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APRIL 4, 2007 minutes

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

(Minutes are for information only as there was no quorum so no business could be conducted)

AFFILIATES PRESENT
Ron Bobowski, CUPW 760
Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000
Glenn Nowag, UNITEHERE
Brad Dunlop, USW 1-423
Jeff Carsience, UBCJ 1370
Bill Zeman, CUPE 3523


GUESTS
Nick Hodge, NDP, OK-Vernon
Rob Lauman, NDP, OK-Vernon

REGRETS
Karen Abramsen, BC Forum
Kris Bothe, UBCJ 1370
Gord Larkin, CLC
Dave Porteous, UFCW
Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518

CALL TO ORDER
President Brad Dunlop called the meeting to order at 7:15 p.m.

GUEST SPEAKERS
Nick Hodge and Rob Lauman talked about the Labour Day picnic planned for Sept. 3, noon-5 p.m. at Kin Beach in Vernon. Last year, on a shoestring, about 50 people attended. They're looking for volunteers from the labour council to help with the second annual event. If you can pitch in, contact Rob Lauman at khehmist@yahoo.ca, phone 545-3506 (h) or 932-0255 (cell).


CREDENTIALS REPORT
7 present with 6 delegates and 2 guests

FINANCIAL REPORT
Financial report presented for information only.

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE
a) Ministry of Labour and Citizens Services invites Brad Dunlop to an information session with the chair of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Tribunal and Chief Review Officer of WorkSafeBC's Review Division April 19, 1-4 p.m.
b) BC Federation of Labour minimum wage petition was circulated.
c) BC Health Coalition wants members to send letters to editor and present a resolution to municipal councils re: home support. Delegates were encouraged to support the health coalition campaign and write letters.

REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT

Bill Zeman, Ron Bobowski, Pat Bulmer and Brad Dunlop gave verbal reports.
Gord Larkin provided a written report suggesting: 1) We table discussion about BC Forum participation in labour councils to the Southern Interior Labour Councils meeting on May 26 (More further in minutes); 2) We write a letter to MP Ron Cannan, expressing our DISGUST at his about-face on the anti-scab legislation; 3) Day of Mourning materials are available from CLC; 4) car pool to the Southern Interior Labour Council meeting in Kimberley.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

a) Public Policy and the Environment forum, June 8-10. Brad reported Columbia Institute has agreed to co-sponsor the event again this year. A request for funding has been made to the CLC.
b) Day of Mourning -- NOLC will join in the Day of Mourning ceremonies conducted by the City of Kelowna CUPE workers (local 338). The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m., April 27 at the city works yard, 1500 Hardy St.

NEW BUSINESS

a) Letter from David Rice, regional director, CLC, re: BC Forum participation on labour councils. Essentially, the letter calls for formalizing BC Forum's relationship with labour councils, which would include two possible delegates and a possible non-voting position on the executive. The letter will be discussed again at our May meeting to give direction to our reps attending the Southern Interior Labour Councils meeting May 26, where a discussion is also planned on this topic.
b) Annual Southern Interior Labour Councils conference is scheduled for May 26 in Kimberley.
c) Karen Abramsen submitted the following request: The Council of Canadians is hosting a workshop in TILMA on Wed April 25th at the OUC KLO Theatre. We are bringing in Ellen Gould who is a researcher with the Centre For Policy Alternatives. She has written a major paper on TILMA. Would the NOLC like to co-sponsor with us for the cost of her airfare. It should be $195 & not more than $200. We would hope you would look favourably on our request. Due to the lack of a quorum and the need for a response before our next meeting, the executive will approve the request and bring back to the May meeting for ratification.

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT
8 total with 6 delegates and 2 guests

ADJOURNMENT
The meeting ended at 8 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary.


The next meeting will be Wednesday, May 9, 2007, 7 p.m., at the NOLC office, 201A 1358 St. Paul Street.

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