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Minutes of the April 24, 2019 Executive Board Meeting

Minutes of the April 24, 2019 Executive Board Meeting

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Coopers

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:34 a.m. President Thomas was

in the Chair. All members were present except Carl Thibodeau, the reason

was acceptable to the Chair. Clarke Eaton, Advisor to the President, was

also in attendance.

Agenda

The agenda was amended to add:

  • Local 426, Local 4107
  • Local 392
  • Local 393
  • Pension claw backs
  • Indigenous rights
  • Officers update

Consent Agenda

Minutes of the Previous Meeting

April 8, 2019 E-poll:

January 2019 Board meeting

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Be it resolved that

the OPSEU Executive Board waive the 30-day notice for expenditures in

excess of $20,000

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles —

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

CARRIED 19 for 0 against

Whereas

the Executive Board previously approved this proposal in June 2018; and

Whereas

the Kaplan arbitration decision did not get delivered until April 01,

2019;

Therefore be it resolved that
the OPSEU Executive Board authorize a one-day meeting for Corrections

Bargaining Unit Institutional Facilities (MCSCS & MCYS) Local

Presidents / highest ranking and adult/youth RERC Chairs; and

Be it further resolved that
the one day meeting take place at a time to be determined in May 2019,

costs to be drawn from the OPS Negotiations budget.

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles —

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

CARRIED 19 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that
the OPSEU Executive Board adopt the OPSEU Executive Board Minutes March

20-21, 2019, April 1, 2019 Web Conference, April 3, 2019 Web Conference

and the April 8, 2019 E-poll.

Roll Call #1

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Business Arising

Referral from the October 24-25, 2018 Executive Board meeting:

Policy & Procedures for member complaints


Referral of the issue of policy & procedures on how OPSEU addresses

members complaints regarding the union, consistent with the

Constitution, the Ontario Human Rights Code and other applicable

legislation, as well as their rights when subject to complaints and/or

investigations by the union to the President’s Office for review and

report back to the December Board meeting.

*work in progress


Referral from the January 23-24, 2018 Executive Board meeting:

Francophone and Bilingual Convention Resolution (Resolution K2)

Moved by Almeida/Roy

Whereas

OPSEU makes great effort to be inclusive for all its members and

provide services in both official languages French and English; and

Whereas

OPSEU cannot be designated under the FLSA because the FLSA applies to

those public service agencies that use public funds and that are

designated by Government regulation; and

Whereas

OPSEU has been working and will continue to work with the Francophone

Committee to review the demands of the membership for francophone

services;

Therefore be it resolved that

OPSEU will implement the following recommendations as well as continue

to provide current Francophone services

  • as OPSEU forms are updated they be made available in both

    English and French

  • as of 2021 all job postings be in both English and French
  • within the next five (5) years the member portal be available in

    both English and French and implementation costing will be brought
    back

    to the board for approval

  • perform a review of commonly used documents (such as collective

    agreements, equity committee conference binders, OPSEU course

    materials, bargaining bulletins, news releases, organizing flyers
    etc.)

    to determine, with the assistance of the Provincial Francophone

    Committee, which documents could be routinely translated into
    French

    within the next five (5) years and translation costing will be
    brought

    back to the board for approval

  • review its staffing needs to determine whether the bilingual

    staff complement is sufficient to support the objectives outlined
    above

    and report back to the OPSEU Executive Board on any resources
    required

    (staffing, consultants, etc.)

  • OPSEU staff will review the feasibility and process to amend the

    Union’s registered name “Ontario Public Service Employees Union” in
    a

    manner that would include both English and French names and will
    report

    back to the June 2019 Executive Committee meeting

Moved by Nancekivell/Morton – Amendment:

Add at the end of last resolve “and the first Executive Board meeting

after the June 2019 Executive Committee meeting”

Roll Call #2

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas

OPSEU makes great effort to be inclusive for all its members and

provide services in both official languages French and English; and

Whereas

OPSEU cannot be designated under the FLSA because the FLSA applies to

those public service agencies that use public funds and that are

designated by Government regulation; and

Whereas

OPSEU has been working and will continue to work with the Francophone

Committee to review the demands of the membership for francophone

services;

  • Therefore be it resolved that

    OPSEU will implement the following recommendations as well as
    continue

    to provide current Francophone services

  • as OPSEU forms are updated they be made available in both

    English and French

  • as of 2021 all job postings be in both English and French
  • within the next five (5) years the member portal be available in

    both English and French and implementation costing will be brought
    back

    to the board for approval

  • perform a review of commonly used documents (such as collective

    agreements, equity committee conference binders, OPSEU course

    materials, bargaining bulletins, news releases, organizing flyers
    etc.)

    to determine, with the assistance of the Provincial Francophone

    Committee, which documents could be routinely translated into
    French

    within the next five (5) years and translation costing will be
    brought

    back to the board for approval

  • review its staffing needs to determine whether the bilingual

    staff complement is sufficient to support the objectives outlined
    above

    and report back to the OPSEU Executive Board on any resources
    required

    (staffing, consultants, etc.)

  • OPSEU staff will review the feasibility and process to amend the

    Union’s registered name “Ontario Public Service Employees Union” in
    a

    manner that would include both English and French names and will
    report

    back to the June 2019 Executive Committee meeting and the first

    Executive Board meeting after the June 2019 Executive Committee
    meeting

Roll Call #3

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

President’s Report

Internal Issues

Feed Ontario

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that
the OPSEU Executive Board waive the 30-day notice for expenditure in

excess of $20,000

Roll Call #4

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Be it resolved that
the Executive Board approve the Memorandum of Understanding with the

Ontario Association of Food Banks in the amount of $25,000, with the

funds to be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

Roll Call #5

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Temporary Bilingual Communications Officer, Toronto (Head Office)

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas

the Temporary Bilingual Communications Officer position at Head Office

became vacant in March 2019 as the result of the most recent incumbent

being the successful candidate for another position in the

organization; and

Whereas

the filling of the Temporary Bilingual Communications Officer position

is required as soon as possible due to organizational demands; and

Whereas

the Temporary Bilingual Communications Officer position has been posted

both internally and to the membership and there have been no

applications submitted for the position; and

Whereas

it has become increasingly difficult to fill bilingual positions with

specific skillsets internally or through the membership;

Therefore be it resolved that

OPSEU conduct an external search for candidates from the public at

large in order to fill the position of Temporary Bilingual

Communications Officer at Head Office.

Roll Call #6

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Joint Healthcare Bargaining Conference

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that

the OPSEU Executive Board waive the 30-day notice for expenditure in

excess of $20,000

Roll Call #7

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas

the People’s Health Care Act, 2019, will result in significant

restructuring in Ontario’s health care sector; and

Whereas

it is anticipated that the Ford Government’s first provincial budget

will result in funding cuts for health care providers; and

Whereas

the divisional executives for Sectors 8, 11 and 18 want to assist their

bargaining units in their respective sectors to align priorities and

work toward a common set of bargaining provisions that sets the

standard for their sectors;

Therefore be it resolved that

the OPSEU Executive Board approve the funding for the planning and

execution of a bargaining conference to be held in June 2019, in

accordance with the details and outline of this proposal to be drawn

from the contingency fund.

Roll Call #8

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

OPS CERC Action Plan 2019-2020

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 #9

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas

the current political climate has been hostile to public sector workers

in general, and government workers in particular; and

Whereas

OPSEU members who work for the OPS do valuable work and OPSEU would

like to encourage our members to take pride in the important work we do

for the people of Ontario; and

Whereas

increasing OPSEU’s visibility in the workplace helps to instill in

union members a sense of pride in their identity as government workers

and union members; and

Whereas

the CERC wishes to lay the groundwork early for the next round of

bargaining by engaging as many OPSEU OPS Unified members as possible;

and

Whereas

mobilized and educated MERC teams are crucial to engaging our members;

Therefore be it resolved that

the OPSEU Executive Board approve the funds as outlined in the attached

proposal from the CERC Action Plan 2019-2020. Funds to be drawn from

the MERC action plan budget.

Roll Call #10

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Sector 3 – Boards of Education Negotiations Procedures

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Be it resolved that

the OPSEU Executive Board approve the sector 3 – Boards of Education

negotiations procedures as outlined in the attached document.

Roll Call #11

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Defence Fund Request

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that

the Defence Fund provide up to $70,000 to pay for actual legal costs

incurred by the member in the course of the criminal proceedings,

provided that criminal counsel continues to charge reasonable rates and

to provide satisfactory updates concerning the progress of the case, as

confirmed by OPSEU General Counsel.

Roll Call #12

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Staffing Issues – In Camera

Central Labour Updates (OFL/NUPGE/CLC)

President Thomas provided an update

Other Business

First Vice President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair

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
  • Other Business

C
ommittee Reports

Standing Committee Reports:

A report was provided on all committees

  • Audit

Statutory Resolution

Moved by Almeida/Tremblay

Therefore be it resolved that

in compliance with Article 26.2 of the Constitution and Section 97 of

the Corporations Act, the Financial Statements

for the 12-month period ending December 2018, including the Statement

of Financial Position, the Statement of Revenue and Expenditures, the

Statement of Fund Balances and the Statement of Cash Flows, together

with the Auditors’ report thereon, and all transactions reflected

thereby be approved and that the President and First

Vice-President/Treasurer be authorized to sign the financial statements

on behalf of the Executive Board.

Roll Call #13

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Afternoon

The meeting resumed at 1:06p.m.

  • Central Political Action
  • Coalition of Racialized workers
  • Convention
    • Resolutions
    • Constitutional
    • Credentials
    • Planning
  • Disability Rights Caucus
  • Electronic Voting Ad-Hoc
  • Excluded Staff Hiring
  • Francophone
  • Indigenous Circle
  • In Solidarity
  • MDT/SDT Ad-hoc
  • OPSEU Resource/Enterprises
  • Pension Liaison

CAAT Pension Plan Sponsor Committee

Moved by Elliott/Perron

Therefore be it resolved that

the OPSEU Executive Board appoint Cheri Hearty to the CAAT Pension Plan

Sponsors Committee effective immediately until December 31, 2021,

provided Sister Cheri signs the OPSEU Letter of Understanding.

Roll Call #14

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Pension Committee for the Employees of Pathways to Independence

Moved by Perron/Elliott

Therefore be it resolved that

the OPSEU Executive Board appoint Cheri Hearty, Benefits Officer, to

the Pension Committee for the Pension Plan for the Employees of

Pathways to Independence effective immediately until December 31, 2020,

provided Sister Cheri signs the OPSEU Letter of Understanding.

Roll Call #15

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

  • PHRC
  • Policy Review Ad-hoc
  • PWC
  • PYC
  • 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

New Business

Local 426, Local 4107

Moved by Tremblay/Langford

Whereas

Local 426 held an LEC meeting on December 3, 2018, and at

such meeting passed a motion to bring the intent to

separate the Unit known as Valoris from the existing

composite Local; andWhereas

the LEC of Local 426 demonstrated adequate notification the

membership through their communication of the intent to

hold a GMM, in addition to clear identification of the

intent of presenting the motion to separate the Valoris

unit from the composite by the meeting clearly identified

on the agenda sent in advance to members; and Whereas

Local 426 held a General Membership Meeting on January 21,

2019, whereby the LEC of Local 426 presented the motion

with rational and open debate with the membership; and Whereas

the Membership of Local 426 in attendance held a vote with

results to separate the unit known as Valoris from the

existing components and exceeded the two-third vote

required approval from the General Membership Meeting to

which quorum was achieved; andWhereas

the component known as Valoris represents approximately 350

out of 470 members within Local 426, and therefore have

sufficient numbers to exist as a standalone single unit

Local;
Therefore be it resolved that

the OPSEU Executive Board approve the separation of Valoris

component known as Local 426, from the existing composite

units to function as a standalone single unit local; and

Therefore be it resolved that

the OPSEU Executive Board approve to assign a new Local

number to the remaining multi-unit composite Local, to be

known as Local 4107.

Roll Call #16

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

L392

Moved by Perron/Labelle

Whereas

employees from Champlain Long-Term Care voted in favour of joining

OPSEU; and

Whereas

there are two other homes that are in the works for being recognized by

OPSEU for the same employer;

Therefore be it resolved that

the OPSEU Executive Board approve the creation of a new local #392 for

the workers at Champlain LTC.

Roll Call #17

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

L393

Moved by Labelle/Perron

Whereas

employees from Paramed Home Care voted in favour of joining OPSEU;

Therefore be it resolved that

the OPSEU Executive Board approve the creation of a new local #393 for

the workers at Paramed Home Care in Barrie.

Roll Call #18

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Health Canada approved immunizations

Moved by Perron/Kwok

Whereas

the scientific evidence supporting immunizations is clear, overwhelming

and unequivocal; and

Whereas

the World Health Organization, the Centre for Disease Control, and

Health Canada all recognize the value of immunizations; and

Whereas

measles cases, as an example, have spiked in North America including

Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver, and warnings of measles exposure have

become more frequent in the Greater Toronto Area; and

Whereas

immunizations work for children and adults, e.g. measles and shingles;

Therefore be it resolved that

OPSEU endorse the voluntary use of Health Canada approved

immunizations.

Roll Call #19

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Personal Protective Equipment

Moved by Perron/Arvelin

Whereas

health care workers are regularly exposed to potentially deadly

pathogens during the course of their work; and

Whereas

there can be conflicting information coming from various sources during

the course of an outbreak or the discovery of a new or emerging medical

crisis; and

Whereas

the best defence for healthcare workers is personal protective

equipment (PPE);

Therefore be it resolved that

OPSEU lobby the Ontario provincial government to equip all healthcare

workers with the best practice PPE available at the time of any given

outbreak or new or emerging medical crisis.

Moved by Labelle/Maclam – Amendment:

In the resolve after “available” add “on the market”

Roll Call #20

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas

health care workers are regularly exposed to potentially deadly

pathogens during the course of their work; and

Whereas

there can be conflicting information coming from various sources during

the course of an outbreak or the discovery of a new or emerging medical

crisis; and

Whereas

the best defence for healthcare workers is personal protective

equipment (PPE);

Therefore be it resolved that

OPSEU lobby the Ontario provincial government to equip all healthcare

workers with the best practice PPE available on the market at the time

of any given outbreak or new or emerging medical crisis.

Roll Call #21

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Strike Fund

Discussion

Motion on the Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities

Moved by Kwok/Nancekivell

Whereas

Resolution EB1 (with amendments), Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and

Communities, was a resolution carried by Convention 2018;

Whereas

Convention 2018 passed Resolution EB1 which resolved that OPSEU

endorses the following Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities:

Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities

Discrimination in all its forms, including racism and Islamophobia,

anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, anti-Semitism, and all other

forms of racism, xenophobia and bigotry threatens our country’s rich

social fabric, including the workplaces of OPSEU members and other

workers, and the communities in which we live. Dividing people because

of race, religion, ancestry or any other difference that undermines

human rights serves only to weaken our unions and our society.

By endorsing this Charter, we commit to standing up for the rights and

dignity of everyone in order to promote inclusive, just and respectful

workplaces and communities;

That is why we affirm that:

  • Islamophobia, anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism,

    anti-Semitism, and all other forms of racism, xenophobia, and bigotry

    have no place in our workplaces or communities.

  • Discrimination and acts of hate against OPSEU members and others

    in our communities marginalizes individuals and groups and excludes

    them from participating fully in our unions, workplaces and

    communities.

  • The dignity of every member is essential to a healthy and

    vibrant union and workplace.

  • As a union, we will work with the labour movement, all levels of

    government, Indigenous peoples, civil society, and communities to

    develop policies, programs and initiatives to reduce and eliminate

    racism, hate and bigotry in all its forms.

By working together, we can nurture inclusive workplaces and strengthen

our shared commitment to OPSEU’s values of equality, respect, justice,

and dignity for all.

Whereas

Convention 2018 passed Resolution EB1 which further resolved that OPSEU

will communicate our endorsement of the Charter of Inclusive Workplaces

and Communities to our locals, area councils, equity committees and

caucuses and members, and will encourage their continued engagement in

organizing against Islamophobia, anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous

racism, anti-Semitism, and all other forms of racism, xenophobia,

bigotry and discrimination of all kinds;

Whereas

there has been a sharp uptick in racism, far right and “white

nationalist” organizing against immigrants and newcomers, Jews, Muslims

and other equity-seeking groups, including the massacres of Muslims

during Friday Prayer at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on 15

March 2019;

Whereas

Statistics Canada reported that police-reported hate crime in Canada

rose sharply in 2017, up 47% over the previous year with incidents

targeting Muslim, Jewish, and Black populations accounting for most of

the national increase and with these increases largely in Ontario and

Quebec;

Therefore be it resolved that

OPSEU will complete the following steps before the opening of

Convention 2019:

Produce a laid-out version of the Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and

Communities for locals to post and share;

E-mail the Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities to

local officers and stewards, sector executives, area councils and

equity committee and caucus representatives, with a copy of the

Resolution EB1 including both resolves and a message from the President

to urge locals to communicate the Charter to members and allies;

Post the message from the President and the Charter of Inclusive

Workplaces and Communities on the OPSEU website and include the message

from the President and the Charter in the OPSEU This Week email; and

Post the Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities permanently on

the Equity Unit webpage along with the Statement of Respect.

Moved by Nancekivell/Kwok – Amendment:

After “area councils” add “Chairs” and after EB1″ add “from the 2018

Convention”

Roll Call #22

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip against

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 1 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas

Resolution EB1 (with amendments), Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and

Communities, was a resolution carried by Convention 2018;

Whereas

Convention 2018 passed Resolution EB1 which resolved that OPSEU

endorses the following Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities:

Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities

Discrimination in all its forms, including racism and Islamophobia,

anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, anti-Semitism, and all other

forms of racism, xenophobia and bigotry threatens our country’s rich

social fabric, including the workplaces of OPSEU members and other

workers, and the communities in which we live. Dividing people because

of race, religion, ancestry or any other difference that undermines

human rights serves only to weaken our unions and our society.

By endorsing this Charter, we commit to standing up for the rights and

dignity of everyone in order to promote inclusive, just and respectful

workplaces and communities;

That is why we affirm that:

  • Islamophobia, anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism,

    anti-Semitism, and all other forms of racism, xenophobia, and bigotry

    have no place in our workplaces or communities.

  • Discrimination and acts of hate against OPSEU members and others

    in our communities marginalizes individuals and groups and excludes

    them from participating fully in our unions, workplaces and

    communities.

  • The dignity of every member is essential to a healthy and

    vibrant union and workplace.

  • As a union, we will work with the labour movement, all levels of

    government, Indigenous peoples, civil society, and communities to

    develop policies, programs and initiatives to reduce and eliminate

    racism, hate and bigotry in all its forms.

By working together, we can nurture inclusive workplaces and strengthen

our shared commitment to OPSEU’s values of equality, respect, justice,

and dignity for all.

Whereas

Convention 2018 passed Resolution EB1 which further resolved that OPSEU

will communicate our endorsement of the Charter of Inclusive Workplaces

and Communities to our locals, area councils, equity committees and

caucuses and members, and will encourage their continued engagement in

organizing against Islamophobia, anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous

racism, anti-Semitism, and all other forms of racism, xenophobia,

bigotry and discrimination of all kinds;

Whereas

there has been a sharp uptick in racism, far right and “white

nationalist” organizing against immigrants and newcomers, Jews, Muslims

and other equity-seeking groups, including the massacres of Muslims

during Friday Prayer at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on 15

March 2019;

Whereas

Statistics Canada reported that police-reported hate crime in Canada

rose sharply in 2017, up 47% over the previous year with incidents

targeting Muslim, Jewish, and Black populations accounting for most of

the national increase and with these increases largely in Ontario and

Quebec;

Therefore be it resolved that

OPSEU will complete the following steps before the opening of

Convention 2019:

Produce a laid-out version of the Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and

Communities for locals to post and share;

E-mail the Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities to

local officers and stewards, sector executives, area councils chairs

and equity committee and caucus representatives, with a copy of the

Resolution EB1 from the 2018 Convention including both resolves and a

message from the President to urge locals to communicate the Charter to

members and allies;

Post the message from the President and the Charter of Inclusive

Workplaces and Communities on the OPSEU website and include the message

from the President and the Charter in the OPSEU This Week email; and

Post the Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities permanently on

the Equity Unit webpage along with the Statement of Respect.

Roll Call #23

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Establishment of a “Supplementary HDPP”

Moved by Magner/Nancekivell

Whereas

OPSEU’s Harassment and Discrimination Prevention Policy and its related

procedures provide a process for addressing and resolving complaints

between members regarding harassment and discrimination on grounds

covered by the Ontario Human Rights Code as well as non-Code based

personal harassment; and

Whereas

this policy:

  • “applies to all OPSEU members, including retired members and

    elected leaders during any Union-related duties, activities and

    functions”

  • “applies to union-related interactions between members and

    elected Union leaders in the workplace”

  • “addresses all forms of harassment and discrimination, including

    systemic discrimination. Where the term “systemic” discrimination
    is

    used in the Policy and/or Procedures Manual, it refers to patterns
    of

    behavior, policies, or practices that are part of OPSEU’s
    structures,

    and which create or perpetuate disadvantage based on a prohibited

    ground”; and

Whereas

the HDPP policy does not apply to or provide a process for addressing

and resolving potential allegations or complaints of harassment and

discrimination by members regarding the behaviors of, or operational

decisions made by, OPSEU and/or its staff; and

Whereas

OPSEU has no other formal policy or procedures for addressing such

complaints in a consistent, independent and accountable manner, which

may result in a perception that complaints are being addressed in an

ad-hoc fashion and/or an actual or perceived conflict of interest with

respect to OPSEU’s handling of such complaints; and

Whereas

many leading organizations that provide services to members or clients

have developed policies and procedures for handling complaints by

members/clients regarding the behavior or operational decisions of

those organizations and/or their staff, to ensure such complaints are

handled appropriately and independently; and

Whereas

such policies and procedures typically include:

  • the establishment of an independent Board committee or

    subcommittee, reporting directly to the Board of Directors, to
    oversee

    the development, review and application of the policy and the

    organization’s response to any findings, and

  • the engagement of an independent, external, professional service

    provider to administer elements of the policy, including receiving,

    investigating and making recommendations regarding appropriate

    responses to any complaints, as appropriate

Therefore be it resolved that

the OPSEU Executive Board will establish an independent subcommittee to

develop a supplementary harassment and discrimination policy and

procedures (Supplementary HDPP) to ensure the consistent, independent

and accountable handling of member complaints/allegations of Code-based

harassment or discrimination as well as non-Code based personal

harassment by OPSEU and/or its staff, for review and approval by the

Board; and

Be it further resolved

that the Supplementary HDPP Subcommittee will work with the President’s

Office, OPSEU’s Equity Unit and external consultants as required, and

in consultation with representatives of OPSEU’s equity committees and

caucuses and others as required; and

Be it further resolved

that an OPSEU Human Rights Officer be assigned as a resource person to

advise and assist this subcommittee in its work, and

Be it further resolved

that this subcommittee will be elected by the Board, and will report

directly and independently to the Board on its work; and

Be it further resolved

that the subcommittee will consist of three Executive Board Members,

including at least one Regional Vice-President and at least one EBM who

is not an RVP, with elections to take place at the first Executive

Board Meeting following the bi-annual election of OPSEU’s Executive

Board and Full-Time Officers; and

Be it further resolved

the Subcommittee’s first order of business will be to develop a

proposed work plan and budget for the development of the Supplementary

HDPP and procedures, and a proposed budget as required, for

presentation to the October 2019 Executive Board Meeting; and

Be it further resolved

that following the adoption of a Supplementary HDPP, the subcommittee

will remain in place to oversee its implementation and operations and

provide periodic reports and recommendations to the Board as required;

and

Be it further resolved

that as an interim measure, the Board affirms OPSEU’s current practice

that:

  • Any member who makes a complaint to the President’s Office

    regarding an alleged incident of harassment or discrimination by
    OPSEU

    or its staff will have the right to the assistance of an HDPP
    Advisor

    or support person of their choice as per Article 2.0 to 2.3 of the
    HDPP

    Procedures, and

  • Any member who is the subject of a complaint to or investigation

    by the OPSEU President’s Office regarding an alleged incident of

    harassment or discrimination that falls outside the scope of the

    current HDPP, or who is named as a party to or is asked to
    participate

    in such an investigation will have the right to the assistance of
    an

    HDPP Advisor or support person of their choice as per Article 2.0
    to

    2.3 of the HDPP Procedures.

Roll Call #24

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Board Resolution to Convention: Defending Free Collective Bargaining

Moved by Magner/Labelle

Whereas

on April 4, Ontario Treasury Board President Peter Bethlanfalvy

announced the Ontario government’s plans to launch “a series of

consultations with a specific focus on our public sector bargaining

agents… to explore how compensation growth can be managed in a

way that results in wage settlements that are modest, reasonable and

most importantly sustainable”; and

Whereas

, Bethlanfalvy stated that “through these discussions with our

province’s public sector employers and bargaining agents will directly

inform our government’s next steps to responsibly manage growth in

compensation… Examples of these next steps could include

measures, such as:

  • Voluntary agreement to wage outcomes, lower than the current

    trend

  • Trade-offs that will lead to reductions in compensation costs,

    and;

  • Consideration of legislative measures”; and

Whereas

these consultations and the government’s proposed “next steps”

represent a direct threat to:

  • the high quality, accessible public services our communities

    depend on

  • the jobs, wages and working conditions of the more than one

    million Ontario public sector workers who deliver those services in

    communities across Ontario

  • the negotiated collective agreements, and the constitutionally

    protected right to free collective bargaining, including the right
    to

    strike of every OPSEU member and hundreds of thousands of other
    public

    sector workers; and

Whereas

OPSEU is committed to defending our right to members’ full, democratic

participation in free collective bargaining, including through the

election of bargaining teams, the democratic demand-setting process,

and the right to vote to ratify or reject any changes to their

collective agreements;

Therefore be it resolved that

under no circumstances will OPSEU participate in discussions or

negotiations with the government on any possible agreement that would

open up our collective agreements or reduce our members’ negotiated

wages, benefits and working conditions, or result in any other to any

“trade-offs” that would undercut our members’ jobs, wages, and working

conditions, or the quality of the vital public services we deliver to

our communities; and

Be it further resolved that

if the provincial government announces any plan to use legislation to

reopen existing contracts, impose cuts to public sector wages or jobs,

or suspend free collective bargaining and the right to strike for any

group of OPSEU members, OPSEU will use all necessary means to prevent,

resist and defeat such an attack; and

Be it further resolved that

in light of the government’s threat to reopen existing contracts,

impose cuts to public sector wages or jobs, and/or suspend free

collective bargaining across the public sector, OPSEU will call on and

work with our labour allies and the Ontario Federation of Labour to

proclaim a “solidarity pact” and a plan of action for coordinated

solidarity actions by all labour affiliates – together with our

community allies – to take all necessary actions to prevent, resist and

defeat such an attack on our public services and the public sector

workers who deliver them.

Moved by Labelle/Thibodeau – Amendment:

At the end of the last resolve add “and any efforts of privatization of

public services”

Roll Call #25

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas

on April 4, Ontario Treasury Board President Peter Bethlanfalvy

announced the Ontario government’s plans to launch “a series of

consultations with a specific focus on our public sector bargaining

agents… to explore how compensation growth can be managed in a

way that results in wage settlements that are modest, reasonable and

most importantly sustainable”; and

  • Whereas

    Bethlanfalvy stated that “through these discussions with our

    province’s public sector employers and bargaining agents will
    directly

    inform our government’s next steps to responsibly manage growth in

    compensation… Examples of these next steps could include

    measures, such as:

  • Voluntary agreement to wage outcomes, lower than the current

    trend

  • Trade-offs that will lead to reductions in compensation costs,

    and;

  • Consideration of legislative measures”; and

Whereas

these consultations and the government’s proposed “next steps”

represent a direct threat to:

  • the high quality, accessible public services our communities

    depend on

  • the jobs, wages and working conditions of the more than one

    million Ontario public sector workers who deliver those services in

    communities across Ontario

  • the negotiated collective agreements, and the constitutionally

    protected right to free collective bargaining, including the right
    to

    strike of every OPSEU member and hundreds of thousands of other
    public

    sector workers; and

Whereas

OPSEU is committed to defending our right to members’ full, democratic

participation in free collective bargaining, including through the

election of bargaining teams, the democratic demand-setting process,

and the right to vote to ratify or reject any changes to their

collective agreements;

Therefore be it resolved that

under no circumstances will OPSEU participate in discussions or

negotiations with the government on any possible agreement that would

open up our collective agreements or reduce our members’ negotiated

wages, benefits and working conditions, or result in any other to any

“trade-offs” that would undercut our members’ jobs, wages, and working

conditions, or the quality of the vital public services we deliver to

our communities; and

Be it further resolved that

if the provincial government announces any plan to use legislation to

reopen existing contracts, impose cuts to public sector wages or jobs,

or suspend free collective bargaining and the right to strike for any

group of OPSEU members, OPSEU will use all necessary means to prevent,

resist and defeat such an attack; and

Be it further resolved that

in light of the government’s threat to reopen existing contracts,

impose cuts to public sector wages or jobs, and/or suspend free

collective bargaining across the public sector, OPSEU will call on and

work with our labour allies and the Ontario Federation of Labour to

proclaim a “solidarity pact” and a plan of action for coordinated

solidarity actions by all labour affiliates – together with our

community allies – to take all necessary actions to prevent, resist and

defeat such an attack on our public services and the public sector

workers who deliver them and any efforts of privatization of public

services.

Roll Call #26

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Pension claw backs

Discussion

Indigenous rights

Discussion

Officers update

Discussion

Adjournment

The Executive Board adjourned at 3:36p.m. All members were present except

for Carl Thibodeau and President Thomas, the reasons were acceptable to the

Chair.

Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President

Nicole Glass, Corporate Secretary