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Minutes of the June 17, 2015 Executive Board Meeting

Minutes of the June 17, 2015 Executive Board Meeting

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Theater, Head Office

June 17, 2015

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:36 am. President Thomas was in the Chair.  All members were present except Myles Magner the reason was acceptable to the Chair. Peggy Maybury, Executive Assistant to the President, was also in attendance. Members in the meeting room introduced themselves.

Agenda

The agenda was amended to add:

  • CAAT-S PT
  • International Youth Day Conf
  • Amendment to Policy Section 4-12 – Donation Requests
  • Polls
  • Corrections Working Group

The question was called on the Agenda as amended:

Roll Call #1

Almeida, Eddy   for
Arbus, Jeff         absent
Archer, Glen       for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth      for
Labelle, Sara        for
Longhi, Gord        for
Magner, Myles     absent
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip      for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl   for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie   for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Consent Agenda

Minutes of the Previous Meeting

The minutes of May 6, 2015 were adopted.

Treasurer’s Report

First vice president/Treasurer Almeida presented the Treasurer’s Report, which addressed the following items:

  • Financials
  • Contingency Fund
  • Defence Fund
  • ODSP Fund – OPS Job Protection Fund
  • ODSP Fund – MERC Action Plan
  • ODSP Fund – OPS Redeployment Fund
  • LBED Anti-privatization Fund
  • OPSEU Policy – Remove mention of Accountant and replace with Administrator of Financial Services Unit
  • Hotel Accomodation for Centrally Run Events
  • Department Work Analysis
  • Amendment to OPSEU Policy – OPSEU Convention – Section 4-12 – Donation Requests
  • Poll
  • Summary Report 

OPSEU Policy – Remove mention of Accountant and replace with Administrator of Financial Services Unit

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

WHEREAS the Executive Board, during 2015 budget discussions, approved the re-org chart to remove the position of Accountant and replace the position with the Administrator of Financial Services Unit; and

WHREAS OPSEU Policy currently refers to the Accountant;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Accountant be removed and Administrator of the Financials Services Unit be added. 

Roll Call #2

Almeida, Eddy   for
Arbus, Jeff         absent
Archer, Glen       for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth      for
Labelle, Sara        for
Longhi, Gord        for
Magner, Myles     absent
Platt, Sean            for
Shearer, Philip      for
Strachan, Edie      for
Thibodeau, Carl    for
Thomas, Warren   for
Tremblay, Chrisy   for
Tungatt, Debbie    for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Hotel Accommodation for Centrally Run Events

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

WHEREAS the Executive Board created an Ad-Hoc Committee to address Convention issues up to and including the 2014 Convention; and 

WHEARAS the Convention Ad-Hoc Committee made numerous recommendation to the OPSEU Executive Board; and  

WHEREAS one of the recommendations was to have members book their rooms centrally with OPSEU as a way of addressing central organized events issues around Hotel Accommodation. 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT policy and procedures be developed around booking Hotel accommodation for Central run events; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT recommendations be brought back to the board no later than the September Board Meeting.

Roll Call #3

Almeida, Eddy   for
Arbus, Jeff         absent
Archer, Glen       for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth      for
Labelle, Sara        for
Longhi, Gord        for
Magner, Myles     absent
Platt, Sean            for
Shearer, Philip      for
Strachan, Edie      for
Thibodeau, Carl    for
Thomas, Warren   for
Tremblay, Chrisy   for
Tungatt, Debbie    for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Department Work Analysis

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

WHEREAS OPSEU as an organization continues to grow; and  

WHEREAS OPSEU Centrally has many Staff Resources with many different functions and may require additional resources for the future; and 

WHEREAS to ensure members funds are budgeted as accurately for needed and crucial growth and services of their union; and  

WHEREAS technology today may be able to assist OPSEU in getting a better idea of where resources are required;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT recommendations for department work analysis be investigated; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT this be done no later than the 2015 scheduled September dates.

2nd Vice-President Tungatt in the Chair.

Roll Call #4

Almeida, Eddy   for
Arbus, Jeff         absent
Archer, Glen       for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth      for
Labelle, Sara        for
Longhi, Gord        for
Magner, Myles     absent
Platt, Sean            for
Shearer, Philip      for
Strachan, Edie      for
Thibodeau, Carl    for
Thomas, Warren   for
Tremblay, Chrisy   for
Tungatt, Debbie    for

Carried 19 for 0 against

President Thomas in the Chair

Amendment to OPSEU Policy – OPSEU Convention – Section 4-12 – Donation Requests

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

WHEREAS the current policy (OPSEU Convention – Section 4-12 – Donation Requests) does not address who is to receive Convention donation once the Convention Floor staff has received them; and

WHEREAS these request are to be brought to the June Executive Committee meeting to be deliberated among the Officers; and

WHEREAS these requests are discussed under the First Vice-President/Treasurer’s Report;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Convention donation requests be forwarded from the Convention Floor staff to the Office of the First Vice-President, after Convention, no later than three weeks prior to the material deadline date for the June Executive Committee meeting.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the current resolve under item number seven (7) be amended to read “The donations, with the First Vice- President/Treasurer’s recommendations, will then be forwarded to the OPSEU Executive Committee for their deliberation at the June Executive Committee Meeting.”

Roll Call #5

Almeida, Eddy   for
Arbus, Jeff         absent
Archer, Glen       for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth      for
Labelle, Sara        for
Longhi, Gord        for
Magner, Myles     absent
Platt, Sean            for
Shearer, Philip      for
Strachan, Edie      for
Thibodeau, Carl    for
Thomas, Warren   for
Tremblay, Chrisy   for
Tungatt, Debbie    for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Poll

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

WHEREAS OPSEU, on occasion, utilizes third-party companies to provide polling services for research; and

WHEREAS this information may assist the Union in its work; and

WHEREAS this information should be reviewed.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT all polls conducted in the name of OPSEU be forwarded to the President’s office for distribution to the Executive Committee.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT any polls conducted over the past 2 years will be Distributed to the Executive Committee.

Roll Call #6

Almeida, Eddy   for
Arbus, Jeff         absent
Archer, Glen       for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth      for
Labelle, Sara        for
Longhi, Gord        for
Magner, Myles     absent
Platt, Sean            for
Shearer, Philip      for
Strachan, Edie      for
Thibodeau, Carl    for
Thomas, Warren   for
Tremblay, Chrisy   for
Tungatt, Debbie    for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Presentation: OPT Timed Presentation

Mike Grimaldi and Hugh O’Reilly made presentation to the Executive Board.

President’s Report

  • Internal Issues
  • Executive Assistant’s attendance at meetings
  • OPT Presentation
  • Board Committee Elections
  • Final Report of the Resolution Committee
  • 2015 LBED Anti-Privatization Campaign, Phase 2: Media
  • Terms of Reference:
  • Disability Rights Caucus (DRC)
  • OPSEU Personal Harassment Policy
  • Corrections Working Group
  • CAAT-S PT
  • International Youth Day Conference

Staffing Issues – In Camera

      Central Labour Updates (OFL/NUPGE/CLC)

Internal Issues

Executive Assistant’s attendance at meetings

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the President designate one executive assistant to attend executive board and executive committee meetings, including in camera discussion, for a period of one year to be reviewed at that time by the executive board.

Roll Call #7

Almeida, Eddy   for
Arbus, Jeff         absent
Archer, Glen       for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth      for
Labelle, Sara        for
Longhi, Gord        for
Magner, Myles     absent
Platt, Sean            for
Shearer, Philip      for
Strachan, Edie      for
Thibodeau, Carl    for
Thomas, Warren   for
Tremblay, Chrisy   for
Tungatt, Debbie    for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Executive Board Committee Elections 2015-2017

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

  • Aboriginal Committee (one board member)
  • Audit Committee (three board members)
  • Central Political Action Committee (three board members)
  • Convention Committees:
    • Constitution (one board member)
    • Resolutions (one board member)
    • Credentials (one board member)
  • Convention Planning (one board member) 
  • Disability Rights Liaison (one board member)
  • Excluded Staff Hiring (one board member)
  • Francophone Committee (one board member)
  • In Solidarity Committee (one board member)
  • MDT/SDT Ad Hoc Committee (two board members)
  • OPSEU Resource Centre/OPSEU Enterprises (two board members)
  • OPSEU Staff Pension Plan Trustee (four board members, one to be elected) 
  • Pension Liaison (two board members)
  • PHRC Board Liaison (one board member)
  • PWC Board Liaison (one board member)
  • PYWC Board Liaison (one board member)
  • Rainbow Liaison (one board member)
  • Retirees Board Liaison (one board member)
  • Social Mapping Project (one board member)
  • Solidarity Fund Board :
    • “Live and Let Live” (one board member)
    • International Humanity Work (one board member)
    • International Solidarity Work (one board member)
  • Staff Negotiating (two officers/two board members)
  • Strategic Planning (three board members)
  • OPSEU Staff Pension Plan Trustees (four board members) 

These are the only positions that have continuing terms as long as you remain a board member. The end dates are staggered to provide continuity.

Aboriginal Committee

Mike Bisaillon was acclaimed to the Aboriginal Committee. 

Audit Committee

Jeff Arbus, Carl Thibodeau and Philip Shearer were acclaimed as the Audit Committee

Central Political Action Committee (CPAC)

The following Executive Board Members were nominated and indicated their willingness to stand for election; Jeff Arbus, Len Elliott, Sara Labelle, Gord Longhi, Myles Magner.

Ballots were distributed, collected and counted.  President Thomas announced the election of Sara Labelle, Gord Longhi and Myles Magner to the CPAC.

Constitution Committee

The following Executive Board Members were nominated and indicated their willingness to stand for election: Drew Finucane and Sean Platt. 

Ballots were distributed, collected and counted.  President Thomas announced the election of Sean Platt to the Constitution Committee

Resolutions Committee

The following Executive Board Members were nominated and indicated their willingness to stand for election: Drew Finucane and Carl Thibodeau. 

Ballots were distributed, collected and counted.  President Thomas announced the election of Carl Thibodeau to the Resolutions Committee

Credentials Committee

Ed Arvelin was acclaimed to the Credentials Committee.  Drew Finucane declined the nomination.

Convention Planning Committee

The following Executive Board Members were nominated and indicated their willingness to stand for election; Drew Finucane, Gareth Jones. Chrisy Tremblay declined the nomination.

Ballots were distributed, collected and counted.  President Thomas announced the election of Gareth Jones to the Convention Planning Committee.

Excluded Staff Hiring

The following Executive Board Members were nominated and indicated their willingness to stand for election; Ibrahim Bozai and Gord Longhi.

Ballots were distributed, collected and counted.  President Thomas announced the election of Gord Longhi to the Excluded Staff Hiring Committee.

Francophone Committee

Mike Bisaillon was acclaimed to the Francophone Committee. 

In Solidarity Committee

Felicia Fahey was acclaimed to the In Solidarity Committee.  

MDT/SDT

Ed Arvelin and Chrisy Tremblay were acclaimed to the MDT/SDT Committee.  Drew Finucane declined the nomination.

OPSEU Resource/OPSEU Enterprises

Felicia Fahey and Sean Platt were acclaimed to the OPSEU Resource/OPSEU Enterprises Committee.  Sara Labelle declined the nomination

Staff Pension Plan Trustees Committee

Len Elliott was acclaimed to the Staff Pension Plan Trustees Committee.

Pension Liaison Committee

Eddy Almeida and Ron Elliot were acclaimed to the Pension Liaison Committee.  Edie Strachan declined the nomination.

PHRC Liaison

Glen Archer was acclaimed as the PHRC Liaison.  Philip Shearer declined the nomination.

PWC Liaison

Chrisy Tremblay was acclaimed as the PWC Liaison.  Edie Strachan declined the nomination.

PYC Liaison

Sean Platt was acclaimed as the PYC Liaison.  Drew Finucane declined the nomination.

Retirees Liaison

Ibrahim Bozai was acclaimed as the Retirees Liaison.  Drew Finucane declined the nomination.

Social Mapping Committee

Debbie Tungatt was acclaimed to the Social Mapping Committee. Edie Strachan declined the nomination.

Live and Let Live

Edie Strachan was acclaimed to the Live and Let Live Board. Chrisy Tremblay declined the nomination

International Humanity Work

Chrisy Tremblay was acclaimed to the International Humanity Work Board. Philip Shearer declined the nomination.

International Solidarity Work

Philip Shearer was acclaimed to the International Solidarity Work Board.

Staff Negotiating

Glen Archer and Len Elliott were acclaimed to the Staff Negotiating Committee. Ed Arvelin declined the nomination.

Strategic Planning Committee

Ibrahim Bozai, Felicia Fahey and Philip Shearer were acclaimed to the Strategic Planning Committee.

Rainbow Alliance Liaison

Glen Archer was acclaimed to the Rainbow Alliance Liaison.  Philip Shearer declined the nomination.

Disability Rights Liaison

Philip Shearer was acclaimed to the Disability Rights Liaison.  Gareth Jones declined the nomination

Moved by Tungatt/Archer

Motion to destroy the ballots.

Roll Call Vote #8

Almeida, Eddy   for
Arbus, Jeff         absent
Archer, Glen       for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth      for
Labelle, Sara        for
Longhi, Gord        for
Magner, Myles     absent
Platt, Sean            for
Shearer, Philip      for
Strachan, Edie      for
Thibodeau, Carl    for
Thomas, Warren   for
Tremblay, Chrisy   for
Tungatt, Debbie    for

Carried 19 for 0 against

2015 LBED Anti-Privatization Campaign

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

Roll Call #8

Almeida, Eddy   for
Arbus, Jeff         absent
Archer, Glen       for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth      for
Labelle, Sara        for
Longhi, Gord        for
Magner, Myles     absent
Platt, Sean            for
Shearer, Philip      for
Strachan, Edie      for
Thibodeau, Carl    for
Thomas, Warren   for
Tremblay, Chrisy   for
Tungatt, Debbie    for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the OPSEU Executive Board allocate $936,009.51 from the LBED Anti-Privatization Account to fund a comprehensive ad campaign. This campaign is part of the second phase of the Division’s activities aimed at creating push back against the government’s plan to expand and privatize beer and wine sales.

Roll Call #9

Almeida, Eddy   for
Arbus, Jeff         absent
Archer, Glen       for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth      for
Labelle, Sara        for
Longhi, Gord        for
Magner, Myles     absent
Platt, Sean            for
Shearer, Philip      for
Strachan, Edie      for
Thibodeau, Carl    for
Thomas, Warren   for
Tremblay, Chrisy   for
Tungatt, Debbie    for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Terms of Reference: Disability Rights Caucus (DRC)

ARTICLE 1:    NAME:

1.1      The Caucus shall be known as the “Disability Rights Caucus” of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU).

ARTICLE 2:    AIMS & PURPOSE:

2.1      The function of the Caucus shall be:

a.         to provide a safe and healthy space for members of the Disability Rights Caucus to discuss their issues and develop strategies to address the issues.

b.         to increase awareness and understanding of equity issues as they related to individuals with disabilities and to liaise with the respective Provincial Committee(s).

c.         to identify barriers and denied rights that prohibit full participation of persons with disabilities within OPSEU and the broader society.

d.         to present recommendations to the Provincial Committee(s) or to Departments of OPSEU for action and/or referral to the Executive Board on  issues related to barriers and rights that affect individuals with disabilities within OPSEU, the workplace and the broader society.

e.         to liaise with OPSEU members with a disability as defined under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

ARTICLE 3:    MEMBERSHIP:        

3.1      The Caucus members will be selected with consideration to the following:

  1. geographic balance of the seven (7) regions
  2. a wide range of disabilities with a balance of visible and non-evident/non-visible disabilities
  3. mix of community and union activity
  4. gender balance
  5. a desire to network, advocate, educate, and increase  equality for individuals with disabilities

3.2      It is recommended that one (1) OPSEU staff member from the Equity Unit is assigned to the Caucus.  The assigned Equity Unit Officer may attend Caucus meeting with voice but no vote.

3.3      The Caucus shall not exceed ten (10) members; a retiree can be a member.

3.4      Terms will be consistent with the OPSEU constitution.  A member who has completed a term will be eligible for reconsideration under the same criteria as Article 3.1.

3.5      When vacancy(s) occur an application will be sought from OPSEU membership.  The Equity Unit will receive the application, acknowledge receipt of the application and remove all identifying information (name and local).  The Caucus will select a committee from the Caucus comprised of three (3) members and the assigned OPSEU staff member.  This committee will be known as the Caucus Selection Committee.  The applications will then be forwarded to the Caucus Selection Committee.   The Caucus Selection Committee shall present their recommendation to the Caucus.  The Caucus will make the final determination of the new Caucus member(s).

ARTICLE 4:    OFFICERS:

4.1      Disability Rights Caucus officers shall be elected in accordance with OPSEU’s constitution.  Such elections shall be conducted by an Officer of the Equity Unit and recorded in meeting minutes that are forwarded to the Equity Unit.

4.2      Two (2) Co-Chairs, at least one of whom identifies as female, and one (1) alternate shall be elected from members of the Caucus.

4.3      The Co-Chairs shall work together to establish meeting dates, agenda items and address issues between meetings as required.           

ARTICLE 5:    FINANCE:

5.1      The activities of the Caucus shall be funded centrally by OPSEU, as approved in the budget at the Annual Convention.

5.2      A quarterly budget report of actual expenses compared to the approved budget shall be provided to the Co- Chairs of the Caucus by the assigned Officer of the Equity Unit.

5.3      To support the Caucus budget, an annual report shall be provided to the Executive Board by a Co-Chair outlining the activities of the Caucus.

ARTICLE 6:    MEETINGS:

6.1      The Caucus shall meet a minimum of four (4) times a year.  Two meetings will use teleconferencing or videoconferencing to keep budgeting costs down.

6.2      Agenda Items shall be forwarded to Caucus members three (3) weeks in advance of all meetings; members of Caucus will have the opportunity for input of additional agenda items.

6.3      At each Caucus meeting one (1) member will be selected to take minutes and forward the minutes to Caucus for comment.  The revised minutes will then be forwarded by a Co-Chair to the OPSEU Equity Unit, ideally within fifteen (15) days of the meeting date.

6.4      The order of business at Caucus meetings will be consistent with OPSEU constitution.

6.5      Robert‘s Rules of Order will be used when the Caucus has quorum.  Quorum will be a majority of the Caucus members. 

6.6      The Caucus may hold a meeting at Convention open to all OPSEU members who self identify having a disability.

ARTICLE 7:    APPROVAL AND AMENDMENT OF TERMS OF REFERENCE:

7.1      The terms of reference shall be approved by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote at a meeting of the Caucus in which quorum is met.

7.2      Any subsequent amendments to the Terms of Reference shall be approved by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote at a meeting of the Caucus in which quorum is met. 

7.3      The Terms of Reference shall be reviewed every two (2) years on even years.

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

WHEREAS OPSEU is a member driven union and strives for transparency and greater involvement from its members; and

WHEREAS OPSEU recognizes and celebrates the diversity of its membership; and

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

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the contents of the Terms of Reference for the Disability Rights Caucus (DRC) be approved as part of the OPSEU Policy.    

Moved by Shearer/Strachan – Amendment

Add new:

4.4 One (1) OPSEU Executive Board member and one (1) Officer from the Equity Unit may offer support to the caucus.  The Executive Board liaison and Equity Unit then may attend caucus meetings with voice but no vote.  It is understood that participation of all others is by invitation only.

Roll Call #10

Almeida, Eddy   for
Arbus, Jeff         absent
Archer, Glen       for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth      for
Labelle, Sara        for
Longhi, Gord        for
Magner, Myles     absent
Platt, Sean            for
Shearer, Philip      for
Strachan, Edie      for
Thibodeau, Carl    for
Thomas, Warren   for
Tremblay, Chrisy   for
Tungatt, Debbie    for

Carried 19 for 0 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

WHEREAS OPSEU is a member driven union and strives for transparency and greater involvement from its members; and

WHEREAS OPSEU recognizes and celebrates the diversity of its membership; and

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

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the contents of the Terms of Reference for the Disability Rights Caucus (DRC) be approved as part of the OPSEU Policy.    

Roll Call #11

Almeida, Eddy   for
Arbus, Jeff         absent
Archer, Glen       for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth      for
Labelle, Sara        for
Longhi, Gord        for
Magner, Myles     absent
Platt, Sean            for
Shearer, Philip      for
Strachan, Edie      for
Thibodeau, Carl    for
Thomas, Warren   for
Tremblay, Chrisy   for
Tungatt, Debbie    for

Carried 19 for 0 against

CAAT PT Workers 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 #12

Almeida, Eddy   for
Arbus, Jeff         absent
Archer, Glen       for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth      for
Labelle, Sara        for
Longhi, Gord        for
Magner, Myles     absent
Platt, Sean            for
Shearer, Philip      for
Strachan, Edie      for
Thibodeau, Carl    for
Thomas, Warren   for
Tremblay, Chrisy   for
Tungatt, Debbie    for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

WHEREAS OPSEU is committed to launching a successful organizing campaign of PT college workers this September 2015;

WHEREAS a successful launch of the organizing campaign at the beginning of the school year requires the development and implementation of a communications plan in the summer months;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the OPSEU Executive Board fund the development of branding, messaging and communications products, including an organizing website, to prepare for the September launch of the 2015-2016 organizing drive of Part-Time college workers; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the OPSEU Executive Board allocate $87,780 to this effort.  This amount is to be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

Roll Call #13

Almeida, Eddy   for
Arbus, Jeff         absent
Archer, Glen       for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth      for
Labelle, Sara        for
Longhi, Gord        for
Magner, Myles     absent
Platt, Sean            for
Shearer, Philip      for
Strachan, Edie      for
Thibodeau, Carl    for
Thomas, Warren   for
Tremblay, Chrisy   for
Tungatt, Debbie    for

Carried 19 for 0 against

International Youth Day Conference

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

Roll Call #14

Almeida, Eddy   for
Arbus, Jeff         absent
Archer, Glen       for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth      for
Labelle, Sara        for
Longhi, Gord        for
Magner, Myles     absent
Platt, Sean            for
Shearer, Philip      for
Strachan, Edie      for
Thibodeau, Carl    for
Thomas, Warren   for
Tremblay, Chrisy   for
Tungatt, Debbie    for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

WHEREAS the Provincial Young Workers Committee (PYC) received an overwhelming response to its call for conference participants to attend the upcoming International Youth Day Conference in August 2015; and   

WHEREAS an increase in the number of participants to eighty (80) extra delegates will prove beneficial as the PYC continues to build upon its network of contacts throughout the province; and

WHEREAS the attendees of this conference represent the future leaders of OPSEU;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT that up to $140,000 be added to the existing International Youth Day Conference budget line for a new total of up to $242,800, with the additional funds to come from the Contingency Fund.

Roll Call #15

Almeida, Eddy   for
Arbus, Jeff         absent
Archer, Glen       for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth      for
Labelle, Sara        for
Longhi, Gord        for
Magner, Myles     absent
Platt, Sean            for
Shearer, Philip      for
Strachan, Edie      for
Thibodeau, Carl    for
Thomas, Warren   for
Tremblay, Chrisy   for
Tungatt, Debbie    for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Afternoon

The Executive Board was called to order at 1:15 pm.  First Vice President Almeida was in the Chair.

Final Report of the Resolutions Committee

Moved by Almeida/Tungatt

That the recommendation from the Resolutions Committee be moved as recommended.

L21

WHEREAS OPSEU recognizes and supports the rights of sex workers and their efforts to attain equality, equity, workplace safety, labour rights and any other benefit provided to all other citizens by supporting the full decriminalization of sex work; and

WHEREAS on December 20, 2013 in the case of Canada [AG] v. Bedford the Supreme Court of Canada Unanimously ruled that S 210, 212 [1][i]  and 213 [1][c] of the Criminal Code of Canada breached sex workers’ rights under s.7 and s2[b] of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms; and

WHEREAS on December 6, 2014 the federal Conservative government passed the Protecting Communities and Exploited Persons Act in response to the Supreme Court decision; and

WHEREAS the Protecting Communities and Exploited Persons Act is unconstitutional and will put the lives of sex workers at risk; and

WHEREAS Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has expressed concern about the safety of sex workers and has asked the Attorney General to review the constitutionality of these laws;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU endorses and lobbies the provincial government for non-enforcement of the Protecting Communities and Exploited Persons Act.

Moved by Tungatt/Arbus

Move L21 to FOR

Roll Call #16

Almeida, Eddy   for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth      for
Labelle, Sara        for
Longhi, Gord        for
Magner, Myles     absent
Platt, Sean            for
Shearer, Philip      for
Strachan, Edie      for
Thibodeau, Carl    for
Thomas, Warren   for
Tremblay, Chrisy   for
Tungatt, Debbie    for

Carried 20 for 0 against

B9

WHEREAS the planning activity for the Francophone Conference has identified the need for a second Francophone Communication Officer; and

WHEREAS OPSEU has made a commitment to offer services in both official languages;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU hires a second bilingual Communication Officer.

Moved by Elliot R./Almeida

Move B9 to AGAINST

Debbie Tungatt is in the Chair

Roll Call #17

Almeida, Eddy   for
Arbus, Jeff         against
Archer, Glen       for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel against
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      against
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    absent
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip    absent
Strachan, Edie    for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren absent
Tremblay, Chrisy against
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 14 for 4 against

First Vice President Almeida in the Chair

M6

WHEREAS members now utilize the internet more than they would utilize paper versions of information; and

WHEREAS our website should provide an easy portal for access to information; and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      WHEREAS last year’s Convention OPSEU launched a new website; and

WHEREAS the website is not easy to navigate and critical information has disappeared including divisional committee information and minutes;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU either fix the current website to make it more user friendly, replace all of the missing information, and make it compatible with all platforms such as internet explorer, Safari, etc, or go back to the original website within the next 3 months.

Moved by Arbus/Elliot R.

Move M6 to REDUNDANT

Roll Call #18

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord       for
Magner, Myles     absent
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     absent
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl   for
Thomas, Warren  absent
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie   for

Carried 18 for 0 against

C5

WHEREAS all members of a striking bargaining unit have the right to participate fully in the strike but some have accommodation needs; and

WHEREAS OPSEU Strike Committees have a legal and moral obligation to modify strike duties to accommodate these needs; and

WHEREAS Strike Committees should respond to requests for accommodation in a timely fashion and no member shall be denied strike pay because the Strike Committee cannot provide alternate duties and members with accommodation needs want to contribute to a successful strike and resulting settlement;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU will work in a very timely way to create lists of potential accommodated strike duties to assist bargaining units and members facing imminent strikes and will keep these lists of potential accommodated strike duties updated by consulting with Locals and labour organizations while recognizing that accommodation must be provided in a manner that respects the dignity of the person.

Moved by Elliot R./Elliott L.

Move C5 to AGAINST

Roll Call #19

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord       for
Magner, Myles     absent
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     absent
Strachan, Edie     against
Thibodeau, Carl   for
Thomas, Warren  absent
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie   for

Carried 17 for 1 against

2nd Vice President Tungatt in the Chair

C11

WHEREAS some OPSEU retired members contractually derive benefits directly tied to the OPS contract; and

WHEREAS these retirees have been negatively affected in the past at the bargaining table; and

WHEREAS retirees have limited input into demand setting and little to no representation in negotiations;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the demand setting process include a submission from the Retired Members Division; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Provincial Executive of the Retired Members Division be invited to make a presentation at the training session of the elected members of the central bargaining team; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT a member (s) of the Central Bargaining Team meet with the Executive of the Retired Members Division, once the government has set out its bargaining position.

Moved by Almeida/Elliot R – Amendment

From first whereas remove “OPS” and replace with “centrally negotiated”

Amend second resolve to read “BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT 2 representatives of the Provincial Executive of the Retired Members Division be invited to make a presentation at a training session of the elected members of a central bargaining team”

Amend last resolve to read “BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the team send a report to the Executive of the Retired Members Division once the employer has set out its bargaining position”

Roll Call #20

Almeida, Eddy      for
Arbus, Jeff            against
Archer, Glen          against
Arvelin, Ed             against
Bisaillon, Michel     for
Bozai, Ibrahim        for
Elliot, Ron               for
Elliott, Len               for
Fahey, Felicia          for
Finucane, Drew       for
Jones, Gareth         for
Labelle, Sara          against
Longhi, Gord         for
Magner, Myles       absent
Platt, Sean            for
Shearer, Philip       absent
Strachan, Edie       for
Thibodeau, Carl     for
Thomas, Warren    absent
Tremblay, Chrisy     for
Tungatt, Debbie     for

Carried 14 for 4 against

First Vice President Almeida in the Chair

J4

WHEREAS OPSEU currently reimburses childcare at the rate of $6 an hour to a maximum of $112 for 24 hours, or a rate of $4.67 per hour; and

WHEREAS OPSEU has endorsed and actively participated in the campaigns to raise the minimum wage in Ontario to $14 an hour so that working people across the province can be lifted above the poverty line;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU raises the rate of reimbursement for family care (child/elder/dependant) to minimum wage, and for those hours between 12am and 8am at 50 per cent of the rate.

Moved by Strachan/Tremblay

Move J4 to FOR

Roll Call #21

Almeida, Eddy   against
Arbus, Jeff         against
Archer, Glen       against
Arvelin, Ed         against
Bisaillon, Michel against
Bozai, Ibrahim   against
Elliot, Ron          against
Elliott, Len         against
Fahey, Felicia    against
Finucane, Drew against
Jones, Gareth   against
Labelle, Sara     against
Longhi, Gord     against
Magner, Myles   absent
Platt, Sean         against
Shearer, Philip    absent
Strachan, Edie    for
Thibodeau, Carl  against
Thomas, Warren  absent
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Tungatt, Debbie   against

Defeated 2 for 16 against

President Thomas in the Chair

L11

WHEREAS fracking involves the injection of millions of litres of water and thousands of litres of unidentified chemicals underground at very high pressure in order to create fractures in the underlying shale rock formations to extract the natural gas below the surface; and

WHEREAS the way fracking is carried out and the amount of chemicals used in fracking can pose dangers to human health, the environment, disruption to wildlife, danger to groundwater and drinking water; and

WHEREAS the process has increased seismic activity (earthquakes), and the migration of gases and chemicals that have contaminated land and water;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU lobby the provincial and federal governments to ban hydraulic fracturing (fracking) until a thorough investigation on the cumulative effects of fracking on the environment and on the treaty and inherent rights of First Nations, Metis and Inuit, is completed. 

Moved by Elliot R/Almeida

Move L11 to AGAINST

Roll Call #22

Almeida, Eddy   for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia     for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth    for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    absent
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     absent
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl   for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie   for

Carried 19 for 0 against

L20

WHEREAS more and more Ontarians are working for minimum wage, often part-time, precarious work, with little or no access to labour laws that support fair scheduling, adequate hours, paid sick time or ready access to unions; and

WHEREAS the current government is beginning a review of Ontario labour law, including the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act; and 

WHEREAS a coalition of labour and community groups, including the Workers Action Centre, is leading a fight to make the review benefit all Ontario workers through the Fight For $15 & Fairness campaign;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU endorse and actively support the Fight For $15 & Fairness campaign across the province; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT OPSEU continue to advocate for a living wage for all.

Moved by Almeida/Arbus

Move L20 to REDUNDANT

Roll Call #23

Almeida, Eddy   for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia     for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth    for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    absent
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     absent
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl   for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie   for

Carried 19 for 0 against

B12

WHEREAS OPSEU is a member-driven union; and

WHEREAS OPSEU constitution and policy support the electoral principle in selecting members for leadership roles within OPSEU and as delegates to the central labour bodies to which OPSEU is formally affiliated (i.e., CLC, NUPGE and OFL); and

WHEREAS OPSEU policy specifies that the following elected representatives will be delegates to these central labour conventions: members of the Executive Board, Aboriginal Circle, Francophone Committee, Provincial Human Rights Committee, Provincial Women’s Committee, Provincial Young Workers Committee and the Executive Committee of the Retired Members’ Division; and

WHEREAS OPSEU policy also specifies that, each region shall elect delegates to these central labour conventions at OPSEUs Regional Meetings, including: 10 delegates per region to attend the CLC convention, 6 delegates to the NUPGE convention, and 14 delegates to the OFL convention; and

WHEREAS OPSEUs policy and practice is to elect a matching number of alternates from each region for each of these conventions, at the Regional Meetings; and

WHEREAS scheduling conflicts – such as the scheduling of the 2014 OPSEU and CLC conventions on the same dates – may occasionally mean that there are not enough alternates available to ensure that the full complement of OPSEUs regional delegates are able to attend these conventions, and

WHEREAS in some cases, OPSEU may also occasionally have the option to send additional delegates to these conventions;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that OPSEU continues to support the electoral principle in the selection of delegates to the conventions of central labour bodies to which OPSEU is affiliated and entitled to send delegates; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that OPSEU will continue to work to ensure full regional representation at these central labour conventions; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that OPSEU will increase the number of alternates to these conventions elected at each Regional Meeting to two (2) times the number of delegates elected from each region, to increase the pool of alternates who may be called on to attend in the place of an elected delegate from the same region who is unable to attend; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that should OPSEU choose to send additional delegates to these conventions, over and above the number set out in policy, then ALL such delegates will be drawn from the lists of alternates elected from each region, with an equal number of additional delegates allocated to each region.

Moved by Bozai/Strachan – Amendment

In last resolve add “by the RVP” after “alternates elected from each region”

Roll Call #24

Almeida, Eddy   against
Arbus, Jeff         against
Archer, Glen       against
Arvelin, Ed         against
Bisaillon, Michel against
Bozai, Ibrahim   against
Elliot, Ron          against
Elliott, Len         against
Fahey, Felicia    against
Finucane, Drew against
Jones, Gareth   against
Labelle, Sara     against
Longhi, Gord     against
Magner, Myles   absent
Platt, Sean         against
Shearer, Philip    absent
Strachan, Edie    for
Thibodeau, Carl  against
Thomas, Warren  against
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Tungatt, Debbie   against

Defeated 2 for 17 against

Moved by Bozai/Strachan

Move B12 to FOR

Roll Call #25

Almeida, Eddy   against
Arbus, Jeff         against
Archer, Glen       against
Arvelin, Ed         against
Bisaillon, Michel against
Bozai, Ibrahim   for
Elliot, Ron          against
Elliott, Len         against
Fahey, Felicia    against
Finucane, Drew against
Jones, Gareth   against
Labelle, Sara     against
Longhi, Gord     against
Magner, Myles   absent
Platt, Sean         against
Shearer, Philip    absent
Strachan, Edie    against
Thibodeau, Carl  against
Thomas, Warren  against
Tremblay, Chrisy  against
Tungatt, Debbie   against

Defeated 1 for 18 against

B10

WHEREAS the OPSEU Executive Board voted to remove three temporary Pay Equity Officers from the pay equity unit; and

WHEREAS there are many locals without BPS that are currently relying on such specialists; and

WHEREAS pay equity settlements bring money to frontline workers and also to our union;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU hires three temporary Pay Equity Officers in the pay equity unit.

Moved by Almeida/Elliot R

Move B10 to AGAINST

Roll Call #26

Almeida, Eddy   for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       against
Arvelin, Ed          against
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia     for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth    for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    absent
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     absent
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl   for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie   for

Carried 17 for 2 against

M3

WHEREAS there have been many complaints and concerns with the new website that was announced and kicked off at 2014 Convention; and

WHEREAS we are aware that the Executive Board is working on the issues and correcting the problem;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU allow members to utilize the previous website with all current and archived information added and to keep the members informed of the concerns facing our union sisters and brothers; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT OPSEU and the Executive Board involve the stakeholders from the sectors and allow them to provide feedback on the development of a user-friendly website.

Moved by Almeida/Arbus

Move M3 to REDUNDANT

Roll Call #27

Almeida, Eddy   for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia     for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth    for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    absent
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     absent
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl   for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie   for

Carried 19 for 0 against

C6

WHEREAS many OPSEU bargaining units that may go on strike provide work at privately owned premises and property that may otherwise regularly enable the public  common use or access on a daily basis all year long and cross a picket line; and

WHEREAS OPSEU bargaining units on strike can encounter questioning and opposition by security or other parties to their incidental use or minor encroachment on private property that otherwise has common use, free yearlong public passage or rights of way;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that OPSEU will direct its legal staff and other resources to research common use, right of way laws and the common law, and develop research, resources and guidelines based in law to assist OPSEU bargaining units that may be on strike to address situations where they have been asked to leave a property, not encroach, or pass across it where the property regularly otherwise enables common use, passage and rights of way.

Moved by Bozai/Strachan

Move C6 to FOR

Roll Call #28

Almeida, Eddy   against
Arbus, Jeff         against
Archer, Glen       against
Arvelin, Ed         against
Bisaillon, Michel against
Bozai, Ibrahim   for
Elliot, Ron          against
Elliott, Len         against
Fahey, Felicia    against
Finucane, Drew against
Jones, Gareth   against
Labelle, Sara     against
Longhi, Gord     against
Magner, Myles   absent
Platt, Sean         against
Shearer, Philip    absent
Strachan, Edie    for
Thibodeau, Carl  against
Thomas, Warren  against
Tremblay, Chrisy  against
Tungatt, Debbie   against

Defeated 2 for 17 against

A motion was made and ruled out of order.

C3

WHEREAS OPSEU strike pay rates have not increase in many years; and

WHEREAS OPSEU needs to protect the rights of its members by engaging in strong, meaningful strikes with Employers;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU raise base strike pay rates for members engaged in a lawful strike to $50 per day for a maximum of $250 per week for weeks one to three of a lawful strike; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT OPSEU raise base strike pay rates for members engaged in a lawful strike to $60 per day for a maximum of $300 per week, for a lawful strike lasting for four weeks or longer.

Moved by Almeida/Arbus

Move C3 to AGAINST

Roll Call #29

Almeida, Eddy   for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    against
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia     for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth    for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    absent
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     absent
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl   for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie   for

Carried 18 for 1 against

Corrections Working Group

Discussion, Counsel Eric O’Brien was present

President Thomas in the Chair

Final Report of the Resolutions Committee (cont.)

C8

WHEREAS workers in Ontario are facing the worst austerity measures since the Mike Harris government; and

WHEREAS one of the cornerstones of fighting austerity measures is negotiating strong collective agreements, using measures up to and including strike actions; and

WHEREAS the ability of a bargaining team to make a decision whether to take job actions and fend off these attacks relies on member support; and

WHEREAS member support may be influenced by financial pressures in the case of job action; and

WHEREAS strike pay has not increased since 2010;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the strike policy is amended to increase strike pay in weeks one to three by $25 and $40 per week beyond week three of a strike.

Moved by Almeida/Fahey

Move C8 to AGAINST

Roll Call #30

Almeida, Eddy   for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          absent
Fahey, Felicia     for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth    for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    absent
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     absent
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl   for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie   for

Carried 18 for 0 against

C9

WHEREAS members of the Ontario Public Service Division will be preparing for negotiations in 2015 to renew the Collective Agreement which has expired on December 31, 2014; and

WHEREAS there is a strong likelihood that the 2015 OPS round of bargaining will include employer concessions that the members will have to defend which may include strike action; and

WHEREAS strike pay has not followed pace with the rate of inflation; and

WHEREAS strike action if called upon, will require member action to be taken with minimal financial burden; and

WHEREAS the OPSEU strike has very strong financial capital;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the strike pay shall be as follows:

 

Week 1 Daily Maximum

Week 1 Weekly Maximum

Weeks 2+ Daily Maximum

Weeks 2+ Weekly Maximum

Member

$75

$375

$100

$500

Each Dependant

 $10

$50

$12

$60

 

Moved by Almeida/Fahey

Move C9 to AGAINST

Roll Call #31

Almeida, Eddy   for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          absent
Fahey, Felicia     for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth    for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    absent
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     absent
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl   for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie   for

Carried 18 for 0 against

M5

WHEREAS OPSEU is trying to save money; and

WHEREAS there is a significant cost to printing and mailing expense account cheques;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU use direct deposit for those members who request it.

Moved by Almeida/Fahey

Move M5 to REDUNDANT

Roll Call #32

Almeida, Eddy   for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          absent
Fahey, Felicia     for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth    for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    absent
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     absent
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl   for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie   for

Carried 18 for 0 against

L2 & L3 & L8 & L10 & L11 & L12

L2

WHEREAS nearly three-quarters of First Nations peoples on reserves in Canada rely on water systems that are classified at a medium or high-risk, not meeting safety standards; and

WHEREAS a recent report to parliament by the Auditor General found that clean drinking water on First Nations – as well as education, adequate housing and child welfare – are all in an “unacceptable state”; and

WHEREAS the United Nations has recognized access to clean water and sanitation as a basic human right – something currently not afforded to many First Nations peoples living on reserves;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU lobbies the federal and provincial governments to enact a plan that ensures that First Nations peoples living on reserves have safe, reliable and easy access to healthy, clean drinking water provided through a public, not-for-profit system.

L3

WHEREAS while Aboriginal peoples comprise 2.7 percent of the adult  Canadian population and approximately 18.5 per cent of offenders now serving federal sentences are of First Nations, Metis and Inuit ancestry (Correctional Service Canada, 2006) and approximately 68 per cent of federal Aboriginal offenders are First Nations, 28 per cent are Metis and 4 per cent Inuit; and

WHEREAS this over representation is particularly acute in the West, but exists across Canada, and in the prairies, where Aboriginal peoples comprise a larger proportion of the general population, they account for a staggering 60 per cent of offenders and Aboriginal women are even more over represented than Aboriginal men in the criminal justice system, representing 30 per cent of women in federal prisons; and

WHEREAS while the federally incarcerated population in Canada declined by 12.5 per cent from 1996 to 2004, the number of First Nations people in federal institutions increased by 21.7 per cent.  The number of incarcerated First Nations women also increased – by 74.2 per cent over the same period; and

WHEREAS the higher rate of incarceration for Aboriginal peoples has been linked to system discrimination and attitudes based on racial or cultural prejudice as well as economic and social deprivation, substance abuse and a cycle of violence across generations, and Aboriginal offenders are admitted to segregation more often than non-Aboriginal offenders;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU lobby both the federal and provincial governments to implement the existing Recommendations from the Office of the Correctional Investigator re Aboriginal inmates from May 2014 and support a strategy to be established to decrease the astronomical percentages of Aboriginal inmates in correctional institutions.

L8

WHEREAS veterans have been facing numerous challenges and barriers pertaining to their needs and accommodation; and

WHEREAS returning veterans are unable to get the support they need to assimilate back into society; and

WHEREAS closing veteran affairs offices makes access to services more challenging; and 

WHEREAS as a result of current government bureaucracy, the number of suicides have increased;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU Lobby the Members of Parliament to stop the cuts and restore the previous levels of services and reopen the nine (9) veteran affairs offices.

L10

WHEREAS with increasing employment costs of living and increasing taxes that are stapled onto vulnerable people, measures need to be made regarding a living wage, education, dental and eye care expenses and homelessness; and

WHEREAS corporations have significant tax saving measures which are not put towards employment and benefits; and

WHEREAS citizens continue to struggle to make and save money while the 1% get richer; and 

WHEREAS unemployment continues to rise, especially with recent closures of Target and other businesses; and

WHEREAS citizens on Employment Insurance compete with workers who are hired and paid for as cheap labour;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU lobby the Members of Parliament to have a hard look into the economics of a living wage, especially the costs of living which pertain to rent, the housing market, dental and eye care insurance, higher education expenses, corporate taxes and CEO benefits and taking care of vulnerable people as well as the homeless.

L11

WHEREAS fracking involves the injection of millions of litres of water and thousands of litres of unidentified chemicals underground at very high pressure in order to create fractures in the underlying shale rock formations to extract the natural gas below the surface; and

WHEREAS the way fracking is carried out and the amount of chemicals used in fracking can pose dangers to human health, the environment, disruption to wildlife, danger to groundwater and drinking water; and

WHEREAS the process has increased seismic activity (earthquakes), and the migration of gases and chemicals that have contaminated land and water;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU lobby the provincial and federal governments to ban hydraulic fracturing (fracking) until a thorough investigation on the cumulative effects of fracking on the environment and on the treaty and inherent rights of First Nations, Metis and Inuit, is completed. 

L12

WHEREAS Aboriginal Affairs does not know whether retailers in the North are passing on savings to consumers as a result of its Nutrition North Canada program to make healthy food more affordable in remote Northern parts of the country as the federal auditor general has found; and

WHEREAS in his fall report from the Office of the Auditor General Canada (re: Nutrition North Canada) Michael Ferguson looked at the $60 million program that provides funding to some Northern communities  to help offset the cost of food, which can be much more expensive in the North because of increased shipping fees; and

WHEREAS there are numerous other problems with Nutrition North Canada:

  • eligibility isn’t determined based on need
  • publicly reported data isn’t always accurate in one report, the year-over- year food  basket price difference was off by 10 percentage points
  • retailers aren’t required to report on spoilage, despite the department pledging to measure it
  • the department’s stated goal is to make food more affordable, but it hasn’t defined what is affordable

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU lobby the federal government to ensure that the monies to supplement nutritious food is actually being received by the consumers and that the federal government look into various strategies into improving the current system so that these northern residents will be able to afford nutritious food as per the Nutritional Food Guidelines.

Moved by Almeida/Tungatt – Amendment

In the last Resolve of L2 & L3 “through NUPGE & the CLC” and “through the OPSEU Activists” be inserted into the language.

In the last Resolve of L8 & L10 & L11 & L12 that “through NUPGE & the CLC” be inserted into the language.

L2

WHEREAS nearly three-quarters of First Nations peoples on reserves in Canada rely on water systems that are classified at a medium or high-risk, not meeting safety standards; and

WHEREAS a recent report to parliament by the Auditor General found that clean drinking water on First Nations – as well as education, adequate housing and child welfare – are all in an “unacceptable state”; and

WHEREAS the United Nations has recognized access to clean water and sanitation as a basic human right – something currently not afforded to many First Nations peoples living on reserves;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU lobbies through NUPGE & the CLC; the federal government and through OPSEU activists; the provincial governments to enact a plan that ensures that First Nations peoples living on reserves have safe, reliable and easy access to healthy, clean drinking water provided through a public, not-for-profit system.

L3

WHEREAS while Aboriginal peoples comprise 2.7 percent of the adult  Canadian population and approximately 18.5 per cent of offenders now serving federal sentences are of First Nations, Metis and Inuit ancestry (Correctional Service Canada, 2006) and approximately 68 per cent of federal Aboriginal offenders are First Nations, 28 per cent are Metis and 4 per cent Inuit; and

WHEREAS this over representation is particularly acute in the West, but exists across Canada, and in the prairies, where Aboriginal peoples comprise a larger proportion of the general population, they account for a staggering 60 per cent of offenders and Aboriginal women are even more over represented than Aboriginal men in the criminal justice system, representing 30 per cent of women in federal prisons; and

WHEREAS while the federally incarcerated population in Canada declined by 12.5 per cent from 1996 to 2004, the number of First Nations people in federal institutions increased by 21.7 per cent.  The number of incarcerated First Nations women also increased – by 74.2 per cent over the same period; and

WHEREAS the higher rate of incarceration for Aboriginal peoples has been linked to system discrimination and attitudes based on racial or cultural prejudice as well as economic and social deprivation, substance abuse and a cycle of violence across generations, and Aboriginal offenders are admitted to segregation more often than non-Aboriginal offenders;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU lobby both the federal government through NUPGE & the CLC and through the OPSEU Activists the provincial governments to implement the existing Recommendations from the Office of the Correctional Investigator re Aboriginal inmates from May 2014 and support a strategy to be established to decrease the astronomical percentages of Aboriginal inmates in correctional institutions.

L8

WHEREAS veterans have been facing numerous challenges and barriers pertaining to their needs and accommodation; and

WHEREAS returning veterans are unable to get the support they need to assimilate back into society; and

WHEREAS closing veteran affairs offices makes access to services more challenging; and 

WHEREAS as a result of current government bureaucracy, the number of suicides have increased;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU Lobby, through NUPGE & the CLC, the Members of Parliament to stop the cuts and restore the previous levels of services and reopen the nine (9) veteran affairs offices.

L10

WHEREAS with increasing employment costs of living and increasing taxes that are stapled onto vulnerable people, measures need to be made regarding a living wage, education, dental and eye care expenses and homelessness; and

WHEREAS corporations have significant tax saving measures which are not put towards employment and benefits; and

WHEREAS citizens continue to struggle to make and save money while the 1% get richer; and 

WHEREAS unemployment continues to rise, especially with recent closures of Target and other businesses; and

WHEREAS citizens on Employment Insurance compete with workers who are hired and paid for as cheap labour;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU lobby through NUPGE & the CLC, the Members of Parliament to have a hard look into the economics of a living wage, especially the costs of living which pertain to rent, the housing market, dental and eye care insurance, higher education expenses, corporate taxes and CEO benefits and taking care of vulnerable people as well as the homeless.

L11

WHEREAS fracking involves the injection of millions of litres of water and thousands of litres of unidentified chemicals underground at very high pressure in order to create fractures in the underlying shale rock formations to extract the natural gas below the surface; and

WHEREAS the way fracking is carried out and the amount of chemicals used in fracking can pose dangers to human health, the environment, disruption to wildlife, danger to groundwater and drinking water; and

WHEREAS the process has increased seismic activity (earthquakes), and the migration of gases and chemicals that have contaminated land and water;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU lobby the provincial government and through NUPGE & the CLC the federal governments to ban hydraulic fracturing (fracking) until a thorough investigation on the cumulative effects of fracking on the environment and on the treaty and inherent rights of First Nations, Metis and Inuit, is completed. 

L12

WHEREAS Aboriginal Affairs does not know whether retailers in the North are passing on savings to consumers as a result of its Nutrition North Canada program to make healthy food more affordable in remote Northern parts of the country as the federal auditor general has found; and

WHEREAS in his fall report from the Office of the Auditor General Canada (re: Nutrition North Canada) Michael Ferguson looked at the $60 million program that provides funding to some Northern communities  to help offset the cost of food, which can be much more expensive in the North because of increased shipping fees; and

WHEREAS there are numerous other problems with Nutrition North Canada:

  • eligibility isn’t determined based on need
  • publicly reported data isn’t always accurate in one report, the year-over- year food  basket price difference was off by 10 percentage points
  • retailers aren’t required to report on spoilage, despite the department pledging to measure it
  • the department’s stated goal is to make food more affordable, but it hasn’t defined what is affordable

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU lobby through NUPGE & the CLC the federal government to ensure that the monies to supplement nutritious food is actually being received by the consumers and that the federal government look into various strategies into improving the current system so that these northern residents will be able to afford nutritious food as per the Nutritional Food Guidelines.

Roll Call #33

Almeida, Eddy   for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          absent
Fahey, Felicia     for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth    for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    absent
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     absent
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl   for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie   for

Carried 18 for 0 against

First Vice President Almeida in the Chair

B2

WHEREAS The Sudbury Labour Day Family Fun Fest attracts more than 10,000 people; and

WHEREAS OPSEU has made a commitment to enhance its presence in communities across Ontario; and

WHEREAS OPSEU members and their employment is under attack; and

WHEREAS having a stronger OPSEU presence at the Labour Day Events in our regions strengthens our outreach, builds support for our issues, and campaigns that are currently active;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU provides $10,000 to the Sudbury Area Council to support efforts to participate actively in the Sudbury Labour Day Family Fun Fest.

Moved by Fahey/Arbus

Move B2 to FOR

Roll Call #34

Almeida, Eddy    against
Arbus, Jeff;         for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed;          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron            against
Elliott, Lennbsp;  absent
Fahey, Felicia;      for
Finucane, Drew   against
Jones, Gareth      against
Labelle, Sara       against
Longhi, Gord       against
Magner, Myles    absent
Platt, Sean          against
Shearer, Philip     absent
Strachan, Edie;    against
Thibodeau, Carl   against
Thomas, Warren  against
Tremblay, Chrisy  against
Tungatt, Debbie   against

Defeated 6 for 12 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

That the recommendation from the Resolutions Committee be moved as amended.

Roll Call #35

Almeida, Eddy   for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          absent
Fahey, Felicia     for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth    for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    absent
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     absent
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl   for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie   for

Carried 18 for 0 against

OPSEU Personal Harassment Policy

The Equity Unit is considering how best to amend the Personal Harassment policy and procedures In light of the constitutional amendment that was approved at Convention to allow for sanctions for members found guilty of personal harassment.  An internal review of the code-based Harassment and Discrimination Prevention Policy (HDPP) and its procedures is already underway and consultation with the Equity Chairs is being planned for this fall.  Consideration is being given to incorporating both the code-based and the non-code-based (i.e. personal) harassment into a single policy with distinctions made between the two types of harassment in terms of what processes will be used for each.  Any proposed changes to the policy will be brought to the Executive Board for approval in the fall.

Central Labour Updates (OFL/NUPGE/CLC)

President Thomas provided an update

Committee Reports

Standing Committee Reports:

  • Aboriginal Circle
  • Audit
  • Central Political Acton
  • 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

An update was provided on all Committees.

Pension Liaison

Moved by Elliot R/Tungatt

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the OPSEU Executive Board appoint Rasho Donchev, OPSEU Local 559 to the CAAT Pension Plan Board of Trustees from September 1, 2015 until March 31, 2017, provided Brother Rasho sign the OPSEU Letter of Understanding. 

Roll Call #36

Almeida, Eddy   for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          absent
Fahey, Felicia     for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth    for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    absent
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     absent
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl   for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie   for

Carried 18 for 0 against

New Business

LBED Occupational Health and Safety Project

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 #37

Almeida, Eddy   for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          absent
Fahey, Felicia     for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth    for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    absent
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     absent
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl   for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie   for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

WHEREAS members of OPSEU’s Liquor Board Employees Division face physically demanding jobs and a high incidence injury, impairment, and resulting WSIB claims;

WHEREAS the LBED Provincial Occupational Health and Safety Committee has proposed a detailed project to inform members, build health and safety capacity of local representatives, and develop LBED specific materials and resources for use by OPSEU and its members province-wide;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Committee’s Project Budget Proposal is approved, and OPSEU will provide funding of up to $40,000 for the Occupational Health and Safety Project as proposed, with funding to be drawn from the contingency fund.

Roll Call #38

Almeida, Eddy   for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen       for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          absent
Fahey, Felicia     for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth    for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    absent
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     absent
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl   for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie   for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Adjournment

The Executive Board adjourned at 3:50 p.m. All members were present except Myles Magner, Len Elliott and Philip Shearer.