Ron Bobowski CUPW 760
Pat Bulmer CEP 2000
Jeff Carsience UBCJ 1370
Deb Roseleine CUPE 3523
Bill Zeman CUPE 3523
Karen Abramsen BC Forum
Maria Tokarchuk HSA - Kelowna
Dave Porteous UFCW 120B
Trudy Ames BCGEU 307
Judi Filion BCGEU 707
Liz Woods BCGEU
Dona Frayn BCGEU 1207
Louise Schwingenschloeg HEU
Glenn Nowag UNITE HERE!
Pat Munro HSA - Kelowna
Kevin Hagglund CEP 823 - M
Ken Robinson HEU
Gord Stoutenburg TWU
Gord Larkin CLC
Faye Saxon COPE 15 (retired)
Barb McLean HEU
CALL TO ORDERThe meeting was called to order by President David Doran at 7:03 p.m.
ADOPTION OF THE AGENDAM/S/C to adopt agenda of October 6, 2004
b) CLC has committed $10,000 for hurricane relief efforts in the Caribbean and urges donations to CLC International Activities Fund. - receive and file
c) Okanagan-Vernon NDP constituency association is searching for candidates and wants to hear from NOLC members about any plans that are being developed that might assist them in the upcoming campaign. - receive and file
M/S/C to accept Executive Board report
REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT
Bill Zeman, CUPE 3523 - School district 23 and partner groups, including parents, COTA, CUPE and the SD trustees, are taking part in a new program designed to provide healthy food choices to the students of SD 23. Their goal is to eliminate junk food from the students' diets and encourage young people to choose healthy foods such as milk instead of pop. To date, the SD has experienced success in selling milk to students and we are looking forward to the positive changes the Healthy Foods Choices programs will have in the lives and future health of today's youth.
Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000 - The Media Union of BC held its sixth annual congress last month - perhaps the tamest one yet. Rose Thompson, Bruce Harbour, Darlene Tschetter and Pat Bulmer from the Kelowna Courier attended, along with our Kelowna-based vice-president Rob Munro. Incumbent Executive Vice-President Harold Funk and Vice-President Bob Osipa were acclaimed to three-year terms. National President Brian Payne, media vice-president Peter Murdoch and CEP 1129 President Dave Hart, whose local has been on strike at the Norampac recycling mill in Burnaby since April, spoke at a plenary session. NDP leader Carole James spoke at our Saturday banquet. Carolyn Askew and Stan Guenther of Rush Crane Guenther led a workshop for the entire group on the Duty to Accommodate. We also heard that a Purdy's decertification bid failed by one vote.
Weekend school (Oct. 2-3) - This was a very successful school that was scheduled to replace the spring school that had to be cancelled. We ran 3 courses: Facing Management; Steward 1 and Election Readiness (Had Enough Yet?).
(A lengthy discussion followed, which dissected this year's school and included several ideas for next year's.)
NDP - There were 3 high-energy events in one week: "Howdy Hoedown" with Dave Zirnhelt (Sept. 18), No-host dinner with Joy MacPhail (Sept. 20) and a fundraising dinner with Carole James and many colleagues (Sept. 22). All were different events, all involved food and all were political and fun.
Gord Larkin - CLC
1. North Okanagan Labour Council weekend school, Oct. 2-3 - 3 courses - political action, facing management, basic steward. Some 40 participants. Very successful.
2. Nurses/HEU dispute - Nurses have withdrawn from any further action, re: Licenced Practical Nurses.
3. National Post attack on Ken Georgetti - the CLC is looking at suing the National Post over an editorial that claimed President Ken Georgetti had changed his views on the free trade deal.
4. Urge the labour council to lobby our two MPs (Darrel Stinson, Werner Schmidt) on EI legislation, child care and pensions.
5. BC Federation of Labour hiring organizers across the province to work on political organizing.
6. Harrison Winter School brochure will be out shortly. More information can be found on the web at pacific.clc-ctc.ca (don't type in www).
Ken Robinson, HEU - referred to a story in The Daily Courier newspaper about Interior Health Authority plans to contract surgeries out to private clinics. Though the IHA claims this is a short-term measure, it appears they are making long-term privatization plans. M/S/C - that the labour council send a letter to the IHA opposing these privatization plans and noting, among other things, that new federal dollars coming for health care are meant to improve the public system.UNFINISHED BUSINESS a) BC Federation of Labour convention (Nov. 29-Dec. 3). NOLC is eligible for three delegates. The first will go will go with registration, mileage, per diem and hotel paid for. We will pay registration and per diem for the second and third delegates. Nominations opened: David Doran, Dave Porteous and Jeff Carsience accepted their nominations. Ron Bobowski was also nominated and will have an answer for us at next month's meeting when nominations are re-opened.
b) M/S/C/ to purchase wreaths for Remembrance Day ceremonies in Kelowna and Vernon. Pat Munro volunteered to attend the Kelowna ceremony. We will ask for a Vernon volunteer at next month's meeting.
FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT 22 total with 18 delegates and 4 guests
Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary.