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November 9, 2011 minutes

MINUTES - MONTHLY MEETING, NORTH OKANAGAN LABOUR COUNCIL AT KELOWNA

AFFILIATES PRESENT: Ron Bobowski, CUPW 760, Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518, Carole Gordon, COTA/BCTF, Karen Abramsen, UFCW 1518, Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523, Greg McGowan, CUPE, Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000, Andrew Pritchard, Local 40, Nancy Ingersol, BCTF Vernon, Les Milton, ATU

REGRETS: Iris Taylor, CLC Rep, Emilie Dorie, CUPE, Debra Critchley, BCGEU, Dave Porteous, UFCW 1518, Lynda Zorn, BCFORUM, Nikki Inouye, HEU Vernon, Doris Janssen, CEP

GUESTS: William Gow, NOLC endorsed Candidate City Council, Colin Basran, NOLC endorsed Candidate City Council, Liz Woods, BCFORUM, Wes Kmet, BCFORUM, Gregory Krasichynsky, School Trustee Kelowna Candidate, Jamie McEwan, Lake Country City Council Candidate

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order by Carole Gordon, President, at 7:00 pm

ADOPTION OF AGENDA: M/S/C

GUEST SPEAKERS:
William Gow, NOLC Endorsed Candidate for Kelowna city Council, Colin Basran, NOLC Endorsed Candidate for Kelowna City Council, Gregory Krasichynsky, School District 23 Trustee Kelowna Candidate, and Jamie McEwan Lake Country City Council Candidate

ADOPTION OF PREVIOUS MINUTES: Amended from October 5, 2011 2011 minutes. Under Unfinished Business: Coca Cola # 2 - should have read, "a motion was made . . . not a notice of motion." MSC Also, a motion was made at the October meeting, to re-name the Coca Cola Issues Committee to Corporate Global Issues Committee. MSC

CREDENTIALS REPORT: 15 Present with 10 Delegates and 5 Guests

OBLIGATIONS OF NEW DELEGATES: Tracey Rennes, CUPW 760

FINANCIAL REPORT: given by Ron Bobowski, Secretary Treasurer, M/S/C to adopt financial report as circulated.

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE
Letter from Emilie Dorie, Sergeant at Arms- Emilie has requested to be released of her duties as Sergeant at Arms due to availability and a heavy on call work schedule. We thank Emilie for her time on our Executive Council and wish her well.

Village Green Hotel October 5, 2011 meeting -- apology for delayed service at our meeting in October.

BCFED Unfair Server Wage changes for restaurant servers -- read aloud to delegates.

REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS/COMMITTEE REPORTS/CLC REPORT:

EI Board of Referees -- Karen Abramsen, UFCW 1518 -- We are finding that there are fewer Board hearings at the Kelowna Centre. When questioned about it we are advised that there are fewer appellants. In the past we were able to pick up telephone hearings from other areas. There continues to be problems with the Board co-ordination out of the lower mainland. Our Labour Commissionaire in Ottawa has retired and she has not yet been replaced. It has been rumoured that a non-CLC affiliated appointment may be made.

Carole Gordon -- COTA
State of negotiations between BCPSEA and the BCTF:
53 days of bargaining -- nothing accomplished.
BCTF seeking to return some control to Locals, seeking to change the Split of Issues negotiated in 1994.
BCTF seeking process that will allow more autonomy of employment relationships in the Districts
BCPSEA has a "net zero" mandate and has brought only a list of further strips to the table.
BCPSEA insist they are focused on "supporting teachers and the profession" by "aligning the collective agreement" with "government's visions for the future of education."
BCTF knows that this is code for removing all working conditions: length of day, year, control of professional development, and security -- loss of seniority, evaluation process and post and fill.
Bill 27/28 negotiations between Government and BCTF Executive

Government continues to ignore the Supreme Court ruling that found both bills illegal and unconstitutional. These Bills stripped negotiated limits on class size and composition and set staffing ratios for non-enrolling teachers. BCTF maintains that class size, composition and staffing ratios should be returned to 2002 negotiated numbers. Meetings were suspended briefly to seek clarification from the Judge regarding her ruling. She declined. Negotiations will resume shortly.

Phase One Job Action: Began Sept. 7
Essential Service designation excluded all administrative driven work: meetings, paper work, report cards, fundraising, and supervision. Phase one is designed to direct all teacher time and energy into teaching and working with the students. While you will hear that teachers will not be sending home report cards they will be keeping parents informed on student progress. All parents will have received some form of ongoing information and all are encouraged to contact teachers should they have a concern with their child.

The job action is all about the children and the right of all to have equitable opportunity to a properly funded and properly supported public school. With the continued funding shortfalls students are no longer getting the support, the resources and the opportunities that were available a decade ago. Students with special needs are especially disadvantaged. Failure to meet their needs does not allow them a fair shot at success in their learning. This in turn impacts all students as teachers try to take on additional responsibilities and jobs.

We are fighting the privatization agenda this Liberal government has been promoting since elected. The release of the Education Plan clearly indicates that they will be pushing more down on parents: bringing technology from home, staying home to study on their own with a computer delivered program, parents being responsible for the learning path of their children.

Our struggle is for our students and our working class families. We respectfully ask that as parents the members of the Labour Council support their children's teachers and write letters of support to the local media and Minister of Education. Our win in the Supreme Court was also a win for Labour as it entrenches the right of the union to negotiate the goals of its membership. It also lays out the right of a union to fair negotiations and the responsibility of the employer to seek all routes to resolution before using legislation.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
Municipal Election Committee Report -- The NOLC executive recommended that we endorse the following candidates. MSC Gregory Krasichynsky - School District 23 Trustee, Kelowna, Juliette Cunningham, Vernon City Council Candidate, Jamie McEwan, District of Lake Country City Council Candidate

Day of Mourning: Karen Abramsen reported that the Ben Lee Park Bench is on order and should be ready for our Day of Mourning event April 28, 2012. The Executive recommended that the plaque reads as follows.
North Okanagan Labour Council
In Commemoration of Workers
Killed or Injured on the Job
April 28, National Day of Mourning
M/S/C

Protein for People Community Forum Committee: Karen Abramsen, Doug Gibson and Carole Gordon have agreed to be on this committee. Cheryl Stone has taken herself off the committee at this time. Plans will be under way soon to hire an organizer for the Protein for People project. NOLC November 9, 2011 minutes

Labour Day 2012 -- there is no report at this time.

Funding Committee: Ron Bobowski reported that the committee has made some progress in preparing a report, however, more time is necessary in order that the entire committee can be together at the same time to finalize. The committee hopes to meet again prior to the January 4, 2012 meeting with recommendations to the Labour Council at the January meeting.

CLC REPORT, Iris Taylor, CLC Rep., Pacific
Municipal Campaign:
The poll cards are now ready and are being distributed within the province. Election Day is November 19, 2011 and if you are unable to vote on November 19, please take the time to drop into the advanced polls to cast your ballot. A big “Thank you”, for the hard work labour councils have put into the 2011 Municipal Campaign! Labour Councils have endorsed approximately 250 labour/ labour-friendly candidates throughout B.C.

Retirement Security Fall Lobby:
South Okanagan Boundary Labour Council met with Dan Albas, MP on November 7, 2011 and David Wilks, MP is to be lobbied by the East Kootenay District Labour Council. Date to be announced.
The Conservative cabinet ministers are set to meet in December. The opportunity to make improvements to the Canada Pension Plan may not present itself again for a very long time.

Labour Education:
Labour College of Canada 2012 -- To apply check on the CLC website under Labour Education. The Registration date has been extended to November 18, 2011.

CLC Harrison Winter School -- Course descriptions are available on the CLC website under Pacific Region. To register, please go to: www.canadianlabour.ca/pacific-region

OTTAWA
The Conservative government has tabled legislation that will end the National long-gun registry. The registry was created as part of a response to public pressure, particularly through women, to strengthen gun control legislation following the tragic events at the Ecole Polytechnique, December 6, 1989. There has been a substantial decline in the number of homicides, domestic violence incidents and suicides, using rifles and shotguns since the registry was implemented. Law enforcement associations use the registry daily to help them prevent, investigate and solve crimes. The registry protects the safety of first responders and other front-line workers as it allows them to determine when a gun is in a home and plan accordingly.
The gun registry helps save lives. Now you can help save the gun registry. Take Action to Protect Workplace and Public Safety! Please visit the Canadian Labour Congress website to email a message to your MP! www.canadianlabour.ca

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
1. Coca Cola issue: That the September 14, 2011 meeting decision to NOT stock Coca Cola products at NOLC events be rescinded. MSC
2. United Way letter, to go to the United Way regarding the Coca Cola awareness issue is still in the works.
3. BCTF letter regarding support for BCTF will be mailed soon by Carole Gordon.
4. United Way Campaign - Carole Gordon reported that the campaign ends December 2011. Workplace campaigns make up the majority of the total funds raised. She would like to see an increase from unionized workplaces. Please contact Carole at caroledawn@telus.net to arrange a short presentation at your union meeting.

NEW BUSINESS:
1. NDP Christmas fundraiser dinner -- Karen Abramsen The NOLC has sponsored, in the past, the purchase of 6 tickets to the annual NDP Tri-Constituency, Kelowna Lake country, Kelowna Mission and Westside Kelowna, fundraiser dinner. A motion was made to purchase the 6 tickets at the cost of $100.00 each. MSC If anyone is interested in attending the function please contact Karen Abramsen at 250 769 1977 or email: kareneh@silk.net

2. Amnesty International donation -- A motion was made to donate $50.00 to Amnesty International, as we have not donated for several years. MSC

3. NOLC Dec 7 Christmas meeting -- The Labour Council will host a short celebration following the Dec 7, 2011 meeting.

4. CLC Winter School: Registration deadline December 15, 2011

NOLC Table Officer (s) attending the Labour Council Training course will be announced at the December 7, 2011 meeting. The LC also has an additional scholarship available through the NOLC from any delegate, any course, any week, this includes accommodation and registration fee.
A further CLC scholarship opportunity is available to Labour Council delegates one per Council for one of the following Courses. Scholarships of these courses include shared accommodation & registration fees. Travel & wage loss expenses are the responsibility of the members affiliate. The courses are as follows:
Union communications (week 4, Feb 5-10, 2012),
Media Training & Presentation skills (week 5, Feb 12-17, 2012),
Unions in the Community (week 4, Feb 5-10, 2012)
If a delegate from our Labour Council wishes to attend please email Cheryl Stone as soon as possible at nolc.cstone@gmail.com. Please go to the CLC website for further information on these courses.

5. NOLC Executive Council Election Feb 8, 2012 AGM – The Labour Council is calling for interested delegates to be on the NOLC Election Committee by the December 7, 2011

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT: 15 Present with 12 Delegates 3 Guests

GOOD & WELFARE:
25 years ago today column -- Kelowna Daily Courier - Nov.3. 2011

"The North Okanagan Labour Council may challenge the outcome of Kelowna's civic election on Nov. 15. The Canadian Union of Public Employees may also appeal. Basis of the appeal would be the fact that an advance poll is planned for City Hall, which is behind picket lines. Returning officer Rick Beauchamp knows that many union supporters would not cross a picket line, labour council president Dave Matland said. "He should recommend to council that the advance poll be moved to another location," Matland said. Matland believes Beauchamp may be taking his orders from incumbent councillors."

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 9:15 pm by Carole Gordon, President

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

NEXT REGULAR MEETING
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Christmas Celebration after meeting gathering
Kelowna -- 1091 Gordon Drive
General Meeting -- 7:00 pm


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