February 6, 2002 minutes



Judi Filion BCGEU 707

Pat Bulmer CEP 2000

Terry Sawiuk UBCJ 1370

David Mitchell TWU 16

Bill Zeman CUPE 3523

Joyce Procure BCNU

Bill Dingman CUPE 338

Louise Turner HEU

Tracie Connor HEU

Cathy Seagris BCGEU 607

Trudy Ames BCGEU 307

Faye Saxon OPEIU 15

Simo Korpisto CUPE 626

Les Milton ATU

Dona Frayn BCGEU

Pat Munro HSA

Karen Maconald BCNU

Tony Heisterkamp Carp 1346

Scott Koch BCGEU

Ron Bobowski CUPW 760


Bill Boyd BCGEU (retired)

Darin Mundy

Dave Eastmead CUPE

Karen Abramsen NDP

Gord Stoutenburg EI-BC Forum

Neil Ferguson CUPE 3523

Kerry Lomax IAM 2710

Neale Clark Council of Canadians


David Doran Carp 1346


The meeting was called to order by Vice-President Cathy Seagris at 7:30 p.m.


M/S/C to adopt agenda of February 6, 2002




M/S/C to adopt the minutes of January 9, 2002 with the following amendment: that in the election nominations, Steve Malerby was nominated for a three-year term as trustee.


25 present with 18 delegates and 7 guests


Trudy Ames was sworn in as a delegate from BCGEU 307


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


a) Letter to Jean Chretien about medicare - receive and note

b) Send letter to local teachers associations inviting them to join NOLC.

M/S/C to approve executive board report


Simo Korpisto, CUPE 626 (Vernon civic employees): The City of Vernon has decided to contract out the services at our arenas and gym. The union has been asked to submit a bid for the work that we already have under contract. Plans are under way to then proceed with contracting of pools and parks. The non-union contractor, who is the only other bidder, is Recreation Excellence, which runs pools elsewhere and is headquartered in Vancouver. The union has information that no matter what our bid would be, Red Ex would be given the work. The union has declined to bid as our collective agreement requires the employer to come to us to show:

* a genuine and legitimate need for contracting out

* the work is undertaken in good faith by a bona fide contractor

* the contracting out is based on sound business reasons

and that the union be allowed to match bids prior to the work given away. We await a response.

Joyce Procure, BCNU, Kelowna: 1) Bill 29 language which defines "clinical services" - under this definition, patients who do not receive care in a "hospital bed" may be interpreted to be non-clinical and therefore, emergency care, ambulatory care, home care-community care and LTC facility care can be at risk for privatization.

2) Employment Security Agreement and HLAA have been eliminated

3) Bumping language and timelines severely curtailed. If you have 5 years or more experience, you can bump, but only those with five years or less seniority. Those with less than five years can only bump most junior with similar FTE size of 20 per cent. Timelines: 48 hours to decide whether to bump or be laid off.

4) Ability to move nurses to worksites and regions other than own within 50 km, even more than 50 km for a few weeks ... Layoff if you refuse.

Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000: It's OK to read Event magazine now. The union and company reached a settlement just as an arbitration hearing was about to resume. The company agreed Event will be considered an in-house publication of The Daily Courier. The editor and sales rep will be union members. Two part-time workers and a commission-only sales rep will remain non-union, but the hours are restricted for the part-timers and the commission-only position doesn't worry us much anyway. Event will continue to operate out of its own office. Any new positions will be in the union.

Faye Saxon, EI Board of Referees: The number of board hearings are starting to pick up now that the holidays are over. I am told that in the spring we will have many cases that are in the group awaiting hearings because of a challenge to the Supreme Court over matching customs reports with EI claimants on benefits. The commission won its case. There are no benefits payable when out of Canada - with a very few minor exceptions. Thus, I understand that we will have quite a number of these cases to adjudicate - with many more scheduled for each one day hearing. The annual board seminar is scheduled to take place in Kelowna on Feb. 22. I will try to report on that at the next labour council meeting. As usual, I would be happy to try to answer any queries you may have about appeals.

Gord Stoutenburg, BC Forum: The following letter will go out to BC Forum members: As you are no doubt aware, the current government in B.C. is in the process of forever changing our way of life in this province. Recent legislation and planned legislative changes will lead to the dismantling of social services and privatization of our health care. On Feb. 23, rallies will be held all across B.C. to let the government know in no uncertain terms that this is unacceptable. As a former union member, you may wish to participate in such a rally. A rally will be held in Kelowna at 1 p.m., Feb. 23, at the Apple Bowl. A large crowd is anticipated. We urge you to attend if at all possible. - In solidarity, Forum Director, G.I. Stoutenburg.


a) Spring school update - Registration is slow. Sign up soon. The school is March 2-3 at the OUC North campus.

b) Executive election

Nominated and acclaimed were:

President - David Doran

Vice-Presidents - Cathy Seagris, David Mitchell, Ron Bobowski

Secretary-treasurer - Judi Filion

Recording Secretary - Pat Bulmer

Sergeant-at-arms - Trudy Ames

Southern delegate - Terry Sawiuk

Northern delegate - Tony Heisterkamp

Trustee - Steve Malerby, a three-year term to expire in 2005.

Trustees continuing are Bob Barten, whose term expires in 2003 and Pat Munro, whose term expires in 2004.


a) Community Coalition meeting - Wednesday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m. at the BCGEU office. The idea of the coalition is to keep the momentum going in the campaign opposing Liberal cuts. All welcome.

b) Bill Zeman noted that the South Okanagan Boundary Labour Council is planning a public forum and workshops, March 23 at the Penticton Convention Centre. Speakers will include BC Fed President Jim Sinclair. He wondered if there was interest in doing something similar here. It was agreed that, for now, the Feb 23 rally is our effort along those lines.

GOOD AND WELFARE - Karen Abramsen, NDP - Okanagan New Democrats are holding a Beer and Beans Pub Night, Friday, Feb. 22 at the IOOF (Odd Fellows) Hall on Richter and Wardlaw, 5:30 p.m. until ??. Everyone is welcome to come and sip suds, socialize, strategize and toot it up over recent political events. Call Karen Abramsen (769-1977) or Wes Kmet (763-9288) for more information.


28 total, 20 delegates, 8 guests


Meeting adjourned at 8 p.m. so that a meeting to organize the Feb. 23 Save Our Community Services rally at the Apple Bowl could take place. Rally is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, acting recording secretary.

The next meeting will be Wednesday, March 6, 7:30 p.m., at the Village Green Hotel, Vernon.

Come to the Save Our Community Services rally 1 p.m., Feb. 23 at the Apple Bowl in Kelowna.

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