Jeff Carsience UBCJ 1370
Pat Bulmer CEP 2000
Trudy Ames BCGEU 307
Judi Filion BCGEU 707
Louise Turner HEU
Karen Abramsen BC Forum
Pat Munro HSA - Kelowna
Dave Porteous UFCW 120
Kathy Dunn HEU
Liz Woods BCGEU
Kevin Hagglund CEP 823 - M
Dona Frayn BCGEU 1207
Steve Malerby BC Forum
Maria Tokarchuk HSA
Ken Robinson HEU
Bill Zeman CUPE 3523
Eileen Robinson NDP
Gord Larkin CLC
Faye Saxon OPEIU 15
Glenn Nowag Local 40
David Doran Carp 1346
CALL TO ORDERThe meeting was called to order by Vice-President Jeff Carsience at 7:05 p.m.
b) CLC is joining the "Play Fair at the Olympics - Respect Workers' Rights "Campaign and has included a petition to be passed around.
c) Canadian Labour Congress requests that the NOLC join the B.C. Health Coalition. NOLC to join for $50.
d) United Way kickoff breakfast is Wednesday, Sept, 8, 6:45 a.m.. at the Coast Capri. Tickets $20 each or $200 for a table of 10. Deadline Aug. 20. We will buy a table and Jeff Carsience will be our contact person on this. Contact Jeff at email@example.com if you wish to attend.
e) BC Young New Democrats asking for donations to help cover expenses of their annual convention in Cumberland, June 19-20. We will send $50.
f) BC Federation of Labour convention call (Nov. 29-Dec. 3) and hotel registration form (Westin Bayshore - $89 a night). Deadline Oct. 22. Table to September meeting.
M/S/C to accept the executive board report.
REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT
Ken Robinson, HEU Kelowna - HEU's Kelowna local would like to extend a huge thank you for all the support they received on the picket and protest lines last month that went up as a result of Bill 37. It was a dispute about respect, dignity and collective bargaining. Bill 37 will continue to create havoc in the healthcare system for years to come, just as Bill 29 has for the last 2 1/2 years. Whether it was the financial donations, food and beverage donations, or walking the lines, it was all appreciated. It is impossible to list all the unions that supported us, but thank you. The solidarity was inspiring. Also, to all the unions and their members that were ready to support the job actions that were planned for Monday, thank you. It would have been a powerful day and maybe week. Having members ready and willing to walk off the job for another union was incredible and is what the movement is about. May we continue to build on our Solidarity and continue to be ready to protest against all of the B.C. Liberals' unjust and regressive actions on a daily basis.
Pat Bulmer, recording secretary - A reminder we are making plans to send minutes out in the fall by e-mail to those who would prefer to receive them that way. If you'd like to get your minutes by e-mail, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include both your e-mail and mailing addresses.
EI Board of Referees - I will be attending a follow-up training in Toronto on June 14-16. The focus will be on Decision Writing. Because I am significantly involved in a local election campaign for Starleigh Grass, I have been advised that I am not able to sit on any appeals during the election. I have questioned the rationale and while I have agreed not to sit, I am not satisfied with the explanation.
Council of Canadians - The council is engaging voters in a campaign called "On June 28, Vote for the Canada You Want!" The issues we are asking voters to consider are: clean water; fair trade; public health; safe food; Canadian sovereignty; and the U.S. missile defence system. Please attend forums and on June 28, get out and vote.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS a) Labour school, Oct. 2-3 - Karen Abramsen reported that we intend to offer the same courses that were to be offered in the spring (which had to be cancelled due to CLC staff strike). Watch for a mailing over the summer with registration forms and course details.
b) Report from Southern Interior Labour Councils meeting June 5 in Kamloops. Ron Bobowski reported on the annual meeting of the six southern interior councils. Some highlights: Pat Bulmer, Judi Filion, Ron Bobowski and Jeff Carsience attended for the NOLC. Barb Burke of the HEU bargaining committee and president of the South Okanagan Boundary Labour Council, gave a debriefing on the HEU strike and settlement. Jim Sinclair, president of the B.C. Federation of Labour, also talked at length about the HEU strike and also current and upcoming elections. One comment of note, the goal of the May 2005 provincial election does not stop at defeating the Liberals - after the election, the labour movement must continue to push an NDP government for the things we want, such as stopping privatization. Sinclair also noted 14 union candidates are running in B.C. in the current federal election. Kamloops NDP candidate Brian Carroll also spoke and answered questions. Next year's meeting tentatively planned for May 28 in Kelowna.
c) Summer camp draws. Draws were held for one boy and one girls (age 9-14) to attend Silver Lake Forestry Camp this summer. Winners were: Girl - Kelsey Iceton (mother Mary Lou of HSA); Boy - CJ Rasmussen (son of Clark of CUPW). Alternates: Darilyn Bowden (mom Donna of CUPW) and Jeremy Dillabough (Susan of CUPW).
b) South Okanagan-Boundary Labour Council would like our help with their Labour Day picnic. M/S/C to donate $100 towards picnic. That donation will increase if UFCW sends us a $200 donation for picnic, as they've done the past 2 years. Trudy Ames, Liz Woods, Pat Munro and David Porteous volunteered to help with the picnic.
c) M/S/C/ to support a proposed constitutional amendment proposal likely to come to next B.C. Federation of Labour convention that would increase number of labour council delegates on executive council from 4 to 5.
GOOD AND WELFARE
BCGEU golf tournament is back - Sunday, Aug. 1, 2004. All proceeds go to the United Way. Mission Creek Golf Course. Shot gun start at 7:30 am. $65 - 18 holes and BBQ lunch. $55 - 9 holes and BBQ lunch. $20 - Lunch only. For further information, call Judi Filion at (250) 868-8408 or e-mail her at: email@example.com or call Pat Dickson at (604) 467-6992. Registration deadline is July 16 .
BCGEU office in Kelowna is on the move, probably around Sept. 1, to the Tutt Street area of Kelowna. That means our Kelowna meetings will be moving too. We don't have the exact address for you yet, but will well before our next Kelowna meeting, slated for Oct. 6.
FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT 21 total, 17 delegates, 4 guests
Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary.