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January 4, 2006 minutes

MINUTES - REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING, NORTH OKANAGAN LABOUR COUNCIL AT VERNON

AFFILIATES PRESENT
Ron Bobowski, CUPW 760
Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000
Dave Doran, Carp 1346
Brad Dunlop, Steel 1-423
Kris Bothe, UBCJA 1370
Glenn Nowag, UNITE HERE!
Karen Abramsen, BC Forum
Dolores Birnie, VTA
Deb Roseleine, CUPE 3523
Bill Zeman, CUPE 3523
Dave Porteous, UFCW 120B


GUESTS
Debra Critchley, Vernon Women's Centre
Joe Da Costa, UFCW
Janet Denison, One Tonne Challenge
Juliette Cunningham, Vernon council
Tracy Mundy, CEP 468


REGRETS
Trudy Ames, BCGEU 307
Gord Larkin, CLC


CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order by President David Doran at 7:00 p.m.

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

M/S/C to adopt agenda of January 4, 2006

GUEST SPEAKERS

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.

ADOPTION OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTES

M/S/C to adopt minutes of December 7, 2005.

CREDENTIALS REPORT

16 present with 11 delegates and 5 guests

OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATES

No new delegates to swear in.

FINANCIAL REPORT

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

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE

No action correspondence this month.

REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT

Deb 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.
Over Christmas, one of our schools for students in dire straits, the Storefront School, held a Christmas party. Our local provided the pizza and pop for these students and they were very grateful.

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.
M/S/C to send a second person to the Labour Council officers course, if a spot is available (The labour council previously approved sending the president to the Labour Council officers course, taking place in mid-February.)

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.

NEW BUSINESS

a) Open nominations for the NOLC executive Nominated were:
President -- David Doran, Brad Dunlop
Vice President (three positions) -- Glenn Nowag, Cheryl Stone, Kris Bothe
Secretary-Treasurer -- Ron Bobowski
Recording Secretary -- Pat Bulmer
Sergeant at Arms -- No nominations
Northern delegate -- No nominations
Southern delegate -- Karen Abramsen
Trustee (3 years) -- David Porteous
Trustee (2 years, to finish term of Steve Malerby, who submitted his resignation) -- Pat Munro

Nominations will reopen at the Feb. 8 meeting in Kelowna with elections to follow.

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.

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT

15 total with 10 delegates and 5 guests

GOOD & WELFARE

Vernon Women's Centre presents a forum on poverty, Nov. 29, 7 p.m. at the Schubert Centre

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary.



NEXT MEETING:
Wednesday, February 8, 2006, 7 p.m., at Coast Capri Hotel, Kelowna.


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