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SEPTEMBER 6, 2006 minutes

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

AFFILIATES PRESENT
Jeff Carsience, UBCJ 1370
Brad Dunlop, USW 1-423
Ron Bobowski, CUPW 760
Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000
Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518
Dave Porteous, UFCW 120
Liz Woods, CEP 467
Faye Saxon, BC Forum
Anthony Dodds, BCGEU
LorrieLee Miller, USW 1-423
Al Prentis, ATU 1722
Maria Tokarchuk, HSA
Les Milton, ATU 1722
Pat Munro, HSA

GUESTS
Susan Steen, United Way
Sharon Shepherd, Kelowna Mayor
Celina Manson, United Way
Gord Larkin, CLC

REGRETS
Karen Abramsen, BC Forum
Glenn Nowag, UNITEHERE!
Kathy Dunn, HEU


CALL TO ORDER
President Brad Dunlop called the meeting to order at 7:03 p.m.

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
M/S/C to adopt agenda of September 6, 2006

GUEST SPEAKERS
Celina Manson, campaign chair for the Central Okanagan United Way, gave a short overview of the benefits of United Way contributions, stressing that donations made locally stay in the community; donations offer a hand up not a handout; and the work done by United Way agencies make the entire community healthier.

Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd gave a recap of her first nine months in office, which included the controversial decision to approve the St. Paul Street rehabilitation housing; creating youth, disabled and women's task forces; transit expansion (She said approval of the $50 UPass fee by higher education students is needed to fund more improvements); and the new 50-metre pool (now in the alternate approval process).
She promises to pass information about no-sweat policies to her colleagues on council and to tell them she attended a meeting where there's a high interest in the topic, as the first step in raising this issue within city hall. Eventually, a letter and resolution from the labour council would be helpful in starting the process of trying to get a no-sweat policy in Kelowna.
Shepherd will be going to Portland, Ore., "where they do many things right" for a conference Thankgiving weekend, and she's requested meetings with seven cabinet ministers at the Union of BC Municipalities meeting.
The city has set up a new page on its website. "Eagle Eye" is where you can report anything, including street lights not working, potholes etc., and a response in 24 houses is promised.

ADOPTION OF THE PREVIOUS MINUTES
M/S/C to adopt minutes of June 7, 2006

OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATES
none

CREDENTIALS REPORT
18 present with 14 delegates and 4 guests

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

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE
a) Convention call, B.C. Federation of Labour 50th convention, Nov. 27-Dec. 1, Vancouver. Open nominations for three delegates spots. We'll 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 were Ron Bobowski (He'll let us know at the October meeting whether he'll accept or will be going as a CUPW delegate.) Dave Porteous was nominated for the third delegate spot (in which we pay registration only). Brad Dunlop will be going as a Steelworker delegate. Nominations will be reopened at October meeting in Vernon.
b) Canadian Peace Alliance membership renewal. (Cost $40) M/S/C to renew.
c) PSAC surveying labour councils about affiliation. M/S/C to have President Brad Dunlop respond.

REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT

Verbal reports by LorrieLee Miller, Faye Saxon and Gord Larkin. LorrieLee attended the Vernon NDP Labour Day picnic on our behalf and handed out information about the Sept. 15-16 Public Policy and the Environment forum. Gord noted the anti-scab vote is slated for Oct. 18 in the House of Commons and urged delegates to fax, phone or e-mail Kelowna MP Ron Cannan, urging him to vote for the bill, which he has promised to do.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

a) Public Policy and the Environment forum. Volunteers and delegates still needed for the PP&E forum the NOLC and Columbia Institute are putting on Oct. 15-16 at the Coast Capri Hotel. We're not far from the break-even point.
M/S/C to advertise the forum in The Daily Courier and Capital News, as outlined by Brad Dunlop. (Ads to appear in the Okanagan Sunday and Monday Courier, Sunday Cap News and OK Business Journal). Most of that money is going to the unionized Courier, Brad said.

NEW BUSINESS

a) United Way (various items):
  • We still had tickets available for the kickoff breakfast Sept. 7, but were able to give those away. The NOLC had Table 1.
  • Dave Porteous reported a motion had been passed to have a labour chair for the United Way campaign (one of three chairs, the others being campaign and leadership) and Liz Woods will be the chair. Thirty per cent of local United Way funds come from unionized worksites, said Dave.
  • Liz said she was looking for ideas on a way to recognize labour donations (ie: labour appreciation night).
  • M/S/C to buy two tickets to the Westbank kickoff breakfast Sept. 8. b) Regional NDP meeting, Merritt, October 20-22. We'd like to send some delegates. No nominations at this meeting, but we will reopen nominations at our October meeting in Vernon.

b) Regional NDP meeting, Merritt, October 20-22. We'd like to send some delegates. No nominations at this meeting, but we will reopen nominations at our October meeting in Vernon.

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT
16 total with 14 delegates and 2 guests

GOOD AND WELFARE
A thank you card was received and read out from Geordie Loverin, one of the winners of our summer camp draws in June.
Pat Munro mentioned the car-free day Sept. 23 at Knowles Park (corner of Ethel and Bernard) in Kelowna.

ADJOURNMENT
The meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Pat Bulmer, recording secretary.


The next meeting will be Wednesday, October 4, 2006, 7 p.m., at the Village Green Hotel, Vernon.

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