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Minutes of August 24, 2021 Executive Committee Meeting Web Conference

Minutes of August 24, 2021 Executive Committee Meeting Web Conference

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The Executive Committee was called to order at 9:33 a.m. President Thomas was in the Chair. All members were present, except Eddy Almeida and Edie Strachan, reason acceptable to the Chair. Clarke Eaton, Advisor to the President, Linda Mariani, Executive Assistant to the President, were also in attendance.  

The agenda was amended to add:  

  • Western Area Youth Services (WAYS) and Anago Resources Merger to Local 171  
  • HDPP Complaint: #2020-0415-0015 (In-Camera) 
  • General Membership Meeting/Gatherings 
  • ‘Committee of the Whole’ Discussion for the August Board 
  • GMM Elections 
  • OPSEU/SEFPO Position of Mandatory Vaccines 
  • Membership Rooms 
  • Filling of Job Postings 

Consent Agenda

Minutes of previous meeting 

Moved by Thomas/Arvelin 

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Committee adopt the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Committee minutes of July 20, 2021 web conference.

The question was called on the Agenda: 

Roll Call #1 

Almeida, Eddy  

Arvelin, Ed for 

Labelle, Sara for 

Langford, Tara for 

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for 

Morton, Lucy for 

Nancekivell, Laurie for 

Strachan, Edie  

Thomas, Warren for 

Carried 7 for 0 against

Business Arising

From the May 26-27, 2021 Executive Board Meeting

Organizational Chart Changes (2) 

Adding Three (3) Permanent Full-Time Organizers (Communications Division – Organizing Unit)

Table this item until the fall.  

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO continues to grow; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is being inundated with requests to be part of the OPSEU/SEFPO family; and

Whereas organizing has become more labour intensive during the pandemic, and we require more feet on the ground; and

Whereas one of the pillars of OPSEU/SEFPO and its strength as a union is its ability to organize;

Therefore be it resolved that three (3) additional Organizer positions be permanently added to the OPSEU/SEFPO staff complement.

Be it further resolved that the funds be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

*work in progress

Adding Three (3) Permanent Human Rights Officer Positions (Equity Unit)

Table this item until the fall. 

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO has a demonstrated and long-standing commitment to dismantling anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism and all forms racism in its systems and structures; and  

Whereas there has been a continued rise in anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, and all forms of racism during the COVID-19 pandemic; and  

Whereas the OPSEU/SEFPO Equity Unit has dedicated Human Rights Officers with the expertise and experience to carry out the type of work to dismantle all forms of racism; and  

Whereas the current complement of four (4) permanent Human Rights Officers is not sufficient to meet the increase demands;  

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approve the addition of three (3) additional permanent Human Rights Officers to the existing complement of staff in the Equity Unit; and   

Be it further resolved that two (2) of these new permanent Human Rights Officers in the Equity Unit will be dedicated to working on anti-Black, anti-Indigenous and systemic racism initiatives and training for the OPSEU/SEFPO membership.   

*work in progress 

Constitutional Amendment to Articles 4, 7, 14, 15, 21, 24 and 29 – Dismantling Systemic Racism

Table this item until October after the Social Mapping Committee meets and there is a two (2) day meeting set to discuss constitutional amendments.  

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO recognizes that anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, and all forms of racism is a barrier that prevents its membership from full participation; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO has a long term commitment to dismantling anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, and all forms of racism in all of its systems and structures; and

Whereas recommendations # 14 of the OPSEU/SEFPO Social Mapping Project (SMP) is to create a comprehensive approach that will build equity awareness and skills within the various levels of its membership; and

Whereas recommendations # 7 and 15 of the OPSEU/SEFPO SMP requires that Board members, other leaders and newly elected leaders engage in and complete an Equity learning pathway in order to become champions of equity, diversity, and inclusion;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board endorse and approve the proposed changes to Articles 4, 7, 14, 15, 21, 24 and 29 in the OPSEU/SEFPO Constitution as outlined in the attached appendix.

*work in progress

Executive Board Member Kingsley Kwok’s Motions (3) 

Motion #1

Item is tabled until a meeting is held with the Coalition of Racialized Workers. 

Whereas at this time OPSEU/SEFPO members have no means of submitting resolutions due to the Executive Board’s decision to cancel the 2021 Annual Convention, while the OFL, CLC and other unions are holding their elections and annual conventions electronically;

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board reconsiders the motion to extend the terms of previously elected officers and holds Regional elections and a Convention before November 1, 2021.

*work in progress

Motion #2

Item is tabled until a meeting is held with the Coalition of Racialized Workers. 

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO needs to attract, develop and nurture activists, leaders and staff to represent our members and do all of the challenging and complex work of this Union, now and far into the future; and

Whereas the use of institutional and administrative tools can be used to silence and disempower members, particularly those from traditionally disenfranchised groups and those seeking equity;

Therefore be it resolved that behaviours such as yelling, belittling, personal insults, undermining elected leaders, threats to discipline or terminate OPSEU/SEFPO staff; threats of frivolous legal actions; abusing Robert’s Rules of Order to shut down debate be renounced and actively censored by our Executive Board and at all meetings and activities, by meeting Chairs.

*work in progress  

Motion #3 

Item is tabled until a meeting is held with the Coalition of Racialized Workers.

Whereas we care about the individual and collective health and safety of OPSEU/SEFPO Staff, Members and Activists, and want our Union to remain a leader in psychological safety;

Therefore be it resolved that the President and Vice President, all Executive Board Members (EBMs), and Senior Managers in OPSEU, attend mandatory training on Psychological Harassment, Sensitivity Training and Respect in the Workplace training, through an external trainer recommended by OPSEU/SEFPO’s Equity Committees; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO participate in the Mental Injury Tools process, and create working committees that include OPSEU/SEFPO Staff (elected by OPSSU Members), Divisions and Sectors (elected by Local Presidents), Equity Committees (elected by Regional Equity Committees and Caucuses), the Executive Board (elected by the Executive Board) and Senior Management; with a mandate to identify and remove psychological hazards and harassment from leadership behaviors, policies, practices and structures; and to develop focus groups and training for elected leaders and activists on working together in psychologically safe, respectful and inclusive spaces, with an external trainer recommended by OPSEU’s Equity Committees.

*work in progress

President’s Report

Central Labour Updates (OFL/CLC/NUPGE) 

President Thomas provided an update.  

New Business 

Western Area Youth Services (WAYS) and Anago Resources Merger to Local 171  

Moved by Nancekivell/Thomas

Whereas the members of Western Area Youth Services (WAYS) are in a single unit local (L131) and the members of Anago Resources are a unit within a composite local (L166); and

Whereas WAYS and Anago Resources merged earlier this year and is now known as Humana; and

Whereas the Region 1 Executive Board Members have met as a group and with representatives of both impacted areas to make a decision on local structure;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Committee recommend to the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board that the members of Humana be assigned a new local number (L171) and that local 131 be dissolved.

Roll Call #2 

Almeida, Eddy  

Arvelin, Ed for 

Labelle, Sara for 

Langford, Tara for 

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for 

Morton, Lucy for 

Nancekivell, Laurie for 

Strachan, Edie  

Thomas, Warren for 

Carried 7 for 0 against

General Membership Meetings/Gatherings 

Discussion 

‘Committee of the Whole’ Discussion for the August Board

Discussion 

GMM Elections

Discussion 

Membership Rooms

Discussion  

Filling of Job Postings

Discussion 

OPSEU/SEFPO Position of Mandatory Vaccines

Discussion

Moved by Thomas/Arvelin – In Camera 

Roll Call #3 

Almeida, Eddy  

Arvelin, Ed for 

Labelle, Sara for 

Langford, Tara for 

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for 

Morton, Lucy for 

Nancekivell, Laurie for 

Strachan, Edie  

Thomas, Warren for 

Carried 7 for 0 against

Staffing Issues (In-Camera)

Other Business 

HDPP Complaint: #2020-0415-0015

Discussion (in camera) 

Rise & Report 

Internal Issues 

SRF #2021-08-01  

Moved by Thomas/Morton 

Therefore be it resolved that the Solidarity Reserve Fund provide up to $5,000 for legal expenses that the member incurs in a civil suit with the disability insurer on the following conditions, to be confirmed by OPSEU/SEFPO Counsel: 1) the member’s lawyer charge reasonable rates; and 2) that the member’s lawyer make reasonable efforts to recover legal costs for the member and OPSEU/SEFPO as part of any settlement or judgment.

Roll Call #4 

Almeida, Eddy  

Arvelin, Ed for 

Labelle, Sara for 

Langford, Tara for 

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for 

Morton, Lucy for 

Nancekivell, Laurie for 

Strachan, Edie  

Thomas, Warren for  

Carried 7 for 0 against

SRF #2021-08-02

Moved by Thomas/Labelle 

Therefore be it resolved that the Solidarity Reserve Fund provide up to $5,000 to pay for actual legal costs incurred by the member in her criminal defence, provided that counsel continues to charge reasonable rates, as confirmed by OPSEU/SEFPO counsel.

Roll Call #5 

Almeida, Eddy  

Arvelin, Ed for 

Labelle, Sara for 

Langford, Tara for 

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for 

Morton, Lucy for 

Nancekivell, Laurie for 

Strachan, Edie  

Thomas, Warren for 

Carried 7 for 0 against

Adjournment

The Executive Committee meeting was adjourned at 11:44 a.m. All members were present, except Eddy Almeida and Edie Strachan, reason acceptable to the Chair. 

Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President     Kseniya Fomushkin, Corporate Secretary