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June 8, 2005 minutes

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

AFFILIATES PRESENT
Ron Bobowski CUPW 760
Glenn Nowag UNITE HERE!
Pat Bulmer CEP 2000
Dave Porteous UFCW
Karen Abramsen BC Forum
Tony Heisterkamp Carp 1346
Trudy Ames BCGEU 307
David Doran Carp 1346
Maria Tokarchuk HSA
Anthony Dodds BCGEU
Ken Robinson HEU
Donna Frayn BCGEU
Liz Woods BCGEU
Kevin Hagglund CEP 823-M
Judi Filion BCGEU
Kris Bothe UBC 1370

GUESTS
Gord Larkin CLC
Rick Barnes NDP
Gord Stoutenburg BC Forum
Rob Wotherspoon BCGEU


CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order by President David Doran at 7:05 p.m.

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

M/S/C to adopt agenda of June 8, 2005

GUEST SPEAKERS

none

ADOPTION OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTES

M/S/C to adopt minutes of April 6, 2005.

CREDENTIALS REPORT

20 present with 17 delegates and 3 guests

OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATES

Anthony Dodds of the BCGEU was sworn in.

FINANCIAL REPORT

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

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE

a) BC Federation of Labour (policy) convention call, Nov. 28-30. Hotel reservation deadline Oct. 26. Resolution deadline Sept. 29. Labour councils will be entitled to 3 delegates (Fee: $100 each).
M/S/C table to September

b) Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives celebrated 25th anniversary with a conference and dinner May 27 in Ottawa. We don't have to attend the dinner to make a donation.
M/S/C/ to donate $100

REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT

Joyce Procure, BCNU -- Private clinics in Lower Mainland -- new model which charges an "annual membership fee," which otherwise operates within MSP annual fee, is in essence is a private plan, similar to an American HMO. President of the BCNU, Deb McPherson, calls it Club Med health care.

Judi Filion, BCGEU 707 -- A transition agreement with UBC-Okanagan was signed on June 1/05. The transition agreement with the new Okanagan College is in its final stages. Okanagan University College ceases to exist as of June 30. We are still waiting to hear decisions on the certification and pension outstanding issues.

Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000 - Negotiations between CEP 2000, CEP 25-G and the Kelowna Daily Courier and Penticton Herald resume June 21-23.
The Castlegar Citizen's last issue was May 11. The weekly paper had been put out for 5 1/2 years by striking CEP 2000 members at the Sterling-owned Castlegar Sun. The paper started with eight strikers, which quickly went down to six. The six ran the paper for several years. They put out an outstanding community paper and were dedicated to the cause, in some or all cases putting their own careers on hold to keep the strike and paper going. When one employee left in the winter, that seemed to be the tipping point. The paper had trouble running with five -- and now others have landed other jobs or made plans to go back to school. The strike is over, but we still hold the certification at the Castlegar Sun, which suspended operations a couple of years ago.

M/S/C to send a letter of congratulations to CEP 2000 on the operation of the Castlegar Citizen.

Gord Larkin, CLC - Wish to thank the labour council for valiant effort in the provincial election.
CLC convention -- 3,000 delegates to attend. CLC officers will continue to lobby the federal government on our issues.
Municipal elections in November. Does labour council want to strike a committee to discuss a candidate? Search criteria.
Vernon/Kelowna/Armstrong are 3 areas we need to look at candidate search priority.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

a) Summer camp draws -- Catherine Hansen (HSA) won the draw to attend Camp Rainbow.
M/S/C -- to give the second name drawn in the older kids' draw the option of attending Camp Jubilee. The name drawn was Jamie Ames (BCGEU).
Silver Lake (ages 9-14) winners were Mageena Riggs (HSA) and Russell Main (HSA). Alternates are Kendas Hansen (HSA) and Alexander McDermid (HSA).

b) Southern Interior Labour Council meeting, May 28:
Ron Bobowski reported on the annual meeting of the southern interior labour councils. Five NOLC members attended the meeting, which was held in Kelowna. B.C. Federation of Labour President Jim Sinclair spoke about the Count Me in Campaign and the provincial election. He asked whether the BC Fed's Count Me In campaign reached and mobilized members -- and received a variety of responses. Sinclair noted the Green party split the vote and cost the NDP a victory. Also noted that "big labour" represents working people.
Municipal elections are coming up in November and federal election in the spring -- need to prevent a Conservative/Bloc government and focus on issues important to labour.
Labour is the backbone of the NDP. Labour has to raise its own positive profile. The party and labour can still have a solid progressive relationship.
A discussion about the election followed. Union participation, media coverage, vote splitting and Green vs. NDP platforms among the issues discussed.
A long discussion about Interior representation on B.C. Federation of Labour executive council followed. Last year, it was agreed to rotate the position among interior labour councils and Doug Singer of the East Kootenay LC was picked to serve a two-year term. This year's meeting struck a subcommittee to talk about the issue further.
NDP leader Carole James spoke in the afternoon and heard from members what they think priorities and issues should be.
Municipal elections discussed: candidate training, supporting progressive candidates, plumping, forming slates among the issues discussed.
Lobbying the federal government and United Way issues were also discussed.

NEW BUSINESS

a) Municipal election committee -- M/S/C to set up an election committee (Trudy Ames, Dave Porteous, Joyce Procure and Rick Barnes have volunteered. Let one of them know by July 31 if you want to be on it.)

b) United Way drive-thru breakfast and kickoff breakfast -- M/S/C to buy a table for 10, as usual, for the United Way kickoff breakfast, Sept. 8 in Kelowna. (Cost estimated to be about $200).
Kris Bothe will look into the costs of a mini first-aid kit, similar to one put out by his union, that might be something we could hand out (with our name on the kit) at the annual United Way drive-thru breakfast.

c) Plaque presentation -- Dave Porteous showed us a Special Recognition plaque presented to the North Okanagan Labour Council from the United Way "for an outstanding contribution to the community through support of the United Way."

d) Joyce Procure thanked the NOLC and labour members overall for assistance and donations to the recent provincial campaign.

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT

21 total with 18 delegates and 3 guests

GOOD AND WELFARE

Gord Stoutenburg announced this would probably be his last labour council meeting. Gord is a former NOLC president who's been involved in the labour movement and labour causes since 1935. He received a standing ovation.

Gord Larkin noted that after the Southern Interior Labour Council meeting, NDP leader Carole James told him how well she thought the local NDP candidates did here and how impressed she was with the volunteer support.

The Kelowna Chapter of the Council of Canadians presents the film "Exporting Jobs!" aka "Who Let the Logs Out?" Thursday, June 16, 2005, Kelowna Public Library, 7 p.m.

ADJOURNMENT

Meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary.



Next meeting: Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005, 7 p.m., at the Village Green Hotel, Vernon.


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