January 5, 2005 minutes
MINUTES - REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING, NORTH OKANAGAN LABOUR COUNCIL AT
Trudy Ames BCGEU
Ron Bobowski CUPW 760
Glenn Nowag UNITE HERE!
Kathy Dunn HEU
Louise Schwingenschloegl HEU
Pat Bulmer CEP 2000
David Doran Carp Vernon
Alice Rees COTA
Judi Filion BCGEU 707
Jeff Carsience UBCJ 1370
Wayne Enevoldson Carp Vernon
Kris Bothe UBCJ 1370
Steve Malerby BC Forum
Kathy Dunn HEU
Liz Woods BCGEU
Deb Chamberlain TWU
Lennie Wilson HEU
Carol Kenzie HEU
Gord Larkin CLC
Don Main Carpenters
Kevin Swetlishoff HEU
Tracie Mundy CEP 468
Karen Abramsen BC Forum
Dave Porteous UFCW
The meeting was called to order by President David Doran at 7:00 p.m.
CALL TO ORDER
ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
M/S/C to adopt agenda of January 5, 2005
ADOPTION OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTES
M/S/C to adopt minutes of December 8, 2004.
21 present with 17 delegates and 4 guests
OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATES
Alice Rees of the Central Okanagan Teachers' Association was sworn in as a new delegate.
M/S/C to adopt financial report as circulated.
EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE
a) CLC: Join the lobbying campaign, A Call for Action - The Time for Pay Equity is Now. Filling out a form is all that's required now. We will send in the form to express our interest in the campaign.
b) Maquila Solidarity Network requests a special contribution. Executive recommends $50 donation.
M/S/C to accept Executive Board report
Trudy Ames - Vernon NDP - Election Planning Committee is up and running in the Vernon area. There is always a need for volunteers. Please contact the local office at #6 3107 B 31st Ave., Vernon, B.C. Phone: 542-6956.
Re: Labour's involvement in the election. the NDP would like to support you with your local membership. We would be happy to come to one of your meetings to answer questions and talk to your members about the election. Please contact Trudy Ames, labour liaison, 309-1773. Tax breakdown for donations (from NDP website): a $50 contribution will cost you just $12.50 thanks to tax credits; a $100 contribution will cost you just $25; a $250 contribution costs just $100; a $500 actually costs you $225.
REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT
Pat Bulmer - CEP 2000 - CEP 2000 and the Kelowna Daily Courier are slated to begin contract negotiations on Feb. 2.
Gord Larkin - CLC - Thanks to the council for its support in the recent lobby of federal members of Parliament. We got our message to a majority of MPs around the country.
The B.C. Federation of Labour convention was held in Vancouver in November. Major focus was a call to action to organize for the May 17 provincial election. Carole James was very well received by the delegates.
Ron Bobowski - report on meeting with Kelowna MP Werner Schmidt: Bobowski, Pat Munro and Dave Porteous represented the NOLC in a meeting with the MP on Nov. 10 that lasted for 65 minutes.
a) CLC Harrison Winter School - NOLC endorses Brother Kris Bothe, Carpenters, Kelowna, for a scholarship to attend the Unions in the Community Course. Brother Wayne Enevoldson of Carpenters, Vernon, was endorsed at the previous meeting. If only one scholarship available to our council, Brother Enevoldson would be our recommendation, but are hopeful we will be able to receive 2 scholarships - M/S/C (In fact, both scholarships were approved.)
Do you think that your MP understands the issues? Child care - don't think he is very interested. EI - yes. Pensions - seemed to link pensions with our financial support means.
Do you think the MP is prepared to support labour view? - No.
Do you think the MP is prepared to actively work on these issues? - No
"In a discussion on pensions, an apparent misunderstanding of a group of questions flustered and may have angered the MP. The MP made it very clear that the MP was in charge of the meeting in his office on his time ... The MP intimated that the discussion would conclude, so the lobby group apologized and changed the subject to another issue. At the end of the meeting, the MP also apologized for his earlier display."
Further comments: Pension - MP supports a separate division, Minister of State. MP wondered if pension or salary was more important.
EI - MP supports the act to change EI back to UI. Bill C406 - MP voted against the bill.
a) Executive nominations. Nominated were:
President - David Doran
Vice-Presidents (3 to be elected) - Trudy Ames, Ron Bobowski, Glenn Nowag, Wayne Enevoldson
Secretary-treasurer - Judi Filion
Recording secretary - Pat Bulmer
Sergeant at Arms - no nominations
Northern delegate - Louise Schwingenschloegl
Southern delegate - no nominations
Trustee - Steve Malerby
All nominees accepted their nominations. Nominations will re-open at the February meeting in Kelowna and again at the annual general meeting in March in Vernon, where elections will be held, if necessary.
b) Annual general meeting - M/S/C (unanimously) to move the annual general meeting to our March 9 meeting in Vernon due to the fact many delegates will be away at the CLC Winter School during February meeting. The Feb. 9 meeting in Kelowna will now be a regular meeting.
c) Donation to Red Cross for tsunami relief. M/S/C to donate $250 to the Red Cross to help in areas hit by the Boxing Day tsunami. (Our intention is to donate another $250 when a request comes from a labour-related fund.)
FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT
22 total with 18 delegates and 4 guests
Meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary.
The next meeting will be Wednesday, February 9, 2005, 7 p.m., at the Coast Capri Hotel, 1171 Harvey Avenue (Highway 97), Kelowna.