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February 8, 2006 minutes

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

AFFILIATES PRESENT
Kris Bothe, Kel. Carp Union
Ron Bobowski, CUPW 760
Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000
David Doran, Carp 1346
Kathy Dunn, HEU Vernon
Glenn Nowag, UNITE HERE!
Louise Schwingenschloegl, HEU Vernon
Karen Abramsen, BC Forum
David Porteous, UFCW 120
Tom Potts, COTA
Cal Jackson, USW 1-423
Jeff Carsience, UBCJ 1370
Pat Munro, HSA - Kelowna
Donna Frayn, BCGEU 1207
Liz Woods BC Forum
Les Milton, ATU 1722
Shirley Kavaloff, HSA Kelowna
Cheryl Stone, UFCW Kelowna
H. (Mac) McIntyre, ATU 1722
Brad Dunlop, USW 1-423
Maria Tokarchuk, HSA Kelowna
Kevin Hagglund, CEP 823 - M
Deb Roseleine, CUPE 3523
Bill Zeman, CUPE 3523
Rob Wotherspoon, BCGEU
Joyce Procure, BCNU
Tom Metz, ATU 1722


GUESTS
Heather Jaeger, CEP 2000


REGRETS
Trudy Ames, BCGEU 307
Gord Larkin, CLC


CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order by President David Doran at 7:00 p.m.

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
M/S/C to adopt agenda of February 8, 2006

GUEST SPEAKERS
none

ADOPTION OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTES
M/S/C to adopt minutes of January 4, 2006.

OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATES
Tom Metz and H. (Mac) McIntyre of ATU 1722 were sworn in as delegates.

CREDENTIALS REPORT
28 present with 27 delegates and 1 guest

FINANCIAL REPORT
M/S/C to adopt financial report as circulated.
M/S/C to increase monthly contribution to Plan 24 (political action) account to $400 from $300.

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE
a) CLC questionnaire for labour councils about United Way involvement - David Porteous, one of our representatives on the United Way board, will fill out the questionnaire.

b) Kelowna Women's Resource Centre seeks donation to help with a fundraiser planned for March 4 at the Mary Irwin Theatre -- M/S/C to contribute $250 to women's centre fundraiser and also to donate $250 to Vernon Women's Centre. (The donation gets us a listing in the program and two complimentary tickets, which will be distributed to Karen Abramsen and Joyce Procure.)

REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT

Bill Zeman and Deb Roseleine, CUPE 3523 -- On Feb. 2, our local advised the 3523 membership that our negotiations with School District 23 had broken down. We had bargained with the employer for many days and since Jan. 1/06, we had been making good progress when all of a sudden on Feb. 1, the employer told us that the BCPSEA would not agree to the changes in our CEA Letter of understanding and that the guarantee of employment during a school year was no longer acceptable (the employer had previously agreed, with some change in punctuation still unmade.) The Public Sector Employers Council was also interfering in our bargaining process. Our negotiating committee told the school district bargaining team that this was not acceptable and, in fact, was bargaining in bad faith.
We immediately arranged a special general meeting, calling for our members to attend and determine the direction our local would be taking. On Feb. 4, our membership voted unanimously to take a strike vote should that action become necessary, and they also voted unanimously to join the provincial CUPE sectoral bargaining committee.
We await further developments on this very serious bargaining breakdown with School District 23.

Pat Munro, HSA Kelowna -- Uranium Inquiry Conference - Saturday, Feb. 18, Royal Anne Hotel, 348 Bernard Avenue. 1-4 p.m. -- organization, strategies. 7 p.m. - town hall meeting. Call 763-5367, 499-5417.

Rob Wotherspoon, BCGEU staff rep -- BCGEU is engaged at numerous bargaining tables, including two bargaining units at Okanagan College and UBCO. Deadline for accessing from $1 billion incentive fund may be moving back from March 31/06 to actual expiry dates of collective agreements. (eg: for Okanagan College, that is June 30.)
Windsor Manor Care Home -- Ministry of Health has apparently approved 40 FTEs to be contracted out. Decision now in hands of Interior Health Authority.

Joyce Procure, BCNU Okanagan Similkameen -- Bargaining beginning in all health sectors. Here's hoping the health-care unions do not fall for the early signing incentive ploy meant to pit unions against one another.
Former BCNU COO Anne Harvey now at the table for the HEABC.
Twenty-five per cent of BCNU is in community nursing:
-- Beginning of a "professional responsibility" campaign and a community-wide workload grievance
-- Never done in community sector before
-- Crisis in availability of home-support workers who are often the only person helping elderly continue living in their homes.

Karen Abramsen, EI Board of Referees -- We have been having a number of cases from CUPE members who are arguing the teachers' strike was not their labour dispute and they were prevented from going to work, so they should get EI. Needless to say, the appeals have been denied to date. We still get many people who miss the deadline to apply as they assumed they weren't going to get EI when they quit. In fact, due to their own circumstances, some were indeed eligible or they waited too long and found they didn't have enough hours to qualify. You have 30 days to apply.
Also no current up-to-date report on the health of Gord Stoutenburg. Many of us sent him e-mails of appreciation for his commitment to the labour movement and politics over a great number of years.
Council of Canadians -- Two terrific films on food security and safety are coming to Kelowna.
Seeds of Change -- This film produced at the University of Manitoba is a balanced and hard-hitting expose of the controversy surrounding genetically modified crops.
The Future of Food offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabelled, patented and genetically engineered food that has quietly filled grocery store shelves for the past decade.
The Seeds of Change will be shown at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24 at the Rotary Centre of the Arts boardroom.
The Future of Food will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall, 1310 Bertram.

Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000 -- The Daily Courier late last month issued all employees an "Employee Handbook" full of old and new memos of all the things we shouldn't do, including a few that violate our contract. The booklet came with an acknowledgment form employees were expected to sign in which we acknowledged reading the memos, acknowledged understanding the memos and acknowledged that violating the memos could lead to discipline. After consulting with our lawyer, union vice-president Rob Munro got management to change the acknowledgment form. On the new form, we now acknowledge receiving and reading the booklet, but no longer share the company's "understanding" nor agree to their threats of discipline. I'm still not thrilled about signing, but now, at least, it gives away none of our rights.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

a) Brad Dunlop reported on the all-candidates forum the labour council sponsored and hosted Jan. 17 at the Hollywood Road Education Centre.

b) Spring school -- Karen Abramsen gave an update on the spring labour school, being held March 25-26 at UBCO.

c) Executive elections -- Elected were:
President -- Brad Dunlop
Vice Presidents -- Glenn Nowag, Cheryl Stone and Kris Bothe
Secretary-treasurer -- Ron Bobowski
Recording secretary -- Pat Bulmer
Sergeant at Arms -- Jeff Carsience
Northern delegate -- Louise Schwingenschloegl
Southern delegate -- Karen Abramsen
Trustees -- David Porteous -- three-year term; Pat Munro -- two-year term (to complete term of Steve Malerby). Kathy Dunn is the other trustee and has one year left on her term.

NEW BUSINESS

a) M/S/C to send letters of congratulations to Ron Cannan and Colin Mayes, the new MPs in Kelowna-Lake Country and Okanagan-Shuswap.

b) M/S/C to send a letter of thanks to CUPE 3523 for their assistance in helping us put together our all-candidates forum.

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT
28 total with 27 delegates and 1 guest

GOOD & WELFARE
Labour council food drive planned for spring. Committee to be set up. More details at March meeting.

Thanks to David Doran, president of the NOLC since 2001 and secretary-treasurer since 1996.

ADJOURNMENT
The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary.



NEXT MEETING:
Wednesday, March 8, 2006, 7 p.m., at the Village Green Hotel, Vernon.


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