April 6, 2011 minutes


AFFILIATES PRESENT: Ron Bobowski, CUPW 760, Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518, Carole Gordon, COTA/BCTF, Bill Zeman, CUPE 3523, Dave Porteous, UFCW 1518 Nikki Inouye, HEU Vernon, Andrew Pritchard, Unite Here, Local 40, Nancy Ingersoll, BCTF Vernon, Jeff Carsience, UBCJA 1681, Wendy Mah, BCGEU, Kristine Byers, UBCJA 1370, Carol Kenzie, HEU Kelowna, Mark Olsen, CUPE 5523, Jim Douglas, CEP M1 Okanagan

REGRETS: Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523, Emilie Dorie, CUPE 873, Liz Woods, BCFORUM, Shane Curveon, ATU, Glenn Nowag, UFCW 1518, Karen Abramsen, UFCW 1518, Lynda Zorn, BCFORM, Debra Critchley, BCGEU

GUESTS: Linda Yule, United Way, Vernon, Kiri Adams, BCGEU, Keith Jansons, BCGEU, Clayton Nelson, UBCJA 1370, Jennifer Carsience

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order by Carole Gordon, President, at 7:05 pm


GUEST SPEAKERS: Linda Yule United Way Vernon. Sign up for the Spring On-Line Auction fundraiser. The auction runs from April 1 to 30, 2011. Go to www.unitedwaynocs.com


CREDENTIALS REPORT: 19 Present with 14 Delegates and 5 Guests

OBLIGATIONS OF NEW DELEGATES: Kiri Adams, BCGEU Local 607, was sworn in as a new delegate.

FINANCIAL REPORT: given by Ron Bobowski, Secretary Treasurer, M/S/C to adopt financial report as circulated.

CUPW 760 -- Ron Bobowski -- CUPW is in contract talks with the employer.
Our Times Labour Magazine - requesting support of $100.00 or more to the 2011 fund-raising drive to keep the magazine going.
The Executive recommended that we decline this time.
Maquila Solidarity Network - 2011 renewal notice - Executive recommended that we decline this time.
Kelowna Women's Resource Centre - Thank you letter re our $1,000.00 donation. It was moved that the NOLC donate $400.00 to the Vernon Women's Resource Centre. M/S/C

Orion Irvine -- CLC Report
Federal Election
The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) is running our federal election campaign. It consists of our Better Choice and Labour Outreach campaigns. Better Choice asks union members to think about where the parties stand on issues that matter to working people when they head to the ballot box. This election, Better Choice is focusing on Job Creation, Retirement Security, Childcare, and protecting Health Care. A Better Choice leaflet will be available by April 8th. Any labour council or union that would like to order Better Choice leaflets should contact Ron Stipp at rstipp@clc-ctc.ca. Our Labour Outreach campaign is for unions that want to talk partisan politics with their membership. We are working with affiliates across the country to have organizers available to speak to union members on why the NDP is the best choice for working people. These organizers will be out talking to union members, asking them to support local NDP campaigns by volunteering, donating, and encouraging their fellow union members to support the NDP. These organizers will be contacting partisan unions in the coming weeks. There will also be a partisan leaflet available in the near future.
This leaflet will highlight the differences between the parties when it comes to issues important to working people. If you are interested in this leaflet, please contact Ron Stipp at rstipp@clc-ctc.ca. The CLC will be counting on labour councils to provide support during the election campaign. We are asking that councils assist the Labour Outreach organizers by promoting the campaign with interested affiliates and members, facilitating contact with local leadership, and encouraging labour council delegates to volunteer and donate to local campaigns. Also, the leadership tour will be spending a lot of time in BC and it's important that we have a visible Labour presence at each of the tour stops in BC.
The CLC will be asking labour councils to help get union activists out to these events, normally on very short notice. Every person at these events counts, as this is what the media reports on.
CLC Convention
The CLC Convention is going to be held in Vancouver from May 8th to May 13th. There will be a labour council meeting on May 8th, the time will be confirmed. There will also be a CLC/United Way breakfast on May 12th, at 7:30am in the Convention Centre, East Building. The cost is $20.00 and people wishing to go are asked to contact Jackie Weiler at 604-268-1319 by May 2nd.
Day of Mourning
The CLC will be coming out with Day of Mourning messages in the near future. We are also producing a Day of Mourning poster.
Municipal Election Campaign
While the federal election has pushed back planning for the municipal elections, they are still very much on the CLC's agenda. Councils should be thinking about dates for visioning sessions if they wish to hold them. The CLC is planning on holding training for candidates in June; dates to be confirmed.

Lynda Zorn, BCFORUM (report was not included in March minutes)
BC FORUM'S latest campaign is the objection of the abolition of the world acclaimed Therapeutics Initiative by the provincial Liberals. The Therapeutics Initiative is an independent drug review agency operating on a shoestring budget out of UBC. It evaluates new drugs as they come on the market, and, as an example of its efficacy, the Therapeutics Initiative was responsible for discovering a link between Vioxx, an anti-inflammatory, and an increased risk of heart attack. The Therapeutics Initiative also finds cheaper alternatives to these new drugs, thereby saving the taxpayer about 50 million annually, but also irritating the big drug companies. There's is no doubt in my mind that Big Pharma, a major contributor to the Liberal Party, was also a major influence in the government's decision to kill the TI. If you feel the same, contact your local MLA, write a letter to the editor, etc. This affects all of us.

Andrew Pritchard -- Unite Here Local 40
Negotiations are under way for the sisters and brothers who work in the Village Green Hotel. Because this hotel is one of the only union hotels in Vernon, Andrew asks if our union affiliates and members could please consider using the Village Green Hotel for meetings etc where possible to help those union sisters and brothers keep their jobs.

Bill Zemen -- CUPE 3523
The employer, School District 23 has recommended to SD Board to remove the mandatory retirement for bus drivers at age 65. CUPE 3523 recently won $24,000.00 for a member through pay equity / job evaluation. Our School District has again had a two week spring break at the expense of 10 month CUPE members, who are the only group who do NOT get paid for the second week. We are currently bargaining an expired collective agreement.

Municipal Election Committee -- Cheryl Stone reported that the 2011 Endorsement Application for prospective candidates in the upcoming Municipal / Regional District and School Trustee election, is ready. A reminder was mentioned regarding the search for labour friendly candidates from the Vernon area as well as the Kelowna area. The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) has organized a Visioning Session to be held at a later date. Details of the location and times will be announced soon. A candidate training course will be set up sometime in June for those labour friendly candidates interested in running in the November 2011 election.

Day of Mourning -- The Annual DAY OF MOURNING is scheduled for April 28, 2011. It takes place at Ben Lee Park at 12:30 pm. Mayor Sharon Shepherd will be attending as well as several other speakers who have suffered work place injuries. Refreshments will be served as this takes place over the lunch hour for many who may be attending during their lunch time. (Ben Lee Park is located at Franklin & Houghton near the waterpark. Parking is available on Houghton Road.) The Day of Mourning has been organized by the North Okanagan Labour Council and WORKSAFE BC.

International Labour Day -- May 1, 2011, NOLC President Carole Gordon, COTA We were unfortunately too late to organize this event as the City of Kelowna needs 90 days' notice for a booking. However, the South Okanagan boundary LC (SOBLC) is hosting a May Day / International Workers Day. Sunday, May 1st, 2011,
Gyro Park in Penticton, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Information: 250-487-1269 / soblc@shaw.ca
Facebook: Penticton May Day 2011

United Way Plane Pull -- We are still in need of affiliate muscle and money. You may form your own team of muscle or join the NOLC team. The United Way Plane Pull takes place on Friday May 27th at 2:00 pm. Please contact Debra Critchley as soon as possible at work at 250-763-6405, home: 250-707-2027 or email: debra.critchley@bcgeu.ca if you would like to participate in this exciting and fun event. There are prizes for the BEST theme and costumes.

Camp Jubilee & Silver Lake Summer Camp for Kids 2011- Entry forms are available to all of our affiliate delegate's children at our meetings as well as on the website. The entry forms will also be attached to the minutes for April 6th so everyone has the opportunity to enter their children in this draw. Please visit the websites of both camps for information about what they offer. Remember the final draw will be made at our June 8, 2011 meeting, you may still enter up to that time, including if you come to the meeting as well.

Pacific Regional Vice President Union Label: It was moved to nominate Ron Bobowski for the position of Union Label Vice President. M/S/C

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT: 19 Present with 15 Delegates 4 Guests.


ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 pm by Carole Gordon, President

Minutes respectfully submitted by Cheryl Stone, Recording Secretary, UFCW 1518

Wednesday, May 4, 2011 General Meeting - 7:00 pm
NOLC Kelowna office, 1091 Gordon Drive

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