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October 5, 2011 minutes

MINUTES - MONTHLY MEETING, NORTH OKANAGAN LABOUR COUNCIL AT VERNON

AFFILIATES PRESENT: Ron Bobowski, CUPW 760, Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518, Carole Gordon, COTA/BCTF, Nancy Ingersoll, BCTF Vernon, Karen Abramsen, UFCW 1518, Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523, Nikki Inouye, HEU Vernon, Louise Gibson, COPE 378, Shane Curveon, ATU 1722, Doris Janssen, CEP M1, Brent Soroka, CUPE 338, Ken Fiteo, CUPE 338, Brent Bond, IAFF 1517, Vernon, Lee Menzies, BCGEU, Colleen Sworat, BCGEU, Lee Menzies, BCGEU, Colleen Sworat, BCGEU

REGRETS: Glenn Nowag, UFCW 1518, David Porteous, UFCW 1518, Greg McGowan CUPE 873, Bill Zeman, CUPE 3523

GUESTS: Doug Gibson, BCFORUM, Iris Taylor, CLC Rep Pacific, Kelly Smith, Candidate for Vernon School Trustee, Wynn Hartfelder, BCGEU, Nick Hodge, Susan Bauhart, COTA, Ed Horns, CUPE 338,

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order by Carole Gordon, President, at 7:06 pm

ADOPTION OF AGENDA: M/S/C

GUEST SPEAKERS:
Kelly Smith, Candidate for Vernon School Trustee, Linda Yule, Vernon United Way

ADOPTION OF PREVIOUS MINUTES: M/S/C with some amendments detailed in the official edition of the minutes.

CREDENTIALS REPORT: 23 Present with 16 Delegates and 7 Guests Ronn Dunn, Vice President, performed the Seargent at Arms duties.

OBLIGATIONS OF NEW DELEGATES: Wynn Hartfelder, BCGEU, Susan Bauhart, COTA

FINANCIAL REPORT: given by Ron Bobowski, Secretary Treasurer, MSC to adopt financial report as circulated.

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE
BCTF letter regarding collective agreement negotiations -- A motion was made for the NOLC to support the BCTF by writing a letter to BCTF in support of their efforts to achieve a collective agreement. This letter will also be sent to the Kelowna Daily Courier, Letter to the Editor section. M/S/C

NDP 50th anniversary Convention Dec 9 to 11, 2011 -- The NOLC can sponsor one NOLC delegate who must also be an NDP member. Carole Gordon, President NOLC and NDP Candidate for the Westside Kelowna Constituency opted to attend the Convention. A motion was made to cover the registration fee of $150.00. M/S/C

BC Health Coalition Membership renewal -- A motion was made to renew our membership with a $50.00 fee. M/S/C

Amnesty International donation gift request -- tabled to the November 9, 2011 meeting

BCFED Union Renewal Conference -- A motion was made for the NOLC to pay the $150.00 registration fee for the conference. Delegates were asked if anyone would be interested in attending. Wynn Hartfelder, BCGEU, will attend the conference. M/S/C

REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS/COMMITTEE REPORTS/CLC REPORT:

Doris Janssen - CEP Local M1, Okanagan Unit, CHBC News Kelowna
CHBC News on Global Okanagan was rolled into a bargaining unit with Global Vancouver a few years ago. Our last contract expired Sept 2007. Our new owners, Shaw Media, purchased us in 2010 and went about getting a contract with workers across the country using lawyers. After they realized that was upsetting its new workforce, they opted out of the legal route and sat down to negotiations with a conciliator. During six days of conciliation in Vancouver, we agreed to a deal that will see the unit get a signing bonus of $2,500, with a wage grid increase of $750 for CHBC News and increases of 3.5, 2.5 and 2% starting Sept 1, 2011. We currently have 35 full time, part time and temporary members. As the contract is based on Vancouver's old contract with amendments for CHBC News, there have been considerable adjustments. We are now working through adjusting schedules so that no one works more than an 8 hour day with lunch. The new contract is also better for job security and caps Part Time and Temporary employees at 35% of the workforce, which is a big issue in Vancouver.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS
Municipal Election Committee Report -- Karen Abramsen reported that the North Okanagan Labour Council has endorsed three more candidates. They are: William Gow and Colin Basran for City Council Kelowna, and Kelly Smith for Vernon School Trustee.
NOLC has endorsed 5 candidates all together for 2011 Municipal and School Trustee elections.
The five NOLC endorsed candidates are:
Kelowna City Council: Tisha Kalmanovitch, Mohini Singh, William Gow, and Colin Basran
Vernon School Trustee, Kelly Smith.
Congratulations and good luck to all candidates.

Day of Mourning -- Karen Abramsen reported that the park bench cost has been researched and we need $1800.00 to have the bench placed in Ben Lee Park by the City of Kelowna. A plaque for the bench is included in this price. A motion was made to purchase the bench and pay the $1800.00 to the City of Kelowna for the placement of this bench as soon as possible, in order that the bench be in place by the Day of Mourning in 2012. M/S/C
Vernon Day of Mourning -- Nancy Ingersol will look into organizing a DoM event for the Vernon area and report back.

Protein for People Community Forum Committee -- This committee is in need of more bodies to help with the planning for 2012 and a coordinator needs to be hired. This will be tabled to the November 9, 2011 NOLC meeting.

Labour Day 2012 - no report at this time

Funding Committee: a report will be made at the November 9, 2011 meeting.

CLC REPORT, Iris Taylor, CLC Rep., Pacific
Municipal Campaign: In BC, the Municipal Election Campaign is in full swing. Endorsements from labour councils are rolling in! The Municipal Working Group of the CLC union affiliates have been working on a regular basis. One key task is to organize the distribution of the poll cards to the membership as our Municipal Campaign is a member to member campaign. That is why we need labour councils' list of endorsed candidates sooner than later. Time is required to print the poll cards and distribute to our affiliates who in turn distribute the poll cards to their memberships.

Retirement Security Fall Lobby: This fall the CLC is organizing the Retirement Security Lobby which will entail lobbying all cabinet ministers and new Conservative MPs. How this impacts the Southern Interior is as follows: South Okanagan Boundary Labour Council will be meeting with Dan Albas, MP and David Wilks, MP will be lobbied by the East Kootenay District Labour Council. The CLC will be working with the labour councils to set up appointments and will provide materials for the lobby. The cabinet ministers will be meeting again in December and it is seen as labour's last "kick at the cat" on making improvements to the Canada Pension Plan. Therefore this lobby is very important and I invite interested labour council delegates to volunteer to join the lobby group.

The Canadian Council: The Canadian Council of the CLC, formed at our last CLC Convention in May 2011, will be meeting on November 14, 15 & 16. Key note speakers Brendan Barber TUC (Trades Union Congress), General Secretary, and Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO (The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations), Secretary-Treasurer, will be addressing what can be done about the right wing agenda.
Labour Education: Labour College of Canada 2012 -- To apply check on the CLC website under Labour Education. CLC Harrison Winter School Course descriptions are available on the CLC website under Pacific Region. For a tentative schedule of the courses, click on the Events Calendar and then scroll to January 2012 and click on "Winter School" and a preliminary schedule for Winter School 2012 will pop up.

Latest Attack on Labour by the Conservative Government: OTTAWA -- The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says a proposed Private Member's Bill is one more example of the Conservative government's attempt to bully anyone who does not agree with them. Ken Georgetti was responding to a Bill from Conservative MP Russ Hiebert, which Hiebert claims would force unions to disclose their financial statements in public. "This is an attempt to create an issue that doesn't exist," Georgetti says. "This government has bullied civil servants, bullied scientists, bullied the churches and NGOs, and now they want to bully the labour movement." Georgetti says, "Our financial records have always been open to our members and if Russ Hiebert knew anything about unions, he would know this. I wish Conservative cabinet ministers like Tony Clement and Peter McKay would be as transparent with their use of taxpayers' money as we are with our dues from members." Georgetti adds, "This is simply a distraction from the real issues facing our country -- a slow economic recovery, increasing joblessness, high youth unemployment, six in ten unemployed unable to receive EI benefits, and over 60% of workers unable to have a decent retirement because they have no workplace pension plans." Please visit the Canadian Labour Congress website to keep up to date on the labour issues of the day -- www.canadianlabour.ca.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
United Way Vernon -- still looking for a Labour Council delegate to sit on UW board in Vernon, if anyone is interested please contact Cheryl Stone, Recording Secretary.

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT: 12 Present with 11 Delegates 1 Guest

GOOD & WELFARE: Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523 congratulated the Manitobans for their NDP victory !!!

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 9:34 pm by Carole Gordon, President

Minutes respectfully submitted by Cheryl Stone, Recording Secretary, UFCW 1518

NEXT REGULAR MEETING
Kelowna - 1091 Gordon Drive
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
General Meeting - 7:00 pm


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