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Minutes of the April 15, 2016 Executive Board Meeting

Minutes of the April 15, 2016 Executive Board Meeting

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Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Room 101

April 15, 2016

The Executive Board was called to order at 8:25 a.m. President Thomas was in the Chair. Peggy Maybury, Executive Assistant to the President, was also in attendance.

President’s Report

Moved by Thomas/Almeida – In Camera

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      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  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Rise & Report

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the Executive Board has the responsibility and fiduciary obligation to develop and enforce the policies of the Union, and to act at all times in the best interests of the Union and its members; and,

Whereas the Union is an Employer of over 300 employees represented by two bargaining agents and excluded staff under employment contracts; and,

Whereas the Union has staffing policies related to harassment and discrimination, which were recently amended and which are subject to annual review; and,

Whereas some members have made allegations that a toxic work environment  exists in the Union, including allegations of systemic sexual harassment experienced by staff, culminating in sexual assault charges against one former staff member; and,

Whereas the members have alleged that the culture within OPSEU allowed this behavior to continue unaddressed for years; and,

Whereas the members’ allegations were recently reported by Canada’s largest media outlet, which may impact the Union’s operations on behalf of the members; and,

Whereas it is in the Union’s necessary interests to ensure that the allegations are fully addressed.

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board will establish an ad hoc task force consisting of two officers, two Executive Board members, two OPSSU members, one ASU member and one employee from the excluded staff.

Be it further resolved that the task force will review the union’s staffing policies related to harassment and discrimination and will engage and direct an external independent consultant to conduct an external review of OPSEU’s harassment and discrimination policies, complaint reporting processes and work place culture; and,

Be it further resolved that the consultant will report to the task force and the Executive Board; and,

Be it further resolved that the task force will be established immediately and the external review will be established to ensure that it does not prejudice legal or other processes that are currently underway.

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      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  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Adjournment

The Executive Board adjourned at 9:20 a.m. All members were present.

Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President

Nicole Glass, A/Corporate Secretary