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November 5, 2003 minutes

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


AFFILIATES PRESENT

David Doran Carp 1346

Louise Turner HEU

Jeff Carsience Carp 1370

David Porteous UFCW 120B

Gord Larkin CLC

Glenn Nowag HERE 40

Ron Bobowski CUPW 760

Pat Bulmer CEP 2000

Judi Filion BCGEU 707

Bill Zeman CUPE 3523

GUESTS

Tony Heisterkamp Carp 1346

Dolores Birnie VTA

REGRETS

Cathy Seagris BCGEU 607

Trudy Ames BCGEU 307

Karen Abramsen BC Forum

Kevin Hagglund CEP 823-M


CALL TO ORDER

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

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

M/S/C to adopt agenda of November 5, 2003


GUEST SPEAKERS

none


ADOPTION OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTES

M/S/C to adopt the minutes of October 8, 2003, amended to acknowledge that Karen Abramsen sent her regrets.

CREDENTIALS REPORT

12 present with 10 delegates and 2 guests

OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATES

none

FINANCIAL REPORT

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

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE

a) CLC winter school brochure and letter from David Rice reminding us labour council scholarships are available for CLC winter school - Referred to Gord Larkin's CLC report

b) United Way invites us to Labour Appreciation Night, Nov. 27 or 28, 2004 - Receive and file for future action

c) Steve Orcherton seeking donation to his NDP leadership campaign - Receive and file

d) Carole James seeking donation to her NDP leadership campaign - Receive and file

e) Maquila Solidarity Network asking for donation to fight off libel threat from an unnamed major Canadian company - Donation of $50

f) BCGEU petition - Keep MSP and Pharmacare programs under public control - Receive and circulate

g) BC Fed offering Workplace Ergonomics course in Kelowna, Dec. 18 - Receive and circulate

h) E-mail from Cathy Seagris: Okanagan People's Coalition and Kelowna Social Action Coalition have merged under OPC name. OPC is trying to establish a time line of upcoming events to plan action and needs more involvement - Included in minutes under delegates' reports

i) Castlegar Citizen has a new website and is selling links for $15. Citizen is in its fourth year being published by striking CEP 2000 members - We will purchase a link

M/S/C to adopt executive board report


REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT

Karen Abramsen, Board of Referees: I attended the Board of Referees training session in Vancouver the week of Oct 14-17th. It was a full session (16 people) with 80% of the attendees being Insured Persons Appointments. It was very informative and full of details. A lot of the terminology was familiar so at least I didn't have to try to get my head around that! I will also be attending a special session co-sponsored by the CLC to get some up-to-date information on jurisprudence decisions. It will be held on Sunday, Nov 23 in Vancouver. Due to by ankle operation I am waiting a bit to sit in my first hearing but I'm looking forward to it.

Cathy Seagris, Okanagan People's Coalition: The Okanagan People's Coalition and Kelowna Social Action Coalition have merged; we stayed with the name OPC as it has been established for 2 yrs & there is no sense in reinventing the wheel. Unfortunately we are experiencing the same problems as before, lack of participation, same people attending & not much getting accomplished other than bi-weekly meetings & minutes. But enough of that, the OPC is trying to establish a time line of upcoming events so we have time to plan action, ie. anniversary of Bill 29, the date of the 2 yr cut off for income assistance recipients, municipal, provincial & federal elections. We were hoping NOLC delegates could assist us in this endeavour.

Judi Filion, BCGEU 707: BCGEU held its second policy convention in Burnaby, Oct. 24-26, 2003. All 100 resolutions were dealt with. Master bargaining information meetings are currently being held around the province. Ratification voting is happening with the ballots being counted Nov. 21/03.

Bill Zeman, CUPE 3523: The local was under administration for the last year, is out of administration as of September. Elections were held in June. Bill Zeman was elected president. We will be attending NOLC meetings again.


UNFINISHED BUSINESS

a) B.C. Federation of Labour convention, reopen nominations for second delegate - Louise Turner elected as our second delegate.

b) Invitation to Union Counsellors Breakfast meeting, Nov. 25, 7:30 a.m. during BC Fed convention. M/S/C to send four delegates.

c) NDP convention (Nov. 21-23) - reopen nominations for two delegates - Liz Woods and Kathy Dunn elected - will also attend Tribute to Joy MacPhail dinner.

d) Spring School, 2004 - March 6-7 at Okanagan University College North Kelowna campus. Courses we plan to offer are Facing Management; Steward 1 (Basic); Steward 2 (Grievance Handling); Political Action - The Fundamental of Change; Leadership Training; Provincial Labour Law.


NEW BUSINESS

a) Request for $1,500 donation from Kelowna NDP federal constituency association - Tabled to December meeting

b) Request from NDP that we buy half a table (5 tickets = $375) for Dec. 7 Dinner with Svend Robinson to follow founding AGM of Kelowna federal constituency - M/S/C to buy five tickets

c) Resolution re: Mission Hill Winery:
Whereas Mission Hill Winery of Westbank, British Columbia did violate an arbitration ruling, and
Whereas approximately 55 people have been terminated without just cause
Therefore, be it resolved that the North Okanagan Labour Council support the Brewery Workers Union in all their actions against Mission Hill Winery.
Also, brewery workers business agent Chuck Puchmayr will be invited to our December meeting.

d) M/S/C that the NOLC write to federal Solicitor General Wayne Easter calling for a public inquiry into the Maher Arar affair. Arar was the Canadian deported by the United States to Syria, where he was jailed and tortured.



FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT

12 total, 10 delegates, 2 guests

ADJOURNMENT

Meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary.



The next meeting will be Wednesday, December 10, 7 p.m., at the BCGEU office, 1591 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna.


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