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The Ubyssey Feb 24, 1981

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Array The smallest
newspaper . .
Vol. LXIII, No. 66
Vancouver. B.C. Tuesday, February 24,1961        °^^»»48      228-2301
. west of
TWU pickets hit campus
UBC became the latest battlefield
in the war between Telecommunications Workers Union members and
B.C. Telephone Company management when pickets surrounded SUB
and the new administration
building Monday.
The pickets were placed to prevent entrance to the Bank of Montreal branches in the two buildings,
strike coordinator Mike McLean
said. "We told them we didn't want
these places to accept B.C. Tel
Mclean said the pickets would
come down when the branches post
signs telling customers they won't
accept B.C. Tel bills.
According to B.C. Federation of
Labor policy, if a union pickets one
company in a multipurpose
building, the whole building is
Union workers in the two
buildings walked off the job. The
campus mail, registar's office,
awards office, food services in SUB
cafeteria and other services were
run by managerial staff.
Mclean said the pickets will continue until the Bank of Montreal
posts signs stating they will no
longer accept B.C. Tel bills.
"If they put up the signs then we
go away. Otherwise, we're
picketing here until we're told not
to, and the only people who are going to tell us not to is a court of law.
"As far as we're concerned
anybody in bed with B.C. Tel can
go to hell," Maclean said.
Mclean also threatened that if
any scab labor was found working
on campus, the entire university
would be picketed.
"If anybody is found there (at
UBC) doing scab labor on
telephone equipment, including
students themselves, that campus
will be closed down so fast ... all
of it."
"Preparations are being made to
see that the services remain as close
to normal as possible which could
mean relocationg some university
staff to other buildings," the vice
president of university services said.
"One of two things will happen.
Either it will wind down soon or
we'll be looking at contingency
plans for the univesity in the next
day or so," James Kennedy said.
Kennedy said the university is
looking at the possibility of getting
an injunction to stop the picketers.
"The fact that it isn't our labor
dispute means that we don't seem to
have very much control over how
it's going to be handled," he said.
Stuart Clark, manager of the
Bank of Montreal in SUB, said the
bank is taking a neutral position on
the strike.
"It's business as usual," said
Clark. "We have a contractual
agreement with B.C. Tel and are
merely fulfilling those obligations
by taking B.C. Tel payments."
Clark added it would be against
the bank's policy to put up the signs
asked for by the union.
"The matter has been referred to
our senior vice president's department in Vancouver, and I've heard
nothing to say that they're going to
put up the signs," Clark said.
Alma Mater Society vice president Peter Mitchell attempted to
shut down the SUB Bank of Montreal branch in order to remove the
pickets and allow students access to
the building.
But Mitchell was unsuccessful.
"Apparently we've got a contract
with the bank allowing them use of
the building, and they've got a contract with B.C. Tel saying that
they've got to accept cheques."
If the bank refused to put up the
signs the pickets could remain up
indefinitely, Mclean said.
Originally the TWU had intended
—s)ric •ggirrtaon photo
two walk the imaginary line
PIRG petition drive huge success
PIRG is catching at UBC.
Otherwise known as the B.C.
Public Interest Research Group,
BCPIRG has successfully completed the first step in its drive for a
direct fee levy from UBC students
to fund its research and education
As of Wednesday over 4,300
signatures had been collected by
UBC PIRG organizers on a petition
asking that a referendum be held
that would enable PIRG to collect
$5 from each UBC student when
they register in September. Under
the Alma Mater Society constitution only 500 signatures are needed
to hold such a referendum.
"This is the second largest petition in the history of UBC," Peter
Goddard, BCPIRG spokesperson,
said Monday. "The biggest petition
was the Great Trek petition of
The petition will be presented to
student council Wednesday night.
Council will then set a date for the
"We're aiming for the middle of
March though the specific date will
be set by council," said Goddard.
To pass, the fee levy proposal
needs a yes vote comprising at least
10 per cent of UBC's full-time student population, meaning that a
minimum of 2,300 affirmative votes
are needed for the levy to be in effect next fall.
"We are hoping for a far greater
turnout than the recent SUB
referendum," Goddard said.
If the referendum passes all that
is needed to introduce the levy is approval by the UBC board of governors, which is only a formality, say
PIRG organizers.
"Not only did the petition show
we have clear student support, but
also by trying to reach as many
students as possible we served to
spread the presence of PIRG," said
"We hope to show that this isn't
an elitist organization but one that
has a true student base," he said.
PIRG organizers will now spend
most of their time showing students
how their money would be spent on
research into consumer and environmental issues if a student-
funded PIRG becomes a reality.
Among other projects envisioned is
a resource centre.
"It would be a place where
students could go for access to information," said Goddard.
"We're not forming a political
party, we are trying to use students'
skills both to render students'
education more relevant and to
make an impact on society beyond
the campus," Goddard said.
to close down the entire campus this
week when they discovered scab
labor had been used to repair a
payphone on campus. There was
suspicions there had been other incidents in which scab labor had
been used at UBC, Mclean said.
The UBC branches of the Bank
of Montreal are the only ones being
picketed, Mclean said.
"Nobody wants to be doing
things like this," said picketer
Chuck McCulloch. "We'd rather
be back at work. I suppose the problem is stubborn management, so
the war goes on."
Students confused by action
A picket line established around SUB on Monday by locked out
members of the Telecommunications Workers Union earned mostly confused stares from students entering the building.
The picket line was aimed at SUB's Bank of Montreal, which accepts
B.C. Telephone Co. bill payments.
Alma Mater Society employees refused to cross the picket line Monday
morning, closing down the society's business and publications offices.
SUB's proctors and cleaning staff also remained outside the picket line until it was removed at 4 p.m.
After some confusion, the AMS women's committee closed their
Herotica show in the SUB art gallery, rescheduling the viewings from 5 to 9
p.m. this week.
The Ubyssey's staff decided not to cross the line and will produce a
newspaper from other locations for the duration of the picket.
Other students also supported the union by refusing to cross the picket
"We have very important business to attend to in SUB today, but we're
respecting the picket line," said Mike Burke, a member of the Teaching
Assistants Union. "I'm not a scab. I think that anyone who crosses the line
— whether union members or not — is a scab."
Said fellow TAU member Glen Porter: "If the public wants a settlement,
they should honor the picket lie. It's the quickest way."
Other students said they felt crossing the line was justified because they
did not belong to a union.
"It doesn't bother me that I crossed the line," said Christy Winder, arts
5. "I'm not a member of a union and I've never belonged to a union.
Besides, I didn't use the telephone."
A few students were openly hostile towards the picketers. "I think
they're disgusting scum to interrupt my lunch," business administration
student Lome Goldman said. "They should go picket somewhere else."
Said AMS president Marlea Haugen: "As far as I can figure out, I have
no horrible feelings about crossing the lines. I don't feel that the AMS executive are scabs, because we're not touching any of the business matters
that the union would usually handle. We're in limbo right now."
Some students expressed! serious concern that most people crossing the
picket line were unaware of the issues.
Council urged to sign
with nati ad co-op
Belonging to a national advertising cooperative is the most profitable way for The Ubyssey to sell
national ads, student council was
told last week.
At a special information meeting
for council Tuesday evening, The
Ubyssey staff urged council to sign
a two-year contract with newly-
formed Canadian University Press
Media Services, a unique student-
owned advertising company.
Ubyssey staffer Bill Tieleman
said the paper could lose $25,000 in
national advertising unless council
signs the contract at Wednesday's
But Len Clarke, former Alma
Mater Society finance director, said
he was concerned about the amendment clause and other aspects of the
contract. The clause says the contract can be amended by CUP
member papers without consulting
publishers, which means the term of
the contract could theoretically be
extended. Clarke said council could
be forced to remain with CUP
Media Services indefinitely.
He added, "We (council) have no
effective way of terminating the
contract quickly," under the contract.
Tieleman agreed the amending
clause was unsatisfactory, and
assured council that CUP papers
also want to change the clause.
The   Western   region  of  CUP
unanimously agreed at a conference
Sunday that the clause should be
amended to protect publishers at
the first possible chance. The
Ubyssey has received a letter from
CUP president Mike Balagus saying
the change should take place, which
Tieleman read to the meeting.
In the letter Balagus stated, "I
have talked to other members of the
Media Services board of directors
on the issue and have been assured
their support in introducing and
promoting changes that would protect all publishers during the period
of the contract in which they cannot
leave. This contract improvement
will be presented to the membership
for their approval at the earliest opportunity."
Clarke also said he was concerned that the contract allows for
Media Services to provide funding
for member papers which have been
closed down by their student councils.
Tieleman said the clause was
designed for papers facing financial
disaster, but Clarke said if council
did close down The Ubyssey "we'd
want to close it down for a reason
other than financial."
Other council members have indicated support for the contract.
"It sounds like the organization
is in good hands. I don't see what
the problem is for our AMS," said
student senator Alida Moonen. The time's come to draw the line
There are lines that can't be crossed. One of those is around SUB right
now. That's why you are reading
such an unusual version of The
So long as the locked out B.C. Tel
workers picket SUB, no member of
our staff will enter the building to
work on The Ubyssey. This makes it
rough to put out a newspaper
because our offices, along with handy items like typewriters, telephones
and dark room, are in SUB.
It may seem strange to some
students. The doors to SUB and to
our office are not locked. The pickets
are not attempting to stop anyone
and likely wouldn't succeed if they
did try, which they won't because
they're not concerned with disrupting
the lives of students. Yet we won't
enter and will instead be spending
this week obtaining and adapting offices for our use.
This means on Wednesday we will
be using the arts undergraduate
society office for our contact office.
Student who want notices to appear
in the Thursday paper or who have
letters to The Ubyssey should go
there. The hours will be approximately 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. We are also
trying to find office space with
telephones for a newsroom and an
on-campus darkroom with time
available. Our advertising nuimber for
the duration of the picket will be
986-6389. Ask for Sue Cadeny.
All of this is time-consuming and,
particularly in the case of this issue
for which our advertising was
declared 'hot', costly. Odd that so
much physical moving around is a
result of a totally abstract line, an imaginary border around SUB.
But abstract or not, the line is
there. As you approach SUB in the
next while between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
you will automatically be presented
with a choice. The picket line informs
you that a group of your fellow
citizens has decided their ability to
collectively bargain with their
employer has been threatened by activities going on behind the line. The
line around SUB is there because the
bank in the building is cooperating
with B.C. Tel while that company is
engaged in a labor dispute.
Crossing the line says nothing
about whether you agree with the
union's perception of the situation,
whether you agree with the union's
position in the dispute or whether you
think they shouldn't inconvenience
students with their nasty picket lines.
Crossing it simply means you don't
think people should have the right to
set up picket lines to protest what
they see as unfair and threatening
The same is true the other way.
Refusing to cross doesn't mean you
agree with the union or don't like
bosses or anything else of the sort. It
simply means you respect the right of
citizens to protest situations that
threaten them.
So for the next while, students
should find someplace else to eat at
lunchtime. The old auditorium
cafeteria looks very good since they
put in the carpet and new furniture,
and it has beer as well. Clubs should
encourage their members to meet in
classroom buildings or off-campus.
The Alma Mater Society should seek
offices outside of SUB for the time
Though some might think the locked out B.C. Tel workers could have
made known their protest in another
place or in another form, the fact is
they didn't. They chose SUB and
they chose to picket.
Students who believe in respecting
fundamental human rights should not
be in SUB for a while. It may be a bit
of a hard line — but there are some
lines you can't cross.
AMS plays slick tricks with books
—Arnold hedetrom photo
CUT THE CARDS, say typical UBC students in SUB conversation pit while Alma Mater Society executives;
(background), not playing with full decks, conduct annual general meeting. Students didn't get any face cards but
execs came up with five asses . . . er . . . aces. Meeting was last hand played by last year's executive.
'Tween classes
Film titled Black Holes of Gravity, noon, Hennings 201.
International film series on Japan, noon and 8
p.m.. International House.
Israel week celebration, professor Michael
Turner from Bzalet Jerusalem Arts Academy will
lead a murti-media encounter with the architectural and archaelogical heritage of one
Jerusalem, noon, SUB party room.
Information about WUSC's starvathon project to
raise money for a student refugee, 11:30 a.m. to
1:30 p.m., SUB concourse booth.
General meeting on film festival, 7 p.m., SUB
Professor Lawrence Goodwyn, of North
Carolina's Duke University, speaks on The
Populists: Were They Bight? An assessment of
the populist critique of the guikied age, 3:30
p.m., Buch. 1210.
Professor Goodwryn speaks on The Populist
contribution to democratic theory, noon, Buch.
General meeting with lecture on sailing regatta
rules, noon, SUB 212.
General meeting, noon, SUB 111.
Search and rescue mission, all week, somewhere
in the East Blend.
Film on liquid helium, noon, Hennings 201.
Israel week cultural fair, presentation by the HiHel
dance group and instruction by Karen Kay. Between dances enjoy falafel, noon, SUB party
Marine identification seminar with free slide
show and a talk by marine biologist Rick Harbo,
7:30 p.m., IRC room 1.
Ascent of Man series continues with The Drive
for Power, which deals with the democratization
of power, noon, library processing foom 308.
Dr. Robin' Percrval-Smrth discusses male and
female contraception, noon, IRC 1.
Don Dutton lectures on domestic violence,
noon, Buch. 319.
General meeting, noon, SUB 226. Newsletters
ready aU this week in SUB 226 at noon.
Bicycle safety film, noon, Chem. 250.
Film on Life of Einstein, noon, Hennings 201.
University of Toronto's Simcha Jacobovrci
speaks on the Jewish national movement, noon,
Buch. 203.
Documentary film on B. C. history titled Splendoi
undiminished,   noon,   library  processing   roorr
Parisian foods with quiche lorraine, salad, onion
soup and le gateau sans nom, 11:30 a.m. to 1
p.m., SUB snack bar.
Public meeting, noon, SUB 117.
Panel discussion on women  in business ad
ministration, noon, Buch. 102.
Paul George speaks on land and resources in
B.C., noon, Angus 22S.
Presents The Terminal, a new comedy by
William Kitcher, directed by Teresa Vanderturn
noon, Dorothy Somerset studio in theatnn
Romi Raii discusses travel, work snd study opportunities in Israel, noon, Hillel House.
Benefit dance for Dsphne Willisms snd domestic
workers. 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., Swedish community
hall. 1320 E. Hastings
Move to new quarters and party to make them
look lived in, 9 a.m., old administration building
A poorly attended Alma Mater
Society general meeting burned the
bull and accomplished little else
The highlights of the meeting
were the reception of the audited
financial statement) for the 1979-80
fiscal year and the first annual burning of the bull.
The meeting, which is required by
the provincial Societies Act, was attended by 40 students in the SUB
conversation pit. Most were eating
lunch, playing cards or sleeping.
The financial statements confirmed earlier rumors that the
AMS surplus would exceed
$200,000. While the auditor's
report shows only !52,224 in surplus
revenue over expenditure, there is a
discretionary allocation of $153,123
to the society's reserve funds.
Unspent funds from the society's
operating budget are transferred to
reserve accounts.
The allocation, coupled with
$46,000 charged to reserve funds
from the Pit, games area, and rental
of rooms, plus the reported surplus
revenue totals $201,347.
Before the start of the meeting
president Bruce \rmstrong, administration director Craig Brooks,
and finance director Len Clarke
burned old copies of The Ubyssey
to initiate the first annual burning
of the bull.
Several hundred copies of the
newspaper were net ablaze in a
barbecue rented from food services
on the mall between SUB and the
aquatic centre.
Hamburgers were not supplied
but a small contingent of student
council members attended.
A quorum of about 2,300
students is required to do any more
than the routine business outlined
in the AMS bylaws.
New AMS president Marlea
Haugen attributed the poor turnout
at the meeting to poor advertising.
Only one advertisement was placed
in The Ubyssey the day before the
meeting despite a constitutional requirement that the annual general
meeting be given 14 days notice.
Haugen said, "It is sort of a
catch-22 in the sense that you can't
get people out unless you spend a
lot of bucks people don't want you
to spend."
The meeting also received reports
from the general manager and
Armstrong's president's report
reviewed the successes and failures
of the first student council executive
elected by the students-at-large
since 1975. High on the success list
was the expansion of such services
to students as the copy centre and
ticket office in the SUB concourse,
as well as vastly improved relations
between student council and the
student administrative commission.
Friday folk
Due to the SUB pickets the
Tuesday meeting of the Friday
writers will not be held in The
Ubyssey office. Instead the
writers should meet in the
Buchanan lounge at noon.
Please bring your copy,
photos, etc. and welt explain the
arrangements that have been
February 24, 1961
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's editorial office is in room
241K of the Student Union Building. Editorial departments,
228-2301; Advertising, 228-3977.
Editor: Verne McDonald
Verne McDormld thought he hed it mede. There wes some shopping to do, the kitchen needed to be cleaned up erxl a smell matter of business needed to be tsksn cere of. All he hed to do wss
convince the staff they should strike in sympathy with the courageous snd defiant looked out workers
of B.C. Tel. It coked good et first. Nancy Campbell and Tom Hawthorn sang Sollderity Forever while
Heeeok Cheng snd Glen Sanford dusted off old Wobbly buttons snd pamphlets whose dey hed finally
come. Steve McClure's hair went e little redder snd Arnold Hedstrom lectured Julie Wheelwright snd
Eric Eggertson on slienritlon ceused by lack of control by workers over the meene of production. But
Bill Tielperson pointed out to Merit Leiren-Young that the revolution can only take place when the
masses hsve been educeted and informed, ruining plans for the staff holiday.
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Tuesday, February 17,1981


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