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May 5, 2004 minutes

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

AFFILIATES PRESENT

Ron Bobowski CUPW 760

Karen Abramsen BC Forum

Judi Filion BCGEU 707

David Doran Carp 1346

Jeff Carsience UBCJ 1370

Doug Kantymir UFCW 1518

Louise Turner HEU

Dolores Birnie VTA

Tony Heisterkamp Carp 1346

Gene Beattie CEP 951

David Porteous UFCW 120 B

Deb Rouire CUPE 3523

Bill Zeman CUPE 3523

Wayne Enevoldsen Carp 1346

Mary Malerby BCNU

Gord Larkin CLC

GUESTS

Tracie Mundy CEP

Alice Brown IBEW 993

Howard Brown IBEW 993

Josie Lofting HEU

Debra Critchley Vernon Women's Centre

REGRETS

Kevin Hagglund CEP 823 - M

Glenn Nowag HERE 40

Trudy Ames BCGEU 307

Pat Bulmer CEP 2000


CALL TO ORDER

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

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

M/S/C to adopt agenda of May 5, 2004


GUEST SPEAKERS

Alice Brown, NDP candidate for North Okanagan-Shuswap, spoke about the need to have "balance" in Ottawa - environmental, economics, arts and culture, and health. Alice is an IBEW member/electrician for 26 years.


ADOPTION OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTES

M/S/C to adopt the minutes of April 7, 2004.

CREDENTIALS REPORT

18 present with 15 delegates and 3 guests

OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATES

Dolores Birnie, Vernon Teachers' Association, and Wayne Enevoldsen, Carpenters 1346, were sworn in as new delegates.

FINANCIAL REPORT

M/S/C to adopt financial report as circulated. Also it was noted that there is a proposal the OUC handbook will be in a "divider" format this year. This was raised because we have traditionally bought an ad to appear in the handbook.

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE

a) United Way Labour Participation Dept. recognized Jeff Carsience for his completion of the Unions in the Community Course at the CLC Harrison Winter School.

b) United Way of Central and South Okanagan Similkameen asks if we'd like to be included on their Honour Roll for our $1,000 donation in 2003. Yes we would.

M/S/C to approve executive board report.


REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT

HEU Vernon - On behalf of the HEU Vernon Local, thank you so very much to all the unions sisters and brothers who supported us in our political protest. We collectively achieved solidarity such as we haven't seen for a long time. We know now we have the power and hopefully will channel it into getting rid of the real source of our problems - the Campbell Liberals.

David Porteous, United Way rep - The North Okanagan Labour Council now has 2 representatives on the Central/South Okanagan and Similkameen United Way. Both Liz Woods and David Porteous have been appointed as directors. Both Liz and Dave believe labour must play a greater role in the United Way as well as make sure organized labour gets well-deserved recognition.

Bill Zeman, CUPE 3523 - Food bank drive for International Labour Day, May Day, May 1. Percy Cavanaugh went around the Valley promoting Democracy Day and May Day. We helped move the food bank in Kelowna. Our local donated about $20,000 worth of furniture and shelving to the Kelowna Food Bank. Local 3523 members spent hours over the weekend making up protest signs and joining HEU members on the picket lines. Members of our executive worked up to 12 hours on Sunday phoning over 1,100 CUPE members to let them know that we were supporting HEU in a walkout on Monday, May 3, and then calling them back to let them know that we were standing down to avoid jeopardizing a tentative agreement HEU had made with the employers.

Debra Critchley of the Vernon Women's Centre gave a verbal report.

Gord Larkin's CLC report sparked a vibrant discussion about the events of the last weekend. It was a great discussion from both sides of the issue.


UNFINISHED BUSINESS

a) Interior Labour Council Conference in Kamloops, June 5 - Attending will be David Doran, Judi Filion, Pat Bulmer, Jeff Carsience, Wayne Enevoldsen and Ron Bobowski.

b) Day of Mourning - Karen Abramsen and Ron Bobowski reported on the Kelowna Day of Mourning ceremony, held april 28 at the NOLC tree in Ben Lee Park.

c) Kids summer camp draw was explained by Karen Abramsen on behalf of Pat Munro. The draw for one boy and one girl to attend the Silver Lake Forestry Camp will be held at the next NOLC meeting in Kelowna.


NEW BUSINESS

a) Notice of Motion - to increase the Political Action Fund to $200.


GOOD AND WELFARE

BCGEU golf tournament, Aug. 1. Proceeds to the United Way.


FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT

21 total, 16 delegates, 5 guests

ADJOURNMENT

Meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Karen Abramsen, recording secretary.



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


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