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OCTOBER 4, 2006 minutes

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

AFFILIATES PRESENT
Heather Malcolm, VTA
Kris Bothe, Carpenters 1370
Katie Crane, Steelworkers
Deb Roseleine, CUPE 3523
Bill Zeman, CUPE 3523
LorrieLee Miller, USW 1-423
Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518
Brian Lupul, CUPW 8484
Ron Bobowski, CUPW 760
Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000

GUESTS
none

REGRETS
Karen Abramsen, BC Forum
Jeff Carsience, UBCJ 1370
Gord Larkin, CLC
Louise Schwingenschoegl, HEU
Kathy Dunn, HEU
Josie Lofting, HEU
Pat Munro, HAS
Dave Porteous, UFCW
Brad Dunlop, USW 1-423


CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order by Vice-President Cheryl Stone at 7 p.m.

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
M/S/C to adopt agenda of October 4, 2006

GUEST SPEAKERS
none

ADOPTION OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTES
M/S/C to adopt minutes of September 6, 2006

OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATES
Heather Malcolm, Brian Lupul and Katie Crane were sworn in as delegates

CREDENTIALS REPORT
10 present with 10 delegates and 0 guests

FINANCIAL REPORT
M/S/C to adopt financial report as circulated
M/S/C to ask our webmaster for the Public Policy and the Environment website to hold the name for another year at a cost of $15 per month.
M/S/C to ask our affiliates to consider moving their accounts to a unionized credit union, if one comes to Kelowna.

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE
a) Our Times magazine asking for donations to its fall fundraising drive -- M/S/C to receive and file
b) CLC reminds us the anti-scab vote is coming up Oct. 25 -- lobby your MP -- Receive and note
c) BC Health Coalition seeks support for home support campaign -- M/S/C to support campaign
Delegates were also reminded of B.C. Federation of Labour Health and Safety courses being offered in Kelowna on Nov. 2.

REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT

Bill Zeman, CUPE 3523 -- Collective agreement signed for 2006-2010. Looking for a few years of stability. We kept our contracting out language. Three members will attend the OH&S courses in Kelowna on Nov. 2. CUPE 3523 website is 3523.cupe.ca.

Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000 -- CEP 2000 held its annual congress in Burnaby last month. We'll be having a local-wide election for secretary-treasurer between incumbent Janet Ingram-Johnson and former vice-president Andrea MacBride, both from Pacific Newspaper Group. At the Kelowna Daily Courier, managing editor John Harding's last day is Friday. He resigned to go into business for himself.

Karen Abramsen -- Karen left behind a short report on the NDP convention in Quebec City, which she plans to expand upon when she attends the next labour council meeting. She reported: largest attended convention in 20 years; largest aboriginal participation; excellent participation from people with disabilities; met Stephen Lewis, Shirley Douglas and Gary Doer; Jim Sinclair put forward an emergency resolution on "guest workers." "Thanks you so much for sending me as your delegate."

Ron Bobowski withdraws as a potential candidate as the Southern Interior rep for the next two years on the B.C. Federation of Labour executive.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

a) Public Policy and the Environment Forum -- Ron Bobowski reported on the PP&E forum, hosted by the NOLC and Columbia Institute, Sept. 15-16 at the Coast Capri Hotel in Kelowna. About 40 people attended. We intend to do it again next year, but probably in October, which might boost attendance. The mid-September dates meant most organizing was done over the summer, when people generally aren't paying attention to such things.

b) Nominations for delegates to attend B.C. Federation of Labour convention, Nov. 27-Dec. 1 in Vancouver. Ron Bobowski accepted his nomination from last month and will go as our first delegate. Dave Porteous will go for our registration-only spot.

c) Nominations for delegates to attend regional NDP meeting Oct. 20-22 in Merritt. M/S/C to send Liz Woods and Karen Abramsen. Both had previously indicated they would accept.

NEW BUSINESS

a) Resolution from Vancouver and District Labour Council re: war in Afghanistan -- M/S/C to table to November meeting

b) United Way items -- M/S/C to donate $300 to the United Way of North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap. M/S/C to pay for any NOLC delegates (whether attending BC Fed convention as our delegate or their own union's delegate) who wish to attend the United Way counselors breakfast at the start of the convention. Cost is $15 per person.

c) Remembrance Day -- M/S/C to buy wreaths for services in Vernon, Kelowna and Rutland.

d) Spring school -- A brief discussion about holding a spring school took place, but it was decided to hold the topic over to next month when some of those usually involved will be in attendance.

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT
10 total with 10 delegates and 0 guests

GOOD AND WELFARE
Council of Canadians annual general meeting, plus workshop and keynote speech by Murray Dobbin, and potluck supper, Nov. 4 at Unitarian Fellowship Hall, 1310 Bertram Ave., Kelowna. Workshop at 1, AGM at 4:30, potluck at 5:30 and keynote address at 6:30. Contact Karen Abramsen for more information.

Taylor Wilson, one of the winners of our summer camp draws in June, e-mailed a thank you letter to Pat Munro, which was read out at the meeting.

ADJOURNMENT
The meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary.


The next meeting will be Wednesday, November 8, 2006, 7 p.m., at the NOLC office, 201A -- 1358 St. Paul St., Kelowna.

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