CALL TO ORDER
ADOPTION OF THE AGENDAM/S/C to adopt agenda of January 4, 2006
Janet Denison, One Tonne Challenge -- Janet talked about the One Tonne Challenge project taking place in the North Okanagan and handed out some brochures and other materials. This pilot project goes to the end of March and people in the North Okanagan Regional District are urged to sign up, take the challenge and pick 4-6 things from a list of 77 in the brochure that you're not doing now to help curb greenhouse gases. To sign up, find out more or arrange a speaker, call 545-5072 or go to www.nocc.ca. A pilot project is also happening in Kelowna.
REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORTDeb Roseleine and Bill Zeman, CUPE 3523 -- We will be in negotiations Jan. 9, 16-17. We have been without a contract since 2003. The provincial government has offered up to $1.5 billion in bonuses as an incentive to sign a 2006-going forward contract. We donŐt know what strings will be attached to these bonuses. Our local just completed a nine-day arbitration. The final day in Vancouver ran from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. This arbitration has cost our local over $40,000. We felt that there was a duty to accommodate by the employer. The results should be available in the next week or two.
Karen Abramsen, Board of Referees -- Gord Stoutenburg, a labour representative on the EI board of referees, is in Kelowna General Hospital. Gord has been a longtime labour activist and political commentator (and former labour council president), and a huge inspiration for many on the labour council for many years. We all wish him well as he takes on another fight.
Debra Critchley, Vernon Women's Centre (verbal report only) -- Vernon Women's Centre may have to close its doors April 1 if we don't come up with $30,000. Society would continue.
Vernon council campaign -- I am writing to thank you for the support I received from the Labour Council and its affiliates during the Nov. Municipal Election. Although I was not elected, having a number of Labour supported candidates run made a difference to the campaign overall. The campaign provided opportunities to talk about family -- supporting jobs, the impact of downsizing, devolution and privatization on our communities and to engage the community in discussions about poverty and other social justice issues. Even when we are not elected, supporting progressive candidates does effect change. It was clear during the provincial campaign that momentum has taken hold in the region -- in terms of progressive candidates gaining ground. ... The application process for endorsement has greatly improved. Thank you to the group of people who did that work. As a candidate, the process was clear and straightforward. It is unfortunate that the CLC Coordinator was not able to commit more time to Vernon. I believe there is huge potential to build capacity in Vernon and I am hopeful that in the future we are targeted as a community to focus on. Thank you for your support and your trust in me during this election. I will continue to speak on issues that affect women and working people as a community activist and I wish all you of a healthy and good New Year.
Juliette Cunningham, Vernon council (verbal report only) -- Thank you to the labour council for endorsement and financial support in civic election campaign.
Brad Dunlop (verbal report only) -- NDP campaign needs contributions. As unions can no longer contribute to federal campaigns, we need individual donations.
Tracie Mundy (verbal report only) -- HEU bargaining coming up with province. CEP 468 (HEU staff union) facing strike vote.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS a) CLC Winter School -- Glenn Nowag and Kris Bothe were nominated to attend the Unions in the Community Course, if a scholarship is available (which it is). Glenn will take the first scholarship with Kris as the alternate. We will see if a second is also available for Kris.
b) Spring school
March 25-26 at UBCO (formerly North Kelowna campus of OUC).
Saturday, March 25 -- 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday, March 26 -- 9 a.m.-noon.
Cost: Only $35.
Further details will be sent to all unions in a separate letter.
Unions: Please watch for the information and share it with your members.
It's a terrific weekend where union activists (old and new) can get together and learn new skills, and upgrade current skills.
b) All-candidates meeting:
M/S/C to sponsor and fund $500 for an all-candidates forum for the Kelowna-Lake Country riding, Jan. 17 at the Hollywood Road Education Services Building, 1040 Hollywood Rd.
The forum will begin at 7 p.m. All five candidates have confirmed their attendance.
GOOD & WELFAREVernon Women's Centre presents a forum on poverty, Nov. 29, 7 p.m. at the Schubert Centre
ADJOURNMENTThe meeting was adjourned at 8:35 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary.