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Minutes of April 2, 2015 Executive Committee Meeting – Web Conference

Minutes of April 2, 2015 Executive Committee Meeting – Web Conference

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April 2, 2015

The Executive Committee was called to order at 9:10 am. President Thomas was in the Chair.  Peggy Maybury, Executive Assistant to the President was also in attendance.

Agenda

The agenda was amended to add:

  • Kingston office bids
  • Privatization campaign

The question was called on the Agenda as amended:

Roll Call #1

Arbus, Jeff for

Almeida, Eddy for

Elliot, Ron for

Labelle, Sara for

Lundy, Dave for

Magner, Myles for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tungatt, Debbie for

Carried 9 for 0 against

Consent Agenda

Minutes of previous meeting

The OPSEU Executive Committee Minutes of February 26, 2015 were adopted.

Treasurer’s Report

First Vice-President/Treasurer Almeida presented the Treasurer’s Report.

  • Financials
  • Contingency Fund
  • Defence Fund
  • ODSP Fund – OPS Job Protection Fund
  • ODSP Fund – MERC Action Plan
  • ODSP Fund – OPS Redeployment Fund
  • LBED Anti-privatization Fund
  • Summary Report

Kingston office bids

Discussion

President’s Report

Internal issues

Issues were discussed.

Central Labour Updates (OFL/CLC/NUPGE)

President Thomas gave the Officers an update

CBS NUPGE

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

THAT The Executive Committee approve up to $9,000.00 to send 4 delegates to the CBS NUPGE meeting on April 13 & 14, 2015, one member from region 2, region 4, region 5, region 6 and that the funds to be drawn from the contingency fund.

Roll Call #2

Arbus, Jeff for

Almeida, Eddy for

Elliot, Ron for

Labelle, Sara for

Lundy, Dave for

Magner, Myles for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tungatt, Debbie for

Carried 9 for 0 against

President’s Report

Moved by Elliot R./Thomas

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the OPSEU Executive Committee recommend to the OPSEU Executive Board that the members (all) from Local 122 merge with the members from Local 121; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Charter of Local 122 be dissolved; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT any funds remaining in the account of local 122 be moved to local 121 and the account of local 122 be closed.

Roll Call #3

Arbus, Jeff for

Almeida, Eddy for

Elliot, Ron for

Labelle, Sara for

Lundy, Dave for

Magner, Myles for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tungatt, Debbie for

Carried 9 for 0 against

New Business

Merger of Local 547 to Local 511

Moved by Magner/Thomas

WHEREAS the Government of Ontario has closed the Thistletown Regional Centre, formerly represented by OPSEU Local 547; and,

WHERAS the remaining 14 members of local 547 were divested from the OPS and transferred to the Halton Trauma Centre (Radius Child and Youth Services); and,

WHERAS the members of local 547 have voted unanimously to join Local 511, a BPS local representing developmental services workers at Surrey Place; and,

WHERAS the members of Local 511 have voted to accept the members of Local 511 at the Halton Trauma Centre (Radius Child and Youth Services) into Local 511 as a new unit; and,

WHEREAS following the transfer of these members to Local 511, there will be no members or bargaining units remaining in Local 547,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Executive Committee recommend to the OPSEU Executive Board that i) the members of Local 547 at the Halton Trauma Centre (Radius Child and Youth Services) be transferred to Local 511, and ii) the charter of Local 547 be dissolved, effective as of April 13, 2015, and iii) that the president send a letter to the members of the former local 547 and the officers of Local 511, confirming the Board’s decision.

Roll Call #4

Arbus, Jeff  for

Almeida, Eddy for

Elliot, Ron for

Labelle, Sara for

Lundy, Dave for

Magner, Myles for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tungatt, Debbie for

Carried 9 for 0 against

International Youth Day Conference

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

WHEREAS the International Youth Day Conference has been expanded to a two and a half day event in 2015; and

WHEREAS it may be more difficult for members from Region 5 to travel back and forth if they are not staying at the hotel; and

WHEREAS it may be equally difficult for these members to network with other young workers from across the province.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the 60 kilometer rule be waived for the Wednesday and Thursday nights of the 2015 International Youth Day Conference and that up to a maximum of $3000 be added to the 2015 International Youth Day budget line, if necessary. The funds are to be taken from the Contingency Fund.

Roll Call #5

Arbus, Jeff for

Almeida, Eddy for

Elliot, Ron for

Labelle, Sara for

Lundy, Dave for

Magner, Myles for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tungatt, Debbie for

Carried 9 for 0 against

New Business

Strike Pay

Work in progress

President’s Report

Privatization Campaign

Smokey provided an update

Moved by Thomas/Almeida – In Camera

Roll Call #6

Arbus, Jeff for

Almeida, Eddy for

Elliot, Ron for

Labelle, Sara for

Lundy, Dave for

Magner, Myles for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tungatt, Debbie for

Carried 9 for 0 against

Rise & Report

Solidarity Reserve Fund Requests

Request#2015-03-01

Moved by Magner/Thomas

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Solidarity Reserve Fund provide up to $5,000 for legal expenses incurred by the member in each of the two legal proceedings arising from her claim for LTD benefits, on the conditions that: 1) the members’ counsel and his or her rates are approved by OPSEU Counsel; 2) the member’s counsel provides satisfactory reporting letters as the matters progress;  and 3) the member’s counsel makes reasonable efforts to recover legal costs as part of any settlement or order.

Moved by Thibodeau/Almeida

Refer this issue to the President’s Office, to report back to the April Board meeting,

Roll Call #7

Arbus, Jeff for

Almeida, Eddy for

Elliot, Ron for

Labelle, Sara for

Lundy, Dave for

Magner, Myles for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tungatt, Debbie for

Carried 9 for 0 against

Request#2015-03-02

Moved by Magner/Thomas

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Solidarity Reserve Fund provide up to $5,000 for legal expenses incurred by the member in a civil lawsuit for long-term disability benefits, on the conditions that: 1) the member’s retainer agreement with counsel is approved by OPSEU Counsel; and 2) the member’s counsel makes reasonable efforts to recover legal costs as part of any settlement or order.

Roll Call #8

Arbus, Jeff for

Almeida, Eddy for

Elliot, Ron for

Labelle, Sara for

Lundy, Dave for

Magner, Myles for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tungatt, Debbie for

Carried 9 for 0 against

Request#2015-03-03

Moved by Labelle/Thomas

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Solidarity Reserve Fund provide up to $5,000 to each of the members for legal expenses incurred in the course of their criminal defence, provided that counsel continues to charge reasonable rates, as confirmed by OPSEU counsel.

Roll Call #9

Arbus, Jeff for

Almeida, Eddy for

Elliot, Ron for

Labelle, Sara for

Lundy, Dave for

Magner, Myles for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tungatt, Debbie for

Carried 9 for 0 against

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 11:20 a.m.  All members were present.

Minutes signed by Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President and Nicole Glass, Corporate Secretary