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FEBRUARY 7, 2007 minutes

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

AFFILIATES PRESENT
Carol Kenzie, HEU
Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523
Brad Dunlop, USW 1-423
Liz Woods, BC Forum
Nancy deVries, COPE 378
Ron Bobowski, CUPW 760
Glenn Nowag, UNITEHERE
Kris Bothe, CAST/UBCJA 1370
Jeff Carsience, CAST/UBCJA 1370
Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000
Karen Abramsen, BC Forum
Andy Pritchard, UNITEHERE
Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518
Pat Munro, HSA - Kelowna
Ken Robinson, HEU
Boyd Sommerfeld, HEU
Carole Gordon, COTA
Linda Thiel, HEU


GUESTS
Teri MacGillivray, HEU
Doug Gibson, COPE 15 (ret)
Wes Kmet

REGRETS
Dave Porteous, UFCW 120 Gord Larkin, CLC

CALL TO ORDER
President Brad Dunlop called the meeting to order at 7 p.m.

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
M/S/C to adopt agenda of February 7, 2007

GUEST SPEAKERS
none

ADOPTION OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTES
M/S/C to adopt minutes of January 10, 2007

CREDENTIALS REPORT
17 present with 14 delegates and 3 guests

OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATES
Nancy deVries, Boyd Sommerfeld, Carole Gordon and Teri MacGillivray were sworn in as delegates.

FINANCIAL REPORT
M/S/C to adopt financial report as circulated.
Ron asked for feedback on a suggestion that he transfer some of the NOLC's funds to a higher-interest investment savings account. Everyone thought that was a good idea.

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE
a) M/S/C to donate $200 to the Council of Senior Citizen's Organization of B.C.

REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT

Karen 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.
I also spoke to him about the next vote regarding the "replacement worker" (anti-scab) legislation. He expressed some concern about "security" issues regarding the legislation. I explained to him that these issues are addressed through "essential worker designations" in collective agreements. I got the sense he was waffling!

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.

NEW BUSINESS

a) Council of Canadians' Dialogue on Health Care Feb. 11 with Colleen Fuller, 2-4 p.m. at Okanagan College lecture theatre (KLO Road). Also expected to be discussed will be forming a Kelowna chapter of the B.C. Health Coalition and protest planning for the Feb. 17 Conversation on Health.
M/S/C that the NOLC pay the airfare to bring Fuller to Kelowna for the dialogue. The cost is $195.40.
b) Provincial Conversation on Health Feb. 17/protest -- Arrive about 7:30 a.m. for protest at the Grand hotel. Also, the night before about 5:30 p.m.
c) United Way needs a labour chairperson. Cheryl Stone acclaimed to take the position.
M/S/C to table motion to pay Cheryl's registration for United Way national conference in Whistler, May 3-5 pending recommendation from executive.

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT
21 total with 18 delegates and 3 guests

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.

ADJOURNMENT
The meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary.


The next meeting will be Wednesday, March 7, 2007 7 p.m., at the NOLC office, 201A -- 1358 St. Paul St., Kelowna

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