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March 7, 2012 minutes

MINUTES - MONTHLY MEETING, NORTH OKANAGAN LABOUR COUNCIL AT KELOWNA

AFFILIATES PRESENT: Ron Bobowski, CUPW, Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518, Carole Gordon, COTA/BCTF, Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523, Greg McGowan, CUPE 873, Nikki Inouye, HEU Vernon, Dave Porteous, UFCW 1518, Louise Gibson, COPE 378, Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000, Les Milton, ATU 1722, Debra Critchley, BCGEU, Karen Abramsen, UFCW 1518, Shane Curveon, ATU 1722, Andrew Pritchard, Unite Here-Local 40, Brent Soroka, CUPE 338, Carol Kenzie, HEU, Jolene Lamoureaux, CUPE 338, Ken Fighter, CUPE 338, Lee Menzies, BCGEU 407, Lennie Dolinski, HEU.

REGRETS: Wendy Mah, BCGEU

GUESTS: Larry Chu, CUPW 760, Wes Kmet, BCFORUM, Doug Gibson, BCFORUM, Colin Basran, Kelowna City Council, Alan Blanes, USW, Harold C. Blanes, father of Alan Blanes, Robert Nisbet, Occupy Kelowna

BCFORUM Delegate: Elizabeth Woods

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order by Carole Gordon, President, at 7:00 pm

ADOPTION OF AGENDA: M/S/C

GUEST SPEAKERS: Alan Blanes, USW

ADOPTION OF PREVIOUS MINUTES: M/S/C

CREDENTIALS REPORT: 26 Present with 19 Delegates, 6 Guests and 1 BCFORUM delegate

OBLIGATIONS OF NEW DELEGATES: Jolene Lamoureaux, CUPE 338 was sworn in as a delegate.

FINANCIAL REPORT: given by Ron Bobowski, Secretary Treasurer, M/S/C to adopt financial report as circulated.

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE

ACTION:
Resolution-Expansion of Canada's Public Pension System -- The Canadian Labour Congress has asked the NOLC to support the following resolution on CPP and present it to City Councils in our area. Our winning endorsed candidates on Council will be notified. M/S/C
EXPANSION OF CANADA'S PUBLIC PENSION SYSTEM
WHEREAS The Canadian economic downturn is putting the retirement security of many workers at risk; and
WHEREAS Canadian cities are directly impacted as they are key front line providers of social services and support programs for older workers and retirees; and
WHEREAS The significant economic downturn in combination with an increased number of employer bankruptcies across various sectors have resulted in under-funded pension plans and the actual and potential loss of promised pension benefits; and
WHEREAS Only one in four private sector workers belong to an employer pension plan and the remaining 3 out of 4 workers must rely more heavily on personal savings to provide for their retirement; and
WHEREAS The Canadian public pension system including Old Age Security (OAS) and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) plus the Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) is safe but falls well short of replacing the 60% to 70% of pre-retirement income needed to maintain a decent standard of living; therefore, be it
RESOLVED That the City of Kelowna support expansion of Canada’s public pension system by and at the cost of the Federal Government and not municipalities:
RESOLVED That the City of Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake Country and Vernon, call on the federal government for the expansion of the Canada Pension Plan.

2012 O H & S Training in Vernon -- Coming Up Soon: Health and Safety Training -- Vernon
The BCFED Occupational Health and Safety Centre is putting on two courses June 13 to serve people in Vernon and surrounding area. This is a great opportunity to benefit from our training sessions which are funded and certified by WorksafeBC. The cost is very affordable at just $99 per person for each course and includes all the course materials. This is a great, cost-effective way to meet training goals and WorksafeBC compliance requirements through the largest non-profit provider of OHS training in BC. We hope you will be able to take advantage of this opportunity. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Centre. Visit our website for more information or to register participants on-line.

Occupy Kelowna -- letter request for financial assistance. The NOLC Executive Council recommended that if any of our local union affiliates wish to donate to the Occupy Kelowna movement in the way of financial or office space/supplies; that they should do so individually. Please email Wes kmet, BCFORUM at weskmetweskmet@gmail.com

REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS/STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS/CLC REPORT:
(A) REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS:

Brent Soroka -- CUPE 338
We have been actively involved in Teachers support rallies, we held a very successful rally at the Pedestrian overpass at the Rec Centre on the Highway with 250-300 various Union members showing up. We recently filed 23 reclassification grievances with the City of Kelowna with many more to come, part of the follow-up from a 3.5 year Job Evaluation program that disintegrated. We held two recent Shop Steward workshops that our National Rep put on for about 15 of our Stewards. After hearing from all the various Unions and the frustration level with our Provincial Gov't passing Bills that interfere with our Bargaining Rights I raised the question whether it was time again to consider a Provincial wide Day of Protest.

Cheryl Stone -- UFCW 1518
More than 1,500 Zellers workers in Ontario have ratified a new three-year collective agreement. The members of UFCW Canada Local 175 work at 12 Zellers stores across Ontario. Negotiations between the union and the company successfully concluded at the end of January. The new three-year deal includes wage increases and enhanced severance pay in the case of store closure. Four of the Zellers stores covered by the collective agreement will be converting to Target. The unionized Target stores are located in Toronto, Oshawa and Brantford. A fifth unionized store in Windsor, which was also purchased by Target, will be converting to a Sobeys. UFCW Canada is challenging Target to abide by all provisions of the new collective agreement. In BC, Zellers workers at the Brentwood Mall store in Burnaby are members of UFCW 1518 and currently in negotiations for a new collective agreement. UFCW 1518 is seeking an order from the Labour Relations Board that would require Target to recognize the rights of Brentwood Mall workers to continue to be employed at the store and to honour the Collective Agreement. As Canada's leading retail workers union, UFCW Canada is a partner in the worker-led campaign www.targetfairness.ca, which is dedicated to reaching out to communities affected by Target conversions, and asking Target for fairness by guaranteeing that Zellers workers will continue to be employed in their stores once the conversions have occurred and that their working conditions and years of service will be honoured by Target. The new collective agreement in Ontario shows that union representation is the best way to ensure that Target listens to Zellers workers. UFCW Canada will file successor rights applications all Zellers workers who are members of the union, both currently and in the future. Any group of Zellers workers who unionizes before their store closes for renovations will have the ability to file for successor rights with Target.

(B) STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS: 1. Day of Mourning -- Karen Abramsen reported that the NOLC park bench is now ready to be put into place at Ben Lee Park in time for our Day of Mourning which will be held Friday, April 27, 2012 at noon.

2. Protein for People -- Cheryl Stone, Protein for People Organizer, reported that our insurance from the CLC for the event is now in place. We are calling upon our local union affiliates to help with the below:
-- Volunteers for the day of the event. NEED 3 PERSONS TO do the BBQing (one with Food Safe) ASAP
-- Exhibitors: We are hoping that our union sisters and brothers will assist by having an information exhibit on housing, childcare, literacy, nutrition, employment, health care, labour standards to name a few.
-- Union merchandise: for handouts and prize draws, (ie) t-shirts, sweatshirts, ball caps, back packs, reusable grocery bags, pens, pencils, note pads, key chains, anything with your union bug on it.
PLEASE EMAIL CHERYL STONE ASAP TO BOOK YOUR BOOTH or donate time or merchandise: nolc.cstone@gmail.com .

3. Labour Day 2012 -- no report

(C) CLC Report -- no report

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
1. NOLC By-Laws Notice of Motion - Proposed 2000 By-Law changes, see below:
FROM: Article V - Officers
5.01 The Officers of the Council shall consist of a President, three 3 Vice-Presidents, Secretary Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Sergeant-a -Arms, 2 Executive members, one each from the North and Central Okanagan.
TO: Article V -- Officers 5.01 Amended to read
5.01: The "Officers" of the Council shall consist of a President, Secretary-Treasurer and Recording Secretary. Executive Council consists of: "Officers", 3 Vice Presidents, Sergeant -at -Arms, 2 Executive members, one each from the North and Central Okanagan and the BCFORUM Executive Member. The BCFORUM Executive Member shall have voice but no vote.
On article 5.01 the NOLC delegates VOTED NO as the amendment is not necessary. M/S/C

FROM: Article X1-Executive Council
11.01 The Executive Council shall consist of the President, three Vice-Presidents, Secretary Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Sergeant-at-Arms, and the two Executive Members.
TO: Article X1-Executive Council 11.01 Amended to read 11.01 The Executive Council shall consist of the President, three 3 Vice- Presidents, Secretary Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Sergeant-at-Arms, the 2 Executive Members and the BCFORUM Executive member
On article 11.01 it was M/S/C by majority with 1 opposed. Les Milton, ATU opposed.

Article 111 -- Membership - Add article 3.06
3.06: The BC Federation of Retired Union Members (BCFORUM) shall be entitled to membership as an affiliated organization upon application by BCFORUM and payment of a $10.00 annual application fee, and shall be entitled to two delegates. BCFORUM delegates shall have the same rights as CLC Officers, Directors, and staff, that is, the right to speak but not to vote or to run for regular Officer/Executive positions with the exception of the BCFORUM Executive Member position, who is chosen by BCFORUM.
On the addition of article 3.06 the NOLC delegates M/S/C with 1 opposed, Les Milton ATU opposed.

2. Camp Jubilee & Silver Lake Summer Camp for Kids 2012- Plans are presently under way by Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523 and Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518, to get the entry forms and details of this contest ready by the April 6, 2011 meeting. The information will be on our website as soon as things are completed. Entry forms will be available to all of our affiliate delegate's children at our meetings in April and May or on the website. Please visit the websites of both camps for information about what they offer. www.campjubilee.ca and www.silverlakekidscamp.com

3. Thompson Okanagan Regional Conference -- May 24-26 Registrations. Applications for registration are now available on the BCFED website. www.bcfed.ca A motion was made to have the NOLC sponsor 4 delegates to attend with registration only. M/S/C 1 opposed, Debra Critchley, BCGEU opposed.

4. BC Employment Standards for the Next Decade Coalition -- invitation to join -- with much consideration by the Executive Council the decision to join was denied until further notice. M/S/C

5. Gert Beadle Award: Elizabeth Woods, BCFORUM OKANAGAN COLLEGE WOMEN'S RESOURCE CENTRE - International Women's Day Celebration honours Sharon Shepherd A motion was made to draw up a letter of thanks to the OCWRC for taking on this project and to express our support for honouring Sharon Shepherd as the recipient of the Gert Beadle Award. M/S/C

6. United Way Plane Pull Friday, May 11, 2012 -- Debra Critchley, BCGEU -- We would like unions to have a member on the NOLC team and should contact Cheryl Stone, Recording Secretary, nolc.cstone@gmail.com to register. Each spot costs $68.00.

NEW BUSINESS:

1. Petition on National Pharmacare: Elizabeth Woods, BCFORUM - Please have the enclosed petition posted regarding a National Drug Plan in you workplaces. SEIU (Service Employees International Union) Local Canada Retirees have agreed to call upon Canadian governments to show leadership and develop a public drug plan. Your petitioners request that Parliament follow the recommendations of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives economic case for universal medicare, developing and implementing legislation for universal, public Pharmacare. The information regarding this issue is included as an attachment with the "email out" minutes as well as included separately with the "mail out" minutes. PLEASE POST THE PETITION AT YOUR WORKPLACES and return to: Linda MacKenzie-Nicolas, National Coordinator, SEIU Local 1 Canada ACWCC, 200-2180 Steeles Avenue West, Concord Ontario L4K2Z5

2. Bill 22: A motion was made: "THAT, as labour in B.C. finds itself in a state similar to 2004, the North Okanagan Labour Council write a letter to BC Federation of Labour calling on the Executive Council to proceed with careful deliberations on future province-wide actions; in an effort to send a clear message to our current Provincial Government who continues its unchallenged attack on our right to fair collective bargaining. M/S/C

3. NOLC / ATU / CUPW 760 rental partnership: Brother Les Milton, President, ATU 1722 A motion was made that NOLC allocate $350.00 per month toward labour advertising, as directed by the membership of the Amalgamated Transit Union 1722. The original NOLC agreement of sharing space with ATU and CUPW has not included rent. The motion was out of order.

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT: 30 Present with 22 Delegates 7 Guests 1 BCFORUM delegate

GOOD & WELFARE: Karen Abramsen, Council of Canadians: On Sunday, April 15, 2012, 1:00 pm - The Council of Canadians (Kelowna Chapter) is hosting an event around Food Security and Labelling. Special guests will include, NDP MP Alex Atamanenko, Heidi Ostermann and Robert Dixon. The new European made film about Percy Schmeiser and his fight with Monsanto will also be shown. The event is being held at the Unitarian Church Hall (Cawston & Bertram Streets) A social and the AGM for Council of Canadians, Kelowna Chapter, will follow the event. Everyone is welcome!!

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 9:35 pm by Carole Gordon, President

Minutes respectfully submitted by Cheryl Stone, Recording Secretary, UFCW 1518

NEXT MEETING
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Vernon Village Green Hotel
Vernon, B.C.
General Meeting - 7:00 pm


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