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Minutes of October 18, 2018 Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes of October 18, 2018 Executive Committee Meeting

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The Executive Committee was called to order at 9:05 a.m. President Thomas was in the Chair. All members were present except Tara Maszczakiewicz, the reason was acceptable to the Chair. Peggy Maybury, Executive Assistant to the President was also in attendance.

Agenda

The agenda was amended to add:

· Owen Sound Strike

Agenda

The question was called on the Agenda:

Roll Call #1

Almeida, Eddy for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara —

Morton, Lucy for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Carried 8 for 0 against

Consent Agenda

Minutes of previous meeting

The OPSEU Executive Committee adopted the OPSEU Executive Committee Minutes of September 20, 2018 and September 26, 2018.

President’s Report

Central Labour Updates (OFL/CLC/NUPGE)

President Thomas provided and update

New Business

Policy & Procedures for member complaints

Discussion

Owen Sound Strike

Discussion

First Vice President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair

Business Arising

Referral from the May 17, 2018 Executive Committee Meeting:

Merger Local 311, Local 575

Moved by Magner/Labelle

Whereas the amalgamation of The Scarborough Hospital and the Centenary Site of the former Rouge Valley Health System has resulted in a single employer, temporarily named the Scarborough and Rouge Hospital, with all hospital sites located in Scarborough and Region 5; and

Whereas the Ontario Labour Relations Board has issued a ruling under the PSLRTA declaring OPSEU as the bargaining agent of a single paramedical bargaining unit at the Scarborough and Rouge Hospital; and

Whereas this paramedical unit includes members of Local 575 at the former Scarborough Hospital, members of Local 311 at the former Rouge Valley Centenary site, as well as former CUPE and non-union employees;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Committee recommends to the Executive Board that:

· the members of Local 311 at the former Rouge Valley Centenary Site be merged with Local 575; and

· the former CUPE and non-union employees in the new paramedical bargaining unit at the Scarborough and Rouge Hospital be assigned to Local 575; and

· Local 575 will be the sole local representing all members of the newly amalgamated paramedical bargaining at the Scarborough and Rouge Hospital

Roll Call #2

Almeida, Eddy for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara —

Morton, Lucy for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Carried 7 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
  • Other Business

New Business

Local 525/Local 5118

Moved by Magner/Almeida

Whereas OPSEU Local 525 currently includes 13 bargaining units representing approximately 159 members in legal clinics (including the Human Rights Legal Support Centre), and 6 bargaining units representing approximately 368 members at Legal Aid Ontario (LAO); and

Whereas members in the legal clinics and members at LAO respectively have distinct communities of interest, distinct workplace cultures, issues and working conditions, and distinct collective agreements; and

Whereas members in the legal clinics and at LAO have experienced logistical difficulties in functioning together as a single local representing both groups of members; and

Whereas members in both the legal clinics and at LAO have expressed the view that they can best address these logistical difficulties, be better supported and provide more effective local representation as two separate locals – one for members at the legal clinics (including the HRLSC), and one for members at LAO; and

Whereas at a General Membership Meeting held on October 3, 2018, members of Local 525 voted by a majority of greater than two-thirds to approve a proposal to divide the local and create a separate new local to represent members at the 13 legal clinic bargaining units, and to ask the OPSEU Officers and Executive Board to take the necessary steps to ensure the new local is established as expeditiously as possible;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Committee recommend to the Executive Board that it approve the proposal to divide the local and to establish a new, separate local, which will include members in the following 13 OPSEU legal clinic bargaining units (including the HRLSC): Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario; Canadian Environmental Law Association; Community Legal Education Ontario; Human Rights Legal Support Centre; Income Security Advocacy Centre; Injured Workers’ Consultants; Kensington-Bellwoods Community Legal Services; Mississauga Community Legal Services; Neighbourhood Legal Services; Parkdale Community Legal Services; Parkdale Community Legal Services – Summer Students; Scarborough Community Legal Services; West Toronto Community Legal Services; and

Be it further resolved that members in the 6 OPSEU bargaining units at Legal Aid Ontario, namely Legal Aid Ontario – Provincial Head Office, Legal Aid Ontario – GTA Centralized Services, Legal Aid Ontario – Toronto North District, Legal Aid Ontario – Central District, Legal Aid Ontario – Essex Lambton Kent District, and Legal Aid Ontario – Peel York District, will remain members of OPSEU Local 525; and

Be it further resolved that the OPSEU Executive Committee recommend to the Executive Board that the new local be established and chartered as OPSEU Local 5118 effective as of November 1, 2018, and that both locals receive assistance and support as required to schedule local elections and establish effective Local Executive Committees as expeditiously as possible.

Roll Call #3

Almeida, Eddy for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara —

Morton, Lucy for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Carried 7 for 0 against

President’s Report

Internal Issues

Moved by Almeida/Morton – In Camera

Roll Call #4

Almeida, Eddy for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara —

Morton, Lucy for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Carried 7 for 0 against

Rise & Report

Solidarity Reserve Fund Requests Request #2018-10-01

Moved by Almeida/Morton

Therefore be it resolved that the Solidarity Reserve Fund provide up to $5,000 to pay for legal costs that are incurred by the member in her response to the HRTO application, on the condition that the member’s retainer agreement and rates are approved by OPSEU counsel, and that the member’s counsel provides satisfactory updates as the matter progresses.

Roll Call #5

Almeida, Eddy for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara —

Morton, Lucy for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Carried 7 for 0 against

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 10:02 a.m. All members were present except Tara Maszczakiewicz, the reason was acceptable to the Chair.

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