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APRIL 9, 2008 minutes

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

AFFILIATES PRESENT
Ron Bobowski, CUPW 760
Glenn Nowag, HERE 40
Shane Curveon, ATU 1722
Faye Saxon, BC Forum
Bill Zeman, CUPE 3523
Maria (last name not recorded), CFIA
Karen Abramsen, BC Forum
Jeff Carsience, UBCJA 1370

GUESTS
Orion Irvine, CLC
Rob Laumann, B.C. NDP

CALL TO ORDER
President Glenn Nowag called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. No quorum.

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
M/S/C to adopt agenda of March 5, 2008

GUEST SPEAKERS
Guest speaker Rob Laumann -- B.C. NDP in Vernon looking for help with the Labour Day picnic in September. Would the NOLC consider taking part? Attendance was 50 plus people last year and included coverage on CHBC. 397 days left to the provincial election. NDP constiuency wants a closer relationship to labour. Executive moved that we donate 200.00 dollars to the Labour day picnic fund.

CREDENTIALS REPORT
10 present with 7 delegates and 3 guests

OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATES
None

FINANCIAL REPORT
Informal financial report -- Political Action account in very good shape for upcoming municipal elections and Provincial elections

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE
- Motion: To donate 200.00 dollars to the NDP Labour Day Picnic. Moved and seconded by executive. Tabled to May for approval at council

REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT
New Delegate - Maria, Canada food inspection agency workers. She is an animal health and safety inspector, Plant protection, food safety. Provincial government to limit slaughtering of small animals. There are Federal Inspectors of this system in B.C., Province does not inspect these operations. All slaughtering must take place in licensed places, with federal inspection certificate. Without certificate, no legal slaughtering, few inspectors in the province to certify and follow up.

Bill Zeman -- School district facing budget cuts due to limited SD 23 budget not keeping pace with inflation. $170 million budget this year, $174 millon next year. $4 million dollar shortfall. CUPE looking to sponsor trustee candidates.

Karen Abramsen -- EI Board of Referees. EI board does not have a trained sitting chair. Lack of chairpeople making the meetings. Telephone hearings becoming more commonplace. Federal Government not making appointments of Chairpeople. Government has increased remuneration for number of dockets and extra hours for chairpeople to sit on referee meetings. Labour reps will stay on for full duration of terms. Limits are in place for years of service now.

Shane Curveon, ATU -- 3 members of Merritt transit approved for certification. Other transit locals looking for more certifications. ATU has also been approached to organize non-union.

NEW BUSINESS
a) April 28th is the National Day of Mourning and the NOLC is looking for volunteers for events.

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT
10 total with 7 delegates and 3 guests

GOOD AND WELFARE
Corky Evans will be speaking, 7 p.m. at Best Western, April 10th about BC food producers. Campaigning for the number of inspectors to be raised to allow smaller operations/producers to function.

ADJOURNMENT
The meeting adjourned at 8 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Jeff Carsience, recording secretary.



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