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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADOPTION OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTES
M/S/C to adopt minutes of November 8, 2006
REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORTBrad 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.
FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT
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.
Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary.