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October 6, 2004 minutes

MINUTES - REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING, NORTH OKANAGAN LABOUR COUNCIL AT KELOWNA

AFFILIATES PRESENT

David Doran Carp 1346

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

GUESTS

Gord Stoutenburg TWU

Gord Larkin CLC

Faye Saxon COPE 15 (retired)

Barb McLean HEU

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order by President David Doran at 7:03 p.m.


ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

M/S/C to adopt agenda of October 6, 2004


GUEST SPEAKERS

none

ADOPTION OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTES

M/S/C to adopt the minutes of September 8, 2004

CREDENTIALS REPORT

19 present with 15 delegates and 4 guests

OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATES

none

FINANCIAL REPORT

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

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE

a) United Way Labour Participation Dept. Union Counsellors breakfast will be held at the B.C. Federation of Labour Convention, Nov. 30, 7:30 a.m. Cost: $15. Registration deadline: Nov. 17. - As per past practice, we will pay for any NOLC delegates who wish to attend. So far 7 have expressed their intention to attend (Dave Doran, Glenn Nowag, Trudy Ames, Kathy Dunn, Louise Turner and Dave Porteous). We will ask again at the November meeting.

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

Faye Saxon - worker representative for Board of Referees for Employment Insurance - Last week, I sat on a Board with the very first case I have seen in connection with the new Compassionate Care provisions. This is to allow benefits for a family member who is caring for a dying person. There is a list of persons considered "family members", which follows:
- your child or the child of your spouse or common-law partner
- your wife/husband or common-law partner
- your father/mother
- Your father's wife/mother's husband
- the common-law partner of your father/mother
This does not include in-laws and would seem to be an oversight. The appellant argued that an in-law is often much closer than, perhaps, a new husband or wife of a parent or child. This will probably be appealed to the Umpire and may speed a reconsideration of the list of family members. Since this would require a change to the legislation, any interested affiliates could start a letter-writing campaign. I am only sitting about once every 4 to 5 weeks, which means that the cases are drastically down.

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.

Karen Abramsen
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.


NEW BUSINESS

a) M/S/C to hold the Dec. 8 Kelowna meeting and social at the new BCGEU office at 3001 Tutt St. (Also it was noted the November meeting at Vernon's Village Green Hotel will be on Nov. 3).

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

ADJOURNMENT

Meeting adjourned at 8:22 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary.



The next meeting will be Wednesday, November 3, 2004, 7 p.m., at the Village Green Hotel, Vernon. (Note: This date is a change of date from our usual practice.)


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