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October 8, 2003 minutes

MINUTES - REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING, NORTH OKANAGAN LABOUR COUNCIL

OCTOBER 8, 2003 AT KELOWNA

AFFILIATES PRESENT

Jeff Carsience UBCJ 1370

Louise Turner HEU

Kathy Dunn HEU

Cathy Seagris BCGEU 607

Pat Bulmer CEP 2000

Ron Bobowski CUPW 760

Judi Filion BCGEU 707

Liz Woods BCGEU

Glenn Nowag HERE 40

Lee Riggs TWU 16

Kevin Hagglund CEP 823-M

Pat Munro HSA

Maria Tokarchuk HSA

David Doran Carp 1346

Ken Robinson HEU

Gord Larkin CLC

GUESTS

Faye Saxon OPEIU 15

Anita Riggs HSA

John O. Powell NDP

REGRETS

Trudy Ames BCGEU 307

Cheryl Stone UFCW 1518

CALL TO ORDER

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

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

M/S/C to adopt agenda of October 8, 2003

GUEST SPEAKERS

John O. Powell, NDP - MP Svend Robinson coming to Kelowna Dec. 7 for federal nomination convention, followed by a dinner afterward. Call John. O. Powell at 860-9696 for more information. Bill C-24 comes into effect Jan. 1. Essentially, only personal donations to political parties will be allowed after that point. Unions and labour councils wishing to donate to the NDP should do so before Dec. 31. After Jan. 1, federal parties will be funded by the government on the basis of $1.75 per vote - that will make it important to get every vote out.

ADOPTION OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTES

M/S/C to adopt the minutes of September 10, 2003 as mailed out and circulated

CREDENTIALS REPORT

18 present with 15 delegates and 3 guests

OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATES

Lee Riggs, TWU 16, and Glenn Nowag HERE 40 (Hotel, Restaurant workers) were sworn in as delegates.

FINANCIAL REPORT

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

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE

a) BC Federation of Labour policy convention, Nov. 24-26. Oct. 20 is the deadline for resolutions. Resolution forwarded from Carpenters 1346 will be sent to convention. It's attached to these minutes. We're allowed two delegates. Will send President David Doran as per our existing policy, but without paying lost wages. Nominations for the second delegate spot added to new business.

b) Invitation to Union Counsellors Breakfast meeting, Nov. 25, 7:30 a.m. during BC Fed convention. Cost. $15. We traditionally pay for any NOLC members who are at the BC Fed convention. Let us know if you want to go, but if you do, make sure you're there.

c) NDP: Please renew your affiliated membership with the NDP before Bill C-24 comes into effect. BC NDP says we will be entitled to two delegates for leadership convention if we renew by Nov. 10. We will pay our membership for $240.

d) Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives: Request for donation to National Research Fund. $25 donation.

e) Amnesty International Christmas cards - $30 donation.

M/S/C to accept the executive board report.

REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT

Ron Bobowski, CUPW 760: Canadian Union of Postal Workers have ratified a four-year collective agreement. We welcome 6,000 rural route and suburban services as new members. These members will now have the right of union representation.

Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518: A collective agreement has been voted on at Safeway, after eight months of negotiations. It may not be 100 per cent of what the members wanted, but it is the best we could get without being on the picket line for a very long time.

Lee Riggs, TWU 16: Non-union general contractor Delnor overseeing jobs at Telus is being challenged. It is presently being grieved and is also in front of our contracting out technological change committee. Telus has sold fleet and now are contracting back vehicles to qualified union shops. The TWU will be following up with other unions to ensure mechanics are qualified to repair the vehicle they have been contracted to do. This is a safety issues, specifically for our line people. I will commit to bring forward resolution approved earlier in meeting, re: Concert Properties to the TWU pension trustees for information.

Liz Woods, BCGEU: Village Green Hotel in Vernon is seeking a rezoning for its current property to build an 8800-square-foot liquor store. Submissions are being made to Vernon city council at a public hearing Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. There is concern that the Village Green could turn over the operation of the store to another business, ie: Overwaitea. Village Green is HERE local 40, casino is BCGEU. IHA - negotiations with the Interior Health Authority and the Association of Unions (HEU, BCGEU and IUOE) making no headway on concession bargaining. IHA is looking for severe concessions.

Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000: In what is likely the shortest round of collective bargaining in Okanagan history, four collective agreements were ratified Sept. 24, 2003. CEP Local 2000 holds contracts with workers at the Kelowna Daily Courier, Kelowna delivery drivers and Penticton Herald while GCIU Local 25 represents the press in Kelowna. After four days of bargaining in August and September that showed both sides were far apart on key issues, Steen Jorgensen (a consultant to the company who most recently negotiated contracts with the CEP and GCIU in the Sterling chain) suggested the existing collective agreements be "rolled over" with some wage increases. Members endorsed the idea with strong ratification votes for the new collective agreement. They receive 1.5% wage increases retroactive to June 6, 2003, when the last collective agreement expired. They will receive another 1.5% on June 6, 2004. The percentage increases for delivery drivers are also applied to their mileage and flat rates. The settlements are in line with others negotiated in the Interior of B.C. over the past year. Both sides agreed it was important to reach a new collective agreement quickly and work together to face the challenge from David Black's Cariboo Press, which recently purchased community newspapers in Kelowna and Penticton.

Gord Larkin, CLC: EI campaign: Still meeting with MPs across the country regarding the misuse of EI funds. Child labour/globalization: As part of our globalization campaign, we are again looking for volunteers to leaflet shopping malls at Christmas shopping time. HEU/IWA umpire ruling: The IWA has been found guilty of violating the CLC constitution and has been asked to comply with the constitution. The officers and executive council of the CLC will meet shortly to discuss the issue. CLC winter school: The brochure will be mailed to affiliates soon. Dates: Jan. 18-Feb. 13 - four weeks.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

a) Maquila Solidarity Network renewal request for 2003 - M/S/C to renew our membership for $35.

b) NDP convention (Nov. 21-23) call - We have two credentials and will pay registration and per diem. Liz Woods and Kathy Dunn nominated to attend. Nominations will be reopened and election held, if necessary, at November meeting in Vernon.

c) Spring school 2004: Let Karen Abramsen know ASAP if you have a course you'd like to see offered.

d) Finance Committee - Jeff Carsience reported that recommendations are slated to be brought to our December meeting.

NEW BUSINESS

a) B.C. Federation of Labour convention, nominations for second delegate - Louise Turner was nominated. Nominations will be re-opened and election held, if necessary, at our November meeting in Vernon. We will pay registration and per diem.

b) Remembrance Day - M/S/C to purchase wreaths for ceremonies in Kelowna and Vernon. Louise Turner has agreed to represent the NOLC at the Vernon ceremony and Pat Munro at the Kelowna ceremony.

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT

19 total, 16 delegates, 3 guests

ADJOURNMENT

Meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary.

The next meeting will be Wednesday, November 5, 7 p.m. at the Village Green Hotel, 4801 27th St., Vernon.


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