APRIL 8, 2009 minutes
MINUTES - MONTHLY MEETING, NORTH OKANAGAN LABOUR COUNCIL
Glenn Nowag, Pres., UFCW 120
Darren Tompkins, CUPE 5523
Ron Bobowski, Sec/Treasurer, CUPW 760
Bill Zeman, CUPE 3523
Cheryl Stone, Rec. Sec., UFCW 1518
Nikki Invoye, HEU-Vernon
Carol Kenzie, HEU
Barry Dorval BCTF Local 22
Carole Gordon, COTA
Mark Olsen CUPE 5523
Shawna Rand, Northern Delegate, HEU - Vernon
Shane Curveon, Sergeant at Arms, ATU 1722
Dave Porteous, Trustee, UFCW 120
Doug Gibson, BCFORUM
Bev Andrews, CAW 114, Vernon
Stephen Phillips, CAW 114, Vernon
Debra Critchley, BCGEU
Orion Irvine, CLC Representative
Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523, Vice President
Brad Albrecht, HEU, Vernon - Trustee
CALL TO ORDER
President Glenn Nowag called the meeting to order at
ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
M/S/C to adopt agenda of April 8, 2009
SPEAKERS ADOPTION OF PREVIOUS MINUTES
Mark Olsen, CUPE 5523, NDP Candidate Vernon Monashee
10 Delegates 9 Guests
OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATES and RE-Affirmation OF DELEGATES not re-affirmed at March meeting.
Delegate information forms were passed out to all delegates to be returned at this meeting. Three new Delegates were affirmed.
Ron Bobowski gave his financial report. M/S/C
EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE
BCTF Regional Social Justice Conference, Kelowna, B.C. The
executive recommended we donate $250.00 towards this conference as well
as purchase 4 tickets of $25.00 each for any four delegates who wish to
attend. Four delegates requesting tickets were; Shawna Rand, HEU,
Vernon, Nikki Inouye, HEU, Vernon, Ron Bobowski, CUPW 760 and Doug
BC Fed -- 3rd party advertising under BC Election
Act -- received and filed
Retired CLC Rep., Gord Larkin requested
financial assistance for BCNDP candidate in Fraser-Nicola, Harry Lali It
was the recommendation of the Executive that Gord's request for funding
come from the Kamloops L.C. Ron Bobowski will reply to Gord.
Council of Canadians initiative to challenge the BC and Alta
Gov't's imposition of TILMA -- received and filed
BC FED/CLC funding
request to BC Fed Labour Political Action Fund - received and filed
BCFORUM letter from March 9, 2009 - to be discussed by Orion
Irvine, CLC Rep later in this meeting.
BC Fed election conference calls concerning the "Count Me In"
Campaign -- noted and asked if any delegates would like to participate.
NDP office opening Kelowna announcement -- The Kelowna NDP 3
constituencies, of Kelowna Lake Country, Westside Kelowna and Kelowna
Mission have combined their efforts and are located at the same office.
The new office is located at 1675 Pandosy Street, Kelowna, B.C.
Fed requests Day of Mourning events. Karen Abramsen volunteered to
organize this event to be held at Ben Lee Park, Kelowna, at 4:00 pm on
April 28, 2009. The media will be sent a press release and an ad will
be put into the papers. Affiliates will be notified of the event. Shawna
Rand and Nikki Inouye will try to organize an event in the Vernon.
CUPE BC -- 46th Annual Convention. Invitation sent to NOLC to attend
this 46th annual convention being held on April 22-25, 2009 at the
Victoria Conference Centre. Nikki Inouye, Northern Delegate motioned to
send Ron Bobowski, CUPW 760 to the convention on behalf of the NOLC,
Shawna Rand, Vice President, second the motion, carried.
Women's Centre -- Because the NOLC had donated $100.00 to the Kelowna
Women's Centre, a motion was made by Ron Bobowski, Sec/Treasurer, to
donate $100.00 also to the Vernon Women's Centre, second by Dave
Porteous, Trustee, Carried.
REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT
CEP 2000, Pat
Bulmer's report was submitted earlier and read by Glenn Nowag, President --
More layoffs at the Kelowna Daily Courier -- Six more full-timers and
several part-timers have been chopped lately -- and it may not be over yet.
Customer Service hours are also shrinking, as are the size of our
newspapers as a result of a drop in advertising. This is happening to
newspapers all over.
HEU Vernon, Nikki Inouye spoke about the Harrison Hot Springs political
School for Women March 21-24, 2009 -- I had a good time -- very
informative. I learned a lot about how a campaign is run and the jobs
that are required to run a successful campaign. We met three MLA women
and they told us their stories about life as an MLA. Joy MacPhail spoke
one day and was very inspirational. Our workshops were very full and I
enjoyed them greatly. I highly recommend these courses for other members
in the future.
BCTF Local 22 (VTA) Barry Dorval -- Favourable settlement to a
longstanding grievance regarding layoffs to the Aboriginal Advocates on
February 13, 2008.
Local school board is facing a 2.7 million
dollar deficit. Cuts will result in significant cuts to services. In
addition to cuts to CUPE 5523 the VTA is looking at a loss 15 to 20 FTE.
ATU 1722 Shane Curveon -- ATU Canadian council hosted Level
1 -- Steward's Training in Kelowna last month with 17 members in
attendance. Two members attended Level 2 Training in Vancouver this
past weekend. ATU Canadian Council will bring Level 2 to Kelowna if
the interest is there for the training.
Executive Board elections
to take place starting with nominations at next month's meeting; the new
Board takes office on July 1, 2009. New Executive will have to
start preparing for contract negotiations for new contract to go into
effect on April 1, 2010.
Council of Canadians -- Karen Abramsen -- Karen Abramsen reported on
the Council of Canadians activities around energy issues -- tar sands --
The environmental devastation of the Tar Sands in northern Alberta is
equal to an area one size of Florida. The Athabasca River is being
polluted and First Nations in the area are being poisoned.
The Kelowna Citizens for Public Power sponsored Rafe Mair to bring
his message to Kelowna. The current government is selling off our rivers
to Independent Power Projects. We are ruining our rivers with these
projects and our Province will never be the same is we allow this to
happen. Rafe's message is vote for Carole James and the NDP and don't
vote Green and split one vote. Our involvement of youth has increased.
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, Local 823-M
Unionized workers of CHBC Television (Owned by Canwest Global
Communications) -- Our local has been without a contract since September
2007. Various factors have kept us from reaching the bargaining table --
in part, a restructuring of bargaining units across the country. A
council of CEP delegates from all the CanWest-owned TV stations has,
since 2001, been pursuing a single bargaining unit, nation-wide. That
effort came up short last year, when the Canada Industrial Relations
Board declared three regional bargaining units. The council's efforts
since has been devoted largely towards creating a single Local with a
plan for pattern bargaining. Meanwhile, the CIRB is holding hearings to
determine inclusions and exclusions for the three Bargaining Units.
There has been no formal bargaining yet in any of the three Units. Both
sides have made overtures in the form of summary proposals. It's clear
that we're far apart, not even agreeing on which of the three Units
should start bargaining first. At CHBC, our members are working hard to
keep up with the demands of being short-staffed thanks to the recent
layoffs. In particular, thereีs little cover for absence due to illness
or vacation. In fact, managers have chosen to put two of our half-hour
programs "on hiatus" for the summer because of inadequate cover for
vacations. CHBC is still for sale. We have had, and are expecting more,
visits from potential buyers. This process, we are reminded, is
confidential. We have no reliable information on the identities of any
would-be new owners. Even if we did, it would be hard to say what the
effect might be. It's important to remember that any sale is still
CanWest's call, and they recently postponed decision-making on that
front till the end of summer. At the national level, CRTC hearings for
broadcast license renewals begin in late April. One-year interim terms
are being considered in view of the economic hard times -- in particular,
declining advertising revenues. CEP is intervening with vigorous
cautions to make the point that broadcasters must not, in any relief
process, be allowed to shirk their responsibilities to the communities
they serve. We are still encouraging members of the public to petition
MPs to preserve local television.
-- Jim Failes, Pres. CEP 823-M
CLC, Orion Irvine -- Bill 42 The Supreme Court of British Columbia struck
down parts of Bill 42 in late March. The court decision removes the
third party limits from the pre-election period. However, the limits
remain in effect for the election period. The election period starts on
Economic Crisis -- The CLC is continuing its Economic Crisis campaign.
Rallies and town halls across Canada have been held and more are planned
for the future. Turn out to these rallies has been good and we have been
getting good public and media support for the events. Lobby plans are being developed and will be rolled out in the near
future. We are going to be targeting MPs. However, we also hope to talk
to municipal politicians and ask them to speak up for workers in their
The CLC is continuing its call for the government to make reforms to the
EI system so more workers are eligible for benefits and can receive
benefits for a longer period of time.
EI Budget Reforms -- As mentioned in the past, the last federal budget made
a few changes to the EI system. The main change is the addition of 5
weeks to all active claims. The change takes effect on March 1st, 2009
and will apply to all regular claimants whose benefit period has not
ended before March 1st, 2009 or where the benefit period does not begin
after September 11, 2010. People on EI should have their benefits
The training money contained in the budget will be handed over to the
provincial governments for them to administer. It is still very
confusing and unclear for claimants on how to access this money for
training. Part of the CLC campaign is to ensure easier access to
training for workers on EI.
Regarding the NOLC By-Laws:
Add a section 3.06 -- "3.06 The BC Federation of Retired Union Members
(BCFORUM) shall be entitled to membership as an affiliated organization
upon application by BC Forum and payment of a $10.00 annual application
fee, and shall be entitled to two delegates.
BCFORUM delegates shall have the same rights as CLC Officers, Directors,
and staff, that is, the right to speak but not to vote or to run for
regular Officer/Executive positions with the exception of the BCFORUM
Executive member position."
Amend 5.1 to read
"5.1 The Officers of the Council shall consist of a President, three (3)
Vice-President(s), Secretary-Treasurer, Recording Secretary,
Sergeant-at-Arms, two (2) Executive Members, one (1) each from the North
and Central Okanagan and one BCFORUM Executive Member. The BCFORUM
Executive Member shall have voice but no vote.
Amend 5.2 to read "5.2 Each Officer shall be a member in good standing
of an affiliated organization. The BCFORUM Executive Member must be a
Amend 11.01 to read "11.01 The Executive Council shall consist of the
President, three (3) Vice- President(s), Secretary-Treasurer, Recording
Secretary, Sergeant-at-Arms, the two (2) Executive Members and the
BCFORUM Executive member."
Political Action Committee & financial
contributions for May 12, 2009 Provincial Election:
A discussion by the executive was held concerning the amounts of funds
to be allocated to the 4 NDP constituencies in our area. Shawna Rand,
Vice President, motioned to allocate $12,000.00 to the constituencies,
second by Nikki Inouye, Northern Delegate. Cheryl Stone, Recording
Secretary, motioned to allocate the funds in the following way, second
by Shawna Rand.
Kelowna Lake Country - $2,500.00, Kelowna Mission - $2,500.00, Westside
Kelowna - $2,500.00, Vernon Monashee - $4,500.00. All executive were in
favour of this proposal which was presented to the delegates during the
regular meeting. Dave Porteous, Trustee, moved the motion to the floor
and Carole Gordon, COTA, second, motion carried.
Kids Camp 2009 -- Dave Porteous, Trustee, has sent out emails regarding
the Kids Camp Jubilee @ Silver Lake. The draw will be held in June 2009
to see who will win to attend free. Winners will consist of 2 teens for
Jubilee Camp and 2 for Silver Lake. Dave will do a follow up at the
next meeting and via email as well to delegates.
FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT
13 Delegates 6 Guests
GOOD AND WELFARE
CLC -- Labour Participation Department of the United Way of the Lower
Mainland is holding a Roast & Toast for David Rice at the Hilton
Vancouver Metrotown, on Thursday, June 18, 2009. Tickets cost $75.00 per
person and can be obtained by contacting Judy Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 604 268 1320.
Also, Friday, June 19, 2009 they are sponsoring a one-day Union
Counseling Conference at the same location, called "Building an
Effective Union Counselling Program in Your Union, Strong Foundations,
Strong Unions, Strong Communities." This conference starts at 8:00 am
and end at 4:00 pm. Registration for the conference is through the
United Way of the Lower Mainland website: www.uwlm.ca.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by Cheryl Stone, Recording Secretary.
NEXT MEETING: 7:00 pm, May 6, 2009, 201A 1358 St Paul Street, Kelowna