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Minutes of the April 8-9, 2015 Executive Board Meeting

Minutes of the April 8-9, 2015 Executive Board Meeting

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Head Office, Theater

April 8, 2015

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:40 am. President Thomas was in the Chair. Peggy Maybury, Executive Assistant to the President, was also in attendance. Members in the meeting room introduced themselves.

Agenda

The agenda was amended to add:

  • Recommendation #1
  • Recommendation #2
  • Canadian Blood Services
  • Strike Pay

The question was called on the Agenda as amended:

Roll Call #1

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Cory, Mary         for
DeRoche, Barb  for
Elliot, Ron          for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia     for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      for
Lundy, David      for
Magner, Myles   for
Morton, Lucy     for
Platt, Sean         for
Shearer, Philip    for
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Consent Agenda

Minutes of the Previous Meeting

The minutes of March 4-5, 2015 were adopted.

E-poll confirmation – LBED Anti-Privatization

The following e-poll was confirmed:

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

Roll Call Vote

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Cory, Mary         for
DeRoche, Barb  for
Elliot, Ron          for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia     for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      for
Lundy, David      for
Magner, Myles   for
Morton, Lucy     for
Platt, Sean         for
Shearer, Philip    for
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

WHEREAS it has been reported in the media that the provincial Liberal government will unveil a plan in the spring budget to expand the retail sales of beer and wine to 300 major grocery stores; and,

WHEREAS consumers are currently able to purchase spirits, wine and beer in more than 1,500 locations across Ontario, including LCBO outlets and LCBO agency stores; and,

WHEREAS this Privatization of liquor, will create job losses to OPSEU members who work for the LCBO in a multitude of communities across province; and

WHEREAS this expansion of retail sales will cut massive amounts of funds which currently go directly into Ontario coffers and reduce tax payers burdens; and

WHEREAS health care experts and social assistance advocates warn that the greater availability of spirits, wine and beer lead to greater abuse of alcohol; and,

WHEREAS abuse of alcohol has been demonstrated to cause health and social harm;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Liquor Board Employees Division (LBED) of OPSEU develop and implement a campaign to fight the recently announced plan to allow beer and wine in major grocery stores; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the first phase of this campaign, at a cost of $40,000, is to be dispersed from the LBED Anti-Privatization Fund.

Roll Call Vote

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Cory, Mary         for
DeRoche, Barb  for
Elliot, Ron          for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia     for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      for
Lundy, David      for
Magner, Myles   for
Morton, Lucy     for
Platt, Sean         for
Shearer, Philip   against
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 20 for 1 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida – In Camera

Roll Call Vote #2

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Cory, Mary         for
DeRoche, Barb  for
Elliot, Ron          for
Elliott, Len          —
Fahey, Felicia     for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      for
Lundy, David      for
Magner, Myles   for
Morton, Lucy     for
Platt, Sean         for
Shearer, Philip    for
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 20 for 0 against

First Vice-President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair

Rise & Report

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Progress

Roll Call Vote #3

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Cory, Mary         for
DeRoche, Barb  for
Elliot, Ron          for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia     for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      for
Lundy, David      for
Magner, Myles   for
Morton, Lucy     for
Platt, Sean         for
Shearer, Philip    for
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

The members in the room introduced themselves.

Presentation: Privatization

Randy Robinson made a presentation to the Executive Board

Business Arising

PWC – Women’s Breakfast

Update was given by First Vice-President/Treasurer Almeida.

Moved by Cory/Strachan

WHEREAS the Annual Convention Women’s Breakfast has grown in both success and attendance as an honoured and entrenched Convention activity; and

WHEREAS increased catering costs and recent cuts to committee/caucus budgets have proven to become a financial impediment in the ability of the PWC to function as a present and empowered entity. 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that on a go forward basis, beginning with the 2015 Convention, all associated costs with respect to the Annual Convention Women’s Breakfast, up to a maximum of $7000, be funded from the OPSEU Convention budget line. 

President Thomas in the Chair for the Challenge.

Moved by Labelle – Challenge the Chair.

The question was called on the Challenge and the Chair was NOT upheld.

President Thomas in the Chair.

Moved by Strachan/Cory – Amend resolve to:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that on a go forward basis, beginning with the 2015 Convention, the continental breakfast cost with respect to the Annual Convention Women’s Breakfast, be funded from the OPSEU Convention budget line. 

Roll Call #4

Almeida, Eddy   against
Arbus, Jeff         against
Archer, Glen       against
Bisaillon, Michel against
Bozai, Ibrahim    against
Cory, Mary         against
DeRoche, Barb  against
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia     against
Labelle, Sara      against
Longhi, Gord      against
Lundy, David      against
Magner, Myles    for
Morton, Lucy      against
Platt, Sean          against
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie    for
Thibodeau, Carl  against
Thomas, Warren  for
Tungatt, Debbie   for

Defeated 7 for 14 against

Moved by Longhi/Labelle – Amend resolve to

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that on a go forward basis, beginning with the 2015 Convention the cost with respect to the Annual Convention Women’s Breakfast, up to a maximum of $7000, be funded from the OPSEU Convention budget line. 

Afternoon

Business Arising

PWC – Women’s Breakfast (cont.)

Moved by Magner/Tungatt – Closure

Roll Call #5

Almeida, Eddy   against
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Cory, Mary         for
DeRoche, Barb  for
Elliot, Ron          for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia     for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      for
Lundy, David      for
Magner, Myles   for
Morton, Lucy     for
Platt, Sean         for
Shearer, Philip    against
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 19 for 2 against

The question was called on the amendment:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT on a go forward basis, beginning with the 2015 Convention the cost with respect to the Annual Convention Women’s Breakfast, up to a maximum of $7000, be funded from the OPSEU Convention budget line. 

Roll Call #6

Almeida, Eddy   against
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Cory, Mary         for
DeRoche, Barb  for
Elliot, Ron          against
Elliott, Len          against
Fahey, Felicia     for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      for
Lundy, David      for
Magner, Myles   for
Morton, Lucy     for
Platt, Sean         for
Shearer, Philip    against
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 17 for 4 against

Moved by Almeida/Elliot R. – Amendment

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT any donations collected at the door will go to offset the cost of the breakfast.

Roll Call #7

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Cory, Mary         for
DeRoche, Barb  for
Elliot, Ron          for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia     for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      for
Lundy, David      for
Magner, Myles   for
Morton, Lucy     for
Platt, Sean         for
Shearer, Philip    for
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT on a go forward basis, beginning with the 2015 Convention the cost with respect to the Annual Convention Women’s Breakfast, up to a maximum of $7000, be funded from the OPSEU Convention budget line. 

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT any donations collected at the door will go to offset the cost of the breakfast.

Roll Call #8

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Cory, Mary         for
DeRoche, Barb  for
Elliot, Ron          against
Elliott, Len          against
Fahey, Felicia     for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      for
Lundy, David      for
Magner, Myles   for
Morton, Lucy     for
Platt, Sean         for
Shearer, Philip    against
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 18 for 3 against

Minority Reports were filed by Ron Elliot, Len Elliott, Philip Shearer

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
  • CAAT –Support Scholarship Fund – Students attending an OPSEU Represented CAAT – Support College

CAAT Support Scholarship Fund – Students attending an OPSEU Represented CAAT – Support College

Moved by Almeida/Arbus

WHEREAS the CAAT Support DIVEX has requested that a scholarship fund created be held in trust  for students accepted to attend an OPSEU represented CAAT-S  College; and    

WHEREAS the Division will partake in fund raising events to support this Scholarship.    

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU Create a CAAT Support Scholarship Fund line in its budget code; and    

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT any funds raised by CAAT Support for this fund be sent C/O OPSEU  to be placed in this fund; and    

BE IT FURHTER RESOLVED THAT monies sent to OPSEU for this fund will be accounted for in the financials; and

BE IT FURTEHR RESOLVED THAT recommended procedures, processes and protocols for the usage of the CAAT Support Scholarships will be provided by the CAAT Support DIVEX to a future Executive Board within the next 6 months.

Roll Call #9

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Cory, Mary         for
DeRoche, Barb  for
Elliot, Ron          for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia     for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      for
Lundy, David      for
Magner, Myles   for
Morton, Lucy     for
Platt, Sean         for
Shearer, Philip    for
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Summary Report

Discussion of Kingston Regional Office

President’s Report

Internal Issues

  • 2015 Convention Statutory Resolution
  • Privatization Campaign
  • Resolutions to Convention
    • Revised: Public inquiry on public dollar spending
    • A public inquiry into the privatization industry
    • Transparency in government contracting
  • Withering Trillium Award
  • Terms of Reference
    • Provincial Francophone Committee 
    • Provincial Human Rights Committee
    • Rainbow Alliance – Appendix D 

Staffing Issues – In Camera

Central Labour Updates (OFL/NUPGE/CLC)

 

Internal Issues

2015 Convention Statutory Resolution

Moved by Arbus/Thibodeau

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 2014, 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 #10

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Cory, Mary         for
DeRoche, Barb  for
Elliot, Ron          for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia     for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      for
Lundy, David      for
Magner, Myles   for
Morton, Lucy     for
Platt, Sean         for
Shearer, Philip    for
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Funding our fight against privatization and public-private partnerships

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 #11

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Cory, Mary         for
DeRoche, Barb  for
Elliot, Ron          for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia     for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      for
Lundy, David      for
Magner, Myles   against
Morton, Lucy     for
Platt, Sean         for
Shearer, Philip    for
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 20 for 1 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

WHEREAS: OPSEU members are committed to a strong, vibrant public sector in Ontario; and,

WHEREAS privatization and public-private partnerships pose a serious threat to quality public services, provincial finances, and the jobs, wages, and working conditions of OPSEU members;  and,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU funds a province-wide lobby and public relations campaign in 2015 to combat privatization and public-private partnerships (P3’s) in Ontario. This campaign will be under the direction of a provincial coordinating group, which shall be established by the President who shall chair that group.  The provincial coordinating group shall report progress of the campaign, to the Executive Board, at each Board meeting or more frequently if the group determines it necessary; and,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT our Local Executive Committees, Stewards, Members be encouraged to make appointments with Councillors, MPP’s and MP’s in regards to the threat of P3’s; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the union dedicates 1,000,000 to this effort. This amount is to be drawn from existing budget lines.

Moved by Elliot R./Elliott L.

To send as resolution to Convention 2015

Roll Call #12

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    against
Cory, Mary         for
DeRoche, Barb  for
Elliot, Ron          for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia     for
Labelle, Sara      against
Longhi, Gord      for
Lundy, David      for
Magner, Myles   against
Morton, Lucy     for
Platt, Sean         for
Shearer, Philip    for
Strachan, Edie   against
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 17 for 4 against

Debbie Tungatt in the Chair

Moved by Elliot R./Shearer – Table until 9:00 a.m. tomorrow morning

Moved by Thomas/Arbus – Closure

Roll Call #13

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    against
Cory, Mary         for
DeRoche, Barb  for
Elliot, Ron          for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia     for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      for
Lundy, David      for
Magner, Myles   for
Morton, Lucy     for
Platt, Sean         for
Shearer, Philip    for
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 20 for 1 against

The question was called on tabling until tomorrow morning 9:00am

Roll Call #14

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Cory, Mary         for
DeRoche, Barb  for
Elliot, Ron          for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia     for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      for
Lundy, David      for
Magner, Myles   for
Morton, Lucy     for
Platt, Sean         for
Shearer, Philip    for
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Continues on page 26

First Vice President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair

Presentation: Audit approval

PricewaterhouseCoopers made a presentation to the Executive Board.

Resolutions to Convention

Public Inquiry on public dollar spending

Moved by Almeida/Magner

WHEREAS the Auditor General in her most recent report said that the government had spent more than $8.2 billion in the private sector to develop and deliver programs and infrastructure projects that could have been more effectively and cost-efficiently provided by the public sector; and,

WHEREAS this transfer of programs and services to the private sector comes at the expense of jobs in the public sector and a reduction of services to the people of Ontario; and,

WHEREAS this privatization of public services has been achieved in the absence of transparency or accountability to public bodies, including the Legislature of Ontario;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU calls for the immediate establishment of an independent public inquiry with a mandate to investigate how public dollars have been used to privatize public sector programs and services.

Roll Call #15

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Cory, Mary         for
DeRoche, Barb  for
Elliot, Ron          for
Elliott, Len          —
Fahey, Felicia     for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      for
Lundy, David      for
Magner, Myles   for
Morton, Lucy     for
Platt, Sean         for
Shearer, Philip    for
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 20 for 0 against

A public inquiry into the privatization industry

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

WHEREAS under the current Liberal government in Ontario there has been a proliferation of scandals involving private sector involvement in the delivery of public services and the construction of public infrastructure; and

WHEREAS even more public dollars are being taken from public services to pay the profits of individuals and private companies in many areas that never make the news; and

WHEREAS these individuals and companies constitute a privatization industry made up of corporate lawyers and accountants, financial institutions, construction companies, lobbyists, former politicians, and business associations; and

WHEREAS an astonishing number of the individuals and companies who benefit from privatization in Ontario are known to have close ties to the Ontario Liberal Party through party membership, financial donations, and appointments; and

WHEREAS the privatization industry is fuelled entirely by these political ties;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that OPSEU continue to call on the Premier to launch a public inquiry into the privatization industry using the rules set out in the Public Inquiries Act; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that OPSEU encourage every MPP and municipal council in the province to support a public inquiry as well.

Roll Call #16

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Cory, Mary         for
DeRoche, Barb  for
Elliot, Ron          for
Elliott, Len          —
Fahey, Felicia     for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      for
Lundy, David      for
Magner, Myles   for
Morton, Lucy     for
Platt, Sean         for
Shearer, Philip    for
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Withering Trillium Award

This issue was discussed.

Equity Committees/Caucuses Terms of Reference

Rainbow Alliance

Moved by Almeida/Bisaillon

WHEREAS Resolution K2 from Convention 2012 was passed by the Board and required that the Terms of Reference for all equity committees and caucuses be posted on the OPSEU website to assist members with their understanding of equity and also encourages for greater participation within the union;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the contents of the Terms of Reference for the Rainbow Alliance be approved as part of the OPSEU Policy. 

Moved by Archer/Shearer – Amendment

Under Article 4.2 add sub section “v”:

When all 7 regions do not have a representative on Rainbow Alliance, and/or all 10 (ten) positions are not filled, the regional Vice-President of the region with no representative will forward an L.G.B.T self-declared representatives name to the Chair of the Rainbow Alliance/Arc-en-ciel Caucus, staff assigned and President’s office and the President will assign that member as a delegate of the Rainbow Alliance/Arc-en-ciel.

Roll Call #17

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Cory, Mary         for
DeRoche, Barb  for
Elliot, Ron          for
Elliott, Len          —
Fahey, Felicia     for
Labelle, Sara      against
Longhi, Gord      for
Lundy, David      for
Magner, Myles   against
Morton, Lucy     for
Platt, Sean         against
Shearer, Philip    for
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 17 for 3 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

WHEREAS Resolution K2 from Convention 2012 was passed by the Board and required that the Terms of Reference for all equity committees and caucuses be posted on the OPSEU website to assist members with their understanding of equity and also encourages for greater participation within the union;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the contents of the Terms of Reference for the Rainbow Alliance be approved as part of the OPSEU Policy. 

Roll Call #18

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Cory, Mary         for
DeRoche, Barb  for
Elliot, Ron          for
Elliott, Len          —
Fahey, Felicia     for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      for
Lundy, David      for
Magner, Myles   for
Morton, Lucy     for
Platt, Sean         for
Shearer, Philip    for
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Central Labour Updates (OFL/NUPGE/CLC)

President Thomas gave the Board and update.

Canadian Blood Services

This issue was discussed.

Recess

The Executive Board recessed at 4:20 p.m. All members were present except Len Elliott.

April 9, 2015

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:00 am. First Vice President/Treasurer Almeida was in the chair. All members were present except President Thomas, Mary Cory, Gord Longhi and Sean Platt.  The reasons for the absences were acceptable to the Chair. Peggy Maybury, Executive Assistant to the President, was also in attendance.

Committee Reports

Standing Committee Reports:

  • Aboriginal Circle
  • Audit
  • Central Political Action
  • Convention
    • Resolutions
    • Constitutional
    • Credentials (reports at Convention)
    • Planning
  • Excluded Staff Hiring
  • Francophone
  • In Solidarity
  • OPSEU Resource/Enterprises
  • Pension Liaison
  • PHRC
  • PWC
  • PYC
  • 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

Updates were given on all Committees.

Francophone Committee

Moved by Bisaillon/Arbus

WHEREAS the Provincial Francophone Committee (PFC) received an overwhelming response to its call for conference participants to attend OPSEU’s first ever Francophone Conference in June 2015; and   

WHEREAS an increase in the number of participants to seven (7) per region will prove beneficial as the PFC continues to build upon its network of contacts throughout the province; and

WHEREAS the addition of two former caucus members as guests will recognize their important contributions to the establishment of the PFC at this inaugural conference;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT that up to $12,000 be added to the existing Francophone Conference budget line for a new total of up to $72,000, with the additional funds to come from the Contingency Fund.    

Moved by Elliot R./Elliott L.

Amend amount from $12,000 to $6,000

Moved by Bisaillon/Arbus – table until afternoon

Roll Call #19

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Cory, Mary         —
DeRoche, Barb  for
Elliot, Ron          for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia     for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      —
Lundy, David      for
Magner, Myles   for
Morton, Lucy     for
Platt, Sean         —
Shearer, Philip    for
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren —
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 17 for 0 against

President’s Report

OFL

Moved by Almeida/Arbus

WHEREAS OPSEU ceased payments to the OFL and ceased participation in the governance and operation of the OFL in 2010, following the direction of the Executive Board and Convention;

AND WHEREAS OPSEU and other unions, both participants and non-participants to the OFL, have made considerable efforts to discuss and resolve concerns about financial accountability, transparency, and fairness at the OFL, which efforts have continued until recently and have proven unsuccessful;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Officers of OPSEU shall take no part in further meetings or discussions with the OFL or concerning the OFL, unless there are first significant changes at the OFL, and after prior discussion with the OPSEU Executive Board.    

Moved by Archer/Lundy – Closure

Roll Call #20

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff         against
Archer, Glen       for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    against
Cory, Mary         —
DeRoche, Barb  for
Elliot, Ron          for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia     for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      —
Lundy, David      for
Magner, Myles   for
Morton, Lucy     for
Platt, Sean         —
Shearer, Philip    for
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren —
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 14 for 3 against

The question was called on the motion:

WHEREAS OPSEU ceased payments to the OFL and ceased participation in the governance and operation of the OFL in 2010, following the direction of the Executive Board and Convention;

AND WHEREAS OPSEU and other unions, both participants and non-participants to the OFL, have made considerable efforts to discuss and resolve concerns about financial accountability, transparency, and fairness at the OFL, which efforts have continued until recently and have proven unsuccessful;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Officers of OPSEU shall take no part in further meetings or discussions with the OFL or concerning the OFL, unless there are first significant changes at the OFL, and after prior discussion with the OPSEU Executive Board.    

Roll Call #21

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    against
Cory, Mary         —
DeRoche, Barb  for
Elliot, Ron          for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia     for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      —
Lundy, David      for
Magner, Myles   against
Morton, Lucy     for
Platt, Sean         —
Shearer, Philip    for
Strachan, Edie   against
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 15 for 3 against

Minority reports were filed by Ibrahim Bozai, Myles Magner and Edie Strachan

President Thomas in the Chair

Committee Reports

Francophone Committee

Moved by Bisaillon/Arbus

WHEREAS the Provincial Francophone Committee (PFC) received an overwhelming response to its call for conference participants to attend OPSEU’s first ever Francophone Conference in June 2015; and   

WHEREAS an increase in the number of participants to seven (7) per region will prove beneficial as the PFC continues to build upon its network of contacts throughout the province; and

WHEREAS the addition of two former caucus members as guests will recognize their important contributions to the establishment of the PFC at this inaugural conference;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT that up to $12,000 be added to the existing Francophone Conference budget line for a new total of up to $72,000, with the additional funds to come from the Contingency Fund.    

Moved by Elliot R./Elliott L. – Amendment

change “$12,000” to “$6,000”

Roll Call #22

Almeida, Eddy   against
Arbus, Jeff         against
Archer, Glen      against
Bisaillon, Michel against
Bozai, Ibrahim    against
Cory, Mary         —
DeRoche, Barb  for
Elliot, Ron          for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia     against
Labelle, Sara      against
Longhi, Gord      —
Lundy, David     against
Magner, Myles   against
Morton, Lucy     against
Platt, Sean         —
Shearer, Philip    for
Strachan, Edie   against
Thibodeau, Carl against
Thomas, Warren against
Tungatt, Debbie  against

Defeated 4 for 14 against

Moved by Elliot R./Almeida – Closure

Roll Call #23

Almeida, Eddy   for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Cory, Mary         —
DeRoche, Barb  for
Elliot, Ron          for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia     for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      —
Lundy, David      for
Magner, Myles   for
Morton, Lucy     for
Platt, Sean         —
Shearer, Philip    for
Strachan, Edie   against
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warrenfor
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 17 for 1 against

The question was called on the motion:

WHEREAS the Provincial Francophone Committee (PFC) received an overwhelming response to its call for conference participants to attend OPSEU’s first ever Francophone Conference in June 2015; and   

WHEREAS an increase in the number of participants to seven (7) per region will prove beneficial as the PFC continues to build upon its network of contacts throughout the province; and

WHEREAS the addition of two former caucus members as guests will recognize their important contributions to the establishment of the PFC at this inaugural conference;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT that up to $12,000 be added to the existing Francophone Conference budget line for a new total of up to $72,000, with the additional funds to come from the Contingency Fund.    

Roll Call #24

Almeida, Eddy    for

Arbus, Jeff         for

Archer, Glen       for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Bozai, Ibrahim    for

Cory, Mary         —

DeRoche, Barb  for

Elliot, Ron          for

Elliott, Len          for

Fahey, Felicia     for

Labelle, Sara      for

Longhi, Gord      —

Lundy, David      for

Magner, Myles   for

Morton, Lucy     for

Platt, Sean         —

Shearer, Philip    for

Strachan, Edie   for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 18 for 0 against

President’s Report

Resolutions to Convention

Funding our fight against privatization and public-private partnerships

Continued from page 12

The question was called on the motion as amended:

WHEREAS: OPSEU members are committed to a strong, vibrant public sector in Ontario; and,

WHEREAS privatization and public-private partnerships pose a serious threat to quality public services, provincial finances, and the jobs, wages, and working conditions of OPSEU members;  and,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU funds a province-wide lobby and public relations campaign in 2015 to combat privatization and public-private partnerships (P3’s) in Ontario. This campaign will be under the direction of a provincial coordinating group, which shall be established by the President who shall chair that group.  The provincial coordinating group shall report progress of the campaign, to the Executive Board, at each Board meeting or more frequently if the group determines it necessary; and,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT our Local Executive Committees, Stewards, Members be encouraged to make appointments with Councillors, MPP’s and MP’s in regards to the threat of P3’s; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the union dedicates 1,000,000 to this effort. This amount is to be drawn from existing budget lines.

Moved by Almeida/Arbus – Move into committee of the whole

Roll Call #25

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Cory, Mary         —
DeRoche, Barb  for
Elliot, Ron          for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia     for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      —
Lundy, David      for
Magner, Myles   for
Morton, Lucy     for
Platt, Sean         —
Shearer, Philip    for
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Move out of Committee of the whole

Roll Call #26

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Cory, Mary         —
DeRoche, Barb  for
Elliot, Ron          for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia     for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      —
Lundy, David      for
Magner, Myles   for
Morton, Lucy     for
Platt, Sean         —
Shearer, Philip    for
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Afternoon

First Vice-President Almeida is in the Chair

Funding our fight against privatization and public-private partnerships

Moved by Labelle/Arbus

WHEREAS: OPSEU members are committed to a strong, vibrant public sector in Ontario; and,

WHEREAS privatization and public-private partnerships pose a serious threat to quality public services, provincial finances, and the jobs, wages, and working conditions of OPSEU members;  and,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU funds a province-wide lobby and public relations campaign in 2015 to combat privatization and public-private partnerships (P3’s) in Ontario. This campaign will be under the direction of a provincial coordinating group, which shall be established by the President who shall chair that group.  The provincial coordinating group shall report progress of the campaign, to the Executive Board, at each Board meeting or more frequently if the group determines it necessary; and,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT our Local Executive Committees, Stewards, Members be encouraged to make appointments with Councillors, MPP’s and MP’s in regards to the threat of P3’s; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the union dedicates 1,000,000 to this effort. This amount is to be drawn from existing budget lines.

Moved by Thibodeau/Magner – Amendment

Replace “provincial coordinating group” with “executive committee group and whoever the President feels is needed”.

Roll Call #27

Almeida, Eddy  against
Arbus, Jeff        against
Archer, Glen     against
Bisaillon, Michel against
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Cory, Mary           —
DeRoche, Barb    against
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len            for
Fahey, Felicia       against
Labelle, Sara        against
Longhi, Gord        —
Lundy, David        for
Magner, Myles     for
Morton, Lucy       against
Platt, Sean           —
Shearer, Philip      for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl   for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tungatt, Debbie   for

Carried 10 for 8 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

WHEREAS: OPSEU members are committed to a strong, vibrant public sector in Ontario: and

WHEREAS privatization and public-private partnerships pose a serious threat to quality public services, provincial finances, and the jobs, wages, and working conditions of OPSEU members;  and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU funds a province-wide lobby and public relations campaign in 2015 to combat privatization and public-private partnerships (P3’s) in Ontario. This campaign will be under the direction of an executive committee group and whoever the President feels is needed, which shall be established by the President who shall chair that group.  The executive committee group and whoever the President feels is needed, shall report progress of the campaign, to the Executive Board, at each Board meeting or more frequently if the group determines it necessary; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT our Local Executive Committees, Stewards, Members be encouraged to make appointments with Councillors, MPP’s and MP’s in regards to the threat of P3’s; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the union dedicates 1,000,000 to this effort. This amount is to be drawn from existing budget lines.

Roll Call #28

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Cory, Mary         —
DeRoche, Barb  for
Elliot, Ron          for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia     for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      —
Lundy, David      for
Magner, Myles   for
Morton, Lucy     for
Platt, Sean         —
Shearer, Philip    for
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Transparency in government contracting

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

WHEREAS Ontario’s Auditor General earlier in the year has reported that the provincial government, through the use of public-private partnerships, has paid a total of $8 billion too much for 74 major infrastructure projects over the last decade; and

WHEREAS the contracting-out of public services like information technology, medical laboratory testing, liquor sales, post-secondary education, and many others is costing the citizens of Ontario more, and delivering less, than if those services were delivered directly by public employees; and

WHEREAS the government’s use of private contractors to deliver these services and the Social Assistance Management System (SAMS) has pushed the amount lost to privatization under the Liberals far beyond the $8.2 billion mark; and

WHEREAS the Ontario New Democratic Party has tabled a bill in the legislature called the Transparency in Government Contracting Act; and

WHEREAS the bill, if enacted, would subject all proposed privatizations to scrutiny by the Financial Accountability Officer, the general public, and affected workers; and

WHEREAS the bill would expand successor rights for OPSEU members; and

WHEREAS the bill would require public sector entities to quantify the costs and demonstrate the benefits of any proposed privatization, both in terms of the public purse and the overall public interest;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that OPSEU support the passage of the Transparency in Government Contracting Act; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that OPSEU encourage all members to contact their respective MPPs to urge them to support the bill; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that OPSEU educate every municipal council in the province about the bill and urge each one to support a full debate into the bill, including public hearings; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the union work to ensure local media coverage of these lobby efforts; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that OPSEU enlist public support for transparency in government contracting in 2015 with an advertising campaign in conventional and online media.

Moved by Labelle/Arbus –

Refer to the executive committee group and whoever the President feels is needed and report back to the next Board

Roll Call #29

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Cory, Mary         —
DeRoche, Barb  for
Elliot, Ron          for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia     for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      —
Lundy, David      for
Magner, Myles   for
Morton, Lucy     for
Platt, Sean         —
Shearer, Philip    for
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 18 for 0 against

New Business

OPSEU Personal Harassment Policy

President Thomas in the Chair

Moved by Bisaillon/Labelle

WHEREAS OPSEU is committed to promoting a Union environment free of harassment, and to fostering a union environment in which all members are treated with dignity and respect in accordance with the OPSEU Constitution; and,

WHEREAS personal harassment continues to occur within OPSEU workplaces, at OPSEU events and meetings; and,

WHEREAS a substantial amount of personal harassment of OPSEU members extended to social media such as Facebook and Twitter; and,

WHEREAS the OPSEU Personal Harassment Policy fails to provide any sanctions to deter such behaviours against our members

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the OPSEU Personal Harassment Policy shall be revised to reflect the inclusion of sanctions for violations of said policy as well as sanctions for frivolous complaints and shall include in the definition of harassment any harassment conducted through social media.

Moved by Almeida/Arbus –

Refer to bring back to the June Board with proposed amendments to the policy

Roll Call #30

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Cory, Mary         —
DeRoche, Barb  for
Elliot, Ron          for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia     for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      —
Lundy, David      for
Magner, Myles   for
Morton, Lucy     for
Platt, Sean         —
Shearer, Philip    for
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Recommendations from April 2, 2015 Executive Committee Meeting:

Recommendation #1

Merger of Local 547 to Local 511

Moved by Magner/Thomas

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the OPSEU Executive Board approve that the members of Local 547 at the Halton Trauma Centre (Radius Child and Youth Services) be transferred to Local 511; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the charter of Local 547 be dissolved, effective as of April 13, 2015; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT that the president send a letter to the members of the former local 547 and the officers of Local 511, confirming the Board’s decision.

Roll Call #31

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Cory, Mary         —
DeRoche, Barb  for
Elliot, Ron          for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia     for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      —
Lundy, David      for
Magner, Myles   for
Morton, Lucy     for
Platt, Sean         —
Shearer, Philip    for
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Recommendation #2

Moved by Elliot R./Thomas

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the OPSEU Executive Board approve that the members (all) from Local 122 merge with the members from Local 121; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Charter of Local 122 be dissolved; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT any funds remaining in the account of local 122 be moved to local 121 and the account of local 122 be closed.

Roll Call #32

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Cory, Mary         —
DeRoche, Barb  for
Elliot, Ron          for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia     for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      —
Lundy, David      for
Magner, Myles   for
Morton, Lucy     for
Platt, Sean         —
Shearer, Philip    for
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Strike pay

Withdrawn

Adjournment

The Executive Board adjourned at 2:20 pm. All members were present except Mary Cory, Gord Longhi and Sean Platt.