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September 7, 2005 minutes

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

AFFILIATES PRESENT
Karen Abramsen BC Forum
Dave Porteous UFCW 120B
David Doran Carp 1346
Ron Bobowski CUPW 760
Pat Bulmer CEP 2000
Glenn Nowag UNITE HERE!
Trudy Ames BCGEU 307
Cal Jackson USW 1-423
Deb Chamberlain TWU
Cheryl Stone UFCW 1518
Tony Heisterkamp Carp 1346
Brad Dunlop USW 1-423
Bill Zeman CUPE 3523

GUESTS
Gord Larkin CLC
Rick Barnes
Doug Knowler TWU 6
Debra Critchley
Tracie Mundy CEP
Dave Welder USW 1-423


CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order by President David Doran at 7:00 p.m.

INTRODUCTIONS/ROLL CALL

Doran informed the meeting that Ron Bobowski has been appointed secretary-treasurer to fill out the term of Judi Filion, who resigned to take on the job of BCGEU secretary-treasurer

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

M/S/C to adopt agenda of September 7, 2005

GUEST SPEAKERS

none

ADOPTION OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTES

M/S/C to adopt minutes of June 8, 2005.

CREDENTIALS REPORT

15 present with 12 delegates and 3 guests

OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATES

Brad Dunlop, Steelworkers, was sworn in.

FINANCIAL REPORT

M/S/C to adopt financial reports for June, July and August as circulated.

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE

a) Coast Capri Hotel questionnaire. Rate their service for the Southern Interior Labour Council meeting. -- Karen Abramsen filled out the questionnaire for us
b) BC Federation of Labour Organizing Institute is Sept. 29-Oct. 2 in Parksville. Registration deadline is Sept. 15. -- receive and file.
c) NDP convention call, Nov. 25-27. Also letter that our dues are in arrears and should have been paid by Aug. 28. M/S/C that we pay our dues
d) BC Federation of Labour will send our delegate credential forms once we pay our $10 dues. M/S/C that we pay our dues
e) Worksafe BC Board of Directors Health and Safety Initiative session in Kelowna, Sept. 14. -- M/S/C to send Ron Bobowski and Glenn Nowag. No fee, but registration required.
f) Our Times magazine subscription renewal -- M/S/C to renew one year (six issues) for $25.

REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT

Dave Welder, USW 1-423 - As one of our hard-working, intelligent members (Brad Dunlop) is seeking a seat on Kelowna city council, USW Local 1-423 is looking for contacts with other unions to make presentations to their executive boards, and to aid in the distribution of material to union members. Please contact me by e-mail at dwelder@iwa1423.com, by phone at 491-1436 (office), 215-4505 (cell) or by fax at 491-1437.

Doug Knowler, TWU local 6 -- We are now in full lockout by a mean-spirited employer. Telus pulled every trick to get us on the street by implementing one lockout action after another from April to July. The final lockout measure was to implement their contract on July 22. As we could not accept working under their unilaterally implemented contract, we left their workplaces and hit the picket line. We need your support more than ever. We need people to cancel one or more of their calling features and send their bills in by mail with cheques. This will have an economic impact on Telus. We also need your support by being our eyes in the community. We need to know if Telus scabs are at your job site or anywhere else. We don't have the numbers within our local to be everywhere, but if we include all unions, our eyes can be. Call the TWU lockout HQ in Kelowna at (250) 762-8401 or the Burnaby office at (604) 437-8401 to report a sighting of Telus scabs.

Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000 - Negotiations between CEP 2000, CEP 25-G and the Kelowna (and Vernon) Daily Courier and Penticton Herald resume Sept. 12-13. CEP 2000's annual congress is slated for Sept. 30-Aug. 2 in Burnaby.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

a) BC Federation of Labour (policy) convention call, Nov. 28-30. Labour councils will be entitled to 3 delegates (Fee: $100 each).
M/S/C to send three people as per past practice (full coverage except lost wages for first delegate, registration, mileage and per diem for second delegate, registration only for third delegate). Nominated to be delegates were David Doran, Ron Bobowski and David Porteous. Nominations will be reopened at the October meeting in Kelowna.

b) Municipal election committee -- Council and school board candidates seeking the NOLC's endorsement should complete the candidate questionnaire included with these minutes and fax it to Karen Abramsen in Kelowna at 769-1866 or Trudy Ames in Vernon at 260-1811. They will be reviewed by the committee with recommendations made to the October labour council meeting. Donations will also be determined at the October meeting.
M/S/C to endorse Kelowna city council candidates Brad Dunlop and David Porteous.

NEW BUSINESS

a) M/S/C to donate $100 to the International Red Cross for hurricane relief in New Orleans and area.

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT

19 total with 13 delegates and 6 guests

GOOD AND WELFARE

Karen Abramsen, Kelowna Peace Group -- There will be a rally in Kelowna on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. at The Sails. This rally is part of a series of events, spearheaded by the U.S. peace movement, to oppose the continuing occupation in Iraq. The NOLC and its affiliates are invited to join the call to end Canadian complicity.
Council of Canadians -- Canada is losing control of energy resources with the sale of Terasen Inc. there is an "Action Alert" to stop this sale. To register your opposition, contact the B.C. Utilities Commission Secretary at Box 250, 900 Howe St., Sixth Floor, Vancouver, B.C., V6Z 2N3, phone: (604) 660-4700, toll-free: 1-800-663-1385, fax: (604) 660-1102, e-mail: Commission.Secretary@bcuc.com.
For more information on the Terasen Inc. sale to KinderMorgan Inc., please contact the Council of Canadians at 1-800-387-7177, e-mail: gcaron@canadians.org, website: www.canadians.org.

ADJOURNMENT

Meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary.



NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION FOR NEXT MEETING:
Wednesday, October 5, 2005, 7 p.m., at the UFCW office,
185 Asher Road, Kelowna (Rutland, off Highway 33).


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