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JUNE 6, 2007 minutes

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

AFFILIATES PRESENT
Brad Dunlop, IBEW 213
Dave Porteous, UFCW 120
Jeff Carsience, UBCJ 1370
Kris Bothe, UBCJ 1370
Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000
Pat Munro, HSA
Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523
Maria Tokarchuk, HSA
Karen Abramsen, BC Forum
Boyd Sommerfeld, HEU
Ken Robinson, HEU
Carole Gordon, COTA
Liz Woods, BC Forum
Ron Bobowski, CUPW 760


GUESTS
Gord Larkin, CLC
Susan Steen, United Way
Steven Francis, United Way
Jennifer Rice
Adrian Nieoczym, Capital News
Faye Saxon, BC Forum


REGRETS
Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518
Glenn Nowag, UNITEHERE

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
M/S/C to adopt agenda of June 6, 2007

CALL TO ORDER
President Brad Dunlop called the meeting to order at 7 p.m.

ADOPTION OF PREVIOUS MINUTES
M/S/C to adopt minutes of May 9, 2007

GUEST SPEAKERS
Steven Francis, Susan Steen, United Way - Steven showed a couple of United Way videos, both of which referred to labour's support for the Central Okanagan campaign. It was noted that Liz Woods and Dave Porteous are on the United Way board. With Liz becoming campaign chair, Cheryl Stone was going to take the labour chair role for the next campaign. However, she is now moving to Thunder Bay. Ron Bobowski expressed interest in the labour chair spot and will take it on.
Upcoming United Way events:
June 26 -- Annual General Meeting
June 28 -- United Way Investors Group Golf Tournament
Sept 6 -- Kick Off Breakfast (Coast Capri Hotel)
Sept 13 -- Kick Off Breakfast (Vintage Hills Golf Club)
Sept 20 -- Maxine DeHart Drive Thru (Ramada Hotel)
Nov 3 -- Award of Distinction Dinner Honoring Maxine DeHart (Coast Capri Hotel)
Check their web site for more information: www.kelownaunitedway.com.
M/S/C to buy Table No. 1 for the United Way kickoff breakfast in Kelowna in September (Cost: $300).
M/S/C to buy four union-made vests with United Way and NOLC logos - one to donate to the United Way-Investors Group golf tournament June 28, 1 p.m. at The Bear golf course and one for each of the labour reps on the board (Dave Porteous. Liz Woods, Ron Bobowski).
Also, Gord Larkin announced that proceeds from a United Way fundraising roast in his honour Sept. 20 will be shared with the United Ways in the areas he has served as CLC rep.

CREDENTIALS REPORT
19 present with 13 delegates and 6 guests

OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATES
None

FINANCIAL REPORT
M/S/C to adopt financial report as circulated

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE
a) BC Health Coalition membership renewal. - M/S/C to renew and donate $100
b) Afghanistan-Canada Research Group request for funding - Receive and file
c) Canadian Peace Alliance vote on proposed bylaw changes. - Receive and file
d) Amnesty International seeking donations for campaign to get Canadian Huseyin Celil out of Chinese jail. M/S/C/ to donate $50.
e) BC Federation of Labour convention call, Nov. 26-28. M/S/C table to September meeting.
f) Our Times labour magazine: M/S/C to renew our subscription for one year at $25.

REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT

No written reports given. Ken Robinson, HEU, circulated a petition opposing plans to build expansions to Kelowna General and Vernon Jubilee hospitals as P3s, which could result in the layoffs of 300 workers. A protest march is planned for June 15 to MLA Sindi Hawkins' office.

Carole Gordon, COTA, reported the BCTF and CEP have settled their labour dispute. Faye Saxon has been appointed for another 2 years to the EI Board of Referees.

Gord Larkin reported the CLC is now campaigning to stop manufacturing job losses. Gord is retiring. "For 27 years. . . . I've been lucky to work on behalf of workers." Gord says he's leaving the CLC, but not the labour movement. In the fall, he'll work on the United Way of Lower Mainland's campaign and we'll see him then.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

a) Summer camp draws. Winners were:
Silver Lake girls: Ashana Gaba HEU (Kirsten Parsons runner-up/alternate). Silver Lake boys: Trevor Parsons, HEU (Jeffrey Coleman HSA runner-up/alternate). Camp Jubilee: Darius Pomeroy, HSA (Blaze Bothe, Carp., runner-up/alternate.)
b) M/S/C: To change the financial policy to pay $40 for a carpool of 2 or more delegates traveling from Vernon for a Kelowna meeting or from Kelowna to a Vernon meeting.
c) Southern Interior Labour Council meeting report. Brad Dunlop reported on the May 26 SILC meeting in Kimberley. Topics included boundary changes for Southern Interior labour councils, EI board of referees, civic elections and B.C. Forum membership in labour councils. A motion on Forum involvement may be ready for the September meeting.

NEW BUSINESS

a) WorkSafe BC public hearing June 14 Best Western hotel (3-5, 7-9 p.m.) on proposed working alone regulations. Brad Dunlop is slated to give a presentation.
b) Vice President Cheryl Stone's leaving. Cheryl sent us a letter expressing regrets for not being able to attend the meeting and announcing that she will be moving back to Ontario at the end of July to be closer to family. She hopes to get involved with the labour council and in civic politics in Thunder Bay.
c) M/S/C to buy four tickets at $50 apiece to the Gord Larkin roast in Vancouver Sept. 20.

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT
20 total with 14 delegates and 6 guests

GOOD AND WELFARE
Thanks Gord.

ADJOURNMENT
The meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary.


The next meeting will be Wednesday, September 5, 2007, 7 p.m., at the NOLC office, 201A 1358 St. Paul Street.

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