Jeff Carsience, UBCJ 1370
Bill Zeman, CUPE 3523
Dave Porteous, UFCW 120
Karen Abramsen, BC Forum
Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000
Brad Dunlop, IBEW 213
Ron Bowbowski, CUPE 760
Linda Yule, United Way
Nick Hodge, Okanagan Vernon NDP
Glenn Nowag, UFCW 120
Kris Bothe, UBCJ 1370
CALL TO ORDER
President Brad Dunlop called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m.
Linda Yule, United Way of North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap -- Linda noted the United Way is still looking for a labour rep to sit on its board. The NOLC presented her with a cheque for $330 for the ongoing campaign.
9 present with 7 delegates and 2 guests
REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORTPat Bulmer, CEP 2000 -- CEP 2000's annual congress is Oct. 12-14 in Vancouver.
Council of Canadians -- The council's 22nd annual general meeting, "Take it Back! A People's Vision of North America" will be held in Kelowna Oct. 26-28 at the Coast Capri Hotel.
Friday evening (Oct. 26) -- Free public forum with Maude Barlow, 7-10 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 27) -- Workshops and dinner.
Sunday (Oct. 28) -- The council's business meeting.
To register, call 1-800-387-7177, ext. 333 or visit www.canadians.org.
Also, Maude Barlow will be launching her new book, "Blue Covenant" about the global water crisis and the coming battle for the right to water, Friday, Oct. 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Coast Capri Hotel in Kelowna.
Board of Referees -- The word "fair" is not part of the EI regulations. Today, every appellant talked about the "unfairness" of the system. Unfortunately, while the board members may agree, we do not have the authority to change the legislation. Only the politicians can do that. If you have issue with some aspect of the legislation, contact your MP. My pet issue is that medical EI at 15 weeks is "not fair." Many people in cancer treatment or those requiring an operation may see the 15 weeks used up before they are able to return to work and they end up with a huge financial hardship. Also, many are still delaying in applying for funds and, as a result, often end up short of hours to establish a claim.
NEW BUSINESSa) Remembrance Day ceremonies -- Will resume discussion of NOLC's plans at November meeting.
GOOD AND WELFARE
Nick Hodge reported on the Vernon Labour Day picnic. About 50 people attended, a big jump from last year's inaugural event. Lawyer Randy Noonan spoke about his role in the successful Supreme Court decision on Bill 29, which affirmed collective bargaining rights.
Brad Dunlop read an e-mail from Patsy Harmston, BCGEU, seeking contacts with Advocare workers. If you know someone who has a home support worker, someone who works for Advocare or have any contact information at all, contact her at 250-231-1348.
Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary.