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OCTOBER 10, 2007 minutes

FOR INFORMATION ONLY (NO QUORUM)
REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING, NORTH OKANAGAN LABOUR COUNCIL AT VERRNON

AFFILIATES PRESENT
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

GUESTS
Linda Yule, United Way
Nick Hodge, Okanagan Vernon NDP

REGRETS
Glenn Nowag, UFCW 120
Kris Bothe, UBCJ 1370

CALL TO ORDER
President Brad Dunlop called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m.

GUEST SPEAKERS
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.

CREDENTIALS REPORT
9 present with 7 delegates and 2 guests

FINANCIAL REPORT
Financial report presented for information. Ron Bobowski proposed that we move our Plan 24 (political action) account to the higher-interest Investment Savings Account, but will continue to keep a separate tally of our political action funds.

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE
a) Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives 10th anniversary donation request. -- Receive and file
b) Pacific Northwest Labour History Association 40th annual conference is June 6-8 in Vancouver. Financial donation requested. -- Receive and file
c) United Way of Lower Mainland Union Counsellors' Breakfast, Nov. 27, 7:30-8:45 in conjunction with B.C. Federation of Labour convention. Anyone who would like to attend should let us know and we'll pay, as per past practice.
d) Red Cross Christmas cards donation request. Donate $50
e) Our Times magazine donation request -- Receive and file.
f) Kelowna Peace Group donation request for Oct. 27 demonstration. Donate $100.
(Financial donations will be brought to November meeting for ratification.)

REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT

Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000 -- CEP 2000's annual congress is Oct. 12-14 in Vancouver.

Karen Abramsen
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.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

a) BC Federation of Labour convention Nov. 26-28. No further nominees to attend convention as an NOLC delegate. Brad Dunlop will attend at full coverage except for lost wages and Dave Porteous for registration costs only.
c) NDP convention, Nov. 16-18. Karen Abramsen will attend as the NOLC's delegate.

NEW BUSINESS

a) Remembrance Day ceremonies -- Will resume discussion of NOLC's plans at November meeting.
b) The Bridge Youth and Family Services Night of the Arts. Due to tight deadline, executive will move ahead with a motion to spend up to $1,000 to buy T-shirts for staff at this fundraiser.

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT
8 total with 7 delegates and 1 guest

GOOD AND WELFARE
Kris Bothe's father passed away. Our sympathies to Kris and his family.

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.

ADJOURNMENT
The meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary.


The next meeting will be Wednesday, November 7, 2007, 7 p.m., at the NOLC office, 201A -- 1358 St. Paul Street, Kelowna

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