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March 5, 2003 minutes

MINUTES - REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING, NORTH OKANAGAN LABOUR COUNCIL

March 5, 2003 AT VERNON

AFFILIATES PRESENT

Ron Bobowski CUPW 760

Dave Porteous UFCW 120B

Kevin Hagglund CEP

Gene Beattie CEP 951

Tony Heisterkamp Carp 1346

Kathy Dunn HEU

Judi Filion BCGEU 707

Pat Bulmer CEP 2000

Louise Turner HEU

Jeff Carsience Carp 1370

Karen Abramsen BC Forum

Doug Knowler TWU 6

GUESTS

Don Main Carp

Gordie Larkin CLC

Craeg Pohorelic NDP

Steve Malerby trustee

Don Devine CUPE rep

REGRETS

Trudy Ames BCGEU 307

Cathy Seagris BCGEU 607

David Mitchell TWU 16

David Doran Carp 1346

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order by Secretary-treasurer Judi Filion at 7:10 p.m.

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

M/S/C to adopt agenda of March 5, 2003

GUEST SPEAKERS

Craeg Pohorelic - Vernon Rally For Peace, Saturday, March 15 at Vernon Library: 3000 32 Ave.
12:15 pm - Make a sign - materials provided - donations accepted.
1:00 pm Speakers & entertainment - a parade through town.
For information, contact Craeg, Ph. 260-1758, e-mail craegp@shaw.ca

ADOPTION OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTES

M/S/C to adopt the minutes of February 5, 2003 with a correction to the spelling of delegate Jeff Carsience's name.

CREDENTIALS REPORT

17 present with 12 delegates and 5 guests

OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATES

Kevin Hagglund, CEP 823-M, and Doug Knowler, TWU 6, were sworn in as new delegates.

FINANCIAL REPORT

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

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE

- Day of Mourning coming up April 28. We need people to come forward at our April meeting to help put together small ceremonies in Vernon and Kelowna. In the past couple years, we've held ceremonies at trees planted by the NOLC to commemorate workers who were killed and injured on the job.

- Central Okanagan YWCA is seeking nominations for its Women of Distinction Awards. Deadline is March 27.

M/S/C to receive and note executive board report.

REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT

Jeff Carsience, UBCJ 1370: Apprenticeship branch in Kelowna closed Feb. 28. Head office in Victoria now responsible for all apprentices in B.C. Government does not currently have organization in place to administer red seal certification exam. Students are expected to self-register at schools over the Internet. The result of this action will accelerate the reduction of skilled, certified workers in the workforce.

Don Main, EI Board of Referees: To collect EI benefits, you must register and send in your reporting cards. Several claimants have received severance pay and have not applied for benefits until their severance pay has been used up. By doing this, they have not (in some cases) had enough hours to qualify, ie: your qualifying period goes back one year. If you apply immediately, this period can be extended for up to one additional year. If in doubt, phone the commission, take advice from a "friend" at your risk.

Don Devine, CUPE national representative, Kelowna area office: Parent Advisory Committees (district and provincial) attacking school support workers' contracting out language in every community in B.C. This is a safety issue and not a turf war with parents. CUPE does not want to stop volunteers in schools. We want safe and reliable transportation for all children, especially those in schools.

Louise Turner, Hospital Employees Union, Vernon local: Anyone coming by the hospital on March 6 in Vernon between 0700 and 1500 will notice pickets. This is an HEU information picket line. We are not withholding any services or expecting anyone, including our own members, not to cross. It is business as usual for all hospital workers, patients and services. We're doing this on volunteer time; days off, before and after shifts, lunch times etc. to put pressure on the employer to come to the table and discuss alternatives to layoffs and contracting out. Notice of layoff has been given to thousands of Lower Mainland HEU employees and we are certain this will extend to the rest of the province. They've started with the service areas like housekeeping, laundry and dietary, but this of course is just the beginning.

Karen Abramsen, Council of Canadians: Rally at Rick Thorpe's Westbank office to send a message to B.C.'s trade minister not to agree to any of the items that other countries want Canada to put on the table to allow foreign ownership under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). It is anticipated health care, education, public water, energy utilities, libraries etc. may be on the table. The rally is March 11, 5 p.m. at his Westbank office. Canada has until March 31 to respond to the demands. Please call your MP to register your concerns and request disclosure of what exactly is on the table. The Ottawa government has refused to let Canadian know what has been requested. For more information, visit www.canadians.org.
NDP: The regional policy conference is taking place May 10-11 at the OUC north campus. Workshops will focus on economics, education, health care and democracy/social justice. The format will focus on workshops with facilitators to lead everyone through policy discussion in the key topic areas above. Participants will be encouraged to bring their ideas from their perspective, ie: senior, youth, environmentalist, forestry worker, small business and more. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Karen at 769-1977 (Kelowna) or Craeg at 260-1758 (Vernon).

Gordie Larkin, CLC: Medicare lobby has been very successful. Also, many municipal councils have endorsed our resolution calling on the federal government to implement the Romanow commission report. B.C. Hydro class-action lawsuit is proceeding to court with some 75,000 signatures. The labour council is encouraged to get involved in NDP regional conference on May 10 in Kelowna. It is open to both members and non-members.

NEW BUSINESS

- Southern Interior labour council annual meeting is set for May 24 in Castlegar. The NOLC may send just one rep this year to the meeting of five labour councils. We'll discuss this further at our April meeting.

- M/S/C - that the North Okanagan Labour Council donate $25 to the Vernon Peace rally on March 15.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Spring school - March 29-30 at OUC north campus. Sign up by March 14. Angie Schira cancelled as guest speaker.

GOOD AND WELFARE

- International Women's Day is March 8.

- The Kelowna Women's Centre is hosting a performance of the Vagina Monologues, March 16, 3 p.m. at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

- Okanagan People's coalition meeting, March 25, 5-7 p.m. at the BCGEU office on Sutherland Avenue in Kelowna.

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT

17 total, 12 delegates, 5 guests

ADJOURNMENT

Meeting adjourned at 8 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, acting recording secretary.

The next meeting will be Wednesday, April 9, 7 p.m. at the BCGEU office, 1591 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna.


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