October 8, 2014 minutes


AFFILIATES PRESENT: Ron Bobowski, CUPW, Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518, Carole Gordon, COTA/ BCTF, Greg McGowan, CUPE 873, Andrew Pritchard, Unite Here, Local 40, Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523, Laureen Freayh, HEU, Nikki Inouye, HEU Vernon, Carmen Belanger, HEU, Ian Gordon, CUPE 3523, Wynn Hartfelder, BCGEU, Ken Robinson, HEU.

REGRETS: Helen Repole, BCGEU 1207, Mark Olsen, CUPE 5323, Mathew Davies, HEU, Karen Abramsen, UFCW1518, Wendy Mah, BCGEU, Louise Gibson, COPE, Doug Gibson, BCFORUM, Lee Mossman, CUPE 338, Susan Bauhart, COTA

GUESTS: Kelly Smith, Vernon School Trustee, Jacqui Gingras, NDP, Tim Walters, Okanagan College Faculty Assoc., Kelly Carnochan, BCGEU, Andrew Stuckey

BCFORUM Delegate:

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order by Andrew Pritchard, President, at 7:00 pm


GUEST SPEAKER: Kelly Smith, Vernon School Trustee, Jacqui Gingras, candidate for Okanagan Shuswap NDP

Amendments were made to change:
1. The September 10, 2014 Remembrance Day motion regarding the amount of dollars to be spent from $450.00 up to $600.00. M/S/C
2. Carole Gordon, COTA was regretted at the Sept 10 minutes, but shown attending. M/S/C

CREDENTIALS REPORT: 17 Present with 12 Delegates, 5 Guests 0 BCFORUM delegate

OBLIGATIONS OF NEW DELEGATES: Tim Walters was sworn in as a delegate to this Council representing the Okanagan College Faculty Association.

FINANCIAL REPORT: given by Ron Bobowski, Secretary Treasurer, M/S/C to adopt financial report as circulated.

Maquila Solidarity Network -- A motion was made to spend $100.00 to support the MSN. M/S/C
Amnesty International -- receive and file
Carole Gordon, COTA, on behalf of Central Okanagan Teacher’s Association thanks the Labour Council for the $5,000.00 donation made by the NOLC.
A letter from Heather Malcolm, Vernon Teacher’s Assoc. sent a thank you for the $2,000.00 donation made by the NOLC.


Andrew Pritchard, UNITEHERE, Wynn Hartfelder, BCGEU, Carole Gordon, COTA

Political Action -- Endorsed Candidates are as follows:
Council Candidates:
Mohini Singh, BCGEU, Kelowna City Council
Mark Olsen, CUPE 5523, Vernon City Council
David Mossman, Women in Leadership - non-profit, Kelowna City Council
Mario Vucinovic, BCGEU 2007, Peachland Council, BC
School Trustee Candidates:
Lee Mossman, CUPE 338, Kelowna School Trustee
Kelly Smith, BCTF (retired) Vernon School Trustee

c) CLC Report -- Orion Irvine
With municipal elections fast approaching, labour councils across BC are in full swing in their endorsement processes. Already nearly 100 candidates have been endorsed across BC.
Endorsed candidate names need to be into the CLC -- Pacific Region by Oct. 1 to be guaranteed to be on the CLC poll card. Labour council endorsed candidates will be provided with communications support in the form of candidate leaflet templates.
The CLC poll card will be sent to affiliates in mid October. This will allow the affiliates to have the card in members' hands one to two weeks before the November 15 voting day.
Of course, local government politics don't stop on Election Day. After our endorsed candidates are elected, we need to continue to be in contact with them and support them in their work on city councils, school boards, and regional districts.

Carol McGregor CLC Disability Rights Award
In 2012, the Canadian Labour Congress launched the Carol McGregor CLC Disability Rights Award. This award will recognize the outstanding contributions of a worker with a disability who has made a significant and lasting impact in their union and/or the community by promoting and defending the rights of persons with disabilities.
The award is given annually and announced on December 3, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
Any union member or organization may nominate a candidate.
For more information and to nominate a candidate, please go to: canadianlabour.ca/human-rights-and-equality/carol-mcgregor-clc-disability-rights-award

Justice for Canada's Aboriginal Women and Girls
The CLC has joined the call for a public inquiry into the cases of missing or murdered Aboriginal women and girls. You can add your voice at: canadianlabour.ca/action-center/justice-canadas-aboriginal-women-and-girls

When Will Good Jobs Become the Priority? Canada's Job Market Sheds a Record 112,000 Private-Sector Jobs
The president of the Canadian Labour Congress says it's clear Canada's job market remains stuck in the mud and isn't going anywhere without immediate and forceful action, pointing to the loss of 112,000 private-sector jobs last month that resulted in an overall drop of 97,800 in the number of Canadian employees.
Over the past year, Canada's labour force grew by almost 61,000 people, but our labour market was only able to provide them with 15,000 full-time jobs. All the rest were part-time.
Quick Analysis from CLC Senior Economist Angella MacEwen
These job numbers are dismal. A loss of 110,000 private sector jobs was mostly compensated for by an increase of 87,000 self-employed workers and 14,000 public sector workers. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 7%. The number of unemployed workers fell to 1.34 million from 1.35 million, as fewer young workers and women over 25 were participating in the labour market.
Over the past year, 4 out of 5 net new jobs were part time, and for core age workers (25-54) all net new jobs were part time. A similar pattern emerges when examining temporary employment. Three-quarters of net new jobs since last August were temporary, and for core age workers all net new jobs were temporary.
The underemployment rate for young workers was unchanged from last August at 14.5%, and the underemployment rate for core age workers (25-54) rose to 12.1% this August (compared to 11.8% in August 2013 and 2012). This was mostly due to an increase in the number of workers who worked part-time but sought more hours of work.
In the Northwest Territories, employment fell by 1,300 jobs over last August, matching a decline in the labour force, so the unemployment rate remained steady at 7.9%. In Yukon, a gain of 1,000 jobs over last August resulted in a fall in the unemployment rate from 4.8% to 2.3%. In Nunavut, a loss of 600 jobs over last August resulted in a rise in the unemployment rate to 15.3%.
In August, the unemployment rate for persons with landed immigrant status was 8.7% -- 2 percentage points higher than that for Canadian born workers. Even more worrisome, the unemployment rate for recent immigrants (less than 5 years) jumped to 14.5% this August, an increase of 2.7 percentage points compared to last August, and the highest rate in the month of August since 2010.

2014 Labour Day Report
The Pacific Region held nine Labour Day events around the province. We had wonderful weather and enjoyed events that demonstrated a strong, positive, community-minded, and involved labour movement around British Columbia.
Victoria Labour Council hosted its Labour Day picnic in Irving Park, James Bay with more than 1,200 hotdogs served. About 2,000 to 2,500 people attended to hear guest speakers (teachers, MLA, MP, Orion Irvine), visit affiliate and community group tables, and participate in kids' games, face painting, and a bouncy castle.
Nanaimo, Duncan & District Labour Council held its "biggest Labour Day picnic ever" with over 700 hot dogs served at Transfer Beach in Ladysmith. Guest speakers included teachers and politicians (MP, MLA) and face painting, games, and a bouncy castle for kids.
Campbell River, Courtenay & District Labour Council hosted a Labour Day picnic at Halbe Hall in Black Creek. This was a smaller event with kids' games, and speakers (teachers).
The New Westminster & District Labour Council and the Vancouver & District Labour Council co-hosted their event with the CLC and the BC Fed at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, BC. There was an estimated crowd of 3,500 who turned out to enjoy hotdogs, soft drinks, corn on the cob, and popcorn as well as live entertainment by musical groups Momentary Lapse and Trooper. Children's events included a bouncy castle, face painting, and balloon animals.
Approximately 40 booths were set up by various groups, including affiliates, provincial, federal and municipal political parties, financial institutions, community groups, and issue campaign groups. Speakers included: Barbara Byers, Canadian Labour Congress; Lori Mayhew, New Westminster & District Labour Council; Jim Iker, BC Teachers Federation; Jim Sinclair, BC Federation of Labour; MC: Fred Lee (CUPE member and CBC personality)
Sunshine Coast Labour Council hosted its annual Labour Day picnic in Gibsons, BC. Several hundred union members and local residents joined the festivities, visiting information booths, listening to local musicians, enjoying the pie eating contest, laughing along with the children's performer who got kids of all ages involved, and sharing a free barbeque lunch. Speakers included Amber Hockin, CLC; Brenda Brown, BCGEU; and the president of the Sunshine Coast Teachers' Association (BCTF).
In Abbotsford, the Fraser Valley Labour Council had another successful event. This year, they once again increased both the number of people passing through (approximately 400) as well as the number of unions and organizations who set up booths. They added a sound system this year which enabled them to have some live music. USW 2009, IBEW, UFCW 1518, PSAC, BCGEU, COPE 378, BCTF, BC Forum, United Way of the Fraser Valley, Fire Fighters, and Community Police all had booths in addition to a number of community groups.
In Kamloops, the Kamloops & District Labour Council had about 100 people come through their Labour Day event this year. They changed locations and intentionally set up in a smaller park, they found the previous location was too big. They were happy with the turnout, but wish that the turnout would have been better. They may consider looking at a May Day event to replace or hold in addition to the Labour Day picnic, as low turnout may simply be bad timing given that so many working families in the area are off camping etc. The feedback we got on the Union Advantage material was all positive.
In Kitimat, the tradition has been that the CAW (now UNIFOR) local hosts a Labour Day event. We sent them our materials via the Kitimat, Terrace & District Labour Council. This event is always well attended.
East Kootenay & District Labour Council held their picnic at Rotary Park in Cranbrook and served barbeque and soft drinks for an expected 200 guests. Additional activities included a rock (climbing) wall, a bouncy castle, and general games.
North Okanagan Labour Council held their picnic at Bertram Creek Park, a beautiful and scenic location on Lake Okanagan (19 km from Kelowna). There were well over 200 persons in attendance who enjoyed BBQ hamburgers, smokies and hot dogs, watermelon, and 2 very large cakes. There was live music, and a bouncy castle, face painters, a balloon artist, and painting tables for the children. Information tables were set up by the BCGEU, NOLC, and NDP provincial party; bumpf from the BCFED and CLC was distributed and enjoyed by all. Andrew Pritchard, President of the NOLC, made a speech to all about the importance of Labour Day and a prize draw was held for articles that were donated by a few unions. This was a very successful event and the NOLC is planning on repeating it next year.

BCFED 56th Convention 2014 -- November 24-28, 2014 -- 3 delegates will be sent by NOLC. Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523, Ron Bobowski, CUPW, and Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518 will be attending.
Labour Day 2014 -- The CLC financial support for the Labour Day event has not been honoured yet. A letter will be sent to the CLC to ask what the process should be to apply for the funding.
Remembrance Day 2014 -- update -- wreathes will be placed in Kelowna, Vernon, West Kelowna, Armstrong and Lumby on behalf of the NOLC. A Remembrance Day ad will be placed in the Kelowna Daily Courier. The amount to be spent was amended from $450.00 to $600.00 as per amended minutes of September 8, 2014


FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT: 16 Present with 12 Delegates 0 Guests 0 BCFORUM

GOOD & WELFARE: United Way Transit Bus Pull -- Wed Oct 15, 2014 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

ADJOURNMENT:The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 pm by Andrew Pritchard, President

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

November 5, 2014,
1091 Gordon Drive, Kelowna
7 p.m.

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