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Minutes of the January 23-24, 2019 Executive Board Meeting

Minutes of the January 23-24, 2019 Executive Board Meeting

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Coopers January 23, 2019

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:30 a.m. President Thomas was in the Chair. All members were present. Clarke Eaton, Advisor to the President, was also in attendance.

Tara Langford, Region 4, was sworn in to the Board.

Agenda

The agenda was amended to add:

  • HPD Lobby Day proposal
  • Feet on the ground leadership training program
  • Social Mapping request for services
  • Ontario Health Coalition rally, April 30th, 2019

Consent Agenda

Minutes of the Previous Meeting

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board adopt the OPSEU Executive Board Minutes of December 12-13, 2018 and the January 8, 2019 E-poll

Roll Call #1

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius —

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

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

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Business Arising

Terms of Reference: Rainbow Alliance

Whereas the Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel works to increase awareness and understanding of equity issues as they relate to the LGBTTIAQQ2S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersex, asexual, queer, questioning, two-spirited) members of OPSEU; and

Whereas the Terms of Reference (TOR) for the Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel were last approved by the OPSEU Executive Board in April 2015; and

Whereas the Terms of Reference (TOR) of all equity committees and caucuses are included in OPSEU’s Policy Manual and posted on the OPSEU website;

Whereas the Rainbow Alliance-arc-en-ciel has made amendments to their Terms of Reference (TOR) to help streamline the overall goals and objectives of the caucus; and

Whereas such amendments answers any concerns and/or specific questions raised at the May 2018 OPSEU Executive Board Meeting.

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the revised Terms of Reference (TOR) of Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel, dated October 2018.

*work in progress

Referral from the October 24-25, 2018 Executive Board meeting:

Policy & Procedures for member complaints

Referral of the issue of policy & procedures on how OPSEU addresses members complaints regarding the union, consistent with the Constitution, the Ontario Human Rights Code and other applicable legislation, as well as their rights when subject to complaints and/or investigations by the union to the President’s Office for review and report back to the December Board meeting.

*work in progress

Committee Reports

The elections for the Executive Board Member Committees will take place for the following positions:

Audit Committee

Ed Arvelin was acclaimed to the Audit Committee

Pension Liaison Committee

The following Board members were nominated and indicated their willingness to stand for election; Drew Finucane and Janel Perron.

Ballots were distributed, collected and counted. President Thomas announced the election of Janel Perron to the Audit Committee.

President’s Report

Internal Issues

Excluded position attendance at Committee and Board meetings

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Be it resolved that the President designate one excluded staff to attend the Executive Board and Executive Committee meetings, including in camera discussions as appropriate, for a period of one year to be reviewed at that time by the Executive Board.

Roll Call #2

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

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

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

OPSEU CORW Conference: The Realities of Racialization

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

Roll Call #3

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

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

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the Racialized Workers Conference proposes to advance the Union agenda by identifying key issues confronting racialized workers and finding meaningful ways to address the issues by bringing together labour activists and community members from across the province; and

Whereas the Coalition of Racialized Workers aims to develop the leadership capacities and equity skills of racialized workers; create culturally appropriate networks; develop union strategies for human rights and equity; and strengthen anti-racist advocacy and organizing; and

Whereas the applications to the 2019 conference has far exceeded capacity;

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board approve the expenses of 75 members to attend the upcoming Racialized Workers Conference, to be covered centrally through the contingency fund as per the proposal.

Roll Call #4

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

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

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

2019 Equity Gathering, Resolution B1

Therefore 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

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

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

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the Social Mapping Report states in 24a)(i)(iii) to allow members to network with the other committees/caucuses to share workplace and union strategies for equity; and

Whereas the current equity committee and caucuses have been using funds from their current budgets to fund the Gathering which has decreased the ability of the Equity Committees/Caucuses to achieve their mandates; and

Whereas the gathering needs to be expanded into a second day in order for the Equity Committees/Caucuses to properly network and design union and workplace strategies;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU create a separate budget line for the equity committees/caucuses to host an annual two (2) day gathering to network and share workplace and union strategies and equity; and

Be it further resolved that the gathering will be held prior to the resolution submission deadline for the OPSEU Convention with a cost not to exceed $100,000 for committee and caucus members to attend; and

Be it further resolved that the Gathering will be planned and executed by the OPSEU Equity Chairs and the Equity Unit.

Roll Call #6

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

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

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

OPSEU Course on Francophone Culture

Moved by Thomas/Roy

Whereas the “Francophonie” has never been so present and continues to grow for nearly 400 years since its beginning in North America and up to now; and

Whereas education is an essential and powerful tool helping with promotion, preservation and further development of the franco-Ontarian culture, as well as other cultures; and

Whereas the survival of la Francophonie within Ontario, and quite possibly across Canada, is now under threat from political decisions, particularly from the current provincial government.

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the creation of a weekend course on “la Francophonie” and the union movement which will be available in both official languages for all OPSEU/SEFPO members in time for the spring educational session of 2020.

Roll Call #7

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

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

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

2019 OPSEU Convention Agenda

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board approve the 2019 OPSEU Convention Agenda as amended.

Roll Call #8

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

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

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Strategy for Better Health and Safety in Correction

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

Roll Call #9

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

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

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas OPSEU has continually supported members in their efforts to improve the health and safety standards in their workplaces; and

Whereas OPSEU members within the Correctional Division continue to serve the people of Ontario in an ever increasing violent and unsafe working environment; and

Whereas the member elected leaders of the Provincial Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee (PJOHSC) and the Ministry Employee Relations Committee (MERC) of the Correctional Division endeavor to take on an initiative to further the efforts of the membership to improve the health and safety in the workplace;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the above-mentioned proposal in that this project be developed by staff of OPSEU’s Health & Safety unit and Education Unit as well as members of the PJOHSC&MERC and that the total amount of the proposal be reflected in regards to the changes based on who will participate in coordinating the facilitation for 2019.

Roll Call 10

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

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

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Electronic Voting

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas locals are requesting direction on using electronic voting within the local; and

Whereas a standard procedure and process be developed so locals can use across the province;

Therefore be it resolved that an ad-hoc committee be setup by the President’s office, including one staff member from Communications, Local Services and Financial Services, to set up a standard process to be used across the province for electronic voting.

Moved by Nancekivell/Steinbrunner – Amendment:

After Financial Services, to add “recommend a policy detailing a process to the Executive Board” and delete “set up a standard process”

Roll Call #11

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

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

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas locals are requesting direction on using electronic voting within the local; and

Whereas a standard procedure and process be developed so locals can use across the province;

Therefore be it resolved that an ad-hoc committee be setup by the President’s office, including one staff member from Communications, Local Services and Financial Services, to recommend a policy detailing a process to the Executive Board to be used across the province for electronic voting.

Roll Call #12

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

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

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Resolution to Convention 2019

Resolution EB1 – Fight Back Campaign

Mandy Dumais, A/Supervisor of Member Education & Campaigns Unit and Megan Park, Senior Campaigns Officer, gave a presentation to the Board on the Fight Back campaign.

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

Roll Call #13

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

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

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas OPSEU members have historically taken collective action to defend public services and the social good at critical points in our union’s 100-year history; and

Whereas this collective action has taken the form of province-wide strikes and province-wide mobilizations towards a common aim; and

Whereas effective mobilization depends on thoughtful strategy, strong solidarity, intelligent organization and well-defined roles for all participants; and

Whereas Locals are the foundation of OPSEU’s administrative structure and building union power begins at the local level, by building solidarity among members, and between members and labour/community allies; and

Whereas OPSEU is currently partnering with other allies and labour organizations and will continue to do so; and

Whereas regional campaign coordinators who are booked off full-time are best suited to provide support to OPSEU Locals in building local capacity and building regional solidarity through coordination/collaboration with community and labour allies; and

Whereas new Executive Board Members will be elected in spring 2019, and will want to have a deciding voice in the selection of these 21 regional campaign coordinators (three per region);

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board support and submit the above-mentioned proposal (Ford Fight-Back Campaign) as a Board resolution for Convention 2019, submitted to the Resolutions Committee as EB1, with the Board recommending that the funds, as outlined in the attached proposal, be approved from the Contingency Fund to cover costs, as described (i.e. of 1-week of “Ford Fighter” training in June, followed by a two week introductory period to make contact with the locals and determine needs, followed by a four-month campaign beginning in September 2019). Cost of project also include community outreach, advertisements and media buys as well as the development of the President’s page application.

Moved by Elliott/Morton – Referral:

Be it resolved that the motion and appendixes be referred to the President’s Office with instructions; and

Be it further resolved that the President will bring back to the March Board or sooner a revised plan and costing; and

Be it further resolved that said plan will move funding for Book off of Regional Mobilizers and training as to fund for Local book off for Locals to attend Monthly Regional Coordinating Group meetings; and

Be it further resolved that these funds will be divided equally amongst Regions; and

Be it further resolved that each Local will be able to send the Local President or designee to said Regional Coordinating group meeting to plan work place and Regional actions to combat the Ford Nation Agenda; and

Be it further resolved that Committee/Caucus/Sector and divisional leaderships are encouraged to attend Regional coordinating meetings as well and their budgets will be approved for such activity; and

Be it further resolved that these groups are encouraged to work with the additional Regional resources of the Fight Ford Fund, PUA and Education Fund.

Afternoon

The Board resumed at 1:15p.m.

First Vice-President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair
 

Moved by Thomas/Almeida – In Camera

Ilana Goodman, Administrator staff relations was present.

Roll Call #14

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles —

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Rise & Report

Defence Fund Request

Moved by Thomas/Elliott

Therefore be it resolved that the Defence Fund provide up to $90,000 to pay for actual legal costs incurred by the member in the course of the criminal proceedings, provided that criminal counsel continues to charge reasonable rates and provides satisfactory updates concerning the progress of the case, as confirmed by OPSEU General Counsel.

Roll Call #15

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

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

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Resolution to Convention 2019

Resolution EB1 – Fight Back Campaign

The question was called on referral:

Be it resolved that the motion and appendixes be referred to the President’s Office with instructions; and

Be it further resolved that the President will bring back to the March Board or sooner a revised plan and costing; and

Be it further resolved that said plan will move funding for Book off of Regional Mobilizers and training as to fund for Local book off for Locals to attend Monthly Regional Coordinating Group meetings; and

Be it further resolved that these funds will be divided equally amongst Regions; and

Be it further resolved that each Local will be able to send the Local President or designee to said Regional Coordinating group meeting to plan work place and Regional actions to combat the Ford Nation Agenda; and

Be it further resolved that Committee/Caucus/Sector and divisional leaderships are encouraged to attend Regional coordinating meetings as well and their budgets will be approved for such activity; and

Be it further resolved that these groups are encouraged to work with the additional Regional resources of the Fight Ford Fund, PUA and Education Fund.

Moved by Labelle/Maclam – amendment to referral:

After the first resolved add “Be it further resolved the President ask staff to convene a meeting as soon as possible with the CPAC and President to implement changes as per board discussions” and after “will bring back” add “via conference call”, delete “to the March Board or sooner” and after “costing” add “as soon as it is available”

Roll Call #16

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

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

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 20 for 0 against

The question was called on the referral as amended:

Be it resolved that the motion and appendixes be referred to the President’s Office with instructions; and

Be it further resolved that the President ask staff to convene a meeting as soon as possible with the CPAC and President to implement changes as per board discussions.

Be it further resolved that the President will bring back via conference call a revised plan and costing as soon as it is available; and

Be it further resolved that said plan will move funding for Book off of Regional Mobilizers and training as to fund for Local book off for Locals to attend Monthly Regional Coordinating Group meetings; and

Be it further resolved that these funds will be divided equally amongst Regions; and

Be it further resolved that each Local will be able to send the Local President or designee to said Regional Coordinating group meeting to plan work place and Regional actions to combat the Ford Nation Agenda; and

Be it further resolved that Committee/Caucus/Sector and divisional leaderships are encouraged to attend Regional coordinating meetings as well and their budgets will be approved for such activity; and

Be it further resolved that these groups are encouraged to work with the additional Regional resources of the Fight Ford Fund, PUA and Education Fund.

Moved by Nancekivell/Morton – amendment to referral:

In the fourth resolve delete “as to fund for Local book off for Locals to attend Monthly Regional Coordinating Group meetings” and add “to a regional budget, to be approved through the Regional Executive Board members, for the purpose of individuals or groups to access and/or use for Area Coordinating meeting”

In the sixth resolve after “work place” add “and/or community”

Delete the last resolve

Roll Call #17

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara against

Langford, Tara for

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

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 19 for 2 against

The question was called on the referral as amended:

Be it resolved that the motion and appendixes be referred to the President’s Office with instructions; and

Be it further resolved that the President ask staff to convene a meeting as soon as possible with the CPAC and President to implement changes as per board discussions.

Be it further resolved that the President will bring back via conference call a revised plan and costing as soon as it is available; and

Be it further resolved that said plan will move funding for Book off of Regional Mobilizers and training to a regional budget, to be approved through the Regional Executive Board members, for the purpose of individuals or groups to access and/or use for Area Coordinating meeting; and

Be it further resolved that these funds will be divided equally amongst Regions; and

Be it further resolved that each Local will be able to send the Local President or designee to said Regional Coordinating group meeting to plan work place and/or community and Regional actions to combat the Ford Nation Agenda; and

Be it further resolved that Committee/Caucus/Sector and divisional leaderships are encouraged to attend Regional coordinating meetings as well and their budgets will be approved for such activity.

Roll Call #18

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley against

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

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

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 19 for 2 against

Myles Magner and Kingsley Kwok filed minority reports

Sector 10 – Health Professional Lobby Day

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board waives the 30-day notice for expenditures in excess of $20,000 for the proposed HPD Health Professionals’ Week campaign.

Roll Call #19

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth —

Magner, Myles —

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Labelle

Whereas Ontario continues to experiment with costly hospital restructuring, in an effort to cuts costs by consolidating decision-making; and

Whereas the resulting merger mania has impacted labour relations and sparked a landslide of hospital PSLRTA votes that are organizationally costly and time consuming;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the funds outlined in the attached proposal from the Contingency Fund to fund a campaign to engage OPSEU Hospital Professionals Division members on the ground, reinforcing positive connections with our members and supporting future organizing efforts by building OPSEU’s brand as the union of choice for allied health professionals; and

Be it further resolved that this Lobby Day was previously approved and the request to carry over the remaining funding requirements be approved as well.

Roll Call #20

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

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

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Feet on the Ground campaign

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

Roll Call #21

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

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

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas precarious faculty in the colleges include partial-load, sessional, and part-time faculty; and

Whereas only one of these job categories, partial-load, is unionized with OPSEU; and

Whereas there are approximately 15,000 part-time and sessional faculty teaching in the colleges earning less pay than their full-time colleagues; and

Whereas OPSEU is preparing to organize part-time and sessional faculty;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve funding as per the attached proposal, enabling five partial-load members to learn organizing skills and tactics to support a future organizing drive in the colleges.

Roll Call #22

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

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

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Social Mapping

Moved by Thomas/Nancekivell

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the vendor recommended by the social mapping committee.

Roll Call #23

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

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

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Elections were held for 2 EBM’s to join the electronic voting ad-hoc committee

The following Executive Board Members were nominated and indicated their willingness to stand for election; Ken Maclam, Laurie Nancekivell and Tara Langford.

Ballots were distributed, collected and counted. President Thomas announced the election of Tara Langford and Ken Maclam to the Electronic voting Ad-hoc.

Ontario Health Coalition Rally

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

Roll Call #24

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

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

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Labelle

Whereas Premier Ford has proposed cuts of $22 billion from provincial revenues over the next 3 years; and

Whereas OPSEU members will be directly affected by the $22 billion loss in provincial revenues that fund public services such as health care, education, and social programs; and

Whereas the government’s proposed cuts are projected to be far worse than those of the Harris government, which resulted in mass hospital closures, amalgamations, cuts, and privatization; and

Whereas Doug Ford hired former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell to head the Independent Financial Commission of Inquiry into Ontario’s finances – the same premier that cut and privatized hospitals and public services in B.C., and allowed user fees to soar to the highest in the country; and

Whereas OPSEU supports increased hospital funding, capacity planning to meet population need, and improved transparency, accountability and democracy in health care governance; and

Whereas OPSEU will continue to demand that privatization, P3s, and user fees be stopped;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the funds as outlined in the attached proposal, from the Contingency Fund, to rent buses from a number of geographic areas across the province to afford OPSEU members the opportunity to stand in strength and solidarity against health care cuts and privatization at the Ontario Health Coalition rally at Queen’s Park in Toronto on April 30, 2019; and

Be it further resolved that the geographic areas covered will include Windsor, London, Hamilton, Niagara, Scarborough, Oshawa/Durham, Peterborough/Lindsay, Orillia/Barrie, Kingston, Ottawa, and North Bay; and

Be it further resolved that the Executive Board Members will arrange for these buses within their own regions, and use their avenues of communication to engage members to attend and participate in this event.

Roll Call #25

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

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

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Central Labour Updates (OFL/NUPGE/CLC)

President Thomas provided an update

Other Business

Moved by Thomas/Almeida – move to recess Board until tomorrow

Roll Call #26

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

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

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Recess

The Executive Board recessed at 3:48 p.m. All members were present.

January 24, 2019

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:09 a.m. First Vice President Almeida was in the Chair. All members were present.

Committees

Pension Liaison

Moved by Elliott/Perron

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU executive Board approve the Pension Liaison Committee (PLC) to engage in conversation with the HOOPP Pension plan regarding remuneration for Trustees on the Board and as well addition of Observers to the Board; and

Be it further resolved that the PLC report back to the board the final proposals for approval.

Roll Call #27

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

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

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

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
  • Other Business

Section 10 – Expense Guidelines – General

Moved by Almeida/Labelle

Whereas Section 10 of the Policy Manual outlines the process of notifying members who have outstanding advances; and

Whereas the current policy requires that members be notified twice in writing regarding their outstanding advances; and

Whereas the current policy requires that the President or Secretary-Treasurer of the member’s local also be notified out the outstanding advance; and

Whereas sending repeated paper notices to the member and members of their local executive is more costly, can breach confidentiality and be perceived as harassing; and

Whereas the Member Portal displays all advance requests and outstanding advances, along with expenses processed with advances applied; and

Whereas the Member Portal can be accessed confidentially at any time, using a smart phone, tablet or computer with internet access;

Therefore be it resolved that members be notified in writing only once annually, in November, regarding their outstanding advances; and

Be it further resolved that such notification include information on how to view their member profile for any outstanding advances and how to resolve them; and

Be it further resolved that if a member has outstanding advances more than 90 days following the date of the event, any further advances will be denied until the outstanding advances are resolved.

Roll Call #28

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley —

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

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

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Francophone and Bilingual Convention Resolution

Moved by Almeida/Morton

Whereas convention and subsequently the Board referred this resolution to the FVPT office; and

Whereas OPSEU currently provides Francophone services at central events; and

Whereas upon review of organizational demands certain staff positions are designated as bilingual; and

Whereas OPSEU continues to review staff positions in conjunction with the needs of its membership on an ongoing basis; and

Whereas OPSEU currently spends more than the resolution had requested annually on Francophone services;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU will continue to review the demands of the membership for francophone services to determine whether the designated bilingual staff complement is sufficient to meet those needs; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU will continue to provide Francophone services as required.

Moved by Finucane/Steinbrunner – referral back to the First Vice President/Treasurer’s office for more information on obligations on becoming an officially designated bilingual union, efficiencies and costing and to be presented at the next Board meeting.

Roll Call #29

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len —

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

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

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Access to Membership Lists

Moved by Almeida/Finucane

Whereas it is important for Locals to have access to their membership lists to confirm membership information; and

Whereas this access is currently provided to the Local Presidents.

Whereas Local Treasurers also require this information as they are given expenses to process and must confirm information against claims; and

Whereas at least two members of the LEC should have access to this information for checks and balances;

Therefore be it resolved that the Local Treasurers will also have access to the Membership lists.

Roll Call #30

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len —

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles —

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

C ommittee Reports

Standing Committee Reports:

A report was provided on all committees

  • Audit
  • Central Political Action
  • Coalition of Racialized workers
  • Convention
    • Resolutions
    • Constitutional
    • Credentials
    • Planning

Moved by Magner/Kwok – referral to the Convention Committee with instructions to:

-explore options to ensure that alcohol tickets are available for sale at the location where alcohol is served and on the evenings of the hospitality suites; and

-explore options for replacing regional hospitality suites with a single ball room central party including cost and report back to the board.

Roll Call #31

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed against

Elliott, Len —

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth against

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken against

Thibodeau, Carl against

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 15 for 4 against

  • Disability Rights Caucus
  • Excluded Staff Hiring
  • Francophone
  • Indigenous Circle
  • In Solidarity
  • MDT/SDT Ad-hoc
  • OPSEU Resource/Enterprises
  • Pension Liaison
  • PHRC
  • Policy Review Ad-hoc

Section 21

Reviewed

Section 22

Moved by Nancekivell/Morton

Be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the recommended changes as outlined in the attached part of Section 22 of the OPSEU Policy Manual

Moved by Kinsley/Arscott – Amendment:

change the word “electronically” to “online”

Roll Call #32

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len —

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles against

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy against

Nancekivell, Laurie against

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip against

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 15 for 4 against

Motion as amended:

Be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the recommended changes as outlined in the attached part of Section 22 of the OPSEU Policy Manual as amended.

Roll Call #33

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len —

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

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

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

  • PWC
  • PYC
  • Rainbow Alliance
  • Retirees Board
  • Social Mapping
  • Solidarity Fund Board
    • Live and Let Live
    • International Humanity Work
    • International Solidarity Work
  • Staff Negotiating
  • Staff Pension Plan Trustees
  • Strategic Planning

Adjournment

The Executive Board adjourned at 11:27p.m. All members were present except for Ed Arvelin, Len Elliott, President Thomas, the reason was acceptable to the Chair.

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