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May 8, 2002 minutes

MINUTES - REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING, NORTH OKANAGAN LABOUR COUNCIL AT VERNON

AFFILIATES PRESENT

David Doran Carp 1346

Terry Sawiuk Carp

Judi Filion BCGEU 707

Pat Bulmer CEP 2000

Gene Beattie CEP 951

Trudy Ames BCGEU 307

Tony Heisterkamp Carp 1346

Ron Bobowski CUPW 760

Louise Turner HEU

Kathy Dunn HEU

Steve Malerby TWU 6

Mary Malerby BCNU

David Mitchell TWU 16

GUESTS

Bruce Harvey Free Your Vote

Monty Hughes VTA

Barry Dorval VTA

REGRETS

Cathy Seagris BCGEU 607

Gordie Larkin CLC


CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order by President David Doran at 7:30 p.m.

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

M/S/C to adopt agenda of May 8, 2002


GUEST SPEAKERS

Bruce Harvey - Free Your Vote (the campaign to bring proportional representation to B.C.)

After the presentation, delegates agreed to have Adriane Carr, head of the Free Your Vote campaign, speak at the June meeting. She will speak for about 10 minutes. A short Q&A will follow. She and Bruce Harvey will be invited to stay for the social afterward at which time they can answer more questions.


ADOPTION OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTES

M/S/C to adopt the minutes of April 10, 2002.

CREDENTIALS REPORT

16 present with 13 delegates and 3 guests

OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATES

none

FINANCIAL REPORT

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

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE

no action correspondence this month


REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT

Laura-Mae Sweet, UFCW 1518 (report from April received late):
- Held rallies in Summerland and Kelowna
- Rally coming up for Vernon will forward date
- Layoffs have come to members in Vernon (24)
- Privatization is a great threat for our health care members
- We Care has picked up the social services contract
- We Care in Kelowna has unionized and CLAC is their union of choice.

Ron Bobowski, CUPW 760, Kelowna:
CUPW held a national convention in Ottawa in April. Jean-Claude Parrot, vice-president of the CLC and past president of CUPW gave a farewell speech. For the first time, CUPW has elected a sister, Deborah Bourque, national president. Some problems with the Integrated Mail Delivery Project have been addressed. This has resulted in the creation of two FT and five PT positions for the duration of the project.

Sister Angelee Skywork is retiring at the end of May. CUPW and the NOLC wish her well in retirement and thank her for her years of union participation.

Mary Malerby, BCNU: BCNU is launching a campaign with the Canadian Health Coalition: National Save Medicare Day. We will be requesting all union members to take a post card, fill it out and send it to our prime minister. The campaign will run for the next three weeks. There have been announcements that the Vernon area alone will lose 220 long-term care beds within the next two years.

Judi Filion, BCGEU: The BCGEU constitutional convention is being held May 31-June 2 at the Bayshore, Vancouver. A rally is planned during the lunch hour on May 31. The OUC support staff collective agreement expires June 30. A provincial table bargaining conference was held in Richmond May 3-4 with BCGEU and CUPE bargaining committees representing 13 colleges and institutes throughout B.C.

Headline/Check Your Head Theatre group presentation at the OUC North campus on May 26 at 1 p.m. in the Arts Building.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Golf and softball tournaments: Both have been cancelled this year due to the lack of people available to organize them.


NEW BUSINESS

Coalition donations - M/S/C that the NOLC donate $250 to the Okanagan People's Coalition in Kelowna and $250 to the CARES coalition in Vernon. Ron Bobowski opposed.


FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT

15 total, 13 delegates, 2 guests

ADJOURNMENT

Meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, acting recording secretary.



The next meeting will be Wednesday, June 5, 7:30 p.m., at the BCGEU office, 1591 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna. Social to follow.


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