Go to the Labour Links (also in the drop-down menu above) page to find links to union and other useful websites with information on COVID-19 and the workplace and on how to apply for assistance programs. We'll keep adding more as we find them.
Greetings Sister & Brothers;
Following discussions, the Executive Board has made the decision to cancel the Vernon, April 1, 2020 meeting due to the present COVID-19 pandemic. Orion Irvine, Regional Director CLC has recommended that we suspend future meetings until further notice. While we may have important business to conduct, we believe it is crucial that our Labour Council follows the lead of the Canadian Labour Congress and other Labour Councils in helping to stem the tide of COVID-19.
We therefore do not wish to ask our delegates and guests to place themselves, their coworkers, friends, families, or communities at greater risk by attending a large meeting.
Should there be any urgent business to bring before the Labour Council please do not hesitate to inform President Ian Gordon via email. firstname.lastname@example.org.
We anticipate resuming our future regular meeting schedules and will provide confirmation of this and meeting details prior meeting dates.
North Okanagan Labour Council
2020 PUBLIC SESSIONS
The BCFED Health & Safety Centre has released our 2020 public course schedule. You can view the public schedule (on the last page) and course descriptions at the link below.
If you are a member of the Health and Safety Committee in your workplace, please review the 2020 course schedule and make it part of your education planning at your next committee meeting, highlighting the mandatory legislative requirements noted below in this message.
To the 8000+ affliated unionized workers in the valley, please take a moment to feel proud about the work you do today. A part of that small amount of the dues you pay, combined with those from your fellow co-workers from all over (hospitals, post offices, government offices etc.), is constantly plugged into places where it can be leveraged to make the largest impact. You truly hold your community up! $1400 bucks to the Central Okanagan Food Bank from the North Okanagan Labour Council to reduce the stress of families over the holidays. Feel proud. This win is yours.
-- Vice President Kelly Hutchinson
(Click on Read more link to see photo)
Click here to see another NOLC donation
Updated Nov. 6
Election winners for 2-year terms:
President - Ian Gordon
Vice Presidents - Kelly Hutchinson, Jeff Fisher, Shane Curveon
Secretary-Treasurer - Louise Gibson
Recording Secretary - Cheryl Stone
Central delegate - Nik Terava
Northern delegate - Luke Mortenson
Sgt. At Arms - Karen Abramsen
Trustee - Tawni Duhamel
More on the election here
Click on the Photos link above for photos from the Labour Day picnic.
Earlier news release from the NOLC:
The North Okanagan Labour Council is holding its annual Labour Day Picnic on September 2nd from noon to 3 pm on the fields behind the Hollywood Road Education Services site at 1040 Hollywood Road, Kelowna.
A fun event for the whole family, the picnic will be featuring a free BBQ, local live music, giveaway items, community organizations and union displays, bouncy castles, and the City of Kelowna Park & Play activities for the children.
Labour Day is a holiday held annually on the first Monday of September, giving communities the opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of union and non-union workers across Canada.
“Things like Medicare, minimum wage and parental leave were won thanks to working people across Canada. This is why every year on Labour Day, Canada’s unions celebrate working people as we all continue our work to improve the lives of all Canadians,” says Ian Gordon, president of the North Okanagan Labour Council.
“The $15 minimum wage is changing the lives of working families across the country and our PharmaCare campaign hopes to do the same.”
Everyone is welcome to come celebrate Labour Day with the North Okanagan Labour Council, chartered by the Canadian Labour Congress that includes over 40 affiliated local unions representing thousands of workers from Peachland to Enderby B.C.
The North Okanagan Labour Council and WorkSafeBC hosted the annual Day of Mourning ceremony on Sunday, April 28. Here are some links to local news coverage. See photos here.
Kelowna bus driver grateful to be alive after brutal beating - The Daily Courier
Kelowna bus driver shares story of assault on Day of Mourning - Global Okanagan
From the BC Labour Heritage Centre
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.