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Minutes of the March 20-21, 2019 Executive Board Meeting

Minutes of the March 20-21, 2019 Executive Board Meeting

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Coopers March 20, 2019

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:30 a.m. President Thomas was in the Chair. All members were present except Lucy Morton and Carl Thibodeau, the reason was acceptable to the Chair. Clarke Eaton, Advisor to the President, was also in attendance.

Consent Agenda

Minutes of the Previous Meeting

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board adopt the OPSEU Executive Board Minutes of January 23-24, 2019; February 1, 2019 Conference Call and the March 5, 2019 Web Conference.

Roll Call #1

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Business Arising

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

Policy & Procedures for member complaints

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

*work in progress

Referral from the January 23-24, 2019 Executive Board meeting:

Convention Planning Committee

Referral to the Convention Committee with instructions to:

  • explore options to ensure that alcohol tickets are available for sale at the location where alcohol is served and on the evenings of the hospitality suites; and
  • explore options for replacing regional hospitality suites with a single ball room central party including cost and report back to the board.

Update provided

Terms of Reference: Rainbow Alliance

Morgen Veres and Tina Ouellette from the Rainbow Alliance gave a presentation to the board

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

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

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

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

Whereas members of the Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel would like to discuss directly with the Board the new suggestions raised at the October 2018 Executive Board Meeting.

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the revised Terms of Reference (TOR) of Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel, following direct discussion with members of the Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel at the Executive Board Meeting dated March 20-21, 2019.

Moved by Maszczakiewicz/Labelle – Amendment:

To strike 4.2 vi and vii

Roll Call #2

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed against

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth against

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip against

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 15 for 3 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

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

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

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

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

Whereas members of the Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel would like to discuss directly with the Board the new suggestions raised at the October 2018 Executive Board Meeting.

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the revised Terms of Reference (TOR) of Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel, following direct discussion with members of the Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel at the Executive Board Meeting dated March 20-21, 2019 as amended.

Moved by Nancekivell/Kwok – Amendment:

Strike “President’s Office or” under 9.1 b)

Roll Call #3

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

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

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

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

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

Whereas members of the Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel would like to discuss directly with the Board the new suggestions raised at the October 2018 Executive Board Meeting.

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the revised Terms of Reference (TOR) of Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel, following direct discussion with members of the Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel at the Executive Board Meeting dated March 20-21, 2019 as amended.

Moved by Magner/Arscott – Amendment:

Under 5.5 after “at” add “provincial OPSEU” and after “(RAA)” add “where equal representation of committees and caucuses is required”

Roll Call #4

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

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

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

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

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

Whereas members of the Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel would like to discuss directly with the Board the new suggestions raised at the October 2018 Executive Board Meeting.

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the revised Terms of Reference (TOR) of Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel, following direct discussion with members of the Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel at the Executive Board Meeting dated March 20-21, 2019 as amended.

Roll Call #5

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Referral from the January 23-24, 2018 Executive Board meeting:

Francophone and Bilingual Convention Resolution (Resolution K2)

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

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

Whereas OPSEU currently provides Francophone services at central events; and

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

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

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

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

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

*Work in progress

Treasurer’s Report

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

  • Contingency Fund
  • Defence Fund
  • Strike Back Fund
  • ODSP Fund – OPS Job Protection Fund
  • ODSP Fund – MERC Action Plan
  • ODSP Fund – OPS Redeployment Fund
  • LBED – Anti-privatization Fund
  • Paving Tenders – Head Office – 100 Lesmill Road
  • Other Business

Paving Tenders – Head Office – 100 Lesmill Road

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

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

Roll Call #6

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

Whereas OPSEU has requested tender submissions for the proposed paving at 100 Lesmill Road; and

Whereas five tender submissions were received;

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board approve that the tender be awarded to Mother Earth with the funds to be drawn from Capital assets.

Roll Call #7

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip against

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 17 for 1 against

President’s Report

Internal Issues

2019 Convention Award Nominations

Each year at the OPSEU Annual Convention, the following awards are given out:

  • Health and Safety Award: Local and Individual
  • Honorary Life Membership
  • Human Rights Award: Local and Individual
  • Leah Casselman Award: Local and Individual
  • “Live and Let Live” Award
  • Rainford Jackson Education and Development Fund
  • Stanley Knowles Humanitarian
  • Tim Brown Award

Health & Safety – Individual

Stuart Wilson, Local 234 will be the recipient of Health & Safety Individual Award.

Health & Safety – Local

No nominations were submitted for this award.

Honorary Lifetime Membership Award

Ballots were distributed, votes were cast and tabulated. Donald Wright L557, John Hanson L416 and Pam Smith L455, will be the recipients of the Honorary Life Membership Award.

Human Rights Award – Individual

No nominations were submitted for this award

Human Rights Award – Local

No nominations were submitted for this award.

Leah Casselman Award – Individual

April Paton L112, will be the recipient of the Leah Casselman Award – Individual.

Leah Casselman Award – Local

Ballots were distributed, votes were cast and tabulated. The 2017 CAAT Academic Bargaining Team will be the recipient of the Leah Casselman Award – Individual.

Live and Let Live Award

Lyla Richard L153, will be the recipient of the Live and Let Live Award.

Rainford Jackson Education and Development Fund

No nominations were submitted for this award

Stanley H. Knowles Humanitarian Award

Harry Smith will be the recipient of the Stanley H. Knowles Humanitarian Award.

Tim Brown Award

No nominations were submitted for this award

Withering Trillium Award

Discussion

Statutory Resolutions (2)

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

Roll Call #8

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip —

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 17 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that in compliance with Articles 26.2 and 28.4 of the Constitution and Section 94 of the Corporations Act, PWC, PricewaterhouseCoopers, be Auditors of OPSEU for the fiscal year January 1, 2019 through to December 31, 2019 and the Executive Board fix the Auditors’ remuneration.

Roll Call #9

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip —

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 17 for 0 against

Resolutions to OPSEU Convention 2019

Equal Pay for Equal Work

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the Ontario government estimates that the number of vulnerable workers in precarious jobs in Ontario is between 30 and 32 per cent; and

Whereas the Ford government’s Bill 47, the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018, is increasing the number of vulnerable workers in precarious jobs by removing from the Employment Standards Act (ESA) the requirement that workers be paid equally for equal work, regardless of whether they work full-time, part-time, or on a casual or temporary basis; and

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

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

  • enshrining discrimination on the basis of job status as a prohibited ground for discrimination under the Ontario Human Rights Code;
  • restoring “equal pay for equal work” provisions to the ESA and CECBA and College CECBA, covering wages, benefits, including pro-rated benefits for part-timers, in the definition of “pay”; and
  • explicitly stating in the ESA that no employee shall experience any adverse employment effect, pay-related or otherwise, as a result of an employer complying with the equal pay for equal work language in the bill.

Roll Call #10

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius —

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip —

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 16 for 0 against

Allow municipalities to choose the LCBO as their cannabis retailer

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the legalization of recreational cannabis is the biggest public policy change that the country has experienced in decades; and

Whereas the Ford government’s reckless and chaotic scheme to privatize the sale of cannabis has caused significant confusion, a supply shortage, and months-long delays in opening just 25 retail outlets ; and

Whereas the previous provincial government had, after broad public and stakeholder consultation, decided to sell cannabis through up to 150 stores overseen by a subsidiary of the LCBO; and

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

Whereas public opinion research shows that Ontarians are 11 times more likely to trust the LCBO to keep cannabis out of the hands of children and underage teenagers; and

Whereas nearly 100 municipalities – including Mississauga, Markham, Pickering, Vaughan and Oakville – have opted out of Ford’s privatization scheme because it removed local control while imposing local costs; and

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

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

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU continue to pressure the Ontario government to allow municipalities to choose the LCBO or a publicly owned and managed subsidiary to sell cannabis.

Roll Call #11

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew —

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip —

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 16 for 0 against

Improving access to public long-term care beds

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the number of Ontarians waiting to access long-term care has exceeded 20,000 since the late 1990s and, as of April 2018, had reached 32,835; and

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

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

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

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

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

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU demands the Ontario government invest in publicly owned and managed long-term care beds, appropriately staffed, to meet population need, address the large and long-standing waitlist, and ensure a minimum care standard of four worked hours of personal care, per resident, per day is achieved; and

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

Be it further resolved that OPSEU demands the Ontario government invest in improved staff training to minimize exposure to workplace violence including training on responsive behaviours, and commit to developing a provincial strategy to improve access to specialized seniors’ mental health services and increase access to specialized long-term care homes; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU call for more annualized random inspections for long-term care homes, conducted by an appropriate number of professional frontline OPS inspectors.

Roll Call #12

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew —

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip —

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 16 for 0 against

Renewing the call for a public home care system

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

Whereas there are currently more than 160 separate third- party agencies providing home and community care services – the majority of which are private, for-profit entities – each with its own infrastructure, layers of bureaucracy, and demand for profit; and

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

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

Be it further resolved that OPSEU demand that all home care workers be brought in-house and employed as direct public service providers, and that the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care explore its options for the termination or non-renewal of all contracts with private provider agencies; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU continue demanding improved accountability to patients, the public and the workforce, through meaningful consultation processes and the creation of publically funded and operated health agencies that are democratically elected.

Roll Call #13

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew —

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip —

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 16 for 0 against

Demanding proper planning and investment in health care, not more privatization and consolidation

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

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

Whereas this loss of beds and the trained staffing to support those beds has resulted in hospitals often operating at over 100 percent capacity; and

Whereas the pressure to discharge those in hospital rooms has reached such critical levels that the move to discharge quicker and sicker has reached epidemic proportions; and

Whereas the evidence shows that a 5.3 per cent annual increase in hospital funding is required to meet population growth, aging, inflation, and increased utilization; and

Whereas history shows that health care privatization increases costs while lowering quality and increasing wait times; and

Whereas Ontario now has the highest readmission rate in the country with one in nine discharged patients being readmitted into the hospital for extended stays; and

Whereas the Ford government plans to cut over $22 billion of funding from the provincial budget over the next four years after introducing massive tax breaks benefiting the wealthy few; and

Whereas the Ford government’s plan to create one new Super Agency, and 30 to 50 MyCare service groups replacing the current 14 LHINs and capturing over 1800 service providers, amalgamating over 20 existing operational health agencies and dozens of health services, was done without electoral mandate and without consulting frontline workers or the public; and

Whereas the proposed changes will hand unprecedented power to this new Super Agency to privatize and slash health services, while preventing public discussion and input; and

Whereas the Ford government is ignoring the evidence and blundering down a path towards more privatization in health care;

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

Be it further resolved that OPSEU demand that the Ford government commit to investing in proper facilities and staffing in the public health care system; and

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

Be it further resolved that OPSEU demand that the Ford government abandon all current privatization proposals and focus instead on returning already privatized health services to public ownership and control; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU continue to demand that LHINs be reinstated with democratically elected boards to ensure transparency and accountability to patients, the public, and the health care workforce.

Roll Call #14

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Afternoon

The meeting resumed at 1:00p.m.

President’s Report

Resolutions to OPSEU Convention 2019

Improving Emergency Medical Services in Ontario

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas Ontario’s Ambulance Communications Officers (ACOs) and paramedics are often the first line of defense in a medical emergency, saving lives every day; and

Whereas demands on their services and care are growing by six per cent a year; and

Whereas the ongoing hallway medicine crisis in the province’s hospitals is putting unsustainable pressure on paramedics, who are often stuck waiting for hours to offload patients at the Emergency Department because the hospital has no available beds; and

Whereas Ontario’s Central Ambulance Communications Centres (CACCs) are suffering pervasive short-staffing problems because of their over-reliance on contract workers with little job protection and high exposure to trauma and PTSD;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU demands the Ontario government invest properly in our public hospitals’ staffed beds to allow paramedics to more quickly offload patients at Emergency Departments; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU demands the Ontario government invest properly in the entire Emergency Medical System in order to meet the annual 6 per cent growth in demand, including:

  • better technological tools to prioritize calls;
  • single paramedic response units in order to reduce the response time in emergencies;
  • a registry of life-saving defibrillators and invest in more public defibrillators and CPR training;
  • Expand community paramedic programs that deliver non- emergency, in-home services and reduce the number of 911 calls; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU demands the Ontario government address chronic staff shortages at Ontario’s Central Ambulance Communications Centres (CACCs) by investing in appropriate tools, resources and permanent, full-time Ambulance Communications Officers (ACOs).

Roll Call #15

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len —

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 17 for 0 against

Securing voluntary recognition for part-time college faculty

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the Ontario Labour Relations Board has confirmed that College Support Part-time staff are OPSEU members, following an historic vote and 14 year organizing drive; and

Whereas all part-time workers at Ontario’s colleges are equally entitled to union representation; and

Whereas joining a union is a Constitutional right in Canada, and gives workers the collective power to reduce the low pay and precarious working conditions; and

Whereas precarious work is at crisis levels in the province, leaving many Ontarians struggling to keep up with the rising cost of living; and

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

Whereas a significant number of contract academics faculty at Ontario’s colleges have signed union cards indicating signalled they want to join OPSEU in order to improve their working conditions; and

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

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

Roll Call #16

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len —

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 17 for 0 against

Lobbying for funding increases to social services transfer payment agencies

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

Whereas MCSS and MCYS have not provided adequate base funding increases to transfer payment agencies that deliver social services to society’s most vulnerable for years; and

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

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

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

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

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU demand that the Ontario government:

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

Roll Call #17

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Reducing wasteful management and restoring proper frontline staffing to the OPS

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the number of frontline workers in the OPS has dropped dramatically over the past generation, from 80,000 in the 1990s to just 35,000 today; and

Whereas the number of managers has increased dramatically over the same time period, to the point that the ratio of frontline staff to managers is now 1 to 7 and even as high as 1 to 4 or 1 to 3 in some ministries; and

Whereas the use of private consultants has also increased dramatically over the years, with the Auditor General expressing serious concern that the Treasury Board Secretariat is used consultants 90 per cent of the time for IT vacancies in 2016; and

Whereas the Auditor General found that each consultant costs the people of Ontario $40,000 more per year than a permanent employee, while robbing the OPS of the opportunity to develop a knowledgeable and experienced permanent staff;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU demand that the Ontario government drastically reduce the number of managers in the OPS and use the savings to invest in frontline staff who can actually meet the needs of Ontario; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU demand that the Ontario government drastically reduce the use of private consultants and instead focus on hiring and retaining frontline staff.

Roll Call #18

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len —

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 17 for 0 against

The Crisis in Corrections

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas since January 1, 2009, the Corrections Bargaining Unit has received average wage increases of just 1.45 per cent; and

Whereas 16 separate job classifications within the Corrections Bargaining Unit filed special case job classification briefs during the current round of collective bargaining to address the very real and ever-widening gulf in wages between them and their comparators both within OPSEU throughout the BPS, and with other nationwide provincial and federal employers; and

Whereas falling wages have led directly to a crisis of understaffing, where our Probation and Parole Officers carry well over twice the caseload of their federal counterparts, and Tradespeople within corrections facilities typically earn 30 percent less than their OPSEU BPS comparators, the shortfall can be even greater with comparators in the private sector; and

Whereas OPS Nurse 2s employed within correctional facilities are 18 per cent behind RNs employed in Ontario’s hospitals under the OPSEU OHA central agreement; and

Whereas over 25 per cent of Correctional Officers have been diagnosed with PTSD; and

Whereas there are no longer enough Correctional Officers on duty to safely staff and manage our current over crowded aging correctional facilities; and

Whereas this chronic understaffing has directly lead to increased level of assaults both inmate on inmate and inmate on Correctional Staff; and

Whereas this increased violence has led to a record number of security lockdowns; and

Whereas there has been a dramatic increase in the number and the acuteness of inmates suffering from mental health and addiction issues;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU call on the provincial government to stop placing the lives and health of correctional staff, inmates, and the public at risk through continued chronic underfunding and dangerously low staffing levels; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU continue to demand that the provincial government place people before profit, address the existing wage deficits, build the new facilities that have been planned for over a decade, and fill all of the existing open positions through an aggressive hiring and training initiative .

Roll Call #19

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len —

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 17 for 0 against

Protecting good jobs and quality services by continuing to fight privatization

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

Whereas the Auditors General in almost every provincial government in the country has flagged serious issues of cost overruns and shoddy quality in privatizations; and

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

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

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

Whereas OPSEU’s recent “We Own It” community organizing campaign showed significant and measureable success in the fight against privatization by reducing overall public support for privatization to less than one-third of Ontarians and by attracting more than 60,000 campaign supporters;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU continues to invest in and support community organizing campaigns to ensure that privatization is a major issue in all provincial, municipal, and federal elections.

Roll Call #20

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len —

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 17 for 0 against

Demand trade agreements that put working people first

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas successive federal governments have negotiated a variety of significant trade agreements over the past generation, including the Free Trade Agreement (FTA), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and the Canada Europe Trade Agreement (CETA); and

Whereas a common and dominant theme throughout all of these negotiations has been the promotion of corporations’ power and freedom at the expense of citizens and the environment; and

Whereas corporations and their shareholders have benefited mightily from the freedom and power to move work to jurisdictions where citizens and the environment are more easily exploited; and

Whereas these trade agreements has pushed many Canadians out of appropriately paid and secure jobs and into the precarious workforce, helping to drive rising income inequality; and

Whereas the federal government has not yet ratified the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), which replaces NAFTA with an agreement that continues to favour corporations over citizens and the environment; and

Whereas the U.S. government imposed damaging tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum products in May 2018 that have hurt steel and aluminum workers across Ontario and the entire country;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU join with NUPGE and CLC in demanding that the federal government insist that the lifting of steel and aluminum tariffs be a non-negotiable condition of its USMCA ratification; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU join with NUPGE and CLC in demanding that the federal government adopt a new approach to trade deals that prioritize people and the planet over corporate profits.

Roll Call #21

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len —

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 17 for 0 against

Providing public and universal Pharmacare to all Ontarians, and all Canadians

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas 1 in 3 working Canadians don’t have prescription drug funded provided by their employer; and

Whereas women, young, and other vulnerable groups of workers are even less likely to have employer-funded pharmaceutical coverage; and

Whereas one out of every four Ontarians say that they or someone in their household can’t afford to take medication as prescribed by their doctors; and

Whereas one of the reasons medications costs are so high in Canada is because the pharmaceutical companies sell to a wide variety private insurance companies and individuals; and

Whereas a universal public Pharmacare program would lower medication costs because the federal government would negotiate one price for medications for all Canadians; and

Whereas experts estimate that a universal public Pharmacare would save the country between $4 billion and $11 billion a year; and

Whereas the Ford government has taken a backwards step on medicine prices by stripping universality from OHIP+, returning to private insurance and pharmaceutical companies the opportunity to price-gouge individual buyers; and

Whereas 91 per cent of Canadians support the creation of a universal public Pharmacare program;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU join with NUPGE and the CLC in their ongoing demands that the federal government establish a national universal public Pharmacare program with single administrative delivery; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU demand the provincial government make OHIP+ universal again, and continue to expand coverage beyond young and senior Ontarians.

Roll Call #22

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Maintain a fully public blood system, and invest in a public plasma system

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas Ontario’s public blood system is a success story, helping the province and the entire country remain completely self-sufficient in terms of blood collection and supply; and

Whereas on the other hand, the ongoing reliance on world markets for fractionated plasma products, which are used to produce medications, has left the province and the country unable to achieve plasma self-sufficiency; and

Whereas provinces such as Saskatchewan and New Brunswick are allowing private companies to pay people for plasma donations, bringing privatization and all its greed-related problems of high costs, low quality, and questionable safety standards into the country’s plasma supply; and

Whereas private plasma companies are banned from operating in Ontario;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU demands the provincial government maintain the ban on private, paid plasma collection in Ontario; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU join with NUPGE and the CLC in demanding that the federal government impose a nation-wide ban on private, paid plasma collection.

Roll Call #23

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Ensuring all OPSEU members vote in the 2019 federal elections

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the federal government is the primary funder of Ontario’s public services and therefore has significant influence over the working conditions of Ontario’s public service workers; and

Whereas the federal election is scheduled to take place on or before Monday, October 21, 2019; and

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

Whereas OPSEU’s 155,000 members could have a meaningful impact on the outcome of the election;

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

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

Moved by Magner/Arscott – Amendment:

Add a final resolve:

Be it further resolved that OPSEU recommend to our members that they consider voting for the NDP as the party that best represents the interests of working people, quality public services and strong, inclusive communities in the 2019 election.

Roll Call #24

Almeida, Eddy against

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth against

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip against

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren against

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 14 for 4 against

The question was called on the Resolution as amended:

Whereas the federal government is the primary funder of Ontario’s public services and therefore has significant influence over the working conditions of Ontario’s public service workers; and

Whereas the federal election is scheduled to take place on or before Monday, October 21, 2019; and

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

Whereas OPSEU’s 155,000 members could have a meaningful impact on the outcome of the election;

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

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

Be it further resolved that OPSEU recommend to our members that they consider voting for the NDP as the party that best represents the interests of working people, quality public services and strong, inclusive communities in the 2019 election.

Roll Call #25

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Supporting the transition to a Green Economy

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas Research shows that climate change is a significant threat to the well-being of people in Canada and across the globe, in terms of health, environment, and resources; and

Whereas a recent United Nations IPCC report indicates a 12-year timeline to reverse the major impacts of climate change by moving away from fossil fuel dependence, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 45% below 2010 emission levels and net zero emissions by 2050; and

Whereas Youth in Canada see climate change as one of the most important issues affecting their lives moving into the future; and

Whereas OPSEU is committed to values of social justice and community activism;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU advocate for a transition to a low-carbon or carbon-neutral economy provincially and federally; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU advocate for the restoration of Ontario’s Green Energy Act, which provided good jobs to Ontarians and expanded Ontario’s solar and wind energy supply; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU provide support to grassroots community groups organizing around a transition to a low-carbon economy.

Roll Call #26

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip against

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 17 for 1 against

2019 NUPGE Convention Resolutions

Demand trade agreements that put working people first

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas successive federal governments have negotiated a variety of significant trade agreements over the past generation, including the Free Trade Agreement (FTA), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and the Canada Europe Trade Agreement (CETA); and

Whereas a common and dominant theme throughout all of these negotiations has been the promotion of corporations’ power and freedom at the expense of citizens and the environment; and

Whereas corporations and their shareholders have benefited mightily from the freedom and power to move work to jurisdictions where citizens and the environment are more easily exploited; and

Whereas these trade agreements has pushed many Canadians out of appropriately paid and secure jobs and into the precarious workforce, helping to drive rising income inequality; and

Whereas the federal government has not yet ratified the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), which replaces NAFTA with an agreement that continues to favour corporations over citizens and the environment; and

Whereas the U.S. government imposed damaging tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum products in May 2018 that have hurt steel and aluminum workers across Ontario and the entire country;

Therefore be it resolved that NUPGE demands that the federal government insist that the lifting of steel and aluminum tariffs be a non-negotiable condition of its USMCA ratification; and

Be it further resolved that NUPGE demands that the federal government adopt a new approach to trade deals that prioritize people and the planet over corporate profits.

Roll Call #27

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Providing public and universal Pharmacare to all Canadians

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas 1 in 3 working Canadians don’t have prescription drug funded provided by their employer; and

Whereas women, young, and other vulnerable groups of workers are even less likely to have employer-funded pharmaceutical coverage; and

Whereas almost one out of every four Canadians say that they or someone in their household can’t afford to take medication as prescribed by their doctors; and

Whereas one of the reasons medications costs are so high in Canada is because the pharmaceutical companies sell to a wide variety private insurance companies and individuals; and

Whereas a universal public Pharmacare program would lower medication costs because the federal government would negotiate one price for medications for all Canadians; and

Whereas experts estimate that a universal public pharmacare would save the country between $4 billion and $11 billion a year; and

Whereas 91 per cent of Canadians support the creation of a universal public Pharmacare program

Therefore be it resolved that NUPGE and the CLC continue to demand that the federal government establish a national universal public Pharmacare program with single administrative delivery.

Roll Call #28

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Maintain a fully public blood system, and invest in a public plasma system

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas Canada’s public blood system is a success story, helping the province and the entire country remain completely self-sufficient in terms of blood collection and supply; and

Whereas on the other hand, the ongoing reliance on world markets for fractionated plasma products, which are used to produce medications, has left the country unable to achieve plasma self-sufficiency; and

Whereas provinces such as Saskatchewan and New Brunswick are allowing private companies to pay people for plasma donations, bringing privatization and all its greed-related problems of high costs, low quality, and questionable safety standards into the country’s plasma supply; and

Whereas private plasma companies are banned from operating in Canada’s three largest provinces: Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia;

Therefore be it resolved that NUPGE components in provinces that haven’t yet banned private plasma collection demand that their provincial government impose such a ban; and

Be it further resolved that NUPGE components in provinces that have banned private plasma collection demand that their provincial government maintain the ban; and

Be it further resolved that NUPGE demand that the federal government impose a nation-wide ban on private, paid plasma collection.

Roll Call #29

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Ensuring all NUPGE members vote in the 2019 federal elections

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the federal government is a significant funder of the province’s public services and therefore has influence over the working conditions of provincial public service workers; and

Whereas the federal election is scheduled to take place on or before Monday, October 21, 2019; and

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

Whereas NUPGE’s 390,000 members could have a meaningful impact on the outcome of the election;

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

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

Moved by Magner/Arscott – Amendment:

add a further resolve:

Be it further resolved that NUPGE recommend to our members that they consider voting for the NDP as the party that best represents the interests of working people, quality public services and strong, inclusive communities in the 2019 election.

Roll Call #30

Almeida, Eddy against

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth against

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip against

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren against

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 14 for 4 against

The question was called on the Resolution as amended:

Whereas the federal government is a significant funder of the province’s public services and therefore has influence over the working conditions of provincial public service workers; and

Whereas the federal election is scheduled to take place on or before Monday, October 21, 2019; and

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

Whereas NUPGE’s 390,000 members could have a meaningful impact on the outcome of the election;

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

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

Be it further resolved that NUPGE recommend to our members that they consider voting for the NDP as the party that best represents the interests of working people, quality public services and strong, inclusive communities in the 2019 election.

Roll Call #31

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Protecting good jobs and quality services by continuing to fight privatization

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

Whereas the Auditors General in almost every provincial government in the country has flagged serious issues of cost overruns and shoddy quality in privatizations; and

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

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

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

Whereas OPSEU’s recent “We Own It” community organizing campaign showed significant and measureable success in the fight against privatization by reducing overall public support for privatization to less than one-third of Ontarians and by attracting more than 60,000 campaign supporters;

Therefore be it resolved that NUPGE components continue to invest in and support community organizing campaigns like “We Own It” to ensure that privatization is a major issue in all provincial, municipal, and federal elections.

Roll Call #32

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Supporting the transition to a Green Economy

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas Research shows that climate change is a significant threat to the well-being of people in Canada and across the globe, in terms of health, environment, and resources; and

Whereas A recent United Nations IPCC report indicates a 12-year timeline to reverse the major impacts of climate change by moving away from fossil fuel dependence, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 45% below 2010 emission levels and net zero emissions by 2050; and

Whereas Youth in Canada see climate change as one of the most important issues affecting their lives moving into the future; and

Whereas NUPGE is committed to values of social justice and community activism;

Therefore be it resolved that NUPGE advocate for a transition to a low-carbon or carbon-neutral economy in Canada; and

Be it further resolved that NUPGE advocate for federal legislation supporting the development and public implementation of green energy in Canada; and

Be it further resolved that NUPGE provide support to grassroots community groups organizing around a transition to a low-carbon economy.

Roll Call #33

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

LBED Anti-Privatization Store Tour

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 #34

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the funds as outlined in the attached proposal from the LBED Anti-Privatization Account, in order to engage members in the campaign against the privatization of the LCBO which is a serious threat to the profits that help pay for public services and decent-paying jobs in our communities.

Roll Call #35

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

OPSEU – Indigenous Water 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 #36

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the funds as outlined in the attached proposal for an OPSEU-Indigenous Water Campaign to implement Convention Resolution L2 adopted by the membership at the 2018 OPSEU Convention.

Moved by Magner/Arscott – Amendment:

In the attached proposal details, under point 3) after “Environment” add “working in policy as well as enforcement”

Roll Call #37

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

The question was called on the motion with amended:

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the funds as outlined in the attached proposal for an OPSEU-Indigenous Water Campaign to implement Convention Resolution L2 adopted by the membership at the 2018 OPSEU Convention.

Roll Call #38

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Staffing Issues – In Camera

Central Labour Updates (OFL/NUPGE/CLC)

President Thomas provided an update

Other Business

Committee Reports

Committee elections:

Convention – Planning

The following Executive Board members were nominated and indicated their willingness to stand for election; Tara Langford, Kingsley Kwok. Len Elliott and Ken Steinbrunner declined their nomination.

Ballots were distributed, collected and counted. President Thomas announced the election of Tara Langford to the Convention Planning committee.

OPSEU Resource/OPSEU Enterprises

The following Executive Board member was nominated and indicated their willingness to stand for election; Tara Langford. Ken Steinbrunner declined his nomination.

Tara Langford was acclaimed to the OPSEU Resource/OPSEU Enterprises.

Strategic Planning

Ken Steinbrunner was acclaimed to the Strategic Planning committee.

Standing Committee Reports:

A report was provided on all committees

  • Audit
  • Central Political Action
  • Coalition of Racialized workers
  • Convention
    • Resolutions
    • Constitutional
    • Credentials
    • Planning
  • Disability Rights Caucus
  • Excluded Staff Hiring
  • Francophone
  • Indigenous Circle
  • In Solidarity
  • MDT/SDT Ad-hoc
  • OPSEU Resource/Enterprises
  • Pension Liaison
  • PHRC
  • Policy Review Ad-hoc

Section 10.1

Moved by Nancekivell/Shearer

Be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the recommended changes under section 10.1 of the OPSEU Policy Manual.

Roll Call #39

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Section 19

Nancekivell/Shearer

Be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the recommended changes under section 19 of the OPSEU Policy Manual.

Moved by Perron/ Kwok – Amendment:

Remove “overall protection” and add “best practice ppe (personal protective equipment) and any other measures deemed appropriate by the world health organization, the center for disease control or health Canada,”

Roll Call #40

Almeida, Eddy against

Arscott, Julius against

Arvelin, Ed against

Elliott, Len against

Finucane, Drew against

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara against

Langford, Tara against

Maclam, Kenneth against

Magner, Myles against

Maszczakiewicz, Tara against

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie against

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. against

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren against

Tremblay, Chrisy against

Defeated 4 for 14 against

The question was called on the motion:

Be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the recommended changes under section 19 of the OPSEU Policy Manual.

Roll Call #41

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Section 20

Moved by Nancekivell/Perron

Be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the recommended changes under section 20 of the OPSEU Policy Manual.

Moved by Labelle/Almeida – Amendment:

To not strike the following articles “Long Term Care Restructuring” and “Privatization of Lab Services”

Roll Call #42

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Moved by Perron/Nancekivell – Amendment:

Under article Privatization of Lab Services remove “attempting to organize” and add “actively organizing”

Roll Call #43

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Moved by Magner/Arscott – Amendment:

The suggested amendment under Organizing in Non-priority Sectors not be done and leave as “bargaining unit exceeds 40 persons”.

Roll Call #44

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

Be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the recommended changes under section 20 of the OPSEU Policy Manual as amended.

Roll Call #45

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew —

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 17 for 0 against

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

New Business

Board Resolution to OPSEU Convention: Hands off Venezuela

Moved by Arscott/Shearer

Whereas contrary to the United Nations Charter principles of respect for sovereignty and non-interference in the affairs of sovereign states, the United States and Canada have engaged in efforts to overthrow the government of Venezuela, including the threat of military intervention; and

Whereas the economic crisis that is blamed on Maduro is largely a result of the collapse of the international price of oil, along with the crippling impact of US sanctions, credit freeze and embargo of trade; and

Whereas the US and Canada have not advocated regime change in the case of brutal dictatorships that are compliant with US foreign policy and the aims of US-based oil companies, US officials have openly proclaimed that their intervention is about re-establishing US control over Venezuela’s oil industry, and the largest oil reserves in the world; and

Whereas Canadian corporate interests are similar, representing half of the world’s mining companies, which are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and comprise about 60% of share value, and as the TSE is the primary market for raising capital for new and existing ventures, followed by London; and

Whereas Mexico, Uruguay, New Zealand and other countries have taken a more principled stand in calling for negotiations among the parties in Venezuela to achieve an internal, political solution to the crisis, and have opposed outside intervention; and

Whereas unions such as CUPE, CUPW and the Canadian Labour Congress, along with the Vancouver Labour Council and Toronto and York Region Labour Council have endorsed similar statements condemning the actions of Justin Trudeau, Chrystia Freeland and the Canadian government for playing an incendiary role in the coup plot; and

Whereas the people of Latin America have not forgotten the horrific history of military rule in the region, and the Canadian people have opposed the brutal dictatorships which were supported by U.S. interests throughout the Americas;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU express its deep concern over recent actions of the Government of Canada in escalating the crisis in Venezuela, including by recognizing the presidency of a self-appointed, right wing politician who never ran for president of that country; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU call on the Government of Canada to refrain from seeking regime change and from intervening in the sovereign affairs of Venezuela. OPSEU calls on Ottawa to quit the pro-coup Lima Group of countries and to lift its sanctions against Venezuela. OPSEU stands in solidarity with the Venezuelan people and supports their right to peaceful national self-determination.

First Vice-President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair

Moved by Nancekivell/Magner – Amendment:

in the first 2 resolve after “OPSEU” add “through NUPGE and the CLC” and move the last sentence in the last resolve to create a new resolve and also add “through NUPGE and the CLC” after “OPSEU”

Roll Call #46

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

The question was called the resolution as amended:

Whereas contrary to the United Nations Charter principles of respect for sovereignty and non-interference in the affairs of sovereign states, the United States and Canada have engaged in efforts to overthrow the government of Venezuela, including the threat of military intervention; and

Whereas the economic crisis that is blamed on Maduro is largely a result of the collapse of the international price of oil, along with the crippling impact of US sanctions, credit freeze and embargo of trade; and

Whereas the US and Canada have not advocated regime change in the case of brutal dictatorships that are compliant with US foreign policy and the aims of US-based oil companies, US officials have openly proclaimed that their intervention is about re-establishing US control over Venezuela’s oil industry, and the largest oil reserves in the world; and

Whereas Canadian corporate interests are similar, representing half of the world’s mining companies, which are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and comprise about 60% of share value, and as the TSE is the primary market for raising capital for new and existing ventures, followed by London; and

Whereas Mexico, Uruguay, New Zealand and other countries have taken a more principled stand in calling for negotiations among the parties in Venezuela to achieve an internal, political solution to the crisis, and have opposed outside intervention; and

Whereas unions such as CUPE, CUPW and the Canadian Labour Congress, along with the Vancouver Labour Council and Toronto and York Region Labour Council have endorsed similar statements condemning the actions of Justin Trudeau, Chrystia Freeland and the Canadian government for playing an incendiary role in the coup plot; and

Whereas the people of Latin America have not forgotten the horrific history of military rule in the region, and the Canadian people have opposed the brutal dictatorships which were supported by U.S. interests throughout the Americas;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU through NUPGE and the CLC express its deep concern over recent actions of the Government of Canada in escalating the crisis in Venezuela, including by recognizing the presidency of a self-appointed, right wing politician who never ran for president of that country; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU through NUPGE and the CLC call on the Government of Canada to refrain from seeking regime change and from intervening in the sovereign affairs of Venezuela. OPSEU calls on Ottawa to quit the pro-coup Lima Group of countries and to lift its sanctions against Venezuela; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU through NUPGE and the CLC stands in solidarity with the Venezuelan people and supports their right to peaceful national self-determination.

Moved by Steinbrunner/Elliott – Closure

Roll Call #47

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara —

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 17 for 0 against

The question was called on the resolution as amended:

Whereas contrary to the United Nations Charter principles of respect for sovereignty and non-interference in the affairs of sovereign states, the United States and Canada have engaged in efforts to overthrow the government of Venezuela, including the threat of military intervention; and

Whereas the economic crisis that is blamed on Maduro is largely a result of the collapse of the international price of oil, along with the crippling impact of US sanctions, credit freeze and embargo of trade; and

Whereas the US and Canada have not advocated regime change in the case of brutal dictatorships that are compliant with US foreign policy and the aims of US-based oil companies, US officials have openly proclaimed that their intervention is about re-establishing US control over Venezuela’s oil industry, and the largest oil reserves in the world; and

Whereas Canadian corporate interests are similar, representing half of the world’s mining companies, which are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and comprise about 60% of share value, and as the TSE is the primary market for raising capital for new and existing ventures, followed by London; and

Whereas Mexico, Uruguay, New Zealand and other countries have taken a more principled stand in calling for negotiations among the parties in Venezuela to achieve an internal, political solution to the crisis, and have opposed outside intervention; and

Whereas unions such as CUPE, CUPW and the Canadian Labour Congress, along with the Vancouver Labour Council and Toronto and York Region Labour Council have endorsed similar statements condemning the actions of Justin Trudeau, Chrystia Freeland and the Canadian government for playing an incendiary role in the coup plot; and

Whereas the people of Latin America have not forgotten the horrific history of military rule in the region, and the Canadian people have opposed the brutal dictatorships which were supported by U.S. interests throughout the Americas;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU through NUPGE and the CLC express its deep concern over recent actions of the Government of Canada in escalating the crisis in Venezuela, including by recognizing the presidency of a self-appointed, right wing politician who never ran for president of that country; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU through NUPGE and the CLC call on the Government of Canada to refrain from seeking regime change and from intervening in the sovereign affairs of Venezuela. OPSEU calls on Ottawa to quit the pro-coup Lima Group of countries and to lift its sanctions against Venezuela; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU through NUPGE and the CLC stands in solidarity with the Venezuelan people and supports their right to peaceful national self-determination.

Roll Call #48

Almeida, Eddy against

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed against

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara against

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara against

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren against

Tremblay, Chrisy against

Carried 12 for 6 against

Eddy Almeida, Edward Arvelin, Tara Langford, Tara Maszczakiewicz, Warren Thomas, Chrisy Tremblay filed minority reports.

Resolution to the 2019 NUPGE Convention: Hands off Venezuela

Moved by Arscott/Shearer

Whereas contrary to the United Nations Charter principles of respect for sovereignty and non-interference in the affairs of sovereign states, the United States and Canada have engaged in efforts to overthrow the government of Venezuela, including the threat of military intervention; and

Whereas the economic crisis that is blamed on Maduro is largely a result of the collapse of the international price of oil, along with the crippling impact of US sanctions, credit freeze and embargo of trade; and

Whereas the US and Canada have not advocated regime change in the case of brutal dictatorships that are compliant with US foreign policy and the aims of US-based oil companies, US officials have openly proclaimed that their intervention is about re-establishing US control over Venezuela’s oil industry, and the largest oil reserves in the world; and

Whereas Canadian corporate interests are similar, representing half of the world’s mining companies, which are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and comprise about 60% of share value, and as the TSE is the primary market for raising capital for new and existing ventures, followed by London; and

Whereas Mexico, Uruguay, New Zealand and other countries have taken a more principled stand in calling for negotiations among the parties in Venezuela to achieve an internal, political solution to the crisis, and have opposed outside intervention; and

Whereas unions such as CUPE, CUPW and the Canadian Labour Congress, along with the Vancouver Labour Council and Toronto and York Region Labour Council have endorsed similar statements condemning the actions of Justin Trudeau, Chrystia Freeland and the Canadian government for playing an incendiary role in the coup plot; and

Whereas the people of Latin America have not forgotten the horrific history of military rule in the region, and the Canadian people have opposed the brutal dictatorships which were supported by U.S. interests throughout the Americas;

Therefore be it resolved that NUPGE express its deep concern over recent actions of the Government of Canada in escalating the crisis in Venezuela, including by recognizing the presidency of a self-appointed, right wing politician who never ran for president of that country; and

Be it further resolved that NUPGE call on the Government of Canada to refrain from seeking regime change and from intervening in the sovereign affairs of Venezuela. NUPGE calls on Ottawa to quit the pro-coup Lima Group of countries and to lift its sanctions against Venezuela; and

Be it further resolved that NUPGE stands in solidarity with the Venezuelan people and supports their right to peaceful national self-determination.

Roll Call #49

Almeida, Eddy against

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed against

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara against

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren against

Tremblay, Chrisy against

Carried 13 for 5 against

Eddy Almeida, Edward Arvelin, Tara Maszczakiewicz, Warren Thomas, Chrisy Tremblay filed minority reports.

Adjournment

The Executive Board adjourned at 4:11p.m. All members were present except for Lucy Morton and Carl Thibodeau, the reason was acceptable to the Chair.

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