March 5, 2014 minutes
MINUTES - MONTHLY MEETING, NORTH OKANAGAN LABOUR COUNCIL AT KELOWNA
AFFILIATES PRESENT: Ron Bobowski, CUPW, Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518, Andrew Pritchard, Unite Here, Louise Gibson, COPE 378,
Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523, Karen Abramsen, UFCW 1518, Susan Bauhart, COTA, Mike Porteous, UFCW 1518, Dave Porteous, UFCW 1518, Carmen Belanger, HEU, Greg McGowan, CUPE 873, Ian Gordon, CUPE 3523, Wendy Mah, BCGEU, Shane Curveon, ATU, Wynn Hartfelder, BCGEU, Ken Robinson, HEU, Carole Gordon, COTA, Mathew Davies, HEU
REGRETS: Laureen Freayh, HEU Nikki Inouye, HEU Vernon, Helen Repole, BCGEU, Doug Gibson, BCFORUM
GUESTS: Wes Kmet, BCFORUM, Ron Stipp, CLC, Vivian Kneller, HEU, Pam Durham, CUPW
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: Dave Porteous -- Working Enterprises Consulting & Benefits. Topic - Pharmacy costs
ADOPTION OF PREVIOUS MINUTES: M/S/C
CREDENTIALS REPORT: 21 Present with 17 Delegates 4 Guests 0 BCFORUM delegate
OBLIGATIONS OF NEW DELEGATES: Pam Durham, CUPW and Vivian Kneller, HEU were sworn in as delegates to this Council.
FINANCIAL REPORT: report given by Ron Bobowski, Secretary Treasurer to adopt financial report as circulated. M/S/C
EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE
REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS -- STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS -- CLC REPORT:
REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS:
STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:
CLC Report -- Ron Stipp
The together FAIRNESS WORKS project is receiving a great deal of affiliate buy-in. The next phase of training for the project, "Member Engager Training" is being rolled out now. The training is intended for members who will go out and engage with members of their local. We are pleased to offer this training to unions. If you are interested in the training, please contact your CLC representative. We are also still offering the Leadership Seminar for unions that didn't receive it in the first round.
Dates for training:
Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown. Leaders Seminar 9:00 am - 12 pm. Member Engager Workshop 1:00 pm - 4 pm. Lunch is provided.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at the Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre Leaders Seminar 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Dinner is provided.
Thursday, April 3, 2014 at the Coast Capri, Kelowna Member Engager Workshop 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Dinner is provided.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the Coast Inn of the North, Prince George Member Engager Workshop 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Dinner is provided.
To register, go to https://sms.clc-ctc.ca/imis15_prod/wcm
International Women's Day 2014: Inspiring Change
International Women's Day is an occasion to reflect on the progress we have made toward achieving fairness, equality and justice for women in Canada and across the globe. It is a time to be inspired by the change we have achieved together, and to renew our resolve to continue to work hard on the unfinished business.
When workers stand together for fairness, we can be a powerful force for women's equality and positive change, at the workplace and in society. We have improved women's wages, narrowed the gender wage gap, negotiated benefits, leaves and other provisions to help women balance work and family responsibilities. We help make the workplace safer, challenge harassment and discrimination. We have helped open doors to women working in trades and technology and we build women's leadership and political participation. The change that unions have achieved is indeed inspiring.
But there is so much more change needed.
Canada's labour movement continues to push for leadership to address Canada's child care crisis, and is working hard to expand the Canada Pension Plan so everyone can retire in dignity and security.
On December 6th, 2013 the Canadian Labour Congress and Western University launched a groundbreaking national survey on the impact of domestic violence on workers and workplaces. It is the first-ever survey of its kind in Canada. Our intention is to provide made-in-Canada research that will help unions, employers, advocates and governments develop good public policy as well as negotiate workplace supports. We hope to inspire a change in the way we think about violence at home and how it reaches the work place, and find ways to make our workplaces safer.
We know the workplace is not always a safe place for women. One in ten women aged 18 to 24 reports having experienced sexual harassment at work within the previous 12 months. According to the Association of Workers' Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC), five percent of women who died at work in 2012 were killed as a result of gun violence. Half of Canadian women will experience at least one incident of physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. In Canada on any given day, over 3000 women (along with their 2500 children) are staying in an emergency shelter to escape domestic violence. These statistics are far worse for refugee and recent immigrant women, women living with a disability, indigenous women and girls, racialized women and trans women.
The Canadian Labour Congress believes that we can not end violence against women and girls without looking at the pressure that living with violence at home puts on their lives at work.
On International Women's Day, we are inviting our members and all workers to help us find ways to make workplaces safer by filling out our survey and encouraging others to do the same.
The CLC survey is online and available in English and French until June 6, 2014. All workers over the age of 15 are encouraged to complete the survey, whether or not they have personally experienced or witnessed domestic violence. The survey is completely anonymous and takes between 10 and 30 minutes to complete.
Take the survey here: http://fluidsurveys.com/s/DVatWork/
The survey will help break the silence about violence in the workplace and the impact of violence at home.
Let's work together to inspire change for women and for all workers. Acknowledge and stand up against violence in the workplace, at home and in the community.
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Canadian Labour Congress Convention
The 27th Constitutional Convention of the Canadian Labour Congress will be held from Monday, May 5 to Friday, May 9, 2014 at the Palais des Congres de Montreal, 201 avenue Viger Ouest, Montreal, QuŽbec.
Labour councils are entitled to two regular credentials and 1 youth credential.
The registration fee for each delegate is $300.00 (no fee is required for alternate delegates) and must be submitted along with the duplicate credential form (colour paper) no later than the deadline below. Labour councils should have received their credentials by now.
The deadline for receiving CREDENTIALS is April 4, 2014. More information can be found at http://www.canadianlabour.ca/convention/convention-2014
CLC Convention -- The NOLC is sponsoring two delegates to attend the CLC Convention, Andrew Pritchard, President NOLC and
Karen Abramsen, Vice President, NOLC.
Day of Mourning , 28 April -- Karen Abramsen -- Posters are attached / enclosed Please put the poster up at your workplace.
NOLC Kids summer camp contest - Jubilee and Silver Lake Entry forms are available, and included in the email and mail out as well as on the website. Please note that the draw will be held at the Wednesday June 4, 2014 NOLC meeting.
United Way Spirit Awards -- Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at the Rotary Centre from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm. If you wish to attend go to their website for a free ticket. www.unitedway
World Community Film Festival -- March 5-9, 2014 -- Wes Kmet, BCFORUM made a presentation regarding the film festival and asked if someone from the NOLC could introduce one of the films. He suggested that it would be good exposure for the Council. Andrew Pritchard, President agreed to make the presentation. A motion was made to donate $50.00 towards this event. M/S/C
FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT: 21 Present with 19 Delegates 2 Guests 0 BCFORUM delegate
GOOD & WELFARE -- National Day of Action -- There will be a rally at MP, Ron Cannan's office on March 31, 2014. A motion was made to have the NOLC support this initiative with a non-monetary sponsorship by allowing our logo to be placed on their T-shirts for the event. M/S.C
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 pm by Andrew Pritchard, President M/S/C
Minutes respectfully submitted by Cheryl Stone, Recording Secretary, UFCW 1518
April 9, 2014
Village Green Hotel, Vernon