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Minutes of the August 25, 2021 Executive Board Web Conference

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The Executive Board was called to order at 9:35 a.m. President Thomas was in the Chair. All members were present, except Edie Strachan. Clarke Eaton, Advisor to the President and Linda Mariani, Executive Assistant to the President were also in attendance.

Brenda Allan, L215, Colleen Arvelin, L720, Annette Bouzi, L415, Sylvie Dumas, L643, Patrick Fry-Smith, L201, Kevin Griffin, L354, Coleen Houlder, L524, Susan Lau, L241, Melissa Matsos, L202, Suzette Maxwell, L526, Michael McKeown, L353, Betty Palmieri, L206, Christopher Paper, L579, Pamela Serratan, L528, Tina Stevens, L102 were in attendance as observers.

Agenda

The agenda was amended to add:

  • Western Area Youth Services (WAYS) and Anago Resources Merger to Local 171
  • HDPP Complaint: #2020-0415-0015 (in camera)
  • OPSEU/SEFPO Reaffirms Its Commitment to Support Healthy and Safe Workplaces
  • Gatherings/Membership Meetings in Person on and off OPSEU/SEFPO Premises
  • Covid-19 Vaccination Survey Results
  • Organizational Chart
  • Organizing Drive
  • Region 1 Grievance Officer
  • PLC Verbal Update

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board adopt the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board Minutes of the July 21, 2021 Executive Board web conference and the August 10, 2021 OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board E-Poll – Donation for Evacuation Costs Associated with Forest Fires in Region 7.

Roll Call #1

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             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

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           —

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 20 for 0 against

August 10, 2021 Executive Board E-Poll:

Donation for Evacuation Costs Associated with Forest Fires in Region 7

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas Northwestern Ontario has been significantly impacted by the forest fires during the 2021 fire season; and

Whereas many families and communities have been affected as a result; and

Whereas many of our OPSEU/SEFPO Region 7 Locals work closely with these affected communities that have been evacuated; and

Whereas some costs are not covered by any government agencies; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO has been a leader in assisting communities in difficult times;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO donate $20,000 to help with evacuation costs for communities in Region 7 and that the funds be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

Almeida, Eddy                       for

Arscott, Julius                        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                         —

Nancekivell, Laurie               for

Perron, Janel                         for

Smith-Rice, Erin                    for

Steinbrunner, Ken                 for

Strachan, Edie                       for

Thomas, Warren                   for

Usher, Joel                            for

Van Zetten, Jennifer             for

Wakeford, Maggie                 for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Business Arising From the July 21, 2021 Executive Board Meeting

Mental Health Instructor Training

Referral to the President’s Office to bring back to the next Executive Board meeting in August with costing and answers to any questions that have come up.

Whereas mental health is an important factor in the overall health of individuals, communities and our union; and

Whereas the union has a role and responsibility in mental health promotion; and

Whereas the union has the opportunity to provide real positive improvement in the mental health and well-being for the membership;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO support up to five members from each Region to attend the one week Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training by booking them off from work and covering the cost of the course registration and that the cost of this be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

*work in progress

Treasurer’s Report

  • Financials
  • Contingency Fund
  • Constituency Fund
  • Defence Fund
  • ODSP Fund – OPS Job Protection Fund
  • ODSP Fund – MERC Action Plan
  • ODSP Fund – OPS Redeployment Fund
  • LBED – Anti-privatization Fund
  • Additional Local Rebate – 2021

Moved by Nancekivell/Kwok – move into Committee of the Whole

Roll Call #2

Almeida, Eddy                          for

Arscott, Julius                             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

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           —

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Expenses/Surplus

Discussion

Moved by Thomas/Almeida – move out of Committee of the Whole

Roll Call #3

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             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

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           —

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Additional Local Rebate – 2021

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

Be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board waive the 30 day notice for expenditures in excess of $20,000.

Roll Call #4

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             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

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           —

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is a not for profit organization; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO’s Local presidents have identified the need for additional funds to be used for continued member engagement and increased technological costs associated with online platforms; and

Whereas due to COVID substantially less member activity has occurred centrally and regionally in 2021; and

Whereas Locals are the cornerstone of the Union and have asked for additional support during this time;

Therefore be it resolved that a portion of the savings from the first 2 quarters of the year will be allocated to a special onetime disbursement to all locals as an additional rebate cheque for 2021 to assist Locals with resources they require;

Be it further resolved that locals that do not have their TARs up to date will have these funds held in trust up to the end of the year.

Moved by Perron/Nancekivell – Amendment

Add the following in the end of the first resolve: “and make the amount 50% of the allocated funds as noted in the proposal”

Roll Call #5

Almeida, Eddy                            against

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  against

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           for

Maclam, Kenneth                       against

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              against

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         against

Steinbrunner, Ken                      against

Strachan, Edie                           —

Thomas, Warren                        against

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     against

Carried 12 for 8 against

Moved by Nancekivell /Usher – Amendment

In the last resolve replace “end of the year” with “end of 2022”

Roll Call #6

Almeida, Eddy                            against

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  against

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         against

Kwok, Kingsley                          against

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           against

Maclam, Kenneth                       against

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              against

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         against

Steinbrunner, Ken                      against

Strachan, Edie                           —

Thomas, Warren                        against

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     against

Defeated 9 for 11 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is a not for profit organization; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO’s Local presidents have identified the need for additional funds to be used for continued member engagement and increased technological costs associated with online platforms; and

Whereas due to COVID substantially less member activity has occurred centrally and regionally in 2021; and

Whereas Locals are the cornerstone of the Union and have asked for additional support during this time;

Therefore be it resolved that a portion of the savings from the first 2 quarters of the year will be allocated to a special onetime disbursement to all locals as an additional rebate cheque for 2021 to assist Locals with resources they require and make the amount 50% of the allocated funds as noted in the proposal;

Be it further resolved that locals that do not have their TARs up to date will have these funds held in trust up to the end of the year.

Roll Call #7

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             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

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           —

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida – In camera

Roll Call #8

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             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

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           —

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 20 for 0 against

HDPP Complaint: #2020-4104-0023 (in-camera)

Discussion

HDPP Complaint: #2020-0415-0015 (in-camera)

Moved by Thomas / Almeida

Whereas the member was a respondent to a complaint filed in May 2020 under the OPSEU Harassment and Discrimination Prevention Policy (HDPP); and

Whereas the complaint was referred to an External Investigator, who issued a report in November 2020 that partially substantiated the allegations and found that the member had breached the HDPP; and

Whereas the Investigator recommended that the member complete training on Anti-Black Racism, and Sexism and Patriarchy, within 60 days of the release of the report; and

Whereas the member declined to complete the training as directed by staff of the Equity Unit; and

Whereas the Executive Board met on February 24, 2021 to review the report, recommendations, and circumstances of the member’s refusal, after which the Board passed the following motion:

Therefore be it resolved that effective immediately, as per article 6.3(d) of the

OPSEU/SEFPO Constitution, the Respondent shall be deemed a Member in Bad

Standing for repeated refusals to complete the recommended training by the
Investigator; and

Be it further resolved that effective immediately, as per article 7.2.2 the Respondent
shall be removed from any office they may hold within OPSEU/SEFPO until they

complete the training recommended by the Investigator; and

Be it further resolved that the Respondent will be notified of the Executive Board’s
decision within 7 days and be provided dates to complete training on Anti-Black
Racism and Sexism and Patriarchy within 30 days; and

Whereas the member completed the training under the direction of the Equity Unit in April 2021; and

Whereas the Executive Board met on June 23, 2021 to hear presentations from the member and from the complainant to the May 2020 HDPP complaint, following which the Board referred the issue of the member’s return to membership in good standing to the President’s Office with a request for a legal opinion; and

Whereas external counsel provided a legal opinion to the President and the Executive Board on July 21, 2021, which concluded, in part:

In summary, it is our opinion that OPSEU should follow the February 24, 2021 Executive Board resolution and remove the sanctions on the Respondent’s membership since he has now completed the required trainings. OPSEU’s Constitution, policies, and practices do not warrant the continuation of these sanctions beyond the measures set out in the resolution. Any action to that effect could be considered arbitrary in nature and counteract the risk avoidance purposes built into OPSEU’s robust internal processes. If any further discriminatory conduct arises, it should be dealt with using the HDPP processes available;

Therefore be it resolved that in accordance with articles 6.3(d) and 7.2.2 of the OPSEU Constitution, and with the motion passed by the Executive Board on February 24, 2021, the member is returned to membership in good standing and to any offices that the member held on February 24

Afternoon

Meeting resumed at 1:10p.m (in-camera)

Rise & Report

The question was called on the motion as amended in camera:

Whereas the member was a respondent to a complaint filed in May 2020 under the OPSEU Harassment and Discrimination Prevention Policy (HDPP); and

Whereas the complaint was referred to an External Investigator, who issued a report in November 2020 that partially substantiated the allegations and found that the member had breached the HDPP; and

Whereas the Investigator recommended that the member complete training on Anti-Black Racism, and Sexism and Patriarchy, within 60 days of the release of the report; and

Whereas the member declined to complete the training as directed by staff of the Equity Unit; and

Whereas the Executive Board met on February 24, 2021 to review the report, recommendations, and circumstances of the member’s refusal, after which the Board passed the following motion:

Therefore be it resolved that effective immediately, as per article 6.3(d) of the

OPSEU/SEFPO Constitution, the Respondent shall be deemed a Member in Bad

Standing for repeated refusals to complete the recommended training by the
Investigator; and

Be it further resolved that effective immediately, as per article 7.2.2 the Respondent
shall be removed from any office they may hold within OPSEU/SEFPO until they

complete the training recommended by the Investigator; and

Be it further resolved that the Respondent will be notified of the Executive Board’s
decision within 7 days and be provided dates to complete training on Anti-Black
Racism and Sexism and Patriarchy within 30 days; and

Whereas the member completed the training under the direction of the Equity Unit in April 2021; and

Whereas the Executive Board met on June 23, 2021 to hear presentations from the member and from the complainant to the May 2020 HDPP complaint, following which the Board referred the issue of the member’s return to membership in good standing to the President’s Office with a request for a legal opinion; and

Whereas external counsel provided a legal opinion to the President and the Executive Board on July 21, 2021, which concluded, in part:

In summary, it is our opinion that OPSEU should follow the February 24, 2021 Executive Board resolution and remove the sanctions on the Respondent’s membership since he has now completed the required trainings. OPSEU’s Constitution, policies, and practices do not warrant the continuation of these sanctions beyond the measures set out in the resolution. Any action to that effect could be considered arbitrary in nature and counteract the risk avoidance purposes built into OPSEU’s robust internal processes. If any further discriminatory conduct arises, it should be dealt with using the HDPP processes available;

Therefore be it resolved that in accordance with articles 6.3(d) and 7.2.2 of the OPSEU Constitution, and with the motion passed by the Executive Board on February 24, 2021, the member is returned to membership in good standing.

Roll Call #9

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             against

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          against

Labelle, Sara                              against

Langford, Tara                           for

Maclam, Kenneth                       for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           —

Thomas, Warren                        against

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  against

Wakeford, Maggie                     against

Carried 14 for 6 against

Julius Arscott, Kingsley Kwok, Sara Labelle and Warren Thomas filed a minority report.

Covid-19 Vaccination Survey Result

Administrator of Communications Division, Gissell Yanez, was present to answer questions.

President’s Report

Internal Issues

OPSEU/SEFPO Reaffirms Its Commitment to Support Healthy and Safe Workplaces

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is a recognized social policy leader; and

Whereas the pandemic is now dominated by the Delta variant; and

Whereas workplaces are incrementally developing human resource policies calling for mandatory vaccines and or mandatory testing; and

Whereas, unchallenged, these policies have the potential to create adverse disciplinary measures up to and including dismissal; and

Whereas these workplace policies are being unevenly applied; and

Whereas the return to a traditional workplace paradigm has the potential to exacerbate these negative outcomes; and

Whereas members are asking for OPSEU/SEFPO’s position on mandatory vaccines/testing;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO reaffirms its commitment to support healthy and safe workplaces; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO’s position be consistent with the recommendations of the Ontario Chief Medical Officer and the Ontario Science Advisory table; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO supports the right to freedom of choice and protection of private and personal medical information; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO stands firmly with Local health and safety committees and their individual work to promote healthy and safe workplaces commensurate with freedom of choice, protection of privacy and science-based solutions emanating from the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Ontario Science Advisory Table; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO continue to advocate for the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and policies be in place for the protection of all workers; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO will vigorously defend any and all members subjected to any workplace discipline not commensurate with the above values.

Moved by Kwok/Arscott – Amendment

Strike out “the right to freedom of choice and” in 3rd resolve and “freedom of choice” in 4th resolve.

Roll Call #10

Almeida, Eddy                            against

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  against

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               against

Finucane, Drew                         against

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              against

Langford, Tara                           for

Maclam, Kenneth                       against

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              against

Morton, Lucy                              —

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              against

Smith-Rice, Erin                         against

Steinbrunner, Ken                      against

Strachan, Edie                           —

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 against

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     against

Defeated 7 for 12 against

First Vice-President/Treasurer, Almeida is in the Chair.

Executive Board Member, Langford is in the Chair.

President, Thomas, in the Chair.

Moved by Steinbrunner/ Maszczakiewicz – Amendment

Strike out “freedom of choice” in 4th resolve.

Roll Call #11

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           for

Maclam, Kenneth                       —

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              —

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           —

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Moved by Perron/Kwok – Amendment

Have the 3rd resolve read instead: “OPSEU/SEFPO supports the rights of an individual and protection of private and personal medical information”

Moved by Labelle/Usher – Amendment to the Amendment

Have the 3rd resolve read instead: “OPSEU/SEFPO supports the rights of an individual to an individual’s personal health choices and protection of private and personal medical information”

Roll Call #12

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           for

Maclam, Kenneth                       —

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              —

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           —

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 18 for 0 against

The question was called on the amendment as amended:

Have the 3rd resolve read instead: “OPSEU/SEFPO supports the rights to an individual’s personal health choices and protection of private and personal medical information”

Roll Call #13

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           for

Maclam, Kenneth                       —

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           —

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 19 for 0 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is a recognized social policy leader; and

Whereas the pandemic is now dominated by the Delta variant; and

Whereas workplaces are incrementally developing human resource policies calling for mandatory vaccines and or mandatory testing; and

Whereas unchallenged, these policies have the potential to create adverse disciplinary measures up to and including dismissal; and

Whereas these workplace policies are being unevenly applied; and

Whereas the return to a traditional workplace paradigm has the potential to exacerbate these negative outcomes; and

Whereas members are asking for OPSEU/SEFPO’s position on mandatory vaccines/testing;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO reaffirms its commitment to support healthy and safe workplaces; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO’s position be consistent with the recommendations of the Ontario Chief Medical Officer and the Ontario Science Advisory table; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO supports the rights to an individual’s personal health choices and protection of private and personal medical information; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO stands firmly with Local health and safety committees and their individual work to promote healthy and safe workplaces commensurate with protection of privacy and science-based solutions emanating from the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Ontario Science Advisory Table; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO continue to advocate for the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and policies be in place for the protection of all workers; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO will vigorously defend any and all members subjected to any workplace discipline not commensurate with the above values.

Roll Call #14

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           for

Maclam, Kenneth                       —

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           —

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Committee Reports

Disability Rights Caucus

OPSEU/SEFPO Disability Rights Caucus (Aug 2021 Liaison Report to the Executive Board)

  • The Caucus will be reviewing two specific items from the social mapping review later this month – specific to equity seats on the Board
  • The DRC will be welcoming a new member in the Fall.
  • 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games (August 24th – September 5th)
    • Two DRC members worked to create a flyer (attached) and the DRC is hoping to have it included with the OPSEU/SEFPO weekly communication.
    • They would like to highlight that all Olympians should be recognized for the incredible dedication and hard work that goes into their training. They note that those with disabilities face many obstacles and often have to overcome numerous barriers. As a Caucus they’re planning to watch several events together (given the time change, it will mean some early mornings and late nights).
  • The DRC are looking forward to when it is deemed safe to hold an in-person Caucus meeting.

Executive Committee (Officers) Update

Western Area Youth Services (WAYS) and Anago Resources Merger to Local 171

Moved by Nancekivell/Cain

Whereas the members of Western Area Youth Services (WAYS) are in a single unit local (L131) and the members of Anago Resources are a unit within a composite local (L166); and

Whereas WAYS and Anago Resources merged earlier this year and is now known as Humana; and

Whereas the Region 1 Executive Board Members have met as a group and with representatives of both impacted areas to make a decision on local structure;

Therefore be it resolved that as recommended by the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Committee, the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approve that the members of Humana be assigned a new local number (L171) and that local 131 be dissolved.

Roll Call #15

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           for

Maclam, Kenneth                       —

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           —

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 19 for 0 against

President’s Report

Internal Issues

Saugeen First Nation Donation Request

Moved by Thomas/Morton

Whereas Indigenous communities such as the Saugeen First Nation have been disproportionately impacted and affected with severe outbreaks of COVID-19 and have been in a “state of emergency”; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is committed to addressing health inequities, access to resources, anti-oppression, and other ways to support truth and reconciliation efforts; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO supports addressing inequities and access to resources to Indigenous communities;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approve the donation of funds outlined in the attached proposal; and

Be it further resolved that these funds be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

Roll Call #16

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           for

Maclam, Kenneth                       —

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           —

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 19 for 0 against

LBED Anti-Privatization 7-Eleven Case Conferences

Moved by Thomas/Van Zetten

Whereas convenience store chain 7-Eleven has applied for licenses to serve alcoholic drinks at their stores in 31 communities across Ontario; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO has mobilized members across the province in the vicinities of the stores where they live to file objections to those applications to the AGCO; and

Whereas the License Appeal Tribunal has scheduled an electronic case conference on Thursday, September 23, 2021 for all opposing parties to make their case regarding the 1 Eglinton East Toronto 7-Eleven location; and

Whereas several OPSEU/SEFPO members have been selected to present to the Tribunal on September 23 and we anticipate future case conference invitations for other locations where objections were filed;

Therefore be it resolved that the funding be drawn from the LBED Anti-Privatization Fund for three members of the LBED Anti-Privatization Committee to be booked off August 25 to September 24, 2021 to gather information and prepare presentations for this Eglinton location and for any future case conferences for other locations.

Roll Call #17

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           for

Maclam, Kenneth                       —

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           —

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Registration as a Third Party in the 2021 Federal Election

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the Federal Election is scheduled for September 20, 2021; and

Whereas the outcome of the Federal Election will directly impact OPSEU/SEFPO members and their work; and

Whereas as per the Canada Elections Act, an organization that intends to incur election survey expenses and partisan activity expenses during the Election Period in an amount greater than $500 must register as a third-party advertiser; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO intends to incur election survey expenses and partisan activity expenses in an amount greater than $500 during the 2021 Federal Election;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO register as a third-party advertiser for the 2021 Federal Election so it may incur election survey expenses and partisan activity expenses in an amount greater than $500 and meet the reporting requirements described in the Canada Elections Act.

 Roll Call #18

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           for

Maclam, Kenneth                       —

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           —

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 19 for 0 against

New Business

Region 7 Orange Abinoojiinh Movement and Sacred Fire

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board waive the 30 day notice for expenditures in excess of $20,000

Roll Call #19

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           for

Maclam, Kenneth                       —

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           —

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Moved by Arvelin/Smith-Rice

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is a social justice Union; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO has supported grassroot movements previously; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO proudly stand in solidarity with Indigenous members and communities across Turtle Island in the pursuit of justice; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO recognizes all 94 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO has and will continue to offer its unwavering solidarity in the journey to seek justice, accountability and reconciliation; and

Whereas the Orange Abinoojiinh Movement (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1253684665089450) is a grassroots initiative made up of Indigenous people from across the region; and

Whereas the Orange Abinoojiinh Movement is bringing awareness and healing for those suffering, for those healing, for those that were taken, for those suffering generational trauma and for those children that were killed; and

Whereas the Orange Abinoojiinh Movement has started a Sacred Fire for those suffering, for those healing, for those that were taken, for those suffering generational trauma and for those children that were killed; and

Whereas the Orange Abinoojiinh Movement and the Sacred Fire has been running from May 31st 2021 and will run unit October 1st, 2021; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO Region 7 has been there to assist, listen and provide support to the Orange Abinoojiinh Movement and the Sacred Fire;

Therefore, be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO support the Orange Abinoojiinh Movement and the Sacred Fire; and

Be it further resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approve the funds as outlined in the attached proposal; and

Be it further resolved that purchases previously made in support of the Orange Abinoojiinh Movement and the Sacred Fire be submitted as part of the proposed budget; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO book off 1 member from the Indigenous Circle, from September 7th to October 1st, 2021 who is a Region 7 Member and is from a local First Nation community; and

Be it further resolved that funds be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

Roll Call #20

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           for

Maclam, Kenneth                       —

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           —

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Region 6 Provincial Women’s Committee Representative

Moved by Maszczakiewicz/Steinbrunner

Whereas Region 6 does not have an alternate for the Provincial Women’s Committee; and

Whereas the Region 6 Executive Board Member who was duly elected to the position of Region 6 PWC representative is willing and able to fulfill the duties of the position until such time as Regional elections can be held; and

Whereas the Executive Board passed a motion regarding filling vacancies in regions that states:

“Be it further resolved that should vacancies occur in any of the elected positions described in the above that these vacancies be filled by the duly elected alternate; and,

Be it further resolved that should no alternate be available, the vacancy will be filled in a  manner decided by majority vote of the Executive Board.”;

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board agree to have Sister Maggie Wakeford continue in the position of Region 6 Provincial Women’s committee representative until 2022 Regional elections.

The Chair ruled the motion out of order.

The Chair was challenged.

First Vice-President/Treasurer, Almeida, in the Chair for the Challenge.

Roll Call #21

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             against

Arvelin, Ed                                  against

Cain, Geoff                               against

Doran, Dave                               against

Finucane, Drew                         against

Kwok, Kingsley                          against

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           against

Maclam, Kenneth                       —

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              against

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    against

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         against

Steinbrunner, Ken                      against

Strachan, Edie                           —

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 against

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  against

Wakeford, Maggie                     —

Defeated 5 for 13 against

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

President, Thomas, in the Chair.

Moved by Thomas/Almeida – to extend the Executive Board meeting until this item is dealt with.

Roll Call #22

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              against

Langford, Tara                           for

Maclam, Kenneth                       —

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           —

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 against

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     —

Carried 16 for 2 against

Moved by Nancekivell/Perron – Referral to the President’s Office that Officers be consulted on the constitutional interpretation of Article 14.6.1 and bring back to the next Board meeting prior to dealing with this motion and interim Maggie Wakeford remain in her position as PWC representative in Region 6.

The Chair ruled the referral out of order.

The Chair was challenged.

First Vice-President/Treasurer, Almeida, in the Chair for the Challenge.

Roll Call #23

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             against

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               against

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              against

Langford, Tara                           for

Maclam, Kenneth                       —

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              against

Nancekivell, Laurie                    against

Perron, Janel                              against

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           —

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 against

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  against

Wakeford, Maggie                     —

Carried 10 for 8 against

The question was called on the Challenge and the Chair was upheld.

President Thomas in the Chair.

The question was called on the motion:

Whereas Region 6 does not have an alternate for the Provincial Women’s Committee; and

Whereas the Region 6 Executive Board Member who was duly elected to the position of Region 6 PWC representative is willing and able to fulfill the duties of the position until such time as Regional elections can be held; and

Whereas the Executive Board passed a motion regarding filling vacancies in regions that states:

“Be it further resolved that should vacancies occur in any of the elected positions  described in the above that these vacancies be filled by the duly elected alternate; and,

Be it further resolved that should no alternate be available, the vacancy will be filled in a  manner decided by majority vote of the Executive Board.”;

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board agree to have Sister Maggie Wakeford continue in the position of Region 6 Provincial Women’s committee representative until 2022 Regional elections.

Roll Call #24

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             against

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              against

Langford, Tara                           for

Maclam, Kenneth                       —

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    against

Perron, Janel                              against

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           —

Thomas, Warren                        against

Usher, Joel                                 against

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     —

Carried 12 for 6 against

Julius Arscott, Sara Labelle, Laurie Nancekivell, Janel Perron, Joel Usher filed a minority report.

Adjournment

The Executive Board meeting adjourned at 5:21 p.m. All members were present, except Kenneth Maclam and Edie Strachan, the reason was acceptable to the Chair.

Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President

Kseniya Fomushkin, Corporate Secretary