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February 4, 2004 minutes

MINUTES - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, NORTH OKANAGAN LABOUR COUNCIL

FEBRUARY 4, 2004 AT KELOWNA

AFFILIATES PRESENT

Ron Bobowski CUPW 760

Pat Bulmer CEP 2000

Dave Doran Carp 1346

Cathy Seagris BCGEU

Judi Filion BCGEU 707

Glenn Nowag HERE 40

Pat Munro HSA - Kelowna

Tony Heisterkamp Carp 1346

Liz Woods BCGEU

Dona Frayn BCGEU 1207

Lee Riggs TWU 16

Kevin Hagglund CEP 823 - M

Deb Rouire CUPE 3523

Bill Zeman CUPE 3523

Steve Malerby BC Forum

Roy Graham Brewery Workers 300

GUESTS

Gord Stoutenburg BC Forum

Wayne Enevoldson Carp 1346

Randy Dewar BCGEU

Steve Koehle OUC

Faye Saxon OPEIU 15

REGRETS

Karen Abramsen BC Forum

Trudy Ames BCGEU 307

Jeff Carsience UBCJ 1370

Gord Larkin CLC

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order by President David Doran at 7 p.m.

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

M/S/C to adopt agenda of February 4, 2004

GUEST SPEAKERS

Steve Koehle, Dean, Faculty of Adult and Continuing Education, Okanagan University College - OUC is looking at developing workplace programs and wants to find out the needs of people in the workplace. If you've got any ideas, contact him at 762-5445, local 4334 or e-mail: skoehle@ouc.bc.ca.

ADOPTION OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTES

M/S/C to adopt minutes of January 7, 2004

CREDENTIALS REPORT

21 present with 16 delegates and 5 guests

OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATES

none

FINANCIAL REPORT

M/S/C to adopt financial report as circulated

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE

a) OUC Students Association - Kelowna asks for support for Feb. 4 rally, and support by passing motions, sending letters of support, and circulating petition - Students in B.C. are being hurt by rising tuition and post-secondary funding cuts. BC Federation of Labour also encourages support for students and sends copy of petition. - Receive and file

b) CLC - Day of Mourning is April 28. It's the 20th anniversary. Materials can be ordered from CLC. - Table to March meeting

REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT

Lee Riggs, TWU 16 - 86.3 % positive strike vote. CIRB ruled Telus violated the labour code by bargaining directly with employees. CIRB ordered Telus to offer binding arbitration to the union. Union has agreed to binding arbitration. Supreme Court has ruled that TWU must stop broadcasting TV ads. The court agreed with Telus that the ads were a copyright infringement.

Faye Saxon, EI Board of Referees - Over and over again, we find in appeal hearings that the workers do not keep a record of hours worked. This puts them at a severe disadvantage if they need to prove the hours worked. Even if it's just to put their hours on a calendar and then keep it for later reference, this is a big help. The Employment Standards required an employer to keep a record of hours and days worked for every employee. We have had 2 cases recently where the employer did not do this. In one of them, the employee had a calendar for one of the months in question, therefore his proof was accepted for that month. Also, try to check that the Record of Employment is accurate in every detail. If it is not, be sure to have it amended as soon as possible. Our annual seminar is to be held this month, so we may have more to report in the coming months.

Roy Graham, Brewery Workers Local 300 - Mission Hill sale still not final. Arbitrator Colin Taylor has not OK'd the sale of the ready to drink business. Members in limbo, being abused by system. Union feels company is not being up front with this process. Still spending $ on legal to try and get this thing expedited. Feeling is something is not right or this sale would be done.

Bill Zeman, CUPE 3523 - Recent arbitration in Vernon school district. Vince Ready, arbitrator, has changed the interpretation of the no contracting out language. Affects our local as we have the same language. Our collective agreement expired last July. We are hoping to get into negotiations with employers by the end of February. CUPE BC is moving toward a political protest Democracy Day, a one-day shutdown of the public sector. They are hoping it will be the start of a large political protest against the current government.


UNFINISHED BUSINESS

a) Spring School - Only 19 registrations received. Feb. 14 is the deadline to sign up for school. We must have more registrations.

b) Executive elections - Elected were:
President - David Doran
Vice Presidents - Ron Bobowski, Jeff Carsience, Glenn Nowag
Secretary-treasurer - Judi Filion
Recording secretary - Pat Bulmer
Sergeant at Arms - Trudy Ames
Northern delegate - Louise Turner
Southern delegate - Karen Abramsen
Trustee - Kathy Dunn (three-year term. Other trustees are Steve Malerby, whose term expires in 2005 and David Porteous in 2006).

NEW BUSINESS

a) OUC Calendar ad - M/S/C to pay $300 to renew ad in the OUC calendar.

b) Women of Distinction Awards - Nominations due by end of February.

c) M/S/C to write a letter to the Capital News expressing our concern about the one-sidedness and inaccuracies in Robert Smithson's column about labour law.

GOOD AND WELFARE

BCGEU golf tournament is being revived. It takes place Aug. 1, 7:30 a.m. at Mission Creek Golf Course.

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT

21 total with 17 delegates and four guests

ADJOURNMENT

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary

The next meeting will be Wednesday, March 10, 7 p.m. at the Village Green Hotel in Vernon.


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