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NOVEMBER 4, 2009 minutes

MINUTES - MONTHLY MEETING, NORTH OKANAGAN LABOUR COUNCIL AT KELOWNA

AFFILIATES PRESENT
Glenn Nowag - UFCW 120, Ron Bobowski - CUPW 760, Cheryl Stone - UFCW 1518, Shane Curveon, ATU 1722, Lynda Zorn, BC Forum, Shawna Rand, HEU Vernon, Karen Abramson, UFCW 120B, Dave Porteous, UFCW 120B, Dave Porteous, UFCW 1518, Orion Irvine, CLC, Maria Todarchuk, HSA, Mike Lucas, TWU, Jeff Carsience, UBCJA 1370, Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523, Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000

REGRETS
Boyd Sommerfeld, HEU Delegate, Nikki Inouye, HEU Vernon

GUESTS
Kristine Byers, UBCJ 1370, Jennifer Carsience, Mathew Reed, BC NDP, Andrew Pritchard, Unite Here-Local 40, Kelly Dugan, Unite Here-Local 40, N. Rondi, Unite Here-Local 40, Bob Petit, BC NDP Vernon, F. Henry, L. Chan, Unite Here-Local 40

CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order by President Glenn Nowag at 7:00 p.m.

ADOPTION OF AGENDA: M/S/C

GUEST SPEAKERS: Matthew Reed, BC NDP, Candidate for Kelowna City Council by-election 2009; Lynda Zorn, BC Forum; Bob Petit, NDP Vernon Monashee.

CREDENTIALS REPORT
23 Present with 14 Delegates and 9 Guests

OBLIGATIONS OF NEW DELEGATES:
Re-affirmation of Sister Karen Abramsen, Brothers Dave Porteous, and Glenn Nowag, took place at the meeting welcoming them as delegates of UFCW 1518 Professional Division.

FINANCIAL REPORT: given by Ron Bobowski, Sec. Treasurer, M/S/C

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE
1. BC Fed - CLC Harrison Winter School The CLC Winter School packages were distributed to those interested. A decision by the NOLC Executive as to which table officer will attend will be discussed at the December 9, 2009 meeting.
2. Kids Help Phone - letter - rec'd and filed
3. BC Humans Rights Coalition - information letter - rec'd and filed
4. CLC Regional Rep in the Prairie Region employment vacancy read aloud for anyone interested.
5. CHBC Television, CEP Media 1 -- request for monetary assistance for 9 employees laid off with no severance.
It was m/s/c at the general meeting that the NOLC donate $900.00 to the Canadian Energy & Paperworkers Union Local Media 1 -- Global Okanagan unit, with the understanding that the funds be divided for between the 9 brothers and sisters who were laid off without severance.
6. Kelowna Civic By-Election -- Mathew Reed, endorsement/funding request.
It was M/S/C that the NOLC endorse Mathew Reed, for his campaign for Councillor of Kelowna City Council, by-election this November 2009.
7. BCFL Labour Council Conference Call Thursday, November 5, 2009- information was read to the meeting.
8. UFCW 1518 letter from Ivan Limpright, President. "I wish to appoint Brothers Dave Porteous, Glen Nowag and Sister Karen Abramsen as UFCW Local 1518 delegates to the North Okanagan Labour Council. In solidarity, Ivan Limpright, President."

REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS/COMMITTEE REPORTS/CLC REPORT
CLC Report: Orion Irvine CLC Rep.
Paramedics
The government introduced legislation to force an end to the Paramedics strike. The bill imposes a 3% wage increase, is for 1 year and is retro to April. The contact will be up March 30th, only a month after the end of the Olympics.
Pension Campaign
The CLC is continuing with its call to double CPP benefits, increase GIS/OAS and put into place nation pension insurance fund. We are lobbying MPs on the federal issues and MLAs to encourage the MPs to make these changes. Some employer groups have been coming on side with the campaign.
We are also trying to talk to the provincial government about buying into the national program and to pressure the federal government into doing more on pensions. BC is currently looking at a provincial pension scheme. This is problematic as it'll set up a patch work of pension programs across Canada. We are asking people to talk to their MLA and encourage them to support a national program.
The government has introduced a pension bill, Bill C-51. By the governments own admission C-51 does nothing to deal with bankruptcy and it only covers the 10% of Canadian workers that fall under Federal law. Under the legislation, companies that fold up pension plans will have to pay all the benefits owing their workers, not just the portion that had been paid up. It removed the ability of employers to take a "contribution holiday" as long as their workplace pension plans were not in deficit. Now, employers will not be able to suspend contributions unless their plan had a 5 per cent funding cushion. The bill would also allow plans to carry a surplus of 25 per cent versus the current 10 per cent.

Jeff Carsience- UBCJA Local 1370 -- We have some good news on the work front! Construction company Ellis-Don has moved back to B.C. It is a National Company which moved away from B.C. due to major disagreements with the old B.C. Provincial Council of Carpenters. Even though the BCPC split with the "International"; the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 1370 always remained faithfully affiliated. Since the split, five years ago, the UBCJA is slowly regaining its strength and stability. As a result, Ellis-Don, a National Union Company, has returned. This proves that even in a recession, unions can be successful.

Robert G W Petit, NDP Vernon Monashee BC -- Thank you for the funds in October to cover expenses incurred over our Vernon Labour Day event. We are now approaching solvency. The Labour Day picnic event did not work well in Vernon. We are open to any suggestions from the NOLC regarding a different type of event. Please email Bob at petb@shaw.ca .

UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Remembrance Day, Kelowna and Vernon- It was M/S/C at the Vernon NOLC meeting of Oct 7, 2009 that the NOLC place an ad in each Vernon and Kelowna newspapers up to $200.00. A discussion was held at this meeting and the ad will be placed in the Valley-Wide edition of the Kelowna Daily Courier on Saturday, November 7th, 2009
Labour Council flyer -- a flyer was designed by Cheryl Stone, Recording Secretary, similar to the one that Fraser Valley Labour Council has done, which describes who the Labour Council is and what we do in our community, etc. The three fold flyer will be ready for print after input by the Executive at our December 9, 2009 meeting. This will be a great vehicle to use as a hand out to all affiliates and their members as well as to the public in our communities. The FVLC flyer was passed around to show as a sample of what the NOLC flyer will look like. A sample of this flyer will be shown at the December 9th, 2009 meeting.

NEW BUSINESS:
North Okanagan Labour Council AGM -- February 2010 An election committee has been formed with Shawna Rand, HEU Vernon, as chair. Shawna will organize a few helpers to start procedures regarding nominations of a new Executive for NOLC.
CLC Pension Campaign Cheryl Stone, Recording Secretary, and Mathew Reed, BC NDP, will approach Kelowna's MP Ron Cannan, regarding the CLC pension campaign.
NDP 3 constituency Fundraiser Dinner -- Kelowna Lake country, Kelowna Mission, and Westside Kelowna NDP presents "Ring Christmas Bells" with special guest, NDP Healthcare Critic, Adrian Dix, Sunday, December 13, 2009 at Bunches Bistro, 1889 Springfield Road, Kelowna (250 860 8880) Doors open at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6:00 pm Tickets $100.00 each (tax receipt $75.00) Please call Marilyn at 250 862 8425 or Karen at 250 769 1977 or Tish at 250 764 2056 for more info or tickets. It was M/S/C that the NOLC purchase 6 tickets.

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT: 23 Present with 14 Delegates and 9 Guests

ADJOURNMENT
The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 pm by Glenn Nowag, President

Minutes respectfully submitted by Cheryl Stone, Recording Secretary, UFCW 1518,

NEXT MEETING: We are having our Christmas celebration after a short meeting on Dec 9, 2009, 7:00 pm at 201-1358 St Paul Street, Kelowna.

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