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The Ubyssey Nov 8, 1983

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AMS president bashes pickets
Alma Mater Society president
Mitch Hetman personally supervised the unloading of two rented
trucks that crossed picket lines to
deliver goods to SUB Monday,
Hetman then quickly locked the
door by the loading dock after
reporters from the Ubyssey attempted to question him.
Jan Linnen, an Office and
Technical Employees Union
picketer, said five people, including
AMS shipper-receiver Menno de
Vries, employee Kim Phillips and
Pit manager Patrick Chapman,
helped with the unloading.
De Vries, who said he drove one
of the trucks through picketers trying to bar the way, refused to say
who had authorized the delivery.
"I don't feel I should be talking
about this. I don't want to get
myself in trouble," he said.
Chapman, after accusing the
reporters   of   "intimidating"   de
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Vries, said he had no comment and
told The Ubyssey it should contact
Hetman or AMS general manager
Charles Redden.
Hetman later also refused comment, saying Redden should be
questioned. Redden hung up on a
Ubyssey reporter after saying Hetman should be contacted.
After being approached at his
home in West Vancouver, Redden
said deliveries had been arriving at
SUB all day Monday, with some
getting through the lines and some
But the AMS general manager
did not know what had arrived. "I
have no idea what did and did not
come into SUB today."
He explained the refusal of others
to comment: "There are people
who don't want to say anything that
will not reflect a positive attitude."
UBC students have in the meantime been abusing or ignoring the
OTEU picket line around SUB.
AMS office worker Mamie Craft
said five men surrounded her Friday night and told her, "Go back to
work. You unions have too much
Craft said students have been
confusing the OTEU strike over a
contract dispute with the walkout
of B.C. Government Employees
Union protesting government
The 11 OTEU members, who
work for the AMS business office,
have been largely replaced by some
of the 16 managers and supervisors
employed by the AMS.
"Most of the work is being done
by managerial staff. It is essentially
as usual," said AMS finance director James Hollis.
Union truck drivers have been
respecting the lines, but OTEU
members say de Vries has been using his own truck to get goods into
CITR continues to broadcast,
claiming to be an essential service.
"Within the accords of our license
we're supposed to be on the air,"
said station manager Sonia Mysko,
who added that two station
members are honoring the picket
Campus unions
out in protest
GANG OF FOUR members walk through legal picket line staffed by Office and Technical Employees Union
members and supporters. Formerly progressive band, now gone disco and drummerless is pursued by two
reporters questioning band on reasons for disrespenting strikers. Ramones bodyguard looks on to ensure Gang
is not put on trial.
Gang of Four takes turn to right
The British band Gang of Four
quashed efforts to cancel its concert
by crossing picket lines outside SUB
The band, known for its Marxist
political leanings, was met by Office
and Technical Employee Union
picketers as they entered a side
door. An OTEU member told the
band, who are British Musicians
Union members, that a legal picket
line was being conducted.
One band member said he was
"vaguely" aware of the details of
the OTEU strike. "I've heard
there's some disagreement with
management," he said.
Another member said the band
had no intention of cancelling their
show. "It's too late. We're here
now," she said.
Union members picketed all SUB
entrances when told the band might
not cross picket lines if aware of the
The band's road crew crossed
lines earlier in the day to set up
equipment. Gang of Four production manager, Kevin Harvey, said
he was against crossing picket lines,
adding the band should have been
informed ahead of time that a strike
was occurring.
"We had no prior warning that
this was happening and consequently we know very few of the details.
We can't just turn up with all this
equipment and disappoint 600
But Harvey and most of the other
roadies signed a statement indicating they acknowledged the
pickets and were crossing "in protest."
UBC library worker Steve Harris
set up his own picket as concert
goers entered SUB. "Gang of
Scabs/The Gang of Four crossed
this line, will you?" read nisi
Graduate student Joe Martin said
he and others out in support of the
OTEU were repeatedly harassed by
Bruce Paisley, Alma Mater Society
programs coordinator, one of the
concert's promoters.
He said Paisley physically
threatened several picketers. Martin
and other witnesses said a female
member of the pipefitters union was
verbally abused by Paisley. "Why
don't you go and find a baseball
team and a baseball bat and stick it
up your cunt?" Paisley told her.
Picketers had no more success
with the David Raven band who
managed to sneak past picket lines
Friday to play a nursing
undergraduate society dance. Bob
Burroughs of Radioactive, the
band's promotion agency, said the
show could not be cancelled
because "the contract was signed
and deposit spent."
The entire UBC campus is expected to be behind picket lines today as support staff and some
faculty join Operation Solidarity's
escalating public sector job action.
Local 116 of the Canadian Union
of Public Employees, whose
members are responsible for
maintenance, custodial and food
services, planned to join the picket
lines at UBC's gates just after midnight this morning.
Members of local 1 of the
Association of University and College Employees were scheduled to
start picketing at 7 a.m. today.
They include librarian assistants,
clerical and hospital clerical staff.
The Office and Technical
Employees Union and the B.C.
Government Employees Union are
currently on strike against the Alma
Mater Society and the provincial
government respectively. Because
they are in a legal position to strike,
it is believed they will force the
other unions to help shutdown the
campus by picketing UBC's gates.
The administration applied for
an injunction against an illegal
strike on campus Monday, but the
Labor Relations Board denied it
because UBC did not have "firm
evidence" that campus unions will
stage illegal job action.
Administration president George
Pedersen said the administration
will reapply today.
The teaching assistants union,
which voted overwhelmingly in
favor of supporting the job action,
will help staff picket lines, along
with some students volunteering
their time. UBC's operating
engineers will honor the lines, according to the union's business
manager Bill Kadey.
Bus drivers will also respect the
union lines, dropping students off
at UBC's main gates. The buses will
turn in front of the health sciences
centre on Wesbrook. Little change
in service is expected, said Colin
Kelly, Independent Canadian Transit Union president.
"This is a political strike, not a
labor one," said TAU president
Horacio de la Cueva.
"We're not picketing the university, but protesting against the
government and its legislation —
legislation which is inhuman and
immoral," he said.
"There were demonstrations of
70,000 people, but the government
didn't pay any attention."
Other union leaders echoed his
concerns, emphasizing the Public
Sector Restraint Act will
dramatically threaten their right to
bargain collectively and will upset
Administration strikes against pickets
Picket lines surrounding campus may soon be
declared illegal, but campus unions vow to continue
job action, The Ubyssey learned Monday.
The administration filed for an injunction Monday
calling for the removal of campus picket lines.
Members of local 1 of the Association of University
and College Employees, local 116 of the Canadian
Union of Public Employees, teaching assistants union
and the faculty association began picketing all 21 gates
on campus today.
The administration will apply for an injunction
against striking campus unions today after Monday's
initial attempt failed, administration president George
Pedersen said.
"The problem was that we did not have firm
evidence of the threat of picket action," he said.
Pedersen had no sympathy for those taking job action.
"There is no question of its illegality. The direct
target is the university, not the government. Our first
priority is to provide services to the students," he said.
A withdrawal of services as a form of political pro
test is not considered a strike, and therefore pickets
will be declared illegal, Pedersen warned in a second
memo Friday concerning campus action against
government legislation.
But campus unions disagree.
"I believe this picket line is the result of a labor
dispute, and our form of action is a political protest,"
AUCE union coordinator Ted Byrne said.
"We are using political protest to defend our rights
as unionists," he said.
"Pedersen is just saying what he thinks. Nothing is
cast in stone until the Labor Relations Board has arrived at a decision," he said. Byrne pointed out the LRB
decided that an Operation Solidarity rally held in
September was a legitimate political protest.
"If there is an injunction, we would still ask our
members to remain at the picket lines," said Byrne.
Keith Graham of the B.C. Federation of Labor and
a member of Operation Solidarity added ominously,
"If anyone is victimized by the Bennett government or
by local school boards, then there will be an immediate
call for escalation by all public sector employees."
Tuesday, November 8,1983
UBC faculty honor picket lines
At least 100 faculty members will
honor picket lines set up on campus
for varying lengths of time, a
spokesperson for the committee of
concerned academics said Monday.
Faculty who withdraw their services will lose pay, but not their
jobs, said political science professor
Philip Resnick.
A provision for honoring picket
lines as a matter of conscience is included in faculty members' contracts, said Resnick.
"We would feel very uncomfortable   seeing   all   the   teaching
The AMS executive and striking
office employees are not meeting to
negotiate a new contract, and
pickets continue to surround SUB.
The Office and Technical
Employees Union contract expired
May 31, and negotiations over
wage increases have since broken
down. The union has been in a legal
position to strike since Sept. 26.
"We would have gone out in
September, but we didn't want to
hurt the students," OTEU member
Mamie Craft said while picketing.
Union negotiator Jan Linnen said
the union rejected the AMS' last
wage offer because it was not
enough considering a substantial increase in SUB revenue and corresponding increases in management salaries.
"We don't want to be treated differently than the others working in
the same place," Linnen said.
Although the OTEU strike is over
wages, an AMS action precipitated
the strike on Nov. 3. Council
defeated a motion that would have
prevented the AMS from hiring
workers to replace any striking
James Hollis, AMS director of
finance, said the motion referred to
the replacing of any employees who
would leave the AMS for any
"There was no thought of replacing OTEU strikers, nor will we
replace them."
But Lisa Hebert, AMS external
affairs officer, disagreed with
Hollis' interpretation of the motion. Hebert proposed the motion
which read: "Be it resolved that no
additional persons be hired to perform the duties of striking
Neither Hollis nor AMS business
manager Charles Redden were
available for comment on the
OTEU negotiations. OTEU
picketers said that Redden appeared
unwilling to negotiate at all.
assistants and support staff put
their jobs on the line for something
we all believe in."
Resnick stressed the committee
was not a splinter group from the
faculty association, but a group of
concerned faculty who oppose the
"regressive" legislation of the provincial government.
Removal of academic freedom,
centralization of government power
over education, cutbacks in funding
for education, student loans and
social services, as well as the general
attack on human rights prompted
the formation of the group, Resnick
The committee members, which
also include librarians and program directors, will be "prodding,
urging and wooing" their colleagues to respect picket lines, he
"We are not engaged in some
kind of civil war with our colleagues. We are trying to act a little
as a conscience for the rest of the
In particular, they are urging
faculty not to penalize students who
refuse to cross picket lines, he said.
"We're given our freedom of
choice. Students should have the
Some faculty who choose not to
withdraw their services will be
donating their salaries to a strike
fund, Resnick added.
The committee will be
distributing leaflets and other information near the picket lines, he
Meanwhile, a Simon Fraser
University faculty association
meeting voted 74 to 36 to stage a
one week class boycott to protest
government legislation Monday.
Kevin Russel Simon Fraser Student Society external affairs officer
made the announcement to 600
cheering students at a noon hour information meeting.
ONE OF SEVERAL OTEU picketters settles down to coffee after long day
confronting herds of inconsiderate students stampeding in and out of
SUB, crashing legal picket lines for past few days.
got picket passes
Operation Solidarity's flood of protest will not leave UBC's
animal population stranded.
Campus unions have decided to issue picket passes for faculty
members, graduate students and researchers who must cross the line
to keep their animals and plants alive.
"It's only right because animals are not taking sides in the dispute
and should not be allowed to suffer," said John Gregg, coordinator
of the animal care centre.
The unions have deemed feeding of animals and tending of plants
to be essential services and thus will exempt a select group of animal
and plant care workers in zoology, botany and other animal and
plant research intensive departments from crossing the line..
"'There would be a real problem if no one looks after the
animals," said zoology department head G. Scudder. "There are
limits to what one can do to protest — starving animals would be a
pretty grim way."
Simon Fraser, with the Canadian
Federation of Students and several
lower mainland college student
unions have opened an off campus
information office on Commerical
"We can't stand by and let others
fight for our rights and hope they
win," Russel said. "We have to
help each other fight and be willing
to take the risk that we might win."
Students 'coer
by administration
Coercion and fear are being used
to force students to attend classes
during the strike, a student
representative said Monday.
The administration would make
clear that crossing a picket line is a
moral issue, said Lisa Hebert, Alma
Mater Society external affairs coordinator.
UBC president George Pedersen
told students who met with him
Monday they would "pay the
price" for honouring picket lines,
said Hebert.
Hebert said she told Pedersen
"The right to hold political beliefs
is clearly outlined in both the
federal Human Rights Code and .the
B.C. Human Rights Act."
Although faculty and staff options during the strike are clear, student options are not, said Hebert.
"There has been no administration
statement that students' academic
standing will be ensured," she said.
A strikingly different story
emerged from a Nov. 1 meeting between law dean Peter Burns and law
students against the budget. Burns
told students that alternate arrangements could be made to ensure law students could continue
their studies without having to cross
picket lines.
Burns said the law faculty wants
to enable students to pass and
graduate while following their consciences.
This contradicts a letter Pedersen
sent to UBC deans which stated that
students boycotting classes should
be closely monitored and the-^«ua-
tion reassessed later.
LSAB has urged law students to
honor picket lines. This will con-i
vey a strong message of opposition
to the government's program, they
say. "By crossing, for whatever
reason, the protest is undermined,"
said their leaflet.
Andre Sobolewski, Campus
Community Alliance chair, said
students should approach the administration with concerns about
strike-breaking policies.
Out Off Focus?
Do not adjust your eyes or wet your fingers. This newspaper does not
open up.
Your beloved student paper, like human rights in B.C., has been cutback. But we'll spare you a diatribe about Billy's boys, because for once
there is a problem that isn't entirely their fault.
Last week your (i.e. the Alma Mater Society's) employees went on strike
to demand fair negotiations from the AMS management. Members of the
Office and Technical Employees Union set up picket lines outside SUB,
which were respected by The Ubyssey staff.
Since the AMS in its wisdom decided to keep functioning as if nothing
was wrong in its little empire, Ubyssey advertising is considered "hot", and
will not be handled by the Ubyssey's unionized printers. Thus the thinness
of the tabloid you are now reading.
With that explained, we must address the issue of scabs. No, not the
ones you'll get if you ignore the above and insist on trying to turn to page
AMS president Mitch Hetman is one scab that hurts more
than scratched fingers. AMS programs co-ordinator Bruce Paisley is
another. At a time when hundreds of UBC students, staff and faculty are
organizing in opposition to the provincial government's repressive
measures, Hetman and Paisley are actively undermining their efforts.
While crossing picket lines on your way to class, you may get some dirty
looks and perhaps a few comments, but it is unlikely that a large aggressive
man will wave his fist in your face and threaten you with violence. That
happened Monday to three SUB picketers. And the man who did it is one
Of your AMS managers — Bruce Paisley.
While big brave Bruce is threatening striking office workers, Hetman is
ensuring that deliveries flow across the picket line.
These two men have no respect for your employees. Student council obviously doesn't care. After all, they voted to hire scab labor to keep their
businesses functioning full steam. But the student body should not accept
or tolerate strike-breaking and threats of physical violence.
There are two other things that can be done with scabs other than
picking at them. Fire them or impeach them.
November 8. 1983
The Ubyssey is published Tuesday and Friday throughout
the academic year by the Alma Mater Society of the University
of British Columbia. Editorial opinions are those of the staff
and are probably not those of the university administration
and are, nine times out of ten, not those of the AMS. Member,
Canadian University Press. The Ubyssey's editorial and advertising department is currently located in the Lutheran Campus
centre, at the corner of University Boulevard and Wesbrook
Mall. Phone 224-5599. Things will return to their SUB normal
after the current strike(s).
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