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Minutes of April 20, 2021 Executive Committee Meeting Web Conference

Minutes of April 20, 2021 Executive Committee Meeting Web Conference

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The Executive Committee was called to order at 9:32 a.m. President Thomas was in the Chair. All members were present. Clarke Eaton, Advisor to the President, Linda Mariani, Executive Assistant to the President, were also in attendance.

 

Agenda

The agenda was amended to add:

  • Conflict of Interest
  • Proposals to be added to the Board Meetings Instead

 

Consent Agenda

Minutes of previous meeting

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Committee adopt the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Committee minutes of March 23, 2021 web conference.

The question was called on the Agenda:

Roll Call #1

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Carried 9 for 0 against

Treasurer’s Report

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

  • 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
  • Other Business

President’s Report

Internal Issues

Sector 19 – Canadian Blood Services 2021 Bargaining Campaign

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the Sector 19 Divisional Executive has asked for support from OPSEU/SEFPO to develop a bargaining campaign for one of the sector’s largest bargaining units, Canadian Blood Services (CBS), as they head into bargaining this Spring; and

Whereas the work CBS members carry out every day during the pandemic is vital to keeping Canada’s blood supply safe; and

Whereas the Sector Divisional Executive plans to promote the Sector as a whole by producing a series of videos highlighting the important work their members perform every day; and

Whereas the CBS Bargaining Team plans to send the employer a strong message that CBS members are united in demanding respect for the work they do; and

Whereas the CBS Bargaining Team plans to implement a lanyard solidarity action with messaging tailored to bargaining priorities as identified in demand set; and

Whereas the Sector Divisional Executive and the CBS Bargaining Team believe that the lanyards will send a strong message to the employer that OPSEU/SEFPO will continue to push for better and safer working conditions for CBS members;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Committee approve funding to support the CBS Bargaining Team for the amount detailed in the attached proposal to be drawn from the Contingency Fund.Roll Call #2

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Carried 9 for 0 against

 

Sector 19 – Public Health Ontario 2021 Bargaining Campaign

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the Sector 19 Divisional Executive has asked for support from OPSEU/SEFPO in developing a bargaining campaign for their largest unit Public Health Ontario (PHO) as they head into bargaining this Spring; and

Whereas the work PHO members perform during the pandemic has ensured the timely processing of close to 3,000,000 COVID-19 tests, in addition to their regular work of analyzing critical, specialty tests; and

Whereas the PHO Bargaining Team would like to produce a video to raise awareness about the vital work performed by their members, as part of a series for the entire Sector; and

Whereas the PHO Bargaining Team wants to show the Employer that their members are informed and united, by conducting a campaign that includes a lanyard solidarity action with messaging tailored to demand set and their push for parity for their members; and

Whereas the lanyard action will send a strong message to the Employer that OPSEU/SEFPO will continue to push for parity with hospitals for PHO members;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Committee approve funding for the amount outlined in the attached proposal to be drawn from the Contingency Fund, to fund a PHO campaign in the upcoming bargaining period, which will include a lanyard solidarity action and a video highlighting the work performed by PHO members.

Roll Call #3

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Carried 9 for 0 against


Sector 4 Equity Meeting June 2021

Moved by Thomas/Nancekivell

Whereas the CAS sector undertook an equity survey of its leadership in December 2020; and

Whereas highest ranking survey results indicated majority support for the division to pursue action to support Locals/Units in addressing systemic racism, harassment and bulling; and

Whereas the division acknowledges that the highest ranking body, including executive members, are predominantly white, and;

Whereas the division wants to ensure that any campaign is informed by all the voices and experiences of affected members, to identify opportunities for the sector to support initiatives to address systemic barriers;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Committee approve the amount as outlined in the attached proposal to be drawn from the Contingency Fund for a half-day Working Session for CAS members who self-identify as racialized, LGBTQ+, Indigenous, Black and person with disabilities, to a maximum of 69 members.

Roll Call #4

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Carried 9 for 0 against

 

COTA Health Sector Change from Sector 17 to Sector 18

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas COTA Health was unionized at a time when it was a smaller agency that provided OT services in the community; and

Whereas COTA was then placed with Sector 17 Community Health Care Professionals, and

Whereas COTA has since grown and its work now is primarily in the Mental Health and addiction services; and

Whereas being placed in the proper Sector will allow for added support and resources during bargaining and maintenance of our collective agreement;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Committee recommend to the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board to approve the members of COTA Health be placed in Sector 18 Mental Health as soon as possible; and

Be it further resolved that the unit agree to pay any Sector dues associated with Sector 18.

Moved by Almeida/Arvelin – Amendment

The last resolve to be removed.

Roll Call #5

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Carried 9 for 0 against

The question was called on the motion as amended.

Whereas COTA Health was unionized at a time when it was a smaller agency that provided OT services in the community; and

Whereas COTA was then placed with Sector 17 Community Health Care Professionals, and

Whereas COTA has since grown and its work now is primarily in the Mental Health and addiction services; and

Whereas being placed in the proper Sector will allow for added support and resources during bargaining and maintenance of our collective agreement;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Committee recommend to the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board to approve the members of COTA Health be placed in Sector 18 Mental Health as soon as possible.

Roll Call #6

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Carried 9 for 0 against

 

Moved by Almeida/ Thomas

Be it resolved that the meeting will break until 1:00 p.m.

Roll Call #7

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Carried 9 for 0 against

 

Afternoon

The meeting resumed at 1:04p.m.

 

Central Labour Updates (OFL/CLC/NUPGE)

President Thomas provided an update.

 

New Business

Conflict of Interest

Discussion.

Proposals to be added to the Board Meetings Instead

Discussion.

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 1:47p.m. All members were present.