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Minutes of the June 23-24, 2021 Executive Board Web Conference

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The Executive Board was called to order at 9:40 a.m. President Thomas was in the Chair. All members were present except Geoff Cain, the reason was acceptable to the Chair. Clarke Eaton, Advisor to the President and Linda Mariani, Executive Assistant to the President were also in attendance.

Brenda Allan, L215, Annette Bouzi, L415, Sandra Cadeau, L330, Donna Caissie, L330, Megan Carter, L557, Dianne Clarabut, L497, Adele Devlin, L365, Susan Fournier-Roy, L410, Patrick Fry-Smith, L 201, Tammy Harvey, L396, Coleen Houlder, L524, Joseanne Job, L527, Christine Kelsey, L416, Jean-Paul Lamarche, L415, Martin, Lee, L415, Betty Palmieri, L206, Shawn Pentecost, L415, Judy Puritt, L415, Pamela Serrattan, L528, Erin Warman, L294 were in attendance as observers.

Agenda

The agenda was amended to add:

  • 2022 Regional Meetings
  • Donation to the Mennonite Central Committee of Timmins
  • HDPP Complaint: #2020-0415-0015 Timed Presentation –
    Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 2:00p.m. – in camera
  • OPSEU/SEFPO Delegates to the OFL Convention
  • OPSEU/SEFPO Local 5117 Black Creek Community Health Centre
  • BPS Conference
  • Surplus Funds
  • Strike Funds

The agenda was amended to remove:

  • Organizational Chart Change:
  • Adding One (1) Staff Employment Equity, Diversity & Inclusions – Anti-Black Racism Advisor Temporary Position (Employee Relations Division)

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board adopt the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board Minutes of the May 26-27, 2021 Executive Board web conference.

Roll Call #1

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff —

Doran, Dave for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Business Arising

From the April 21, 2021 Executive Board Meeting:

Resolution HR5

*Item is dealt with.

From the May 26-27, 2021 Executive Board Meeting:

EBM Education for Complaints

*Item is dealt with. Discussion.

OPS Bargaining Meetings

Update provided.

Referral from the May 26-27, 2021 Executive Board Meeting:

Local Elections during Covid-19 Restrictions

Referral to the President’s Office to come back at the June Board with consideration for having Locals conduct elections but to write in to the President’s Office if not able to hold elections.

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the Ontario Government continues to place restrictions on gatherings; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO Locals are composed of various numbers of members that fall within the government restriction; and

Whereas on April 14, 2020 the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approved the motion “Local Executive Elections” that allowed for the extension of elected terms and further resolved that where a Local wishes to hold an alternate means for elections they must seek permission from the President’s office; and

Whereas on August 4 , 2020 the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board resolved under the motion “Electronic Voting” that a procedure to hold electronic elections be established for consideration by the President’s office; and

Whereas on December 7, 2020 the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board resolved that where the President’s office does not approve a request, a denial shall be provided in writing listing the reasons for a denial;

Therefore be it resolved that if a Local wishes to hold off elections until such time that government restrictions on gatherings are lifted, all current Local Executive Committee members will retain their status until restrictions are lifted and OPSEU/SEFPO returns to normal operations; and

Be it further resolved that where a Local wishes to hold elections and provided they adhere to the process established by the Electronic Voting Motion of August 4, 2020, the President’s office will consider electronic voting procedures for Local meetings and where a request is denied shall provide reasons for doing so in writing.

Moved by Nancekivell/Strachan – Amendment

The two resolves now read:

Therefore be it resolved that if a Local is unable to hold elections until such time that government restrictions on gatherings are lifted, written approval with explanation need to be sought from the President’s Office. If approved, all current Local Executive Committee members will retain their status until restrictions are lifted and OPSEU/SEFPO returns to normal operations; and

Be it further resolved that where a Local does conduct elections and provided they adhere to the process established by the Electronic Voting Motion of August 4, 2020, the President’s office will consider electronic voting procedures for Local meetings and where a request is denied shall provide reasons for doing so in writing.

Roll Call #2

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff —

Doran, Dave for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 20 for 0 against


The question called on motion as amended:

Whereas the Ontario Government continues to place restrictions on gatherings; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO Locals are composed of various numbers of members that fall within the government restriction; and

Whereas on April 14, 2020 the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approved the motion “Local Executive Elections” that allowed for the extension of elected terms and further resolved that where a Local wishes to hold an alternate means for elections they must seek permission from the President’s office; and

Whereas on August 4 , 2020 the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board resolved under the motion “Electronic Voting” that a procedure to hold electronic elections be established for consideration by the President’s office; and

Whereas on December 7, 2020 the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board resolved that where the President’s office does not approve a request, a denial shall be provided in writing listing the reasons for a denial;

Therefore be it resolved that if a Local is unable to hold elections until such time that government restrictions on gatherings are lifted, written approval with explanation need to be sought from the President’s Office. If approved, all current Local Executive Committee members will retain their status until restrictions are lifted and OPSEU/SEFPO returns to normal operations; and

Be it further resolved that where a Local does conduct elections and provided they adhere to the process established by the Electronic Voting Motion of August 4, 2020, the President’s office will consider electronic voting procedures for Local meetings and where a request is denied shall provide reasons for doing so in writing.

Roll Call #3

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff —

Doran, Dave for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Treasurer’s Report

  • Financials
  • Contingency Fund
  • Constituency Fund
  • Defence Fund
  • ODSP Fund – OPS Job Protection Fund
  • ODSP Fund – MERC Action Plan
  • ODSP Fund – OPS Redeployment Fund
  • LBED – Anti-privatization Fund
  • Other Business

First Vice-President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair.

Moved by Almeida/ Steinbrunner – move into Committee of the Whole.

Roll Call #4

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff —

Doran, Dave for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Surplus Funds

Discussion.

Strike Funds

Discussion.

President Thomas in the Chair.

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

Roll Call #5

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff —

Doran, Dave for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 20 for 0 against

President’s Report

Internal Issues

Donation to the Windsor West Indian Association

Moved by Thomas/Kwok

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO has committed to working with and supporting racialized members and communities across the province; and

Whereas the Coalition of Racialized Workers has partnered with the Windsor West Indian Association (WWIA) to promote the unions agenda in the racialized communities in Region 1; and

Whereas the CoRW has proven to be an effective partner in promoting OPSEU/SEFPO commitments to anti-Racism in the region;

Whereas the Windsor Carrousel of Nations will take place from June 18 & 19 and 25 & 26; and

Whereas Jamaican Independence virtual celebrations will take place from August 6 – 8;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approve a donation to the Windsor West Indian Association (WWIA) in the amount indicated in the proposal to be drawn from the Contingency Fund; and

Be it further resolved that the funds will be divided equally to support the Windsor Carrousel of Nations and the Jamaican Canadian Independence Day events.

Roll Call #6

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff —

Doran, Dave for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Sector 18 – Mental Health & Addictions Division Bargaining Conference 2021

Moved by Thomas/Arvelin

Whereas the Connecting Care Act, 2019, will result in significant restructuring in Ontario’s health care sector; and

Whereas the Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019, undermines free collective bargaining; and

Whereas the Divisional Executive for Sector 18 wishes to align sector priorities and work towards a common set of bargaining provisions that sets the standard for their sector;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approve the funding for the planning and execution of a Sector 18 Bargaining Conference webinar to be held in the Fall of 2021, in accordance with the details and outline of this proposal and that the funds be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

Roll Call #7

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff —

Doran, Dave for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Sector 1 – Ambulance Health & Safety Forum 2021

Moved by Thomas/Doran

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO’s Sector 1 Ambulance Division members have faced insurmountable health and safety concerns throughout this pandemic; and

Whereas the sector would like to provide a forum where the Chairs (or designee), as well as, Sector 1- Ambulance Division members of the JHSC’s can discuss health and safety issues specific to the sector; and

Whereas through these discussions the sector can develop a strategic process that could beimplemented province-wide via H&S committees improving the health and wellbeing of ourmembers; and

Whereas the group will be able to develop proactive measures, strategies, and review best practices that address prevention, intervention, resiliency and return to work strategies for members who have been impacted due to the hazards of the job;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approve the funding for the planning and execution of a Sector 1 Health and Safety Forum to be held in the Fall of 2021, in accordance with the details and outline of this proposal and that the funds be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

Roll Call #8

Almeid

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff —

Doran, Dave for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 20 for 0 against

CAAT- A Bargaining for Better T-Shirts

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

Roll Call #9

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff —

Doran, Dave for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 20 for 0 against


Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the current round of bargaining for the CAAT Academic Division poses many challenges for the Division including a rapid overhaul of post-secondary education through expansion of private college partnerships, precarity, microcredentials, online learning, and continued underfunding; and

Whereas many of the smaller locals are facing ongoing budget limitations that prevent them from equitable access to participation in provincial union initiatives; and

Whereas the CAAT Academic Division is seeking to expand engagement within the locals through focused organizing activities as we head into negotiations; and

Whereas the CAAT Academic Division is centering this round of bargaining around quality, equity, and access; and

Whereas the “learning not profit” slogan tested well with students in a past survey conducted by Local 560;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approve the funds as outlined in the attached proposal from the Contingency Fund to support local organizing activities in this round of CAAT Academic bargaining.

Roll Call #10

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff —

Doran, Dave for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 20 for 0 against

OPSEU/SEFPO Young Worker of the Year Award

Moved by Thomas/Finucane

Whereas Young Workers are an equity seeking group that deserves more recognition and celebration; and

Whereas Young Workers make great contributions to the labour movement; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO awards are important and hold merit for activists; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO doesn’t have an award for young workers presented at Convention; and

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Young Worker of the Year Award be presented annually at Convention starting in 2022; and

Be it further resolved that the recipient of this award be selected by the Provincial Young Workers Committee (PYC) upon review of all the nominations received by the Equity Unit based on the criteria outlined in this proposal.

Roll Call #11

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff —

Doran, Dave for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 20 for 0 against

2022 Regional Meetings

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that in accordance with Article 14.2 of the OPSEU/SEFPO Constitution, that the 2022 Regional Meetings be scheduled and held on Saturday, March 19, 2022.

Moved by Strachan/Kwok – Amendment

Insert: “and March 20, 2022, if required.”

First Vice President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair

Moved by Labelle/Nancekivell – Amendment to the Amendment

Insert the following sentence instead: “The Regional Meeting for Region 5, will be scheduled and held on March 19 and 20, 2022, if required.”

Roll Call #12

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff —

Doran, Dave for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 20 for 0 against


The question was called on the amendment as amended:

The Regional Meeting for Region 5, will be scheduled and held on March 19and 20, 2022, if required.

Roll Call #13

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff —

Doran, Dave for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 20 for 0 against

An amendment was made and ruled out of order.


The question was called on the motion as amended:

Therefore be it resolved that in accordance with Article 14.2 of the OPSEU/SEFPO Constitution, that the 2022 Regional Meetings be scheduled and held on Saturday, March 19, 2022. The Regional Meeting for Region 5, will be scheduled and held on March 19 and 20, 2022, if required.

Roll Call #14

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff —

Doran, Dave for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 20 for 0 against

President Thomas in the Chair.

Staffing Issues – In Camera

Moved by Thomas/Almeida – In Camera

Roll Call #15

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff —

Doran, Dave for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Afternoon

The meeting resumed at 1:04 p.m.

Business Arising

HDPP Complaint: #2020-0415-0015

Update.

New Business

Timed Presentation

HDPP Complaint: #2020-0415-0015

Two (2) separate timed presentations were presented on this item during the in- camera session.

Recess

The Executive Board recessed at 4:54 p.m. All members were present except Tara Langford, reason acceptable to the Chair.

June 24, 2021

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:49 a.m. President Thomas was in the Chair. All members were present. Clarke Eaton, Advisor to the President and Linda Mariani, Executive Assistant to the President were also in attendance.

The in-camera session resumed on June 24, 2021.

Afternoon

The meeting resumed at 1:40 p.m. The in-camera session resumed.

Progress

Annette Bouzi, L415, Donna Caissie, L330, Megan Carter, L557, Dianne Clarabut, L497, Susan Fournier-Roy, L410, Patrick Fry-Smith, L201, Attasha Jordan, L510 were in attendance as observers.

President’s Report

Central Labour Updates (OFL/NUPGE/CLC)

OPSEU/SEFPO Delegates to the OFL Convention

Moved by Strachan/ Nancekivell

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO sends the delegates to the OFL Convention that were elected at last Regional Meetings and that they exhaust the alternates’ list as applicable and if there is space left, that the Regional EBMs can select candidates.

Roll Call #16

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff —

Doran, Dave for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Committee Reports

Disability Rights Caucus

June 2021 Liaison Report

  • Online meetings obviously present challenges and we recognize that what works for some may not work for others. For the DRC, we have been scheduling single day meetings and meeting more frequently.
  • April 28th Day of Mourning- we wrote a statement and this was sent through the OPSEU/SEFPO Staff assigned to DRC for posting.
  • Some members of the Caucus attended a virtual Episodic Disabilities Workshop event.
  • The Caucus participated in an Accessibility Conference put on by the University of Guelph in May and they’re working with OPSEU/SEFPO Staff to get resources and links from the workshops posted online.
  • DRC members have been assisting members in the workplace with ongoing issues related to accommodation, at home learning, childcare, eldercare, home office workstations, etc.
  • The Caucus members, like many others, have offered to help and have volunteered in their communities numerous hours since last March – sharing resources and links to programs and supports.
  • Regional Education – advocating for equity related courses to be included. Some DRC members are participating in the planning for their Regional Equity Education Weekend.
  • The DRC is incorporating Social Mapping Recommendations, information from the Episodic Disabilities Workshop and the UofG Accessibility Conference into their work plan. They’re also using that information to identify barriers and develop proactive Resolutions for the benefit of OPSEU/SEFPO members.
  • Next meeting: June 30, 2021
  • Ongoing concern re: Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and Resolution HR 5. Representative from the President’s Office called and advised that the DRC would be receiving a report at their upcoming meeting.

PWC

Provincial Women’s Committee Report

During the past few months, we have been busy planning our upcoming conference on Oct 18 & 19, 2021.  This date was chosen because October 18this the International Day of the Person. Persons Day seeks to commemorate the historic decision that allowed women to be appointed to the Senate of Canada. This day celebrates the constitutional case of Edwards v. Canada in 1929.

Our conference will be building off the success of the last conference entitled, “I Am”. We will be looking “Beyond the Surface”, into the physical, emotional and social aspect of the daily lives of women and those who identify as women.  All persons are more than what you see and our goal is to celebrate this. This conference will look into self-care, understanding other cultures, and equity.

Our committee also attended UNCSW65 virtually. It was an amazing opportunity and we thank our union and board members for this privilege. We had an extensive debrief during our first meeting after the convention. From this discussion, we formulated a plan to have a gender equity roundtable to discuss the further idea of a Gender Equity conference. These ideas will be presented to the board after our PWC Conference.

PYC

June 2021 Liaison Report to the Executive Board

The PYC met last on June 10th 2021. They have been planning their upcoming virtual conference this summer, taking place on August 14th, 2021.

Conference planning;

  • They have booked both of their group facilitation guests

The call-out has gone out to all local presidents and members, has been posted on social media

  • The committee thanks all those EBMs that have shared the call out. They are encouraging all Board members to share the call on their social media platforms and Regional E-Blasts.

Also, at their meeting, the committee worked on and completed their 2021-2022 strategic plan, in time for the next Gathering.

The Committee is working on getting a QR Code produced in time for the next OPSEU convention in 2022, so that they have a better, more efficient way to sign up members to build our regional communication lists.

The committee is also working with communications department on press releases on days of significance and other events specific to Young Workers.

The committee members attended the CLC Convention and Young Workers Caucus to discuss the next steps and strategies moving forward for their affiliate and for the CLC YW Committee

They have continued throughout the year with their Social Media campaign to engage members on different platforms – an uptick has been seen in engagement through likes, shares and follows on all of our platforms. They would also like to thank the EBMs who have been sharing their content on their platforms as well. They continue to curate content for their platforms for the rest of the year.

The committee has also brought a motion to the board asking for the “Young Worker of the Year Award” to be created and presented to a Young Worker each year at Convention.

Rainbow Alliance

RAA Update

  • Planning on joining the constitution and seeking committee status
  • Created a monthly QZZ (Zoom Room gathering for queer members)
  • Since March
  • May’s QZR welcomed Pride at Work as a guest speaker
  • Hosted a comedy writing workshop under the scope of healing with the arts
  • Planning a virtual pride event (weekly DJs & Headliner)
  • Provided wood to a 2-Spirit community
  • Commissioning an artist to draw up a queer-inclusive “Rosie”

We’ve had a few informal meetings, especially within the subcommittee teams (social media, pride and QZR)

We’ve also been doing a fair bit of networking.

New Business

Motion on Simcoe County Union Leave Reconciliation

Whereas Executive Board Members are allowed PA days to perform the duties and responsibilities of their role, and

Whereas local collective agreements have articles referencing the Executive Board Member position, and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO and the President’s Office empowers Administrators to intervene and negotiate with employers and Executive Board Members to facilitate those time off requests, and

Whereas it is customary and common practice for OPSEU/SEFPO to reimburse the pro- rated portion of a Board Member’s benefits package for the time that Board Member spends on PA days or other approved union leave, including but not limited to, sick, vacation, LTD, STD, dental etc., and any other benefits that Board Member enjoys in their collective agreement;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO will immediately pay any outstanding bill owing to an employer of a Board Member for the above mentioned pro-rated benefits package, including the amount owing to the County of Simcoe in the attachment to this motion, provided the employer provides a receipt and proof that the amount has not been previously paid, and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO in the future will reconcile any amounts owing to the employer of a Board Member in a timely manner and not unnecessarily prolong the process for payments of these funds; and

Be it further resolved that when an agreement has been reached with a Board Member’s employer whether verbally, in writing, or both, that agreement will be honoured by OPSEU/SEFPO.

*Motion withdrawn

Labour Day Fund

Moved by Nancekivell/Van Zetten

Whereas the practice of the Labour Day Activities fund does not match the language in the policy manual, where the regional Executive Board Members have been able to access these funds for various regional activities, and

Whereas these funds have been well used within the regions when the Executive Board Members were able to access them for various Labour Day purposes;

Therefore be it resolved that the Labour Day Activities policy be removed and replaced with the following language:

Labour Day Activities

Regional Labour Day Funds shall be made available to each of the Regional Vice -Presidents for Labour Day celebration purposes within their region, as decided by the regional Executive Board Members. Labour Day budgets are based on $10 per local plus 20 cents per signed member in the region. The minimum received by each region would be the same as the previous year budget so there will be no decreases in funding by going to this formula.

No monies allocated may be used for the purchase of alcoholic beverages.

Access the Labour Day Fund shall be handled through the First Vice- President/Treasurer.

Be it further resolved that the First Vice President/Treasurer provide information to the Executive Board for the 2022 budget process regarding how many locals or Area Councils (including their local number or district) have requested access to the Labour Day Activities Fund in the past 5 years, for consideration in next year’s budget.

Roll Call #17

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff —

Doran, Dave for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Donation to the Mennonite Central Committee of Timmins

Moved by Steinbrunner/Maszczakiewicz

Whereas COVID-19 has been spreading rapidly amongst the coastal residents of Ontario and;

Whereas the response from government has been irresponsible and insufficient; and

Whereas the response to the communities immediate needs during this crisis is being met by donations through charities with the indigenous people in these communities;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO donate 10,000 to the Mennonite Central Committee of Timmins to support their efforts in the coastal communities and that the funds be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

Moved by Labelle/Arvelin – Amendment

Change the amount to “$20,000”

Roll Call #18

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff —

Doran, Dave for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel  —

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 19 for 0 against


The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas COVID-19 has been spreading rapidly amongst the coastal residents of Ontario and;

Whereas the response from government has been irresponsible and insufficient; and

Whereas the response to the communities immediate needs during this crisis is being met by donations through charities with the indigenous people in these communities;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO donate $20,000 to the Mennonite Central Committee of Timmins to support their efforts in the coastal communities and that the funds be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

Roll Call #19

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff —

Doran, Dave for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel —

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 19 for 0 against

OPSEU/SEFPO Local 5117 Black Creek Community Health Centre

Moved by Kwok/Strachan

Whereas OPSEU SEFPO booked off members to assist members on strike at Owen Sound Family Health Team and Unifor members on strike in Saskatoon;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO use contingency funds to book off members of the Coalition of Racialized Workers and members of Region 5 to assist Local 5117 members on strike at Black Creek Community Health Centre

Moved by Strachan/ Kwok – Amendment

Include “up to 10 members per week”

Roll Call #20

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff —

Doran, Dave for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel —

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 19 for 0 against


The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas OPSEU SEFPO booked off members to assist members on strike at Owen Sound Family Health Team and Unifor members on strike in Saskatoon;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO use contingency funds for time off and other expenses, as per policy to book off members of the Coalition of Racialized Workers and members of Region 5, of up to 10 members per week, to assist Local 5117 members on strike at Black Creek Community Health Centre.

Roll Call #21

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff —

Doran, Dave for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel —

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 19 for 0 against

BPS Conference

Discussion.

Adjournment

The Executive Board meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m. All members were present except Geoff Cain and Joel Usher, reason acceptable to the Chair.

Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President
Kseniya Fomushkin, Corporate Secretary