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Minutes of March 15, 2018 Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes of March 15, 2018 Executive Committee Meeting

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The Executive Committee was called to order at 9:11 a.m. President Thomas was in the Chair. All members were present. Peggy Maybury, Executive Assistant to the President was also in attendance.

Agenda

The agenda was amended to add:

  • We Own It regional budget
  • CPAC proposal
  • External review, task force Status
  • Member expense claims
  • Live and Let Live
  • Dissolution of L659

Agenda

The question was called on the Agenda:

Roll Call #1

Almeida, Eddy for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Carried 9 for 0 against

Consent Agenda

Minutes of previous meeting

The OPSEU Executive Committee adopted the OPSEU Executive Committee Minutes of January 1, 2018 and February 15, 2018.

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
  • 326 Memorial Avenue Interior Renovations
  • Summary Report

326 Memorial Ave. Interior Renovation

Moved by Almeida/Thibodeau

Whereas OPSEU has requested tender submissions for the proposed interior renovation of the Thunder Bay Office; and

Whereas seven tender submissions were received;

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Committee recommend to the Executive Board that the tender be awarded to Perhol Construction Ltd.

Roll Call #2

Almeida, Eddy for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Carried 9 for 0 against

President’s Report

Internal Issues

 

Ministry of Transportation – Keep Plowing Public

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the Auditor General has determined that plowing performed and managed by private contractors is slow and substandard, leading to dangerous driving conditions and death; and

Whereas the Ministry of Transportation is planning to switch to the substandard Area Maintenance Contracts (AMC) model in the Eastern Region in 2019;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU continue to lobby the government to bring plowing contracts back in house when private snow-clearing contracts expire or are abandoned; and

Be it further resolved that the OPSEU Executive Committee approve the funds as outlined in the attached proposal from the Contingency Fund for a public awareness, and member education campaign to raise the profile and awareness of the above standard public highway plowing work that OPSEU Ministry of Transportation staff perform to ensure the safety of Ontario residents.

Roll Call #3

Almeida, Eddy for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Carried 9 for 0 against

RPN Occupational Division Campaign Phase I

Moved by Thomas/Morton

Whereas the work of Registered Practical Nurses is under threat in Ontario, in light of a targeted campaign by the RNAO, and as a result of changes in the scope of practice for PSWs, who are increasingly undertaking work traditionally done by RPNs; and

Whereas OPSEU’s RPN Occupational Division was created to bring together RPNs from across sectors in OPSEU in an effort to strengthen the position of RPNs, to become the leading voice for all RPNs working in the province, and to establish OPSEU as the union of choice for RPNs (in support of organizing initiatives); and

Whereas the success of this work depends upon campaigning for better recognition and working conditions for RPNs; and

Whereas a successful campaign will depend upon effective local outreach and grassroots connection with RPNs from each bargaining unit to engage with, and collect-in buy-in from OPSEU RPN members;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Committee approve the funds as outlined in the attached proposal from the Contingency Fund to fund the RPN Campaign Phase I to educate and engage OPSEU RPNs from across sectors in the BPS and OPS, and ultimately set the foundation for a two-phased campaign that will support future Organizing and Bargaining efforts.

Roll Call #4

Almeida, Eddy for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Carried 9 for 0 against

Central Labour Updates (OFL/CLC/NUPGE)

President Thomas provided an update.

New Business

Local 217 to Local 212

Moved by Morton/Almeida

Whereas the members of Local 217 Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority were placed in a composite Local with Niagara Parks Commission; and

Whereas the members feel that they do not “fit” request to transfer to Local 212; and

Whereas Local 217 approved the transfer of these members to Local 212;

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Committee recommend to the Executive Board to approve the transfer the members from Local 217 to Local 212.

Roll Call #5

Almeida, Eddy for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Carried 9 for 0 against

Region 3 Local Assignments (3)

L338

Moved by Labelle/Thomas

Whereas we organized the RN’s and RPN’s at Saint Elizabeth Healthcare; and

Whereas they do not have enough members to form their own Local; and

Whereas Composite Local 338 already represents some members in Healthcare;

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Committee recommend to the Executive Board that the newly organized RN’s and RPN’s from Saint Elizabeth Healthcare become part of Local 338.

Roll Call #6

Almeida, Eddy for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Carried 9 for 0 against

L348

Moved by Labelle/Thomas

Whereas we were successful in the recent PSLRTA between Lakeridge Health and Ajax-Pickering Hospital; and

Whereas the majority of current members were already in 348; and

Whereas the majority of 311 members are at the Centenary site and were not part of the merger;

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Committee recommend to the Executive Board the members from 311 Rouge Valley Ajax-Pickering site shall merge with Local 348; and

Be it further resolved that the current Local 348, former Local 311 Ajax-Pickering members, former non-union and former ONA members shall now form the newly merged unit in Local 348; and

Be it further resolved that this shall be effective after the close of Convention 2018.

Roll Call #7

Almeida, Eddy for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Carried 9 for 0 against

L492

Moved by Gareth/Thomas

Be it resolved that the Executive Committee recommend to the Executive Board that the Charter of Local 492 be dissolved.

Roll Call #8

Almeida, Eddy for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Carried 9 for 0 against

We Own It regional budget

Discussion

CPAC proposal

Discussion

External review, task force status

Discussion

Member expense claims

Discussion

Live and Let Live

Discussion

Dissolution of L659

Moved by Bisaillon/Thomas

Be it resolved that the Executive Committee recommend to the Executive Board that the Charter of Local 659 be dissolved.

Roll Call #10

Almeida, Eddy for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Carried 9 for 0 against

Internal Issues

Moved by Thomas/Almeida – In Camera

Roll Call #10

Almeida, Eddy for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Carried 9 for 0 against

Rise & Report

Solidarity Reserve Fund Requests

Request #2018-03-01

Moved by Thomas/Magner

Therefore be it resolved that the Solidarity Reserve Fund provide up to $5,000 to pay legal costs incurred by the member in pursuing her entitlement to long-term disability benefits, on the conditions that:

1. counsel’s retainer and rates are approved by OPSEU counsel; and

2. counsel makes reasonable efforts to seek legal costs as part of any settlement or order.

Roll Call #11

Almeida, Eddy for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Carried 9 for 0 against

Request #2018-03-02

Moved by Thomas/Jones

Therefore be it resolved that the Solidarity Reserve Fund provide up to $1,500 to pay for criminal defence costs that are incurred by the member, provided that the member’s legal counsel continues to charge reasonable rates, as confirmed by OPSEU counsel.

Roll Call #12

Almeida, Eddy for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Carried 9 for 0 against

Request #2018-03-03

Moved by Thomas/Elliott

Therefore be it resolved that the Solidarity Reserve Fund provide up to $5,000 for legal expenses incurred by the member in his defence to the civil lawsuit on the on the conditions that: 1) the member’s counsel and his or her rates are approved by OPSEU Counsel; and 2) the member’s counsel makes reasonable efforts to recover legal costs as part of any settlement or order.

Moved by Almeida/Labelle – Referral to Presidents office for more information

Roll Call #12

Almeida, Eddy for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Carried 9 for 0 against

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 10:47 a.m. All members were present.

Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President
Nicole Glass, Corporate Secretary