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February 9, 2005 minutes

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

AFFILIATES PRESENT
Dave Porteous UFCW 120B
Trudy Ames BCGEU 307
Ken Robinson HEU
Tom Potts COTA
Bob Shanks COTA
Kris Bothe UBCJA
Liz Woods BCGEU
Pat Bulmer CEP 2000
Karen Abramsen BC Forum
Judi Filion BCGEU 707
Ron Bobowski CUPW 760
Richard Gauthier CUPE 3523
Dona Frayn BCGEU 1207
Pat Munro HSA
Maria Tokarchuk HSA

GUESTS
Rick Barnes Kelowna-Mission NDP
Gord Stoutenburg BC Forum
Joyce Procure NDP/BCNU
Pat Burnett BCGEU
Lennie Wilson HEU
Mike Beutle NDP
Eileen Robinson NDP
Neil Ferguson CUPE 3523
Faye Saxon COPE 15

REGRETS
Kathy Dunn HEU
Gord Larkin CLC
Glenn Nowag UNITE HERE!
Louise Schwingenschloegl HEU
David Doran Carp 1346


CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order by Vice-President Ron Bobowski at 7:00 p.m.

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

M/S/C to adopt agenda of February 9, 2005

GUEST SPEAKERS

- Joyce Procure, NDP candidate in Okanagan-Westside, spoke about the upcoming campaign and made a request for volunteers and for unions to release people to help work on the campaign. Contact her at 768-5752 or e-mail jp_okwestside@shaw.ca.

- Mike Beutle, who is seeking the NDP nomination in Kelowna-Lake Country, spoke as well. He works at Crossroads Treatment Centre and is an HEU member. He touched on several issues: Bill 29, contracting out of MSP premium collections to a U.S. firm, fish farming ("There is a right way to do it"), research and development, among them.

ADOPTION OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTES

M/S/C to adopt minutes of January 5, 2005.

CREDENTIALS REPORT

24 present with 15 delegates and 9 guests

OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATES

Sworn in as a new delegate was Pat Burnett, BCGEU.

FINANCIAL REPORT

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

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE

a) CLC: Constitutional Convention Call, June 13-17 in Montreal -- We will pay registration only and ask for expressions of interest at this meeting and the March meeting in Vernon. 2 delegate positions are available. Dave Porteous wishes to attend.

b) OUC Students' Association -- Kelowna requests a letter of support for their ongoing campaign to fight tuition increases. We will send a letter of support.

c) United Way Labour Participation Department -- copy of CLC conference call for Balancing Work and Family Conference to be held in Ottawa, March 4-6. Please let Labour Participation office know, too, if we're attending. -- Receive and file

d) Labour College of Canada requests financial donations -- 2005 college under threat of cancellation. Send $100 and letter of support with request to keep us updated.

e) Petition from Port Colborne and District Labour Council calling on federal government to ban toy cap guns and caps and letter from Joanne Stubbins, whose daughter was killed in an explosion at the plant making these items. -- Circulate petition

f) BC Federation of Labour Count Me In Campaign -- fill out card if you want to sign up (However, we only have one card). -- Receive and note.

g) BC Federation of Labour Marianne Gilbert Scholarship is available for one woman to attend the Spring Institute for Union Women, March 19-22 in Harrison, plus info and sign-up forms for the institute. -- Receive and note.

M/S/C to accept Executive Board report


REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT

Ken Robinson, HEU Kelowna -- HEU in Kelowna is actively getting involved in the B.C. Federation of Labour Count Me In campaign. Locally, we will be holding health-care forums in all three local ridings. We will also be organizing a May Day rally for May 1. This event will educate union members and the public on all of the B.C. Liberal disastrous policies and the negative impacts and effects they've had on working families. If you're interested in helping organizing or attending either of these events, please call Ken Robinson at 764-4791, Lennie Wilson at 707-3489 or Carol Kuzic at 763-2457.

Joyce Procure, BCNU -- BCNU successful in reaching an agreement with the Interior Health Authority to establish a working group/committee for the professional responsibility process whereby nurses can document issues interfering with professional practice. If issues are not resolved at the workplace, similar to the grievance process, they can now be heard at hearings with IHA as spelled out in the new agreement. Changes to executive structure of BCNU -- resignation of chief operating officer Anne Harvey (who left for Simon Fraser Health Authority); COO position has been deleted and two new executive officer positions created: internal staffing manager and labour relations/negotiations.

Karen Abramsen - Kelowna-Mission NDP - By the time this is read, either Nicki Hokazono or Kevin Hagglund will be our candidate (Hokazono won at the nomination meeting on Feb. 12). To get involved in the next election campaign, please call Karen at (250) 769-1977. NDP Pub Night - called "Leaping Leprechauns" - Saturday, March 19, 6-10 p.m., IOOF (Odd Fellows Hall), 2597 Richter St. (at Wardlaw). All welcome. Bring a crowd. There will be Irish stew, beer, ale and wine, and lots of fun games and activities. For more information, call 769-1977. Kelowna Peace Group -- Saturday, March 19, there will be an anti-war protest at The Sails, which will proceed to the Unitarian Church (on Bertram at Cawston). This will mark the second anniversary of the war in Iraq. Time: 1 p.m. at The Sails. Board of Referees - Annual training session will be held on Feb. 15. The focus is still to be determined and a report on pertinent issues will be forthcoming at the next meeting.

Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000 - CEP 2000 and the Kelowna Daily Courier exchanged contract proposals Feb. 2. Next bargaining dates may not take place until March due to the fact company managers are tied up in February in budgeting. Tone is more civil than in the past, but we're far apart in our initial proposals. Our current contract expires in June.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

a) Nominations for executive positions reopened. Elections to take place at March meeting in Vernon. Those nominated who accepted their nominations were: Kris Bothe for sergeant at arms and Karen Abramsen for southern delegates. The nominees now are:
President - David Doran
Vice-Presidents (3 to be elected) - Trudy Ames, Ron Bobowski, Glenn Nowag, Wayne Enevoldson
Secretary-treasurer - Judi Filion
Recording secretary - Pat Bulmer
Sergeant at Arms - Kris Bothe
Northern delegate - Louise Schwingenschloegl
Southern delegate - Karen Abramsen
Trustee - Steve Malerby

NEW BUSINESS

a) Gordon Campbell to speak at Chamber breakfast Feb. 16. Call for people to come out and protest was made.

M/S/D - that the NOLC advertise (in the Kelowna Daily Courier) in combination with the Campbell visit.

M/S/D - amend the original motion to say that we spend "up to $600".

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT

22 total with 13 delegates and 9 guests

GOOD AND WELFARE

Okanagan Jazz and Blues Society, Joan Taylor and Bob Murphy, Saturday, Feb. 26, OUC, KLO campus theatre. Doors open 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. www.okanaganjazzblues.org.

ADJOURNMENT

Meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary.



The next meeting will be Wednesday, March 9, 2005, 7 p.m., at the Village Green Hotel, Vernon.


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