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Minutes of the April 13, 2016 Executive Board Meeting

Minutes of the April 13, 2016 Executive Board Meeting

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Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Room 101

April 13, 2016

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:04 a.m. First Vice President/Treasurer Almeida was in the Chair. All members were present except Felicia Fahey, 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:

  • Recommendations from Executive Committee
    • Empire Crossing new members
    • Attawapiskat First Nations
    • Head Office Constructions – Tenders
  • Presentation – member portal/electronic expenses
  • OPS Bargaining Procedures – Ad Hoc committee
  • OFL motion

The question was called on the Agenda as amended:

Roll Call #1

Almeida, Eddy     for
Arbus, Jeff           for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed           for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     —
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  —
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 17 for 0 against

Consent Agenda

Minutes of the Previous Meeting

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board adopt the OPSEU Executive Board Minutes of March 2-3, 2016, Board Minutes of March 16, 2016, E-poll Constitutional Amendment 29.8.2, E-poll Sale of NDP building at 101 Richmond Street East and E-poll Convention 2016 Agenda.

Constitutional Amendment Article 29.8.2

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board approve and submit the following Constitutional Amendment to the 2016 Convention;

Amend Article 29.8.2 as follows;
Size of Group Quorum
1-20 members 25% of the members
21- 200 members 5 members
201 or more members 3 percent of the members

Roll Call

Almeida, Eddy     for
Arbus, Jeff           for
Archer, Glen        against
Arvelin, Ed           against
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     against
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     against
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     —
Thibodeau, Carl  against
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  against
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 13 for 6 against

Gareth Jones filed a minority Report

Sale of NDP Building at 101 Richmond Street East motion

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Be it resolved that the transition team pursue the sale of the NDP building at 101 Richmond Street East to Streetwise and pursue alternate space in a suitable location.

Roll Call

Almeida, Eddy     for
Arbus, Jeff           for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed           for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Convention 2016 Agenda (3 motions)

Reconsideration Motion:

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas additional changes have come forward in regards to the needs of the 2016 Convention agenda.

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board reconsider the Convention Agenda as approved at the March 2-3, 2016 meeting.

Roll Call

Almeida, Eddy     for
Arbus, Jeff           for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed           for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliott, Len           —
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  —
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas privatization of Public services, works and resources continues to be an issue Ontario and the world; and

Whereas many other countries have had years and decades of Public assets being eroded and destroyed in the hands of Public Private partnerships (P3’s); and

Whereas our members and leadership can gain great insight into what other countries have gone through and how they have fought back.

Therefore be it resolved that the agenda be changed to amend the agenda for the April 14th, 2016 and add Gerald Hayes, Health Services Union NSW/ACT at 11:10 a.m.

Roll Call

Almeida, Eddy     for
Arbus, Jeff           for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed           for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliott, Len           —
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    against
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  —
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 17 for 1 against

Myles Magner filed a minority report

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the addition on April 15th, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with the name of the 2016 Stanley Knowles Humanitarian Award Winner “Medecins sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders” and delete, “(Placeholder To be determined)”.

Roll Call

Almeida, Eddy     for
Arbus, Jeff           for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed           for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliott, Len           —
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  —
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Business Arising

Community Services Divisional Council Bargaining Conference proposal

Moved by Almeida/Labelle

Be it resolved that we reconsider the timelines in regards to the CSDC proposal which was to be brought back to the May Board and it now be brought back to the April Board.

Roll Call #2

Almeida, Eddy     for
Arbus, Jeff           for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed           for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     —
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  —
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 17 for 0 against

Moved by Almeida/Labelle

Whereas the Community Services Divisional Council (CSDC) held a bargaining conference of its member Sectors in November of 2015 (with the exception of Sector 4 – CAS who held theirs on December 4- 5, 2015) and;

Whereas the conference was deemed a large success by those members who attended; and

Whereas it is the desire of the Community Services Divisional Council to again present a bargaining conference to be held in October/ November of 2016 to better prepare our local bargaining committees.

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board approve the funding required to hold this Bargaining Conference.

Roll Call #3

Almeida, Eddy     for
Arbus, Jeff           for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed           for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     —
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  —
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 17 for 0 against

Treasurer’s Report

First Vice President/Treasurer Almeida presented the Treasurer’s Report, which addressed the following items:

  • 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
  • Temporary Staff Assignment – 8 months
  • Temporary Staff Assignment – 6 months
  • Expense Claims – Electronic submissions
  • OPSEU Owned Vehicles

Temporary Staff Assignment – 8 months

Moved by Almeida/Arvelin

WHEREAS OPSEU currently has dozens of forms which members are required to manually complete for various activities and events; and 

WHEREAS technology has improved greatly over the years and the use of “online” processes can greatly reduce administration; and

WHEREAS reduced bureaucracy not only improves the efficiency of the Unions resources, but can also lead to improved member engagement;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU look at ways to increase the use of electronic forms and digital processes; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT this review consider all aspects of member interaction with the Union; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT funding be provided for an 8 month staff assignment to review the current processes and make a report to the September Executive Board meeting with recommendations and an implementation plan to be completed in time for the 2017 Convention. Funds to be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

Roll Call #4

Almeida, Eddy     for
Arbus, Jeff           for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed           for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     —
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  —
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 17 for 0 against

Temporary Staff Assignment – 6 months

Moved by Almeida/Arbus

WHEREAS having Locals with strong finances keep the Union stronger; and

WHEREAS maintaining up to date Trustee Audit Reports (TARs) is necessary for Locals to receive their quarterly rebates; and

WHERESAS OPSEU holding Local rebates “In Trust” creates an unfunded liability that does not benefit either the Locals or the Union as a whole; and 

WHEREAS there is a backlog with some locals requiring assistance in getting their Local TARs up to date;

WHEREAS rapidly clearing up the backlog is in the immediate interest of the Union, 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT funding be provided for a 6 month staff assignment to assist Locals that are currently in arrears with their TARs with funds to be drawn from the Contingency Fund; and  

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT if required, member time off can be utilized through the Local Time-Off Fund or, with the RVP's authorization, use of Regional Education Funds; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT after 6 months, a report will be provided by the First Vice President/Treasurer to the December 2016 Executive Board meeting on results and any further recommendations.

Roll Call #5

Almeida, Eddy     for
Arbus, Jeff           for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed           for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     —
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  —
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 17 for 0 against

Expense Claims – Electronic submissions

Moved by Almeida/Arbus

WHEREAS OPSEU is now accepting electronic submission of member expense claims through the Member Portal; and

WHEREAS the current policy of requiring original receipts be submitted to support all expenses is not practical for electronic expenses;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT scanned copies of receipts be accepted for electronic claims only; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT members are required to keep original copies of all receipts for a period of 18 months for the purposes of audit/review.

Roll Call #6

Almeida, Eddy     for
Arbus, Jeff           for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed           for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  —
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 18 for 0 against

The guests in the room introduced themselves

OPSEU Owned Vehicles

Moved by Almeida/ Strachan

WHEREAS it is important for OPSEU to have our branding in communities throughout Ontario; and

WHEREAS OPSEU owned and branded vehicles are sometimes used in regions to support OPSEU events as well as OPSEU supported community events;

THEREFORE IT BE RESOLVED THAT when OPSEU owned vehicles are being used in the regions, the RVP and/or the Regional Supervisor, will be responsible for its use; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT if someone other than the RVP or Supervisor are driving the OPSEU vehicle, the Office of the First Vice President will be informed in writing of the individuals name and a valid driver’s license will be provided in advance for insurance purposes.

Roll Call #7

Almeida, Eddy     for
Arbus, Jeff           for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed           for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  —
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Recommendation from the Officers April 12th meeting: Proposed Construction – OPSEU Head Office (Mezzanine and east, first floor)

Moved by Almeida/Magner

WHEREAS OPSEU has requested tender submissions for the proposed construction of the east mezzanine and east, first floor at Head Office; and

WHEREAS three tender submissions were received;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Executive Board approve that the tender be awarded to TRIGRAND Restoration.

Roll Call #8

Almeida, Eddy     for
Arbus, Jeff           for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed           for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  —
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Summary Report

President’s Report

Internal Issues

Bylaws

Moved by Almeida/Tungatt

Whereas technology has allowed us to keep better track of documents and notes; and

Whereas the current format method of all Local Bylaws being received and retained is only in hardcopy form; and

Whereas this makes it difficult to track and reference changes to old Bylaws as well as ensuring new Bylaws are processed in timely manner; and  

Whereas Local Executive members are volunteers who are not expected to know the intricacies of the OPSEU Constitution;

Therefore be it resolved that all current Local Bylaws be transferred into an electronic format; and

Be it further resolved that a temporary, special project position for a 8 month period will be created to do this work, with funds to be drawn from Contingency Fund; and

Be it further resolved that once all Bylaw documents are placed into an electronic format, a review of all the Local Bylaws will be conducted by the staff, with recommendations on how to modernize the process and make it easier for the members to prepare suitable Bylaws is to be brought to the President’s office for review; and

Be it further resolved that any recommended changes will then be brought to the board for consideration.

Roll Call #9

Almeida, Eddy     for
Arbus, Jeff           for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed           for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 19 for 0 against

President Thomas in the Chair

Recommendation to Convention 2016 – Transfer of Funds from General fund to Strike fund

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas world-wide, Private Public Partnerships (P3’s) continue to gain in popularity and grow in numbers, but continue to fail the accountability litmus test; and

Whereas campaigns around the world are having an impact against the proliferation of P3’s and the corporate profiteers; and

Whereas the Government of Ontario continues to ignore all evidence that the Privatization of Public assets and responsibilities is failing its citizens, costing more and providing less; and

Whereas ensuring public education and mobilization is imperative to force governments to back off of this costly, dangerous and corrupt boondoggle; and

Whereas OPSEU via its Members and Staff have effectively combated the hateful right wing attacks on its own citizens for decades; and

Whereas the Strike Fund has in access excess of 72 million dollars; and

Whereas OPSEU can clearly articulate and demonstrate to the Public the exact damage that the corporate agenda is doing to us all.

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU will cease the transfer of 5 percent of all dues to the strike fund for a 12 month period commencing the close of convention 2016; and

Be it further resolved that these funds will coded to a separate line, to be indicated on the financials as the “Strike Back Fund”; and

Be it further resolved that authorized funds drawn from the strike back fund will be kept on the financials on a separate stand-alone report within the financials; and

Be it further resolved that any funds required will have to be authorized via Motion(s) as according to policy via the Officers (under 10k amounts) or the Executive Board.

First Vice President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair

Moved by Tungatt/Magner – Closure

Roll Call #10

Almeida, Eddy     against
Arbus, Jeff           against
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed           for
Bisaillon, Michel  against
Bozai, Ibrahim     against
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     against
Labelle, Sara       against
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  against
Tremblay, Chrisy  against
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Defeated 11 for 8 against

The question was called on the motion:

Whereas world-wide, Private Public Partnerships (P3’s) continue to gain in popularity and grow in numbers, but continue to fail the accountability litmus test; and

Whereas campaigns around the world are having an impact against the proliferation of P3’s and the corporate profiteers; and

Whereas the Government of Ontario continues to ignore all evidence that the Privatization of Public assets and responsibilities is failing its citizens, costing more and providing less; and

Whereas ensuring public education and mobilization is imperative to force governments to back off of this costly, dangerous and corrupt boondoggle; and

Whereas OPSEU via its Members and Staff have effectively combated the hateful right wing attacks on its own citizens for decades; and

Whereas the Strike Fund has in access excess of 72 million dollars; and

Whereas OPSEU can clearly articulate and demonstrate to the Public the exact damage that the corporate agenda is doing to us all.

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU will cease the transfer of 5 percent of all dues to the strike fund for a 12 month period commencing the close of convention 2016; and

Be it further resolved that these funds will coded to a separate line, to be indicated on the financials as the “Strike Back Fund”; and

Be it further resolved that authorized funds drawn from the strike back fund will be kept on the financials on a separate stand-alone report within the financials; and

Be it further resolved that any funds required will have to be authorized via Motion(s) as according to policy via the Officers (under 10k amounts) or the Executive Board.

Roll Call #11

Almeida, Eddy     for
Arbus, Jeff           for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed           for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    against
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     against
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 17 for 2 against

Myles Magner and Philip Shearer filed Minority Reports.

OFL resolution to Convention

Moved by Thomas/Tungatt

Whereas there has been a significant change within the leadership of the OFL; and,

Whereas promising discussions have begun to return OPSEU to the OFL; and,

Whereas it is OPSEU's intention to retune to the House of Labour

Therefore be it resolved that the Board be authorized to return providing acceptable terms are agreed to, including the issue of arrears.  

Roll Call #12

Almeida, Eddy     for
Arbus, Jeff           for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed           for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     against
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  —
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 17 for 1 against

Philip Shearer filed a Minority Report.

President Thomas in the Chair

OPS Bargaining Procedures – Ad-Hoc committee

Discussion

Attawapiskat First Nations resolution to Convention

Moved by Arbus/Bisaillon

Whereas the leaders of the Attawapiskat First Nation, an isolated Cree community in northern Ontario, Canada, have recently declared a state of emergency over a series of suicide attempts that included 11 attempts on the evening of April 9, 2016; and

Whereas this latest state of emergency is part of a “suicide pandemic” affecting Northern Indigenous communities for the past few years; and

Whereas in 2013, the Mushkegowuk Council established a People's Inquiry to explore the roots of the suicide crisis and the final report released in January 2016 pointed to the history of residential schools, the loss of language and culture, and substance abuse as factors leading to suicide; and

Whereas the Truth and Reconciliation Report Executive Summary released in June 2015 identified the legacy of the Canadian residential school system as “cultural genocide” and made 94 recommendations to redress this legacy; and

Whereas OPSEU recognizes that true reconciliation with indigenous communities requires a national strategy that uproots the systemic causes of poverty and hopelessness; and

Whereas OPSEU has supported actions for justice for Indigenous communities, and Attawapiskat in particular;

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive approve that OPSEU supports the Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day`s call for a national strategy to fight the suicide epidemic affecting First Nations communities; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU, in conjunction with the OPSEU Aboriginal Circle, partner with Northern Indigenous communities to address poverty, inequality, and other systemic causes of hopelessness that fuel the latest suicide epidemic and to monitor the federal government`s implementation of the 94 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Report.

Roll Call #13

Almeida, Eddy     for
Arbus, Jeff           for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed           for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Staffing Issues – In Camera

Central Labour Updates (OFL/NUPGE/CLC)

President Thomas provided an update

2016 NUPGE Conference

Discussion

Committee Reports

Standing Committee Reports:

  • Aboriginal Circle
  • Audit
  • Central Political Action
  • Convention
    • Resolutions
    • Constitutional
    • Credentials (reports at Convention)
    • Planning
  • Disability Rights Caucus
  • Excluded Staff Hiring
  • Francophone
  • In Solidarity
  • OPSEU Resource/Enterprises

Union Pearson Express program

Moved by Platt/Almeida

Be it resolved that the OPSEU Enterprise Committee add the Union Pearson Express “business traveler program” to the OPSEU Enterprises offers.

Moved by Tungatt/Magner – Referral to bring back to the May Board in order to find out if they are unionized or not

Roll Call #14

Almeida, Eddy     for
Arbus, Jeff           for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed           for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       against
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           against
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  —
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 17 for 2 against

  • Pension Liaison
  • PHRC

2016 CLC Human Rights Conference

Moved by Archer/Thomas

Whereas OPSEU's Provincial Human Rights Committee (PHRC) assists in establishing human rights committees across Ontario, developing and promoting programs to encourage member participation and increasing awareness of workplace, community, national and international human rights issues; and

Whereas the Canadian Labour Congress will hold Rise Up! CLC Human Rights Conference from October 20 to 23, 2016 in Ottawa; and

Whereas this conference undertakes to bring diverse activists and allies together in a unique space to explore strategies and skills; and

Whereas this conference undertakes to empower and engage workers to build a stronger movement based on equity and inclusion.

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board approve the expenses of the seven elected representatives of the PHRC to attend the upcoming CLC Human Rights Conference to be held in Ottawa, Ontario from October 20-23, 2016.  The total associated costs will be up to $17,500 with the funds to be drawn from the Contingency Fund. 

Moved by Almeida/Thomas – Amendment

Delete words in resolve between “will” and “with” and replace with “not exceed the amount in the proposal”

Roll Call #15

Almeida, Eddy     for
Arbus, Jeff           for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed           for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Moved by Strachan/Tungatt – Amendment

That all 7 elected and all 7 alternates be sent to the Conference

Moved by Thibodeau/Labelle – Amendment to amendment:

That the amount in the proposal be doubled

Roll Call #16

Almeida, Eddy     for
Arbus, Jeff           for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed           for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     against
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      —
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 17 for 1 against

Question called on the amended amendment:

That all 7 elected and all 7 alternates be sent to the conference and the amount in the proposal be doubled

Roll Call #17

Almeida, Eddy     for
Arbus, Jeff           for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed           for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     against
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 18 for 1 against

The question called on motion as amended:

Whereas OPSEU's Provincial Human Rights Committee (PHRC) assists in establishing human rights committees across Ontario, developing and promoting programs to encourage member participation and increasing awareness of workplace, community, national and international human rights issues; and

Whereas the Canadian Labour Congress will hold Rise Up! CLC Human Rights Conference from October 20 to 23, 2016 in Ottawa; and

Whereas this conference undertakes to bring diverse activists and allies together in a unique space to explore strategies and skills; and

Whereas this conference undertakes to empower and engage workers to build a stronger movement based on equity and inclusion.

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board approve the expenses of the seven elected representatives and 7 alternates of the PHRC to attend the upcoming CLC Human Rights Conference to be held in Ottawa, Ontario from October 20-23, 2016.  The total associated costs will not exceed the amount in the proposal with the funds to be drawn from the Contingency Fund. 

Roll Call #18

Almeida, Eddy     for
Arbus, Jeff           for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed           for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     against
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 18 for 1 against

Ibrahim filed a Minority Report

  • PWC
  • PYC

A motion was made and withdrawn

  • Rainbow Alliance
  • Retirees Board
  • Social Mapping
  • Solidarity Fund Board
    • Live and Let Live
    • International Humanity Work
    • International Solidarity Work
  • Staff Negotiating
  • Staff Pension Plan Trustees
  • Strategic Planning

An update was provided on all Committees.

New Business

HPD Hospital cuts fight-back

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the OPSEU Executive Board waive the 30 day notice for expenditures in excess of $20,000.

Roll Call #19

Almeida, Eddy     for
Arbus, Jeff           for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed           for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Moved by Labelle/Almeida

Be it resolved that OPSEU supports the Ontario Health Coalition campaign to stop further hospital cuts with ten membership book-offs over three weeks at a cost of $45,900, and that funds be drawn from the OPSEU Defense Fund.

Moved by Almeida/Arbus – Amendment

Delete words between “cost” and “and” and replace with “as referenced in the proposal”

Roll Call #20

Almeida, Eddy     for
Arbus, Jeff           for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed           for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 19 for 0 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

Be it resolved that OPSEU supports the Ontario Health Coalition campaign to stop further hospital cuts with ten membership book-offs over three weeks at a cost as referenced in the proposal, and that funds be drawn from the OPSEU Defense Fund.

Roll Call #21

Almeida, Eddy     for
Arbus, Jeff           for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed           for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Constitutional Amendment: Article 13.5.1 – Election of Convention Delegates

Moved by Magner/Tungatt

Whereas the Article 13.5.1 of the OPSEU Constitution requires Local elections for delegates and alternate delegates to the OPSEU Convention to be conducted by majority vote (except for the Local President, who is automatically the local’s first delegate); and,

Whereas electing delegates and alternate delegates can require multiple ballots for both delegates and alternate delegates, particularly in larger locals who are entitled to elect a larger number of delegates and alternate delegates based on the local’s membership; and,

Whereas many locals have experienced difficulty achieving and maintaining quorum at their general membership meetings; and,

Whereas many locals that do achieve quorum are not able to complete the election of their full complement of delegates and alternate delegates, either because they must hold their general membership meetings during members’ lunch periods to achieve quorum, or because they may lose quorum before completing their delegate elections; and,

Whereas the Convention is OPSEU’s highest decision-making body; and,

Whereas it is important to OPSEU’s democratic process to ensure that as many locals as possible are able to elect their full complement of delegates and alternative delegates to attend each Convention;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve and submit the following Constitutional Amendment to the 2016 Convention:

Amend Article 13.5.1 to read as follows:

13.5.1  All delegates and alternate delegates from Locals shall be elected for each Convention at a general membership meeting on the principle of winning a clear majority, with run-off ballots if necessary, except that the Local President shall be the first delegate automatically. Locals may also choose, by a two-thirds majority vote, to elect their delegates and alternate delegates by plurality, with separate votes required for delegates and alternate delegates, except that the Local President shall be the first delegate automatically. Where a local is entitled to more than one alternate delegate, those elected by plurality shall be ranked according to the number of votes received.

Roll Call #22

Almeida, Eddy     for
Arbus, Jeff           against
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed           for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       against
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 17 for 2 against

Empire Crossing new members – Local 336

Moved by Labelle/Platt

Whereas OPSEU has organized a new unit in Port Hope – Empire Crossings Retirement Home; and

Whereas the new unit is comprised of 26 new members, which enjoy a community of interest with an existing Local 

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board approve that these members join the existing Local 336.

Roll Call #23

Almeida, Eddy     for
Arbus, Jeff           for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed           for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Afternoon

The meeting resumed at 2:25p.m.

First Vice President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair

Moved by Almeida/Thibodeau – Reconsideration of OFL resolution

Whereas there has been a significant change within the leadership of the OFL; and,

Whereas promising discussions have begun to return OPSEU to the OFL; and,

Whereas it is OPSEU's intention to retune to the House of Labour

Therefore be it resolved that the Board be authorized to return providing acceptable terms are agreed to, including the issue of arrears.  

Roll Call #24

Almeida, Eddy     for
Arbus, Jeff           for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed           for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       —
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    —
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  —
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 16 for 0 against

OFL Resolution to Convention

Moved by Almeida/Thibodeau

Therefore be it resolved that the 2016 OPSEU Convention authorize the Executive Board to re-engage with the Ontario Federation of Labour, provided acceptable terms are agreed to, including the issue of arrears.

Roll Call #25

Almeida, Eddy     for
Arbus, Jeff           for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed           for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       —
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     against
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 17 for 1 against

Philip Shearer filed Minority report

Moved by Thomas/Almeida – Reconsideration of the 2016 Convention Agenda:

Whereas additional changes have come forward in regards to the needs of the 2016 Convention agenda.

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board reconsider the Convention Agenda as approved from the Convention 2016 Agenda E-poll.

Roll Call #26

Almeida, Eddy     for
Arbus, Jeff           for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed           for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       —
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 18 for 0 against

 

Moved by Thomas/Almeida – Amend the 2016 Convention Agenda to move Gerard Hayes to 1:30 p.m. and move the Statutory orders to after the Executive Board Report.

Roll Call #27

Almeida, Eddy     for
Arbus, Jeff           for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed           for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       —
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Timed Presentation:
Maurice Gabay, Administrator of the Financials Services Unit , Filomena Lofranco, Supervisor of Accounting and Payroll Services, Stefka Yancheva, Supervisor of IT Services unit gave a presentation to the Board.

Timed Presentation:
Gerard Hayes, Health Services Union, New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory gave a presentation to the Board.

Adjournment

The Executive Board adjourned at 3:37 p.m. All members were present except Felicia Fahey and Sara Labelle.

Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President

Nicole Glass, A/Corporate Secretary