May 8, 2013 minutes
MINUTES - MONTHLY MEETING, NORTH OKANAGAN LABOUR COUNCIL AT KELOWNA
AFFILIATES PRESENT: Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518, Andrew Pritchard, Unite Here, Wade Ashton, IBEW 213, Wynn Hartfelder, BCGEU 307 Debra Critchley, BCGEU, Carole Gordon, COTA, Ian Gordon, CUPE 3523, Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000, Lee Mossman, CUPE 338, Ken Robinson, HEU, Jason Picklyk, IAFF, Carmen Belanger, HEU
REGRETS: Nikki Inouye, HEU Vernon, Ron Bobowski, CUPW, Sandy Thon, BCGEU 1207, Karen Abramsen, UFCW 1518, Nancy Ingersol, VTA, Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523, Louise Gibson, COPE 378, Helen Rapole, BCGEU 1207
GUESTS: Christel Dahlberg, BCGEU, Serina McIntyre, BCGEU, Wiho Papenbrock, BCGEU,
BCFORUM Delegate: Doug Gibson
CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order by Andrew Pritchard, President, at 7:04 pm
ADOPTION OF AGENDA: M/S/C
GUEST SPEAKERS: Debra Chritchley, BCGEU spoke on behalf of the NDP ridings Kelowna Mission / Kelowna Lake Country
ADOPTION OF PREVIOUS MINUTES: M/S/C
CREDENTIALS REPORT: 16 Present with 12 Delegates 3 Guests 1 BCFORUM delegate
OBLIGATIONS OF NEW DELEGATES: Serina McIntyre, BCGEU 1707 and Christel Dahlberg, BCGEU 807 were sworn in as delegates.
FINANCIAL REPORT: given by Wynn Hartfelder, BCGEU 307, for Ron Bobowski, Secretary Treasurer, M/S/C to adopt financial report as circulated.
EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE
Maquila Solidarity Network -- support renewal, tabled to the June 5, 2013 meeting
REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS -- STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS -- CLC REPORT:
REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS:
Andrew Pritchard, Unite Here, Ian Gordon, CUPE 3523. Debra Critchley, BCGEU, Christal Dahlberg, BCGEU 1707, Ken Robinson, report on the election, Jason Picklyk, IAFF, Wade Ashton, IBEW
Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523 -- CUPE 3523 voted 74% in favor of striking due to the Impasse at the provincial bargaining table. Despite having a 2 million dollar shortfall, there will be no layoffs in SD23.
Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000 -- Interior newspapers owned by Glacier in Kamloops, Prince George, Fort St. John and Dawson Creek have new four-year rollover contracts. The wage settlements are zero (for the year already past), 1%, 1.5% and 1.5%, plus a $125 signing bonus. Last contract, the Interior papers co-ordinated bargaining quite successfully. Kelowna Daily Courier negotiations have yet to begin in earnest, but we'll be expecting the same settlement. The Courier is partially owned by Glacier. CEP and CAW will have national conventions just before Labour Day and a founding convention for the new union, if it's approved at the two national conventions. Our local will elect 4-5 delegates to attend in addition to our elected officers. I'm one of 16 in the running. Pacific Newspaper Group, owner of the Sun and Province, has announced plans for massive buyouts to be followed by layoffs; worrisome news for the newspaper industry and, of course, our local.
Wiho Papenbrock, BCGEU -- 45 workers in Complex Care Health Centre Lumby voted in favour of joining BCGEU as union members.
STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:
NOLC Camp Draw -- Cheryl Stone -- This is a reminder that the final draw for the Silver Lake and Camp Jubilee camp draw is at our next NOLC meeting June 5, 2013.
Attack on Workers' Rights
It's clear that trade unions are under attack and the shots have been escalating with the recent passing of Bill C-377 and the discussion around the attacks on workers' rights. Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) affiliates have been working on a coordinated response to this growing anti- union agenda. Many affiliates have already started to do their work internally and there is much more to come on the coordinated response very soon.
This response will be about having a conversation with co-workers, neighbours, friends, and family. It will be about reintroducing the labour movement to the public. It will be about promoting the values of being a union worker; how unions stand for fairness, bring social values to the table, how we protect health and safety and human rights, and much more.
If we cannot change public opinion about what unions are, the Harper Conservatives have the public support they need to bring about changes that will attack unions.
This is an exciting campaign that is needed now more than ever. Contact your CLC representative for more information and to schedule a presentation for your local executive.
The Carol McGregor CLC Disability Rights Award
The Canadian Labour Congress is pleased to announce the inaugural recipients of the Carol McGregor CLC Disability Rights Award. This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of workers who have made an impact in their union and/or the community by promoting and defending the rights of persons with disabilities. This year, the CLC is recognizing the contribution of three exceptional people: Érik Desjardins (Teamsters Local 931), Derek Fudge (National Union of Public and General Employees), and Conni Kilfoil (Canadian Union of Public Employees).
What the Federal Budget Did to Employment Insurance
Fewer than 40% of the 1.4 million unemployed workers in Canada today are receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, a record low. The improved regular and training benefits that the Canadian Labour Congress fought for during the recession have long since expired.
Many unemployed workers have run out of EI benefits and many workers who were hit by the recession, as well as many young workers, women, and recent immigrants, have been able to find only part-time or temporary jobs, which do not provide enough hours to qualify for benefits when they become unemployed.
Changes in the 2012 and 2013 budgets are focused on a quick return to low-wage work.
To view the CLC's full analysis of the 2013 Federal Budget please visit: www.canadianlabour.ca/news-room/publications/2013-budget-analysis.
To view the video "The story on employment insurance in Canada", please visit: www.canadianlabour.ca/news-room/publications/employment-insurance-2012.
Political Action Conference -- March 22-24, 2013
This year, the CLC hosted its first-ever National Political Action Conference. The conference took place on March 22-24 at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto. The objective was to attract a large and diverse group of the labour movement's political activists and the next generation of campaigners, organizers, and leaders. The sold out conference far surpassed our expectations with over 1,400 activists in attendance! This conference served as the launching pad for our political campaigns that will frame the upcoming municipal and federal elections in 2014 and 2015. To view a video of the conference and photos from the event, please visit: www.canadianlabour.ca
Day Of Mourning -- April 28, 2013
This year, the CLC, our affiliates, federations of labour, and labour councils across the country will once again pay tribute to those who are injured or lost their lives at work. Please consult the CLC website for locations and times for Day of Mourning ceremonies across the country as well as the CLC's statement for Day of Mourning 2013. Thanks to all of the labour councils in the province who continue to put on successful Day of Mourning events each year.
United Way Kick-off Breakfast -- A discussion was held to have a table at both the Kelowna and West Kelowna breakfasts. Any
delegates who wish to attend should email Cheryl Stone, Recording Secretary, or mention this at the September 4, 2013 meeting.
NOLC last meeting before summer after meeting social -- there will be an after meeting social at the June 5, 2013 meeting. Please join us for an appie and a beverage. The NOLC doesn't hold meetings in July and August.
FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT: 17 Present with 15 Delegates 1 Guests 1 BCFORUM delegate
GOOD & WELFARE
Doug Gibson, BCFORUM -- Spoke on Electrical Workers certification plans threatening safety -- a broad coalition of electrical workers, inspectors and educators is calling on the Provincial government to kill an initiative to have semi-skilled electricians certified in B.C. saying the move will jeopardize public safety.
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 7:55 pm by President Andrew Pritchard. M/S/C
Minutes respectfully submitted by Cheryl Stone, Recording Secretary, UFCW 1518
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
1091 Gordon Drive, Kelowna
After meeting social
Please stay after the meeting and enjoy appetisers and a beverage hosted by your NOLC