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DECEMBER 5, 2007 minutes

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

AFFILIATES PRESENT
Glenn Nowag, UFCW 120
Brad Dunlop, IBEW 213
Ron Bobowski, CUPW 760
Kris Bothe, UBCJA 1370
Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000
Jeff Carsience, UBCJA 1370
Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523
Boyd Sommerfeld, HEU
Pat Munro, HSA - Kelowna
Shirley Kavaloff, HSA - Kelowna
Maria Tokarchuk, HSA - Kelowna
Carole Gordon, COTA

GUESTS
Doug Gibson, BC Forum
Jen Rice
Charles Parkhurst, Teamsters 213


REGRETS
Karen Abramsen, BC Forum
Dave Porteous, UFCW 120
Orion Irvine, CLC

CALL TO ORDER
President Brad Dunlop called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
M/S/C to adopt agenda of December 5, 2007

GUEST SPEAKERS
Charles Parkhurst, Teamsters 213 -- Charles is the chief steward at Sun-Rype, where the union is into the fifth week of its strike. The main issue is contracting out, and the company refuses to even discuss the issue in bargaining. We're in real battle with new management, he says, noting many of the new brass come from Labatt's. Also, trouble with the security goons. The strikers' burning barrels were recently thrown in the creek. Any kind of help on the picket line is appreciated, especially Monday-Thursday, which seem to be the days management is working 10-hour days. (A mass picket took place on Dec. 13). 266 members are on strike. Morale is strong and the members are doing OK financially.

ADOPTION OF PREVIOUS MINUTES
M/S/C to adopt minutes of November 7, 2007

CREDENTIALS REPORT
13 present with 12 delegates and 1 guest

OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATES
none

FINANCIAL REPORT
M/S/C to adopt financial report as circulated

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE
none

REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT
Carole Gordon -- COTA -- The Central Okanagan Teachers Association is looking to be a major sponsor of The Relay for Life, May 31-June 1 at Kelowna City Park. As 2nd vice-president of COTA, I am a member of the RFL committee as team co-chair. The goal for 2008 is to have 55 teams and COTA is hoping to see a union presence this year. Please consider starting up a team as a single local, a combination of unions or as the labour council. The Relay for Life is a Canadian Cancer Society fundraiser.
The new funding formula will result in Secondary funding cuts totaling a $2.1-million shortfall. This year, it will use up the school district surplus, but next year, there will be significant cuts to existing programs, affecting some of our most vulnerable students and both CUPE and COTA members' jobs.

Pat Bulmer -- CEP 2000 -- The eight-page Vernon Daily Courier wrap, which Vernon customers got in addition to the Kelowna Daily Courier, has been eliminated. Instead, pages 1 and 3 of the Kelowna paper are being replated with Vernon news for the North Okanagan. After complaints about losing Kelowna news, we started putting the Kelowna front-page stories on Vernon's A4. The move didn't go over well with the Vernon editorial staff. After a pair of resignations, we're looking for a new Vernon editor.

Brad Dunlop (verbal report only) --- Sears Canada locked out 70 IBEW 213 repair technicians in the Lower Mainland on Oct. 1. The company is seeking severe concessions. Go to the Labour Start website to send Sears a letter. BC Forum is warning that five of nine members on a provincial pharmaceutical task force have ties to big drug companies or are lobbyists. Consumers aren't represented, nor is there any opportunity for public input, Forum president Joy Langan tells Brad.

Brad read a letter from CMAW 1346 withdrawing from the labour council over an alleged raiding dispute with UBCJA 1370. Brad discussed the issue with CLC Pacific Region director David Rice, who noted the CLC has a process for unions to raise and address such issues -- and that's where this matter should be dealt with. M/S/C to send a letter to CMAW 1346 outlining Brother Rice's directions and asking them to reconsider their decision to quit the labour council.

Ronn Dunn -- CUPE 3523 (verbal report only) -- Bill Zeman has been re-elected president of CUPE 3523 for a two-year term. Also elected: Vice-President: David Tether; Recording Secretary: Deb Roseleine; Secretary-Treasurer: Leanne Louie.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS
a) CLC Winter School -- M/S/C to confirm a spot for an NOLC delegate in the Week 1 course, Labour Council Organizing and Development (Jan. 20-25).

NEW BUSINESS
a) Election committee -- Carole Gordon and David Porteous elected to the nomination committee (to drum up nominations for NOLC elections in February). They're the ones to notify if you're interested in running for the NOLC executive.
b) Municipal elections -- A discussion at the January meeting on next year's municipal elections will be held with the intention that we'll develop some plans for our representative to take to the Labour Council officers' course, Feb. 10-15 at the CLC Winter School.
c) Dec. 6 was the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Ron Bobowski and others filled us in on events taking place and some of the history.
d) M/S/C to pay the extra amount beyond the "up to $1,000" authorized last month for T-shirts purchased for The Bridge Youth and Family Services Night of the Arts. Total cost now expected to be $1,619.88. (We're hoping our annual CLC grant application might cover this.)

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT
15 total with 12 delegates and 3 guests

GOOD AND WELFARE
Ron Bobowski reported the United Way will be presenting its Spirit Awards in February and asked if the NOLC would like to sponsor one of the awards. At $4,000 per award, that's a little rich for us, but we might be able to do something in conjunction with another group. More details in January.
CORRECTION (approved at the January 2008 meeting): The cost of an individual award is $125. The $4,000 refers to the cost of the entire evening.

ADJOURNMENT
The meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary.


The next meeting will be Wednesday, January 9, 2008, 7 p.m., at the NOLC office, 201A 1358 St. Paul St., Kelowna

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