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November 6, 2002 minutes

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


AFFILIATES PRESENT

Steve Malerby TWU 6

Tony Heisterkamp Carp 1346

Judi Filion BCGEU 707

Pat Bulmer CEP 2000

Trudy Ames BCGEU 307

Ron Bobowski CUPW 760

Kathy Dunn HEU

Betty Reid BCGEU 507 Louise Turner HEU

Scott Koch BCGEU

Mary Malerby BCNU

Tracie Connor HEU

GUESTS

Debra Critchley Vernon Women's Centre

Carl Grant IWA

Cheryl Stone UFCW 1518

Janis Christofferson United Way

Dennis Nogue HEU

Don Main Carp

Gordie Larkin CLC

REGRETS

Cathy Seagris BCGEU 607

David Doran Carp 1346

David Mitchell TWU 16


CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order by Acting President Judi Filion at 7:30 p.m.

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

M/S/C to adopt agenda of November 6, 2002


GUEST SPEAKERS

Janis Christofferson - executive director - United Way of North Okanagan, Columbia, Shuswap. Essentially introducing herself and the United Way in the North Okanagan to us.

Cheryl Stone - UFCW 1518 (Safeway) - candidate for Kelowna city council. A 25-year UFCW member, 27-year Kelowna resident and single parent, Stone said she represents the working class in Kelowna. Issues that concern her: Poverty, seniors and disabled issues, traffic and the bridge, lack of dog parks, protecting union jobs and keeping Wal-Mart out.


ADOPTION OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTES

M/S/C to adopt the minutes of October 9, 2002 with amendment adding that Vernon council candidate Lily Kerr received the NOLC's endorsement.

CREDENTIALS REPORT

18 present with 12 delegates and 6 guests

OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATES

none

FINANCIAL REPORT

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

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE

a) BC Union Label Trades Council request we pay our per capita fee (Medium-size labour council - $30) - We will pay it.

b) BC Fed seeking applications for Debra Mills Scholarship to the CLC Winter School - Receive and note

c) United Way Journey Forward donation request - Table to December meeting.

d) Amnesty International's annual Christmas card donation request - Send $30.

e) BC Union Label Trades Council convention call - 10 a.m. Nov. 24 - Chateau Granville. Receive and file.

f) Kelowna-area NDP constituencies hosting a fundraising dinner Dec. 14 with MLA Jenny Kwan. They'd like the NOLC to buy at least 2 tickets at $100 apiece. Inform Karen Abramsen of the NDP we are unable to buy tickets this year.

M/S/C/ to adopt correspondence as recommended.

g) M/S/C to pay $100 registration fee to the B.C. Federation of Labour convention for Sister Trudy Ames. We won't cover any further expenses for our second delegate.


REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT

Betty Reid, BCGEU 507 (Liquor Stores): A campaign is underway to stop the closure of your liquor store. With the change to the liquor laws in this province, there could soon be liquor available in all gas stations and general stores on highways just minutes outside your community. Also, if you have a bar or pub that doesnŐt have a beer and wine store (now private liquor store), they will soon have one. Liquor is a dangerous drug and needs to be a controlled product. Liquor store employees provide safe, clean, responsible sale of liquor. The revenue from government liquor store sales is returned to government to provide key services to the public. We have all noticed how easy it is for 14 year olds to get cigarettes. Do we want the same people selling liquor? We will be leafletting outside liquor stores, contacting city councils, school boards etc. Please shop at your government liquor store.

Gordie Larkin, CLC: Harrison Winter School: Course outlines have been sent out to affiliates. Delegates are asked to get their registrations in early. Labour council will be given a scholarship to attend the ranking labour council officers' seminar.
The CLC has initiated a campaign to take the issue of medicare and the future of public health care to the workplace, and also to lobby Liberal MPs. The objective is to stop the erosion of our public health care campaign. A meeting to discuss the campaign will be held Sunday, Nov. 24 at 9 a.m. to give details of the campaign.

Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000: A company request that full-time employees continue taking one unpaid day off per month as a cost-saving measure for another year was rejected. A year ago, employees at the Kelowna Daily Courier agreed to take one day off a month as part of a one-year cost-cutting package to help avoid layoffs. A couple of weeks before the expiry of that agreement, the company asked that the deal be extended another year, but provided very little information about why further cuts were needed or what other alternatives had been considered. The lack of information was a major reason Courier employees turned down the proposal with 72 per cent voting against. The company is now threatening layoffs in 30 days and accusing the union of misinforming its members on the company's plans. The union will offer to work with the company to come up with less drastic solutions.

Don Main, EI Board of Referees: On July 1/02, HRDC implemented changes to Section 56 of EI regulations. This regulator change will mean that interest will be charged on new or existing debt resulting from intentional misrepresentation. EI claimants, employers or third parties who have knowingly abused the EI program and, as a result, have an outstanding debt arising from intentional misrepresentation only, will be charged interest on that debt. No interest will be charged on debt that arises from Commission and/or claimant errors in benefit payments. The purpose of charging interest is to encourage debtors to repay debts owing to the Crown more quickly. The rate of interest is the Bank of Canada average rate plus 3 per cent calculated daily and compounded monthly, starting July 1, 2002.
HRDC announced on July 22 the implementation of an EI initiative. The EI regulations have been modified so that apprentices in approved training programs who apply for EI benefits will be subject to only one waiting period. The amended regulations took effect July 21. In recognition of the fact that an apprenticeship program is a single, continuous course of study, stretching over a number of years, the modifications will allow apprentices in approved training programs to serve only one two-week waiting period within the same apprenticeship program. As of July 21, apprentices will need to serve the two-week waiting period once, no matter where they are in their apprenticeship program. Any subsequent waiting periods will be waived if the claimant: is attending a course required of an apprenticeship program and to which they are referred by the commission; has stopped work to attend a course required of an apprenticeship program; and after coming into the force of the regulations, the claimant has served a waiting period in respect of a course that is required of the same apprenticeship program.

Trudy Ames, BCGEU/CARES: CARES hosted an all-candidates forum Nov. 7 and is looking at a summit for all the Interior coalitions to get on board together, spearhead some campaigns together and continue to grow each coalition. Next is the BC Hydro campaign. Anyone wishing to help out, we could use your assistance getting signatures for the class action lawsuit on Dec. 7. Contact me at 260-1877 or trudyames@telus.net if you think you might be available to help out that day.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

- 7 p.m. start times: Straw poll in favour. The intention now is to bring a notice of motion for a bylaw change to the December meeting.

Spring school - The 2003 spring school will be held March 29-30 at the North Kelowna campus of Okanagan University College. Five courses to be offered. Brochures to go out in mail soon.

NEW BUSINESS

- United Way Labour Provincial Program - Information included with minutes
- M/S/C to endorse Cheryl Stone for Kelowna council in the Nov. 16 elections
- M/S/C to distribute the HEU's $1250 donation evenly among the NOLC-endorsed municipal council candidates


GOOD AND WELFARE


- Debra Critchley said her campaign for Vernon council is going well and she's hopeful she will be elected. The Vernon Women's Centre is facing a financial crisis, as are many in B.C., has a result of budget cuts and delays.


- Carl Grant announced that a Vernon version of Hyde Park will take place Sunday afternoons at Vernon's Cenotaph park.


FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT

19 total, 12 delegates, 7 guests

ADJOURNMENT

Meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary.



The next meeting will be Wednesday, December 4, 7:30 p.m., at the BCGEU office, 1591 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna.


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