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April 7, 2004 minutes

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

AFFILIATES PRESENT

Ron Bobowski CUPW 760

Jeff Carsience UBCJ

Glenn Nowag HERE 40

Trudy Ames BCGEU 307

David Doran Carp 1346

Judi Filion BCGEU 707

Karen Abramsen BC Forum

Pat Bulmer CEP 2000

Louise Turner HEU

Kathy Dunn HEU

Dona Frayn BCGEU 1207

Pat Munro HSA - Kelowna

Joyce Procure BCNU and NDP

Ken Robinson HEU

Tony Heisterkamp Carp 1346

Liz Woods BCGEU

Kandi Rochford Local 40

GUESTS

Gord Stoutenburg BC Forum

Eileen Robinson NDP/Women's Centre

Gord Larkin CLC

Nita Grass

Starleigh Grass NDP

Gord Larkin CLC

REGRETS

Kevin Hagglund CEP 823 - M

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order by President David Doran at 7 p.m.

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

M/S/C to adopt agenda of April 7, 2004


GUEST SPEAKERS

Federal NDP candidates Joyce Procure (Okanagan-Coquihalla) and Starleigh Grass (Kelowna) gave short speeches, then answered questions from delegates.


ADOPTION OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTES

M/S/C to adopt the minutes of March 10, 2004.

CREDENTIALS REPORT

22 present with 17 delegates and 5 guests

OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATES

none

FINANCIAL REPORT

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

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE

a) Interior Savings Credit Union board of director elections - Candidates are incumbents Don Grant, Bianca Ianfrancesco, Rod Smith - receive and file

b) A GM Place worker sends an e-mail to say why she supports a CCHEU raid on Local 40 - Executive recommends sending a response by e-mail to this worker outlining why our labour council supports Local 40 and does not support this raid.

M/S/C to accept Executive board report


REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT

HEU - Vernon - During the week of March 22-26, HEU took strike votes all across the province, reason being: when so-called bargaining started, the employer came to the table with 109 pages of concessions. Virtually every clause of our contract was attacked -- and I do mean attacked. Everything from wage reductions across the board, reduction in long-term disability (already at 60 % of former wage) part-time staff to pay for benefits, and virtual elimination of seniority rights - in other words they don't want to have to call casuals for work in order of seniority and they want seniority removed as part of the criteria for job selection. When HEU countered, their only response was a flat no. The vote at Vernon Jubilee Hospital was 92 % in favour of job action; across the province, HEU voted 90 % in favour, but the facility bargaining association was 89 % in favour. To date, over 2,500 HEU members have received layoff notice. As soon as essential levels are in place, we will be in a legal position to strike. We expect to "shut it down" province-wide. To make this happen, we will be looking for your support and need you to join us on the picket line within the first two days. We have no idea what this government will do and if they make a move, your support will be critical.

Eileen Robinson gave a verbal report on the status of the Kelowna Women's Centre, now that provincial funding has been cut off. The centre will close for a week, lay off one worker and restructure. The board figures the centre can survive for a year "if we're careful." A move to a smaller office and reducing services - even though traffic is growing - will be necessary.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

a) CLC - Day of Mourning is April 28. Pat Munro agreed to put an event together to mark the day.

b) BC Federation of Labour urges us to sponsor a kid for Camp Jubilee. Also, some brochures etc. from Camp Rainbow. M/S/C to hold draws at our June meeting to send one boy and one girl to Silver Lake camp, as per past practice. (We have also traditionally sponsored an older youth to go to Camp Rainbow, but for financial reasons we won't be doing that this year.)

c) United Way Board appointments - David Doran reported that he has appointed Liz Woods and David Porteous to sit on the United Way board. They will try to find out whether we can also appoint alternates or even more people to attend board meetings, as Ron Bobowski and Kevin Hagglund also expressed an interest in serving.


NEW BUSINESS

Interior Labour Council Conference in Kamloops, June 5 - Table to May meeting.


FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT

22 total with 17 delegates and 5 guests

ADJOURNMENT

Meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary.



The next meeting will be Wednesday, May 5, 2004, 7 p.m., at the Village Green Hotel, Vernon.


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