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January 4, 2012 minutes

MINUTES - MONTHLY MEETING, NORTH OKANAGAN LABOUR COUNCIL AT KELOWNA

AFFILIATES PRESENT: Ron Bobowski, CUPW, Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518, Carole Gordon, COTA, Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523, Greg McGowan, CUPE 873, Nikki Inouye, HEU Vernon, Dave Porteous, UFCW 1518, Louise Gibson, COPE 378, Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000, Susan Bauhart, COTA, Wendy Mah, BCGEU, Lee Menzie, BCGEU, Barbara Van Stone, CEP- M1, Andrew Pritchard, Unite Here - Local 40, Nancy Ingersol, VTA, Les Milton, ATU 1722, Alice Rees, BCTF

REGRETS: Debra Critchley, BCGEU, Karen Abramsen, UFCW 1518

GUESTS: Doug Gibson, BCFORUM, Maria Tokarchuk, BCFORUM, Alan Blanes, ISW, Iris Taylor, CLC, Robert Nisbet, Occupy Kelowna

BCFORUM Delegate: Liz Woods

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order by Carole Gordon, President, at 7:00 pm

ADOPTION OF AGENDA: M/S/C

GUEST SPEAKERS: none

ADOPTION OF PREVIOUS MINUTES: M/S/C

CREDENTIALS REPORT: Ronn Dunn, Vice President , 22 Present with 16 Delegates and 5 Guests, 1 BCFORUM Delegate

OBLIGATIONS OF NEW DELEGATES: none

FINANCIAL REPORT: given by Ron Bobowski, Secretary Treasurer, M/S/C to adopt financial report as circulated.

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE
The Executive recommended that we support the BC Health Coalition with a donation of $125.00. M/S/C

REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS/COMMITTEE REPORTS/CLC REPORT:
Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518
Employees are discontented in most of the UFCW stores, there are almost no Clerk 2 staff being scheduled at the downtown Kelowna Safeway Store and with another raise coming up more hours will be cut once again. Some of the Save On Stores in the Okanagan have been reducing full time employees to part time and it looks like in the North Okanagan - Vernon, Salmon Arm Safeway stores, it could be happening there soon. On the lighter side, on January 3, UFCW 1518 members from Shoppers Drug Mart 279 in New Westminster voted 95% in favor of accepting terms for a new contract. The agreement had been recommended for acceptance by the Union Negotiating Committee, and is for a three-year contract. The new agreement includes retroactive wage increases for 2011, and further increases in the remaining two years of the Collective Agreement.

Elizabeth Woods, BCFORUM / EI Board of Referees
December 22, 2011 - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced the appointment of Ms. Mary-Lou Donnelly to the Canada Employment Insurance Commission as the Commissioner for Workers for a five-year term, effective January 16, 2012. "Ms. Donnelly has earned a strong reputation in negotiating and leading labour discussions and has made significant contributions to the organizations she has served, particularly in Nova Scotia, said Minister Finley. "I am very pleased to appoint Ms. Donnelly as the next Commissioner for Workers of the Canada Employment Insurance Commission and am confident that Canadians will benefit from her skills and experience."

Wendy Mah, BCGEU
BCNU filed a number of applications with the BC Labour Relations Board (LRB) in late November to raid LPNs from BCGEU and other unions. They did not submit a province-wide application and have left out many LPN worksites across the province. BCNU is not interested in a province-wide strategy and is instead trying to capture LPNs in specific health authorities. BCGEU remains confident that LPNs with our union are choosing to stay with the BCGEU and maintain their independent voice In the coming year, about 85 per cent of BCGEU union members will be re-negotiating collective agreements with the province and the broader public sector employers. The Union has served notice to the Liberal government that our members are not willing to settle for any more zeros.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Political Action Committee - no report  Day of Mourning - no report  Protein for People the Executive Council appointed Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518, to fill the position of Protein for People Forum Organizer. The committee members, Carole Gordon and Doug Gibson. Karen Abramsen, and Cheryl Stone will meet soon to discuss plans.  Labour Day 2012 - The NOLC is looking for one or two unions to take the lead with the NOLC to organize this event for 2012. Les Milton, ATU and Louise Gibson, COPE 378 offered their assistance. A meeting will be set up in the near future.

NOLC Funding no report

NOLC Executive Council Election 2012 - Liz Woods, BCFORUM, Greg McGowan, CUPE 873 Liz Woods explained the positions of the Executive Council and asked for nominations for each position. There is still time to submit nominations at the February 8, 2012 meeting. Nominations are so far are: President, Carole Gordon, will let her name stand, Vice President, Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523, will let his name stand, Vice President: Karen Abramsen, UFCW 1518, will let her name stand, Vice President, vacant, Secretary Treasurer, Ron Bobowski, CUPW, will confirm at the Feb meeting, Recording Secretary, Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518, will let her name stand, Sergeant at Arms, Andrew Pritchard, Unite Here Local 40, Northern Delegate, Nikki Inouye, will let her name stand, Southern Delegate, unknown. Trustee. Louise Gibson, COPE 378, BCFORUM delegate will be chosen by BCFORUM. After a lengthy discussion - a motion was made to have the CLC clarify the qualifications and criteria required for LC Executive positions. M/S/C

UNFINISHED BUSINESS: none

NEW BUSINESS:

EI Board of Referees - NOLC Recommendation for the three year term of August 1, 2012 to July 31, 2015 There are three Worker Representative Positions at the Kelowna EI Board Centre. Nominations by the NOLC, for the next three year period were due by January 31, 2012. The deadline for nomination had to be dealt with at this meeting as our next meeting in February. Five names were submitted for the 3 positions. 1. Present Board member Elizabeth Woods, BCFORUM, 2. Present Board member Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518, 3. Dave Porteous, UFCW 1518, 4. Louise Gibson, COPE 378, 5. Ron Bobowski, CUPW. A secret ballot vote was held among the NOLC affiliate delegates present. By secret ballot, the 3 names recommended by the delegates were: Elizabeth Woods, Cheryl Stone and Ron Bobowski. The CLC will receive these names and then make its decision for recommendation to the EI Commission for Workers in Ottawa.

BCFED Regional Conference May 24-26, 2012 - To ensure the Conference is a success, the Federation is committed to consulting with local Labour Councils and Affiliates to build a Conference Agenda that reflects regional priorities. To begin that work, BCFED staff Sister Jessie Uppal and Brother John Weir will be travelling to our region the week of January 16, 2012. (Exact date yet to be determined) They wish to meet with the NOLC and local Labour Affiliate Chairs/Presidents/Business Agents. A short discussion was held during the meeting where affiliate delegates submitted topics of concern in their locals. Carole Gordon will present this information to the BCFED officers, who are visiting our area to assist them in their planning of this upcoming conference.
If you have any questions or require further information regarding the upcoming BCFED Conference contact: Sister Uppal & Brother Weir at 604 430 1421 or via their respective emails: juppal@bcfed.ca or jweir@bcfed.ca FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT: 24 Present with 18 Delegates 5 Guests. 1 BCFORUM delegate

GOOD & WELFARE:
Okanagan Shuswap Federal NDP AGM on Jan 22, 2012 at the Sunset Coronation hall (formerly Odd Fellows Hall) in Armstrong. Meeting begins at 1:00 pm and the guest speaker at 2:30 pm.

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 9:25 pm by Carole Gordon, President

Minutes respectfully submitted by Cheryl Stone, Recording Secretary, UFCW 1518

NEXT MEETING
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
AGM & NOLC Executive Council election for 2012
Kelowna - 1091 Gordon Drive
General Meeting - 7:00 pm


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