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November 3, 2004 minutes

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

AFFILIATES PRESENT

Trudy Ames BCGEU

Ron Bobowski CUPW 760

Glenn Nowag UNITE HERE!

Kathy Dunn HEU

Louise Schwingenschloegl HEU

Pat Bulmer CEP 2000

David Doran Carpenters

Karen Abramsen BC Forum

Bill Zeman CUPE 3523

Dolores Birnie VTA

GUESTS

Gord Larkin CLC

Don Main Carpenters

Linda Yule United Way

Jay Hack United Way

Rob Clift Coalition for Public Education

Ann Forest BC Fed


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 3, 2004


GUEST SPEAKERS

Rob Clift - Coalition for Public Education - talked about the Opening Doors for Every Student campaign, which aims to lobby the government to do more to eliminate barriers to education. Too many kids are still dropping out and not graduating high school. High tuition rates and lack of spaces are among the barriers preventing many who want post-secondary education from getting it. The government is still not giving kids enough resources to succeed.

Jay Hack, Linda Yule - North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap United Way - said they hope to build a relationship with labour, as other United Ways have, in the North Okanagan. Payroll deduction is a big part of the current campaign.

Ann Forrest - BC Federation of Labour political action campaign is a non-partisan campaign designed to give labour a voice and raise labour's issues in the upcoming provincial campaign.


ADOPTION OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTES

M/S/C to adopt the minutes of October 6, 2004

CREDENTIALS REPORT

16 present with 10 delegates and 6 guests

OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATES

none

FINANCIAL REPORT

M/S/C to adopt financial report, amending cheque 1670 under expenses, which had said "T. Ames Wknd School." Trudy Ames advises that the cheque wasn't for the weekend school.

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE

a) Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives seeking donation to its National Research Fund. - Donate $25

b) CLC Pacific Region Winter School brochure. Deadline to register is Dec. 17. Debra Mills scholarship applications for CLC winter school are now available. Donna Sheaves Memorial scholarship for the women in leadership course is also accepting applications. - Receive and file

c) Pacific Northwest Labour History Association would like us to join. (Organizational membership $200) - Receive and file

d) Amnesty International Christmas cards - Donate $30

e) BC Federation of Labour President Jim Sinclair urges financial donations to the HEU. - Donate $50

M/S/C to accept Executive Board report


REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT

Trudy Ames - BCGEU - M2M campaign is well underway. We're in Phase 2, which is face to face contact with the members. We will be encouraging members in discussions about politics and asking them to get involved in the month of November (Municipal elections are November, 2005).

Pat Bulmer - CEP 2000 - The union at the Kelowna Daily Courier is gearing up for bargaining. We have put out questionnaires to members and the bargaining committee is now formulating proposals. As agreed to during the last contract rollover about 18 months ago, negotiations are to start in January. Our two-year rollover agreement expires in June.
Bulmer also reported that Kevin Hagglund had made his candidacy for the Kelowna-Mission NDP nomination official and put out a news release to the local media.

Karen Abramsen
Council of Canadians - Public forum on Aboriginal Perspectives on Canada-U.S. Relations - Saturday, Dec. 4, Kelowna Public Library meeting room, 1380 Ellis Street. Presentations welcome, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The council is launching a 10-city series called Crossing The Line: A Citizen's Inquiry on Canada-US Relations, seeking to raise awareness of the corporate lobby's push for more economic and social integration with the US. We want to hear what you have to say about the consequences of free trade and "deeper economic integration" with the U.S. on First Nations, Metis and Inuit Peoples. Presentations will be made to a panel of commissioners, including Maude Barlow and Waneek Horn-Miller. If you would like to make a presentation, contact Ariel Troster at atroster@canadians.org, or 1-800-387-7177, ext. 296 for more information. An evening forum will take place that night at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, Mary Irwin Theatre, 431 Cawston, Kelowna - 7-10 p.m. Maude Barlow will be speaking. For more details, visit www.canadians.org.
Kelowna-Mission NDP - It's official. There are two candidates who have officially filed their papers to seek the nomination in Kelowna Mission. They are Kevin Hagglund (CEP) and Nicki Hokazono (COTA). The official nomination date will be Feb. 12. To be able to vote you need to be a party member by Nov. 12.

Gord Larkin - CLC - Countrywide lobby of MPs on issues - EI program, child care, pensions. Asking this labour council to set up meetings with the two MPs (Darrel Stinson, Werner Schmidt) in our jurisdiction.
Surrey-Panorama byelection - A smashing victory for the NDP. A resounding defeat for the Liberals. The beginning of the end for Adriane Carr.
Urge this council to work with the B.C. Fed on their pre-election campaign.
Nurses-HEU have resolved their issue.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

a) BC Union Label Trades Council convention call notice - Sunday, Nov. 28, 10:30- a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Chateau Granville hotel in Vancouver. $50 per delegate. Kathy Dunn and David Porteous have been registered.

b) United Way Labour Participation Dept. Union Counsellors breakfast will be held at the B.C. Federation of Labour Convention, Nov. 30, 7:30 a.m. Cost: $15. Registration deadline: Nov. 17. - As per past practice, we will pay for any NOLC delegates who wish to attend. Seven expressed interest - Glenn Nowag, Trudy Ames, Kathy Dunn, Louise Schwingenschloegl, David Porteous, Kathy Zimmer and Ron Bobowski.

c) Re-open nominations for BC Federation of Labour convention (Nov. 29-Dec. 3). NOLC is eligible for three delegates. The first will go will go with registration, mileage, per diem and hotel paid for. We will pay registration, per diem and hotel for the second and registration and per diem for third delegate. Kathy Dunn will be the first delegate, Jeff Carsience the second and David Porteous the third.

d) Need volunteer to attend Vernon Remembrance Day ceremony. Kathy Dunn, Louise Schwingenschloegl volunteered. (Pat Munro previously agreed to attend the Kelowna ceremony.)


NEW BUSINESS

a) EI/Childcare lobby of MP's (Gord Larkin) - NOLC is arranging meetings to lobby MPs Darrel Stinson and Werner Schmidt.

b) Southern Interior delegate to BC Fed executive. The six southern Interior delegates essentially will get to choose one delegate among them. M/S/C to endorse Judi Filion for the position. (Sister Filion later withdrew because of the uncertainty about her ability to attend the B.C. Federation of Labour convention. In a conference call, the six labour councils agreed on Brother Doug Singer of the East Kootenay Labour council as the nominee.)

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT

14 total with 10 delegates and 4 guests

ADJOURNMENT

Meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary.



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