Ron Bobowski, CUPW 760
Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000
Glenn Nowag, HERE 40
Shane Curveon, ATU 1722
Faye Saxon, BC Forum
Liz Woods, BCGEU
Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523
Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518/247
Karen Abramsen, BC Forum
Jeff Carsience, UBCJA 1370
Kris Bothe, UBCJA 1370
Pat Munro, HSA
Carol Kenzie, HEU
Teri MacGillivray, HEU
Orion Irvine, CLC
Doug Gibson, BC Forum
CALL TO ORDER
President Glenn Nowag called the meeting to order at 7 p.m.
ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
M/S/C to adopt agenda of March 5, 2008
No guest speakers
REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT
HSA -- Pat Munro -- Went to see Ron Cannan with the CLC lobby kit regarding National Pharmacare Report; Ron Cannan seemed less than enthusiastic about Pharmacare. She also spoke about the CLC lobby kit regarding the manufacturing and bankruptcy crisis.
ATU -- Shane Curveon -- Merritt transit drivers expressed interest in joining the Kelowna ATU.
HEU -- Finished up with Bill 29 -- Union members voted 94% in favour of the settlement. There are still outstanding issues regarding previously laid off workers and the HEU is now dealing with the "Big Three" bargaining conference. There is also now an HEU rep on the CUPE National Women's Committee.
CLC -- Orion Irvine:
Labour Council Training
The Congress is putting on Labour Council training sessions across the province. The training for the Southern Interior Labour Councils will be held in Kelowna on Friday, Sept 12th and Saturday Sept 13th. There will be a dinner on the Friday night that will include the local affiliates. Saturday will be an all day training session focusing on the Municipal Elections and Strategic Planning. Time will be available on Sunday for the Councils to have a meeting if desired.
The centrepiece of the Budget is a new tax exempt savings vehicle which begins small, but will ramp up over time to eventually remove a high and rising proportion of investment income from income tax. It will eventually cost billions in lost revenues, but only pennies will go to ordinary working families who manage to save very little outside of pensions and RRSPs. The Budget did next to nothing to address the deepening manufacturing and forestry jobs crisis, invested very small amounts in new job-creating environmental infrastructure programs, and cuts existing government spending programs.
The government is separating the EI Fund from the Public Accounts starting in 2009, and any surpluses - but going forward only - will be held and invested to meet EI program costs. The Fund will be run by a new crown corporation, the Canada Employment Insurance Financing Board. The new Fund will start life with a $2 Billion reserve - hugely less than the $57 Billion surplus in the existing EI Fund - and this will be made available to the new Fund by the government only if premiums would otherwise have to be raised in the event of a downturn. There is no detail on who will sit on the Board of the new Fund, or assurance that the government would back stop it in the event of a serious and prolonged recession. A longer and more complete analysis of the budget can be found on the CLC's website at canadianlabour.ca. The budget is likely to pass, which removes most of the likelihood of a spring election. International Women's Day.
The CLC is undertaken a Women's Economic Equality Campaign. The slogan of the campaign will be: "Equality! Once and for all!"
The campaign will launch on March 7th, with a major research paper being released at Press Conferences across Canada. On March 8th there will be teach-ins in 30 locations across Canada. More information about the events will be available soon.
There are two workshop modules ready to go for the teach-ins. One is an hour long workshop and the other is 4 hours longs. They will be available soon if you wish to organize our own teach-ins for your members over the next several months.
The CLC Convention is fast approaching. The Convention is being held in Toronto from May 26th to May 30th, 2008. Labour Councils should be deciding on if they are going to send someone to convention. Credentials have to be received by the CLC Ottawa office no later than April 15, 2008. Resolutions must be received by the CLC Ottawa office no later than March 11th, 2008.
CEP 2000 -- Pat Bulmer; CEP 2000 will begin contract negotiations with The Daily Courier and Penticton Herald April 17-18. Our contract expires June 5. For years we have accepted increases below the inflation rate. There is appetite among the members to do that this time.
a) April 28th is the National Day of Mourning and the NOLC is looking for volunteers for events
GOOD AND WELFARE
Respectfully submitted by Jeff Carsience, recording secretary.