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November 7, 2001 minutes

MINUTES - REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING, NORTH OKANAGAN LABOUR COUNCIL

NOVEMBER 7, 2001 AT VERNON

AFFILIATES PRESENT

Pat Bulmer CEP 2000

Cathy Seagris BCGEU 607

David Doran Carp 1346

Gord Larkin CLC

Tony Heisterkamp Carp 1346

David Mitchell TWU 16

Terry Sawiuk UBCJ 1370

Doug Kantymir UFCW 1518

Steve Connor CUPW 848

Dave Sampert Carp 1346

Scott Koch BCGEU

GUESTS

Karen Abramsen, NDP

REGRETS

Flore Langeslag, sergeant at arms

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order by Acting President David Doran at 7:40 p.m.

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

M/S/C to adopt agenda of November 7, 2001

GUEST SPEAKERS

None

ADOPTION OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTES

M/S/C to adopt the minutes of October 10, 2001 as mailed out and circulated

CREDENTIALS REPORT

14 present with 13 delegates and 1 guest

OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATES

None

FINANCIAL REPORT

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

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE

B.C. Federation of Labour news release and petition re: Pharmacare cuts - receive and note

IAM calls for task force in wake of Western Star plant closure announcement - NOLC to write letters to local MLAs, MP and senator expressing our outrage at their "callous disregard" and lack of effort in attempting to save the Kelowna plant.

Amnesty International Christmas cards with request for donation - NOLC to send $30

NDP dinner request: Kelowna-area constituencies requested that the NOLC buy two tickets at $100 each to a Dec. 9 dinner with leader Joy MacPhail. NOLC will do that and also donate $100 to the Vernon constituency association.

M/S/C to approve executive board report

REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT

David Mitchell, TWU 16: Telus is playing hardball. We have been in bargaining for one year with no progress. The company wants a management rights collective agreement with no rights for members. Discipline has increased with strongly worded letters of discipline placed in employees files threatening terminations or suspensions for minor offences. The company announced the closure of the RPM centre in Kelowna, effective Dec. 9, 2001, affecting eight clerical workers in Kelowna with the work moving to Calgary. We are in for a long, hard battle.

Scott Koch, BCGEU: The BCGEU and other unions are under attack by the Campbell government. The social fabric of our communities will be devastated by the Liberals' attack on government services, social services, education, health care and others. The impact on local economies will be huge. We are looking forward to developing coalitions with community groups. To date, we have made presentations to the committees on pre-budget consultation, health and education. We thank the NOLC for their assistance and involvement to date ... and more than future! In the future, we will be contacting MLAs, civic governments and chambers of commerce.

Judi Filion, BCGEU 707: OUC support staff are holding elections Dec. 13 for their bargaining committee. Bargaining will begin early 2002. (Contract expires June 30, 2002). I will be making a submission to the government's select standing committee on education.

Gord Larkin, CLC: EI campaign - Keeping the pressure on federal MPs for a better deal for workers from the EI funds they pay for. We are lobbying MPs on the matter. - Nov. 3 is the International Day of Disabled Persons. We are asking delegates to distribute the CLC material at the workplace and raise the issue of workplace rights for the disabled. - Sweatshop Alert campaign continues. With Christmas coming, please check the label and buy Canadian, buy union.

Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000: To avoid layoffs at the Daily Courier, full-time employees at the paper have agreed to take 12 unpaid days off a year to help the company cut costs. Some editorial employees have also agreed to reduced work weeks and four people in the building have volunteered for buyouts. Still, there will be one forced layoff in our composing room, plus layoffs in Penticton and part-timers will be laid off or at least have their hours cut significantly - although these moves haven't happened yet.

The North Okanagan Labour Council web page is moving. The new address is: www.myidealspace.com/nolc.

Cathy Seagris, BCGEU 607: Core review/budgetary process - 35% cutbacks looming. Cutbacks in jobs and services - primarily support services, preventative; also supports, direct and indirect. Component campaign on workplace health: refocusing issue of workload to staffing crises; calls for no more free OT; places onus of problem on ER, not members; change of mindset - won't happen overnight; universal strategy - can be used in all occupations.

Vernon Professional Firefighters Association: The new Vernon firefighters 1417 executive is: President Bob Brett; executive vice-president Kim Bolton; vice-president Keith Green; secretary-treasurer Brent Bond.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

Union counsellors' breakfast meeting, Nov. 27 at the Westin Bayshore: M/S/C to send David Doran, Judi Filion, Steve Malerby, who will be there attending BC Fed convention.

Spring school course selection: Judi Filion and Cathy Seagris have selected 10 courses to be offered at the spring school. Registration forms and complete school details should be available in December. NOLC will invite BCGEU president George Heyman to be a guest speaker.

Maquila Solidarity Network renewal notice: M/S/C to make a $50 donation

NEW BUSINESS

Invitation to attend WCB forum at Coast Capri Hotel in Kelowna: Information item

Remembrance Day: Tony Heisterkamp will lay wreath on behalf of NOLC at Vernon ceremony and Judi Filion at Kelowna ceremony. M/S/C to buy a wreath for each ceremony at $25 each.

Capital News: The Kelowna newspaper has invited President David Doran to respond to questions they will pose about current labour issues about once a month.

Training wage: Acting President Doran suggests the NOLC may want to consider using its annual CLC grant to produce log books, similar to those of the carpenters' union, to give to students who could use them to keep tabs of their hours worked under the Liberals' new $6 training wage. Just an idea for now.

Vernon NDP fundraiser: MLA Jenny Kwan coming to Vernon Nov. 9 for a fundraiser. Information item only.

More on training wage: M/S/C that the NOLC write to Premier Gordon Campbell expressing its opposition to the new $6 per hour training wage.

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT

14 total, 13 delegates, 1 guest

ADJOURNMENT

Meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, acting recording secretary.

The next meeting will be Wednesday, December 5, 7:30 p.m., followed by our Christmas social, at the BCGEU office, 1591 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna.


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