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February 9, 2011 minutes

MINUTES - MONTHLY MEETING, NORTH OKANAGAN LABOUR COUNCIL AT KELOWNA

AFFILIATES PRESENT: Glenn Nowag, UFCW 1518, Ron Bobowski, CUPW 760, Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518, Carole Gordon, COTA/BCTF, Lynda Zorn, BCFORUM, Karen Abramsen, UFCW 1518, Jeff Carsience, UBCJA, Wendy Mah, BCGEU, Boyd Sommerfeld, HEU, Shane Curveon, ATU 1722, Liz Woods, BC FORUM, Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523, Greg McGowan, COPE 873, Debra Critchley, BCGEU, Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000, Andrew Pritchard, Unite Here 40, Barbara Van Stone, CEP M1 Michelle Davies, COTA, Mark Olsen, CUPE

REGRETS: Dave Porteous, UFCW 1518, Emilie Dorie, COPE 873, Maria Tokarchuk, BCFORUM

GUESTS: Alice Rees, COTA, Jennifer Carsience, Greg Fjelland, BCGEU, Tisha Kalmanovitch, NDP, Doug Gibson, BCFORUM, Crystal Moore, COTA, Kiri Adams, BCGEU

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order by Glenn Nowag, President, at 7:00 pm

ADOPTION OF AGENDA: M/S/C

GUEST SPEAKERS: Tisha Kalmanovitch, NDP - Tisha is asking for help with her Federal Campaign and needs an Official Financial Agent, and many volunteers to help with signs and fundraising. If anyone is interested please call Tisha at 250 718 5828.

ADOPTION OF PREVIOUS MINUTES: M/S/C

CREDENTIALS REPORT: 26 Present with 19 Delegates and 7 Guests

OBLIGATIONS OF NEW DELEGATES: Kiri Adams, BCGEU was sworn in as delegate.

FINANCIAL REPORT: given by Ron Bobowski, Secretary Treasurer, M/S/C to adopt financial report as circulated.

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE
Action: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - it was M/S/C that the NOLC renew our membership with a $200.00 donation.

REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS/COMMITTEE REPORTS/CLC REPORT:
Lynda Zorn - BCFORUM
At the January Board meeting, Alice West, President, announced her retirement from the Board due to ill health. The board is in discussion with Soren Bech to continue producing the Advocate, BC FORUM s quarterly newsletter, on a fee for service basis. I have written a Letter to the Editor, which has appeared in both newspapers, about the knee jerk application of fees by TD Waterhouse and TD Bank to registered TFSA, Tax Free Savings Accounts, and the response I got from MP Ron Cannan when I drew his attention to the matter:

Karen Abramsen, UFCW 1518 - El Board of Referees
Migrant Workers File $10 Million Lawsuit against Denny's in British Columbia. More than 50 Filipino migrant workers recruited to Canada under the Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW) program have filed a $10 million class action suit against Denny's restaurants in British Columbia, charging the company did not live up to the employment contract the workers signed before they arrived from the Philippines The suit was filed in the B.C. Supreme Court on January 7, on behalf of the Filipino migrant workers employed at Denny's from 2006 until the present. One of the lawyers representing the workers, Charles Gordon, alleges that "the workers came to Canada, mainly as cooks and servers, to take jobs at Denny's Restaurants in B,C but were required to pay approximately $6,000 each to an agency that was recruiting employees for the Defendants, and the workers have not received the hours of work, overtime pay, air travel and other conditions they were promised. "These workers were encouraged to come to Canada with a set of promises that have never been met - they have done their part but the Denny's has not lived up to their end of the deal," says Christopher Foy, another member of the legal team. "The federal government's Temporary Foreign Workers program continues to be a shameful treadmill that lures workers to Canada, and then leaves them defenseless and vulnerable," says UFCW Canada National President Wayne Hanley. "The fact that the Denny's workers have been forced to go to court is yet another blatant example of how the exploitive TFW program turns a blind eye to what happens to migrant workers once they arrive in Canada."

Cheryl Stone UFCW 1518 - CLC Winter School Labour Council Development Course report:
The CLC winter school Labour Council Development Course was very intense and informative, We covered many topics with many speakers and the information received will be very valuable in our annual plans for 2011. We thank our Labour Council and the CLC for the opportunity to attend.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS
NOLC Executive Council Election Results: President -- Carole Gordon, COTA/BCTF
Vice President -- Karen Abramsen, UFCW 1519
Vice President -- Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523
Vice President -- Glenn Nowag, UFCW 1518
Secretary Treasurer -- Ron Bobowski, CUPW 760
Recording Secretary -- Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518
Northern Delegate (Executive Member) -- Nikki Inouye, HEU Vernon
Southern Delegate (Executive Member) -- Debra Critchley, BCGEU
Sergeant at Arms -- Emilie Dorie CUPE 873
Trustee 3 year -- Greg McGowan, CUPE 873
Trustee 2 year -- Wendy Mah, BCGEU
Trustee 1 year -- Dave Porteous, UFCW 1518
BCFORUM Delegate -- Lynda Zorn, BC FORUM

CLC 26th Constitutional Convention delegates: Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518, Recording Secretary, Ron Bobowski, CUPW 760, Secretary Treasurer, and Dave Porteous, UFCW 1518 will attend.

BCFED Officers, Sister lrene Lanzinger, Secretary and Brother Jim Sinclair, President, have been invited to attend our March 9, 2011 meeting. We are waiting for a reply.

Municipal election committee: Letter went out re call for Municipal election candidates from all affiliates. A report will be made at the March 9, 2011 meeting.

NOLC - new location: Ron Bobowski, CUPW 760 made a motion to contribute $600.00 to each ATU and CUPW members for renovation costs and NOLC rental monies for 2011. M/S/C

NEW BUSINESS:
International Women's Day - March 8, 2011 (Gert Beadle Award nominations) there were no nominations from the floor for this award. Re: endorsement of all affiliates via mail out letter and applications - Recording Secretary Cheryl Stone will be mailing out re-endorsement papers to all of our area affiliates.

Penticton Municipal election: Greg McGowan gave a report regarding the Penticton issues as he sits on the South Okanagan Boundary LC as well as NOLC.

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT: 25 Present with 20 Delegates and 5 Guests.

GOOD & WELFARE: International Women's Day - March 8, 2011, 6:00 pm BCGEU area office - 214-3001 Tutt Street, Kelowna Speakers: Victoria Barredo-Oppertshauser, NOW Canada, Liz Talbot, Mohini Singh, Woman of the year 2009

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 pm by Glenn Nowag, President

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

NEXT REGULAR MEETING
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 General Meeting -- 7:00 pm
1091 Gordon Drive, Kelowna (North side of the tracks on Gordon Drive)
Please park across the street or directly in front of 1091 only, thank you.

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