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Minutes of the January 17, 2018 Executive Board Meeting

Minutes of the January 17, 2018 Executive Board Meeting

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Web Conference January 17, 2018

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:33 a.m. First Vice President/Treasurer Almeida was in the Chair. Lucy Morton, Warren (Smokey) Thomas, Erin Thorson, Tracy Vyfschaft were not in attendance, the reasons were acceptable to the Chair. Peggy Maybury, Executive Assistant to the President, was also in attendance.

Agenda

The agenda was amended to add:

  • Recommendations from January 11th, 2018 Executive Committee meeting:
    • Local 389
    • Local 388
    • Local 574
  • Convention Resolution: Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities
  • Bill 148
  • Withdraw resolution and constitutional amendment under New Business
  • Referral from the December Board meeting: OPSEU Staff Pension Plan MOA expenses
  • Org chart
  • Corrections Bargaining update

Consent Agenda

Minutes of the Previous Meeting

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board adopt the OPSEU Executive Board Minutes of December 13, 2017.

The question was called on the Agenda as amended:

Roll Call #1

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy —

Carried 16 for 0 against

Business Arising

Resolution H2

Work in progress

Referral from the December Board meeting:

OPSEU Staff Pension Plan MOA expenses

Moved by Magner/Elliott

Whereas the Trustees of the OPSEU Staff Pension Plan have reviewed the actuarial and consulting costs related to the development of the MOA between the Plan’s Sponsors amending certain plan provisions and determined which costs should properly be paid by the Sponsors and which costs should be paid by the Sponsors; and

Whereas the proportion of these costs that are payable by the Sponsors has been reduced to 26% of the total cost; and

Whereas the Plan Sponsors have already agreed to split the legal costs related to the development of the MOA;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU will consult with the other two Plan Sponsors (OPSSU and ASU) regarding the outstanding invoice for actuarial and other professional services related to the development of the MOA between the Sponsors, and will ensure payment of the revised invoice.

Roll Call #2

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy —

Carried 17 for 0 against

Org Chart

Discussion, in progress

Treasurer’s Report

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

  • Financials
  • Contingency Fund
  • Defence Fund
  • Strike Back Fund
  • ODSP Fund – OPS Job Protection Fund
  • ODSP Fund – MERC Action Plan
  • ODSP Fund – OPS Redeployment Fund
  • LBED – Anti-privatization Fund
  • Section 23-Policy Statements-Environment-23.1-8
  • Summary Report

Section 23 – Policy Statements – Environment – 23.1-8

Moved by Almeida/Elliott

Whereas hydration is required to sustain life; and

Whereas having access to running water is not always viable

Therefore be it resolved that whenever possible potable water will be made available at OPSEU events; and

Be it further resolved that if large containers of water cannot be provided, bottled water can be used as an alternative; and

Be it further resolved that policy under Environment be amended to say;

“ Whenever possible OPSEU will try to minimize the use of convenience products such as styrofoam cups and plates, plastic glasses and tetra packs (drinking boxes) at its offices, meetings, conventions and other events; and OPSEU locals and members will observe this policy in a united effort to stop the garbage crisis.”

Magner/Arscott – Amendment, resolve to read:

“ Whenever possible OPSEU will try to minimize the use of convenience products such as styrofoam cups and plates, plastic glasses and tetra packs (drinking boxes) at its offices, meetings, conventions and other events and promote the use of reusable containers and municipal tap water; and OPSEU locals and members will observe this policy in a united effort to reduce waste and promote environmentally sustainable practices and protect the environment.”

Roll Call #3

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy —

Carried 17 for 0 against


The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas hydration is required to sustain life; and

Whereas having access to running water is not always viable

Therefore be it resolved that whenever possible potable water will be made available at OPSEU events; and

Be it further resolved that if large containers of water cannot be provided, bottled water can be used as an alternative; and

Be it further resolved that policy under Environment be amended to say;

“ Whenever possible OPSEU will try to minimize the use of convenience products such as styrofoam cups and plates, plastic glasses and tetra packs (drinking boxes) at its offices, meetings, conventions and other events and promote the use of reusable containers and municipal tap water; and OPSEU locals and members will observe this policy in a united effort to reduce waste and promote environmentally sustainable practices and protect the environment.”

Roll Call #4

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy —

Carried 17 for 0 against

Committee Reports

Standing Committee Reports:

  • Audit
  • Central Political Action
  • Convention
    • Resolutions
    • Constitutional
    • Credentials (reports at Convention)
    • Planning
  • Disability Rights Caucus
  • Excluded Staff Hiring
  • Francophone
  • Indigenous Circle
  • In Solidarity
  • MDT
  • OPSEU Resource/Enterprises
  • Pension Liaison
  • PHRC
  • Policy Review Committee
  • PWC
  • PYC
  • Rainbow Alliance
  • Retirees Board
  • Social Mapping
  • Solidarity Fund Board
    • Live and Let Live
    • Live and Let Live
    • International Humanity Work
    • International Solidarity Work
  • Staff Negotiating
  • Staff Pension Plan Trustees
  • Strategic Planning
  • Workers of Colour Caucus

New Business

Developmental services 2018 campaign

Moved by Almeida/Maclam

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

Roll Call #5

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy —

Carried 16 for 0 against


Moved by Maclam/Perron

Be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve funds to launch a coordinated bargaining campaign in the developmental services sector to support demands to increase base funding to agencies, increase in full-time jobs, and to ensure that employers meet their obligations to provide equal pay for equal work under Bill 148.

Moved by Nancekivell/Shearer – Referral to the President’s Office and First Vice President/Treasurers office to have MPP Lobbying and any anomalies in the numbers looked into, consider what could be done in house and to be brought back to the Board no later than the March Board or if the information is available sooner to be brought back via conference call.

Roll Call #6

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius against

Arvelin, Ed against

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len —

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth against

Magner, Myles against

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel against

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica against

Thibodeau, Carl against

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy —

Carried 8 for 7 against

Children’s treatment 2018 campaign

Moved by Almeida/Maszczakiewicz

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

Roll Call #7

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy —

Carried 16 for 0 against


Moved by Tremblay/Maszczakiewicz

Be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve funds for a campaign to prepare and support members in sector 15 to strategically lobby their MPPs in every region in advance of the June provincial election in 2018, with monies to be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

Roll Call #8

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy —

Carried 16 for 0 against

Sector 3 Boards of Education

Moved by Almeida/Nancekivell

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

Roll Call #9

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy —

Carried 16 for 0 against


Moved by Nancekivell/Arvelin

Whereas violent incidents are on the rise and occur daily in schools across the province putting our members at risk each and every day; and

Whereas Sector 3 has made it their primary focus to take a stand on violence in the workplace through educating and supporting its members; and

Whereas Sector 3 is dedicated to lobbying the Ontario government to increase special education funding, create a standard and transparent violent-incident reporting procedure, ensure that support staff is recognized as a vital part of the Special Education team and included in team meetings pertaining to students they work with, and to increase quality standardized training across the province;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the funds as outlined in the attached proposal from the Contingency Fund for a social media based public awareness, political lobbying, and member education campaign to raise the profile and awareness of the work OPSEU educational support staff performs.

Roll Call #10

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy —

Carried 16 for 0 against

Recommendation from the January 11, 2018 Executive Committee meeting:

Local 389

Moved by Vyfschaft/Perron

Whereas the newly organized unit Lifelabs in Barrie, Orillia, Collingwood and Stayner need a local assignment; and

Whereas the Lifelabs location in Barrie will be opening a new location and expanding,

Therefore be it resolved that the officers recommend to the Executive Board that these members be assigned the Local number 389 and become a stand alone local.

Roll Call #11

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 17 for 0 against

Afternoon

The meeting resumed at 1:02 p.m.

Recommendation from the January 11, 2018 Executive Committee meeting:

L388

Moved by Vyfschaft/Janel

Whereas the newly organized unit Addictions Services York Region need a local assignment; and

Whereas there is an existing local that shares a community of interest in New Market,

Therefore be it resolved that the officers recommend to the Executive Board that these members be placed in to Local 388

Roll Call #12

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed —

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 16 for 0 against

L574

Moved by Magner/Arscott

Whereas 94 workers at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto have voted to join OPSEU November 2017 and have been certified as a new OPSEU bargaining unit; and

Whereas the new bargaining unit at St. Joseph’s Health Centre includes a strong group of union supporters and a solid core of member activists, and is well equipped to form an effective stand-alone BPS local;

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board approve that the new bargaining unit at St. Joseph’s Health Centre be established as a new OPSEU Local and that it be assigned Local number 574.

Roll Call #13

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 17 for 0 against

Bill 148

Moved by Arscott/Jones

Whereas the victory of the labour movement and our community allies – after a major 2-year provincewide campaign – in winning the increase in the minimum wage ($14 & $15) and significant improvements to the ESA and OLRA contained in Bill 148, which will benefit millions of Ontario workers; and

Whereas the revelation that some Tim Horton’s franchise owners have announced plans to claw back the gains in the minimum wage and ESA leave improvements by eliminating employees’ paid breaks and increasing employee’s premiums for insured benefits; and

Whereas the need to defend the major gains won through Bill 148 and the increase in the minimum wage increase and prevent employers’ attempt to keep millions of workers’ compensation below the poverty level.

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU reaffirm its commitment to the fight for fair wages, benefits and working conditions for all Ontario workers, including the gains represented by the increase in the minimum wage to $15 by Jan 1, 2019, and the improvements in the ESA and OLRA set out in Bill 148; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU will issue a public statement condemning the actions of Tim Hortons and its franchisee, and any other employer that uses the recent minimum wage increase and ESA changes as an excuse to attack workers’ wages and benefits and claw back the economic gains for workers won through bill 148; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU contact the Ontario Federation of Labour and request that they issue a statement condemning the actions of these companies and that they organize pickets against any business that attacks workers over the minimum wage increase; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU will support any and all actions by our labour and community allies that brings attention to the need to defend the recent minimum wage increase and employment standards improvements in Ontario.

Roll Call #14

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Twila Marston here for presentations – 1:30

Presidents Report

Internal Issues

Treasury Board Secretariat campaign against privatization

Moved by Almeida/Tremblay

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

Roll Call #15

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 18 for 0 against


Moved by Almeida/Elliott

Whereas IT workers with Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) are responsible for managing the government’s common IT infrastructure; and

Whereas the Ontario government has given our members notice that they plan to contract out and ultimately privatize the OPS email information storage to Microsoft Office 365 private cloud; and

Whereas Ontarians expect that their information will be stored in Ontario, shared in confidence and remain private; and

Whereas outsourcing the information storage will leave confidential information vulnerable and prone to hackers from around the world and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act will not be guaranteed to Ontarians; and

Whereas privatizing IT work may eliminate good jobs that carry fair wages, secure hours, and benefits.

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU Executive Board approve the funds as outlined in the attached proposal from the Contingency Fund for a political lobbying, and Public –Service advertising campaign to raise awareness within Ontario of the threats to our secure OPS data storage.

Roll Call #16

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Correctional BU Nurses Working Group Consultation

Moved by Almeida/Morton

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

Roll Call #17

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 18 for 0 against


Moved by Jones/Bisaillon

Whereas the Ontario Government plans to shift responsibility for correctional health care to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and these plans have moved along considerably since the correctional nurses last met in July 2017; and

Whereas OPSEU’s correctional bargaining unit nurses have opposed this shift to the MOHLTC to date; and

Whereas correctional bargaining unit nurses are directly affected by this move, and the MERCs of both MCSCS and MCYS need the nurses’ ongoing input throughout 2018 in order to respond as this transformation takes place and as new developments occur; and

Whereas the MERCs want to ensure that the process used to select the nurses is as fair and representative of the views of active OPSEU correctional bargaining unit nurse members as possible.

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the funds as outlined in the attached proposal from the Contingency Fund to cover the cost of the meetings of correctional bargaining unit nurses for the purpose of consultation and planning around issues in correctional health care.

Moved by Shearer/Nancekivell –Referral to the President’s Office to be brought back to the next Board meeting.

Roll Call #18

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel against

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 17 for 1 against

Provincial Prosecutors Campaign Against Downloading

Moved by Almeida/Nancekivell

Whereas Provincial Prosecutors employed by the Ministry of the Attorney General prosecute the most serious non-criminal offences (known as Part III offences) including stunt driving, careless driving causing death, sex offender registry violations, breaches of probation orders and many others, which carry serious penalties up to and including imprisonment; and

Whereas legislation has received royal assent as of December 14, 2017 [Bill 177, the Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017] enabling the province to download the prosecution of Part III offences to municipalities, which currently prosecute only minor offences such as minor traffic infractions (Part I offences) and parking tickets (Part II offences); and

Whereas the Ministry’s provincial prosecutors treat Part III offences the way their crown attorneys treat criminal offences – as public safety and justice issues; and

Whereas the public is better served when the people responsible for prosecuting offences that carry serious penalties up to and including imprisonment are directly employed by and accountable to the Attorney General, to whom we entrust our safety and the fair administration of justice in Ontario; and

Whereas municipalities often contract out the prosecution of Part I and II offences to private law firms, and the downloading of Part III offences to municipalities may result in increased privatization of our justice system; and

Whereas about 40 OPSEU members’ jobs will be cut from the OPS should this downloading occur.

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the funds as outlined in the attached proposal from the Contingency Fund to fund a political lobbying campaign to pressure the Ontario Government to keep provincial prosecutors employed by the Ministry of the Attorney General to prosecute Part III offences rather than downloading that responsibility to the municipalities.

Roll Call #19

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

New Business

Convention Resolution: Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities

Moved by Magner/Nancekivell

Whereas there has been a marked increase in reports of racism, Islamophobia and attacks on immigrants and refugees, including an increase in incidents of racist and far-right violence, fueled by right-wing politicians in both Canada and the United States; and

Whereas the National Council of Muslim Canadians called for action to endorse the NCCM’s Charter for Inclusive Communities and to fight Islamophobia in July 2016; and

Whereas Renu Mandhane, Bernie Farber, Andrea Horvath, Jagmeet Singh, and Peggy Sattler, among others, have endorsed the NCCM Charter for Inclusive Communities; and

Whereas a number of unions and labour councils, area councils and locals have adopted a “ Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities” and called on the labour movement to engage and mobilize our members to combat rise of racism, Islamophobia and bigotry of all kinds; and

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU endorses the following Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities.

Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities

Discrimination in all its forms, including racism and Islamophobia, threatens our country’s rich social fabric, including the workplaces of OPSEU members and other workers, and the communities in which we live. Dividing people because of race, religion, ancestry or any other difference that undermines human rights serves only to weaken our unions and our society.

By endorsing this Charter, we commit to standing up for the rights and dignity of everyone in order to promote inclusive, just and respectful workplaces and communities.

That is why we affirm that:

· Islamophobia, anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism and all other forms of racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and bigotry have no place in our workplaces or communities.

· Discrimination and acts of hate against OPSEU members and others in our communities marginalizes individuals and groups and excludes them from participating fully in our unions, workplaces and communities.

· The dignity of every member is essential to a healthy and vibrant union and workplace.

· As a union, we will work with the labour movement, all levels of government, Indigenous peoples, civil society, and communities to develop policies, programs and initiatives to reduce and eliminate racism, hate and bigotry in all its forms.

· By working together, we can nurture inclusive workplaces and strengthen our shared commitment to OPSEU’s values of equality, respect, justice, and dignity for all.

And be it further resolved that OPSEU will communicate our endorsement of the Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities to our locals, area councils, equity committees and caucuses and members, and will encourage their continued engagement in organizing against racism, Islamophobia, bigotry and discrimination of all kinds.

Moved by Elliott/Shearer – Referral to the President’s Office to be brought back on or before the March Board.

Roll Call #20

Almeida, Eddy against

Arscott, Julius against

Arvelin, Ed against

Bisaillon, Michel against

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth against

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles against

Maszczakiewicz, Tara against

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie against

Perron, Janel against

Roy, J.L. against

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica against

Thibodeau, Carl against

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy against

Vyfschaft, Tracy against

DEFEATED 4 for 14 against

The question was called on the Resolution to Convention:

Whereas there has been a marked increase in reports of racism, Islamophobia and attacks on immigrants and refugees, including an increase in incidents of racist and far-right violence, fueled by right-wing politicians in both Canada and the United States; and

Whereas the National Council of Muslim Canadians called for action to endorse the NCCM’s Charter for Inclusive Communities and to fight Islamophobia in July 2016; and

Whereas Renu Mandhane, Bernie Farber, Andrea Horvath, Jagmeet Singh, and Peggy Sattler, among others, have endorsed the NCCM Charter for Inclusive Communities; and

Whereas a number of unions and labour councils, area councils and locals have adopted a “ Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities” and called on the labour movement to engage and mobilize our members to combat rise of racism, Islamophobia and bigotry of all kinds; and

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU endorses the following Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities.

Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities

Discrimination in all its forms, including racism and Islamophobia, threatens our country’s rich social fabric, including the workplaces of OPSEU members and other workers, and the communities in which we live. Dividing people because of race, religion, ancestry or any other difference that undermines human rights serves only to weaken our unions and our society.

By endorsing this Charter, we commit to standing up for the rights and dignity of everyone in order to promote inclusive, just and respectful workplaces and communities.

That is why we affirm that:

· Islamophobia, anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism and all other forms of racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and bigotry have no place in our workplaces or communities.

· Discrimination and acts of hate against OPSEU members and others in our communities marginalizes individuals and groups and excludes them from participating fully in our unions, workplaces and communities.

· The dignity of every member is essential to a healthy and vibrant union and workplace.

· As a union, we will work with the labour movement, all levels of government, Indigenous peoples, civil society, and communities to develop policies, programs and initiatives to reduce and eliminate racism, hate and bigotry in all its forms.

· By working together, we can nurture inclusive workplaces and strengthen our shared commitment to OPSEU’s values of equality, respect, justice, and dignity for all.

And be it further resolved that OPSEU will communicate our endorsement of the Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities to our locals, area councils, equity committees and caucuses and members, and will encourage their continued engagement in organizing against racism, Islamophobia, bigotry and discrimination of all kinds.

Roll Call #21

Almeida, Eddy against

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel against

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip against

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 15 for 3 against

Eddy Almeida, Janel Perron and Philip Shearer filed minority reports

Committees

Convention – Planning

Moved by Vyfschaft/Jones

Whereas Convention will be occurring during a regular scheduled Blue Jay’s game;

Therefore be it resolved that it that OPSEU purchase a minimum block of 300 tickets for the game scheduled on Wednesday April 18th, 2018; and

Be it further resolved that these tickets be offered at a reduced rate on a cost recovery basis for our members at a maximum of 4 per member.

Roll Call #22

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

President’s Report

 

Internal Issues

 

Statutory Resolutions

Moved by Almeida/Jones

Therefore be it resolved that in compliance with Section 129 of the Corporations Act, the Convention endorse the actions of the Executive Board from the closing of the last Convention until the closing of this Convention.

Roll Call #23

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 18 for 0 against


Moved by Almeida/Thibodeau

Therefore be it resolved that in compliance with Articles 26.2 and 28.4 of the Constitution and Section 94 of the Corporations Act, PWC, PricewaterhouseCoopers, be Auditors of OPSEU for the fiscal year January 1, 2018 through to December 31, 2018 and the Executive Board fix the Auditors’ remuneration.

Roll Call #24

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Third Party registration in Ontario provincial election

Moved by Almeida/Elliott

Whereas an Ontario election is scheduled to be held on or before June 7, 2018; and

Whereas changes to the Ontario Elections Finances Act mandate that OPSEU register as a Third Party before incurring $500.00 or more of advertising costs in either the six months before a fixed date election (the non-election period) or during the election period; and

Whereas changes to the Elections Finances Act describe political advertising as any advertising that “takes a position on an issue that can reasonably be regarded as closely associated with a registered party or its leader or a registered candidate ….”; and

Whereas strong public services and putting an end to privatization are significant issues to OPSEU members in particular and Ontarians in general; and

Whereas OPSEU members in Ontario have a deep interest in provincial politics and on the outcome of this election; and

Whereas participating in the electoral process through advertising before and during the provincial election is a good way to have critical political issues acknowledged, debated and understood.

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU seek Registration as a Third Party in the 2018 election, as required by the Ontario Elections Finances Act.

Roll Call #25

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

CAAT-A & CAAT-S Divisional meetings

CAAT-S

Moved by Almeida/Nancekivell

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

Roll Call #26

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 18 for 0 against


Moved by Almeida/Morton

Whereas the CAAT Support Division negotiated an extension collective agreement which will expire on August 31, 2022; and

Whereas the Divisions negotiation procedures outline when divisional meetings can be held when multi-year agreements are negotiated; and

Whereas the Division held a divisional meeting in October of 2017 and elected the positions that traditionally would have been elected at the Divisions provincial pre-bargaining conference; and

Whereas the division normally elects their DivEx and representatives for the following committees- JIC, Pension Plan, GSC, JCC, at their Final Demand set meeting.

Therefore be it resolved that the CAAT Support Divisional meeting be held in the Spring of 2018 and the elections normally conducted at the Divisions Final Demand Set be held at that time and that the funds for this conference come from the contingency fund.

Roll Call #27

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth against

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 17 for 1 against

CAAT-A

Moved by Almeida/Magner

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

Roll Call #28

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 18 for 0 against


Moved by Almeida/Bisaillon

Whereas the CAAT Academic bylaws outline that a divisional meeting be held every 2 years and the last divisional meeting was held in June of 2016.

Therefore be it resolved that the CAAT Academic Divisional be held in the Spring of 2018 and that the funds for this conference come from the contingency fund.

Roll Call #29

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Resolutions to Convention

Equal pay for equal work

Moved by Almeida/Elliott

Whereas Ontario’s Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, enshrines the principle of “equal pay for equal work” into the Employment Standards Act (ESA); and

Whereas this principle arises from the idea that it is discriminatory to pay workers in casual, part-time, temporary, temp agency, or other precarious jobs less than full-time workers doing the same job, merely because of their job status; and

Whereas Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, says that “no employer shall reduce the rate of pay of an employee in order to comply” with equal pay for equal work, but does not require employers to pay equal benefits to workers in precarious jobs, including pro-rated benefits for part-time workers; and

Whereas this allows employers to continue to discriminate against precarious workers; and

Whereas Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, does nothing to prevent employers from cutting the incomes of full-time workers by cutting hours, benefits, or terms and conditions of work other than their rate of pay; and

Whereas Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, does not explicitly recognize that paying workers less, or denying them benefits, because of their job status is discriminatory; and

Whereas Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, fails to recognize that in many cases this allow employers to force full-time workers, not the employers themselves, to pay for justice for precarious workers;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU continue to call for legislative change with respect to equal pay for equal work, including:

· enshrining discrimination on the basis of job status as a prohibited ground for discrimination under the Ontario Human Rights Code;

· expanding “equal pay for equal work” in the Employment Standards Act to include benefits, including pro-rated benefits for part-timers, in the definition of “pay”; and

· explicitly stating in the Employment Standards Act that no employee shall experience any adverse employment effect, pay-related or otherwise, as a result of an employer complying with the equal pay for equal work language in the bill.

Moved by Magner/Sikora – Amendment:

1) In first whereas, add “and other improvements to” after “equal pay for equal work”, and delete “into”

2) Add new fifth whereas to read: “Whereas Bill 148 does nothing to prevent employers from cutting hours, benefits or other terms & conditions of work for part-time, contract, casual, temporary, agency or other precarious employees; and”

3) In the final whereas to add “part-time & precarious workers and/or” before “full-time workers” and replace “for justice” with “equal pay and other improvements”

4) In the first line of the resolve, replace “with respect to” to “to strengthen” and replace “including” with “and other provision in Bill 148 to”

5) In the final bullet, replace “in the bill” with “and/or other ESA improvements provided for in Bill 148.”

Roll Call #30

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

The question was called on the resolution as amended:

Whereas Ontario’s Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, enshrines the principle of “equal pay for equal work” and other improvements to the Employment Standards Act (ESA); and

Whereas this principle arises from the idea that it is discriminatory to pay workers in casual, part-time, temporary, temp agency, or other precarious jobs less than full-time workers doing the same job, merely because of their job status; and

Whereas Bill 148 says that “no employer shall reduce the rate of pay of an employee in order to comply” with equal pay for equal work, but does not require employers to pay equal benefits to workers in precarious jobs, including pro-rated benefits for part-time workers; and

Whereas this allows employers to continue to discriminate against precarious workers; and

Whereas Bill 148 does nothing to prevent employers from cutting hours, benefits or other terms & conditions of work for part-time, contract, casual, temporary, agency or other precarious employees; and

Whereas Bill 148 does nothing to prevent employers from cutting the incomes of full-time workers by cutting hours, benefits, or terms and conditions of work other than their rate of pay; and

Whereas Bill 148 does not explicitly recognize that paying workers less, or denying them benefits, because of their job status is discriminatory; and

Whereas Bill 148 fails to recognize that in many cases this allow employers to force part-time & precarious workers and/or full-time workers, not the employers themselves, to pay equal pay and other improvements for precarious workers;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU continue to call for legislative change to strengthen equal pay for equal work, and other provision in Bill 148 to:

· enshrining discrimination on the basis of job status as a prohibited ground for discrimination under the Ontario Human Rights Code;

· expanding “equal pay for equal work” in the Employment Standards Act to include benefits, including pro-rated benefits for part-timers, in the definition of “pay”; and

· explicitly stating in the Employment Standards Act that no employee shall experience any adverse employment effect, pay-related or otherwise, as a result of an employer complying with the equal pay for equal work language and/or other ESA improvements provided for in Bill 148.

Roll Call #31

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Sell cannabis through the public system

Moved by Almeida/Magner

Whereas the Government of Canada aims to legalize the commercial sale of recreational cannabis by July 1, 2018; and

Whereas the federal government has given responsibility for regulating the sale of cannabis to provincial governments; and

Whereas in Ontario, the provincial government has already recognized the wisdom of selling cannabis through stores overseen by a subsidiary of the LCBO, and has announced that up to 150 retail stores in Ontario will be overseen by that subsidiary, the new Cannabis Retail Corporation of Ontario; and

Whereas the LCBO has 90 years’ experience in handling a controlled substance and public control is the best way to minimize the social harms caused by the legalization of cannabis; and

Whereas OPSEU has already negotiated contract language that guarantees that the LCBO will voluntarily recognize OPSEU as the bargaining agent for frontline employees who handle cannabis and work for the LCBO, or an LCBO subsidiary; and

Whereas unionization is the surest way to ensure good, stable jobs in the cannabis industry;

Therefore be it resolved that if and when the government expands the recreational sale of cannabis to more locations, OPSEU will support the sale of cannabis through the Cannabis Retail Corporation of Ontario; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU call on the Government of Ontario to establish the 150 retail stores sooner than 2020 and establish additional stores as needed to provide reasonable, safe and regulated access to cannabis products and undercut the illicit market and its associated harms.

Roll Call #32

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Make hydro public again

Moved by Almeida/Jones

Whereas Ontario enjoyed nearly a century of affordable and stable hydro rates under public ownership and management of the hydro system; and

Whereas current and past Ontario governments since the early 2000s have privatized and continue to privatize, different aspects of the province’s hydro system (including green power generation, the rate-setting mechanism, and distribution via Hydro One); and

Whereas electricity rates have tripled (and in some cases quadrupled) since governments began privatizing the hydro system, hurting individuals and industries; and

Whereas privatization of the hydro system costs the province significant revenues every year (including hundreds of millions paid out to the private owners of the cancelled gas plants, and the $300-$500 million a year the Financial Accountability Officer has estimated the province is losing because of the ongoing sell-off of Hydro One); and

Whereas public opinion research consistently shows that a significant majority of Ontarians are opposed to the privatization of our hydro system;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU call on all provincial and municipal political candidates to publicly state their position on privatization of the hydro system; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU will not endorse any political party or candidate that will not commit to reversing privatization of our hydro system, and enacting a plan to bring the entire hydro system back under public ownership, oversight, and management.

Moved by Nancekivell/Bisaillon – referral to the President’s Office to see if this will be an issue leading up to the election.

Roll Call #33

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles against

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 17 for 1 against

Improving Emergency Medical Services in Ontario

Moved by Almeida/Perron

Whereas the Ontario government has proposed major changes to theAmbulance Act as per Bill 160, the Strengthening Quality and Accountability for Patients Act; and

Whereas these changes – including the establishment of ministerial directives, and an exemptions clause to facilitate pilot projects – would open the door to the use of the fire-medic model; and

Whereas expanding the power of the Lieutenant Governor in Council to allow exemptions is particularly concerning because the standards established in the Ambulance Act exist to ensure the highest level of patient care and safety; and

Whereas the provincial government is moving forward with this plan despite repeated warnings about the high costs and dangers of implementing a fire-medic model, including risks associated with increased use of firetrucks in emergency response, firefighters’ 24 hour shift schedules and exemptions from hours of work provisions, daily rest periods, and mandatory time off; and

Whereas the cost of expanded fire response is an increased cost placed on already-overstretched municipalities who bear 100 percent of the cost of providing fire services (as opposed to the province’s 50/50 cost-share for ambulance services); and

Whereas the establishment of a pilot project would require the support of the municipality involved;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU focus its efforts to combat the implementation of the fire-medic model at the municipal level, especially if/where a municipality expresses interest or agrees to establish a pilot project; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU work to make this a municipal election issue; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU work with local allies (such as labour councils) to undertake initiatives or campaigns to support these efforts.

Roll Call #34

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Improving access to public long-term care beds

Moved by Almeida/Morton

Whereas the number of Ontarians waiting to access long-term care has exceeded 20,000 since the late 1990s; and

Whereas more beds are being cut from our community hospitals – including complex continuing care beds – patients are increasingly offloaded from hospitals and into long-term care homes “sicker and quicker”; and

Whereas Ontario has the lowest standards in all of Canada when it comes to the long-term care sector, and there exist no guidelines for staff-to-resident ratios in Ontario’s long-term care homes, despite the existence of staffing standards in other sectors like daycare; and

Whereas severe cuts to beds and services, combined with an aging population, have meant that staff are increasingly overworked, rushed and expected to do more with less, while patient acuity and complexity of care is growing; and

Whereas nearly 84 percent of those entering long-term care homes today have high or very high needs as a result of cognitive or behavioural problems, resulting in a dramatic spike in violent incidents affecting both staff and residents; and

Whereas these issues are compounded by the proliferation of privately-operated homes where residents are increasingly forced to pay massive out-of-pocket costs or face long wait lists in accessing publicly funded long-term care. These private-sector corporations cut corners by cutting staff, rationing supplies and reducing the quality of food;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU call on the Ontario government to provide funding for publicly owned and managed long-term care beds (staffed beds), to a level that meets population need; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU call on the government to reject any proposal to privatize the ownership or management of an existing public long-term care facility, and that all new capacity in the long-term care sector be fully public; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU demand funding for increased access to specialized long-term care homes, with appropriate staffing, including skilled regulated health professionals; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU call for more annualized random inspections for long-term care homes; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU call for a provincial strategy to improve access to specialized seniors’ mental health services, as per the recommendations of the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario’s Geriatric and Long-Term Care Review Committee.

Roll Call #35

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Renewing the call for a public home care system

Moved by Almeida/Morton

Whereas the contracting-out of home care services to private, for-profit companies has embedded privatization into the health care system; and

Whereas contracting-in will remove the costs associated with the duplicate administration of the many provider agencies and profit-taking; and

Whereas Bill 41, the Patients First Act, has enabled the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) to assume responsibility for the management and direct delivery of home and community care, which eliminates the structural barriers that have reinforced the contracting-out system; and

Whereas the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care has announced the creation of a new crown agency for home care services called “Self-Directed Personal Support Services Ontario (SDPSSO)” to be launched in early 2018; and

Whereas the creation of the SDPSSO adds a new layer of bureaucracy and will employ only a select few, it will not address the fact that the vast majority of home care workers are, and will remain, employed by an array of for-profit and not-for-profit agencies, where they often earn less and face precarious employment. It does not end the practice of contracting-out; and

Whereas there exists little information about the agency’s governance or accountability structure;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU continue to call for an end to contracting-out and the creation of a fully-public, not-for-profit home care system where patients have the right to access the care they need; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU oppose the creation of the SDPSSO “Self-Directed Personal Support Services Ontario” and continue to demand that all home care workers be brought in as direct service providers employed by the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and that the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care explore its options for the termination or non-renewal of all contracts with provider agencies; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU continue to demand improved Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) accountability to patients, the public and the workforce, through meaningful consultation processes and the creation of democratically elected Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) boards of directors.

Roll Call #36

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Demanding health system planning

Moved by Almeida/Arvelin

Whereas Ontario now has the fewest number of hospital beds per capita in Canada, and the most overcrowded hospitals of any jurisdiction in the developed world; and

Whereas the last hospital bed study conducted in Ontario was in the mid-1990s; and

Whereas Ontario has cut more than 18,500 hospital beds since 1990; and

Whereas the evidence shows that a 5.2 percent annual increase in hospital funding is required to meet population growth, aging, inflation, and increased utilization; and

Whereas 2017 marked the first year in 10 years of real dollar funding increases for hospitals (between 2 and 3 percent), despite this increase remaining well below the amount required; and

Whereas Ontario’s Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) have been a driving force for costly hospital restructuring rather than health system planning, resulting in more hospital cuts, closures, and the loss of local accountability; and

Whereas the primary function of the LHINs has been to overrule local boards of directors, order them to provide certain services or levels of service, and force them to restructure rather than actually planning health care services to meet population need;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU demand the restoration of health system planning to meet population need, including funding the appropriate number of hospital beds and proper staffing levels; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU continue to support the call for safe hospital occupancy levels, including an 85 percent maximum bed occupancy rate to improve patient experience and health outcomes; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU continue to demand that Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) be accountable to patients, the public, and the health care workforce, through meaningful consultation processes and the creation of democratically elected Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) boards of directors.

Roll Call #37

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Ensuring all OPSEU members vote in the 2018 provincial elections

Moved by Almeida/Elliott

Whereas the provincial government is the primary influence on the quality of Ontario’s public services and on the working conditions of Ontario’s public service workers; and

Whereas the Ontario provincial election is scheduled to take place on or before June 7, 2018; and

Whereas voter turn-out rates in provincial elections have been very low over the past two decades, sometimes below 50 percent; and

Whereas OPSEU’s 150,000 members could have a meaningful impact on the outcome of the election;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU strongly encourage all of its members to vote in the provincial election; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU provide all of its members with resources and information that will help them make an informed choice about which candidates will be most likely to support strong and effective public services.

An amendment was made and ruled out of order

Chair was challenged

Myles Magner in the Chair

Roll Call #38

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius against

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles against

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica against

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 15 for 3 against

The Chair is upheld

First Vice President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair

The question was called on the motion:

Roll Call #39

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Securing voluntary recognition for all part-time Academic college workers

Moved by Almeida/Bisaillon

Whereas the Ontario government has acknowledged that precarious work is at crisis levels and has committed to meaningfully reduce precarious work; and

Whereas a majority of Ontario’s college academic faculty are in precarious part-time and sessional contracts; and

Whereas a significant number of contract academics at Ontario’s colleges have signaled they want to join OPSEU in order to improve their working conditions; and

Whereas the College Employers Council is actively working to stall and block the unionization process for its part-time academic;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU demand that the provincial government direct the College Employers Council to immediately voluntarily recognize OPSEU as the official bargaining agent for all part-time academic.

Roll Call #40

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Lobbying for funding increases to social services transfer payment agencies

Moved by Almeida/Maclam

Whereas the Ministry of Community and Youth Services (MCYS), and the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS), have been restructuring children’s aid societies, children’s mental health and developmental services sectors; and

Whereas Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) and Ministry of Community and Youth Services (MCYS) have not provided adequate base funding increases to transfer payment agencies that deliver social services to society’s most vulnerable for years; and

Whereas more than 12,000 children and youth in Ontario are currently waiting to access children’s mental health units, and due to chronic underfunding, many children and are forced to seek treatment in hospitals; and

Whereas developmental services agencies have undergone nine years of zero budget increases to community agencies and predominantly operate with a part-time work force; and

Whereas a $110-million class action lawsuit was launched against the Ontario government in 2017 for failing to eliminate the years-long wait list for support services for adults with developmental disabilities; and

Whereas children’s aid societies continue to face operating pressures which adversely impact on workers and service provision under the new funding formula, resulting in agencies going into deficit;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU call on all parties during the provincial election to:

  • dramatically increase base funding to transfer payment social services agencies in the broader public sector; and
  • strike central provincial bargaining tables for children’s aid societies, developmental services and children’s treatment centres.

Roll Call #41

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

“We Own It” – Protecting good jobs and quality services by continuing to fight privatization

Moved by Almeida/Nancekivell

Whereas OPSEU’s “We Own It” campaign has shown significant and measureable success in the fight against privatization by reducing overall public support for privatization to less than one-third of Ontarians and by attracting more than 50,000 [note: can update this number closer to convention] campaign supporters; and

Whereas evidence shows that privatization is a direct threat to high-quality public services because the profit motive leads to higher costs, lower-quality services, and significantly lower levels of safety and accountability; and

Whereas evidence also shows that privatization is a direct threat to good jobs because private corporations often use precarious employment policies and engage in union-busting activities that make it very difficult for workers to organize ; and

Whereas privatization continues to be driven by factors such as a growing ‘privatization industry’, ongoing globalization, and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics; and

Whereas this continuing privatization will further reduce the quality of our public services and increase the amount of precarious work;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU continue the “We Own It” campaign to ensure that privatization is a major issue in the upcoming provincial and municipal elections; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU continue the “We Own It” campaign beyond the upcoming provincial and municipal elections to ensure that public support for privatization remains low and that all future privatization proposals are subject to open and transparent public debate; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU continue the “We Own It” campaign

to ensure that workers at services that have been or are privatized will receive the support and information they need to organize for quality work and decent working conditions.

Moved by Bisaillon/Sikora – Refer to the President’s office to be brought back with more details in regards to funding to be brought back to the March Board or earlier.

Roll Call #42

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Corrections Bargaining Update

Discussion

Moved by Almeida/Elliott – In Camera

Roll Call #43

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Rise & Report

Progress

Adjournment

The Executive Board adjourned at 4:48 p.m. All members were present except Sara Labelle, President Thomas and Erin Thorson, the reasons were acceptable to the Chair.

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