On Sunday, October 21 at 2 p.m. at the downtown Kelowna branch of Okanagan Regional Library, 1380 Ellis Street, Amnesty International Kelowna presents "How We Vote - Your Voice in B.C.'s Future" with Dr. Wayne Broughton of Fair Vote Kelowna who will speak about the upcoming B.C. referendum on proportional representation. Dr. Broughton, a UBCO math professor, will compare the present first-past-the-post system to the proposed proportional representation system. He will also describe the three choices of proportional representation that will be on the ballot. There will be a question and answer session after the presentation. Admission is free. Registered voters will receive voting packages from Elections B.C. between October 22nd and November 2nd and must have them returned by November 30th.
A message from BCGEU casino workers:
Over 675 BCGEU members working at four Gateway Casinos in the Thompson-Okanagan walked off the job on June 29 after mediation broke down with the employer. Workers are fighting for living wages, better working conditions, and respect on the job. BCGEU members work in table games, as slot attendants, cashiers, in the count room, kitchen, security, guest services, and maintenance.
As our strike surpasses the third-month mark, keeping moral high on the picket line is of the upmost importance. For that reason, we will be hosting a Solidarity Picket on October 19th (Friday) at 5:30pm at all four casinos.
Playtime Casino Kelowna, located at 1300 Water Street
Cascades Casino Penticton, located at 201-553 Vees Dr.
Lake City Casino Vernon, located at 4900 Anderson Way
Cascades Casino Kamloops, 1555 Versatile Dr.
We would like to invite your local union to join us in support. Additionally, If your union is able to donate one of the following supplies, please email: email@example.com so we can plan accordingly – it would be greatly appreciated.
Supplies Needed: Burgers; Hotdogs; Buns; Chips; Paper Plates & Utensils; Veggie/Fruit Trays;
BCGEU Local 1707 Members
The North Okanagan Labour Council has endorsed the following candidates in the Oct. 20 civic elections:
Norah Bowman - Candidate Kelowna SD 23 Trustee
Peter Pagliocchini - Candidate Kelowna SD 23 Trustee
Mohini Singh - Candidate Kelowna City Council
Erik Olesen - Candidate Vernon Mayor
Kelly Fehr - Candidate Vernon City Council
Mark Olsen - Candidate Vernon SD 22 Trustee
Updated Sept. 4
Media coverage of the NOLC's Labour Day picnic:
Appetite for Labour Day picnic looks to be growing each year
Families and unions gather for Labour Day Picnic
North Okanagan Labour Council hosts fifth annual Labour Day Picnic
Annual Labour Day picnic at Mission Creek Park
Mental Health First Aid KELOWNA
Okanagan - Coast Capri Hotel (Kelowna)
November 6, 2018 8:30 am
Bullying & Harassment KELOWNA
Okanagan - Coast Capri Hotel (Kelowna)
November 14, 2018 8:30 am
(Updated May 9)
On Saturday April 28, the North Okanagan Labour Council and WorkSafeBC co-hosted a Day of Mourning ceremony in Kelowna.
Click on the Photos link above to see some photos from the ceremony in Ben Lee Park.
The panel reviewing the BC Labour Relations Code stopped in Kelowna on March 26 to hear from the public. NOLC President Ian Gordon and past president Carole Gordon brought up a lot of good points during their appearance. Click here to read their presentation.
You might have seen this ad during the Olympics, but if not, you've got to watch Unions are Great! (Official version - 60 seconds) by NUPGE
Ian Gordon is the new president of the North Okanagan Labour Council.
Also elected on Wednesday night were:
Vice Presidents - Ronn Dunn, Carmen Belanger, Shane Curveon
Secretary Treasurer - Louise Gibson
Recording Secretary - Cheryl Stone
Sergeant at Arms - Karen Abramsen
Central Delegate - Helen Repole
Northern Delegate - Wynn Hartfelder
Trustees - Greg McGowan, Gail Neufeld (joining current trustee Mike Porteous).
Read more here
The BCFED Health & Safety Centre has released its 2018 public course schedule. You can view the PDF schedule and course descriptions on-line with this link:
2018 Course Descriptions and Schedule