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Minutes of May 18, 2017 Special Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes of May 18, 2017 Special Executive Committee Meeting


May 18, 2017 – Coopers

The Executive Committee was called to order at 2:50 p.m.  President Thomas was in the Chair.  All members were present. Peggy Maybury, Executive Assistant to the President was also in attendance.

President’s Report

Internal Issues

Referral from the May 15th, 2017 Executive Committee meeting:

Solidarity Reserve Fund Requests

Request #2017-05-01

Referral to come back on Thursday with more information

Moved by Thomas/Jones

Therefore be it resolved that the Solidarity Reserve Fund provide up to $5,000 to pay actual legal costs incurred by the member in the course of pursuing her legal claim, on the conditions that: 1) counsel’s retainer and rates are approved by OPSEU counsel; 2) counsel provides OPSEU counsel with satisfactory updates as the matter progresses; and 3) counsel makes reasonable efforts to seek legal costs in the course of the action and as part of any settlement.

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

National Pride March, Washington D.C.

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas OPSEU's Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel (RAA) prides itself on promoting LGBTTIAPQQ2S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersex, asexual, pansexual, queer, questioning, two-spirited) involvement and leadership in the union and community; and

Whereas increased aggression towards equity seeking and marginalized groups have resulted in a rise of homophobic threats and gay-bashing in Ontario; and

Whereas OPSEU, through the Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel, can step onto the global stage by announcing that it will not stand idle and remain complacent while a megalomanic issues orders and commits actions which pushes the likelihood of a global war closer than ever; and   

Whereas the National Pride March, inspired by the historic Women's March from January of this year, is an event expected to have over 22,000 people in attendance and will coincide with Capital Pride, D.C.'s annual pride celebration; and 

Whereas the National Pride March is in response to Donald Trump's pledge to sign the First Amendment Defense Act, which would allow business and healthcare providers to refuse service to LGBTTIAPQQ2S people based on religious beliefs; and

Whereas the future of LGBTTIAPQQ2S rights is being called into question.

Therefore be it resolved that up to seven (7) members of OPSEU's Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel be approved to attend the National Pride March in Washington D.C. from June 10-12, 2017.  The funds are to be drawn from the Contingency Fund.  The total associated costs will not exceed the total amount also included in the proposal.  

Roll Call #3

Almeida, Eddy  against
Bisaillon, Michel against
Elliott, Len against
Jones, Gareth  against
Labelle, Sara against
Magner, Myles against
Morton, Lucy  against
Thibodeau, Carl  against
Thomas, Warren  against

Defeated 0 for 9 against


The meeting was adjourned at 3:09 p.m.  All members were present.