February 8, 2012 minutes


AFFILIATES PRESENT: Ron Bobowski, CUPW, Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518, Carole Gordon, COTA/BCTF, Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523, Greg McGowan, CUPE 873, Nikki Inouye, HEU Vernon, Dave Porteous, UFCW 1518, Louise Gibson, COPE 378, Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000, Les Milton, ATU 1722, Doris Janssen, CEP M1, Tracy Rennes, CUPW 760, Boyd Sommerfeld, HEU, Lennie Dolinski, HEU, Debra Critchley, BCGEU, Karen Abramsen, UFCW 1518, Shane Curveon, ATU 1722

REGRETS: Wendy Mah, BCGEU, Nancy Ingersol, VTA, Doug Gibson, BCFORUM

GUESTS: Iris Taylor, CLC, Larry Chu, CUPW 760, David McCarthy, IAFF 953, Vivian Kneller, HEU, Lee Mossman, CUPE 338, Wes Kmet, Occupy Kelowna, Robert Nisbet, Occupy Kelowna

BCFORUM Delegate: Elizabeth Woods

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




CREDENTIALS REPORT: Ronn Dunn, Vice President, performed Sergeant at Arms Duties 23 Present with 15 Delegates and 7 Guests 1 BCFORUM delegate

OBLIGATIONS OF NEW DELEGATES: Lee Mossman, CUPE 338, David McCarthy, IAFF 953, Vivian Kneller, HEU were sworn in as delegates.

FINANCIAL REPORT: given by Ron Bobowski, Secretary Treasurer, M/S/C to adopt financial report as circulated. Greg McGowan, CUPE 873, Trustee, reported that the audit has been completed and everything is in order. M/S/C

1. BC Employment Standards for the Next Decade Coalition- invitation to join - this will be reviewed by the Executive Council and tabled to the March 7, 2012 meeting
2. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) Ottawa, Ontario -- Motion to renew our 2012 membership with a $200.00 donation M/S/C
3. Iris Taylor -- CLC Representative: There will be a NOLC Executive Council Strategic Planning Meeting to be held at the BCGEU office on Sunday, March 25, 2012.

Debra Critchley, BCGEU, had no report at this time.

Doris Janssen, CEP M1 Okanagan Unit, President. CHBC News on Global Okanagan -- Current membership, approx. 35, contract expires July 31, 2014. Labour peace, currently, as new contract is agreeable with membership. Nationally, CEP is now in discussions with CAW regarding possible merger. As understood, a membership vote would decide if the two should form Canada's newest union.
Safety and ensuring WCB rules are followed continues to be an issue, although our employer, Shaw Media, is very supportive of full safety practice. Poor safety protocol is an old Canwest issue.
M1's goal this year is to continue to speak up at Federal Government level to ensure local television is supported and government regulations are followed at stations across the country. This means staying committed to production of local television content, especially in the news. Concern over the Federal Conservative Government's lack of support for the worker in Canada. Evidence of laws that undermine rights, include Global employees that were laid off 2.5 years ago and have yet to receive severance from the Canwest CCAA process. Rich get richer, poor become destitute. Who runs this country - the people or greedy corporate shareholders? Continue to support efforts to speak up for jobs that sustain families, if any of our government's really put the family first.

Iris Taylor, CLC Representative
The CLC Harrison Winter School 2012 is another success story with more than 1100 students participating in labour studies. Adrian Dix, leader of the BC NDP, was one of the guest speakers who spoke to the students during Week 3 of the school. The Labour Council Officer Development course was visited by Ken Georgetti, President of the Canadian Labour Congress and Michael Mac Isaac, Executive Director.
Catherine McCreary worked with the labour council participants over the course of the week to develop strategies to increase affiliate participation at the council level. The class examined different ways to do the work of the council and to raise positive awareness of labour in their communities. Our office will be producing a detailed report on the session and details of the report will be shared with the labour councils.
New materials are being produced to launch a Spring Lobby! Pensions are on the agenda. All agreed, with both provincial and federal elections looming in near future, the labour movement needs to work diligently in building a strong foundation to ensure our candidates are successfully elected. During Harrison Winter School collections were taken to help the USW workers at Burns Lake. Such a tragedy! Our thoughts are with their families and community.
International Women's Day, March 8th is fast approaching. Let us plan a special celebration in your community whether it be a large or small event. The CLC will be launching the "Work It" game on IWD and the theme is work-life balance. The game will highlight a number of key challenges that working women in Canada face in balancing work and family responsibilities -- from child care to housing -- to pay equity. Messaging on inequality, precarious work and the importance of unions in helping women achieve work-life balance will be key elements of the game. "Work It" will be available on the CLC website, www.canadianlabour.ca and Facebook.

Political Action Committee -- no report

Day of Mourning -- Karen Abramsen, UFCW 1518 reported: The actual Day of Mourning is April 28, 2012, however, this year the date falls on a Saturday, so our Labour Council event will be held on Friday, April 27, 2012 at the North Okanagan Labour Council tree at Ben Lee Park in Rutland. The approximate start will be 12:30 pm. Details will follow but please mark your calendars! Our NOLC Park Bench has been ordered and should be ready for our April 27, 2012, Day of Mourning event. Everyone is welcome! There will be interesting speakers attending.

Protein for People -- Cheryl Stone, Protein for People Organizer, reported. The North Okanagan Labour Council and the Protein for People Project are organizing a Community Event to be held on Sunday, May 6, 2012 in cooperation with the Kelowna Food Bank to kick off “Hunger Awareness Week” The Community Event will offer a free BBQ and many exhibitors of available community resources focusing on key areas of housing, fire safety, employment, nutrition, childcare and advocacy with information relating to disabilities, government programs, and legal resources. We will also have entertainment and prize draws for the children and their families who come to this event. We are hoping to attract over 300 people. We will be kicking off the Okanagan Food Banks "Hunger Awareness Week 2012" which runs from May 7 to 11, 2012 Springvalley Elementary School on Ziprick Road is the location of the event. We are calling upon our local union affiliates for help in the following 3 major categories.
Volunteers for the day of the event. Exhibitors: We are hoping that our union Sisters and Brothers will assist by having an information exhibit on housing, childcare, literacy,
Nutrition, employment, health care, labour standards to name a few. There is NO CHARGE for a booth. Union merchandise: for handouts and prize draws, (ie) t-shirts, sweatshirts, ball caps, back packs, reusable grocery bags, pens, pencils, note pads, key chains, anything with your union bug on it.
All of the applications, information and posters will be included with our minute mail out, emailed to all of our union affiliates in March and April and will be available on our website, to ensure participation. We only have room for 25 booths inside the gymnasium; however, weather permitting booths can be outside as well. PLEASE MAIL / EMAIL FORMS TO CHERYL STONE ASAP TO BOOK YOUR BOOTH. 1091 Gordon Drive, Kelowna, BC V1Y 3E3 or nolc.cstone@gmail.com Website: www.members.shaw.ca/nolc

Labour Day 2012 -- no report

NOLC Funding -- no report


NOLC Executive Council election 2012 - Elizabeth Woods, BCFORUM and Greg McGowan, CUPE 873, conducted the NOLC Executive Council Election:
2012 NOLC Executive Council Election Results:
President - Carole Gordon, COTA, Vice President - Karen Abramsen, UFCW 1518, Vice President - Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523 Vice President - Debra Critchley, BCGEU, Secretary Treasurer - Ron Bobowski, CUPW, Recording Secretary - Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518 Northern Delegate - Nikki Inouye, HEU Vernon, Southern Delegate - Dave Porteous, UFCW 1518, Sergeant at Arms - Shane Curveon, ATU 1722 Trustee (continued term) Greg McGowan, COPE 873, Trustee (continued term) Wendy Mah, BCGEU, Trustee - (newly elected) Louise Gibson, COPE 378, BCFORUM - Delegate yet to be announced by BCFORUM


Camp Jubilee/Silver Lake Contest -- Committee members, Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518 and Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523 Ronn Dunn reported that the contest organization is under way. Information will be available as soon as the camps have their dates posted on their prospective websites hopefully by early April 2012. The draw for the contest will be held at our June 6, 2012 meeting.

Protein for People: A motion was made to purchase $1,000.00 order of canned salmon from the Protein for People Project again this 2012. We did this in 2011 and our local area food banks were very appreciative of receiving the canned salmon which was valued at approximately $4,000.00 at retail cost. M/S/C
United Steel Workers solidarity support: A motion was made to donate $1,000.00 to the USW in support of the Burns Lake fire which put many USW employees out of work. The cheque will be presented soon and a photo of this event will hopefully be published in our Kelowna Daily Courier. M/S/C

United Way Plane Pull Friday, May 11, 2012: A motion was made to participate in this event again. The NOLC will pay the registration fee of $750.00 in the name of the North Okanagan Labour Council. M/S/C Debra Critchley, BCGEU, will organize the event again this year and hopes that NOLC union affiliates will register to be a part of the 12 person team. She will ask each union affiliate signing up for a spot on our NOLC team to submit their participant fee of approximately $62.50, to the NOLC, to help with the registration fee of $750.00. The event was a tremendous success in 2011 and the United Way raised a significant amount of money. It is important to support these 3rd party events to show our union presence in our community.

International Woman's Day, March 8, 2012.

By-Laws Notice of Motion: There is a notice of motion for proposed By-Law changes M/S/C This will be brought forward at the March 7, 2012 meeting.
North Okanagan Labour Council Proposed 2000 By-Law changes:
Article V -- Officers
5.01 The Officers of the Council shall consist of a President, three (3) Vice-Presidents, Secretary Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Sergeant-at-Arms, two (2) Executive members, one (1) each from the North and Central Okanagan.
Article XI -- Executive Council
11.01 The Executive Council shall consist of the President, three (3) Vice-President (s), Secretary Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Sergeant-at-Arms, and the two Executive Members.
Article 111 -- Membership
Add a section 3.06
3.06: The BC Federation of Retired Union Members (BCFORUM) shall be entitled to membership as an affiliated organization upon application by BC Forum and payment of a $10.00 annual application fee, and shall be entitled to two delegates. BCFORUM delegates shall have the same rights as CLC Officers, Directors, and staff, that is, the right to speak but not to vote or to run for regular Officer/Executive positions with the exception of the BCFORUM Executive Member position.
Article V -- Officers Amend 5.01
5.01: The "Officers" of the Council shall consist of a President, Secretary-Treasurer, Recording Secretary Executive Council consists of: "Officers", 3 Vice Presidents, Sergeant -at -Arms, (2) Executive members, one (1) each from the North and Central Okanagan, and the BC FORUM Executive Member. The BCFORUM Executive Member shall have voice but no vote.
Article XI -- Executive Council Amend 11.01
11.01 The Executive Council shall consist of the President, three (3) Vice- President(s), Secretary Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Sergeant-at-Arms, the two (2) Executive Members and the BCFORUM Executive member.

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT: 25 Present with 20 Delegates 4 Guests 1 BCFORUM delegate

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 pm by Carole Gordon, President

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

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Kelowna -- 1091 Gordon Drive
General Meeting -- 7:00 pm
Please park across the street as the restaurant next door to us stays open until 9:00 pm Thank you.

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