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MAY 7, 2008 minutes

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

AFFILIATES PRESENT
Ron Bobowski, CUPW 760
Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523
Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000
Jeff Carsience, UBCJ 1370
Glenn Nowag, UNITEHERE 40
Cheryl Stone, UFCW 247
Liz Woods, BC Forum
Karen Abramsen, BC Forum
Maria Tokarchuk, HSA
Faye Saxon, BC Forum

GUESTS
Doug Gibson, BC Forum
Orion Irvine, CLC
Brenda Van Der Meer, CEP
Debbie Mann, CEP 468

CALL TO ORDER
President Glenn Nowag called the meeting to order at 7 p.m.

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
M/S/C to adopt agenda of May 7, 2008

GUEST SPEAKERS
No guest speakers

ADOPTION OF PREVIOUS MINUTES
M/S/C to adopt March minutes as presented at the meeting and now in mailout. No quorum at the April meeting in Vernon.

CREDENTIALS REPORT
12 present with 8 delegates and 4 guests

OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATES
None

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

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE
a) Vernon and District Women's Centre sends Thank you letter for our donation
b) Canadian Red Cross -- Receive and file
c) Amnesty International -- Receive and file
d) HEU sent buttons for the Day of Mourning -- Buttons distributed, received and filed
e) From the York (Toronto) Regional Labour Council; An "Action agenda for the 21st Century" - ideas for organizing and membership retention -- received and filed
f) Invitation from Dana Hayden, Minister responsible for the Forestry Roundtable, inviting Glenn Nowag to an advisory meeting in Vernon May 16 from 9-11 am. The Executive was not able to send anyone.

REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT
CEP 2000 - Pat Bulmer Contract negotiations between four CEP 2000 bargaining units and the Kelowna Daily Courier and Penticton Herald opened April 17. Proposals were exchanged and that's all so far. We're tentatively slated to go back to the table June 3rd and 4th.

CUPE 3523 - Ron Dunn - Verbal CUPE 3523 is facing cuts due to budgetary constraints of school board. Also facing cuts are Special Education services. Teachers and support staff will be getting hit by multiple retirements this year meaning less staff to do the same work.

Liz Woods - BC Forum - Verbal Liz currently sits on a committee at the City of Kelowna that looks after Women's issues and her current project is to try to make transportation better around the city. Contact her if there are concerns you want her to know about.

CUPW - Ron Bobowski - Verbal Canada Post is embarking on a new "modernizing plan and review" which includes all buildings and offices. CUPW fears more automation, less jobs. CUPW also looking at its own forecast of what the future may bring. CUPW has a new president, and the executive remains the same as in the previous term.

Orion Irvine - CLC - Verbal CLC continuing to market its Women's Equality Campaign. They have been getting lots of national coverage and there is a related event in Victoria, June 14, being hosted by the Victoria Labour Council. Also, Labour day is the launch date for several campaigns. This includes: Women's issues, Manufacturing losses. "Think Community" Forum, June 9th, CLC to host in Kelowna. Forum open to all. Same Forum in Kamloops on the 10th. - Bill 7, CLC National campaign. Boycott of Robin Hood Flour, CLC - Southern Interior Labour Council conference, Sep 12,13,14. Dinner on the same dates, (TBA) 15 dollars, anyone may attend.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS
a) Labour Community Award for United Way, unlikely to happen this year, deadline too tight.
b) Order for NOLC pins in the works.
c) Vernon NDP looking for volunteers for Labour Day Picnic, contact Rob Laumann. M/S/C for NOLC to donate $200.00 to the picnic

NEW BUSINESS
a) Camp Jubilee applications for summer camp to go out in the May minutes and mailout.Fax applications to Karen at 769-1866.
b) Community Savings Credit Union would like to open a branch in Kelowna. They are looking for potential members to justify building a branch here.
c) United Way Kickoff breakfast for fundraising campaign in September. M/S/C to purchase a table.
d) M/S/C to make a $200.00 donation to the Pearson Road Elementary school playground fund.
e) Invite Tish Lakes, new federal NDP candidate for Kelowna, to come as guest speaker at June meeting.

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT
10 delegates 4 Guests

GOOD AND WELFARE
a) NDP Caucus will be meeting in Kelowna in June.
b) 24th of May -- Kelowna NDP will be doing Community Organizing. Contact Karen Abramsen if you would like to be involved.
c) NOLC to write letter to the editor congratulating floating bridge construction workers on a job well done for being 2 months ahead of schedule and under budget.

ADJOURNMENT
The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Jeff Carsience, recording secretary.



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