC.
Phone  224-7754.
LOST — Gold pen in Biol. Hut 102,
Thurs. Greg, 263-8608. Sentimental
40 — Messages
DUE TO THE POSTAL STRIKE applications for the Jan. 10, 1976 Dental
Aptitude Test are to be submitted
to Room 205, Student Services by
Dec. 9, 1975. Further info, contact
Lydia   Prange   228-4957.
Best wishes & kisses. —J.
50 — Rentals
— blackboards and screens. Free use
of projectors. 228-5021.
60 - Rides
WANT A RIDE to California? Leaving
Sat., Dec. 13; share gas. Call 732-
65 — Scandals
HAPPY   BIRTHDAY   HUEY.   Love   the
girls. (Go get 'em Tiger!)
70 — Services
PERMANENT HAIR REMOVAL by electrolysis. Kree Method in my home.
Prices are reasonable. Phone 738-6960,
Joan Calvin.
Xmas portraits  done  in  your home.,
Call   Kinzer   Photo,   873-5959   aft    5
bands and jewellery? Have Jan create
your own design.  926-9015.
80 — Tutoring
EXPERIENCED     MATH     TUTOR    will ■
coach  1st year.   Calculus, etc.  Evenings.    Individual    instruction    on    a
one-to-one basic. Phone: 733-3644. 10
a.m. to 3 P.m. daily.
85 — Typing
PROFESSIONAL    TYPING,   Kits   area.
Electric     machine,    carbon     ribbon,
$1.00   page.   736-5816,   10   a.m.-6   p.m. '
only, please.
Marine Dr. 2664053.
perienced thesis typing specialist in
Formula and math. Reasonable rates.
Mrs. Ellis, 321-3838.
90 - Wanted
RENT, BORROW calculator Dec. 11,
15. Georgie, 874-5963. Need for
TAMBURA (Tanpura, Tambur) — Ring
Tuesdays or Fridays between 5 p.m-
10   p.m.   685-9959.
99 — Miscellaneous
YOUNG 27 year-old fellow looking for
travel companion to Mexico and &
America in late January or February. Phone Ken at 736-3998.
INFORM Tuesday, December % 1975
Page 7
Unions offer AUCE strike support
A threatened strike at UBC by
the Association of University and
College Employees has the support
of the six major unions also serving
the university area, AUCE
spokesman Russ Anton said
Anton said the six unions agreed
to respect possible AUCE picket
lines at a meeting Monday convened by the B.C. Federation of
The unions are the Canadian
Union of Public Employees
(CUPE), the B.C. Government
Employees Union (BCGEU), B.C.
and Yukon Building Trades
Council, Teamsters, the Office and
Technical Employees Union
(OTEU), and the Amalgamated
Transit Workers Union.
Anton said CUPE local 116
president Ken Andrews Monday
sent a letter to the university administration stating his union's
intention of honoring AUCE's
picket lines.
Andrews could not be reached
for comment Monday night.
The move by the six unions
would severely impede the normal
operations of the university.
CUPE members work in
physical plant, food services and
the traffic arid patrol departments.
BCGEU represents campus
The construction unions are
currently employed in numerous
construction sites around the
The Teamsters truck in every
conceivable form of supply and
equipment the university uses.
The OTEU provides varied
services in most departments and
faculties on the university campus,
including office workers.
The bus drivers bring thousands
of students to campus every day.
AUCE union organizer Peggy
Smith said earlier Monday the
intention of the impending strike is
to "shut the university down."
Some 15 picket lines would be set
up blocking every access road
leading into the university, Smith
She said information pickets
would be erected at the UBC gates
on University boulevard and
Chancellor boulevard.
She said no on-campus buildings
will be picketed except the administration building where
"special pickets" will be placed.
Consideration will be given to
"essential services" such as the
campus fire hall said Smith. She
said passes will be issued to
firemen reporting for duty to allow
them to cross picket lines.
Don McRae, president of UBC's
faculty association, said Monday
an AUCE strike would not interfere
with lectures unless individual
professors wished to respect picket
The faculty association
represents all UBC faculty
H.R. Nicholson, Thunderbird
Winter Sports  Centre  manager,
said Monday an AUCE strike
would shut down the sports facility.
He said if picket lines were
thrown up, mechanical workers at
the centre, who are CUPE
members, would refuse to cross
the lines and closure of the centre
would result.
Traffic and patrol workers would
also be off the job in the event of an
AUCE strike, a spokesman for the
traffic office said Monday.
The campus patrol, who are also
represented by CUPE, could be
called in as essential services, the
spokesman added.
SUB poll
People who have registered to
vote in next week's provincial
election, and live in the Point Grey
riding, will be able to vote in SUB.
Dave Theessen, Alma Mater
Society internal affairs office, said
Monday SUB 205 will be open to
voters from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
new & used records
4430W.t0th      2240232
Grassroots support must
to back BCSF lobbying
From page S
A little pressure, an indication
that a large number of preferably
voting people want something,
usually helps make government
and administration officials more
sympathetic. Which brings us back
to organizing.
Without the support of individual
students at the campus level to
back up any lobbying demands, we
aren't likely to achieve many of the
goals we set ourselves at conferences. When one or two individuals start making a fuss, they
are often fobbed off with vague
promises; when a student body or
an institution or institutions across
the province rises up as one solid
group to protest, there is more
reaction, particularly if the media
covers it.
Organizing can be an end in itself. A well organized student
union has the people necessary to
work effectively on longterm
projects, as well as deal with short
term crises that occur. This type of
organizing must be done on a
longterm basis because of the
rapid changeover of students at
post secondary institutions, particularly the vocational schools.
Part of BCSF's function can be to
aid in,creating and maintaining
organized student councils across
the province.
Organizing on a grassroots level
is      the      responsibility       of
organizations located within the
group to be organized. The arts
undergraduate society at a
university or the student society at
a college, for example, would
probably shout us from here to hell
if BCSF reps attempted to step in
and do their job for them. It is
BCSF's role to provide the information and, where possible, the
experience to local student
councils wanting to organize
around an issue.
The National Union of Students
does much the same kind of thing
on a national level.
As The Ubyssey has pointed out,
while attempting to turn BCSF into
a controversy, UBC students will
be asked to vote in a referendum on
whether or not they should join
BCSF next spring. This will include
a fee of $1 per student per year
which will go to hiring ex-students
and part-time students to do some
of the work that our beleaguered
executive and staff are attempting
to do now. Hopefully fieldworkers
who can visit institutions and work
with them on a regular basis will
be a priority.
I hope this letter provides some
of the information necessary to you
to make your decision. If not, or if
you want to know more (do more?)
call us at 228-6445; or come and see
us 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. SUB 210.
Sagaris is the BCSF executive
council chairwoman.
for Point Grey
• Student reps on the University Senate
• Staff, faculty and students now on the University Board of Governors
• A huge increase in campus bus service and student housing
• The decentralization of higher education throughout B.C. with the creation of
the community colleges system
PENDAKUR, Setty      | X | THOMASJiiila      Jl
Authorized by Point Grey New Democrats
Come meet and hear the candidates from this riding. Ask questions, know
who you are voting for.
Thurs., Dec. 4, 1975—12:30
Sponsored by the AAAS
.*..^.'-*■> *~*.V**T*'* *' Page 8
Tuesday, December 2,  1975
If you are away from home but
still in British Columbia on Election Day,
there is a way to vote.
Absentee voting means that ii you are
absent from your own electoral district or
polling division on Election Day, but still in
British Columbia, you can vote. In certain
greater Vancouver and greater Victoria
electoral districts voters may not cast absentee
ballots within their own electoral district.
On Election Day, go to the nearest polling
station and request a special Absentee Ballot.
Remember, you must be on the Provincial
voters list for your electoral district to be
eligible to vote. You vote for the candidate*
of your choice in your electoral district.
To assist the local election officials, give
them the name of the electoral district where
you are registered, or ask for assistance to
locate the name. The election officials will have
a list of candidates for all electoral districts.
Polling stations will be open throughout the
province on Election Day, December 11,
between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Pacific
Standard Time. In areas on Mountain Standard
Time, polling stations will be open 9:00 a.m.
to 9:00 p.m. As an absentee voter you can
vote anywhere in British Columbia.
*In the Victoria electoral districts and the
Vancouver electoral districts, two members are
elected. Voters registered in these districts may
vote for two candidates and will be advised
at the poll.
K. L. Morton, Chief Electoral Officer,
2735 Cambie Street, Vancouver, B.C.


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