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FEBRUARY 4, 2009 minutes

MINUTES - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, NORTH OKANAGAN LABOUR COUNCIL AT KELOWNA

AFFILIATES PRESENT
Ron Bobowski, CUPW 760
Wes Kmet, BC Forum
Glenn Nowag, UFCW 120
Shane Curveon, ATU 1722
Ron Dunn, CUPE 3523
Maria Tokarchuk, HSA
Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518/247
Jeff Carsience, UBCJA 1370
Nikki Inuoye, HEU
Dave Porteous, UFCW 120
Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000
Liz Woods, BC Forum
Shawna Rand, HEU - Vernon
Faye Saxon, BC Forum
Ryan Miller, CUPE 3523
Carol Kenzie, HEU
Brad Albrecht, HEU - Vernon
Linda Thiel, HEU
Shirley Kavaloff, HSA Kelowna
Tory McGillivray, HEU
Tracie Mundy, CEP 468

GUESTS
Doug Gibson, BC Forum
Orion Irvine, CLC
Susan Hillock, UBC-O
Debra Critchley, BCGEU
Brenda Van Der Meer, CEP
Debbie Mann, CEP

REGRETS
Karen Abramsen, BC Forum

CALL TO ORDER
President Glenn Nowag called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
M/S/C to adopt agenda

GUEST SPEAKERS
Susan Hillock, Professor at UBCO. She is also a board member at the Kelowna Women's Resource Centre. She is interested in putting a national conference together on integrating the feminine ethos into the unions, with the goal of influencing negotiations, civil rights, and improving women's work environments. She would like to hold the conference in Kelowna in 2010, However she would also like to see what else is out there regarding forums on this issue and whether or not partnerships could be formed with existing programs. For more information, contact Susan Hillock at susan.hillock@ubc.ca, phone 250-807-8701.

ADOPTION OF PREVIOUS MINUTES
January minutes mailed out, verbally read at meeting, discussed and M/S/C

CREDENTIALS REPORT
16 Delegates, 7 Guests

OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATES
Cheryl Stone sworn in as a delegate of UFCW 1518 by president Glen Nowag.

FINANCIAL REPORT
--M/S/C to adopt financial report as circulated

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE
M/S/C. - To send a letter regarding our concern to BC Citizens For Public Power, as to their request for funding and linking it to the upcoming provincial election. The NOLC expresses concern that the link could cause problems with the new election funding legislation.

M/S/C - To send Ron Bobowski as 2nd Delegate to Harrison Winter School with Cheryl Stone.

REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT
CUPE 3523 - Due to Budget problems with School District, CUPE 3523 could be looking at a rough ride for collective agreement negotiations this year.

HEU - Carol Kenzie - Political action conference within their union was a success.

BCGEU - Please support the striking workers at the Dorchester Retirement residence on Harvey Ave. and Ethel street. Strike Vote 92 % in Favour.

UFCW 1518 - Cheryl Stone had t be re-sworn in as a delegate for this union as she changed representation to NOLC from BC Forum

CUPW - Ron Bobowski - Good news that the Kelowna teachers made the Globe and Mail for refusing to administer the FSA test to local students.

HEU - Vernon - Shawna Rand - Attended Week 1 Harrison Winter School. Labour Council Leadership and Organizing. Facilitators Orion Irvine and Amber Hocking. Icebreaker to the course was "the Leaning tower of Leadership". Had to complete a 5 Min prepared speech. Parliamentary procedures course and received a "cheat wheel" for that. There was talk about the economic crisis, and there was some instruction on how to lobby local politicians regarding this issue. Learned how to deal with the media.

CEP 2000 - Pat Bulmer - Night editor Jon Manchester will replace Tom Wilson as managing editor of The Daily Courier. Tom is leaving Friday to take a job in the city hall communications department. The Courier closed its Vernon office, laying off two people. We'll still produce a separate front page for Vernon (though no longer inside pages), but obviously there'll be considerably less Vernon content. Event magazine has been folded into the Courier. Two part-timers laid off. We've got several issues right now under some dispute with management. Some may get resolved peacefully, some may need to go through the grievance process.

CLC Report - Orion Irvine - Re: Economic Crisis - CLC sent out a 14 page analysis. CLC is looking for major changes from the EI program. NDP has training coming to Thompson Rivers University. $40.00 registration for the day and a half course. CLC has stopped the Robin Hood Flour boycott. Re: Bill 42 - as of Feb. 14 there is a $100,000 spending cap in place for election funding. Pass-through funding is not allowed. Letters to the editor, and other individual shows of support are allowed however.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Orion Irvine -- BC Forum delegates are not technically "delegates" to Labour council. They can have voice, but no vote at meetings. BC Forum executive in Lower Mainland must nominate and send credentials to individual Labour Councils. This has not been an issue of contention in Labour Councils until last months NOLC meeting where Nominees to the EI Board of referees were elected by secret ballot. The issue was raised by BCForum Executive. After extensive discussion in the regular meeting it was moved "That the NOLC ratify the results of January's nominations to the EI Board of Referees." M/S/C Further discussion on the motion resulted in a second Motion "That the NOLC support and approve our Nominations to the EI Board of Referees" -- M/S/C

February AGM NOLC and executive board positions. Nominations were reopened. Election conducted By Pat Bulmer. Results of AGM elections are:
President, Glen Nowag, acclaimed.
VP, Ron Dunn, Shawna Rand, (one VP position still open)
Rec Sec, Cheryl Stone, acclaimed
Sec Tr. Ron Bobowski, acclaimed
Northern Del. Nikki Inouye, acclaimed
Southern Del. Karen Abramsen, nominated (but tabled due to BC Forum Question of representation)
Trustee #1 Brad Albrecht, acclaimed
Trustee # 2 Dave Porteous, current
Trustee # 3 Currently open (Position Tabled to next meeting)
Sgt At Arms, Shane Curveon, acclaimed

NEW BUSINESS
-- M/S/C to donate 100.00 to the new Kelowna Chapter of Citizens for Public Power
It was noted at the meeting that we will have money available for labour friendly candidates in the upcoming provincial election.

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT
18 Delegates, 8 Guests, (4 BC Forum, 4 Other)

ADJOURNMENT
The meeting was adjourned at 8:52 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Jeff Carsience, recording secretary.



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