June 4, 2014 minutes
MINUTES - MONTHLY MEETING, NORTH OKANAGAN LABOUR COUNCIL AT KELOWNA
AFFILIATES PRESENT: Andrew Pritchard, Unite Here 40, Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518, Ron Bobowski, CUPW, Carmen Belanger, HEU, Greg McGowan, CUPE 873, Ian Gordon, CUPE 3523, Carol Gordon, COTA, Laureen Freayh, HEU, Louise Gibson, COPE, Dave Porteous, UFCW 1518, Mike Porteous, UFCW 1518, Susan Bauhart, COTA, Lee Mossman, CUPE 338, Nikki Inouye, HEU Vernon, Helen Repole, BCGEU, Wendy Mah, BDGEU, Karen Abramsen, UFCW 1518, Mike Nuyens, BCGEU, Wynn Hartfelder, BCGEU, Boyd Sommerfeld, HEU, Mathew Davies, HEU, Pam Durham, CUPW 760
REGRETS: Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523, Mark Olsen, CUPE 5523, Shane Curveon, ATU
GUESTS: Tish Lakes -- Federal NDP, Wes Kmet, Ron Stipp, CLC, Deena Coles, CUPE 378
BCFORUM Delegate: Doug Gibson
CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order by Andrew Pritchard, President, at 7:00 pm
ADOPTION OF AGENDA: M/S/C
GUEST SPEAKER: Tish Lakes, Federal NDP candidate search
ADOPTION OF PREVIOUS MINUTES: M/S/C
CREDENTIALS REPORT: 27 Present with 22 Delegates 4 Guests 1 BCFORUM delegate
OBLIGATIONS OF NEW DELEGATES: none
FINANCIAL REPORT: report given by Ron Bobowski, Secretary Treasurer. M/S/C
EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE
Council of Canadians -- "Tomorrow is not for sale" -- funding proposal. "2014 is a pivotal year for the labour movement and the Council of Canadians remains committed to acting in solidarity." A motion was made to donate $500.00 to the Council of Canadians. M/S/C
REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS -- STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS -- CLC REPORT:
REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS:
Nikki Inouye, HEU Vernon, Rob Wotherspoon, BCGEU, Mike Nuyens, BCGEU, Ian Gordon, CUPE 3523, Helen Repole, BCGEU, Karen Abramsen, UFCW 1518, report on the CLC Convention, Ron Bobowski, CUPW, report on the CLC Convention,
Susan Bauhart, COTA, Carol Gordon, COTA, Pam Durham, CUPW 760, Greg McGowan, CUPE 873, Lee Mossman, CUPE 338, Andrew Pritchard, Unite Here Local 40
Ron Stipp, CLC Rep. -- September 6, 2014 Candidate training being held in Vernon at the Village Green Hotel.
Delegates from across Canada met from May 5-9, 2014 at the 27th Convention of the Canadian Labour Congress' (CLC). This was the largest labour convention in Canada's history, with over 4,800 delegates.
Brad Woodside, Mayor of Fredericton, NB and incoming president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), is emphatic: "Municipalities do matter." Woodside spoke at a Labour Council Forum on the eve of the CLC’s 27th Constitutional Convention. The forum dealt with the importance of the relationships between the CLC, labour councils, and local governments. Woodside said that the CLC and labour councils are important partners with the FCM in its goals to create livable and affordable communities. Issues such as public infrastructure, public safety, climate change, and international trade agreements are on the minds of both the FCM and CLC.
Woodside added that after meeting with his local CUPW president, the City of Fredericton passed a resolution opposing Canada Post's decision to eliminate home delivery. Speaking about seniors and persons with mobility problems, he said, "Letter carriers provide a service that super mail boxes can't."
Woodside also emphasized the importance of affordable housing by saying that at least a quarter of all Canadians are overburdened by housing costs. He said that the expiration of federal housing programs is unacceptable.
The mayor thanked the CLC for collaborating with the FCM in promoting participation of women in the political process by sponsoring the annual Women's Breakfast at FCM conventions. The forum also featured panel discussions on a living wage, affordable housing, and participatory budgets.
Delegates overwhelmingly approved expenditures to support the labour movement's together FAIRNESS WORKS initiative. Prior to the vote, they received a detailed presentation on the initiative from its inception through a look at what is still to come. It is designed to speak directly to the Canadian public about the positive role played by unions and also to engage millions of unionized workers on a one-to-one basis.
Delegates were briefed on the early successes of the initiative, including the positive reaction to last year's "Sunny" television ads. The new "Lean on Me" television ad was shown on convention monitors and received an enthusiastic response from delegates.
The core value in play is fairness. Delegates were shown research indicating that most Canadians believe that unions play a positive role in society and feel they would be worse off if unions are weakened. Gains made by unions for their members also improve the lives of other
workers, whether or not they belong to a union. When unions work to fight for fairness, everyone in the community benefits.
The member-to-member initiative is a crucial component of together Fairness Works. That approach is based on what is called the Go, Listen, Build model. Affiliates across Canada are holding conversations with their members to listen to them and to strengthen existing relationships. It was pointed out during the presentation that members' affinity to their unions increases with such member engagement.
On Thursday, May 8, delegates elected Hassan Yussuff as the CLC's new President and Barbara Byers as its new Secretary-Treasurer in contested elections. The convention also elected Marie Clarke Walker and Donald Lafleur as Executive Vice-Presidents.
Delegates were treated to an innovative and interactive workshop on the Friday morning. Kevin Millsip and Next-UP shared stories and insights into the community organizing models that worked to propel Barack Obama toward his presidential victory in 2008.
Building on the successful together FAIRNESS WORKS member-engagement initiative, Millsip introduced delegates to the next steps in the member-engagement initiative: how to connect and build relationships.
Municipal elections are fast approaching! The search for progressive candidates is on. Now is the time to reach out to friends, family, co-workers, and next door neighbours that may be interested in running in the local government elections and will speak on behalf of working people.
Labour councils should be starting to work on their questionnaires for candidates seeking the endorsement of the labour council. Those questionnaires should be ready to go out by mid June. Contact your CLC representative for some sample questionnaires.
Domestic Violence Survey -- Labour Congress and the University of Western Ontario launched the first-ever national survey on the impact of domestic violence on workers and workplaces. All workers in Canada over the age of 15 are invited to fill out a 10-30 minute online survey to help us learn more about this important issue.
The survey closes on June 6, 2014. We need your help to make sure that we have good participation from all regions of Canada, from women and men, and from different perspectives
Your voice is important, whether or not you have personally experienced or witnessed violence.
The survey does not take long. It is voluntary and anonymous. Neither your union representatives nor your employer will know whether or not you participated. In appreciation for your time, upon completion of the survey, you have the option to enter a draw for a tablet computer.
How can you help?
Fill out the survey at: http://fluidsurveys.com/s/DVatWork/
Send the link to others. Talk to your co-workers, friends, and family and ask them to take part.
Let's work together to make workplaces safer for everyone.
STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
Political Action Committee -- Nikki Inouye, HEU, Andrew Pritchard, Unite Here 40 We are still looking for candidates for the Kelowna
and Vernon Municipal elections 2014.
United Way Breakfast -- A motion was made to have the NOLC purchase a table at the 2014 United Way kick-off September breakfast,
as well as make a donation to the Vernon United Way. M/S/C
Labour Day 2014 Committee -- Carmen Belanger / Laureen Freayh, BCGEU, Pam Durham, CUPW, Ian Gordon, CUPE 3523.
The South Okanagan Boundary LC (SOBLC) will be asked to join in the festivities along with the North Okanagan LC. Plans will be organized this summer. Ron Stipp, CLC offered some funding available to organize this event.
Camp Jubilee / Silver Lake -- Congratulations to the Winners
Silver Lake age 8-12, July 13-18 -- Riley Gordon
Silver Lake age 13-14, July 20-25 -- Diane Nguyen
Camp Jubilee age 13-17, August 25-29 -- Eric Gordon
Protein for People -- A motion was made to purchase 40 cases of canned salmon which will be distributed to our north Okanagan food
banks, at a cost of up to $1100.00. M/S/C.
FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT: 10 Present with 9 Delegates 0 Guest 1 BCFORUM delegate
GOOD & WELFARE: Mike Nuyens, BCGEU was elected as Executive Vice President of 68,000 members at the May 2014 BCGEU convention. Wendy Mah, BCGEU was elected Human Rights Committee
ADJOURNMENT:The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 pm by Andrew Pritchard, President
Minutes respectfully submitted by Cheryl Stone, Recording Secretary, UFCW 1518
September 10, 2014 Kelowna, B.C.
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