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April 9, 2003 minutes

MINUTES - REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING, NORTH OKANAGAN LABOUR COUNCIL AT KELOWNA

AFFILIATES PRESENT

Trudy Ames BCGEU 307

Karen Abramsen BC Forum

Louise Turner HEU

Pat Bulmer CEP 2000

David Porteous UFCW 120B

Cathy Seagris BCGEU 607

Ron Bobowski CUPW 760

Cheryl Stone UFCW 1518

Mary Malerby BCNU

Doug Knowler TWU 6

Steve Malerby BC Forum

Shirley Kavaloff HSA

Dona Frayn BCGEU 1207

Jeff Carsience UBCJ 1370

GUESTS

Heather Jaeger CEP 2000

John O. Powell B.C. NDP

Gord Larkin CLC

REGRETS

David Doran Carp 1346

Judi Filion BCGEU 707


CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order by Vice-President Cathy Seagris at 7:10 p.m.

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

M/S/C to adopt agenda of April 9, 2003


GUEST SPEAKERS

John O. Powell, NDP - Provincial NDP getting healthier. Debt going down, memberships going up, constituency associations getting organized. Two years to next provincial election. Federal election expected in 2004 will be a test run for provincial election in 2005. Regional policy conference May 9-10 in Kelowna at Okanagan University College North Kelowna campus. BCGEU President George Heyman to speak. Four workshops. Everyone invited. Fee only $35.Invitations were handed out at this meeting. Everyone was asked to take three.


ADOPTION OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTES

M/S/C to adopt the minutes of March 5, 2003.

CREDENTIALS REPORT

17 present with 14 delegates and 3 guests

OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATES

none

FINANCIAL REPORT

M/S/C to to adopt financial report as circulated

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE

a) Resignation letter from David Mitchell, vice-president - David has been transferred to the coast. Resignation accepted with thanks for his many years of service to the NOLC. An election to fill his position will be held at the May meeting.

b) CLC seeking four nominations from NOLC and South Okanagan Boundary Labour Council to EI Board of Referees. All four current appointees' terms expire in July. Nominations due by May 15. - CLC rep Gord Larkin was directed to investigate the status of the four current Board of Referee members.

c) Interior Savings Credit Union ballots for board of directors election and name change proposal (delete Thompson from the formal name Thompson Interior Savings Credit Union). NOLC will cast votes for Murli Pendharkar and Shirley Staley to the credit union board.

M/S/C to accept the executive board report.


REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT

Gord Stoutenburg, BC Forum/EI Board of Referees: Effective April 1, 2003, a new Appeals website has been implemented and provides information to clients who use the employment insurance appeal system. The Appeals Directorate has developed the site in cooperation with the Commissioner for Workers, the Commissioner for Employers, the Communications Directorate, representatives of claimant advocacy and help groups, external consultants and Board of Referee members across the country. Access this site at: http://www.ei-ae.gc.ca/ and bookmark it for for future reference. In addition to providing information on the appeal process before the Board of Referees and the Umpire, the site explains how and where to file an appeal, what happens once the appeal has been filed and what is an appeal docket. It also gives website addresses where clients can find information to help them understand the decision made in their case and prepare their appeal. To ensure that clients are properly advised of this resource, Insurance Client Services has been asked to add the website address on the notices of decisions. Improvements will also be made to the information on the right of appeal factsheet attached to notices of decision. These changes will come into effect June 2, 2003. Moreover, to facilitate the process of filing an appeal to the Board of Referees, a new form entitled Notice of Appeal to the Board of Referees (INS 5210) has been created. Clients are free to use the form or not. This form is available on the E-Form system (April 1, 2003) and will appear in the Appeals Delivery and Management System (ADMS) in November 2003. It should be provided to clients upon request. The introduction of this Web site will likely affect the client service currently provided by HRDC, as clients will be told to make sure to identify what decision(s) they wish to appeal. Clients are also informed that if they are not sure what decision(s) were made on their claim, they should check with the Insurance information centre (Insurance Telemessage) or their local HRCC. Finally, clients are also advised to contact the HRCC to obtain a list of community help groups or claimant advocacy groups they can consult to prepare their appeal.

Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000: While the NOLC spring school was cancelled, a CEP 2000 shop stewards' course, originally scheduled to run at the school, carried on. Our union thanks Sister Judi Filion for helping us make the arrangements so our course could go ahead. The course was held Saturday and Sunday morning, March 29-30, at the BCGEU office. National rep Joie Warnock came up from Vancouver and taught basic stewarding to seven members from Kelowna, Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Castlegar and Nelson. Negotiation questionnaires have been distributed to members at The Daily Courier and Penticton Herald and results are now being tallied.

Doug Knowler, TWU 6: Contract negotiations are in progress; 2 years and 3 months since the previous contract expired. Conciliators have been appointed. Telus has sued the TWU and its executive for defaming Telus's brand. TWU is launching a quality of service campaign with leafletting at malls.

Gord Larkin, CLC: Plans are being made to mark the second anniversary of the Gordon Campbell government May 17. Activities are still in the planning stages. Medicare campaign is still active. CLC is continuing to pressure MPs to adopt the Romanow report. Day of Mourning, April 28 - Labour councils around the country will be supporting events in their local communities remembering those who were killed and injured on the job.

Also reported (verbally but written reports weren't submitted): Safeway workers in UFCW 1518 to take a strike vote April 14-15 in Vancouver and Fraser Valley; Carpenters' union is now accepting apprentices. Visit their office at Raymer Avenue and West in Kelowna, if you're interested.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Spring school - School March 29-30 was cancelled due to low enrolment. Labour council will look at organizing a school next spring and setting up a committee to put it together.

Day of Mourning is Monday, April 28. Ron Bobowski and Karen Abramsen will organize a ceremony to take place at the tree in Ben Lee Park, which the NOLC had planted a couple years ago in memory of workers killed and injured on the job.


NEW BUSINESS

M/S/C to send letter to City of Kelowna re: contracting out of jail guards

M/S/C to donate $75 to help with mailing costs for the NDP's regional policy conference May 10-11.


FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT

17 total, 14 delegates, 3 guests

ADJOURNMENT

Meeting adjourned at 8 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary.



The next meeting will be Wednesday, May 7, 7 p.m., at the Village Green Hotel, Vernon.


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