February 5, 2015
Returning president outlines goals
Growing already successful community programs and engaging with younger workers top the to-do list for the returning North Okanagan Labour Council president.
Andrew Pritchard, a member with UNITEHERE local 40 and Coast Capri Hotel employee, was elected to his third term as labour council president in Kelowna on Wednesday.
Pritchard said the council will again host an April 28 Day of Mourning ceremony in Ben Lee Park. For the past several years, the council has worked with WorkSafeBC to put on a local event. The annual Day of Mourning is held to recognize workers who have been killed or injured on the job.
The council's first Labour Day picnic last year at Bertram Creek Park was considered such a success, they'll do it again this year, Pritchard said.
The council also financially supports the Protein for People campaign, which sees B.C. salmon purchased for local food banks.
"Engaging young people is one of the many goals we should be tasked with," added Pritchard.
"The use of modern tools communication tools like Twitter and Facebook are great assets for the union movement . Health benefits and a living wage for young families is so important.
"Benefits like these have historical never been given freely, but always had to be asked for."
Also elected to the executive were:
President - Andrew Pritchard, Unite Here Local 40
Secretary Treasurer - Ron Bobowski, CUPW
Recording Secretary - Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518
Vice President - Nikki Inouye, HEU
Vice President - Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523
Vice President - Carmen Belanger, BCGEU
Northern Delegate - Wynn Hartfelder, BCGEU
Central Delegate - Helen Repole, BCGEU
Sergeant at Arms - Karen Abramsen, UFCW 1518
Trustees - Louise Gibson, COPE 378; Laureen Freayh, HEU; Greg McGowan - CUPE 873
BCFORUM delegates - Greg McGowan/Doug Gibson
The NOLC is the umbrella group for labour unions in the Central and North Okanagan. It holds general membership meetings monthly.