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OCTOBER 8, 2008 minutes

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

AFFILIATES PRESENT
Ron Bobowski, CUPW 760
Glenn Nowag, UFCW 120
Shane Curveon, ATU 1722
Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518/247
Karen Abramsen, BC Forum
Jeff Carsience, UBCJA 1370

GUESTS
Orion Irvine, CLC
Lynda Zorn, Municipal Candidate
Linda Yule, United Way

REGRETS
Ronn Dunn, CUPE

CALL TO ORDER
President Glenn Nowag called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. No quorum.

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
M/S/C to adopt agenda

GUEST SPEAKERS
Linda Yule, United Way of Vernon -- Coverage area of Vernon United Way Includes Vernon, Revelstoke, Golden and everything in between. Their Largest union Participant is CPRail with 68,000 dollars. United Way Vernon is looking for more businesses to conduct campaigns in. Suggestion was made that they also contact East Kootenay and Salmon Arm Labour Councils. Vernon United Way's fundraising goal this year is $300,000.00. CP matches 50 cents for every dollar they raise. United Way also conducts the Success by 6 program and also has an aboriginal outreach program.

Linda Zorn -- Running for Trustee for School District 23, Kelowna.

CREDENTIALS REPORT
9 present with 6 delegates and 3 guests

OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATES
None

FINANCIAL REPORT
M/S/C to adopt financial report as circulated

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE
-- Change Bank Account signatory system as required by Credit Union to two person signature authorization on all financial matters.

REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT
CLC -- Orion Irvine -- Michael Croft (Kamloops Federal NDP) needs extra support in tight race in Kamloops. Winter School coming up in Kamloops. Classes on Public speaking and Parliamentary Procedure. Winter School at Harrison coming up in February. Possible training session for new officers.

Council of Canadians, Karen Abramsen -- Hosted John Calvert, who spoke about the Run of the Rivers Power projects. Government and B.C. Hydro have signed 40-year agreements to build private power producers. Over 500 applications in right now for small power generation facilities. By 2012, Hydro costs are projected to skyrocket. Also showed video, "Power Play"

Orion -- Re: Coquihalla Toll Booth -- Announcement of toll booth closure made at UBCM meeting in Penticton. Workers were given 15 minutes notice of job loss. BCGEU currently finding those workers jobs.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS
a) B.C. Fed convention nominations. Ron Bobowski, 1st, Glen Nowag, 2nd, Dave Porteous, 3rd.
b) Chaparral Homes, USW 1-423. New Owners of company, workers on strike for 12 weeks. HEU and CUPW have given solidarity donations; therefore M/S/C by Executive that donation be given to striking workers of $500.00.

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT
9 total with 6 delegates 3 Guests

ADJOURNMENT
The meeting was adjourned at 8:17 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Jeff Carsience, recording secretary.



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