OCTOBER 7, 2009
MINUTES - MONTHLY MEETING, NORTH OKANAGAN LABOUR COUNCIL AT KELOWNA
Glenn Nowag - UFCW 120,
Ron Bobowski - CUPW 760,
Cheryl Stone - UFCW 1518,
Shane Curveon, ATU 1722,
Lynda Zorn, BC Forum,
Brad Albrecht, HEU,
Nikki Inouye, HEU,
Mike Lucas, TWU 16,
Doris Janssen, CEP
David Porteous - UFCW 120,
Orion Irvine, CLC,
Karen Abramsen, UFCW 120,
Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523,
Daryl Barnett, Director of Public Relations, American Income Life Insurance Co.,
Chris Berry, COPE 15
Nancy Ingersol, BCTF-VTA
CALL TO ORDER ADOPTION OF AGENDA: M/S/C
GUEST SPEAKERS: Lynda Zorn, BC Forum, Robert G. W. Pettit, Vernon NDP, Daryl Barnett, American Income Life Insurance Co.
The meeting was called to order by President Glenn Nowag at 7:00 p.m.
12 present with 9 delegates and 3 guests
OBLIGATIONS OF NEW DELEGATES:
Nancy Ingersol, BCTF-VTA was sworn in as a delegate.
FINANCIAL REPORT: given by Ron Bobowski,
Sec. Treasurer, M/S/C EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE
BC Fed Winter School 2010 Scholarships for Labour Councils, explained in Orion Irvine's CLC report.
One Pass NOW -- promotion of $25.00 U-PASS for Vancouver students -- received/filed
NDP email request to send young democrat to the BC NDP convention -- received/filed
BC FED Organizing Training Session -- Nov 5-8/2009, discussed and there was no interest for anyone to attend at this meeting.
REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS/COMMITTEE REPORTS/CLC REPORT
CLC Report: Orion Irvine CLC Rep.,
CLC Pension Campaign
Lively pension campaign training sessions were held across Canada. All of them heard
compelling pension stories, and saw strong agreement to promote the CLC's "Retirement
Security for Everyone" campaign. In a little over a week, we have trained 233 pension
campaign organizers, with more training to come. Participants have pledged to take our three
demands to provincial and federal decision-makers. We will rely on new organizers to help us
build larger pension forums to come in October and November. More details will be released
soon on these events. Without a doubt, this hard work will influence the federal-provincial
Finance Ministers meeting on pensions from December 18-19, and the pension activism to come
later. This is a remarkable achievement on such short notice. Lobby kits are being sent out.
Councils are asked to arrange lobbies with MPs by December. MPs will be in their ridings
during the weeks of October 12th, November 9th, December 14th, and December 21st. We'll also
be undertaking lobbies of MLAs. More information on this to follow.
The CLC is calling on the government to phase-in a doubling of the proportion of average
earnings replaced by CPP from 25% to 50% over seven to ten years, to $1,635 per month. This
would be financed by a modest increase in worker and employer premiums (3% spread over
The benefits of investing in a stronger Canada Pension Plan are clear:
The CPP already covers 93% of working Canadians and offers an accurate sense of the income
they can expect in retirement.
The CPP is highly risk tolerant because of its size and it
has the lowest administration fees of any pension plan in the country.
The CPP is highly
portable -- no matter how many times they change jobs, workers will still be covered. Why
shouldn't we build on this successful model?
Increase low-income (GIS) pensions by 15%. This would give low-income seniors up to an
additional $110 per month, enough to move virtually all seniors above the poverty line.
Introduce a national system of pension insurance. An insurance floor should be set for
defined pension plan benefits through a system funded by contributions from pension plan
sponsors. This would be a federal initiative covering federally-regulated pensions but
Ottawa should enter into negotiations with the provinces to create a national system.
The Winter School brochure and our online registration site will be available in the near
future. There will be a number of opportunities for your labour council officers and
delegates to take advantage of CLC training.
Specifically, three courses: Labour Council Leadership [Week 2], Unions in the Community
[Week 3], Labour Council Officer Development [Week 4], has scholarships for labour council
officers or delegates.
Labour Council Leadership will be held in Week 2 this year (January 24-29), and is aimed
at the new officer or developing activist in your labour council. It should not be someone
who has previously attended a labour council winter school course. Help build the capacity
in your labour council and train somebody relatively new. The CLC will pay the usual shared
room and board and registration for this course, and also reimburse the labour council for
full travel expenses (some restrictions apply).
We will also subsidize each labour council for the wage cost of your delegate (this course
only), upon receipt of the appropriate documentation establishing that wage replacement was
actually paid. Please consult with your CLC rep about wage billings as these can often be
handled most efficiently directly through the affiliate.
The Labour Council Officer Development course will be held in its normal Week 4 slot
(February 7 -12), and one scholarship is available to each council. The scholarship again
includes shared room and board, registration, and the normal CLC travel subsidy (applicable
to northern labour councils only). Labour committees may also send delegates as long as the
person is a member of a CLC-affiliated union. A major agenda item will be local politics so
your delegate must be prepared to discuss this during the week.
There are eight scholarships for labour councils available to the Unions in the Community
course to be held in Week 3 (January 31 - February 5). It is a useful course for any labour
council wanting to better coordinate its community involvement. The scholarship again
includes the normal shared room and board, registration, and travel subsidy.
Regular registration forms must be completed for scholarship applicants and submitted to
your CLC representative. Registration for scholarships cannot be completed on-line. Forms
are available in the brochure, on-line, and from your CLC representative. Registration for
the Unions in the Community course will be dealt with on a first come, first served basis.
Southern Interior Labour Council
The Southern Interior Labour Council was held in Kamloops on September 26th. There were 15
participants from across BC's Southern Interior. The morning was spent briefing the
participants on the CLC Pension campaign and involved a mock lobby. The afternoon was spent
talking about Municipal work and labour council strategic planning.
Cheryl Stone - UFCW 1518, UFCW 120B & 1518 Merger & Bylaw Votes Completed UFCW 1518 members
across the province voted in mid-September in favour of merging with UFCW Local 120B, as
well as amendments to the union's bylaws. Word has now been received that the members of
UFCW Local 120B have also voted in favour of the merger, and pending official ratification
and approval of the merger by the UFCW International, a warm welcome to the former UFCW 120B
UFCW Local 120B was a small Local of approximately 150 members that was popularly
known as the "Barbers and Beauticians" Local for many years. While there are still a number
of barbers who belong to Local 120B, it now has members in a variety of professions from
insurance to graphic design to wood craftsmen and beyond, many of whom are independent
The Executive Board of UFCW Local 1518 and Executive Board of UFCW Local 120B had
agreed it was in the best interest of the members that the two Locals merge, and the
Executive Board of UFCW Local 1518 had recommended Local 1518 members vote in favour of the
merger. The effects of the merger on Local 1518 will be minimal, as Local 120B has been
self-sufficient for its entire 100-plus year history, and the terms of the merger will see
little change in the day-to-day operation of each Local union. The bylaw amendments took
place in conjunction with the merger vote, and bring UFCW Local 1518's bylaw language up to
date in accordance with the UFCW International constitution, as well as reducing the number
of Local 1518 Executive Board members from 35 to 25.
Foods #138 Negotiations Update
Shane Curveon, ATU Local 1722
Negotiations for a new collective agreement for Cooper Foods
#138 in Kelowna resumed on September 29 and October 1. Progress was made with both the Union
Negotiating Committee and the company agreeing on all non-monetary items for the contract.
On October 1, negotiations turned to monetary issues. The employer did not present a
complete monetary package, and the Union Negotiating Committee felt it would be
inappropriate to respond until a complete monetary package was presented. Negotiations
adjourned, with the Union Negotiating Committee requesting the employer bring a complete
monetary package to the next meeting.
The Union Negotiating Committee is committed to reaching a fair and equitable Collective
Agreement that is in the best interests of the members. Once further dates for negotiations
are confirmed and negotiations resume, we will continue to provide members with the latest
news from the bargaining table. The Cooper Foods #138 contract expired on June 12, 2009.
This store is independent from and not owned by the Overwaitea Food Group.
We are preparing a questionnaire for our members to find out their desires for contract
talks. Hopefully we will be starting these contract talks in December 2009. A Level 2 Shop
Steward Course for our local is to be held November 7 and 8, 2009 at the Coast Capri Hotel.
Cynthia Watson will be presenting the course with Robin West, ATU Canada Director.
BC FED Young Worker Conference is being held just prior to the BC Fed Labour Convention, on November 22, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 655 Burrard, Vancouver. The cost is $65.00. no one was interested to attend at this meeting.
BC FED Convention Nov 23-25, 2009. Nominations were held and Glen Nowag, UFCW 120B, Dave Porteous, UFCW 120B, will attend. Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518, was elected to attend, however, had to decline.
Nominations were open for a delegate to attend the BC NDP convention Nov. 27-29, 2009, and there was no interest at this meeting.
Remembrance Day, Kelowna and Vernon- It was M/S/C that the NOLC place an ad in each Vernon and Kelowna newspapers valued up to $200.00.
Appointment of BC Forum delegate, Lynda Zorn to NOLC executive.
Labour Council flyer -- a flyer will be designed by Cheryl Stone, Recording Secretary, similar to the one that Fraser Valley Labour Council has done, which describes who the Labour Council is and what we do in our community, etc. The three fold flyer will be done by the New Year and will be a great vehicle to use as a hand out to all affiliates and their members as well as to the public in our communities.
Vernon NDP, "Hard Times in Health Care" Oct 21st, 2009 fundraiser dinner -- NOLC purchased 6 tickets M/S/C
Ambulance & Paramedics resume bargaining talks- Ron Bobowski gave a brief report
FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT
12 Present - 10 Delegates 2 Guests
GOOD AND WELFARE ADJOURNMENT
The meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:05 pm by Glenn Nowag,
Minutes respectfully submitted by Cheryl Stone, Recording Secretary, UFCW 1518,
NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, November 4, 2009, 7:00 pm at 201-1358 St Paul Street, Kelowna.