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November 9, 2005 minutes

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

AFFILIATES PRESENT
Carol Kenzie HEU
Kris Bothe Carp 1370
David Doran Carp 1346
Karen Abramsen BC Forum
Pat Bulmer CEP 2000
Glenn Nowag UNITE HERE!
Kathy Dunn HEU
Louse Schwingenschloegl HEU


GUESTS
Rick Barnes CLC/BC Fed/UFCW
Don Main Carp
Debra Critchley Vernon Women's Centre
Michael Pierce Vernon council candidate

REGRETS
Dave Porteous UFCW 120
Trudy Ames BCGEU 307
Ron Bobowski CUPW 760
Gord Larkin CLC
Liz Woods BC Forum


CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order by President David Doran at 7:00 p.m.

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

M/S/C to adopt agenda of November 9, 2005

GUEST SPEAKERS

Michael Pierce, one of four NOLC-endorsed candidates for Vernon council, spoke. He told us about his labour background in Manitoba, commented on Vernon's right-wing, business-dominated council and said a key to getting the four progressive candidates elected is to get people who usually don't vote to come out to the polls.

ADOPTION OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTES

M/S/C to adopt minutes of October 5, 2005.

CREDENTIALS REPORT

12 present with 8 delegates and 4 guests

OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATES

No new delegates to swear in.

FINANCIAL REPORT

M/S/C to adopt financial report for November as circulated.

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE

a) Amnesty International Christmas cards -- M/S/C to donate $30
b) Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives request for donation to its National Research Fund. M/S/C to donate $25.
c) Applications now being accepted for CLC Pacific Region Winter School scholarships: Debra Mills scholarship for people with disabilities; Donna Sheaves Memorial Scholarship for a union woman to attend Women in Leadership course, Jan. 22-27. If anyone wishes to apply for either scholarship, let someone on the executive know.
d) Our Times magazine needs financial support beyond the recent subscription renewal we did. Receive and file.
e) CUPW petition to House of Commons calling on Canada Post to maintain, expand and improve its network of public post offices (as the corp. seems to be going in the opposite direction at the moment). Petition passed around at meeting.

REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT

Don Main, EI Board of Referees, Re: stress-related appeals -- Claimants are not doing any prior action before leaving (quitting) their jobs. If one expects to collect EI benefits, you must try to alleviate pressures at work by talking to a supervisor (or boss) to see what duties can be adjusted. People also must see a doctor and get a note stating they "must" leave the job as it is affecting their health. If in doubt, phone or drop in to Service Canada and ask questions.

Karen Abramsen, NDP -- Community presentations to Carole James take place Monday, Dec. 12, noon-3 p.m. at the Coast Capri Hotel. The Kelowna-Mission and Kelowna-Lake Country constituencies are inviting individuals to make presentations on how the policies and cuts of the B.C. Liberal government have hurt and impacted them. Topic areas could include health care, education, environment, social programs, transportation and the economy. Please contact Karen Abramsen at (250) 769-1977 if you, your colleagues or family or friends would like to make a presentation.
Christmas dinner with Carole James, Monday, Dec. 12 at Bunches Bistro, 1889 Springfield Rd., Kelowna. Doors open 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. Cost $100 (tax receipt for $75). Call Karen Abramsen at 769-1977. This is our major fundraiser and we need to pay off our provincial election debt. Please help by purchasing tickets or help someone attend who can't afford it.

Debra Critchley (verbal report only) -- Thank you for endorsement and donation. (Debra is running for Vernon council). Vernon Women's Centre -- federal government is looking at restoring core funding to women's groups. Our fingers are crossed.

Rick Barnes, CLC (verbal report only) -- Municipal campaign going well in Kelowna. In both Kelowna and Vernon, donations, passing out leaflets, writing letters to editor and calling phone-in shows would all help. done.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

a) Nominations for two delegate spots to NDP convention, Nov. 25-27. Trudy Ames and Liz Woods were nominated and acclaimed.

b) Worker commissioner -- A suggestion that the NOLC write a letter re: the decision not to renew the appointment of worker commissioner Tony Wohlfarth was tabled last month. M/S/C to lift item off the table and receive and file.

NEW BUSINESS

a) M/S/C to buy two tickets at $100 apiece to NDP dinner with Carole James in Kelowna Dec. 12.
b) M/S/C to endorse Juliette Cunningham for Vernon council and donate $300 to her campaign as per past practice.
c) M/S/C to donate up to $150 each to the Vernon Teachers' Association and Central Okanagan Teachers' Association for socials to top up donation from the B.C. Federation of Labour.

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT

12 total with 8 delegates and 4 guests

GOOD & WELFARE

Vernon Women's Centre presents a forum on poverty, Nov. 29, 7 p.m. at the Schubert Centre

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary.



NEXT MEETING:
Meeting and social: Wednesday, December 7, 2005, 7 p.m., at Coast Capri Hotel, Kelowna.


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