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Minutes of May 25, 2021 Executive Committee Meeting Web Conference

Minutes of May 25, 2021 Executive Committee Meeting Web Conference

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The Executive Committee was called to order at 10:03 a.m. President Thomas was in the Chair. All members were present. Clarke Eaton, Advisor to the President, Linda Mariani, Executive Assistant to the President, were also in attendance.

Agenda

The agenda was amended to add:

  • South West Detention Centre Arb Matter
  • Update on Trusteeship for two (2) Locals in Region 5
  • L415 HDPP Complaint

Consent Agenda

Minutes of previous meeting

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

The question was called on the Agenda:

Roll Call #1

Almeida, Eddy for

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 9 for 0 against

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
  • Summary Report
  • Other Business

President’s Report

Internal Issues

Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups Donation

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO has been a strong supporter of the Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups (ONIWG) for a number of years; and

Whereas ONIWG wants to strengthen that partnership by linking with OPSEU/SEFPO’s Disability Rights Caucus (DRC); and

Whereas ONIWG recently held 6 virtual strategic planning sessions through the month of March and are developing detailed action plans to achieve goals that came out of that process with communications and coalition building identified as high priorities; and

Whereas ONIWG plan to support and strengthen local member groups across the province and help them build links with local unions, labour councils and community groups; and

Whereas ONIWG plans to develop tools and resources that can be shared broadly, such as info-graphics; connect with artists, musicians & theatre; share successes as a way to inspire others to join; re-invigorate their successful “Workers Compensation is a Right” campaign; build towards the 2022 provincial election; and

Whereas with the regressive moves around workers’ rights, OH&S and WCB in Alberta and Quebec, ONIWG is very concerned that these actions will soon come to Ontario and it wants to work with OPSEU/SEFPO to protect our public services and workers’ rights;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Committee approve a donation to the Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups for the amount indicated in the proposal to be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

Roll Call #2

Almeida, Eddy for

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 9 for 0 against

New Toronto Courthouse (NTC)

Moved by Thomas/Strachan

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO represents a diverse range of members providing justice services across the GTA; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is opposed to the province’s plan to consolidate justice services in Scarborough, Etobicoke, and North York at the New Toronto Courthouse (NTC) at 11 Centre Avenue; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO has recently engaged local politicians and the Premier via letters and meetings; and

Whereas the complexity, risk, and full scope of the pending amalgamation to OPSEU/SEFPO members, justice participants, and communities needs to be recognized;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Committee approve the funds as outlined in this proposal from the Contingency Fund to provide funding for eight days of member book off to assist with outreach to OPSEU/SEFPO members and communities.

Roll Call #3

Almeida, Eddy for

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 9 for 0 against

Central Labour Updates (OFL/CLC/NUPGE)

President Thomas provided an update.

Other Business

L415 HDPP Complaint

Discussion.

New Business

Transfer Local 318 Members from Midland Probation and Parole Office to Local 369 Central North Correction Centre

Whereas Local 369 has voted to accept the members from Local 318 from the Midland Probation and Parole Office; and

Whereas Local 318 has voted to transfer the members from the Midland Probation and Parole office to Local 369; and

Whereas the Corrections Division now has a stand-alone Collective Agreement, which includes both Correctional Institutions and Probation and Parole Offices;

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Committee recommend the Executive Board approve the transfer of all members of Local 318 who work for the Ministry of the Solicitor General, from the Midland Probation and Parole Office to Local 369 Central North Correctional Centre.

*To be brought back for an Executive Committee meeting to be held once all the necessary information is received.

Muskoka Paramedic Services – New Local 397 Assignment

Moved by Labelle/Thomas

Whereas the former members of UFCW Muskoka Paramedic Services voted to join switch to OPSEU; and

Whereas the members of Muskoka Paramedic Services have an existing stand-alone Collective Agreement and activist base;

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Committee recommend the Executive Board approve the former members of UFCW Muskoka Paramedic Services to be assigned a stand-alone Local; and

Be it further resolved that the Muskoka Paramedic Services be assigned Local 397.

Roll Call #4

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Carried 8 for 0 against

South West Detention Centre Arb Matter

Discussion.

Update on Trusteeship for two (2) Locals in Region 5

Executive Committee member, Edie Strachan, provided an update.

President’s Report

Staffing Issues (In-Camera)

Moved by Thomas/Almeida – In Camera

Roll Call #5

Almeida, Eddy for

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 9 for 0 against

Rise & Report

Solidarity Reserve Fund Requests

SRF #2021-05-01

Moved by Thomas/Strachan

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 defending the civil action, on the conditions that: 1) counsel’s retainer and rates are approved by OPSEU/SEFPO counsel; 2) counsel provides OPSEU/SEFPO 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 #6

Almeida, Eddy for

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 9 for 0 against

SRF #2021-05-02

Moved by Thomas/Morton

Therefore be it resolved that the Solidarity Reserve Fund provide up to $5,000 to pay actual legal costs incurred by the member in her claim to recover LTD benefits, on the conditions that: 1) counsel’s retainer and rates are approved by OPSEU/SEFPO counsel; and 2) that counsel makes reasonable efforts to recover costs as part of any settlement or order.

Roll Call #7

Almeida, Eddy for

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 9 for 0 against

Adjournment

The Executive Committee meeting was adjourned at 12:23 p.m. All members were present.

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