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Minutes of September 15, 2016 Executive Committee Meeting

Minutes of September 15, 2016 Executive Committee Meeting

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September 15, 2016

The Executive Committee was called to order at 9:03 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:

The question was called on the Agenda as amended:

Roll Call #1

Arbus, Jeff         for
Almeida, Eddy   for
Elliott, Len          for
Jones, Gareth    for
Labelle, Sara      for
Magner, Myles    for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tungatt, Debbie   for

Carried 9 for 0 against

Consent Agenda

Minutes of previous meeting

The OPSEU Executive Committee Minutes of June 9, 2016 and September 7, 2016 were adopted.

President’s Report

Central Labour Updates (OFL/CLC/NUPGE)

Update provided

New Business

Merger Local 474/484

Moved by Jones/Thomas

Whereas Local 484 voted to merge with Local 474; and

Whereas Local 474 voted to accept the merger with Local 484.

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Committee recommend to the Executive Board for approval that effective October 1, 2016, the two locals be merged as Local 4103 and the charters of local 484 and 474 be dissolved.

Roll Call #2

Arbus, Jeff         for
Almeida, Eddy   for
Elliott, Len          for
Jones, Gareth    for
Labelle, Sara      for
Magner, Myles    for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tungatt, Debbie   for

Carried 9 for 0 against

Provincial Women’s Committee

Moved by Thomas/Labelle

Whereas the OPSEU Provincial Women’s Committee [PWC] has a mandate to ‘increase awareness and understanding of issues affecting women” and “support education and advocacy on issues relevant to women within the union, in the workplace and broader community”; and

Whereas a landmark 2014 survey of Canadian workplace conducted by the Canadian Labour Congress and the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children revealed that approximately one-third of all Canadian workers have experienced domestic violence from an intimate partner in their lifetime; and

Whereas the Ontario Government recently passed Bill 132 the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act [Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment] which is an Act to amend various statutes with respect to sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence and related matters including changes to Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act; and

Whereas the Ontario Federation of Labour [OFL] will be holding the OFL Conference Violence and Harassment in the Workplace on October 6, 2016 in Toronto; and

Whereas this conference will review legislative changes and discuss activities for action, best practices and reform.

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Committee approve the expenses of the seven elected delegates of the PWC to attend the upcoming OFL Conference Violence and Harassment in the Workplace to be held in Toronto on October 6, 2016. The total associated costs will not exceed the amount indicated in the proposal with funds to be drawn from the Contingency Fund. 

Roll Call #3

Arbus, Jeff         for
Almeida, Eddy   for
Elliott, Len          for
Jones, Gareth    for
Labelle, Sara      for
Magner, Myles    for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tungatt, Debbie   for

Carried 9 for 0 against

President’s Report

Moved by Thomas/Almeida – In Camera

Roll Call #4

Arbus, Jeff         for
Almeida, Eddy   for
Elliott, Len          for
Jones, Gareth    for
Labelle, Sara      for
Magner, Myles    for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tungatt, Debbie   for

Carried 9 for 0 against

Rise & Report

Solidarity Reserve Fund Requests

Request #2016-09-01

Moved by Almeida/Thomas – That request 2016-09-01 be referred to the October Officer’s meeting.

Roll Call #5

Arbus, Jeff         for
Almeida, Eddy   for
Elliott, Len          for
Jones, Gareth    for
Labelle, Sara      for
Magner, Myles    for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tungatt, Debbie   for

Carried 9 for 0 against

Request #2016-09-02

Moved by Arbus/Thomas

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 legal action concerning sick 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 #6

Arbus, Jeff         for
Almeida, Eddy   for
Elliott, Len          for
Jones, Gareth    for
Labelle, Sara      for
Magner, Myles    for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tungatt, Debbie   for

Carried 9 for 0 against

Request #2016-09-03

Moved by Almeida/Arbus – That request 2016-09-03 be referred to the September Board meeting.

Roll Call #7

Arbus, Jeff         for
Almeida, Eddy   for
Elliott, Len          for
Jones, Gareth    for
Labelle, Sara      for
Magner, Myles    for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tungatt, Debbie   for

Carried 9 for 0 against

Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 10:58 a.m.  All members were present.

(Original signed by)

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