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DECEMBER 6, 2006 minutes

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

AFFILIATES PRESENT
Jeff Carsience, UBCJ 1370
Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000
Karen Abramsen, BC Forum
Glenn Nowag, UNITEHERE! 40
Brad Dunlop, USW 1-423
Kris Bothe, UBCJA 1370
Linda Thiel, HEU
Tom Potts, COTA 23
Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518
Pat Munro, HSA

GUESTS
Doug Gibson, COPE 15
Al Coady, IBEW 213
Al Thiel, BCGEU
Wes Kmet
Neil Ferguson, CUPE 3523 (ret)

REGRETS
Ron Bobowski, CUPW 760
Gord Larkin, CLC
Kevin Hagglund, CEP 823 - M
Liz Woods, BCGEU
Dave Porteous, UFCW
Kathy Dunn, HEU
Louise Schwingenschloegl, HEU

CALL TO ORDER
President Brad Dunlop called the meeting to order at 7 p.m.

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
M/S/C to adopt agenda of December 6, 2006

A minute of silence was held to mark Dec. 6 -- the National Day of Remembrance and Action to End Violence Against Women -- and to remember the victims of the Montreal Massacre and all other victims of violence against women.

GUEST SPEAKERS
Al Coady, organizer IBEW 213 -- Al has come here from local 424 in Edmonton to work as an organizer in the Okanagan. Construction industry is going to be his focus, primarily, also some industrial shops. He's discovered the B.C. labour code is, in many ways, worse than Alberta's and says there's a lot of work to do in the Okanagan -- a lot of non-union contractors, three generations of non-union workers in traditionally union jobs. IBEW has members at Terasen, Fortis and Pattison Signs in Penticton, among some local members. Got some tips, contacts or would like to be organized? Contact him at 765-4213, cell: 212-4610 or e-mail: acoady@ibew213.org.

ADOPTION OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTES
M/S/C to adopt minutes of November 8, 2006

CREDENTIALS REPORT
15 present with 10 delegates and 5 guests

OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATES
Linda Thiel of HEU was sworn in as a delegate

FINANCIAL REPORT
M/S/C to table financial report until next month when secretary-treasurer Ron Bobowski is expected to be at the meeting.

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE
a) BC Federation of Labour urges donations to the BC Health Coalition to defend public health care system from Gordon Campbell's latest attack on public health care, disguised as a "Conversation." -- M/S/C to donate $100 to the coalition.
b) National Association of Women and the Law want groups like us to sign on to the December 10th Statement for Women's Equality and Human Rights. -- M/S/C to sign.

REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT

Brad Dunlop gave a verbal report on the settlement at SRI Homes in Winfield and rejection of the company's offer at Tolko's plywood plant. After about a month strike, USW 1-423 members at SRI Homes reached a deal that saves their long-term disability plan, which was the key issue in the dispute. At Tolko, the company is having a "permanent partial closure" of its plywood plant, laying most, but not all, workers off. This allows the company to claim it's not obligated to pay severance. The company offered $1 million to employees as a settlement package, but also wants concessions. Had it been a "permanent full closure," the company would have had to pay $4 to $6 million. The members rejected the offer.

Tom Potts gave a verbal report on issues in the school district at the moment. Overall, pretty calm after last year's strike. Class size not a major problem, but backlog of kids waiting for special needs assessments is. Teachers have classes with a number of special needs kids, but since some aren't assessed yet, teachers aren't getting the help that should be coming along with the special needs students.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

a) Spring school -- Please return questionnaires that went out with last month's minutes as soon as you can so we can start planning courses for a spring school.
b) Nomination committee -- no report as members Dave Porteous and Liz Woods sent their regrets.
c) Public Policy and the Environment Forum -- M/S/C to hold the 2007 Public Policy and the Environment Forum in June and have President Brad Dunlop negotiate the precise dates with the Coast Capri Hotel. Due to a competing forum on the same subject matter planned for next November, Brad suggested we move our 2007 forum from our tentatively planned October dates to June.

NEW BUSINESS

a) CLC Winter School -- Harrison -- M/S/C to send our president to the labour council officers course Feb. 11-16
b) Conversation on Health -- Brad says if you Google "Conversation on Health" it'll take you to the website and it takes 5 minutes to register for the lottery to be chosen for the Kelowna "conversation." Karen reported on NDP health critic Adrian Dix's visit to Kelowna, where he met with health-care workers (who are banned from the public "conversation" sessions) and the public about health care. Dix's message: Tell your story, get it out there.
c) WorkSafe BC hearing in Kelowna on working alone and coming pay-before-you pump regulations -- The Kelowna hearing was cancelled and will not be rescheduled. Karen Abramsen prepared a presentation on behalf of the NOLC and Cheryl Stone for UFCW. Their presentations were e-mailed in.
d) Membership committee -- The committee will meet early in 2007. Updating our new delegate kits and getting NOLC pins will be added to their list of things to look into.

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT
16 total with 15 delegates and 1 guest

GOOD AND WELFARE
Brad Dunlop urged people to donate to the Kelowna-Lake Country federal NDP. In the last election campaign, the NDP spent about $7500 on advertising locally compared to $40,000 for the Liberals and $60,000 for the Conservatives. Karen Abramsen noted that all money donated to the local federal NDP stays in this riding. An election is expected this spring.
Karen also urged people to sign the petition on co-op housing that's included with the mailed-out copy of these minutes.
Pat Munro pointed out that UBCO students approved the universal bus pas system. That means all students will pay for and receive a bus pass at $50 a year added to their fees. This is going to help the transit system to expand locally.

ADJOURNMENT
The meeting adjourned at 8:33 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary.


The next meeting will be Wednesday, January 10, 2007, 7 p.m., at the NOLC office, 201A -- 1358 St. Paul St., Kelowna.

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