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September 5, 2012 minutes

MINUTES - MONTHLY MEETING, NORTH OKANAGAN LABOUR COUNCIL AT KELOWNA

AFFILIATES PRESENT: Ron Bobowski, CUPW, Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518, Carole Gordon, COTA/ BCTF, Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523, Louise Gibson, COPE 378, Andrew Pritchard, Unite Here-Local 40, Greg McGowan, CUPE 873, David McCarthy, IAFF 953, Lee Menzies, BCGEU 407, Susan Bauhart, COTA, Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000, James Fox, CUPE 523, Mark Olsen, CUPE 5523, Karen Abramsen, UFCW 1518

REGRETS: Wendy Mah, BCGEU, Nikki Inouye, HEU Vernon, Sandy Thon, BCGEU, Nancy Ingersol, VTA, Debra Critchley, BCGEU

GUESTS: Marla O'Brien, United Way, Wes Kmet, BCFORUM, Doug Gibson, BCFORUM, Mohini Singh, BCGEU, Kelowna City Council, Helen Rapole, BCGEU, Rose Jurkic, CUPE 1123, Ron Fong, CUPE 873, Maria Tokarchuk, BCFORUM, Edward & Daylene Van Ryswyk

BCFORUM Delegate: Elizabeth Woods, BCFORUM

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order by Carole Gordon, President, at 7:03 pm

ADOPTION OF AGENDA: M/S/C

GUEST SPEAKERS: Marla O'Brien, United Way Executive Director

ADOPTION OF PREVIOUS MINUTES: Amend the June 6, 2012 minutes to add Debra Critchley, BCGEU, as Regrets, M/S/C

CREDENTIALS REPORT: Ronn Dunn, Vice President sat in as Sergeant at Arms, 23 Present with 15 Delegates, 8 Guests

OBLIGATIONS OF NEW DELEGATES: Helen Rapole, BCGEU, Rose Jurkic, CUPE 1123

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

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE
There is no action correspondence.
We received 3 thank you letters:
1. Kelowna Food Bank for the donation of 1785 pounds of high quality BC Wild salmon through Protein for People and donated by the NOLC.
2. Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society for excess product donated which was not used at our May 2012 Protein for People Celebration
3. Maquila Solidarity Network -- donation from NOLC. www.maquilasolidarity.org

REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS/STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS/CLC REPORT:

REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS: Reports that were submitted to the Recording Secretary are below. Susan Bauhart, COTA, Ron Bobowski, CUPW -- Union Label Delegate report on "Made in Canada" Flag Act, James Fox, CUPE 523, Vernon, Mark Olsen, CUPE 5523, Vernon, Helen Rapole, BCGEU 1207, Lee Menzies, BCGEU 407, Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000, Rose Jurkic, CUPE 1123

Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000 -- CAW-CEP merger approved by CAW, to go to CEP national convention in October. We are preparing for negotiations at Kelowna Daily Courier and other CEP 2000 Interior newspapers.

Rose Jurkic, President CUPE 1123 -- CUPE 1123 has been in a bitter dispute with its employer the Okanagan Regional Library for over a year and a half. At the beginning of negotiations after we refused to accept 0% increase the Okanagan Regional Library Board voted to lock us out, it was a threat to keep us afraid. After a series of job actions, we finally managed to reach a tentative agreement a couple of weeks ago. CUPE 1123 members will be voting on the package September 9th and the Okanagan Regional Library Board will vote on September 19th. Both negotiating committees are recommending approval. CUPE 1123 was seeking modest wage increases and improvements to the dental plan. We want to thank everyone that supported us through these difficult times, providing moral and financial support. During this time we were also able to unionize one of the non-union branches of the ORL, the Princeton Branch. Our members stood up to the employer and stood up for a fair and equitable settlement, supporting their committee and the job actions, we are extremely proud of them.

STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS: There are no standing committee reports at this time.

CLC REPORT: no report at this time

UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
A) United Way "Kick-Off" Breakfast -- September 2012 Kelowna Breakfast -- table of 8 sponsored by the NOLC, Delegates committed to be at the breakfast are: Andrew Pritchard, Unite Here, Dave Porteous, UFCW 1518, Ron Bobowski, CUPW, Carole Gordon, COTA, Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518, Rose Jurkic, CUPE 1123.
B) West Kelowna Breakfast -- table of 4 sponsored by the NOLC, attending are: Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523, Greg McGowan, CUPE 873, Carole Gordon, COTA, Ron Bobowski, CUPW

NEW BUSINESS:
A) BCFED Convention November 2012 -- Credentialed Delegates will be selected at the October 10, 2012 meeting. NOLC will receive 3 credentials. In the past the NOLC has paid delegate registration for 3 but no wage loss. The 1st credential delegate has accommodation, travel and per diem, the 2nd credential delegate receives only a per diem, 3rd receives registration only.
B) CLC Winter School -- deadline is mid-December. This will be discussed at the November meeting and the final decision of the delegates who will be elected to attend will be made at the December meeting. Scholarships are as follows: 1. CLC scholarship for a specific course
2. NOLC scholarship to go to Labour Council Officer Development
3. NOLC scholarship for a delegate to attend a specific course
C) NOLC meeting location: The Executive met and discussed the meeting location. The decision was that we would meet at 1091 Gordon Drive, Kelowna. The Executive recommended the following motion: THAT the NOLC investigate and create harassment and code of conduct policies for its meetings. M/S/C
D) Union Delegate Re-Affiliation -- There is a new sign-in sheet at our Labour Council meetings. The unions and locals are listed with the delegates to each union listed under the local name. If your name does not appear on the list please sign in as a guest. We need to have you re-affiliated with your union as a delegate to this Council; forms are available at each meeting.

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT: 21 present with 17 delegates, 4 guests

GOOD & WELFARE:
Elizabeth Woods, BCFORUM -- A very big thank you to Carole and the NOLC executive for organizing the Labour Day Celebration BBQ prior to the meeting. It was really fun and a great way for new delegates to meet many union activists prior to the formal meeting. City Councillors Colin Basran, and Mohini Singh, along with her family, mingled with members of the Labour Council and their families. We were also able to meet the new United Way Executive Director, Marla O'Brien during an informal but welcoming social event. Thank you to CUPE for the truck and its operational contents! Thank you again, Carole, for making it happen.

Wes Kmet, guest & BCFORUM expressed disappointment that the NOLC did not have a community Labour Day event and would like to see one organized next year.

Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518 -- Thank you to Carole Gordon, President for writing the article which appeared in the Kelowna Daily Courier, August 31, 2012 titled, "Workers Have Earned their Labour Day Holiday." The article is attached in case you missed it. There were also "Labour Day radio ads" played for the public to hear.

ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 pm by Carole Gordon, President

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

NEXT MEETING
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Village Green Hotel
Vernon

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