Jeff Carsience, UBCJ 1370
Glenn Nowag, UFCW 120
Dave Porteous, UFCW 120
Ron Bobowski, CUPW 760
Kris Bothe, UBCJ 1370
Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000
Karen Abramsen, BC Forum
Brad Dunlop, IBEW 213
Shane Curveon, ATU 1722
Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523
Faye Saxon, BC Forum
Liz Woods, BC Forum
Cheryl Stone, UFCW 247
Carole Gordon, COTA/BCTF
Orion Irvine, CLC rep
Pat Munro, HSA - Kelowna
CALL TO ORDER
President Brad Dunlop called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.
ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
M/S/C to adopt agenda of January 9, 2008
REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT
Faye Saxon, Worker Representative for Board of Referees for Employment Insurance -- I would like to mention once again how important it is for a worker to keep an accurate record of his or her hours worked. The simple action of jotting down one's hours worked on a calendar may be all that is required to convince the Commission or a Board of Referees that a claimant has enough hours worked to qualify for benefits. We have had cases recently in which the employer has not co-operated in producing actual hours worked per week and the commission then relies on a method of converting, for instance, a bi-monthly payroll to hours worked per week. This does not necessarily produce the same result as using actual hours worked.
There is only one Chair for the Board of Referees in Kelowna. I have heard that some cases, in which the appellant has requested a telephone hearing, have been sent to another Board Centre for hearing. This does not give the claimant natural justice in order to have his or her case heard by a panel that resides in the claimant's community.
M/S/C to send a letter expressing our concern.
Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523 -- Central Okanagan School district is again planning a 2-week spring break, which means an extra week of layoff for school district support staff. This creates financial hardship for many. CUPE was under the impression that the extra time added to spring break a couple years ago was a temporary change caused by a budget deficit. While the extended break eases financial pressure on the School District, it results in additional layoff time to 10-month support staff, which actually increases financial pressure for these workers. The extended layoff not only creates a loss of wages immediately felt by the employees' families but also affects the 10-month employees' retirement benefits. The impact on lower-income families in our community is noteworthy. Low-income families can't afford to go on vacations during the winter and spring breaks. Adding an extra week to the spring break in March or April actually causes those families more financial hardship.
Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000 -- We are preparing for negotiations by sending out questionnaires to our members at The Daily Courier. A new managing editor should be in place at our Vernon paper soon.
NDP -- Corky Evans, NDP critic for Agriculture and Lands, will be in Kelowna on Saturday, January 19 at First United Church Hall (Bernard and Richter). It will be a potluck supper. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. $5 if you bring a dish, $15 if you don't. All welcome. Bring friends. For more info, contact Karen Abramsen at 769-1977.
Council of Canadians -- National Day of Action on Energy -- Feb. 2, 2008. Details to be publicized through local media.
Brad Dunlop, Carole Gordon, Dave Porteous and Orion Irvine gave verbal reports.
a) Executive nominations. Nominations opened for NOLC executive. They will be reopened at the February meeting and elections will follow (if necessary).
President -- Jeff Carsience, Glenn Nowag
Recording secretary -- none
Treasurer -- Ron Bobowski
Vice President (3 positions) -- Brad Dunlop, Cheryl Stone, Kris Bothe
Northern delegate -- none
Southern delegate -- Karen Abramsen
Trustee -- Pat Munro
Sgt. At Arms -- Ronn Dunn.
All nominees accepted their nominations, except Pat Munro, who was unable to attend the meeting.
b) CLC lobby kits are here -- Orion Irvine outlined some of the issues being focused on in this lobbying effort and hoped the labour council could set up meetings with local MPs before Parliament resumes Jan. 29. Brad Dunlop and Dave Porteous will attempt to arrange a meeting with Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan. Cheryl Stone and Karen Abramsen will co-ordinate with the Columbia-Shuswap Labour Council about meeting Okanagan-Shuswap MP Colin Mayes.
GOOD AND WELFARE
Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary.