MONTHLY MEETING MINUTES – May 3, 2017
AFFILIATES PRESENT: Recording Secretary Cheryl Stone UFCW 1518, Sergeant at Arms Karen Abramsen UFCW 1518, Trustee Louise Gibson Move Up, Vice President Ian Gordon CUPE 3523, Vice President Ronn Dunn CUPE 3523,
Central Delegate Helen Repole BCGEU, Northern Delegate Wynn Hartfelder BCGEU, Vice President Carmen Belanger HEU, Pat Bulmer UNIFOR 2000, Susan Bauhart COTA, Trevor Breden IAFF 4457, Ken Robinson HEU, George Yeulett HEU, Gray Boisvert CUPE 5523
OBLIGATIONS OF NEW DELEGATES:
REGRETS: President Nikki Inouye, HEU Vernon, Secretary-Treasurer Ron Bobowski, CUPW
GUESTS: Baljit Sandhu, HEU Vernon
BCFORUM Delegates: Trustee Greg McGowan
CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order by Vice President Ronn Dunn CUPE 3523 at 7:00 pm ADOPTION OF AGENDA: M/S/C
ADOPTION OF PREVIOUS MINUTES: M/S/C
CREDENTIALS REPORT: 16 Present with 14 Delegates, 1 Guests, and 1 BCFORUM delegate
FINANCIAL REPORT: Financial Report was given by Vice President Ian Gordon CUPE 3523. M/S/C
EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT / ACTION CORRESPONDENCE:
REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS – STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS – CLC REPORT:
- a) Reports of Local Unions: George Yeulett CUPE 5523, Susan Bauhart COTA, Pat Bulmer UNIFOR 2000, Ken Robinson HEU, Ian Gordon CUPE 3523,
- b) Standing Committee Reports:
- Day of Mourning - Friday, April 28 2017- Karen Abramsen
We had a very good turnout for our Day of Mourning event. The weather was terrific, Ian McKellor, Piper led the Honour Guard of two Firefighters to the front. WorkSafe BC provided the wreath. Mark Stokes, Client Services Manager spoke on behalf of WorkSafe BC. Counsellor Mohini Singh attended for the City of Kelowna and Ian Gordon gave the Day of Mourning speech on behalf of the NOLC.
- Labour Day 2017 – The time of the event has been changed to noon to 3:00 pm. Organization is underway and a final report on all of the details will be made at the June 7, 2017 meeting. We are asking our local Affiliates to try to attend with a table display and hand-outs. Posters & applications for the table displays will be emailed to everyone. For more information please call or email Cheryl at email@example.com or 250 575 5301.
- Day of Mourning - Friday, April 28 2017- Karen Abramsen
Bill C-4 update
On April 11th, the government’s representatives in the Senate allowed an amendment to Bill C-4 to pass. The amendment moved by Conservative Senator Tannas eliminated the automatic card check certi cation portion of C-4. The amendment passed 43-34. Five members of the Independent Senators Group and ve Liberal Senators voted with 33 Conservatives to pass the amendment, which e ectively reverses the intent of Bill C-4.
On April 13th, the Senate passed Bill C-4 with the amendment and sent it back to the House of Commons. The House will now schedule debate on the Bill as amended and decide whether to accept the Senate’s proposed amendment. This is likely to occur after the Easter Break weeks, in early May.
The Government has expressed their concern with the Senate’s amendment and has committed to ensuring it is rejected and referred back to the Senate in its original form.
We still fully expect the legislation to pass, but the timeline for its passage and receipt of Royal Assent is unclear.
We will convene a conference call of a liates once we have a better sense of the timeline to discuss strategies for holding Senators to account and ensuring the legislation passes rapidly.
What Budget 2017 means for working Canadians
Compared to the signi cant announcements made in the 2016 budget and fall economic statement, Budget 2017 is much more modest, lacking the same ambition to address the pressing challenges facing working Canadians. While it provides more details regarding multi- year investments in housing, public transit and other areas, it adds relatively little in the way of new spending.
The Canadian Labour Congress, released a detailed budget analysis, which outlines the commitments on important issues for working Canadians.
The analysis notes that the budget plan does include a few positive changes to Employment Insurance, and new funding for child care, home care, mental health, and
However, when measured against the scale of the need that exists – for child care, green job creation, EI fairness, health care, and rights for Temporary Foreign Workers – Budget 2017 undoubtedly falls short.
Read the detailed analysis of Budget 2017 on our website, canadianlabour.ca.
CLC Convention 2017
The Canadian Labour Congress 28th Constitutional Convention will take place May 8-12, 2017 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
The agenda for the 2017 Convention has been nalized and can found on the convention website at convention.canadianlabour.ca.
There are many great speakers including;
- Amira Elghawaby, journalist and human rights activist
- Shelina Merani, digital media strategist and stand-up comedian,
- Angela Davis, author and scholar
- Candy Palmater, comic, actor, writer, international speaker, activist and TV and radio personality
The CLC will also honour Dr. Cindy Blackstock with the Human Rights Award for her outstanding contributions to advancing human rights in Canada.
A member of the Gitksan First Nation, Dr. Blackstock has 25 years of social work experience in child protection and Indigenous children’s rights.
We are also very excited to be welcoming Dr. Blackstock to the convention stage as a guest speaker.
On Thursday, there will be a tribute to Barbara Byers, retiring Secretary-Treasurer, thanking her for all her years of commitment to the working people of Canada.
With the 25th anniversary of the Westray Mine disaster approaching on May 9, we will be marking this year’s Day of Mourning on April 28th with a call on the federal government to “Remember Westray. Enforce the Law.”
On May 9, 1992, an explosion at the Westray Mine in Pictou County, Nova Scotia killed all 26 miners working underground that fateful morning.
It was one of the deadliest mining disasters in Canadian history and led to new Criminal Code provisions — known as the Westray Law — that nally made it possible to prosecute corporate criminal negligence.
But many workplace fatalities are still never properly investigated and only a handful have resulted in criminal charges.
An online petition has been set up at RememberWestray.ca.
Let’s honour the memory of the miners who lost their lives by calling on the federal government to lead the way on enforcing the Westray Law.
NOLC 2017 Annual Draw – Ronn Dunn - The NOLC has changed the draw from a summer camp to a Bursary draw. The executive recommended that we use Okanagan College Foundation to purchase two bursaries.
A motion was made to purchase the two bursaries from the Okanagan College Foundation in time for the 2018 grad year. M/S/C
- NOLC brochures & banner outdated - A quote was made on the cost of a small & large banner from Stacy Screen- printing. A motion was made to purchase banners to promote the NOLC, including the updated brochure printing. M/S/C
- NOLC Social June 7, 2017 – The location of the social will be announced at the June 7 meeting.
- Political Action – Greg McGowan, BCFORUM. A motion was made to donate funds to NDP Vernon Monashee and Penticton Constituencies. The amount of the original motion was amended to a lesser value and subsequently sub amended to a smaller value. After a vigorous and lengthy discussion the motion was passed. M/S.C
FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT: 16 Present with 14 Delegates 1 Guest 1 BCFORUM delegate
GOOD & WELFARE:
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 8:05 pm by Vice President Ronn Dunn CUPE 3523 Minutes respectfully submitted by Recording Secretary Cheryl Stone UFCW 1518.
Kelowna, 1064 Borden Avenue Wednesday, June 7, 2017 7:00 pm
Summer Social will follow the meeting Location T B A at the meeting