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January 9, 2002 minutes

MINUTES - REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING, NORTH OKANAGAN LABOUR COUNCIL

JANUARY 9, 2002 AT VERNON

AFFILIATES PRESENT

Judi Filion BCGEU 707

Pat Bulmer CEP 2000

Gord Larkin CLC

Terry Sawiuk UBCJ 1370

David Mitchell TWU 16

David Doran Carp 1346

Bill Zeman CUPE 3523

Robin MacMIllan CUPE 3523

Steve Malerby TWU 6

Mary Malerby BCNU

Louise Turner HEU

Tracie Connor HEU

GUESTS

Don Main Carp 1346

Eric Kowalski Social Planning Council

Chuck Puchmayr BWDW

David Porteous Working Enterprises

REGRETS

Flore Langeslag BCGEU 307

Cathy Seagris BCGEU 607

Tony Heisterkamp Carp 1346

Ron Bobowski CUPW 760

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order by Acting President David Doran at 7:30 p.m.

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

M/S/C to adopt agenda of January 9, 2002

GUEST SPEAKERS

Eric Kowalski - executive director of the Social Planning Council of the North Okanagan

David Porteous - Working Enterprises

ADOPTION OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTES

M/S/C to adopt the minutes of December 5, 2001 as mailed out and circulated with the following amendments. John Pugsley and Peter Murray of the OUC faculty association should be listed as guests; correct spelling of Roy Graham of the Brewery Workers; Karen Abramsen's name was included twice in the guests list.

CREDENTIALS REPORT

16 present with 12 delegates and 4 guests

OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATES

None

FINANCIAL REPORT

M/S/C to to adopt financial report as circulated

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE

a) B.C. Federation of Labour petition urging repeal of training wage - receive and note

b) Letter from John O. Powell inviting members to a local NDP renewal seminar - receive and file. We will respond with a letter of acknowledgement.

c) Computer upgrade - M/S/C to spend $650 to repair and upgrade the labour council's computer

M/S/C to approve executive board report

REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT

Gord Larkin, CLC: The CLC continues to lobby MPs on reforming the EI program. We are trying to arrange a meeting with the local MP - no firm date yet, as he has not returned calls. The affiliates and B.C. Fed are planning a large rally in Victoria against the provincial government cutbacks on Feb. 23. We are working with affiliates to co-ordinate activities. It is hoped this council will plan an event Feb. 23 to coincide with the big Victoria rally.

Bill Zeman, CUPE 3523: We won a grievance at the settlement officer stage. It was set for arbitration tomorrow. Expedited arbitrations are scheduled for the 16th and 22nd. A number of grievances are at different stages. We are expecting massive cuts to the support staff of the Central Okanagan School District - $600,000 to custodial and $200,000 to clerical. We have excellent contracting out language, we have heard the government is looking at making it more flexible/gutting it.

Tracie Connor, HEU: We're mounting a fight-back campaign against Campbell Liberal destruction. Provincially, the HEU is putting an action plan into place for when the government opens up our contract. There are major protests happening in the Lower Mainland regarding the privatization of the Abbotsford hospital. We're hearing rumours that this government is planning to close more than just a few hospitals and health care facilities provincially. In this area, we hear Summerland has facilities that are in jeopardy. There is a campaign in the South Okanagan that started with a car painted with slogans, such as "he lied", a picture of a rat and a sign with a line going through the letters GC. We're not sure it it meant no government cuts or no Gordon Campbell. This care was parked in front of the MLA's office. There is one intermediate care facility in Kelowna already closed (May Bennett home) and we have to do whatever it takes to stop the destruction of our health care. There is a meeting Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. in the Ed. rooms in the basement of Vernon Jubilee Hospital. Any and all people and ideas are welcome.

Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000: More layoffs at Penticton Herald.

Gord Irish, ATU 1722 (December report, submitted late): Once again, the Liberal government has struck against the union movement and brothers and sisters in the transit industry. This blow against labour is going to come through the back door from B.C. Transit. The Libs have done a core review on BCT and now one of the cost-cutting measures that may come about is the removal of the guarantee of "wage seniority and most benefits for existing ... management personnel." This opens the door for companies to bid on a transit contract and use any wage rate and not give benefits to existing employees or just bring in a whole new structure. Who will toe the company line? The ramifications of this are enormous and would take 2-5 years to be felt across the province as there are many different unions involved in the transit industry. One of the fallout effects is that it will force unions to decertify or lose their jobs. The list of losses is long, but the list of gains is short: 1. union busting; 2. reduce transit costs on the workers' backs. Any assistance or guidance on how to fight this will be greatly appreciated.

Judi Filion, BCGEU 707: A successful Rally of Hope was held at the Tree of Hope on Dec. 19, 2001. There were approximately 100 participants. Some of the groups represented were BCGEU, BCTF, HEU, Elizabeth Fry Society. The Raging Grannies led the group in some great Liberal Christmas Carols. A BCGEU resolution on the campaign to defend jobs and services was passed at Kelowna City Council and the Okanagan-Similkameen regional district on Jan. 7. To date, there are over 30 councils throughout the province that have adopted this resolution. There will be a rally in Penticton on Jan. 10 in front of Bill Barisoff's office. The BCGEU is holding a letter-writing workshop on Jan. 10 and 12. Okanagan University College support staff is preparing for negotiations. Their collective agreement expires June 30, 2002.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

a) Spring school update - Registration forms have been mailed to delegates. Classes moved to second floor because OUC will also have an open house that day. Get there early to get a parking space.

b) Pacific Northwest Labour History Association request to join or renew membership - Memberships cost $125 - Receive and file.

c) Letter from Glenys Poulis of Chase re: injuries suffered at NOLC softball tournament - We will respond with letter expressing our regrets about her injury, but noting our Insurance policy does not cover injuries suffered in such a game.

NEW BUSINESS

a) BC Fed Action Plan - Rally planned Feb. 23 in Victoria. NOLC to look at some action that day designed to garner some media attention. Perhaps we'll join with a local union, such as the BCGEU.

b) Nominations open for executive positions: Dave Doran for president; David Mitchell for vice-president; Judi Filion for secretary-treasurer; Pat Bulmer for recording secretary: Terry Sawiuk for southern delegate. Nominations to reopen at February meeting, followed by election.

c) Application for affiliation by the Okanagan University College Faculty Association. M/S/C to accept.

d) CUPE Political action: Bill Zeman reported that CUPE will be getting heavily involved in November's civic elections, supporting labour-friendly candidates. If you know someone who might be running in November, or plan to run yourself, please contact Zeman.

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT

16 total, 12 delegates, 4 guests

ADJOURNMENT

Meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, acting recording secretary.

The next meeting will be Wednesday, February 6, 7:30 p.m. at the BCGEU office, 1591 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna.


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