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Minutes of the January 28-29, 2015 Executive Board Meeting – Web Conference

Minutes of the January 28-29, 2015 Executive Board Meeting – Web Conference

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January 28, 2015

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:30 am. President Thomas was in the Chair. All members were present except Mary Cory, Michel Bisaillon, Carl Thibodeau. The reasons for the absences were acceptable to the Chair. Peggy Maybury, Executive Assistant to the President, was also in attendance. Members of the web conference were introduced.

Agenda

The agenda was amended to add:

  • 2015 Resolution Discussion
  • Hamilton staff rep & temp list

The question was called on the Agenda as amended:

Roll Call Vote #1

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen for

Bisaillon, Michel absent

Bozai, Ibrahim for

Cory, Mary absent

DeRoche, Barb for

Elliot, Ron for

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia for

Labelle, Sara for

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean for

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie for

Thibodeau, Carl absent

Thomas, Warren for

Tungatt, Debbie for

CARRIED 18 for 0 against

Consent Agenda

Minutes of the Previous Meeting

The minutes of December 10-11, 2014 and January 13, 2015 were adopted.

The e-poll regarding the Sudbury campaign, January 14, 2015 was confirmed.

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the OPSEU Executive Board approve four members be booked off to work on the campaign in Sudbury at a cost of $20,000, funds to be drawn from the CPAC budget.

Roll Call Vote

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Bozai, Ibrahim for

Cory, Mary for

DeRoche, Barb for

Elliot, Ron for

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia for

Labelle, Sara for

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean for

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tungatt, Debbie for

CARRIED 21 for 0 against

The e-poll regarding the revised Organizational chart, January 21, 2015 was confirmed.

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

WHEREAS the organizational chart has not been reviewed or voted on since 1999; and

WHEREAS there have many changes over the years to the Organization; and

WHEREAS these changes need to be reflected in the organization chart and voted on by the board.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the board accept the attached Revised Ontario Public Services Employees Union (OPSEU) Organization Chart.

Roll Call Vote

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Bozai, Ibrahim for

Cory, Mary —

DeRoche, Barb for

Elliot, Ron for

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia for

Labelle, Sara for

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean for

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie —

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tungatt, Debbie for

CARRIED 19 for 0 against

Business Arising

LBED timed presentation

Chair, Denise Davis of LBED made a presentation to the Executive Board.

Staff Randy Robinson, Political Economist & Noemi Khondo, Campaigns Officer, joined the LBED presentation for support

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

WHEREAS member education and support is needed to ensure a successful completion of the Human Rights Complaints supported by OPSEU for over 1,400 male and female casual workers at the LCBO; and

WHEREAS this effort will have a positive effect on many OPSEU members, and union efforts to advocate for Equal Work and Pay measures;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Executive Board approve the campaign plan presented, with various measures to promote Equal Pay for Equal Work; and Pay Equity; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Executive Board approve funding to $88,386.00 for the campaign, with funds to be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

Moved by Shearer/Elliot R. – amendment

Funds to come from LBED Anti-Privatization Fund.

Roll Call Vote #2

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen against

Bisaillon, Michel absent

Bozai, Ibrahim against

Cory, Mary absent

DeRoche, Barb for

Elliot, Ron for

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia against

Labelle, Sara against

Longhi, Gord against

Lundy, David against

Magner, Myles against

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean against

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie against

Thibodeau, Carl absent

Thomas, Warren for

Tungatt, Debbie for

CARRIED 9 for 9 against

President Thomas broke the tie and voted FOR. The motion CARRIED.

The question was called on the motion as amended:

WHEREAS member education and support is needed to ensure a successful completion of the Human Rights Complaints supported by OPSEU for over 1,400 male and female casual workers at the LCBO; and

WHEREAS this effort will have a positive effect on many OPSEU members, and union efforts to advocate for Equal Work and Pay measures;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Executive Board approve the campaign plan presented, with various measures to promote Equal Pay for Equal Work; and Pay Equity; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Executive Board approve funding to $88,386.00 for the campaign, with funds to be drawn from the LBED Anti-Privatization Fund.

Roll Call Vote #3

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen for

Bisaillon, Michel absent

Bozai, Ibrahim for

Cory, Mary absent

DeRoche, Barb for

Elliot, Ron for

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia for

Labelle, Sara against

Longhi, Gord against

Lundy, David for

Magner, Myles against

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean against

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie against

Thibodeau, Carl absent

Thomas, Warren for

Tungatt, Debbie for

CARRIED 13 for 5 against

Minority Reports were filed by Board Members: Sara Labelle, Gord Longhi, Myles Magner, Sean Platt and Edie Strachan.

Treasurer’s Report

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

  • Financials
  • Contingency fund
  • Defence fund
  • ODSP Fund – OPS Job Protection Fund
  • ODSP Fund – MERC Action Plan
  • ODSP Fund – OPS Redeployment Fund

Policy Section 10.1 -Expense Guidelines – 10.1-12 – Transportation: Most Economical Air Flight– First Luggage Bag Allowance per direction

Motion moved by Almeida/Thomas

WHEREAS OPSEU Policy Section 10.1 -Expense Guidelines – 10.1-12 – Transportation: Most Economical addresses that “Whenever possible, air travel must be economy class”; and

WHEREAS Airlines have introduced additional costs for the first luggage bag to the cost of an air flight per direction;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU Policy Section 10.1-12 under Transportation: Most Economical to include a cap of $30.00 per direction for first baggage allowance on economy class air flights; and

BE IT FURTER RESOLVED THAT after “economy class” add “with a cap of $30.00 per direction for first luggage bag allowance”.

Roll Call Vote #4

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen for

Bisaillon, Michel absent

Bozai, Ibrahim for

Cory, Mary absent

DeRoche, Barb for

Elliot, Ron for

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia for

Labelle, Sara for

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean for

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie for

Thibodeau, Carl absent

Thomas, Warren for

Tungatt, Debbie for

CARRIED 18 for 0 against

OPSEU Policy Section 25.2-8, Subsection 5.2.2, item d) and e) under Strike Administration (Locals) – Land-Based Phone/Cellphone per Local

Almeida/Thomas

WHEREAS OPSEU Policy Section 25.2-8, Subsection 5.2.2, item d) and e) references cost coverage for land-based telephone lines and related charges as well as cellphone usage charges, where appropriate during a strike or lockout; and

WHEREAS the necessity for a land-based phone/cellphone during a strike is required to maintain communication among the Union, Locals, OPSEU Officers/EBM’s and staff; and

WHEREAS OPSEU Policy Section 25.2-8, Subsection 5.2.2, item d) and e) gives no amount allowable for these items.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT each Local, during a strike, will be given a cap of $100.00 for these items combined; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT if additional monies that exceed the $100.00 cap relating to land-Based /cellphone use during a strike is required, such requests with rational are to be submitted in writing to the office of the First Vice-President/Treasurer for consideration.

BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU Policy Section 25.2-8, Subsection 5.2.2, items d) and e) be combined to read “Both land-based telephone lines and related charges, and cellphone usage charges, where appropriate will not exceed a $100.00 monthly cap. If additional monies are required, such requests with rational are to be submitted in writing to the office of the First Vice-President/Treasurer for consideration“.

Roll Call Vote #5

Almeida, Eddy for

Arbus, Jeff for

Archer, Glen for

Bisaillon, Michel absent

Bozai, Ibrahim for

Cory, Mary absent

DeRoche, Barb for

Elliot, Ron for

Elliott, Len for

Fahey, Felicia for

Labelle, Sara for

Longhi, Gord for

Lundy, David for

Magner, Myles for

Morton, Lucy for

Platt, Sean for

Shearer, Philip for

Strachan, Edie for

Thibodeau, Carl absent

Thomas, Warren for

Tungatt, Debbie for

CARRIED 18 for 0 against

President, Julie McGuffin of Local 102 was introduced onto the web conference.

President’s Report

Internal Issues

2015 Convention – OPSEU Talent Night

Staffing Issues – In Camera

Central Labour Updates (OFL/NUPGE/CLC)

2015 Resolutions

Internal Issues – 2015 OPSEU Talent Night

Discussion      

Central Labour Updates

Discussion

2015 Resolutions

Were discussed (work in progress for the March board)

New Business

Lab Campaign from HPD

To be brought back to next meeting

Committee Reports

Standing Committee Reports:

  • Aboriginal Circle
  • Audit
  • Central Political Action
  • Convention
    • Resolutions
    • Constitutional
    • Credentials (reports at Convention)
    • Planning
  • Excluded Staff Hiring
  • Francophone
  • In Solidarity
  • OPSEU Resource/Enterprises
  • Pension Liaison
  • PHRC
  • PWC
  • PYC
  • Retirees Board
  • Social Mapping
  • Solidarity Fund Board
    • Live and Let Live
    • International Humanity Work
    • International Solidarity Work
  • Staff Negotiating
  • Staff Pension Plan Trustees
  • Strategic Planning

Adjournment

The Executive Board adjourned at 11:50 a.m. All members were present except Michel Bisaillon, Mary Cory, Carl Thibodeau.

The minutes are signed by Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President and Nicole Glass, Corporate Secretary