DECEMBER 4, 2002 AT KELOWNA
David Doran Carp 1346
David Mitchell TWU 16
Judi Filion BCGEU 707
Trudy Ames BCGEU 307
Gord Larkin CLC
Ron Bobowski CUPW 760
Bob Barten BCGEU 2007
Faye Saxon OPEIU 15
Joyce Procure BCNU
Dona Frayn BCGEU 1207
Pat Munro HSA
Karen Abramsen NDP, Council of Canadians
Gord Stoutenburg EI-BC Forum
Neil Ferguson CUPE 3523
Cheryl Stone UFCW 1518
Pat Bulmer CEP 2000
Cathy Seagris BCGEU 607
CALL TO ORDERThe meeting was called to order by President David Doran at 7:30 p.m.
ADOPTION OF THE AGENDAM/S/C to adopt agenda of December 4, 200w
ADOPTION OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTESM/S/C to adopt the minutes of November 6, 2002 as mailed out and circulated
CREDENTIALS REPORT15 present with 11 delegates and 4 guests
OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATESnone
FINANCIAL REPORTM/S/C to to adopt financial report as circulated – still waiting for HEU donation to pass along to NOLC-endorsed municipal council candidates
EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCEa) CLC request for donation to the National Anti-Poverty Organization in memory of Kimberly Rogers, a pregnant woman who died after being cut off social assistance.
b) CLC calls on affiliates to make donations to national labour college
c) NDP federal leadership vote: NOLC is entitled to one vote. Questions raised how to determine how the one vote would be cast. Would all NOLC delegates agree on one candidate.
M/S/C to receive and file all three items
REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORTDave Doran, BC Fed Convention (Nov. 25-29): The Convention opened Monday morning with 44 Exec members and 1004 delegates in attendance. Three people are killed at work every week. Last year 193 workers died at their work site. Most were between the ages of 15-25 and had spent less than six months on the job. In the 21st Century it is hard to believe that governments are bringing forward legislation that will make the workplace unfriendlier. Many items were discussed during the course of the week.
The highlights were the Action Plan, the guest speaker Shirley Douglas, Tommy Douglas's daughter, renewed commitment to the NDP and the Olympic Bid. The Action Plan was part of a lengthy debate on how the Fed is to co-ordinate actions in the fight-back campaign. The resolution passed unanimously. (See plan after this report.)
Shirley Douglas gave an impassioned speech about Medicare and the proposed changes being lobbied for by big business. How working Canadians will suffer if we lose the battle for a government supported health care system. Again and again it was reiterated how we must get out and support the NDP, we must be the solution. The party needs to have new life. Trade unionists, activists and working men and women need to get involved with the party at the local level. If people are happy with our provincial government at present then you don't have to do anything.
The final morning of the convention saw a resolution about the Olympic bid. This was a hotly debated issue. Building trades looking from the perspective of jobs. The Public sector looking from the perspective of no money for health care but billions for the Olympics. The resolution for a fact finding mission to try an establish the type of jobs and benefits that would be realized from the Olympics passed with a small majority of 20 votes. It was a good feeling to be with a group of activists including the newly affiliated BCNU in such a show of solidarity. The energy and determination of the convention delegates to make the changes to government policies, to reaffirm that it is worth the effort, to make a difference was inspiring to me. Thank you for sending me as you representative. (Judi Filion and Trudy Ames also delivered verbal convention reports.)
BC Fed Action Plan:
ACTION PLAN RESOLUTIONWHEREAS the BC Liberal government has betrayed working families by ramming through their draconian legislative and fiscal agenda; and
WHEREAS the BC Liberals' agenda is destabilizing our province through massive privatization and deregulation, devastating cuts to healthcare, education and critical social programs, regressive tax policies, and inept economic development strategies; and
WHEREAS the BC Liberals' attack on workers has meant ripping up signed collective agreements, contracting out bargaining unit work, massive layoffs and higher unemployment, as well as the gutting of employment standards, workplace health and safety protection and the right to union representation; and
WHEREAS the most punishing impacts of the BC Liberals' agenda are disproportionately hurting seniors, women, youth, the disabled, low income earners, First Nations, unorganized workers and rural communities across the province; now
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the B.C. Federation of Labour work with affiliates to intensify our fightback campaign by moving forward with an action plan that targets the following priorities and actions.
1. To promote and defend workers' rights to union representation and collective bargaining, fair employment standards, proper health and safety provisions and non-discriminatory action from an employer, the Federation will:
November 27, 2002
Council of Canadians: Maude Barlow is coming to Kelowna on Feb. 10, 2003 (Monday). It will be at the Immaculate Conception Church Hall on Sutherland Avenue, between Richter and Ethel. Maude will be speaking on health care and the upcoming trade talks. She’s an incredible speaker, the national Council of Canadians chair and an acclaimed author. Please plan to attend.
NDP: Jenny Kwan will be in Kelowna on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Capri Hotel from 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. to take submissions from individuals and organizations on the impact of the Liberal government cuts. Please contact John Powell at 860-9696 for more information.
Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000: Daily Courier workers voted for a second time on a company request that full-time employees take one unpaid day off per month as a cost-saving measure for another year. After rejecting the idea fairly decisively, as I reported last month, some members, spurred on by the company, claimed they were misinformed about the consequences (layoffs). That was not true, the alternatives were clearly spelled out, as many other members would attest, but under considerable pressure from some of our members, we revoted and rejected the idea again, although this time by a narrow margin
OPEIU 378: attached to mailed-out minutesUNFINISHED BUSINESS a) Alberta Federation of Labour asked labour councils to contact progressive civic politicians and urge them ask the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to move its 2004 convention out of Edmonton as the convention centre was behind UFCW 401 picket lines. Tabled from September meeting. Strike was settled Nov. 22.
b) Notice of Motion to change meeting start times from 7:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. - To be voted on at January meeting.
NEW BUSINESS a) Harrison Winter School - youth to go to course, Feb. 10-14. Submit names.
b) Bursary available for Unions in the Community - 2 from NOLC expressed interest.
FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT 16 total, 12 delegates, 4 guests
GOOD AND WELFARE
Thanks to the Brewery Workers for their donation to our social.
Spring school brochures available. Included with minutes. School is March 29-30.
Lily Kerr - Thank you for donation to her municipal campaign in Vernon.
ADJOURNMENTMeeting adjourned at approximately 8:25 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by Tony Heisterkamp, acting recording secretary.
The next meeting will be Wednesday, January 8, 7:30 p.m. at the Village Green Hotel in Vernon.