Monday, June 19, 2006

The United States and Canada share one of the world’s longest borders.

Introduction

The United States and Canada share one of the world’s longest borders. The two countries are each other’s largest trading partners. They share common values, business and family ties that make their relationship unique. Canadians and Americans regularly cross the border to work, shop, vacation and enjoy each other’s country.

Media reports generated by incidents such as the 9/11 tragedy, SARS and continued hostilities in the Middle East, have created negative perceptions and confusion in both countries about the length of time it takes to cross the border and the personal documentation required.

In April 2005, officials from the Departments of State and Homeland Security announced proposed new travel rules that called for Canadians to have a passport to travel to the U.S. and for U.S. citizens to have a passport to return to the States after visiting Canada.

President George W. Bush responded within days and was critical of the proposal stating that it could, “disrupt the honest flow of traffic.” Despite the President’s direction to find alternatives to the passport proposal, perceptions that Americans now require a passport have resulted in a sharp decline in cross border traffic on the Niagara frontier, one of the major economic and tourism gateways between the United States and Canada.

The Easy Crossing Council

In order to address the negative perceptions that there are long delays at the international bridges and that passports are required for citizens of either country to cross the border and return home, a consortium of major tourism and border partners in Canada’s Niagara region have come together to form the Easy Crossing Council (ECC). The mandate of the council is to aggressively and comprehensively combat the misconceptions and negative media reports about the difficulty of cross border travel.

Founding members of the Easy Crossing Council include: The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, The Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (Peace Bridge Authority), The Niagara Parks Commission, The Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce, Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara. The ECC has adopted the slogan “No Passport/Few Delays” and will communicate its message to residents in border states including Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.

The ECC’s communications campaign will include: paid media and advertising, public relations, distribution of border crossing advisory cards through a concierge program and sponsorships, as well as outreach to media, hospitality and tourism operators. The ECC will also call on government officials in Washington to seriously consider the impact on trade and tourism when making decisions about travel documentation requirements. U.S. hospitality and tourism operators in border markets have also been negatively impacted by a decline in Canadian visitation. The ECC will call upon U.S. tourism partners and operators to join the ECC in its effort to combat misconceptions on border crossing issues.

Review of Statistics and Perceptions

The Easy Crossing Council has compiled the following facts and statistics that indicate a gap exists between perception and reality over border crossing issues. The two key perceptions this Report will address are:

  1. Long delays are routine in crossing the border.
  2. Passports are required for U.S. and Canadian citizens to cross the border and return home.

Border Crossing Perceptions
A June 2005 report commissioned for the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Recreation stated that 17% of Americans in key U.S. markets are less inclined to travel to Ontario because of perceived difficulty/delays at the border.

-Travel Intention Study Report Summer ’05 Intentions TNS Canadian Facts

Border Crossing Realities

The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission and the Peace Bridge Authority compiled the following statistics between May and June 2005. Overall, there are generally minimal to no delays (i.e. a few minutes) in either direction at Niagara’s three border crossings.

Overall

  • 90% of the time there is no delay for cars at Niagara Border Crossings.
  • 87% of the time there is no delay for trucks and buses at Niagara Border Crossings.

Crossing Into Canada

  • 91% of the time there is minimal or no delay for cars crossing into Canada.
  • 88% of the time there is minimal or no delay for trucks and buses crossing into Canada.

Crossing Into the U.S.

  • 89% of the time there is minimal or no delay for cars crossing into the U.S.
  • 85% of the time there is minimal or no delay for trucks and buses crossing into the U.S.

Instances of Long Delays

  • 3.5% of the time there are delays of 30 minutes or longer for cars at Niagara Border Crossings.
  • 2.5% of the time there are delays of 30 minutes or longer for trucks and buses at Niagara Border Crossings.

Crossing Times By Bridge
The following are crossing times by each of Niagara’s three unrestricted border crossings:

Lewiston-Queenston

  • 84% of the time there are minimal or no delays for cars.
  • 90% of the time there are minimal or no delays for trucks and buses.

Rainbow Bridge

  • 90% of the time there are minimal or no delays for cars.

Peace Bridge

  • 97% of the time there minimal or delays for cars.
  • 84% of the time there are minimal or no delays for trucks and buses.

Border Documentation Perceptions

A June 2005 report commissioned for the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Recreation offered the following findings:

  • 33% of Americans in key markets believe passports are required for travel between Canada and the U.S.
  • 68% of Americans in key markets believe passports will be required by the beginning of 2008 for travel between Canada and the U.S.

    -Travel Intention Study Report Summer ’05 Intentions TNS Canadian Facts

Border Documentation Realities

Although the U.S. Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act proposes a requirement for U.S. citizens and foreign nationals to present appropriate security identification and citizenship documentation when entering the United States, this does not necessarily constitute a passport.

The U.S. Department of State indicates on the Department website that, “Travelers to and from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Panama, Mexico and Canada will be required to have a passport or other secure, accepted documents to enter or re-enter the United States.”

However, there is currently no passport requirement for U.S. visitors to Canada. U.S. President Bush believes that there is flexibility in the law and has concerns for the impact on the legal flow of traffic and people. Citizens of the United States and Canada should carry proof of citizenship such as:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization
  • Photo Identification
  • Valid Visa
  • Letter of joint custody for children
  • Letter of permission with phone number for parents of children that are not yours but traveling with you

Passports can also be used and permanent resident of the U.S. should bring their Permanent
Resident Card (i.e., Green Card) with them.

Impact of Negative Perceptions on Travel

The negative perceptions about cross border travel have resulted in less cross border travel by Americans and Canadians. Each month of 2005 has resulted in declines over the previous year. Recent statistics released by Statistics Canada on July 20, 2005 show that for May 2005 both Canadians and U.S. citizens took fewer trips compared to the previous year.

  • U.S. visitors to Ontario dropped 9% since last May to 1.6 million. The decline includes both same-day and overnight visitors.
  • For the first five months of 2005, the number of Americans visiting Ontario fell 8% over the same period in 2004 and 12% over the same time in 2003.
  • There has been a 7% decrease in overnight visitors to Ontario since last May.
  • Recent Statistics Canada figures indicate that day trips to Canada in May '05 have fallen to the third lowest level in 30 years.
  • Canadians also took fewer trips to the U.S. with Canadian travel falling to 3.1 million trips in May, down 0.4% compared to April.
  • American travel to Canada reached a nine-month low in May with 2.7 million Americans visiting Canada, representing a 1.5% decrease from April.

Other Activities and Initiatives of the Easy Crossing Council

Following the release of the Easy Crossing Report, the ECC will be undertaking a number of initiatives to get the message out about crossing the border and about the required documentation needed for both Canadian and American citizens. These initiatives include:

  • A Concierge/Hospitality program to arm hospitality operators and workers with the facts about how to make crossing the border as easy as possible;
  • Distribution of the border crossing advisory cards;
  • Outreach to U.S. media, tourism and hospitality operators;
  • Set up of an FM frequency with border crossing information;
  • Outreach to U.S. government officials; and
  • Paid media campaign in key drive time U.S. markets.

The Easy Crossing Council Members

Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort
The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission
The Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce
The Niagara Parks Commission
The Peace Bridge Authority
Casino Niagara

Border Crossing Takes Less Than Ten Minutes, No Passport Required, Says Easy Crossing Council

Border Crossing Takes Less Than Ten Minutes, No Passport Required, Says Easy Crossing Council
Report reveals misconceptions about delays and passport requirements by U.S.
Citizens at Canadian/U.S. Border Crossings

NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- In a report prepared to
combat negative perceptions held by American residents over border delays and
the notion passports are now a requirement to enter Canada, the Easy Crossing
Council (ECC) tabled findings today which indicate there are minimal to no
delays being experienced by vehicles entering Canada at Niagara's border
crossings.
The report states a typical crossing into Canada takes less than ten
minutes and that there are no delays being experienced for cars crossing
Niagara's three bridges for visitors (The Peace Bridge, The Rainbow Bridge and
the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge) 90% of the time. The report also reinforced
that passports are not a requirement for U.S. citizens entering Canada or
returning to the U.S.
The Easy Crossing Council was formed to combat misconceptions about cross
border travel between Canada and the United States along the Niagara frontier
and consists of five organizations including: The Buffalo and Fort Erie Peace
Bridge Authority, The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, The Niagara Parks
Commission, The Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce, Casino Niagara and Niagara
Fallsview Casino Resort.
"Concerns about the border have created a decline in U.S. visitors to
Canada, and Canadians into the U.S. so we're working hard to dispel
misconceptions," said Tom Garlock, General Manager of the Niagara Falls Bridge
Commission, operators of the Queenston-Lewiston and Rainbow Bridges. "The
fact is, in nearly all cases you can cross the border between Canada and the
U.S. in less than ten minutes," he added.
"We're getting out there with accurate information," said Steve
Wolstenholme, General Manager of Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort. "The border
is a non-issue and there's lots for people to see and do here in Niagara
Falls. Worries about the border and passports shouldn't deter Americans from
visiting this summer."
"Longer delays during peak periods are no different than traveling on
Interstate and 400-series highways during peak periods," said Ron Rienas,
General Manager with the Buffalo and Fort Erie Peace Bridge Authority.
"Both U.S. and Canadian citizens base their perceptions of border
congestion on information they have heard immediately following incidents such
as the tragic events of 9/11 and SARs," said Joel Noden, Senior Director with
the Niagara Parks Commission. "This new report should help convince our
citizens that crossing the border is quicker and easier than most people
think."
Compounding the concerns over border delays is a U.S. Department of State
proposal, announced this spring, that would require U.S. citizens and foreign
nationals to present appropriate security identification when entering the
U.S. This requirement is posted on the U.S. Department of State website.
Publicity surrounding this proposal has led many Americans and Canadians to
believe that there is a passport requirement for cross border travel.
"Neither American or Canadian citizens need a passport to cross the border
or return home and it isn't likely that they will," said Carolyn Bones,
President of the Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce. "When the President of
the United States voices concerns on a passport requirement and calls for a
more flexible approach, it sends a pretty strong signal," she added.
Recent Statistics Canada figures indicate that day trips to Canada in May
'05 have fallen to the third lowest level in 30 years. Canadians also took
fewer trips to the U.S. with Canadian travel falling to 3.1 million trips in
May, down 0.4% compared to April.
U.S. visitors to Ontario dropped 9% over last May to 1.6 million. The
decline accounts for both same-day and overnight visitors. For the first five
months of 2005, the number of Americans visiting Ontario fell 8% over the same
period in 2004 and 12% over the same time in 2003 at the height of the SARS
outbreak.
The Easy Crossing Council's mandate is to correct the misconceptions of
Americans and Canadians living within a day's drive of Niagara with facts
about the ease of crossing the border and to reinforce Niagara Falls, Canada
as an accessible and fun destination.
The ECC has adopted the slogan "No Passport/Few Delays" and are launching
a media campaign, including advertising, information cards, a border crossing
tip sheet, sponsorships and media outreach to communicate its message with
residents in the U.S. border states adjacent to Ontario: Michigan, Ohio,
Pennsylvania and New York.
To download a copy of the ECC Report of the report please visit
http://www.oeb.com/ecc_report

To view The ECC's print ad please visit http://www.oeb.com/ecc_ad

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Friday, June 09, 2006

PEOPLE MOVER SYSTEM

People mover progress gets NPC approval

BY RAY SPITERI
For: www.niagarafallsreview.ca



Local News - Tuesday, March 28, 2006 @ 02:00



NIAGARA FALLS Plans to create a new People Mover System received another boost Friday when Niagara Parks Commission members voted to move to the next phase in a mass transit system project.

The commission’s approval came off the heels of last Monday’s city council meeting, where its members voted to authorize a second round of bids from three companies that have already expressed interest in building and operating a system to replace the fleet of green buses the NPC runs along the Niagara Parkway.

“The people mover project is entering a new phase where a request for proposal will be developed and submitted to three bidders, so they can prepare a bid,” said John Kernahan, parks commission general manager.

The parks commission owns some of the land on which a new system would run and operate the existing transit system through the tourism area.

The request for proposal is scheduled to be completed for October and will be developed by the City of Niagara Falls, the Niagara Parks Commission, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation and Falls Management Company.

“The RFP will give direction to the bidders, as well as make clear the specifications of the project,” said Kernahan.

“It will also give the bidders some leeway as it relates to coming up with an innovative design to best meet the needs of the project.”

It has been decided the system should run at ground level as opposed to an elevated track and that the north end of the alignment, near the Maid of the Mist plaza and Clifton Hill, be looped.

A decision on whether to make it a fixed-rail system like a trolley or a rubber-tired system like a bus is still up in the air.

Mitsubishi Consortium, Niagara Greenway Consortium and SNC Lavalin Engineers and Constructors are the three companies short-listed for the project.

Depending on the design, a new system could be running by 2009 or 2010, one consultant said.

For years, the city, parks commission and tourism industry have been wrestling with a way to move the growing number of tourists along a 10.5-kilometre loop connecting casino Niagara, Marineland and Table Rock House.

Kernahan said since the 1960s there has been a common vision to create a transit system which would reduce traffic congestion and provide a “comfortable, affective and affordable service for tourists who want to enjoy some of the city’s amenities.

“There have been many steps to bring us to where we are today and there will be many more before our final vision is accomplished.”

Kernahan said about 26,000 vehicles travel along the parkway each day during the peak months of July and August.

“The Niagara Parkway is not a public highway. It’s open to the public, but it’s a private road and it doesn’t serve the same purpose as the QEW or the 420.

“We want a park with a road through it rather than a road with a park around it.”

Kernahan said during the next several months, the four partners will explore all of the issues surrounding the request for proposal.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

NIAGARA'S UP AND DOWN IN TOURISM

Niagara's wheel of fortune

Gas prices, U.S. passport law threaten to end winning streak, writes Susan Pigg

Jun. 3, 2006. 01:00 AM

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont.—Tour bus driver Chris Kennedy is as refreshing a fixture in this Vegas of the north as the cool mist that blows off the Horseshoe Falls.

As he navigates his coach through the "new Niagara," the veteran tour guide and local resident positively overflows with tidbits of advice and humorous warnings.

"Here's Marineland," Kennedy says motioning to the 45-year-old kids' theme park. "It will cost you $32 just to walk around the grounds. And I hope you bring your own hot dog because it will cost you $7.50 — and God help you if you need ketchup or mustard."

Use your credit card to get the most for your weaker greenback, he warns the largely American crowd; don't park downtown; be mindful that menus are in two prices — Canadian and American.

"Free is a dirty word in Niagara," Kennedy bellows into his microphone as passengers burst into laughter and shake their heads knowingly. "You pay me to tell you the truth, and that's what I'm here for, okey-dokey?"

Kennedy is, in fact, a great ambassador for Niagara Falls. He not only tells it as it is, but how it used to be before Niagara Falls hit the jackpot a decade ago thanks to Casino Niagara.

"It's been fantastic — just out of this world," says Kennedy of the more than $3 billion in new hotels and attractions that now tower over the falls, including a second casino, the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, that opened two years ago.

"I get a lot of locals who take the tour just to learn about their own city. They can't believe how much we've got here now," says Kennedy.

And the list keeps growing.

Just since mid-April, two massive new water parks have added to the wet and wild fun here — the 125,000-square-foot Fallsview Indoor Waterpark near the falls, and the 103,000-square-foot Bear Track Landing at Great Wolf Lodge on the edge of town. (See K12 for details.)

The 53-metre SkyWheel — touted as the biggest Ferris wheel in North America — opens June 17 on Clifton Hill, offering visitors a stunning new $10 million vista of the falls from its 42 heated and air-conditioned gondolas.

Cirque Niagara — a $10 million mix of Cirque du Soleil-like artistry and equestrian theatrics on some of the world's rarest horses — just opened its show, Avaia, under a new, 1,500-seat big top in Rapidsview park, across from Marineland.

And the area's many wineries are being showcased for the first time at the Queenston Heights Restaurant, 11 kilometres north of the falls, where a new 1,200-bottle wine cellar and tasting room is aimed at becoming "the gateway to Niagara's wineries," featuring the best of more than 50 area vintners.

At least six major new hotel projects are planned for the downtown, including a 59-storey addition to the Hilton Hotel. All of that will boost the number of rooms to almost 15,000 — double what was here before the first casino opened in 1996.

A "people mover" — with a track that will loop around the downtown and connect to outlying parking lots — is expected to get final approval soon. And Clifton Hill, once the honky-tonk heart of the "honeymoon capital of the world" continues to undergo a major makeover.

"Niagara Falls used to be for nearly deads and newlyweds. Now it's kind of a hip place to be," says Joel Noden, executive director of marketing and business development for the Niagara Parks Commission.

"We tell people if they haven't been here in the last five years, they haven't been to Niagara Falls. It's become a completely different city. It's no longer just a day trip."

Tourism officials used to talk about "the magic 100 days."

"We used to have tourism here from May 24 to Labour Day, and then basically in winter we would close up," says former mayor Wayne Thomson, who was defeated after spearheading much of the development. "We always had a dream of year-round tourism and turning Niagara Falls into a world-class destination. But up until the casino came (with year-round entertainment), there was no way anyone could afford to put up $40 million and $50 million hotels."

Now 14 million people a year, almost half of them Americans, flock to this city of just 79,000 residents.

Predictions had been that the number of visitors would hit 30 million by 2016. But that was before the triple whammy of outlandish gas prices, the strong Canadian dollar and — most importantly — the Bush government's planned Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.

That new program, which is still under intense debate in the States, will require all travellers, including U.S. citizens, to have a passport or "other accepted (ID) document" to cross the border into the U.S., most likely by June, 2009.

The new program has caused fear here on many levels: No one knows for certain yet what "other accepted document" means, or what it will cost. What is well known is that few U.S. citizens own passports, and that it would be ridiculously expensive for a family to get the documents for a day trip to Clifton Hill (60 per cent of tourists are still day-trippers, although overnight stays are growing.)

But what's got everyone here most worried is that 60 per cent of U.S. citizens (according to a survey done by Niagara tourism officials) believe the initiative is already in effect.

"We've had comments that people think they're going to have to leave their kids at the border if they don't have a passport," says Noden.

Niagara Falls is expected to be harder hit by the initiative than any other Canadian border city. Last year alone it saw a 15 per cent drop in the number of visitors from the U.S., and there are fears that when the new border controls finally are in place, 1 million fewer Americans will visit here.

Already Vancouver businessman Jimmy Pattison has put a planned new aquarium — the second phase of his 406-room Great Wolf Lodge resort development — on hold indefinitely.

"Right now Niagara Falls is in a sort of limbo as people watch what's happening. Niagara Falls is very susceptible because it relies on cross-border business," says Bob Masterson, president of Ripley's Niagara Water Park Resort, which won the rights to build Canada's first Great Wolf Resort.

"We're committed to doing the aquarium, if we understand what the exposure is with the border controls."

Harry Oakes' family owns almost 13 hectares of prime downtown real estate, including the site of the new SkyWheel, and hopes to eventually add more family attractions and a 30-storey hotel. He and his brother Philip say they are committed to improving the offerings for families along Clifton Hill, which is why they spent $10 million on the huge spinning "icon attraction," but are cautious.

"When you look at business, you have to look at market conditions. The passport issue is a wild card right now."

Noden has spent much of the past year selling Niagara Falls overseas, especially in Asia, and says so far the city has largely offset the drop in U.S. traffic with more visitors from Japan, China, Korea, France and Germany.

But there's a growing sense here — especially among locals — that Niagara Falls has gambled too heavily on the casinos and could pay a heavy price. Already it's facing stiff competition from a new U.S. casino right across the river where gamblers can smoke (it's just been banned here) and toss back free drinks (banned under liquor laws.)

Thomson argues that prices here are in line with other major tourist destinations such as Vegas and Orlando. But even local business people, such as Marineland founder John Holer, are concerned that the Lundy's Lane motel area is becoming the only option for families because most can't afford the new high-rise hotels, which can go for $300 to $800 a night.

"It's absolutely ungodly expensive here for everything, especially with the exchange rate," says Texan Heather Daley, after spending $50 for two room-service breakfasts. "I told my husband this morning, I think we've spent more on this trip (per day) than on our honeymoon, and we went to Australia."

Masterson acknowledges that affordability is an issue for families and says his water park resort — where rooms average more than $300 a night — is looking at ways to cut costs.

Great Wolf also plans to subsidize American families when the new passport rules take effect, by providing them with all the ID application forms they need, and taking the price off the room rates, he said.

"It's a one-time thing," he says of the unusual move. "We're just one company. It's going to take the actions of everybody here doing something like this.

"There's got to be an end to what gambling can bring to a community. If we ever lose the thing that made Niagara Falls so special — the natural beauty and the families coming down to see it, and all those attractions along the Niagara Gorge and even up Clifton Hill — if we ever lose that as a focus, and don't keep the place affordable, we will lose our competitive advantage.

"And there are a lot of other places where people can go."


Susan Pigg is associate travel editor. spigg@thestar.ca

Thursday, June 01, 2006

MAY GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Minutes from May 18

General membership meeting

Executive members present:

President, Bill Rudd, Vice President, Ian Mather, Chief Steward, Barb Wilson, Treasurer, Marie Stokes, Secretary, Fred Hopkins

Members present: 123

1) Call to order

2) Adoption of agenda

3) Presidents report

4) Secretary’s report

5) Selection of Stewards

6) Election for Executives, Negotiating team, Trustees

7) New and old business

8) Adjournment

Reading of acceptance of all people

Motion to accept agenda Anne Cunningham, second by Gary Vanderclay

Presidents’ report

Thanks to all executive for the effort and progress made over the past 3 years

Election of stewards to begin and is accepted by all members

Motion to accept Fernando Fortino second by Bill Burns

Stewards Nominated to be sworn in at future Stewards’ meeting

Fred Hopkins Maureen Ellis

Ian Mather Andrew Lacasse

Bill Rudd Robin Watson

Barb Wilson Mike McAndrew

Marie Stokes Rob Knight

Carey Gore Penny Berketa

Shelley Reed Ronnie Fawcet

Colleen Cotter Darlane Johnston

Jenn Sanderson Anita Simonetti

Bill Burns Glenn Davis

Colin MacKenzie

Placido Iammarino

Desiree Constandides

Motion to accept stewards; Fernando Fortino second by Bill Burns

Elections for Executive

President Bill Rudd – accepted the nomination and will be president for his second term

Other nominees that declined to run:

Ian Mather, Bill Burns and Marie Stokes…

Vice President - Ian Mather – accepted the nomination and will be vice for his second term

Colin MacKenzie and Bill Burns declined their nominations

Chief Steward –Barb Wilson accepted and will be entering her second term

Randy Aird and Fernando Fortino both declined

Secretary –Maureen Ellis and Jenn Sanderson both accepted their nominations; Jenn Sanderson is the new Secretary.

Shelley Reed, Ronnie Fawcett and Fred Hopkins declined their nominations

Motion to destroy ballots Ian Mather second by Barb Wilson accepted…

Negotiating Team

Two highest votes –Full time and seasonal

Treasurer –Marie Stokes accepted her nomination and continues her devotion to the union

Trustees

Anne Cunningham, Patty Hicks, Judy Cant and Madeline Towne all ran for two positions. Patty Hicks and Judy Cant won the election.

Scrutineers were Vince Stranges and Ronnie Fawcett

50/50 draw –Gary Johnstone from Rapidsview

Motion to destroy ballots Don Muma, second by Ian Mather

Negotiating Team

Colin MacKenzie, Barb Wilson, Shelly Reed, Joe Masendrea, Desiree Constanindides…Seasonal alternate: Robin Watson Full Time: Gary Bird.

Scrutineers Byron Brisson, Ian Mather, Don Muma and supervised by Anne Cunningham.

Motion to destroy ballots; ballots destroyed…

Old Business

Mediations improper exclusions still in arbitration in Toronto. Another 38 days from the time of this meeting, resolution should be reached.

18 positions in dispute

JJE to meet with seasonals, Barb arranging free meeting sites on parks property

New Business

Demand set meeting June 22nd, 2006 for contract negotiations.

Motion to carry for set up of meeting/passed.

Strike team to be decided during negotiations. Possibly for the next general membership meeting a decision will be made…

Adoption of different language from different companies to help with negotiations.

A letter to be drafted to Dave Morris about an extra staff shuttle bus from RV to TR between 8:15 and 9am.

Motion to destroy ballots Bill Burns, 2nd passed by Anne Cunningham.

Meeting adjourned…