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Minutes of the April 5, 2017 Executive Board Meeting

Minutes of the April 5, 2017 Executive Board Meeting

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Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Room 101

April 5, 2017

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:02 a.m. President Thomas was in the Chair. All members were present except Glen Archer, 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:

  • Timed presentation – Gerard Heyes
  • Referral from April 4, 2017 Executive Committee meeting:
    • ACORN proposal 1
    • ACORN proposal 2
  • LBED mobilizers
  • Indigenous Circle proposal

The question was called on the Agenda as amended:

Roll Call #1

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim —
Carson, Tammy for
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip for
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 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 8-9, 2017

Business Arising

Section 13 of the Policy Manual

Whereas Section 13 of the OPSEU Policy Manual has not been reviewed in some time; and

Whereas some parts of Section 13 go back forty three years; and

Whereas some of these sections no longer reflect the staff collective agreement requirements or practice of the Union

Therefore be it resolved that an “Under Revision” stamp be affixed to this Section with revisions brought back to the Executive Board in June 2016.

*Work in progress

Unfinished Business from the March 8-9, 2017 Board meeting:

Make It Fair/Fight for $15 & Fairness Campaign

Waiver Motion #1: Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board waive the 30-day notice for expenditures in excess of $20,000.

Enabling Motion #1: Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the Make It Fair/$15 & Fairness Campaign Proposal and budget as presented, with funds to be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

Waiver Motion #2: Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board waive the 30-day notice for expenditures in excess of $20,000.

Enabling Motion #2: Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the proposed funding to support i) OFL’s Make It Fair Campaign and ii) the Fight for $15 & Fairness Campaign as presented, with funds to be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

Proposal was withdrawn and new proposal under New Business addressed in its place

New Business

Make it Fair/Fight for $15 & Fairness

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 #2

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Carson, Tammy for
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip for
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Moved by Magner/Jones

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the Make It Fair/$15 & Fairness Campaign Proposal and budget as presented, with funds to be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

Moved by Platt/Labelle – Closure

Roll Call #3

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

DEFEATED 11 for 9 against

The question was called on the motion:

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the Make It Fair/$15 & Fairness Campaign Proposal and budget as presented, with funds to be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

Moved by Nancekivell/Morton – Amendment:

The mobilization and tasks/goals of this campaign be tasked to the WOI campaign, using the WOI mobilizers.

An amendment to the amendment was made and ruled out of order

The question was called on the amendment:

The mobilization and tasks/goals of this campaign be tasked to the WOI campaign, using the WOI mobilizers.

Roll Call #4

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

DEFEATED 3 for 17 against

The question was called on the motion:

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the Make It Fair/$15 & Fairness Campaign Proposal and budget as presented, with funds to be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

Roll Call #5

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

DEFEATED 7 for 13 against

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 #6

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Carson, Tammy for
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip for
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Moved by Magner/Jones

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the proposed funding to support i) OFL’s Make It Fair Campaign and ii) the Fight for $15 & Fairness Campaign as presented, with funds to be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

Moved by Almeida/Arbus – Amendment:

That the OPSEU Executive Board approve the proposed funding of $40,000 to support the i) OFL’s Make It Fair Campaign and ii) Fight for $15 & Fairness Campaign and $10,000 to the workers action centre, with funds to be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

Roll Call #7

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Carson, Tammy for
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip for
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 20 for 0 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

That the OPSEU Executive Board approve the proposed funding of $40,000 to support the i) OFL’s Make It Fair Campaign and ii) Fight for $15 & Fairness Campaign and $10,000 to the workers action centre, with funds to be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

Roll Call #8

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

Carried 19 for 1 against

Philip Shearer filed minority report

Business Arising

Member Advances

Referral from the March 8-9, 2017 Executive Board meeting:

Referral to the First VP Office to report back on practice and any problems encountered to be brought back to the April Board

Whereas OPSEU Members continue to have issues with not receiving full expense advance requests which, for some, prevents them from participating in OPSEU events,

Whereas Members have said they cannot afford to pay for these expenses in advance while awaiting reimbursement from Head Office.

Therefore be it resolved that Members receive advance requests that include meals, travel expenses (including mileage and parking), childcare/attendant care/senior care costs and hotel costs so that Members can attend events.

*Work in progress

Treasurer’s Report

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

  • Financials
  • Contingency Fund
  • Defence Fund
  • Strike Back Fund
  • ODSP Fund – OPS Job Protection Fund
  • ODSP Fund – MERC Action Plan
  • ODSP Fund – OPS Redeployment Fund
  • LBED – Anti-privatization Fund
  • Summary Report

President’s Report

Internal Issues

Resolution to Convention: Infrastructure Investment and Pension Funds

Moved by Thomas/Elliott

Whereas OPSEU, and our National Union NUPGE, both a have a strong track record in opposing the P3 model of infrastructure investment, because of concerns about their effect on i) public finances, ii) public transparency and accountability for the operation of public assets and delivery of public services, iii) user fees charged to the public, iv) good unionized jobs in the public sector, and v) the quality and accessibility of public services our communities need; and

Whereas as a sponsor of several major Public Sector Pension Plans, OPSEU recognizes that our members have a direct interest in ensuring that our pension funds are responsibly invested:

i) To achieve the required long-term rate of return while avoiding exposure to excessive risk and;

ii) In a socially responsible manner, with regard to environmental, social, governance (ESG) and other issues, including, fair labour practices and the wellbeing of the communities they operate in; and

Whereas OPSEU has launched the major “We Own It” campaign to combat the privatization of public services and public assets, including “public-private partnerships”(P3s); and

Whereas reports by Ontario’s Auditor General and numerous other studies have shown that P3s i) cost the public more to build and operate than publicly financed, owned and operated assets and services, ii) reduce public transparency and accountability in the delivery of public services and the use of public funds, iii) increase the use of low-wage, non-union labour in operating public services and assets, and iv) transfer $ billions in public funds to private investors instead of using these funds to expand and improve public services; and

Whereas both Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier Wynne are actively seeking $ billions of investments in infrastructure projects from major public sector pension plans, including the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, OMERS, HOOPP, OPTrust, and the Canada Pension Plan; and

Whereas public infrastructure, both the maintenance of existing assets and the building of new facilities, has been neglected by all levels of government as part of misguided austerity policies, yet public infrastructure is essential to the provision of quality public services; and

Whereas our pension plans must not be used to undermine the public good or the quality public services provided by our members; and

Whereas our trustees must ensure that our pension plans are not used to eliminate the jobs of the members of those plans or of other public sector workers, including OPSEU members; and

Whereas in any situation involving $billions of dollars, OPSEU’s plans are not big enough to set the agenda without alliances with the rest of the funds represented by the National Union Components,

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU will work with the National Union of Public and General Employees to attempt to develop a set of principles to guide our pension trustees and the pension plans in assessing potential public infrastructure project investments, principles which would prevent the negative impacts of classic P3 models.

First Vice President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair

Roll Call #9

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

Carried 19 for 1 against

MDT proposal

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the Executive Board authorized a Membership Training and Development Program (MDT) to prepare selected members for future staff union positions in the 2017 budget and as part of its strategic planning program; and

Whereas the sub-committee of the Board has met and made recommendations for the 2017 MDT program;

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board approve the MDT program as proposed in the 2017 budget and under direction of the Executive Board, proceed beginning September 2017 for a period of 12 weeks to prepare members for future staff positions in OPSEU.

Roll Call #10

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Carson, Tammy for
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip for
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Mental Health

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board waive the 30-day notice for expenditures in excess of $20,000.

Roll Call #11

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Carson, Tammy for
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip for
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Arvelin

Whereas OPSEU members working in mental health facilities continue to face unacceptable risks of violence on the job; and

Whereas in 2016, the Mental Health Division developed a solid foundation of knowledge around the Occupational Health and Safety Act and trained members to use that knowledge; and

Whereas truly reducing violence in mental health care facilities will also require legislative change and increased funding; and

Whereas this means politicians and the public need to be educated on this issue;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve Phase Two of the Mental Health Division’s Anti-Violence Campaign as outlined in the attached proposal, with the amount to be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

Roll Call #12

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Carson, Tammy for
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip for
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 20 for 0 against

OPS Correctional Nurses QP Lobby Day & Debrief Meeting

Moved by Almeida/Labelle

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board waives the 30-day notice for expenditures in excess of $20,000.

Roll Call #13

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Carson, Tammy for
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip for
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren —
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Moved by Almeida/Bisaillon

Whereas correctional nurses are concerned about the violence and health and safety concerns in their workplaces; and

Whereas nurses have specific workplace issues that are distinct from those faced by other correctional staff such as correctional officers; and

Whereas OPSEU correctional nurses wish to advocate on their own behalf rather than allowing other organizations to speak for them; and

Whereas the RNAO has purported to speak on behalf of all correctional nurses on workplace issues as well as broader policy issues without consulting OPSEU and on which OPSEU may or may not necessarily agree; and

Whereas OPSEU correctional nurses wish to engage their colleagues in the union, encourage them to get involved, and to support the union in advocating for the workplace issues they experience on the front lines of their profession;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the funds as outlined in the attached proposal from the Contingency Fund, to fund a campaign that brings Correctional Nurses from each MCSCS institution and MCYS facility together to lobby MPPs at Queen's Park, report back to their colleagues after the lobby day, and gather in person to discuss next steps in advocating for their issues.

Roll Call #14

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Carson, Tammy for
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip for
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren —
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Section 22

Moved by Almeida/Labelle

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board waives the 30-day notice for expenditures in excess of $20,000.

Roll Call #15

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Carson, Tammy for
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip for
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren —
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Moved by Almeida/Jones

Whereas there is a crisis in Corrections and Section 22 and 98.1 rollouts are at an all time high; and

Whereas Correctional stewards and committee members are in need of education to strengthen the capacity to represent their members during the investigation process;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board authorize a Train-the-Trainer program in each Region based on the attached proposal with the funds drawn from the contingency fund.

Moved by Nancekivell/Fahey – Amendment:

After “attached proposal” add “for correctional stewards & committee members regarding section 22 & 98.1 rollouts”

Roll Call #16

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Carson, Tammy for
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip for
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren —
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas there is a crisis in Corrections and Section 22 and 98.1 rollouts are at an all time high; and

Whereas Correctional stewards and committee members are in need of education to strengthen the capacity to represent their members during the investigation process;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board authorize a Train-the-Trainer program in each Region based on the attached proposal for correctional stewards & committee members regarding section 22 & 98.1 rollouts, with the funds drawn from the contingency fund.

Roll Call #17

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Carson, Tammy for
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip for
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren —
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

LBED Mobilizers

Moved by Almeida/Labelle

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board waives the 30-day notice for expenditures in excess of $20,000.

Roll Call #18

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Carson, Tammy for
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip for
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren —
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Moved by Almeida/Fahey

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the funds as outlined in the attached proposal from the LBED Bargaining Team to fund the book-off of 12 additional mobilizers to support Liquor Board Employees Division Bargaining and the targeted outreach to Casual members of the Liquor Board Employees Division.

Moved by Labelle/Fahey – Amendment:

Add “funds to be drawn from the existing mobilization budget” and add “In regions where the alternate have already been called up or aren’t available the EBM’s in consultation with the bargaining team will work together to find another mobilizer to cover”

Roll Call #19

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Carson, Tammy for
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip for
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren —
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Question called on the motion as amended:

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the funds as outlined in the attached proposal from the LBED Bargaining Team to fund the book-off of 12 additional mobilizers, with funds to be drawn from the existing mobilization budget, to support Liquor Board Employees Division Bargaining and the targeted outreach to Casual members of the Liquor Board Employees Division.  In regions where the alternate have already been called up or aren’t available, the EBM’s in consultation with the bargaining team will work together to find another mobilizer to cover.

Roll Call #20

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Carson, Tammy for
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip for
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren —
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

President Thomas in the Chair

Referral from the April 4th, 2017 Executive Committee meeting: ACORN 1

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas OPSEU is allied with ACORN in the We Own It campaign and other campaigns; and

Whereas the Executive Board supports ACORN in its fifth annual Convention to bring together low and moderate income social activists from across Canada; and

Whereas OPSEU will be a major sponsor of the ACORN Convention:

Therefore be it resolved that the We Own It campaign be a major sponsor at the 5th annual ACORN Convention and continue to build our allegiances in the fight for public services and economic justice with the funds as outlined in the attached proposal to be drawn from the We Own It general budget line.

Roll Call #21

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Carson, Tammy for
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew —
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip for
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

ACORN2

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas OPSEU is allied with ACORN in the We Own It campaign and other campaigns; and

Whereas the Executive Board supports ACORN in its fifth annual Convention to bring together low and moderate income social activists from across Canada; and

Whereas OPSEU will be a major sponsor of the ACORN Convention and a dinner to honour its volunteer activists;

Therefore be it resolved that the We Own It campaign be a major sponsor at the 5th annual ACORN Convention at its dinner to honour its volunteer activists, with the funds to be drawn from the We Own It general budget line as outlined in the attached proposal.

Roll Call #22

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Carson, Tammy for
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew —
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip for
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Central Labour Updates (OFL/NUPGE/CLC)

President Thomas provided an update

Treasurer’s Report

Financials

Update provided on the We Own It campaign

Committee Reports

Standing Committee Reports:

  • Audit
  • Central Political Action
  • Convention
    • Resolutions
    • Constitutional
    • Credentials (reports at Convention)
    • Planning
  • Disability Rights Caucus
  • Excluded Staff Hiring
  • Francophone
  • Indigenous Circle

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 #23

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Carson, Tammy for
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip for
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Moved by Carson/Bisaillon

Whereas Over the past 30 years, World Indigenous Peoples Conference for Education has grown to become a major international event in the Indigenous education movement, hosted triennially and,

Whereas WIPCE 2014 was hosted by the Native Hawaiian Education Association in Hawai'i and welcomed over 4000 delegates from around the globe and,

Whereas WIPCE draws Indigenous representatives from across the globe to share successes and strategies for culturally grounded Indigenous education and,

Whereas the conference attracts highly regarded Indigenous education experts, practitioners, and scholars and, 

Whereas WIPCE is the largest and most diverse Indigenous education venue in the world and the conference continues to lead the discussion on contemporary movements in education that support Indigenous worldviews and

Whereas the Indigenous Circle of OPSEU is committed to education and International Solidarity,

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU allows the Indigenous Circle members to attend this event and the OPSEU cover the registration, travel, hotel, meals and time off for the 11 members currently not covered to attend the conference. The costing for this is approximately $46,035.

Moved by Arbus/Platt – referral to the office of the First Vice President/Treasurer in order to get accurate costing and be brought back to the Board as soon as possible through the President’s office via e-poll

Roll Call #24

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Carson, Tammy for
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip for
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 20 for 0 against

  • In Solidarity
  • OPSEU Resource/Enterprises
  • Pension Liaison
  • PHRC
  • Policy Review Committee
  • 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

Policy Manual – bear pit term

Discussion

OPSEU Travel Policy

Moved by Thibodeau/Fahey

Whereas the current policy on reimbursing member luggage costs for members travelling by air is currently limited to the first checked piece of luggage to a maximum of $30; and

Whereas it has become known that some airlines are charging more than the allowed $30

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU travel policy on member reimbursement for checked luggage be amended to remove the dollar value from the policy, resulting in a policy that allows reimbursement of the first piece of standard checked luggage, with receipts, per individual airline policy.

Roll Call #25

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Carson, Tammy for
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip for
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 20 for 0 against

CERC Member Engagement Campaign

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board waives the 30-day notice for expenditures in excess of $20,000 for the proposed CERC member engagement campaign.

Roll Call #26

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Carson, Tammy for
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip for
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the OPS is headed into bargaining in 2017; and

Whereas the OPS has lost a number of experienced activists from the membership due to retirements at the end of 2016; and

Whereas there are many OPS employees in the bargaining unit who have either not signed cards or have not been involved in the union; and

Whereas OPSEU has excellent educational resources to approach new members and give them useful introductory information to the union; and

Whereas the OPS CERC wishes to engage as many new members in the union as possible as we head into bargaining in 2017;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the funds as outlined in the attached proposal from the Contingency Fund, to fund a campaign to empower OPS local presidents and stewards to sign up currently unsigned OPS members, to update bad contact information for OPS members, and to provide OPS members with basic/introductory information about OPSEU as we head into bargaining in 2017.

Moved by Labelle/Arbus – Amendment:

That the funds be drawn from the existing OPS mobilizing budget

Roll Call #27

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Carson, Tammy for
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip for
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Moved by Magner/Morton – Amendment:

Under the resolve replace the word “empower” with “support”

Roll Call #28

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Carson, Tammy for
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara —
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip for
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

The question was called on motion as amended:

Whereas the OPS is headed into bargaining in 2017; and

Whereas the OPS has lost a number of experienced activists from the membership due to retirements at the end of 2016; and

Whereas there are many OPS employees in the bargaining unit who have either not signed cards or have not been involved in the union; and

Whereas OPSEU has excellent educational resources to approach new members and give them useful introductory information to the union; and

Whereas the OPS CERC wishes to engage as many new members in the union as possible as we head into bargaining in 2017;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the funds as outlined in the attached proposal from the existing OPS mobilizing budget, to fund a campaign to support OPS local presidents and stewards to sign up currently unsigned OPS members, to update bad contact information for OPS members, and to provide OPS members with basic/introductory information about OPSEU as we head into bargaining in 2017.

Moved by Almeida/Bozai – referral to President’s office to be brought back to the May Board or earlier

Roll Call #29

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Carson, Tammy for
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip for
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Afternoon

The meeting resumed at 1:33p.m.

Moved by Thomas/Almeida – In Camera

Roll Call #30

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Carson, Tammy for
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara —
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy —
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean —
Shearer, Philip for
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 17 for 0 against

Rise & Report

Defence Fund Request

Moved by Thomas/Elliott

Therefore be it resolved that the Defence Fund provide up to $30,000
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 provides satisfactory updates concerning the progress of the case, as confirmed by OPSEU General Counsel.

Roll Call #31

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Carson, Tammy for
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara —
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy —
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean —
Shearer, Philip for
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 17 for 0 against

Gerard Hayes, Ben Champan, Mark Sterrey from Health Services Union, Australia gave a presentation to the Board.

Adjournment

The Executive Board adjourned at 4:33 p.m. All members were present.

Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President

Nicole Glass, Corporate Secretary