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Minutes of Executive Board Meeting of June 18-19, 2014

Minutes of Executive Board Meeting of June 18-19, 2014

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The Executive Board was called to order at 9:35 am. President Thomas was in the Chair. All members were present except Mary Cory. The reason was acceptable to the Chair. Peggy Maybury, Executive Assistant to the President, was also in attendance.

June 18, 2014

Agenda

The agenda was amended to add:

2pm – Employee Relations (In-camera)

10:30 LBED/Corrections (In-camera)

CBC motion

Convention committee

Web site

Committee report – potential golf tournament

New member orientation video

The question was called on the Agenda as amended:

Roll Call Vote #1

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen for

Magner, Myles for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Bozai, Ibrahim for

Cormier, Chris for

Cory, Mary absent

Elliot, Ron for

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia for

Labelle, Sara for

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean for

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tungatt, Debbie for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Consent agenda

Minutes of the Previous Meeting

The minutes of May 7, 2014 were adopted.

Treasurer’s report

First Vice-President/Treasurer Almeida presented the Treasurer’s Report, which addressed the following items:

Financials

Contingency fund

Defence fund

Debt Replayment Fund

OPSEU Policy – Section 15.4-2 – Rebate – Calculation

OPSEU Policy – Section 2-4 – Dues: CLC

OPSEU Policy – Section 15.1-2 – Banking: Locals’ Savings Accounts and OPSEU Policy – Section 15.1-2 – Banking

Summary report

Debt Repayment Fund

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

Whereas OPSEU has long term unfunded liability on its financial statements; and

Whereas funding these liabilities will only make our union stronger; and

Whereas Convention passed as part of the 2014 budget, a $500,000 “debt repayment fund”;

Therefore be it resolved that this fund will follow the same investment guidelines as the Strike Fund; and

Be it further resolved that the funds will not be utilized without prior, 2/3rds majority roll call vote of the Executive Board.

Roll Call Vote #2

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen for

Magner, Myles for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Bozai, Ibrahim for

Cormier, Chris for

Cory, Mary absent

Elliot, Ron for

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia for

Labelle, Sara for

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean for

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tungatt, Debbie for

Carried 20 for 0 against

OPSEU Policy Section 15.4-2 -Rebate – Calculation

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

Whereas convention 2014 amended the budget in recognition that some local’s at the 650/750 book off have negotiated Local agreements; and

Whereas these agreements have management paying for a percentage of the locals time off.

Therefore be it resolved that the policy for greater clarity has the following added: “Locals that have negotiated a 10 percent or greater percentage of payment, towards a full time book off, will not have their rebates reduced in regards to the full time book-off.”

Roll Call Vote #3

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen for

Magner, Myles for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Bozai, Ibrahim for

Cormier, Chris for

Cory, Mary absent

Elliot, Ron for

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia for

Labelle, Sara for

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean for

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tungatt, Debbie for

Carried 20 for 0 against

OPSEU Policy – Section 2-4 – Dues: CLC

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

Whereas the currently policy is out of date on the dues base;

Therefore be it resolved that the policy under Dues: CLC reflect the current rate of 0.75 cents per month, per member, effective January 1, 2015.

Moved by Elliot/Tungatt – amendment

Refer this issue back to the First Vice-President/Treasurer to include the number of members we pay on and a study on other unions practice on percent paid on, to be brought back to the September meeting.

Roll Call Vote #4

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen for

Magner, Myles for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Bozai, Ibrahim for

Cormier, Chris for

Cory, Mary absent

Elliot, Ron for

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia for

Labelle, Sara for

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean for

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tungatt, Debbie for

Carried 20 for 0 against

First Vice-President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair.

OPSEU Policy – Section 15.1-2 – Banking: Locals’ Savings Accounts

Moved by Almeida/Arbus

Whereas Section 15.1-2, under Banking: Locals’ Savings Account is redundant; and

Whereas Locals are now instructed to open chequing accounts for easy tracking; and

Whereas there is a new system for opening OPSEU related bank accounts and changing signatories on those accounts; and

Whereas the First Vice-President/Treasurer is to be notified of all OPSEU Local bank accounts and authorizes the opening of all OPSEU related bank accounts and changes to those accounts;

Therefore be it resolved that the section entitled Banking: Locals’ Savings Accounts be removed; and

Be it further resolved that Section 15-1-2, under Banking be amended to say the following:

Local Executive Committees are advised that they may conduct their banking with whatever chartered bank, trust company or credit union they regard as most suited to their interests.

All accounts will be opened in the name of OPSEU Local XYZ and authorized by the First Vice-President/Treasurer.

The locals will notify the First Vice-President/Treasurer by completing either the new Local Bank Account form or Signatory Changes to Existing Account form.

The three (3) signing officer of an OPSEU Local bank account shall be any two of the Local – President, Vice President, and Treasurer, or Secretary–Treasurer.

2nd Vice-President Tungatt in the Chair.

Moved by Elliot R. /Tungatt – amendment

After Treasurer strike the word “or”.

Roll Call Vote #5

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen absent

Bisaillon, Michel for

Bozai, Ibrahim for

Cormier, Chris absent

Cory, Mary absent

Elliot, Ron for

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia for

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren absent

Tungatt, Debbie for

Labelle, Sara for

Carried 17 for 0 against

Moved by Elliot R./Magner amendment

Change Three (3) to Four (4)

Roll Call Vote #6

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen absent

Bisaillon, Michel for

Bozai, Ibrahim for

Cormier, Chris absent

Cory, Mary absent

Elliot, Ron for

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia for

Labelle, Sara for

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren absent

Tungatt, Debbie for

Carried 17 for 0 against

Moved by Strachan/Elliot R.

After shall be add “the Treasurer or Secretary-Treasurer and one other of the following: either Local President, Vice-President or Secretary.

Moved by Magner/Archer – amendment to the amendment

Amend “one other of the following:” to “one or more of the following, either Local President, Vice-President or Secretary with two signatures required on all cheques or withdrawals”

The question was called on the amendment as amended:

Amend “one of the following:” to “one or more of the following, either Local president, Vice-President or Secretary with two signatures required on all cheques or withdrawals”

Roll Call Vote #7

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Bozai, Ibrahim for

Cormier, Chris for

Cory, Mary absent

Elliot, Ron for

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia for

Labelle, Sara for

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean for

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren absent

Tungatt, Debbie for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Moved by Platt/Labelle – amendment

After “withdrawals” add “and that bank statements be sent to Local Treasurer”

Roll Call Vote #8

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Bozai, Ibrahim for

Cormier, Chris for

Cory, Mary absent

Elliot, Ron for

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia for

Labelle, Sara for

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean for

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren absent

Tungatt, Debbie for

Carried 19 for 0 against

The question was called on the main motion as amended:

Whereas Section 15.1-2, under Banking: Locals’ Savings Account is redundant; and

Whereas Locals are now instructed to open chequing accounts for easy tracking; and

Whereas there is a new system for opening OPSEU related bank accounts and changing signatories on those accounts; and

Whereas the First Vice-President/Treasurer is to be notified of all OPSEU Local bank accounts and authorizes the opening of all OPSEU related bank accounts and changes to those accounts;

Therefore be it resolved that the section entitled Banking: Locals’ Savings Accounts be removed; and

Be it further resolved that Section 15-1-2, under Banking be amended to say the following:

Local Executive Committees are advised that they may conduct their banking with whatever chartered bank, trust company or credit union they regard as most suited to their interests.

All accounts will be opened in the name of OPSEU Local XYZ and authorized by the First Vice-President/Treasurer.

The locals will notify the First Vice-President/Treasurer by completing either the new Local Bank Account form or Signatory Changes to Existing Account form.

The four (4) signing officers of an OPSEU Local bank account shall be the Treasurer or Secretary-Treasurer and one or more of the following: Local President, Vice-President or Secretary with two signatures required on all cheques or withdrawals, and that bank statements be sent to the Local Treasurer.

Roll Call Vote #9

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Bozai, Ibrahim for

Cormier, Chris for

Cory, Mary absent

Elliot, Ron for

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia for

Labelle, Sara for

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean for

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren absent

Tungatt, Debbie for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Moved by Almeida/Arbus

That Counsel be allowed to stay for this In-camera session.

Roll Call Vote #10

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Bozai, Ibrahim for

Cormier, Chris for

Cory, Mary absent

Elliot, Ron for

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia for

Labelle, Sara for

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean for

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren absent

Tungatt, Debbie for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Moved by Almeida/Arbus – In-camera

Roll Call Vote #11

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Bozai, Ibrahim for

Cormier, Chris for

Cory, Mary absent

Elliot, Ron for

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia for

Labelle, Sara for

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean for

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren absent

Tungatt, Debbie for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Afternoon

The Executive Board was called to order at 1:00 pm.  President Thomas was in the Chair.

In Camera session continued.

Rise & Report

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Progress.

Roll Call Vote #12

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Bozai, Ibrahim for

Cormier, Chris for

Cory, Mary absent

Elliot, Ron for

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia for

Labelle, Sara for

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean for

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tungatt, Debbie for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Moved by Almeida/Labelle

Refer recommendations of Audit Committee regarding P.A. days back to Audit Committee to allow for board members to submit suggested additions or deletions for P.A. day guidelines.

Roll Call Vote #13

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Bozai, Ibrahim for

Cormier, Chris for

Cory, Mary absent

Elliot, Ron for

Elliott, Len absent

Fahey, Felicia for

Labelle, Sara for

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean for

Shearer, Philip absent

Strachan, Edie for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren absent

Tungatt, Debbie for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Recess

The Executive Board recessed at 5:00 p.m.  All members were present except Mary Cory and Len Elliott and Philip Shearer who both left at 4:50pm.

June 18, 2014

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:10 am. First Vice-President Almeida was in the Chair. All members were present except Mary Cory, Ron Elliot, Felicia Fahey, Myles Magner who arrived at 9:20, Sean Platt who arrived at 9:20, Edie Strachan who arrived at 9:30 and Smokey Thomas. The reasons were acceptable to the Chair. Peggy Maybury, Executive Assistant to the President, was also in attendance.

President’s report

First Vice-President/Treasurer Almeida presented the President’s Report which addressed the following items:

Internal Issues

2015 Regional Meetings

Final Report of the Resolution Committee

Executive Assistant’s attendance at meetings

Correctional Issue

CAAT (A) & (S) update

CBC motion

Staffing Issues – In Camera

Central Labour Updates (OFL/NUPGE/CLC)

Internal issues

2015 Regional Meetings

Moved by Almeida/Arbus

Therefore be it resolved that in accordance with Article 14.2 of the OPSEU Constitution, that the 2015 Regional Meetings be scheduled and held on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

Roll Call Vote #14

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Bozai, Ibrahim for

Cormier, Chris for

Cory, Mary absent

Elliot, Ron absent

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia absent

Labelle, Sara for

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Magner, Myles absent

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean absent

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie absent

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren absent

Tungatt, Debbie for

Carried 14 for 0 against

Moved by Almeida/Labelle

That the recommendation from the Resolutions Committee be moved as recommended.

L21

Whereas on December 20, 2013 the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously ruled that S210, 212(1)(i) and 213(1)(c) of the Criminal Code of Canada breached sex workers’ rights under s.7 and s 2 (b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms; and

Whereas OPSEU respects the autonomy and agency of adults who participate in sex work; and

Whereas OPSEU recognizes and supports the rights of sex workers and their efforts to attain equality, equity, work place safety, labour rights and any other benefit provided to all other citizens; and

Whereas OPSEU is a recognized trade union leader in human rights advocacy both locally and internationally; and

Whereas full decriminalization of sex workers, clients and third parties provides an approach, which is inclusive of sex workers, does not perpetuate state sanctioned violence or support gross human rights violations;

Therefore be it resolved that in solidarity with sex workers and other sex worker advocates, OPSEU supports full decriminalization.

Moved by Tungatt/Arbus

Move L21 to FOR.

Roll Call Vote #15

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Bozai, Ibrahim for

Cormier, Chris for

Cory, Mary absent

Elliot, Ron absent

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia absent

Labelle, Sara for

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean absent

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie absent

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren absent

Tungatt, Debbie for

Carried 16 for 0 against

M1

Whereas activists who are elected as alternates would benefit by having the ability to attend committee meetings when committee members are absent; and

Whereas there are not additional costs;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU committees, except bargaining committees, will, with reasonable notice, call up alternates, in ranking order, when committee members are unable to attend; and

Be it further resolved that alternates will have a voice but no vote.

Moved by Arbus/Tungatt

Move M1 to FOR.

2nd Vice-President Tungatt in the Chair.

4th Vice-President Cormier in the Chair.

Roll Call Vote #16

Almeida, Eddy against

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen against

Bisaillon, Michel against

Bozai, Ibrahim against

Cormier, Chris aganst

Cory, Mary absent

Elliot, Ron absent

Elliott, Len against

Fahey, Felicia absent

Labelle, Sara against

Longhi, Gord against

Lundy, David against

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy against

Platt, Sean against

Shearer, Philip against

Strachan, Edie absent

Thibodeau, Carl against

Thomas, Warren absent

Tungatt, Debbie for

Defeated 3 for 13 against

1st Vice-President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair.

K4

Whereas videos from and produced by OPSEU are a primary source of news, entertainment or documentary reflecting a wide range of ideas and perspectives that are part of Canadian society; and

Whereas it’s imperative for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing to be able  to receive information in as complete a form as possible so that they are included in this important medium of communication, videos shown at any OPSEU educationals, conferences and Conventions need to include closed captioning; and

Whereas videos used for educational and instructional purposes shall include closed captioning, helping Deaf and hard of hearing people be part of the process, breaking down barriers and creating inclusiveness;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU mandate a policy that all videos, past and present, be updated with closed captioning.

Moved by Shearer/Elliott

Move K4 to FOR.

Moved by Arbus/Labelle

Referral to the First Vice-President’s office to return to the Board with an inventory, costing and a report on what we are currently doing.

Roll Call Vote #17

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen against

Bisaillon, Michel against

Bozai, Ibrahim for

Cormier, Chris against

Cory, Mary absent

Elliot, Ron Elliott, Len against

Fahey, Felicia absent

Labelle, Sara for

Longhi, Gord against

Lundy, David against

Magner, Myles against

Morton, Lucy against

Platt, Sean for

Shearer, Philip against

Strachan, Edie against

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren absent

Tungatt, Debbie against

Defeated 6 for 11 against

The question was called on the motion:

Move K4 to FOR.

Roll Call Vote #18

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Bozai, Ibrahim against

Cormier, Chris for

Cory, Mary absent

Elliot, Ron absent

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia absent

Labelle, Sara for

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean for

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren absent

Tungatt, Debbie for

Carried 16 for 1 against

Member guest present: Denise Davis

J6

Whereas OPSEU has a long history of involvement with solidarity work, strengthening worker organizations and communities in the belief that we are stronger when all workers are stronger across all borders; and

Whereas workers continue to face the effects of the global corporate attack on workers’ rights and rising inequality; and

Whereas we support efforts to build economies that put people first and eliminate global poverty; and

Whereas the member contribution to the Social Justice Fund has not changed in ten  years since the fund began in 2003; and

Whereas through our solidarity funds we participate in the struggle to raise standards globally and to strengthen wages everywhere;

Therefore be it resolved that the Social Justice Fund member contribution be increased from .48 cents per member to $1.00 per member in 2014.

Moved by Lundy/Shearer

Move J6 to FOR.

2nd Vice-President Tungatt in the Chair.

3rd Vice-President Labelle in the Chair.

4th Vice-President Cormier in the Chair.

6th Vice-President Arbus in the Chair.

Moved by Tungatt/Cormier – closure

Roll Call Vote #19

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Bozai, Ibrahim for

Cormier, Chris for

Cory, Mary absent

Elliot, Ron absent

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia absent

Labelle, Sara for

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean for

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren absent

Tungatt, Debbie for

Carried 17 for 0 against

The question was called on the motion:

Move J6 to FOR.

Roll Call Vote #20

Almeida, Eddy against

Arbus, Jeff against

Archer, Glen against

Bisaillon, Michel for

Bozai, Ibrahim against

Cormier, Chris against

Cory, Mary absent

Elliot, Ron absent

Elliott, Len against

Fahey, Felicia absent

Labelle, Sara against

Longhi, Gord against

Lundy, David for

Magner, Myles against

Morton, Lucy against

Platt, Sean against

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie for

Thibodeau, Carl against

Thomas, Warren absent

Tungatt, Debbie against

Defeated 4 for 13 against

 

First Vice-President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair.

F1

Whereas the appropriate place for OPSEU to address issues regarding the OFL’s Constitution, leadership governance practices and policies is within the OFL; and

Whereas withdrawal from participation in the OFL weakens our ability to rally the full support of Ontario’s labour movement to help defend OPSEU members jobs and the public services we deliver;

Whereas Ontario workers and unions in all sectors are facing austerity attacks by

Whereas the Hudak Conservatives are now threatening to take union-busting in Canada to a new level by introducing US-style “right to work” legislation and proposing to eliminate defined-benefit pensions in the public sector; and

Whereas effective resistance to these attacks – on our jobs, our collective agreements, the public services we deliver and our unions – requires OPSEU and ALL our labour allies to build greater solidarity; and

Whereas the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is the largest labour body in Ontario with 54 affiliated unions representing one million workers; and

Whereas the OFL is the central nucleus for Ontario unions to network, research, share information, strategize and implement campaigns in the interests of our members and the 99%; and

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU enter into discussions with the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) by the end of May 2014 to re-establish good standing and full affiliation with our intention to:

  • return to full participation in the OFL and its Board, committees and activities and work with the OFL and its affiliates
  • strive to build a united campaign to fight back against the austerity agenda and attacks on labour rights.

Moved by Labelle/Arbus

Move F1 to redundant.

Roll Call Vote #21

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Bozai, Irahim against

Cormier, Chris for

Cory, Mary absent

Elliot, Ron absent

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia absent

Labelle, Sara for

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Magner, Myles against

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean for

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie against

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren absent

Tungatt, Debbie absent

Carried 13 for 3 against

L18

Whereas Ontario college employees are exempt from almost all of the provisions of the Employment Standards Act (Ontario); and

Whereas Ontario law currently allows college employees to work an unlimited number of hours per week unless they are covered by a collective agreement that applies a workload limit;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU lobby the Ontario government to introduce legislation that would limit all college employees to a 48 hour workweek.

Moved by Arbus/Labelle

Move L18 to AGAINST.

Roll Call Vote #22

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Bosai, Ibrahim for

Cormier, Chris for

Cory, Mary absent

Elliot, Ron absent

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia absent

Labelle, Sara for

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean for

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren absent

Tungatt, Debbie absent

Carried 16 for 0 against

M2

Whereas equity groups benefit from participation in conferences; and

Whereas they can be better equipped the to defend their rights; and

Whereas they can educate the broader membership on equity matters;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU will establish an annual Francophone conference, the first to be held in Ottawa in June 2015.

Moved by Cormier/Longhi

Move M2 to redundant.

Roll Call Vote #23

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Bozai, Ibrahim for

Cormier, Chris for

Cory, Mary absent

Elliot, Ron absent

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia absent

Labelle, Sara for

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean for

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren absent

Tungatt, Debbie for

Carried 17 for 0 against

L6

Whereas OPSEU has a long and proud record of contributing to the fight against South Africa Apartheid through its active boycott of South African goods; and

Whereas leading social figures, including U.N. Special Rapporteur Richard A. Falk, British physicist Stephen Hawking, Professor Noam Chomsky, author Naomi Klein , Archbishop Desmond Tutu, amongst many others, vocally support the campaign, Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) of apartheid Israel; and

Whereas the BDS campaign has been endorsed by large public sector unions in this country including the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), as well as labour councils across the country; and

Whereas there can be no lasting peace in Palestine/Israel, or the surrounding region, without social justice;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU support the International campaign of Boycott Divestment and Sanctions.  That OPSEU actively campaign for the Right of Return for all refugees, an end to the Israel settlements and Israel occupation of Palestinian lands, a halt to the armed aggression, the bulldozing of homes, the destruction of olive groves and farms, the assassination of political leaders and activists by the Zionist state, and demand the removal of the Apartheid wall across the West Bank; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU call for restoration of Canadian government aid to the Palestine Authority and demand a halt to military aid, investment and trade with Israel until all the above demands are met, and that OPSEU campaign for an end to the rule of Apartheid laws that make Israel Arabs and Palestinians second and third class citizens, under military occupation.

Moved by Magner/Strachan

Move L6 to for.

Moved by Arbus – Object to Consideration

Roll Call Vote #24

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen for

Bisaillon, Michel against

Bozai, Ibrahim against

Cormier, Chris for

Cory, Mary absent

Elliot, Ron absent

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia absent

Labelle, Sara for

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Magner, Myles against

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean for

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie against

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren absent

Tungatt, Debbie against

Carried 12 for 5 against

The motion was not considered.

B1/C5

B1

Whereas OPSEU is committed to assisting locals in union business; and

Whereas OPSEU decided at convention 2004 to provide a one-time grant of $500.00 per local through the communications incentive fund; and

Whereas technology has changed causing prior equipment to be out of date;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU offer an additional grant of $500.00 per local to upgrade equipment.

C5

Whereas all collective agreements should be amended in order that the employer will accept a medical note from a Midwife; this note will be every bit as valid as from any other medical practitioner whose patient notes are currently accepted by the employer;and

Whereas there are some Ministries that do accept a medical note from a Midwife while there are others that do not; and

Whereas the majority of the OPS membership is female; and

Whereas members who have a family now or in the future will more likely enlist the services of a trained Midwife; and

Whereas it is a fundamental right to have a choice for birthing care among different trained professionals, Midwives included; and

Whereas there should be a consistent and fair approach across all Ministries for all women who are expecting to choose a Midwife, among other professionals as their primary caregiver;

Therefore be it resolved that all OPSEU collective agreements should have wording that enables Midwives to create and sign medical notes for members of the OPSEU membership.

Be it further resolved that the health benefits that the government has amended and is not part of the current OPS Collective Agreement, which members will be required to pay 50 per cent of the premiums, be made part of the OPS Collective Agreement during the next round of bargaining.

Moved by Shearer/Labelle

Correctly place B1 and C5 in the AGAINST column as it was inadvertently placed in the for section.

Roll Call Vote #25

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen absent

Bisaillon, Michel for

Bozai, Ibrahim for

Cormier, Chris for

Cory, Mary absent

Elliot, Ron absent

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia absent

Labelle, Sara for

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean for

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren absent

Tungatt, Debbie for

Carried 16 for 0 against

M7

Whereas many CAAT-A locals have a large number of partial load faculty and there is a significant turnover of members; and

Whereas CAAT-A locals spend significant resources re-signing partial load faculty to membership cards; and

Whereas members are frustrated that they are required to sign a new card;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Constitution be amended to allow a member’s previously signed membership card to be considered valid provided the member returns to the bargaining unit within 18 months of the end of his/her previous employment.

Moved by Thibodeau/Arbus

Move M7 from for to against.

Roll Call Vote #26

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Bozai, Ibrahim for

Cormier, Chris for

Cory, Mary absent

Elliot, Ron absent

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia absent

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean for

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren absent

Tungatt, Debbie for

Labelle, Sara for

Carried 17 for 0 against

The question was called on the main motion as amended:

Moved by Almeida/Labelle

That the recommendation from the Resolutions Committee be moved as amended.

Roll Call Vote #27

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Bozai, Ibrahim for

Cormier, Chris for

Cory, Mary absent

Elliot, Ron absent

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia absent

Labelle, Sara for

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean for

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren absent

Tungatt, Debbie for

Carried 17 for 0 against

Executive Assistant’s attendance at meetings

Moved by Almeida/Labelle

Therefore be it resolved that the President designate one executive assistant to attend executive board and executive committee meetings, including in camera discussion, for a period of one year to be reviewed at that time by the executive board.

Roll Call Vote #28

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Bozai, Ibrahim for

Cormier, Chris for

Cory, Mary absent

Elliot, Ron absent

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia absent

Labelle, Sara for

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean for

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren absent

Tungatt, Debbie for

Carried 17 for 0 against

CAAT (A) & (S) update

First Vice-President Almeida gave the Executive Board an update.

Staffing issues – in-camera

Central labour updates (ofl/nupge/clc)

Sister Tungatt gave the Executive Board an update.

President Thomas in the Chair.

CBC Support

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas at the 2001 OPSEU Convention, a motion was passed that OPSEU work with its affiliates to develop coordinated strategies to address the growing corporate concentration and bias in the media, especially with regard to substandard coverage of labour and other progressive issues, and the role that public broadcasting can play to counter-balance privately-owned media; and

Whereas the Canadian Broadcast Company (CBC) continues to provide a counterbalance to this concentration and a silencing in the media of labour and social justice voices; and

Whereas current cuts at the CBC will erode the public broadcaster, thereby limiting any chance for balanced communications; and

Whereas the majority of the CBC cuts will come from layoffs and position abolishment within unionized positions;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU stand in solidarity with CBC unions affected by the cuts to educate OPSEU members about the damage that will come from these cuts; and

Be it also resolved that OPSEU support the CBC workers and their unions through lobbying, public statements, mobilization, research, staff and membership expertise, communication of their issues through the OPSEU Website and other internal channels.

Roll Call Vote #29

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Bozai, Ibrahim for

Cormier, Chris for

Cory, Mary absent

Elliot, Ron for

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia absent

Labelle, Sara for

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean for

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tungatt, Debbie for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Committee reports

Standing Committee Reports:

  • Aboriginal Circle – in camera later
  • Audit
  • Central Political Action
  • Convention
    • Resolutions
    • Constitutional
    • Credentials (reports at Convention)
    • Planning
  • Excluded Staff Hiring
  • Francophone
  • In Solidarity
  • OPSEU Resource/Enterprises
  • Pension Liaison
  • PHRC
  • PWC
  • PYC
  • Retirees Board
  • Social Mapping
  • Solidarity Fund Board
    • Live and Let Live
    • International Humanity Work
    • International Solidarity Work
  • Staff Negotiating
  • Staff Pension Plan Trustees
  • Strategic Planning
  • Potential golf tournament

Member guests present: Denise Davis, Mike Grimaldi

Social Justice Fund/Live and Let Live

A report can was given to the Executive Board.

Pension Liaison Committee

Pension plan for the employees of Pathways to Independence, OPSEU Local 448

Moved by Elliot/Lundy

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board appoint Kier Verner-Prokop (term June 1, 2014 to December 31, 2016); Martin Sarra (term June 1, 2014 to December 31, 2015); and Kim Macpherson (term June 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014) as OPSEU Pension Committees representatives to the Pension Plan for Employees of Pathways to Independence, provided they sign the OPSEU Letter of Understanding;

Be it further resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board appoint Michelle Wells (June 1, 2014 to December 31, 2016); Ivan Herrington (June 1, 2014 to December 31, 2015) and Cheri Hearty (June 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014) as Sponsors Committee Representatives to the Pension Plan for Employees of Pathways to Independence provided they sign the OPSEU Letter of Understanding.

Roll Call Vote #30

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Bozai, Ibrahim for

Cormier, Chris for

Cory, Mary absent

Elliot, Ron for

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia absent

Labelle, Sara for

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean for

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tungatt, Debbie for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Afternoon

The Executive Board was called to order at 1:00 pm.  President Thomas was in the Chair.

New business

Westray Act

Moved by Arbus/Bisaillon

Whereas it was the courageous stance of miners in Elliot Lake that ultimately led to the formation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and

Whereas two miners died recently at the Lockerby mine in Sudbury, and two miners died recently at Frood/Stobie mine, and

Whereas mining deaths and injuries continue at alarming rates, and

Whereas thousands of miners have suffered and continue to suffer from occupational diseases directly resulting from mining, and

Whereas mining is one of the most dangerous occupations, and

Whereas Bill C-45, the Westray Act, was passed in November 2003 as an amendment to the Criminal Code of Canada, and

Whereas OPSEU proclaimed the passing of the Westray Act, and

Whereas the Westray Act permitted the criminal prosecution of mine managers and owners where inadequate safety measures lead to death or injury of workers, and

Whereas all these years later, there have been no criminal charges laid in any of the deaths or injuries despite evidence that safety was compromised, and

Whereas OPSEU stands with all unions in the fight for improved health and safety measures in all occupations,

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU join with United Steel Workers of America and other Unions to ensure that the Westray Act is followed;

Be it further resolved that OPSEU lobby the provincial and federal government to ensure compliance with the Westray Act;

Be it further resolved that the President report on progress.

Roll Call Vote #31

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Bozai, Ibrahim for

Cormier, Chris for

Cory, Mary absent

Elliot, Ron for

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia absent

Labelle, Sara for

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean for

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tungatt, Debbie for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Budget Request – Sector 13 – Municipalities

Moved by Archer/Magner

Refer this issue to the First Vice-President/Treasurer’s office.

Roll Call Vote #32

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Bozai, Ibrahim for

Cormier, Chris for

Cory, Mary absent

Elliot, Ron for

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia absent

Labelle, Sara for

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean for

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tungatt, Debbie for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Budget Request – Sector 19 Canadian Blood Services/Diagnostics

Moved by Thomas/Cormier

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU allocate $57,384 from the contingency fund to sponsor a 7-city tour of performed readings of the play “Tainted” followed by discussions at each venue on the paid plasma debate and the need for the provincial government to reintroduce legislation banning such for-profit involvement in our blood system.

Roll Call Vote #33

Almeida, Eddy against

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen for

Bisaillon, Michel against

Bozai, Ibrahim against

Cormier, Chris for

Cory, Mary absent

Elliot, Ron for

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia absent

Labelle, Sara for

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean for

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tungatt, Debbie against

Carried 15 for 4 against

Convention committee

This issue was discussed.

New member orientation video

A report will be brought back to the September meeting regarding creating an orientation video for new members of OPSEU.

Web site

This issue was discussed.

Adjournment

The Executive Board adjourned at 1:45 pm.  All members were present except Mary Cory and Felicia Fahey.

Minutes signed by Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President and Kathryn Kaminski Corporate Secretary