David Porteous UFCW 120
Pat Bulmer CEP 2000
David Doran Carp 1346
Judi Filion BCGEU 707
Karen Abramsen BC Forum
Louise Turner HEU
Jeff Carsience UBCJ 1370
Karen Macdonald BCNU
Mary Malerby BCNU
Joyce Procure BCNU
Steve Malerby BC Forum
Roy Graham BWD 300
Glenn Nowag HRCEBU 40
Kevin Hagglund CEP 823
Pat Munro HSA
Lee Riggs TWU 16
Liz Woods BCGEU
Gord Larkin CLC
Bill Oystryk Carp 1370
Brad Dahl BWD 300
Cliff Fitzgerald CUPW 760
Steve Swarbrick BWD 300
Gord Stoutenburg TWU retired
Faye Saxon OPEIU 15
Anita Riggs HSA
John O. Powell NDP
Vince Skywork CUPW
Angelee Skywork CUPW
Doug Gibson retired
Les Furgault CUPW
Cathy Seagris BCGEU 607
Trudy Ames BCGEU 307
CALL TO ORDERThe meeting was called to order by President David Doran at 7 p.m.
Bill Oystryk - Bill is collecting the government health care flyers that have been going to everyone in the mail. He plans to collect a bunch of them, then take them back to local MLAs. If you've got some of these flyers, call Bill at 860-4312.
b) CUPE in Ontario asking for donations to the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre in Hamilton. Canada's only centre dedicated to the celebration of workers history and culture is in financial difficulty. (by e-mail) - receive and file
c) Pacific Northwest Labour History Association membership request: Organizational membership is $200 - receive and file.
M/S/C to adopt executive board report
REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT
Lee Riggs - TWU - Telus customer complaints to CRTC are at an all-time high.
- It now takes six weeks to get any changes to existing service, such as adding a jack, or to add an additional phone line.
- We urge the public to treat Telus employees with respect.
- We are looking for a strike headquarters (A company lockout about February is predicted). Contact 250-212-8435.
Glenn Nowag - HRCEBU 40 - Local 40, also known as the Hotel, Restaurant and Culinary Employees and Bartenders Union, is being raided by the Canadian Culinary Hospitality Union, which is affiliated to an as-yet-unidentified union. We the members of Local 40 ask for your support to help stop this union. Sites that are being targeted are the Village Green Hotel in Vernon, the Coast Capri Hotel in Kelowna and the Coast Bastion Inn in Nanaimo. This is probably just the start of a long struggle, which will have a profound effect on all of our members.
Doug Gibson - OPEIU - I have had the opportunity just recently to make a presentation to our new provincial New Democratic leader on behalf of the seniors organizations to which I have been associated for many years, such as COSCO, Council of Seniors Organizations, along with Art Kube's organization, Seniors for Medicare. I was able to only touch briefly on some of the major cutbacks which have taken place against seniors throughout the province, with more to come, leading up to the general election in May 2005. There were other presentations equally as compelling in other areas, particularly with children primarily from single-family homes, who are arriving at schools without having had a proper meal either before, during or after school. This is a deplorable situation that must be changed.
Karen AbramsenBoard of Referees (EI) - Today, I sat in my first appeal as an observer. We had a variety of interesting cases. I was very fortunate to have been assigned to a board with three excellent reps and, in particular, Faye Saxon, who was an excellent role model. I hope I can live up to her excellent example. At the Nov. 23 Insured Workers Workshop, held in Vancouver, we learned that there is a new website to assist with Injured Worker Applications. The website address is: www.ei-ae.gc.ca/en/referees/html. We have also received some "user-friendly" documentation to assist us in our "Advocacy" role.
Council of Canadians: The NOLC rep, Mary Lou Bailey, has had to resign from the Council of Canadians steering committee. She was an excellent liaison in her two-year tenure. She is a CUPE member and able to add their perspective on the sale and commodification of water. We hope the NOLC will appoint another rep to be on the Council of Canadians steering committee. Thanks to Jeff Carsience of the Carpenters Union who has volunteered for this appointment.
New Democrats - Over the past weekend, I sacrificed myself to two dinners, one in Penticton with Dave Barrett and one in Kelowna with MP Svend Robinson and provincial leader Carole James. Both were extremely well attended (80-90 each) and everyone felt they were inspiring events. Hot off the press: CEO Paul Martin is apparently planning to dismantle HRDC and insurance will to Revenue Taxation and programs to Industry Canada.
Liz Woods - BCGEU - The Federal Court of Appeal has ruled that, where a discharged employee received a cash settlement from an employer in return for giving up a right to reinstatement, it was not unreasonable for an EI Board of Referees to accept the employee's evidence that the payment was damages rather than compensation for lost wages, and did not constitute "earnings" for the purpose of Employment Insurance regulations. In such circumstances, the employee was entitled to keep the money free from any claims by EI.
UNFINISHED BUSINESSa) M/S/C to donate $1,250 to the Kelowna and Vernon federal NDP riding associations and $500 to the Okanagan-Coquihalla riding association.
b) Spring School update - Brochure to go out in a separate mailing. Don't wait until the last minute to sign up for courses. M/S/C - to apply for a scholarship for Jeff Carsience to attend the Unions in the Community course at the CLC Harrison winter school.
c) Finance Committee report - NOLC Finance Policy proposal attached to these minutes. M/S/C to approve proposed policy. It will also be voted on at the Vernon meeting Jan. 7. Nominations were also opened for an affiliate outreach/membership committee recommended by the committee. Jeff Carsience and Kevin Hagglund were nominated. Nominations will be reopened at the Vernon meeting.
FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT