FEBRUARY 5, 2003 AT KELOWNA
Joyce Procure BCNU
Jeff Carscience UBCJ 1370
Judi Filion BCGEU 707
Pat Bulmer CEP 2000
Tony Heisterkamp Carp 1346
Trudy Ames BCGEU 307
Ron Bobowski CUPW 760
Louise Turner HEU
Dave Porteous UFCW 120B
Cathy Seagris BCGEU 607
David Doran Carp 1346
David Porteous UFCW 120B
Cheryl Stone UFCW 1518
Bob Barten BCGEU 20
Mary-Lou Bailey CUPE 338
Gord Irish ATU 1722
Dona Frayn BCGEU 1204
Scott Koch BCGEU
Karen Abramsen BC Forum
Pat Munro HSA
Gord Stoutenburg BC Forum
Marianne Davies HEU/CEP
Kevin Hagglund CEP 823-M
Dora Stewart Council of Canadians
Gord Larkin CLC
CALL TO ORDERThe meeting was called to order by President David Doran at 7 p.m.
ADOPTION OF THE AGENDAM/S/C to adopt agenda of February 5, 2003
GUEST SPEAKERSMarianne Davies - World Community Film Festival, Feb. 28-March 2 at the Okanagan University College KLO campus. Thirty-five social issues films will be shown starting from 6:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cost: "Food for flicks" or "pay what you can." For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, visit their web site at www.oucfilmfest.bravepages.com or fax (250) 491-1083 (Attn: OUCCDC)
ADOPTION OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTESM/S/C to adopt the minutes of January 8, 2003 with addition that Karen Abramsen was present as a guest.
CREDENTIALS REPORT25 present with 20 delegates and 5 guests
OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATESThree new delegates sworn in: David Porteous, UFCW 120B, Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518, Jeff Carscience, UBCJ 1370
FINANCIAL REPORTM/S/C to to adopt financial report as circulated
EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCEnone
REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORTCathy Seagris, BCGEU 607:
Trudy Ames, BCGEU 307: Transition Steering committee is now governing the Community Social Service Sector. The government has handed over all the central authority and money to this committee. The committee is made up of family members and employers - effective March 31. Their goal seems to be to go back to the ideal of four-bed homes - although there is no money. They state that downsizing is being encouraged and their goal is four bed, while at the same time offering money for four-bed homes to add on one or two rooms. Lots of contradictions in the plan and implementation of this new plan. At this point, the social workers are not being given any information as to their role. Their job at this point is emergency services only. They are being completely kept out of the loop and uncertain if they will have work at any moment. There seems to be no governing in place as far as employees reporting to anyone. We were accountable to social workers for the care we gave. At this point, we are not accountable to anyone.
NDP: Vernon NDP annual general meeting, Feb. 23, corner of Highway 6 and 25th Ave., across from the A&W. Pot luck luncheon at 1 p.m. Discussion on The New Democracy (proportional representation, electoral campaign finance reform etc.) at 2:30 p.m. and AGM at 3:30 p.m. Limited seating for the luncheon - if you're attending that portion of the event, RSVP at 542-6956 by Feb. 14. No seating limitations nor RSVP needed for the discussion or meeting. For information on executive nominations, contact Dave Richards at 545-1732. Non-member friends of the NDP welcome.
Citizens for Public Power: Court date is being planned for March/April. Specific date will be known soon. 50,000 signatures - still accepting signatures. Citizens for Public Power will be asking us to support them in the campaign to get city councils on board. They have written letters to city councils and added the UBCM Energy Policy, which does not support de-regulating energy. (It is attached to these minutes.) They would love to see us go to our mayors and city councils and encourage them to keep BC Hydro public. They will keep us informed as to how many city councils get aboard.
Judi Filion, BCGEU 707: On March 31, 2004, the BC government will be spending 36 per cent less than it did in funding regulated child care in 2001. In other words, the BC government will be cutting funding by approximately $64 million. And these child care budget and service cuts are hurting children and families in our communities. What can parents do?
Join the Diaper Campaign. Send a clean diaper to:
a. your MLA
b. Lynn Stephens, the BC Minister responsible for child care
c. Gary Collins, the BC finance minister who will deliver the BC budget for 2003-4.
Attach a message which calls on the government to reverse the cuts and restore child care funding in the next provincial budget. For complete information, including a one-page flyer and sample messages/addresses, see the Parent Voices Web pages at www.childcareadvocacy.ca. Click onto Parent Voices, English and then look for the navigation on the left. Click onto ACTIVITIES, scroll down to REGIONAL CHILD CARE ADVOCACY, click on it and scroll down until you see "British Columbia" and then for complete information, click onto the BC DIAPER CAMPAIGN. A size 1 diaper and message fits into a 5 3/4" x 8 3/4" envelope and costs 96 cents to post. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
Gord Stoutenburg, BC Forum: As a representative of Forum, I am concerned at the lack of direct participation of members outside the Lower Mainland. To that end, I have had some preliminary discussions with Bill Clark, former president of Forum, and we agree there may be some merit to establishing chapters in various areas. The thrust of Forum is not only to provide services for retired union members, but to build a potential political force directed at protecting our way of life. As IÕm sure you can imagine, there are a lot of hurdles to jump in getting this started, not the least of which is member apathy. As you all know only too well, getting active members out to meetings is not easy, probably a ratio of 15 per cent in normal circumstances. But these are not normal times. The current government in BC is bent on destroying the union movement in BC. Don't be fooled. This is exactly what Gordon Campbell means when he says, "This is the dawn of a new era." I am hopeful that retired union members recognize this and if we can sit down together and discuss the issues, who knows what might be accomplished?
Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000: With our contract expiring this June, a union negotiating committee is starting the work of preparing for another round of bargaining. Bargaining last time was particularly nasty. Although former "owner" Todd Vogt is now gone, signs don't point to things being much better this time.The company, which has given us 2 per cent in wage increases over the past five years, then asked for a five per cent cut in the middle of the existing contract, is sure to plead poverty and seek cuts or at best more zero increases.Joyce Procure, BCNU: The BCNU, after seeking legal direction, charged federal Health Minister Anne McLellan to investigate violations of the Medicare Act. We're requesting they investigate several Lower Mainland private hospitals, clinics and the billing practices of physicians providing services there. Rationale: The Health Care Act is not policed unless/until a request is given to the minister. Then she must investigate and report to the complainant on outcomes.
Spring school - March 29-30 at OUC north campus. Sign up soon. BC Federation of Labour secretary-treasurer Angela Schiera to speak. Contact Judi Filion for info.
NEW BUSINESS none
FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT 25 total, 21 delegates, 4 guests
ADJOURNMENTMeeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary
The next meeting will be Wednesday, March 5, 7 p.m. at the Village Green Hotel in Vernon.