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Minutes of July 20, 2021  Executive Committee Meeting Web Conference

Minutes of July 20, 2021  Executive Committee Meeting Web Conference

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The Executive Committee was called to order at 9:31 a.m. President Thomas was in the Chair. All members were present except Eddy Almeida, the reason was acceptable to the Chair. Clarke Eaton, Advisor to the President, Linda Mariani, Executive Assistant to the President, were also in attendance.

Agenda

The agenda was amended to add:

  • Lifelabs Drivers in Region 2 – Assignment of New Local 298
  • Inclusion of Aramark into Local 351

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 June 22, 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 for

Thomas, Warren for

Carried 8 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)

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.

Table this item until the fall.

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

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.

Table this item until the fall.

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

Referral from the May 26-27, 2021 Executive Board Meeting:

Update to Section 8 (Education) of the OPSEU/SEFPO Policy

Referral to the President’s Office for this item to be brought to the Policy Review Committee and the Executive Committee first.

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

Whereas anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism and all forms of racism are barriers that prevent members from accessing services and fully participating in their union; and

Whereas education and trainings are important components in ensuring that all OPSEU/SEFPO members are equipped with the necessary tools to dismantle anti-Black, anti-Indigenous and all forms of racism; and

Whereas participating in these OPSEU/SEFPO approved trainings is a step in the right direction to fully eradicating anti-Black, anti-Indigenous and all forms of racism from society;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approve the proposed changes to Section 8 (Education) of the OPSEU/SEFPO Policy, as indicated in the proposal.

Item to be added to the July 21, 2021 Executive Board Agenda as the Policy Review Committee agrees with the proposed changes.

President’s Report

Central Labour Updates (OFL/CLC/NUPGE)

President Thomas provided an update.

New Business

Lifelabs Drivers in Region 2 – Assignment of New Local 298

Moved by Morton/Thomas

Whereas the newly organized unit Lifelabs in Kitchener, Thorold and Brantford need a local assignment and;

Whereas the Lifelabs locations have the potential for growth and expansion;

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Committee recommend to the Executive Board that these members be assigned the Local number 298, as stand-alone local.

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 for

Thomas, Warren for

Carried 8 for 0 against

Inclusion of Aramark into Local 351

Moved by Labelle/Thomas

Whereas Local 351 voted at their June 10, 2021 GMM to include the campus workers employed by Aramark in their Local;

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Committee recommend to the Executive Board the inclusion of Aramark into Local 351.

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 for

Thomas, Warren for

Carried 8 for 0 against

President’s Report

Other Business

COVID-19 Vaccines.

Discussion.

Adjournment

The Executive Committee meeting was adjourned at 10:54 a.m. All members were present except Eddy Almeida, the reason was acceptable to the Chair.

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