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Minutes of the April 27, 2020 Executive Board Web Conference

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April 27, 2020

Web Conference

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:00 a.m. President Thomas was in the Chair. All members were present except Sara Labelle, Edie Strachan and Joel Usher, the reasons were acceptable to the Chair.

Agenda

The agenda was amended to add:

  • Wage increase press release from Ford
  • Lawyer letter

Approval of minutes of previous meetings

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board adopt the OPSEU Executive Board Minutes January 22-23, 2020; January 14, 2020 E-poll COLD (Constituency Office Lobby Days) – Countdown 2022; February 4, 2020 E-poll – OPSEU Donate $10,000 dollars to the locked out UNIFOR Members 594 in Regina; February 5, 2020 E-poll – Sector and Division Chairs to be invited to attend the picket line in Regina; February 14, 2020 E-poll – Sending Developmental Services Sector to Regina to support UNIFOR Members local 594; March 12, 2020 E-poll COVID-19; March 18, 2020 E-poll – OPSEU Executive Board and Executive Committee re: COVID-19; March 23, 2020 Executive Board web conference; March 30, 2020 Executive Board web conference; April 6, 2020 Executive Board web conference; April 14, 2020 Executive Board web conference and April 21, 2020 Executive Board web conference.

Roll Call #1

Ainsworth, Anna  for

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arvelin, Ed  for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara –

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy  for

Nancekivell, Laurie  for

Perron, Janel  for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie  for

Thomas, Warren  for

Usher, Joel  –

Van Zetten, Jennifer  for

Carried 19 for 0 against

January 14, 2020 E-poll – COLD (Constituency Office Lobby Days – Countdown 2022

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.

Ainsworth, Anna   for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew  –

Kwok, Kingsley  for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth  for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie  for

Perron, Janel  for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken  for

Strachan, Edie  for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel  for

Van Zetten, Jennifer  for

Carried 20 for 0 against


Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the Ford government has attacked public services in Ontario by freezing public sector salaries,  privatizing cannabis, selling liquor and wine in corner stores, and restructuring and cutting public health care, among other schemes; and

Whereas all Ontario MPPs must understand that neglecting and cutting public services, and attacking public service workers, is harmful to the province, and detrimental to their constituents; and

Whereas OPSEU members are eager to fight back, and must acquire training and knowledge on how to campaign in order to be effective political actors in their regions;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the expenditure outlined in the attached proposal for the Constituency Office Lobby Days (COLD) and other protest/lobbying strategies campaign, to include municipally elected officials.

Ainsworth, Anna  for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew  —

Kwok, Kingsley  for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara against

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel against

Rondeau, Nathalie against

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken against

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel  for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 16 for 4 against

Tara Maszczakiewicz, Janel Perron, Nathalie Rondeau and Ken Steinbrunner filed minority reports

February 4, 2020 E-poll – OPSEU Donate $10,000 dollars to the locked out UNIFOR Members 594 in Regina

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU donate $10,000 dollars to the locked out UNIFOR Members Local 594 in Regina funds being drawn from Contingency Fund

Ainsworth, Anna  for

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arvelin, Ed —

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  —

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy  for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie  for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren  for

Usher, Joel  for

Van Zetten, Jennifer  for

Carried 19 for 0 against

February 5, 2020 E-poll – Sector and Division Chairs invitation to Regina

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Be it resolved that Sector and Division chairs be invited to attend the picket line in Regina

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff for

Doran, Dave for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara —

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie —

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie —

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 18 for 0 against

February 14, 2020 E-poll – Sending Developmental Services Sector to Regina to support UNIFOR Members local 594

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the OPSEU executive board has endorsed a motion both financially supporting and sending our members to Regina to support UNIFOR local 594 and;

Whereas members of UNIFOR Local 594 (Federated Co-operatives Ltd.) have been locked out since December 5, 2019; and

Whereas Developmental Services will have 20 + locals/units entering bargaining in March of 2020; and

Whereas Developmental service locals/unit’s agencies are underfunded often leading to strike votes and occasionally strikes; and

Whereas this opportunity will provide a valuable educational experience for Developmental Service workers leading into bargaining and;

Whereas the first step to achieve the goals of the Developmental Services executive work plan is to build capacity and mobilize locals/units facing March 2020 expirees and;

Whereas being a part of the solidarity movement in Regina will be an opportunity for members to gain the knowledge and experience of a smooth organized line;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU cover all related expenses from the existing budget, for 12 members of OPSEU’s Developmental Services Sector, Including 7 regional mobilizers and 5 highest ranking members from locals/units that are currently in the bargaining process and;

Be it further resolved that in the event that a regional mobilizer is unable to attend that an alternate regional mobilizer may attend in their place selected by the sector2 DIVEX Chair and;

Be it further resolved that any member attending the picket lines in Regina will stay for a minimum of 3 days, to a maximum of five days.

Ainsworth, Anna    for

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arvelin, Ed  for

Cain, Geoff   for

Doran, Dave for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  against

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy  for

Nancekivell, Laurie  against

Perron, Janel  for

Rondeau, Nathalie  for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken  for

Strachan, Edie  for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel  for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 19 for 2 against

Sara Labelle and Laurie Nancekivell filed minority reports

March 12, 2020 E-poll – COVID-19

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the spread of COVID-19 virus seems to be accelerating rapidly and community spread is apparent; and

Whereas a Government employee currently in self isolation has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus WHO  had access to 25,000 people at a recent conference in Toronto; and

Whereas the health & safety of our staff and members IS OF paramount importance;

Therefore it be resolved that all OPSEU offices will be closed for a period of 2 weeks commencing March 16 to March 30, 2020; and

Be it further resolved that a review prior to the end of the 2 weeks will be undertaken to determine further action; and

Be it further resolved that during this period all OPSEU meetings, gatherings, educationals, arbitrations, etc. will be postponed or adjourned  and all essential meetings that cannot be postponed will be conducted via teleconference; and

Be it further resolved that during this period access to OPSEU buildings will be on an “approved only” basis

Ainsworth, Anna   for

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley  for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie  for

Perron, Janel  for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren  for

Usher, Joel  for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 21 for 0 against

March 18, 2020 E-poll – OPSEU Executive Board and Executive Committee re: COVID-19

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the OPSEU Executive Committee is scheduled to meet on March 19, 2020 and the Executive Board is scheduled to meet on March 25-26, 2020; and

Whereas the spread of COVID-19 threatens the health and well-being of OPSEU and its membership; and

Whereas OPSEU’s resources are focused on protecting OPSEU members from the impacts of COVID-19 in their workplaces;

Therefore be it resolved that the business of the scheduled board and officers meeting for the month of March be postponed to a later date; and

Be it further resolved that the Board will hold a conference call every Monday morning @ 9:00a.m. to receive updates for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.

Ainsworth, Anna  for

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew  for

Kwok, Kingsley  for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel  for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken  for

Strachan, Edie  for

Thomas, Warren  for

Usher, Joel  for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Agenda items

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Be it resolved that the Executive Board go into committee of the whole

Roll Call #2

Ainsworth, Anna  for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara   –

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel  for

Rondeau, Nathalie  for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken  for

Strachan, Edie  for

Thomas, Warren  for

Usher, Joel    –

Van Zetten, Jennifer   for

Carried 19 for 0 against


Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Be it resolved that the Executive Board move out of committee of the whole

Roll Call #3

Ainsworth, Anna   for

Almeida, Eddy   for

Arvelin, Ed  for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew   for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara    –

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth  for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy  for

Nancekivell, Laurie  for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie  for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie  for

Thomas, Warren  for

Usher, Joel   –

Van Zetten, Jennifer   for

Carried 19 for 0 against

OPSEU/SEFPO Convention 2020

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the OPSEU/SEFPO Constitution directs OPSEU/SEFPO to hold an annual Convention, and art 16.2.1 provides that the Executive Board is the governing body of the Union whenever a duly-convened Convention is not in session; and

Whereas the OPSEU/SEFPO Convention is also an annual general meeting of members as required by the Corporations Act; and

Whereas the Government issued Emergency Order 107/20, which suspends and amends OPSEU/SEFPO’s corporate meeting requirements, and the Government is expected to pass further Emergency Orders and legislation to provide further direction to corporations after the conclusion of the Declaration of Emergency;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO will maintain and continue all commitments in respect of Convention 2021, to be held April 2021; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO staff will monitor and report back as necessary concerning Emergency Orders or any amendments to the Corporations Act or other legislation that would apply to corporate requirements for OPSEU Conventions; and

Be it further resolved that the statutory resolutions that would have been referred to Convention 2020, should it not be able to be had, will be referred to the Executive Board for consideration following the conclusion of the Declared Emergency.

Moved by Steinbrunner/Arvelin – be it resolved that this motion be tabled and brought back next week

Roll Call #4

Ainsworth, Anna    for

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arvelin, Ed   for

Cain, Geoff   for

Doran, Dave   for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley  for

Labelle, Sara    –

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy  for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel  for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken  for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren  for

Usher, Joel   –

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Regularly scheduled Executive Board and Committee meetings in April

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas there is a regularly scheduled Executive Committee and Executive Board meeting in April 2020; and

Whereas the Executive Board has been meeting weekly since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to meet weekly for its duration;

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board postpone the regularly scheduled April 2020 Executive Committee and Executive Board meeting due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Roll Call #5

Ainsworth, Anna   for

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arvelin, Ed  for

Cain, Geoff   for

Doran, Dave   for

Finucane, Drew  for

Kwok, Kingsley  for

Labelle, Sara    –

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy  for

Nancekivell, Laurie  for

Perron, Janel  for

Rondeau, Nathalie  for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken  for

Strachan, Edie  for

Thomas, Warren  for

Usher, Joel   –

Van Zetten, Jennifer  for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Executive Board Weekly calls

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas on April 20, 2020 the Executive Board passed a motion to extend the closure of its physical offices and its limitations on in-person meetings and gatherings up to May 12, 2020; and

Whereas the Board continues to hold weekly update meetings on the Pandemic and Emergency orders on Monday’s at 9am as of March 23, 2020; and

Whereas Board Members have returned to the workplace to support essential services and their locals; and

Whereas to accommodate the majority of the Board members working Monday to Friday;

Therefore be it resolved that the weekly web-conference updates be held on Monday’s at 7:00p.m. as of Monday, May 4, 2020.

Roll Call #6

Ainsworth, Anna  for

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arvelin, Ed  for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley  for

Labelle, Sara    –

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy   –

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie  for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken  for

Strachan, Edie  for

Thomas, Warren  for

Usher, Joel  –

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Lawyer Letter

Discussion

Wage increase press release from Premier Ford

Discussion

Triage update

Discussion

Other Business

Adjournment

The Executive Board adjourned at 11:34 a.m. All members were present except Sara Labelle and Joel Usher, the reasons were acceptable to the Chair.

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