ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
M/S/C to adopt agenda of February 7, 2007
ADOPTION OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTES
M/S/C to adopt minutes of January 10, 2007
REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORTKaren Abramsen -- Met with Ron Cannan, MP (Conservative -- Kelowna-Lake Country) regarding the unfairness of only 15 weeks EI for medical reasons. I was advised that there is a private member's bill regarding this, but Ron did not know anything about the details. He stated he does support extending the number of weeks. I believe he is in favour of the same 52 weeks that is allowable for maternity benefits. This is what I feel would be more fair.
Ron Bobowski gave a verbal report. CUPW and Canada Post are in contract negotiations
Liz Woods reported that the Central Okanagan United Way campaign raised $971,461.67. Liz was the labour chair this year and will become the board chair.
Ken Robinson gave a verbal report on a deal reached with privatized health-care workers in Victoria. That's the third contract among the three major contracted-out health-care employers. Ken also talked about provincial and federal child-care funding cuts.
Brad Dunlop reported that IBEW 213 joined the labour council last month and COPE this month.UNFINISHED BUSINESS
a) Executive elections -- Elected were:
President -- Brad Dunlop
Vice Presidents -- Glenn Nowag, Cheryl Stone, Kris Bothe
Secretary-treasurer -- Ron Bobowski
Recording secretary -- Pat Bulmer
Sergeant at Arms -- Jeff Carsience
Northern delegate -- Position vacant. We will fill at our April 4 meeting in Vernon.
Southern delegate -- Karen Abramsen
Trustee -- Andy Pritchard (three-year term. Other trustees are Pat Munro, whose term expires in 2008 and David Porteous in 2009).
b) Public Policy and the Environment Forum, June 8-10 at Coast Capri Hotel. Organizing committee will include Brad Dunlop, Andy Pritchard, Glenn Nowag, Cheryl Stone, Ron Bobowski, Linda Thiel, Liz Woods and Doug Gibson. Liz has agreed to be registrar again. Columbia Institute, which co-sponsored last year's event, has told Brad to send them a funding request. CLC likely to offer financial support, too.
GOOD AND WELFARE
David Suzuki's If You Were Prime Minister national tour 2007 coming to the Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way, Kelowna, on Sunday, February 25 from 7 PM to 8:30 PM. Tickets are $15 plus service charges and are available from TicketWeb , phone 1- 888-222-6608 or the EECO Centre at Mission Creek Regional Park, 2363 Springfield Road, Kelowna.
Gord Larkin, CLC rep, retiring this summer.
Protests continue outside the former Gordon Drive liquor store location.
Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary.