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May 10, 2006 minutes

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

AFFILIATES PRESENT
Ron Bobowski, CUPW 760
Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000
Jeff Carsience, UBCJ 1370
Louise Schwingenschloegl, HEU Vernon
Brad Dunlop, Steel 1-423
Kris Bothe, UBCJ 1370
Liz Woods, BC Forum
Carole Kenzie, HEU Kelowna


GUESTS
Gord Larkin, CLC
Linda Yule, United Way
Don Main, Carp
Linda Thiel, HEU Kelowna
Howard Brown, IBEW
Alice Brown, IBEW


REGRETS
Karen Abramsen, BC Forum
Glenn Nowag, UNITE HERE!
Cheryl Stone, UFCW
David Porteous, UFCW
Kathy Dunn, HEU


CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order by President Brad Dunlop at 7:10 p.m.

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
M/S/C to adopt agenda of May 10, 2006

GUEST SPEAKERS
Linda Yule, executive director United Way of North Okanagan-Columbia-Shuswap, told us she would like to have a labour representative selected by the labour council to sit on the United Way board. Trudy Ames had held that position, but isn't available.

ADOPTION OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTES
M/S/C to adopt minutes of April 5, 2006.

OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATES
none

CREDENTIALS REPORT
12 present with 8 delegates and 4 guests

FINANCIAL REPORT
M/S/C to adopt financial report as circulated.

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE
a) Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives donation request -- M/S/C to donate $100.

b) Vancouver and District Labour Council asking for our support of their World Peace Forum in June -- M/S/C to endorse and publicize the forum.

c) NDP national convention will be in Quebec City Sept. 8-10. If anyone wants to attend, we can pay the registration.

d) BC Federation of Labour Discussion paper: Constitution and Structure Review: Unions Together in the 21st Century. Deadline for submissions is May 26 -- Receive and file.


REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT

Don Main -- EI report -- Re: arbitrations that result or resulted in termination.
If the settlement for dismissal is for:
1. giving up the right to recall; or
2. mental anguish; or
3. pain and suffering; or
4. any reason except for loss of wages, pension or RRSP
And the settlement document states what the award is for (ie: as stated above), then your member should be eligible for benefits immediately (if they otherwise qualify) without writing off the settlement amount. Because of the time it takes to complete some arbitrations, we are seeing EI overpayments of $8,000-$10,000 only because the settlement document did not state the reason for the settlement. The total settlement is considered earnings. It takes the bloom off your winning settlement when the overpayment has to be paid back.

Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000 -- CEP members at four certifications with the Prince George energy-based Local 1997 have voted to join CEP Local 2000, the Media Union of B.C. Members from the Prince George Citizen, 100 Mile House Free Press, Prince George This Week and Speedee Printing Solutions are now members of our local and will join our Interior Council. This adds some 160 members to our local. As our local represents most unionized newspaper workers in B.C., this is a move we have long felt would be a good fit.

Brad Dunlop gave a verbal report about the Steelworks annual district meeting coming up.

Ron Bobowski gave a verbal report about the NOLC's efforts to lease office space in Kelowna with CUPW and the ATU from the Brewery Workers. CUPW and ATU will pay the rent; NOLC will be responsible for the scheduling.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

a) Summer camp draw. Draw to take place at June meeting in Kelowna to send one teen to Camp Jubilee and one younger boy and girl to Silver Lake camp. Entry forms to be included in minutes. Also available at members.shaw.ca/nolc

b) Day of Mourning report -- President Brad Dunlop gave a report on the Day of Mourning ceremony held April 28 near the spot where flagger Theresa Newman was killed in Kelowna. All her co-workers showed up, as did Mayor Sharon Shepherd and MP Ron Cannan. Brad said he learned that flaggers work under Ministry of Transportation regulations, which, despite many advances in safety technology, haven't been updated in seven years.

c) MP Lobby -- The NOLC has a meeting scheduled May 24 with Kelowna MP Ron Cannan. The CLC's MPs lobby is focusing on the child-care, health-care, and federal anti-scab legislation (likely to be introduced in June and voted on in October). The Columbia-Shuswap Labour Council will meet with North Okanagan MP Colin Mayes.

d) Ethical Purchasing Policy -- also known as no-sweat policy -- The CLC is urging labour councils to get involved in urging municipalities to adopt guidelines against using sweatshop-manufactured products (uniforms as an example). President Brad Dunlop reported that raised this issue in a recent meeting with Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd and she asked him to provide her with more information.

e) Southern Interior Labour Councils meeting May 27. It's open to any NOLC member. Just let us know if you're coming. It's at 10 a.m. at the Coast Capri Hotel, 7th floor.

NEW BUSINESS

a) Board of referees appointments. Three three-year terms available. We will check if current appointees, Don Main, Karen Abramsen and Faye Saxon, wish to be reappointed, then bring the information back to June meeting.

b) North Okanagan United Way board appointment -- We will try to find out whether Trudy Ames wishes to continue as the NOLC-chosen labour rep on the board. If not, who else is interested? The board meets once a month.

c) CLC grant -- M/S/C to apply for the $2,000 CLC grant for smaller labour councils.

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT
14 total with 8 delegates and 6 guests

ADJOURNMENT
The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary.



The next meeting will be Wednesday, June 7, 2006, 7 p.m., at the Coast Capri Hotel, Kelowna

B.C. Federation of Labour President Jim Sinclair and Susan Steen, new executive director of the Central and South Okanagan/Similkameen United Way, are scheduled to be the guest speakers.


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