September 9, 2015 minutes
MINUTES - MONTHLY MEETING, NORTH OKANAGAN LABOUR COUNCIL AT KELOWNA
AFFILIATES PRESENT: Andrew Pritchard, President, Unite Here Local 40, Ron Bobowski, CUPW, Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518, Louise Gibson, COPE 378, Helen Repole, BCGEU, Susan Bauhart, COTA, Ian Gordon, CUPE 3523, Ronn Dunn, CUPE 3523, Carol Gordon, COTA, Nikki Inouye, HEU Vernon, Carmen Belanger, HEU, Dave Porteous, UFCW 1518, Mike Porteous, UFCW 1518, Jason Pickylk, IAFF 953
GUESTS: Patrick Ward, CUPW 760, Troy Coburn, CUPW 760, Scott Lovell, ATU 1722
REGRETS: Greg McGowan, BCFORUM, Doug Gibson, BCFORUM, Norah Bowman, OCFA, Wendy Mah, BCGEU, Wynn Hartfelder, BCGEU Karen Abramsen, UFCW 1518
BCFORUM Delegates: regrets
CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order by Pres. Andrew Pritchard at 7:00 pm
ADOPTION OF AGENDA: M/S/C
GUEST SPEAKER: Patrick Ward, CUPW 760
ADOPTION OF PREVIOUS MINUTES: M/S/C
CREDENTIALS REPORT: 17 Present with 14 Delegates 3 Guests 0 BCFORUM delegates
OBLIGATIONS OF NEW DELEGATES: Troy Coburn, CUPW 760 and Scott Lovell, ATU 1722 were sworn in as delegates to this Council.
FINANCIAL REPORT: given by Ron Bobowski, Secretary Treasurer, financial summary was given. M/S/C.
EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE:
REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS -- STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS -- CLC REPORT:
LOCAL UNIONS REPORTS:
STANDING COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Labour Day -- Carmen Belanger, HEU, gave a report on the success of the 2015 event. There were over 400 hamburgers and hot dogs served. It was a fabulous hot sunny day. The news media was present and spoke to Andrew Pritchard, which was broadcast on the evening National Global TV channel. A report will be sent to the CLC.
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Labour Day 2015
Labour Day is an important day because it is our opportunity to celebrate all the ways that the labour movement has improved the day-to-day lives of working people.
Workers, when they come together as a collective, and work towards a common goal, have the power to make change.
This Labour Day 2015 will be the labour movement's opportunity to highlight how change is cru- cial this October 19th because it is TIME FOR CHANGE in Canada!
Join the fun at the event nearest you. For a full list of Labour Day events taking place across the country (with thanks to our Labour Councils) please visit: canadianlabour.ca/labour-day-events-2015.
A nationwide group of national and regional seniors, including the Congress of Union Retirees of Canada, have joined forces representing over 2 million seniors. This new coalition aims to create change and demands action on a seniors agenda by calling themselves "Seniors Vote".
The statistics are clear -- today seniors are the largest voting demographic in Canada. For more information on the Seniors Vote Campaign please visit: unionretiree.ca/seniors-vote-our-message/.
CLC Young Workers
The CLC Young Workers Department has recently hosted two events to converse with young workers about unions, activism, and the federal election. First, we hosted #OurFuture: A Progressive Youth Vision for Canada, held in Ottawa on August 12th to celebrate International Youth Day. The format for the evening was seven pecha kucha talks from local young activists explaining what their vision for Canada's future looks like, and what their organization is doing to achieve that vision. Approximately 35 young people from both unions and the community attended to listen, learn and discuss their own visions.
The second event was #YouthVote2015: Better strategies to talk to young people about voting, a webinar for union activists, young workers and labour election organizers. This session broke down the myths and truths about why young people today are less likely to vote, and explore strategies to mobilize young and first-time voters for the upcoming federal election.
Vote Child Care 2015
Vote Child Care 2015 is being organized under the umbrella of the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAAC) and the labour movement has been working hard to keep the issue visible in communities during the election period.
Since the Week of Action in May, the campaign has been developing more tools
that supporters can use including shareable graphics, information on party platforms, and
a pledge form that can be used in canvassing
and member engagement initiatives. Several unions have produced excellent resources on child care -- videos, shareable graphics, web- based calculators, fact sheets. All of this work has helped keep the momentum for child care and it is indeed a major issue in this campaign.
Check out great videos: CUPE: cupe.ca/affordable-child-care-parents-can-trust,
PSAC: psacunion.ca/psac-child-care-campaign and a handy calculator developed by CUPE: rethinkchildcare.ca/calculator/. We need child care, not cheques
Just a few days before calling the elections, the Harper Conservatives sent retroactive Universal Child Care Benefit cheques to
parents. The campaign released a response
and circulated several shareable graphics. The #VoteChildCare2015 hashtag was widely used in social media responses, and recent polling shows that most voters agree that these cheques are a vote-buying tactic.
Sign the pledge
The Vote Child Care Campaign is calling on
all supporters to sign a pledge in support of universal, affordable child care. The pledge is available online at pledge.votechildcare.ca, paper copies are available on order from the CCAAC, and there is a downloadable form that can be used at events as well.
Talk it up for child care
The next major mobilization for the Vote
Child Care campaign is a Week of Action from September 13-17, inviting supporters to Talk it Up for Child Care in their communities, workplaces, unions and online. The goal will be to hold canvasses and events designed to get voters
to sign the pledge. The week of action will be launched on Grandparents' Day, September 13th. It will provide an opportunity for grandparents to talk about why child care is important for their children and grandchildren. Events are being planned in several communities - watch the website for updates, or organize an event in your community.
Canvassing for child care
The Vote Child Care campaign is also inviting supporters to get involved in canvassing door- to-door on child care. A workshop has been developed in order to train canvassers and, in addition to the pledge forms, the campaign is preparing comparative information on where the different parties stand on the issue.
For more information on the campaign, please visit: ccaac.ca/vote-child-care-2015/.
As we move into election mode, the NDP is surging in the polls and things look favourable for a positive result come October 19. These are exciting times!
Each riding that we win is another step toward getting rid of the Conservative government and its regressive agenda. With an extended election period, winning will take collaboration and a sustained effort by many volunteers.
In this vain, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), in coordination with the British Columbia Federaion of Labour (BC Fed) and labour councils in key ridings across the province, will be hosting "Labour Canvasses".
Join us and help build the momentum by recruiting others to attend and by circulating our Labour Canvass posters: Leaders Canvass Vancouver Poster.
There will be more Labour Canvasses organized in British Columbia in the near future. For more informa- tion, please contact the CLC Representative in your region or visit our website: canadianlabour.ca.
Protein for People -- The Protein for People NOLC canned salmon order of 35 cases, will be delivered to the West Kelowna Save-On Foods store sometime this September. Our LC is responsible to pick it up and make the deliveries to our local food banks. A few delegates have volunteered to do this.
NOLC Summer Camp contest -- Ronn Dunn, chair of committee, reported that 2 of the winners sent letters to thank the NOLC for sending them to summer camp. The letters were a wonderful surprise as it showed the LC the importance of this Summer Camp contest.
United Way kick off breakfast -- the UW breakfast was well attended by our Labour Council with a full table. There were a few issues that were brought up at the meeting in regards to labour awareness at the breakfast or none thereof. A motion was made to send a letter to the UW, cc it to the head office Unite Way/Centraide. / CLC etc. M/S/C
Remembrance Day 2015 -- A discussion was held regarding this event regarding the wreath purchases and who will attend each of our NOLC cenotaphs. This has been deferred to the October meeting with results of the discussion. A motion was made to spend up to $600.00 on advertising and wreaths. This motion was denied after a discussion regarding the purchase of wreaths and rather than advertising perhaps the money could be better spent. This has been tabled to the October 7 LC meeting.
Save the Date -- This is a reminder to begin thinking about the CLC Pacific Winter School 2016. Dates and times will be presented at future meetings.
FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT: 17 Present with 16 Delegates 1 Guest 0 BCFORUM delegates
GOOD & WELFARE:
ADJOURNMENT: The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 pm by President, Andrew Pritchard, Unite Here Local 40
Minutes respectfully submitted by Cheryl Stone, Recording Secretary, UFCW 1518
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Vernon Village Green Hotel 7:00 pm