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June 4, 2003 minutes

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

AFFILIATES PRESENT

David Doran Carp 1346

Ron Bobowski CUPW 760

Cathy Seagris BCGEU 607

Judi Filion BCGEU 707

Doug Knowler TWU 6

David Porteous UFCW 120B

Louise Turner HEU

Karen Abramsen BC Forum

Faye Saxon OPEIU 15

Tony Heisterkamp Carp 1346

Kathy Dunn HEU

Pat Bulmer CEP 2000

Maria Tokarchuk HSA

Mary-Lou Bailey CUPE 338

Kevin Hagglund CEP 823-M

Jeff Carsience UBCJ 1370

Pat Munro HSA

GUESTS

Neil Ferguson CUPE retired

John O. Powell NDP

Gord Larkin CLC

Gord Stoutenburg BC Forum

Vern Spika HSA

REGRETS

Trudy Ames BCGEU 307


CALL TO ORDER

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


ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

M/S/C to adopt agenda of June 4, 2003


GUEST SPEAKERS

John O. Powell, NDP - Federal NDP leader Jack Layton will be coming to Kelowna June 22 for a Sunday brunch at the Royal Anne Hotel in Kelowna, Cutter Room. If you wish to attend, contact John Powell by e-mail at powelljd@shaw.ca or by phone at 860-9696.


ADOPTION OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTES

M/S/C to adopt the minutes of May 7, 2003.

CREDENTIALS REPORT

24 present with 19 delegates and 5 guests

OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATES

none

FINANCIAL REPORT

M/S/C to adopt financial report as circulated and establish a campaign fund with a minimum contribution of $100 per month. Purpose of this fund will be to build up a war chest for federal, provincial and municipal elections expected in 2004-05.

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE

a) United Way kickoff breakfast is Wednesday, Sept. 10, 6:45 a.m. at the Coast Capri Hotel. Tickets are $20 per person or $200 per table. Registration deadline is Aug. 22. Executive recommends buying a table as per past practice.

b) BC Federation of Labour Convention call and hotel accommodation registration form. Policy convention is Nov. 24-26. Receive and file. Lots of time before registration deadlines. We'll come back to this in the fall.

M/S/C to accept the executive board report.


REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT

Ron Bobowski, CUPW 760: Canadian Union of Postal Workers is conducting strike votes across the country. First possible labour action will be June 17. Canada Post has proposed a ‘global offer’ that has been recommended for rejection by the union.

Mary-Lou Bailey, CUPE 338: Civilian Guards - BC Corp of Commissionaires to take over guarding service at Kelowna RCMP as of June 16, 2003.
Circulating a petition against lease of Coquihalla Highway. Plans to submit petition to Transportation Minister Judith Reid by June 18/03.

Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000: Our contract with the Kelowna Daily Courier and Penticton Herald expired June 5. CEP 2000, which represents most workers at the two papers, and GCIU 25, which represents the press workers, have asked the company to begin negotiations, although no dates have yet been set.

Gord Larkin, CLC: The Canadian Labour Congress is asking labour councils to lobby their MPs on the issue of unemployment benefits. A lobbying kit is being prepared for a fall campaign.
Delegates are urged to sign the anti-Free Trade of the Americas petition (which was circulated at the last two NOLC meetings and will be mailed to the CLC). Activities against the trade agreements will pick up in the fall, mobilizing around the FTAA and WTO meetings in November.
We continue to lobby to save medicare, urging Parliament to pass the Romanow report.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

a) EI Board of referee appointments - Local nominations have been completed, Gordie Larkin reported.

b) Election for vacant vice president position - Jeff Carsience, Carp 1370, was elected to the position. He'll be sworn in at our September meeting.

c) Summer camp draws: Winners of the Silver Lake draw, for children of NOLC-affiliate members, were Trudy Ames' daughter (BCGEU) and Dion Main (Vernon Carpenters 1346). Alternates are Danielle/Samantha (BCNU) and Luke Warkotsch (HSA). Camp Rainbow winner was Kirk Warkotsch (HSA) with Jayme Clifford (HSA) as the alternate. d) CLC "No FTAA Campaign - It's Hazardous to Your Health," petition - circulated at meeting and will be returned to CLC.

e) Finance Committee - Jeff Carsience added to committee, which will review NOLC finances.


NEW BUSINESS

a) Coquihalla rally - June 7 at toll booth - Details on getting to the rally were discussed.

b) M/S/C that the NOLC write a letter to outgoing NDP leader Joy MacPhail thanking her on behalf of the NOLC for all her years standing for working people.

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT

24 total, 19 delegates, 9 guests

ADJOURNMENT

Meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary.



The next meeting will be Wednesday, September 10, 7 p.m., at the Village Green Hotel, Vernon.


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