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JANUARY 7, 2009 minutes

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

AFFILIATES PRESENT
Ron Bobowski, CUPW 760
Wes Kmet, BC Forum
Glenn Nowag, UFCW 120
Shane Curveon, ATU 1722
Ronn Dunn CUPE 3523
Maria Tokarchuk, HSA
Cheryl Stone, UFCW 1518/247
Karen Abramsen, BC Forum
Jeff Carsience, UBCJA 1370
Nikki Inuoye, HEU
Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000
Liz Woods, BC Forum
Shawna Rand, HEU - Vernon
Faye Saxon, BC Forum
Ryan Millor, CUPE 3523
Carol Kenzie, HEU
Brad Albrecht HEU - Vernon

GUESTS
Doug Gibson, BC Forum
Lynda Zorn, BC Forum

CALL TO ORDER
President Glenn Nowag called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA
M/S/C to adopt agenda of Jan. 7, 2009

GUEST SPEAKERS
No guest speakers

ADOPTION OF PREVIOUS MINUTES
December minutes circulated at meeting, corrected and approved by membership. M/S/C

CREDENTIALS REPORT
18 present with 12 delegates and 6 guests

OBLIGATION OF NEW DELEGATES
4 new delegates sworn in by president Glen Nowag

FINANCIAL REPORT
-- -M/S/C to adopt financial report as circulated

EXECUTIVE BOARD REPORT/ACTION CORRESPONDENCE
- 1 item of note under executive correspondence: The BCFed is holding an organizer training session Feb 19-22 2009, in Parksville, B.C.

REPORTS OF LOCAL UNIONS, COMMITTEE REPORTS, CLC REPORT
Carol Kenzie, HEU -- NOLC delegate Ken Robinson elected president of HEU. Interior delegates did well, gaining 7 of 21 executive positions with HEU. Political action conference coming up at end of January. HEU bargaining is coming up in 2010. HEU’s main focus and energy is on upcoming provincial election. 55 trades and maintenance workers in Vernon laid off, jobs replaced by private contractor, some rehired.

Pat Bulmer, CEP 2000 -- A four-year contract was successfully negotiated and ratified in November at the Kelowna Courier and Penticton Herald. Wage increases are 2.5, 2.5 2.5 and 3.0 per cent. Some health benefit improvements and additional increases for lower-paid members were also negotiated. Some changes happening in appearance and content of paper this month.

Orion Irvine, CLC -- Due to the weather, I did not be make the trip to Kamloops for their meeting. Due to the mud slide one Hwy 1 that has shut it down and the risk of more highway closures, I will not be making the trip to Kelowna for tonight's meeting. I am able to make the Feb meeting and am planning on it. I hope everyone had a good holiday season and I'll see you in Feb. A short report is below. Federal Budget The budget is scheduled to be delivered on January 27, 2009 and the Conservative government has promised consultation and cooperation in the planning on the budget. We need to keep up the pressure on our elected MPs so that they hear the needs of workers and the people hurt by the implosion of the financial system. The Congress will be running radio ads starting January 5th across the country urging listeners to talk to their MPs and keep the pressure on the PM and the Minister of Finance to support labour's plan for the economy. We are also under taking a national lobby of Members of Parliament. The government must invest directly in support of sector renewal strategies designed to save jobs and promote successful restructuring in hard-hit industries such as forest products. The government needs to invest in machinery and equipment, research and development of new products and increased worker skills. To this end we are asking that local union activists, with their labour council, lobby their MP on this important issue. Winter School Just a reminder that the Winter School is fast approaching. There are two important training opportunities for Labour Councils. The first is the Labour Council Leadership and Organizing course in week 1. This course is for newer labour council people and it aimed at getting people more involved in the council. If your council has a youth delegate, this would be a great course to send them to. Registration, travel and wage replacement will be covered by the CLC for this course. The second is the Labour Council Development Seminar in week 4. We will be talking about the recent local elections so your delegate should be familiar with your local election work, and be prepared to discuss it at the course. Part of this discussing will be planning on what councils can do now that we have friendly elected people (procurement etc.) We'll also be discussing the economic crisis. The scholarship again includes shared room & board, registration. It's very important for labour councils to send a person to this seminar

Liz Woods, United Way -- Workplace campaigns have increased fundraising by 50% this year. Thankyou for your contributions.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Harrison Winter School -- Week 1 -- M/S/C that Shawna Rand represent the Labour Council
Week 4 -- M/S/C that Cheryl Stone represent NOLC with Ron Bobowski as alternate.

EI Board of Referees. There was some discussion about the terms and conditions of the position. There were three nominations for two positions. Liz Woods, Cheryl Stone, Dave Porteous. Each candidate spoke about their experience. Dave was represented by Ron Bobowski. Election by secret ballot. Liz Woods and Cheryl Stone won and their names will be forwarded to the CLC. February AGM NOLC and executive board positions. Nominations will be reopened in Feb. Nominees currently are:
President, Glen Nowag.
VP, Ron Dunn, Carol Kenzie, one more position open.
Rec Sec, Cheryl Stone, (Jeff Carsience declined)
Sec Treasurer Ron Bobowski
Northern Del. Shawna Rand
Southern Del. Karen Abramsen.
Trustee #1 Brad Albrecht
Trustee # 2 (Maria Tokarchuk declined)
Sergeant At Arms, Shane Curveon.

Gert Beadle Award nomination -- Faye Saxon, M/S/C

NEW BUSINESS
-- M/S/C to donate 100.00 to the new Kelowna Chapter of Citizens for Public Power
It was noted at the meeting that we will have money available for labour friendly candidates in the upcoming provincial election.

FINAL CREDENTIALS REPORT
16 delegates 3 Guests

GOOD AND WELFARE
NDP Dinner Dec. 14, NOLC Purchased tickets in November, Finance critic Bruce Ralston will be guest speaker. NDP candidate search for May election is on. Contact Karen at 769 1977

ADJOURNMENT
The meeting was adjourned at 8:18 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Jeff Carsience, recording secretary.



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