December 4, 2013 minutes
MINUTES - MONTHLY MEETING, NORTH OKANAGAN LABOUR COUNCIL AT KELOWNA
AFFILIATES PRESENT: Ron Bobowski, CUPW, Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518, Andrew Pritchard, Unite Here, Louise Gibson, COPE 378, Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523, Carole Gordon, COTA, Nikki Inouye, HEU Vernon, Ian Gordon, CUPE 3523, Wendy Mah, BCGEU 407, James Fox, CUPE 523, Susan Bauhart, COTA, Wynn Hartfelder, BCGEU 307, Greg McGowan, CUPE 873, Ken Robinson, HEU, Carmen Belanger, HEU, Laureen Freayh, HEU
GUESTS: Karen Bernath, COTA, Scott A. Ross. IBEW 213, Kurt Thygesen, IBEW 213, Jeff Chapman, United Association of Journeymen & Apprentices of the Plumbing & Pipefitting Industry of USA & Canada, Local 170, Kimm Davis, Teamsters 213, Shane Curveon, ATU 1722
BCFORUM Delegate: Doug Gibson
REGRETS: Alan Blanes, USW, Mathew Davies, HEU, Wes Kmet, BCFORUM, Scott Ross, IBEW, Gail Neufeld, HEU
CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order by Andrew Pritchard, President, at 7:00 pm
ADOPTION OF AGENDA: M/S/C
GUEST SPEAKER: Alan Blanes, USW
ADOPTION OF PREVIOUS MINUTES: M/S/C
CREDENTIALS REPORT: 17 Present with 13 Delegates 4 Guests 0 BCFORUM delegate
OBLIGATIONS OF NEW DELEGATES: Mathew Davies was sworn in as delegate for HEU
FINANCIAL REPORT: report given by Ron Bobowski, Secretary Treasurer M/S/C to adopt financial report as circulated. A motion was made to increase our contribution to our Political Action account from the present $400.00 per month to $600.00 per month beginning in January 2014. M/S/C
EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives requests a donation to their national Research Fund. A motion was made to contribute $100.00 this year.
REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS -- STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS -- CLC REPORT:
REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS: Wynn Hartfelder, BCGEU 307, James Fox, CUPE 523, Ian Gordon, CUPE 3523, Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523, Ken Robinson, HEU, Andrew Pritchard, Unite Here, Susan Bauhart, COTA, Scott Ross, IBEW 213
Canadian Labour Congress Labour Council Report December 2013
Jack Munro, a Hero for Working People
CLC President Ken Georgetti comments on death of famed BC labour leader
OTTAWA -- The president of the Canadian Labour Congress is describing Jack Munro, who died on November 14, as a larger-than-life working-class hero. "I knew Jack well and I can say that he was a hero for working people in British Columbia and all of Canada," says Ken Georgetti.
Munro died at age 82 at home in British Columbia of prostate cancer. He was a long time head of the International Woodworkers of America in British Columbia. Georgetti says, "Jack was a pioneer who insisted that workers in his and other unions received family-supporting wages, and also that their working conditions were made to be as safe as possible. These were benchmarks and they will live on in his name."
In the 1980s, Munro was a key player in the Solidarity movement against the Social Credit government when it made drastic cutbacks in government social programs and attacked the labour movement.
A private memorial is planned for Munro and labour organizations are also planning a memorial.
CLC Pacific Region Winter School 2014, Harrison Hot Springs BC
Registration for the 2014 winter school is well under way. The link below has the dates for this years school, as well as the listing for all courses offered each week . www.canadianlabour.ca/news-room/events/winter-school-2014.
We are once again offering popular courses like Facing Management,Steward Training, Bullying and Harassment, Parliamentary Procedure and Public Speaking. We are also offering specialized courses like, Unions in the Community, Women and Leadership Level I, Women's Health and Safety and a new course Candidate Development for Women.
The registration deadline is December 19, 2013.
Register online today! https://sms.clc-ctc.ca/imis15_prod/wcm. Contact our office for further information email@example.com
Petition to Expand CPP/QPP
We need to do something about retirement income. Even bank economists have started to say RRSPs have failed. There's too much risk and not enough security to ensure that, after a lifetime of work, people can retire and live out their last years in dignity. Too many of today's seniors live in poverty and too many older workers are realizing their retirement plans have come up short because the investment returns they were promised never materialized or they simply could not save enough on their own. The financial services industry pays itself juicy fees to manage your money and that eats up a big part of your retirement savings -- if you have any retirement savings left when you are ready to retire, after the roller coaster dips and dives of the stock market.
The best way to help today's workers save enough money for tomorrow is by increasing what everybody gets from the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) as a share of their total retirement income. Expanding the CPP is about preparing for the future, and leaving behind a better system for our kids.
Join thousands of Canadians who are telling their Members of Parliament to increase pension benefits under the Canada and Quebec Pension Plans, and implement a fully funded plan to phase in such an increase without delay.
We are asking labour councils to sign this petition and distribute to their networks. For copies of the petition, contact the CLC Pacific Regional office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us (604) 430-6766.
Can Work Be Safe When Home Isn't?
CLC in partnership with the University of Western Ontario's Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children (CREVAWC)launches a survey on the impact of domestic violence on the workplace.
Domestic violence remains a major social problem in Canada. In order to shed light on the scope and impact of domestic violence in Canadian workplaces, the Canadian Labour Congress has partnered with researchers at the University of Western Ontario to conduct the first ever Canadian national survey on this issue. We invite you to complete a survey that asks a series of questions about domestic violence in the workplace. We are looking for the input from all workers, not just those who have personally experienced or witnessed domestic violence. If you are 15 years of age or older, you are eligible to participate.
Your participation is voluntary and anonymous. Neither your union representatives
nor your employer will know whether or not you participated. In appreciation for your time, upon completion of the survey, you have the option to enter a draw for a tablet computer.
Help us learn more about the impact of domestic violence in the workplace. Fill out a 10-30 minute, anonymous research survey at: http://fluidsurveys.com/s/DVatWork/
For more information, promotional posters, and to share this information please contact Chantel O'Neill at the CLC Pacific Office (604) 430-6766 or by email coneill@clc- ctc.ca
Canadian Labour Congress 27th Constitutional Convention May 5 to 9, 2014
Mark your calendars now for the CLC Convention in Montreal next year, May 5 to 9. A full convention package will be mailed to you early in the new year but here are some important dates to remember:
Resolutions deadline in February 4, 2014
All resolutions must be received by 5:00 pm on February 4, 2014. For the first time, affiliates, local unions, federations of labour and labour councils will be able to submit resolutions using our new online process. This new feature is easy to use and will allow you to track the progress of your resolution as it moves through the committee and convention process.
Credential deadline is April 4, 2014
The CLC needs to receive your signed credentials for Convention by April 4, 2014. Credential forms will be sent to each organization with the Convention Call in December. Each labour council receives two credentials.
If you have any questions about convention, please email email@example.com.
STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Political Action: Carole Gordon, COTA spoke about the NDP convention
IBEW & COPE Lockout: Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 213 (IBEW 213) have been locked out by Fortis BC. This labour dispute is ongoing from June 2013. Canadian Office and Professional Employees 378 (COPE 378) have been affected by this action also.
An initiative was presented by an affiliate from Central Okanagan Teachers' Association to show solidarity support to the IBEW/COPE members. North Okanagan Labour Council (NOLC) will coordinate the solidarity support. The North Okanagan Labour Council has asked union affiliates in the Okanagan to join together in solidarity to contribute funds to support our sisters and brothers on the Fortis picket lines. A motion was made for the NOLC to purchase the gift cards in a timely manner, to be presented at the December 13, 2013 rally for the locked out members and their families. M/S/C
CLC Winter School: www.canadianlabour.ca A motion was made for the NOLC to send two delegates to the CLC Winter School. Ron Bobowski, CUPW, Sec Treasurer NOLC, and Nikki Inouye, HEU Vernon, Vice Pres. of NOLC will attend Labour Council Development. M/S/C
There are two additional scholarships as follows:
1. Frank Wall Leadership scholarship -- course, Parliamentary Procedure & Public Speaking
2. Community Savings Credit Union scholarship - course; Women in Leadership (additional info www.comsavings.com) Dec 19th is registration deadline.
CLC Convention 2014 -- May 5 to 9, 2014 Montreal, Quebec. Resolutions deadline is February 4, 2104 and credential deadline is April 4, 2014. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org A motion was made that NOLC sends a delegate to the Convention M/S/C
2014 Day of Mourning Planning Ð NOLC would like everyone to give some thought to helping with the organizing of this annual event. We will table the discussions to the New Year.
Violence Against Women December 6, 2013 - see CLC report
NOLC Election Committee - NOLC Executive Board Election is coming up in February 2014. A notice of motion will go out in the January 8, 2014 meeting. The Election Campaign Chair is Louise Gibson, COPE 378. Nominations should be submitted to Louise Gibson, COPE 378, either at the meeting of January 8, 2014 or via email at email@example.com Positions on the Executive are as follows: President, Recording Secretary. Secretary Treasurer, Sergeant at Arms, Trustee.
FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT: 21 Present with 17 Delegates 4 Guests 0 BCFORUM delegate
GOOD & WELFARE
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 pm by Andrew Pritchard, President M/S/C
Minutes respectfully submitted by Cheryl Stone, Recording Secretary, UFCW 1518
January 8, 2014
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