November 6, 2013 minutes
MINUTES - MONTHLY MEETING, NORTH OKANAGAN LABOUR COUNCIL AT KELOWNA
AFFILIATES PRESENT: Ron Bobowski, CUPW, Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518, Andrew Pritchard, Unite Here, Helen Repole, BCGEU 1207, Louise Gibson, COPE 378, Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523, Carole Gordon, COTA, Nikki Inouye, HEU Vernon, Ian Gordon, CUPE 3523, Karen Abramsen, UFCW 1518, Lee Mossman,CUPE 338, Wendy Mah, BCGEU 407, James Fox, CUPE 523, Susan Bauhart, COTA, Mike Porteous, UFCW 1518
GUESTS: Karen Bernath, COTA, Scott A. Ross. IBEW 213, Kurt Thygesen, IBEW 213, Jeff Chapman, United Association of Journeymen & Apprentices of the Plumbing & Pipefitting Industry of USA & Canada, Local 170, Kimm Davis, Teamsters 213, Shane Curveon, ATU 1722
BCFORUM Delegate: Doug Gibson
REGRETS: Reg McGowan, CUPE 873, Sandy Thon, BCGEU, Laureen Freayh, HEU, Mark Olsen, CUPE 5523, Pat Bulmer, UNIFOR Wendy Mah, regretted for the October 4, 2013 meeting.
CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order by Andrew Pritchard, President, at 7:00 pm
ADOPTION OF AGENDA: M/S/C
GUEST SPEAKER: Scott A. Ross, IBEW 213
ADOPTION OF PREVIOUS MINUTES: M/S/C
CREDENTIALS REPORT: 22 Present with 15 Delegates 6 Guests 1 BCFORUM delegate
OBLIGATIONS OF NEW DELEGATES: none
FINANCIAL REPORT: report given by Ron Bobowski, Secretary Treasurer M/S/C to adopt financial report as circulated.
EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE
ACTION: Our Times Magazine -- subscription renewal - A motion was made to renew our subscription for 2 years. M/S/C
REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS -- STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS -- CLC REPORT:
REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS:
Shane Curveon, ATU 1722, James Fox, CUPE 5523, Susan Bauhart, COTA, Lee Mossman, CUPE, Jeff Chapman, United Association of Journeymen & Apprentices of the Plumbing & Pipefitting Industry of USA & Canada, Local 170, Andrew Pritchard, Unite Here local 40
STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Political Action: Karen Abramsen, UFCW 1518 - The NOLC Political Action Committee needs to do an evaluation on the Counsellors and School Trustees (Kelowna, Vernon and Lake Country) who received endorsement and funds from the North Okanagan Labour Council in the last civic election. The committee will begin this process in the New Year.
CLC Report: none
Remembrance Day -- on behalf of the NOLC a wreath will be presented by NOLC, Central Delegate, Helen Repole, BCGEU and President, Andrew Pritchard, Unite Here Local 40, at the Rutland Ceremony 11:00 am Monday November 11, 2013. Our Remembrance Day ad has been placed in the Kelowna Daily Courier.
CLC Winter School -- Canadian Labour Congress, www.canadianlabour.ca
NOLC has one open scholarship, and NOLC sometimes sends a second delegate to Labour Council Development. There are two additional scholarships as follows:
1. Frank Wall Leadership scholarship - course, Parliamentary Procedure & Public Speaking
2. Community Savings Credit Union scholarship - course; Women in Leadership (additional info www.comsavings.com)
Dec 19th is registration deadline. The delegates attending will be determined at the December 4, 2013 NOLC meeting.
NOLC Christmas Social -- there will be a social following our Dec 4, 2013 NOLC meeting.
NOLC Union Affiliate delegates to NOLC -- NOLC needs to update all union affiliate credentials, please have your union fill out the delegates to your union form and return by the January 8, 2014 meeting. It is enclosed/attached to this email. Thank you.
NDP Tri-Constituency -- Westside Kelowna/Kelowna Lake Country/Kelowna Mission -- Christmas Celebration Fundraiser, Sunday, December 8, 2013 at Bunches Bistro, Kelowna, with special guest speaker, Judy Darcy, NDP Health Critic. A motion was made that the NOLC purchase 6 tickets, 2 for each Constituency. M/S/C
A motion was made that the NOLC allow Karen Abramsen to allocate the 6 Labour Council sponsored tickets with priority to given unionized members within the 3 constituencies M/S/C
FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT: 22 Present with 15 Delegates 6 Guests 1 BCFORUM delegate
GOOD & WELFARE
IKEA lockout -- Carole Gordon, COTA, spoke about the IKEA lockout, & the members of Teamsters Local Union No. 213 on the picket line.
A note from Kimm Davis, Business Representative, Teamsters Local Union No. 213:
We just wanted to thank Carole for speaking about the IKEA lockout at the NOLC Wednesday, November 6, 2013 meeting and for posting on their Facebook Page. We have 2 sites on Facebook for IKEA Lockout overage and invite you to visit and "like" our pages. You will also find the latest news in regards to the lockout, specifically the ITF/UNI Global Commission of Inquiry into IKEA's Practices. Thank you for your support.
"Like" us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeamstersLocal213
Council of Canadians -- Karen Abramsen UFCW 1518
Council of Canadians is hosting an event on Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 7:00 pm featuring; Dr. Thierry Vrain, a retired genetic engineer who after a 30 year career with Agriculture Canada now speaks against GE technology and Dr. Shiv Chopra, a former Health Canada senior scientific advisor and now a whistle blower on GE goods. Place: Okanagan College, Lecture Theatre, KLO Campus, admission by donation.
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 8:23 pm by Andrew Pritchard, President M/S/C
Minutes respectfully submitted by Cheryl Stone, Recording Secretary, UFCW 1518
December 4, 2013
1091 Gordon Ave., Kelowna
Christmas social to follow the meeting.