CALL TO ORDER
ADOPTION OF THE AGENDAM/S/C to adopt agenda of November 9, 2005
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.
REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORTDon 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.
GOOD & WELFAREVernon Women's Centre presents a forum on poverty, Nov. 29, 7 p.m. at the Schubert Centre
ADJOURNMENTThe meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary.