February 3, 2010 - AGM minutes

CALL TO ORDER: 7 p.m. by Glenn Nowag, president

ROLL CALL/INTRODUCTIONS: Glenn Nowag, UFCW 1518; Ron Bobowski, CUPW 760; Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518; Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523; Brad Albrecht, HEU Vernon; Karen Abramsen, UFCW 1518; Lynda Zorn, BCFORUM; Greg McGowan, CUPE 873; Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000; Nancy Ingersol, BCTF-Vernon; Maria Tokarchuk, HSA; Jim Failes, CEP M1; Debra Critchley, BCGEU; Carole Gordon, BCTF.

REGRETS: Dave Porteous, UFCW 1518; Liz Woods, BCFORUM.

GUESTS: Mathew Reed, NDP; Lloyd Hooper, ATU 1722; Andrew Pritchard, Local 40; Doug Gibson, BCFORUM; Wes Kmet, BCFORUM; Derek Morris, CUPE 873; Brad Fraser, CUPE 873; Wendy Mah, BCGEU; Chris Berry, COPE 378.


GUEST SPEAKERS: Mathew Reed, NDP, thanked the NOLC for their generous support and endorsement for the 2009 Kelowna Civic By-election.

23 Present with 14 Delegates 9 Guests


ADOPTION OF THE FEBRUARY 2009 AGM MINUTES: (distributed among the delegates present) M/S/C

9) ANNUAL 2009 FINANCIAL REPORT -- Ron Bobowski, Secretary Treasurer M/S/C

ANNUAL NOLC 2009 REPORT- Glenn Nowag, President M/S/C
- In 2009 the NOLC continued to support the United Way-Kelowna and Vernon.
- The NOLC endorsed & supported; 1 Municipal By- Election Candidate & 4 NDP Provincial Candidates & BCTF-COTA (fundamental skills assessment)
- Solidarity support for Ambulance & Paramedics, CEP Media, and UniteHere! Local 40
- Women in Leadership Conference, delegates sent to BC FED Convention, 2 delegates sent to the Southern Interior Labour Conference, held in Kamloops, 3 delegates sent to 2009 Harrison Winter School,
- The Canadian Labour Congress recommended that the North Okanagan Labour Council entertain the thoughts of a prospective merger with the South Okanagan Boundary Labour Council. Discussions were held at several NOLC meetings; however, the SOBLC did not succeed to accomplish discussions, so therefore we are still not sure at this point how this will turn out Events:
- Kids Camp 2009 -- Dave Porteous, Trustee, organized Kids Camp Jubilee @ Silver Lake.
- Gert Beadle Award nomination -- Faye Saxon, BCFORUM
- Day of Mourning April 28, 2009, was organized by Karen Abramsen, Southern Delegate and was held at Ben Lee Park in Rutland.
Items of Interest:
- EI Board of Referees. Liz Woods, BCFORUM and Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518 were elected as the two new Worker Members on the Kelowna EI Board of Referees.
- NOLC amended our By-Laws regarding BCFORUM, in April of 2009, allowing two BCFORUM delegates to represent BCFORUM while one delegate will sit on the Executive. The delegates will have voice but no vote. Lynda Zorn, BCFORUM was appointed by BCFORUM to sit on the Executive in October 2009.
- CLC pension reform campaign -- In September 2009 the CLC called on the government to strengthen pensions in Canada. There are three actions that CLC are urging the government to do.1. Double CPP benefits, 2. Increase GIS pensions, 3. Federal
- Pension Insurance. Lynda Zorn, BCFORUM and Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518, from the Executive visited Ron Cannan, Kelowna's MP to discuss the issues on behalf of the CLC. The Campaign will continue in 2010.
- UFCW 1518 & UFCW 120B Merger: These two unions merged and Ivan Limpwright, President, UFCW 1518 appointed Brothers Dave Porteous, Glenn Nowag and Sister Karen Abramsen as UFCW Local 1518 delegates to the North Okanagan Labour Council.
- Labour Council Flyer -- a flyer was designed by Cheryl Stone, Recording Secretary, which describes who the Labour Council, is and what we do in our community. The three-fold flyer is ready for distribution among the affiliates and their members locally.

EXECUTIVE BOARD NOMINATIONS -- Nominating Committee -- Lynda Zorn, BCFORUM, Dave Porteous, UFCW 1518. Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000 (sat in for Dave Porteous)

EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTION - Election and Induction of Executive
2010 Executive:
President - Glenn Nowag, UFCW 1518
Vice President - Shawna Rand, HEU, Vernon
Vice President - Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523
Vice President - Greg McGowan, CUPE 873
Secretary Treasurer - Ron Bobowski, CUPW 760
Recording Secretary - Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518
Northern Delegate - Nikki Inouye, HEU, Vernon
Southern Delegate - Karen Abramsen, UFCW 1518
Sergeant at Arms - Emily Dorie, CUPE 873
Trustee - Wendy Mah, BCGEU
Trustee - Brad Albrecht, HEU, Vernon
Trustee - Dave Porteous, UFCW 1518

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT: 23 Present with 16 Delegates 7 Guests

7:50 pm by President Glenn Nowag

Minutes respectfully submitted by Cheryl Stone, Recording Secretary, UFCW 1518,

NEXT ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 7:00 pm at 201-1358 St Paul Street, Kelowna.

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