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Minutes of the March 4-5, 2015 Executive Board Meeting

Minutes of the March 4-5, 2015 Executive Board Meeting

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March 4, 2015

The Executive Board was called to order at 10:00 am. President Thomas was in the Chair. All members were present. Peggy Maybury, Executive Assistant to the President, was also in attendance.  Members in the meeting room introduced themselves.

Agenda

The agenda was amended to add:

  • 2015 Convention Agenda
  • Tim Brown Award
  • Equity Reps/Evening Events
  • Bill 67
  • Corrections Strike Pay

The question was called on the Agenda as amended:

Roll Call Vote

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for 
Cormier, Chris     for
Cory, Mary          for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia     for
Labelle, Sara      for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles   for
Morton, Lucy     for
Platt, Sean         for
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tungatt, Debbie   for

CARRIED    21 – FOR       0 – AGAINST

Consent Agenda

Minutes of the Previous Meeting

The minutes of January 28-29, 2015 were adopted. 

E-poll – January 27, 2015 ODSP Day of Action

The following e-poll was confirmed:

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Executive Board waive the 30-day notice for expenditures in excess of $20,000.

Roll Call Vote

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen       for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim    for
Cory, Mary         for
DeRoche, Barb   for
Elliot, Ron         for
Elliott, Len        for
Fahey, Felicia     —
Labelle, Sara     for
Longhi, Gord      for
Lundy, David       for
Magner, Myles      —
Morton, Lucy        for
Platt, Sean            for
Shearer, Philip        for
Strachan, Edie       for
Thibodeau, Carl     for
Thomas, Warren    for
Tungatt, Debbie     for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT $29,016 be drawn from the ODSP Fund to facilitate a province-wide day of action on February 12, 2015 to support frontline staff working in the ODSP program and raise public awareness for the chaos the newly implemented Social Assistance Management System (SAMS) has introduced into Ontario’s social assistance programs.

Roll Call Vote

Almeida, Eddy           for
Arbus, Jeff                 for
Archer, Glen              for
Bisaillon, Michel        for
Bozai, Ibrahim           for
Cory, Mary                 for
DeRoche, Barb          for
Elliot, Ron                  for
Elliott, Len                 for
Fahey, Felicia             —
Labelle, Sara             for
Longhi, Gord             for
Lundy, David             for
Magner, Myles           —
Morton, Lucy             for
Platt, Sean                 for
Shearer, Philip            for
Strachan, Edie           for
Thibodeau, Carl         for
Thomas, Warren        for
Tungatt, Debbie         for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Treasurer’s Report

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

  • Financials
  • Contingency Fund
  • Defence Fund
  • Summary Report

Thunder Bay Regional Office – Property

Moved by Almeida/ Thibodeau

WHEREAS OPSEU has requested three separate estimates to build an Office space on our Thunder Bay property; and 

WHEREAS the cost of those estimates have exceeded 2.5 million dollars to build the desired space; and 

WHEREAS the review of the market indicates that purchasing a building or leasing one of similar proportions, would be a savings. 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the property in Thunder Bay be sold; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT final sale agreement of the property will be brought to the OPSEU Executive Board for final agreement; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT any funds of a sale, will be deposited into the Strike Fund.

Roll Call #1

Almeida, Eddy      for
Arbus, Jeff            for
Archer, Glen          for
Bisaillon, Michel    for
Bozai, Ibrahim       for
Cory, Mary            for
DeRoche, Barb     for
Elliot, Ron             for
Elliott, Len            for
Fahey, Felicia       for
Labelle, Sara        for
Longhi, Gord        for
Lundy, David        for
Magner, Myles      for
Morton, Lucy        for
Platt, Sean            for
Shearer, Philip      for
Strachan, Edie      for
Thibodeau, Carl    for
Thomas, Warren    for
Tungatt, Debbie     for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Thunder Bay Regional Office – Purchase of Property 

Moved by Almeida/ Thibodeau

WHEREAS since there has been an OPSEU, there has also been a presence of OPSEU members in the Thunder Bay community; and 

WHEREAS a large portion of OPSEU Region 7 members are serviced out of the Thunder Bay area; and 

WHEREAS OPSEU lease in Thunder Bay will be ending in approximately 3 years. 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVE THAT the RVP of Region 7 and The First Vice President/Treasurer’s  Office will look at alternative space in this region for potential purchase; and  

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT recommendations as pursuant to policy will be brought to the OPSEU Board before any finalized purchase.

Roll Call #2

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Cory, Mary           for
DeRoche, Barb    for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord       for
Lundy, David       for
Magner, Myles     for
Morton, Lucy       for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl   for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tungatt, Debbie   for

Carried 21 for 0 against

President’s Report

Internal Issues

  • 2015 Convention Statutory Resolutions 
  • Resolutions to Convention
  • 2015 Convention Award Nominations
  • Withering Trillium Award – Bring Nomination Ideas
  • Terms of Reference:
    • Provincial Francophone Committee (PFC) – Appendix A
    • Provincial Human Rights Committee (PHRC) – Appendix B
    • Rainbow Alliance – Appendix C
  • CAAT (Support) Negotiations Procedures – Appendix D
  • CAAT (Support) PT Campaign–timed presentation, Wednesday@ 10:30 a.m. – Appendix E
  • Corrections campaign – Work in Progress, Discussion

Staffing Issues – In Camera

Central Labour Updates (OFL/NUPGE/CLC)

Internal Issues – 2015 Convention Statutory Resolutions 

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 #3

Almeida, Eddy       for
Arbus, Jeff             for
Archer, Glen           for
Bisaillon, Michel    for
Bozai, Ibrahim       for
Cory, Mary            for
DeRoche, Barb     for
Elliot, Ron             for
Elliott, Len             for
Fahey, Felicia        for
Labelle, Sara         for
Longhi, Gord         for
Lundy, David         for
Magner, Myles      for
Morton, Lucy        for
Platt, Sean            for
Shearer, Philip      for
Strachan, Edie      for
Thibodeau, Carl    for
Thomas, Warren    for
Tungatt, Debbie    for

Carried 21 for 0 against

2015 Resolutions to Convention

First Vice President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair

Public Inquiry on public dollar spending

Moved by Almeida/Magner

WHEREAS the Auditor General in her most recent report said that the government will spend more than $8.2 billion to the private sector to develop and deliver programs and infrastructure projects that can be more effectively and cost-efficiently provided by the public sector; and,

WHEREAS this transfer of programs and services to the private sector comes at the expense of jobs in the public sector and a reduction of services to the people of Ontario; and,

WHEREAS this privatization of public services has been achieved in the absence of transparency or accountability to public bodies, including the Legislature of Ontario;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU calls for the immediate establishment of an independent public inquiry with a mandate to investigate how public dollars have been used to privatize public sector programs and services.

Roll Call #4

Almeida, Eddy     for
Arbus, Jeff           for
Archer, Glen         for
Bisaillon, Michel   for
Bozai, Ibrahim       for
Cory, Mary            for
DeRoche, Barb     for
Elliot, Ron             for
Elliott, Len            for
Fahey, Felicia       for
Labelle, Sara        for
Longhi, Gord        for
Lundy, David        for
Magner, Myles     for
Morton, Lucy       for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl   for
Thomas, Warren   —
Tungatt, Debbie    for

Carried 20 for 0 against

President Thomas in the Chair

Ontario retirement pension plan  

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

WHEREAS millions of Canadian workers have no pension plan other than the Canada Pension Plan (CPP); and

WHEREAS contribution rates under the CPP are currently too low to provide an adequate retirement income for plan members; and

WHEREAS OPSEU supports expansion of the Canada Pension Plan, which is well-run, affordable, and portable, so that more workers can look forward to higher retirement incomes; and

WHEREAS the federal government led by Stephen Harper has refused to consider such an expansion; and

WHEREAS in response, the Ontario government plans to create an Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP); and

WHEREAS this plan is intended to cover some three million Ontario workers who do not currently have a pension plan other than the Canada Pension Plan; and

WHEREAS approximately one-sixth of OPSEU members are not members of a defined benefit plan, but instead are dependent on the CPP, supplemented by inferior defined contribution plans, RRSPs, or nothing at all to save for retirement; and

WHEREAS many workers are hampered in saving for retirement not only by the lack of a pension plan but also by low wages;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU support the creation of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT OPSEU continue to lobby the Ontario government to ensure that:

  • OPSEU members who participate in existing defined benefit plans are exempt from participation in the ORPP; and
  • the only pension arrangements that are exempt from participation in the ORPP are pension plans that provide a defined benefit that commences at age 65 or earlier, is payable for life, and is equal to or greater than the benefit that would be obtained through the ORPP; and
  • participation in the ORPP is mandatory for all workers and employers not exempted by reason of their participation in a true defined benefit plan as described above; and
  • the overall design of the ORPP mirrors that of the CPP so that in the event of a future CPP expansion, the ORPP could be merged into the CPP as easily as possible for as many people as possible; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT OPSEU continue to press the government of Ontario to increase the minimum wage to $14 an hour as soon as possible; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT OPSEU continue to lobby the federal government and all federal parties to expand the Canada Pension Plan.

Moved by Elliott R./Lundy

Delete the third resolve 

Roll Call #5

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Cory, Mary           for
DeRoche, Barb    for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord       for
Lundy, David       for
Magner, Myles    for
Morton, Lucy      for
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip    for
Strachan, Edie    for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tungatt, Debbie   for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Magner/Strachan – Amendment

Add:

WHEREAS the employee contribution rate paid to the ORPP and the pension benefit provided by the plan is expected to equal approximately 25% of the contribution rate and pension benefit provided by a jointly sponsored public sector pension plan such as OPTrust

Under second resolve, change first bullet to:

OPSEU members who participate in existing defined benefit plans that provide a pension benefit equal to or greater than three (3) times the pension benefit to be provided by the ORPP are exempt from participation in the ORPP; and

Moved by Almeida /Elliot R. – Move to divide the amendment

Roll Call #6

Almeida, Eddy      for
Arbus, Jeff           for
Archer, Glen         for
Bisaillon, Michel   for
Bozai, Ibrahim     against
Cory, Mary           for
DeRoche, Barb    for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len            for
Fahey, Felicia       for
Labelle, Sara        for
Longhi, Gord        for
Lundy, David        for
Magner, Myles     against
Morton, Lucy       for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip      for
Strachan, Edie      against
Thibodeau, Carl    for
Thomas, Warren   against
Tungatt, Debbie    for

Carried 17 for 4 against

This issue continues on page 28

Presentation – CAAT (Support) PT Campaign

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Executive Board waive the 30-day notice for expenditures in excess of $20,000

Roll Call #7

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Cory, Mary           for
DeRoche, Barb    for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord       for
Lundy, David       for
Magner, Myles    for
Morton, Lucy      for
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie    for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Arbus

WHEREAS a motion was passed by the 2014 Convention Delegates approving a campaign to continue to organize college part-time workers, and;

WHEREAS the leadership of the Colleges have met and have come up with a plan to move forward with a strategically phased program,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the OPSEU Executive Board approve Phase 1 of the organizing plan (as attached) to unionize college part time workers at a cost of $157,000 (rounded).  This amount is to be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

Roll Call #8

Almeida, Eddy      for
Arbus, Jeff            for
Archer, Glen          for
Bisaillon, Michel    for
Bozai, Ibrahim       for
Cory, Mary            for
DeRoche, Barb     for
Elliot, Ron             for
Elliott, Len            for
Fahey, Felicia       for
Labelle, Sara        for
Longhi, Gord        for
Lundy, David        for
Magner, Myles      for
Morton, Lucy        for
Platt, Sean            for
Shearer, Philip      for
Strachan, Edie      for
Thibodeau, Carl    for
Thomas, Warren    for
Tungatt, Debbie     for

Carried 21 for 0 against

2015 Resolutions to Convention (cont.)

Labour protections for Ontario workers

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

WHEREAS part-time, temporary and casual forms of precarious work have steadily risen, contributing to unacceptable levels of inequality; and

WHEREAS precarious work is characterized by temporary, unstable employment, low wages, lack of benefits and greater risk of injury and ill health; and

WHEREAS low wage work has risen in Ontario from 22 percent in 2004 to 33 percent in 2014; and

WHEREAS precarious work is carried out in large part by individuals who are already marginalized: women, single parents (who are disproportionately women), racialized groups, new immigrants, temporary foreign workers, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, older adults and youth; and

WHEREAS precarious work is on the rise in many sectors of the public sector as employers seek to drive down overall compensation costs through contracting out, reductions in working hours, and increased use of casual or contract workers; and

WHEREAS other jurisdictions have succeeded in reducing the incidence of precarious work through legislation to improve and protect workers’ income and working conditions; and

WHEREAS the Wynne government has recognized the severity of the problem of precarious work on the economy with the passing of Bill 18, the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, (passed in 2014); and

WHEREAS the Liberal government announced that it will engage in public consultations in 2015 on the Labour Relations Act and the Employment Standards Act, with a view to changing the legislation;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU advance changes to labour law that are designed to:

  • make it easier for more Ontario working people to win union representation and use collective bargaining to improve their wages and working conditions;
  • raise the minimum wage in Ontario to $14 an hour as soon as possible;
  • ensure equal pay for equal work for part-time, temporary, and temporary agency workers;
  • increase funding for enforcement of the Pay Equity Act in the private sector and the public sector;
  • guaranteed paid sick days for all Ontarians;
  • prevent employers from wrongly classifying employees as “independent contractors” who lose legal protections and entitlements to EI and CPP); and
  • eliminate exemptions under the Employment Standards Act for categories of workers that are excluded from minimum wage, overtime and public holiday pay.

Moved by Magner/Arbus – Amendment

Add the following whereas’:

WHEREAS labour, anti-poverty and community organizations are working together to launch an Ontario-wide campaign for “$15 & Fairness” to mobilize support for introducing a $15 minimum wage and improve the wages, benefits, workplace rights, employment standards and labour laws and for low-wage, part-time, precarious and vulnerable workers; and

WHEREAS major campaigns to win a $15 minimum wage have been launched by the BC Federation of Labour and in several US states and cities; and

WHEREAS the federal NDP is calling for a $15 minimum wage as part of its platform for the 2015 federal election.

Amend first resolve “THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU advance changes to labour law that are designed to:” to “THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU advance changes to labour and employment standards legislation that are designed to:”

In second bullet in the first resolve replace “$14” with “$15”

Add a second resolve:

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT OPSEU endorses the “$15 & Fairness” campaign and encourages OPSEU members, locals and area councils to actively support the campaign.

Roll Call #9

Almeida, Eddy      for
Arbus, Jeff            for
Archer, Glen          for
Bisaillon, Michel    for
Bozai, Ibrahim       for
Cory, Mary            for
DeRoche, Barb     for
Elliot, Ron             for
Elliott, Len            for
Fahey, Felicia       for
Labelle, Sara        
Longhi, Gord        for
Lundy, David        for
Magner, Myles      for
Morton, Lucy        for
Platt, Sean            for
Shearer, Philip      for
Strachan, Edie      for
Thibodeau, Carl    for
Thomas, Warren    for
Tungatt, Debbie     for

Carried 20 for 0 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

WHEREAS part-time, temporary and casual forms of precarious work have steadily risen, contributing to unacceptable levels of inequality; and

WHEREAS precarious work is characterized by temporary, unstable employment, low wages, lack of benefits and greater risk of injury and ill health; and

WHEREAS low wage work has risen in Ontario from 22 percent in 2004 to 33 percent in 2014; and

WHEREAS precarious work is carried out in large part by individuals who are already marginalized: women, single parents (who are disproportionately women), racialized groups, new immigrants, temporary foreign workers, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, older adults and youth; and

WHEREAS precarious work is on the rise in many sectors of the public sector as employers seek to drive down overall compensation costs through contracting out, reductions in working hours, and increased use of casual or contract workers; and

WHEREAS other jurisdictions have succeeded in reducing the incidence of precarious work through legislation to improve and protect workers’ income and working conditions; and

WHEREAS the Wynne government has recognized the severity of the problem of precarious work on the economy with the passing of Bill 18, the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, (passed in 2014); and

WHEREAS the Liberal government announced that it will engage in public consultations in 2015 on the Labour Relations Act and the Employment Standards Act, with a view to changing the legislation; and

WHEREAS labour, anti-poverty and community organizations are working together to launch an Ontario-wide campaign for “$15 & Fairness” to mobilize support for introducing a $15 minimum wage and improve the wages, benefits, workplace rights, employment standards and labour laws and for low-wage, part-time, precarious and vulnerable workers; and

WHEREAS major campaigns to win a $15 minimum wage have been launched by the BC Federation of Labour and in several US states and cities; and

WHEREAS the federal NDP is calling for a $15 minimum wage as part of its platform for the 2015 federal election;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU advance changes to labour and employment standards legislation that are designed to:

  • make it easier for more Ontario working people to win union representation and use collective bargaining to improve their wages and working conditions;
  • raise the minimum wage in Ontario to $15 an hour as soon as possible;
  • ensure equal pay for equal work for part-time, temporary, and temporary agency workers;
  • increase funding for enforcement of the Pay Equity Act in the private sector and the public sector;
  • guaranteed paid sick days for all Ontarians;
  • prevent employers from wrongly classifying employees as “independent contractors” who lose legal protections and entitlements to EI and CPP); and
  • eliminate exemptions under the Employment Standards Act for categories of workers that are excluded from minimum wage, overtime and public holiday pay.

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT OPSEU endorses the “$15 & Fairness” campaign and encourages OPSEU members, locals and area councils to actively support the campaign.

Roll Call #10

Almeida, Eddy      for
Arbus, Jeff            for
Archer, Glen          for
Bisaillon, Michel    for
Bozai, Ibrahim       for
Cory, Mary            for
DeRoche, Barb     for
Elliot, Ron             for
Elliott, Len            for
Fahey, Felicia       for
Labelle, Sara        —
Longhi, Gord        for
Lundy, David        for
Magner, Myles      for
Morton, Lucy        for
Platt, Sean            for
Shearer, Philip      for
Strachan, Edie      for
Thibodeau, Carl    for
Thomas, Warren    for
Tungatt, Debbie     for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Premier’s advisory council on Government assets

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

WHEREAS Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne selected the retiring head of TD Bank, Ed Clark, to chair a panel to provide advice on how to “maximize the value” of key government assets, specifically Ontario Power Generation, Hydro One, and the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO); and

WHEREAS the Clark panel has recommended increasing the number of private wine stores in Ontario; and

WHEREAS the panel has recommended opening a number of specialty stores for craft brewers and “new sales channels” for craft distillers, but has not been clear as to whether these would be operated privately or through the LCBO; and

WHEREAS the LCBO has successfully limited the social costs of beverage alcohol by removing the profit motive from its share of provincial alcohol sales since 1927; and

WHEREAS the Clark panel has recommended offering up Hydro One’s distribution network to private investors; and

WHEREAS the panel recommends that the government take measures to drive down wages and benefits both in the electricity sector and at the LCBO; and

WHEREAS taken together, the measures proposed by Clark to reduce wages and change ownership patterns in the electricity sector and at the LCBO are designed to transfer wealth from the people of Ontario to private investors around the world;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU continue to oppose the creeping privatization of both electricity distribution and liquor distribution; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT OPSEU’s campaign to defend public liquor distribution involve outreach and communication with like-minded organizations and individuals involved in law enforcement, public health, addiction research and treatment, academia, the general public, and elected officials at both the provincial and municipal levels; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT OPSEU continue its fight for fair wages at the LCBO and all OPSEU bargaining units; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT OPSEU stand in solidarity with workers in the electricity sector whose wages, benefits, and pensions are specifically targeted by Clark’s proposals.

Moved by Lundy/Archer – Amendment

WHEREAS OPSEU also opposes Bill 67 Raise a Glass to Ontario Act Sponsored by PCMPP Todd Smith that would allow Ontario wineries, craft distilleries & breweries to sell and distribute each other’s products.

Roll Call #11

Almeida, Eddy      for
Arbus, Jeff            for
Archer, Glen          for
Bisaillon, Michel    for
Bozai, Ibrahim       for
Cory, Mary            for
DeRoche, Barb     for
Elliot, Ron             for
Elliott, Len            for
Fahey, Felicia       for
Labelle, Sara        —
Longhi, Gord        for
Lundy, David        for
Magner, Myles      
Morton, Lucy        for
Platt, Sean            for
Shearer, Philip      for
Strachan, Edie      for
Thibodeau, Carl    for
Thomas, Warren    for
Tungatt, Debbie     for

Carried 19 for 0 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

WHEREAS Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne selected the retiring head of TD Bank, Ed Clark, to chair a panel to provide advice on how to “maximize the value” of key government assets, specifically Ontario Power Generation, Hydro One, and the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO); and

WHEREAS the Clark panel has recommended increasing the number of private wine stores in Ontario; and

WHEREAS the panel has recommended opening a number of specialty stores for craft brewers and “new sales channels” for craft distillers, but has not been clear as to whether these would be operated privately or through the LCBO; and

WHEREAS the LCBO has successfully limited the social costs of beverage alcohol by removing the profit motive from its share of provincial alcohol sales since 1927; and

WHEREAS the Clark panel has recommended offering up Hydro One’s distribution network to private investors; and

WHEREAS the panel recommends that the government take measures to drive down wages and benefits both in the electricity sector and at the LCBO; and

WHEREAS taken together, the measures proposed by Clark to reduce wages and change ownership patterns in the electricity sector and at the LCBO are designed to transfer wealth from the people of Ontario to private investors around the world; and

WHEREAS OPSEU also opposes Bill 67 Raise a Glass to Ontario Act Sponsored by PCMPP Todd Smith that would allow Ontario wineries, craft distilleries & breweries to sell and distribute each other’s products;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU continue to oppose the privatization of both electricity distribution and liquor distribution; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT OPSEU’s campaign to defend public liquor distribution involve outreach and communication with like-minded organizations and individuals involved in law enforcement, public health, addiction research and treatment, academia, the general public, and elected officials at both the provincial and municipal levels; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT OPSEU continue its fight for fair wages at the LCBO and all OPSEU bargaining units; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT OPSEU stand in solidarity with workers in the electricity sector whose wages, benefits, and pensions are specifically targeted by Clark’s proposals.

Roll Call #12

Almeida, Eddy      for
Arbus, Jeff            for
Archer, Glen          for
Bisaillon, Michel    for
Bozai, Ibrahim       for
Cory, Mary            for
DeRoche, Barb     for
Elliot, Ron             for
Elliott, Len            for
Fahey, Felicia       for
Labelle, Sara        —
Longhi, Gord        for
Lundy, David        for
Magner, Myles      —
Morton, Lucy        for
Platt, Sean            for
Shearer, Philip      for
Strachan, Edie      for
Thibodeau, Carl    for
Thomas, Warren    for
Tungatt, Debbie     for

Carried 19 for 0 against

CAAT-S part-time workers organizing campaign

Moved by Arbus/Almeida

WHEREAS there are currently more than 20,000 non-organized part-time workers in the College sector who are legally entitled to be part of a union; and,

WHEREAS Part-time college workers are working under conditions that violate their rights and compromise the quality of education received by college students; and,

WHEREAS organizing part-time college workers will be most effectively done on a local-by-local basis; and

WHEREAS the CAAT-S and CAAT-A sectors have agreed that it is most strategically sound to organize part-time workers at CAAT-S locals first;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU continue with plans to organize college part-time support workers, with the new strategic focus of organizing local by local.

Roll Call #13

Almeida, Eddy      for
Arbus, Jeff            for
Archer, Glen          for
Bisaillon, Michel    for
Bozai, Ibrahim       for
Cory, Mary            for
DeRoche, Barb     for
Elliot, Ron             for
Elliott, Len            for
Fahey, Felicia       for
Labelle, Sara        —
Longhi, Gord        for
Lundy, David        for
Magner, Myles      —
Morton, Lucy        for
Platt, Sean            for
Shearer, Philip      for
Strachan, Edie      for
Thibodeau, Carl    for
Thomas, Warren    for
Tungatt, Debbie     for

Carried 19 for 0 against

President’s Report

Convention Agenda

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Convention agenda be amended as follows: Friday, 9:00a.m. after “election->vice president/treasurer”, “ranking of vice-president’s” be added and Saturday, 11:00a.m. “Presentations-Honourary Life Member Awards-Outgoing Board Members Recognition” be moved up and follow “Credentials Committee”;

Roll Call #14

Almeida, Eddy      for
Arbus, Jeff            for
Archer, Glen          for
Bisaillon, Michel    for
Bozai, Ibrahim       for
Cory, Mary            for
DeRoche, Barb     for
Elliot, Ron             for
Elliott, Len            for
Fahey, Felicia       for
Labelle, Sara        —
Longhi, Gord        for
Lundy, David        for
Magner, Myles      —
Morton, Lucy        for
Platt, Sean            for
Shearer, Philip      for
Strachan, Edie      for
Thibodeau, Carl    for
Thomas, Warren    for
Tungatt, Debbie     for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Moved by Bozai/Morton – Amendment

Presentation on crown strikers be added to the 2015 Convention Agenda

Moved by Thomas – Object to Consideration

First Vice President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair

The motion was considered

Roll Call #15

Almeida, Eddy     against
Arbus, Jeff           against
Archer, Glen        against
Bisaillon, Michel  against
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Cory, Mary          against
DeRoche, Barb   against
Elliot, Ron           against
Elliott, Len          against
Fahey, Felicia      against
Labelle, Sara       —
Longhi, Gord       against
Lundy, David       against
Magner, Myles      —
Morton, Lucy       for
Platt, Sean          against
Shearer, Philip     against
Strachan, Edie    against
Thibodeau, Carl  against
Thomas, Warren  against
Tungatt, Debbie   against

Defeated 2 for 17 against

President Thomas in the Chair

The question was called on the Convention Agenda as amended:

Roll Call #16

Almeida, Eddy      for
Arbus, Jeff            for
Archer, Glen          for
Bisaillon, Michel    for
Bozai, Ibrahim       for
Cory, Mary            for
DeRoche, Barb     for
Elliot, Ron             for
Elliott, Len            for
Fahey, Felicia       for
Labelle, Sara        —
Longhi, Gord        for
Lundy, David        for
Magner, Myles      —
Morton, Lucy        for
Platt, Sean            for
Shearer, Philip      for
Strachan, Edie      for
Thibodeau, Carl    for
Thomas, Warren    for
Tungatt, Debbie     for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Afternoon

The Executive Board was called to order at 1:30 pm. President Thomas was in the Chair.

President’s Report

2015 Resolutions to Convention (cont.)

Privatization of Care Coordination

Moved by Morton/Labelle

WHEREAS the Ontario government’s action plan for health care includes an increasingly important role for home and community care; and

WHEREAS privatization has been a major obstacle to integrated care within this sector, and

WHEREAS the government is now looking at further privatization of the role played currently by publicly employed Community Care Access Centre care coordinators, creating a conflict of interest among for-profit care agencies,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU engage in a lobbying effort to defeat this attempt to contract out the role of these case managers and renew our commitment to increase public delivery of services in this sector.

Moved by Morton/Bozai – Amendment

Delete in third whereas “Community Care Access Centre care coordinator” and replace with “health care providers contracted through the CCAC’s and LIHN’s”

Delete in therefore be it resolved “this attempt to contract out the role of these case managers” and replace with “the continual drive to contracting out of health care provider in the community”

Roll Call #17

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Cory, Mary           for
DeRoche, Barb    for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord       for
Lundy, David       for
Magner, Myles    for
Morton, Lucy      for
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie    for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

WHEREAS the Ontario government’s action plan for health care includes an increasingly important role for home and community care; and

WHEREAS privatization has been a major obstacle to integrated care within this sector, and

WHEREAS the government is now looking at further privatization of the role played currently by publicly employed health care providers contracted through the CCAC’s and LIHN’s, creating a conflict of interest among for-profit care agencies,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU engage in a lobbying effort to defeat the continual drive to contracting out of health care provider in the community and renew our commitment to increase public delivery of services in this sector.

Roll Call #18

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Cory, Mary           for
DeRoche, Barb    for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord       for
Lundy, David       for
Magner, Myles    for
Morton, Lucy      for
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie    for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Not myself today

Move by Thomas/Almeida

WHEREAS stigma prevents many Ontarians from seeking treatment for mental illness; and

WHEREAS stigma prevents many workers from accessing available services – such as Employee Assistance Programs; and

WHEREAS the current economic climate – including austerity and rising inequality – has been documented to increase the incidents of mental illness; and

WHEREAS Partners for Mental Health have developed a toolkit to be used in the workplace to get workers talking about and addressing the challenges of stigma and mental illness;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU sign on to the “Not Myself Today” campaign toolkit and encourage our employers to do the same as part of our overall initiative to improve occupational health and safety in the workplace.

Roll Call #19

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Cory, Mary           for
DeRoche, Barb    for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord       for
Lundy, David       for
Magner, Myles    for
Morton, Lucy      for
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie    for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Five point plan

Moved by Thomas/Almeida 

WHEREAS OPSEU has formulated a “Five Point Plan” that, when adopted, would require the Government of Ontario institute a rigorous accountability process before a public service or public asset is sold to, or partnered with, the private sector; and

WHEREAS the Five Point Plan includes the following highlights:

  • Public services will not be privatized or contracted out without public consultation;
  • Decisions to privatize or contract out will not be made without a full and open review by an independent body or individual;
  • Public sector workers or their representatives and other interested parties must have standing in the review process;
  • The reviewing body or individual will issue and table with the Ontario legislature a final report with recommendations, along with all studies and analysis;
  • In the event a privatization is recommended, the affected organized employees will be guaranteed successor rights; and,

WHEREAS the proposed Five Point Plan enjoys the endorsement of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU formally endorse the proposed Five Point Plan and pressure and lobby the Government of Ontario for implementation.

Moved by Elliot R./Arbus

Refer to President’s Office.

Roll Call #20

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Cory, Mary           for
DeRoche, Barb    for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Labelle, Sara       —
Longhi, Gord       for
Lundy, David       for
Magner, Myles    for
Morton, Lucy      for
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie    for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (cont. from page 11)

Moved by Elliot R./Tungatt

After “employee” in first amendment add “employer”

Roll Call #21

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Cory, Mary           for
DeRoche, Barb    for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord       for
Lundy, David       for
Magner, Myles    for
Morton, Lucy      for
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie    for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Magner/Strachan

Add before first resolve:

WHEREAS the employee/employer contribution rate paid to the ORPP and the pension benefit provided by the plan is expected to equal approximately 25% of the contribution rate and pension benefit provided by a jointly sponsored public sector pension plan such as OPTrust

Roll Call #22

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Cory, Mary           for
DeRoche, Barb    for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord       for
Lundy, David       for
Magner, Myles    for
Morton, Lucy      for
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie    for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Magner/Strachan

Under second resolve, change first bullet to:

OPSEU members who participate in existing defined benefit plans that provide a pension benefit equal to or greater than three (3) times the pension benefit to be provided by the ORPP are exempt from participation in the ORPP; and

Roll Call #23

Almeida, Eddy      against
Arbus, Jeff            against
Archer, Glen          against
Bisaillon, Michel   against
Bozai, Ibrahim      for
Cory, Mary            for
DeRoche, Barb     against
Elliot, Ron             against
Elliott, Len             against
Fahey, Felicia        against
Labelle, Sara         against
Longhi, Gord         against
Lundy, David         for
Magner, Myles      for
Morton, Lucy        against
Platt, Sean            against
Shearer, Philip      against
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl   for
Thomas, Warren  against
Tungatt, Debbie   against

Defeated 6 for 15 against

A motion was made and withdrawn

First Vice President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair

Moved by Thomas/Labelle – Amendment

Under therefore be it resolved add “in principle” between “support” and “the creation”

Roll Call #24

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Cory, Mary           for
DeRoche, Barb    for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord       for
Lundy, David       for
Magner, Myles    for
Morton, Lucy      for
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie    for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

The question was called on the motion as amended

WHEREAS millions of Canadian workers have no pension plan other than the Canada Pension Plan (CPP); and

WHEREAS contribution rates under the CPP are currently too low to provide an adequate retirement income for plan members; and

WHEREAS OPSEU supports expansion of the Canada Pension Plan, which is well-run, affordable, and portable, so that more workers can look forward to higher retirement incomes; and

WHEREAS the federal government led by Stephen Harper has refused to consider such an expansion; and

WHEREAS in response, the Ontario government plans to create an Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP); and

WHEREAS this plan is intended to cover some three million Ontario workers who do not currently have a pension plan other than the Canada Pension Plan; and

WHEREAS approximately one-sixth of OPSEU members are not members of a defined benefit plan, but instead are dependent on the CPP, supplemented by inferior defined contribution plans, RRSPs, or nothing at all to save for retirement; and

WHEREAS many workers are hampered in saving for retirement not only by the lack of a pension plan but also by low wages;

WHEREAS the employee/employer contribution rate paid to the ORPP and the pension benefit provided by the plan is expected to equal approximately 25% of the contribution rate and pension benefit provided by a jointly sponsored public sector pension plan such as OPTrust;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU support in principle the creation of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT OPSEU continue to lobby the Ontario government to ensure that:

  • OPSEU members who participate in existing defined benefit plans are exempt from participation in the ORPP; and
  • the only pension arrangements that are exempt from participation in the ORPP are pension plans that provide a defined benefit that commences at age 65 or earlier, is payable for life, and is equal to or greater than the benefit that would be obtained through the ORPP; and
  • participation in the ORPP is mandatory for all workers and employers not exempted by reason of their participation in a true defined benefit plan as described above; and
  • the overall design of the ORPP mirrors that of the CPP so that in the event of a future CPP expansion, the ORPP could be merged into the CPP as easily as possible for as many people as possible; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT OPSEU continue to lobby the federal government and all federal parties to expand the Canada Pension Plan.

Roll Call #25

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Cory, Mary           for
DeRoche, Barb    for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord       for
Lundy, David       for
Magner, Myles    against
Morton, Lucy      for
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie    for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 20 for 1 against

A minority report was filed by Myles Magner

President Thomas was in the Chair.

HPD Sector 10 Proposal

Moved by Arbus/DeRoche

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Executive Board waive the 30-day notice for expenditures in excess of $20,000.

Roll Call #26

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Cory, Mary           for
DeRoche, Barb    for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord       for
Lundy, David       for
Magner, Myles    for
Morton, Lucy      for
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie    for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Labelle/DeRoche

BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU allocate $468,200 from the contingency fund to invest in a public media/mobilizing campaign to reverse seven years of austerity budgets for Ontario’s public hospitals and defend against ongoing job loss in the sector.

Moved by Arbus/DeRoche – Amendment

Divide first phase to include mobilizing cost of $12,000, lobby day cost of $62,000 and postcards and printing costs of $1,200 to be drawn from the defense fund.

Roll Call #27

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Bisaillon, Michel  against
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Cory, Mary           for
DeRoche, Barb    for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord       for
Lundy, David       for
Magner, Myles    for
Morton, Lucy      for
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie    for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 20 for 1 against

Moved by Labelle/DeRoche – Amendment

An additional $20,000 be added for Sector 11 Hospital Support, to be drawn from defense fund.

Moved by Tungatt/Elliot R. – Closure

Roll Call #28

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Bisaillon, Michel  against
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Cory, Mary           against
DeRoche, Barb    for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Labelle, Sara       against
Longhi, Gord       for
Lundy, David       against
Magner, Myles    for
Morton, Lucy      for
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie    for
Thibodeau, Carl  against
Thomas, Warren  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 16 for 5 against

The question was called on the amendment:

An additional $20,000 be added for Sector 11 Hospital Support, to be drawn from defense fund.

Roll Call #29

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Cory, Mary           for
DeRoche, Barb    for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord       for
Lundy, David       for
Magner, Myles    for
Morton, Lucy      for
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie    for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU allocate $95,200 to be drawn from the defense fund to invest in a public media/mobilizing campaign to reverse seven years of austerity budgets for Ontario’s public hospitals and defend against ongoing job loss in the sector.

Roll Call #30

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Cory, Mary           for
DeRoche, Barb    for
Elliot, Ron            against
Elliott, Len           against
Fahey, Felicia      for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord       for
Lundy, David       for
Magner, Myles    against
Morton, Lucy      for
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip    against
Strachan, Edie    against
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 16 for 5 against

Table remaining funds of the proposal until after Convention at the next Board

Roll Call #31

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Cory, Mary           for
DeRoche, Barb    for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord       for
Lundy, David       for
Magner, Myles    for
Morton, Lucy      for
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie    for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

2015 Resolutions to Convention (cont. from page 32)

End freeze on funding to public hospitals

Moved by Labelle/DeRoche

WHEREAS public hospitals in Ontario have been subject to deliberate underfunding, including three years of flat base budgets; and

WHEREAS Ontario already has among the lowest per capita number of beds in any jurisdiction in the developed world; and

WHEREAS flat funding has resulted in an increasing number of layoffs, service cuts, and privatization of key health services and the erosion of public Medicare; and

WHEREAS about one in five OPSEU members works in an Ontario hospital, including specialized psychiatric hospitals;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU begin planning for a major media campaign for the fall of 2015 highlighting the impact of flat funding on the services hospitals provide and its impact on access to health care for all Ontarians.

Moved by Labelle/Elliot R. – Amendment

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT OPSEU work with interested party to ensure the funding for the federal healthcare accord transfer payments are maintained at current levels. 

Roll Call #32

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Cory, Mary           for
DeRoche, Barb    for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord       —
Lundy, David       for
Magner, Myles    for
Morton, Lucy      for
Platt, Sean          —
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie    for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 19 for 0 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

WHEREAS public hospitals in Ontario have been subject to deliberate underfunding, including three years of flat base budgets; and

WHEREAS Ontario already has among the lowest per capita number of beds in any jurisdiction in the developed world; and

WHEREAS flat funding has resulted in an increasing number of layoffs, service cuts, and privatization of key health services and the erosion of public Medicare; and

WHEREAS about one in five OPSEU members work in an Ontario hospital, including specialized psychiatric hospitals;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU begin planning for a major media campaign for the fall of 2015 highlighting the impact of flat funding on the services hospitals provide and its impact on access to health care for all Ontarians.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT OPSEU work with interested party to ensure the funding for the federal healthcare accord transfer payments are maintained at current levels. 

Roll Call #33

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Cory, Mary           for
DeRoche, Barb    for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord       —
Lundy, David       for
Magner, Myles    for
Morton, Lucy      for
Platt, Sean          —
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie    for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 19 for 0 against

2015 Convention Award Nominations

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

  • Health and Safety Award: Local and Individual
  • Honourary 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

Ballots were distributed, votes were cast and tabulated.   John Wardell, Local 329 will be the recipient of Health & Safety Local Award.

Health & Safety – Local

Local 329, Waypoint Center, will be the recipient of Health & Safety Individual Award.

Honourary Lifetime Membership Award

Ballots were distributed, votes were cast and tabulated.  Betty Cree, Local 351 and Ross Langill, Local 137 will be the recipients of the Honourary Life Membership Award.

Human Rights Award – Individual

Laura Thompson, Local 503 will be the recipient of Human Rights Individual Award.

Human Rights Award – Local

No nominations were submitted for this award.

Leah Casselman Award – Individual

Ballots were distributed, votes were cast and tabulated.  Kingsley Kwok, Local 575 will be the recipients of the Leah Casselman Award – Individual.

Leah Casselman Award – Local

Ballots were distributed, votes were cast and tabulated.  Developmental Services Units will be the recipient of the Leah Casselman Award – Local.

Live and Let Live Award

No nominations were submitted for this award.

Rainford Jackson Education and Development Fund

No nominations were submitted for this award.

Stanley Knowles Humanitarian Award

Rick Mercer will be the recipient of the Stanley Knowles Humanitarian Award.

Tim Brown Award

Tina Stevens, Local 102 will be the recipient of the Tim Brown Award.

Withering Trillium Award – the following was referred to Convention

Recess

The Executive Board recessed at 4:43 p.m.  All members were present except Sean Platt & Gord Longhi

March 5th, 2015

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:00 am. First Vice President/Treasurer Almeida was in the chair. Peggy Maybury, Executive Assistant to the President, was also in attendance.

First Vice-President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair

President’s Report

Terms of Reference

Provincial Francophone Committee (PFC)

ARTICLE 1 – NAME

1.1 The Committee shall be known as the Provincial Francophone Committee of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU).

ARTICLE 2 – AIMS & PURPOSE:

2. 1 The function of the Committee shall be:

a. to assist in establishing regional francophone committees/caucuses;

b. to develop and promote programs or events to encourage francophone workers to participate in union activities; and

c. to increase awareness and understanding of issues affecting francophone and related equity issues throughout the membership.

d. to promote equity of status and use of Canada’s two official languages while respecting their linguistic and cultural differences.

ARTICLE 3 – MEMBERSHIP:

3.1  The committee shall consist of seven (7) members representing the seven (7) regions of the Union and shall be elected at Regional meetings held every two (2) years.

3.2  Those who self-identify as francophone and are members in good standing shall be eligible to act as representatives. 

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

3.4  Alternates shall not attend meetings.  However in the event the elected member resigns, the alternate will assume the position of the regional representative.

ARTICLE 4 –ELECTED POSITIONS OF THE COMMITTEE:

4.1  Elected positions of the committee shall be elected in accordance with OPSEU’s constitution.  Such elections shall be:

  • conducted by an Officer of the Equity Unit,
  • conducted by secret ballot,
  • announced in advance, and
  • recorded in meeting minutes that are forwarded to the Equity Unit.

4.2  A Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary shall be elected from members of the committee;

4.3  The Committee shall elect a member to be their representative in  other affiliated unions or Committees as follows:

  • NUPGE 
  • other committees that may be deemed necessary

This does not remove the ultimate right of the President’s Office to appoint someone of their choosing to the above-mentioned Committees. 

4.4      The Chair shall:

  • set up and coordinate meetings throughout the year;
  • ensure participation, follow-up and communication of all members between meetings;
  • develop the agenda for all committee meetings.  The Order of Business will be consistent with the OPSEU Constitution, and the agenda will be sent to the members in advance; 
  • preside as Chairperson at all committee meetings;
  • act as the official spokesperson for the committee within the union, examples include:
    • attending All Chairs Meetings
    • participating in planning the annual Joint Leadership Day held in September
    • participate in planning the “Gathering” 
  • perform other duties as may be deemed necessary by the committee.

4.5      The Vice-Chair shall:

  • In the absence of the Chair, assume the responsibilities of the office of the chair. 
  • In addition, perform other duties as may be deemed necessary from time to time.

4.6 The Secretary shall:

  • Be responsible for recording the details of the meeting electronically, including all financial decisions made and specific action items for follow up; and
  • send the minutes to the Committee for approval.  Once approved, the secretary shall forward the minutes, via email, to the Equity Unit Secretary and the assigned Officer no later than fifteen (15) days after the meeting

4.7 The Treasurer shall:

  • monitor the expenses of the Committee by tallying estimated expenses at every meeting;
  • reconcile their records with the quarterly reports provided by OPSEU; and
  • follow up on any discrepancies with the assistance of staff, the Accounting Unit and anyone else deemed necessary.

ARTICLE 5 – FINANCE:

5.1  The activities of the Committee shall be funded centrally by the Union, as approved in the budget by the Annual Convention.

5.2  A quarterly budget report of actual expenses compared to the approved budget shall be provided to the Chair of the Committee by the assigned Officer of the Equity Unit.

5.3  To support the Committee budget submission, an annual report shall be provided to the Executive Board by the Chair of the Committee.

5.4   It is understood that expenses and payments will only be processed by OPSEU when they are:

  • supported by the majority of the Committee
  • recorded in minutes that have been forwarded to the assigned Officer
  • in accordance with the general policies of OPSEU

ARTICLE 6 – MEETINGS:

6.1      The Committee shall meet a minimum of four (4) times a year and with two (2) being via web/tele conference.

6.2      Quorums for meetings of the Committee shall be a simple majority (four of seven) of the Committee members.

6.3      Committee decisions can be made using e-mail confirmation between meetings.  Motions are moved and seconded.  Members will then vote on the motion and requires a majority of the vote.  Quorum must be confirmed.  The results will be forwarded to the appropriate Equity Officer and/or Equity Unit.  

ARTICLE 7:  APPROVAL AND AMENDMENT OF TERMS OF REFERENCE

7.1 The terms of reference shall be approved by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote at a meeting of the Committee.

7.2 Any subsequent amendments to the Terms of Reference shall be approved by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote at a meeting of the Committee.              

Provincial Human Rights Committee (PHRC)

ARTICLE 1- NAME

1.1      The Committee shall be known as the Provincial Human Rights Committee of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU).

ARTICLE 2 – AIMS AND PURPOSE

2.1      The Purpose of the Committee shall be:

a. to identify needs within the membership around Human Rights issues and then develop avenues to address those needs;

b. to liaise with Executive Board Members and provide recommendations around policies and procedures that will ensure equity and inclusiveness for individuals in the workplace and union;

c. to liaise with the Executive Board Members and provide recommendations around human rights issues as impacted by current public policy trends, organizing and bargaining changes and issues;

d. to liaise with the Executive Board Members and provide recommendations around human rights issues as impacted by current arbitration and legislative changes;

e. to develop resources that are crucial to providing an increased awareness of human rights issues, events, speakers, etc;

f. to make available workshops, presentations, educations, forums for discussion, information as requested by provincial, regional and local members;

g. to support other Provincial Committees and caucuses based on human rights issues and perspectives but within their focus;

h. to raise consciousness and sensitivity around current issues affecting our members from a human rights perspective through available media (i.e. In Solidarity, e-mail, educationals, etc.).

2.2      The Duties of the Members shall be:

a. to seek resources, materials and information regarding Human Rights issues with an emphasis on education;

b. to present workshops, presentations etc. as requested by members;

c. to research and write articles around Human Rights issues as relating to current trends in arbitration and legislative changes;

d. to attend, where possible, conferences of OPSEU where a human rights committee presence is appropriate, required or desirable;

e. to understand and have a commitment to advancing OPSEU policies;

f. understanding, knowledge and commitment to Human Rights;

g. assist members to understand the impact of their individual behaviours on global socio-economic and political issues relating to Human Rights issues; and

h. to participate in the discussions on resolutions with other committees and caucuses.

ARTICLE 3 – MEMBERSHIP

3.1      There are seven (7) members of the Committee as elected at Regional Meetings every second year. A board liaison and an OPSEU staff member may offer support to the Committee.

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

3.3      Alternates shall not attend meetings.  However in the event the elected member resigns, the alternate will assume the position of the regional representative.

ARTICLE 4 – ELECTED POSITIONS OF THE COMMITTEE

4.1      Elected positions are defined as: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer and shall be elected in accordance with OPSEU’s Constitution.  Such elections shall be conducted by an Officer of the Equity Unit and recorded in meeting minutes that are forwarded to the Equity Unit.

4.2      The Committee shall elect a member to be their representative in other affiliated unions or Committees as follows:

This does not remove the ultimate right of the President’s Office to appoint someone of their choosing to the following committees:

  • NUPGE,
  • Solidarity Funds Committee (Social Justice and Live and Let Live), and other committees that may be deemed necessary.

4.3      The Chair shall:

  • set up and coordinate meetings throughout the year;
  • ensure participation, follow-up and communication of all members between meetings;
  • develop the agenda for all committee meetings, the Order of Business will be consistent with the OPSEU Constitution, and will be sent to members in advance; 
  • preside as Chairperson at all committee meetings;
  • act as the official spokesperson for the committee within the union, examples include:
    •  attending the Equity All Chairs Meetings;
    •  participating in planning the annual Joint Leadership Day to be held in the Fall; and
    •  perform other duties as may be deemed necessary by the committee.

4.4      The Vice-Chair shall:

  •  in the absence of the Chair, assume the responsibilities of the office of the Chair; 
  •  perform other duties as may be deemed necessary from time to time.

4.5      The Secretary shall:

  • be responsible for recording the details of the meeting electronically, including all financial decisions made and specific action items for follow up;
  • send the minutes to the Committee for approval. Once approved, the Secretary shall forward the minutes, via email, to the Equity Unit Secretary and the assigned Officer no later than fifteen (15) days after the meeting.

4.6     The Treasurer shall:

  • monitor the expenses of the Committee by tallying estimated expenses at every meeting;
  • reconcile their records with the quarterly reports provided by OPSEU;
  • follow up on any discrepancies with the assistance of assigned staff, the Accounting Department and anyone else deemed necessary.

ARTICLE 5 – FINANCE

5.1     The activities of the Committee shall be funded centrally through the Union,  as approved by the budget by the Annual Convention.

5.2     A quarterly budget of actual expenses compared to the approved budget shall be provided to the Chair of the Committee by the assigned Officer of the Equity Unit.

5.3     To support the Committee budget submission, an annual report shall be provided to the Executive Board by the Chair of the Committee.

ARTICLE 6 – MEETINGS

6.1      The Committee shall meet a minimum of four (4) times a year and with two (2) being via video/tele conference.

6.2      Quorum for meetings of the Committee shall be a simple majority (four of seven) of the Committee members.

6.3      Where a meeting of the Committee is deemed by the Chair to be impractical or unnecessary, the members may be polled by e-mail or telephone.  Confirmation of any decisions made in this manner shall be done at the next meeting.

ARTICLE 7 – APPROVAL AND AMENDMENT OF TERMS OF REFERENCE

7.1      The terms of reference shall be approved by a two-thirds (2/3) majorit vote at a meeting of the Committee.

7.2 Any subsequent amendments shall be approved by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote at a meeting of the Committee.

Rainbow Alliance

ARTICLE 1 – NAME

1.1       The “Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel” of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) shall herein be referred to as ‘the Alliance.’

ARTICLE 2 – AIMS & PURPOSE

2.1       The function of the Alliance shall be:

a. to provide a positive and healthy space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, queer, questioning, two spirited (LGBTTIAQQ2S) members (referred to herein as ‘Rainbow members’) and their allies, to identify and discuss issues within OPSEU, their workplaces and their communities; and use their collective experience and knowledge to develop strategies to address these issues;

b. to increase awareness and understanding of equity issues as they relate to Rainbow members and to liaise with the respective provincial committee(s) and caucuses;

c. to identify and make recommendations to remove systemic barriers that prevent full participation of Rainbow members within OPSEU, in their workplaces and their communities. 

3.1       Membership is open to any OPSEU member in good standing who self-identifies as a ‘Rainbow member.’

3.2       Anyone interested in being a member of the Alliance is invited to send an email to pride@opseu.org or contact the OPSEU Resource Centre.

ARTICLE 4 – ALLIANCE EXECUTIVE

4.1       An executive shall be established within the Alliance of up to ten (10) members who empower, educate and advocate for the interests of Rainbow members within OPSEU, their workplaces and their communities. 

4.2       Alliance Executive members are selected as follows:

  1. when a vacancy within the Alliance Executive exists, a Call for interest will be sent out to the Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel caucus, Regional Board Members, and the general union membership;
  2. members will be asked to submit a letter of interest to the Equity Unit who will remove personal identification and forward to the existing members currently on the Alliance Executive;
  3. existing Alliance Executive members will be responsible for establishing the selection criteria prior to the distribution of the Call and the selection criteria will be used to evaluate the applicants;
  4. consideration will be given based on: representation of all seven (7) regions, reflection of the Rainbow membership within the union and mixture of union and community involvement/activity.

4.3       A vacancy on the Alliance Executive may be declared by the Alliance Executive if a member is absent for three (3) or more meetings or fails to actively participate without a valid reason acceptable to the Executive.  Before any decision to make such a declaration is made, the member will be contacted to confirm their ongoing intention to continue with the Alliance Executive and the caucus as a whole.

4.4       OPSEU Equity Staff who are assigned to support the caucus shall attend caucus and Alliance Executive meetings with voice but no vote.

ARTICLE 5 – ELECTED POSITIONS

5.1       Elections shall be in accordance with OPSEU’s Constitution.  Such elections shall be conducted by an Officer of the Equity Unit and recorded in meeting minutes that are forwarded to the Equity Unit.

5.2       Elections will take place every two (2) years at the September budgetary meeting.

5.3       A Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and Communications Coordinator shall be elected from members of the Alliance Executive.  The Vice-Chair may also hold the position of Treasurer; however, the Chair may not.

5.4       The Chair shall:

a. set up and coordinate meetings throughout the year;

b. ensure participation, follow-up and communication of all members between meetings;

c. develop the agenda for all caucus members, the Order of Business will be consistent with the OPSEU Constitution, and will be sent to the members in advance;

d. preside as Chairperson at all caucus meetings;

e. act as the official spokesperson for the committee within the union; examples include:

  1. attending All Chairs Meeting
  2. participating in planning the annual Joint Leadership Day in September
  3. participate in planning the “Gathering”

f. perform other duties as may be deemed necessary by the caucus.

5.5       The Vice-Chair shall:

a. in the absence of the Chair, assume the responsibilities of the office of the Chair;

b. in addition, perform other duties as may be deemed necessary from time to time.

5.6       The Secretary shall:

a. be responsible for recording the details of the meeting electronically, including all financial decisions made and specific action items for follow-up;

b. send the minutes to the Alliance Executive for approval.  Once approved, the Secretary shall forward the minutes, via e-mail, to the Equity Unit Secretary and the assigned Officer no later than fifteen (15) days after the meeting.

5.7       The Treasurer shall:

a. monitor the expenses of the caucus by tallying estimated expenses at every meeting;

b. reconcile their records with the quarterly reports provided by OPSEU;

c. follow up on any discrepancies with the assistance of assigned staff, the Accounting Unit and anyone else deemed necessary.

5.8       The Communications Coordinator shall:

a. be responsible for monitoring and implementing the media strategy of the Alliance Executive.

ARTICLE 6 – SUB-COMMITTEES

6.1       Ad-Hoc sub-committees will be convened for specific reasons as needed.

6.2       Membership of the sub-committees may include any members of the caucus who volunteer and take on responsibility to complete tasks related to the aims and purpose of the sub-committee.  Recruitment of sub-committee members will be determined, as needed, by the Alliance Executive.  If members no longer choose to participate or complete assigned tasks, they shall be considered to have resigned from the sub-committee. 

ARTICLE 7 – FINANCE

7.1       The activities of the caucus shall be funded centrally by the Union, as approved in the budget by the Annual Convention. Only Alliance Executive members will have their expenses covered by the central caucus budget as per OPSEU Policy.

7.2       Budget reports of actual expenses compared to the approved budget may be requested from the assigned Officer of the Equity Unit by the Chair and Treasurer of the caucus.

7.3       To support the caucus budget submission, an annual report shall be provided to the Executive Board by the Chair of the caucus.

ARTICLE 8 – MEETINGS

8.1       The Alliance Executive shall meet in a minimum of four (4) times a year, with a minimum of two (2) teleconferences or video conferences.  Decisions of the Alliance Executive shall be taken by a majority of those present and voting.

8.2       Quorum for Alliance Executive meetings shall be the majority of the established Alliance Executive members.

8.3       Notice of meetings will be sent out to members no less than two (2) weeks in advance. 

8.4       Where a meeting of the Alliance Executive is deemed by the Chair to be impractical or unnecessary, the members of the Alliance Executive may be polled by electronically or telephone.  Confirmation of any decisions made in this manner, shall be done at the next caucus meeting. 

ARTICLE 9 – APPROVAL AND AMENDMENT OF TERMS OF REFERENCE

9.1       The terms of reference shall be approved and amended by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote at a meeting of the Alliance Executive.

9.2       Amendments to the Terms of Reference shall be included as an agenda item consistent with OPSEU practice.

Moved by Almeida/Bisaillon

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

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

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

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the contents of the Terms of Reference for the following equity committees and caucuses: the Provincial Francophone Committee (PFC), Provincial Human Rights Committee (PHRC) and the Rainbow Alliance be approved as part of the OPSEU Policy. 

Moved by Elliott R./Elliot L. – Amendment

Francophone Committee under section 3.3, on the third (3rd) line, the second (2nd) word to be changed from “shall” to “may”

Roll Call #34

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Cory, Mary           for
DeRoche, Barb    for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord       for
Lundy, David       for
Magner, Myles    —
Morton, Lucy      for
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie    for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  —
Tungatt, Debbie  —

Carried 18 for 0 against

Moved by Shearer/Arbus – Refer to President’s office 

Roll Call #35

Almeida, Eddy    agains

Arbus, Jeff          for

Archer, Glen        for

Bisaillon, Michel  against

Bozai, Ibrahim     for

Cory, Mary           for

DeRoche, Barb    against

Elliot, Ron            against

Elliott, Len           against

Fahey, Felicia      against

Labelle, Sara       against

Longhi, Gord       against

Lundy, David      against

Magner, Myles    —

Morton, Lucy      against

Platt, Sean         against

Shearer, Philip    against

Strachan, Edie    against

Thibodeau, Carl  against

Thomas, Warren  —

Tungatt, Debbie  —

Defeated 5 for 13 against

Moved by Archer/Shearer  

Move to divide

Roll Call #36

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Cory, Mary           for
DeRoche, Barb    for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord       for
Lundy, David       for
Magner, Myles    —
Morton, Lucy      for
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie    for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  —
Tungatt, Debbie  —

Carried 18 for 0 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

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

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

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

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the contents of the Terms of Reference for the following equity committees and caucuses: the Provincial Francophone Committee (PFC) be approved as part of the OPSEU Policy. 

Roll Call #37

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Cory, Mary           for
DeRoche, Barb    for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord       for
Lundy, David       for
Magner, Myles    —
Morton, Lucy      for
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie    for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  —
Tungatt, Debbie  —

Carried 18 for 0 against

Moved by Almeida/Bisaillon

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

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

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

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the contents of the Terms of Reference for the following equity committees and caucuses: the Provincial Human Rights Committee be approved as part of the OPSEU Policy. 

Roll Call #38

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Cory, Mary           for
DeRoche, Barb    for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord       for
Lundy, David       for
Magner, Myles    —
Morton, Lucy      for
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie    for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  —
Tungatt, Debbie  —

Carried 18 for 0 against

Moved by Elliot R./Elliott L. – Amendment

Rainbow Alliance: section 4.4, amend word “shall” to “may”  

Roll Call #39

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Bisaillon, Michel  against
Bozai, Ibrahim     against
Cory, Mary           against
DeRoche, Barb    for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      against
Labelle, Sara       against
Longhi, Gord       for
Lundy, David       for
Magner, Myles    —
Morton, Lucy      for
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie    for
Thibodeau, Carl  against
Thomas, Warren  —
Tungatt, Debbie  —

Carried 12 for 6 against

Moved by Shearer/Elliot R.

Amend 4.4 to:

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

Roll Call #40

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Cory, Mary           for
DeRoche, Barb    for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord       for
Lundy, David       for
Magner, Myles    —
Morton, Lucy      for
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie    for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  —
Tungatt, Debbie  —

Carried 18 for 0 against

Moved by Archer/Shearer

Refer to president’s office and back to next board meeting.

Roll Call #41

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Cory, Mary           for
DeRoche, Barb    for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord       for
Lundy, David       for
Magner, Myles    for
Morton, Lucy      for
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie    for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  —
Tungatt, Debbie  —

Carried 19 for 0 against

CAAT (Support) Negotiations Procedures

Moved by Almeida/Arbus

WHEREAS bargaining procedures must be approved by the Executive Board and submitted to Convention;

WHEREAS the CAAT (Support) members have been consulted on the proposed amendments and have indicated their support through motions passed at the meeting held in March;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the CAAT (Support) Negotiations Procedures be approved

Roll Call #42

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Cory, Mary           for
DeRoche, Barb    for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord       for
Lundy, David       for
Magner, Myles    for
Morton, Lucy      for
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie    for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  —
Tungatt, Debbie  —

Carried 19 for 0 against

Committee Reports

Standing Committee Reports:

  • Aboriginal Circle
  • Audit
  • Central Political Action

President Thomas in the Chair

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

Pension Liaison Committee

OPT

Moved by Elliot R./Lundy

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Tim Hannah be reappointed as a Pension Trustee for OPT from May 1, 2015 to April 30, 2018 provided Brother Hannah sign the letter of undertaking provided by OPSEU.

Roll Call #43

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Cory, Mary           for
DeRoche, Barb    for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord       for
Lundy, David       for
Magner, Myles    —
Morton, Lucy      for
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie    for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Moved by Elliot R./Lundy

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Randy Sloat’s pension trustee term on the OPT be extended from May 15, 2015 to April 30, 2018, provided Sister Sloat sign the letter of undertaking provided by OPSEU.

Roll Call #44

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Cory, Mary           for
DeRoche, Barb    for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord       for
Lundy, David       for
Magner, Myles    —
Morton, Lucy      for
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie    for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Carried 20 for 0 against

Social Mapping

Moved by Tungatt/Arbus

WHEREAS the Executive Board has budgeted for the costs of sending PWC Reps to the CLC Women's Leadership Program;

WHEREAS there is sufficient money to send two additional women based on expenses last year;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT one rep from the Aboriginal Circle and one rep from the Workers of Colour Caucus be offered the opportunity to attend the 2015 CLC Women's Leadership Program

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Circle and WOC will select a woman from their respective Committee and Caucus

Roll Call #45

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     —
Cory, Mary           for
DeRoche, Barb    for
Elliot, Ron            —
Elliott, Len           for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord       for
Lundy, David       for
Magner, Myles    for
Morton, Lucy      for
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie    for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 19 for 0 against

President’s Report

Central Labour Updates (OFL/NUPGE/CLC)

Update was provided

New Business

PWC Propoal

Moved by Cory/Strachan

WHEREAS the Annual Convention Women’s Breakfast has grown in both success and attendance as an honoured and entrenched Convention activity; and

WHEREAS increased catering costs and recent cuts to committee/caucus budgets have proven to become a financial impediment in the ability of the PWC to function as a present and empowered entity. 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that on a go forward basis, beginning with the 2015 Convention, all associated costs with respect to the Annual Convention Women’s Breakfast, up to a maximum of $7000, be funded from the OPSEU Convention budget line. 

Moved by Deroche/Tungatt

Refer to President’s office

Roll Call #46

Almeida, Eddy   for
Arbus, Jeff         for
Archer, Glen      against
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim    against
Cory, Mary         against
DeRoche, Barb  for
Elliot, Ron          for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord       for
Lundy, David       for
Magner, Myles    for
Morton, Lucy      for
Platt, Sean          for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl   for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tungatt, Debbie   for

Carried 18 for 3 against

LCBO Equal Pay Equal Work

Moved by Magner/Fahey

WHEREAS the Executive Board passed a motion at its meeting of January 28, 2015, approving a campaign to promote equal pay for equal work at the LCBO, to support OPSEU’s current Human Rights Complaints against the LCBO on this issue; and

WHEREAS the Board authorized that funds for this campaign be drawn from the Liquor Board of Ontario Anti-Privatization Fund; and

WHEREAS the aims of this campaign are not related to combating the threat of privatization of the LCBO; and

WHEREAS OPSEU’s Liquor Board Employees Division Executive has expressed the view that this campaign is not an appropriate use of the Anti-Privatization Fund, and opposes the implementation of the campaign on that basis;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Executive Board rescind its motion approving the campaign to promote Equal Pay for Equal Work at the LCBO.

The Chair rules motion out of order

Myles Magner – Challenge the Chair

The question was asked and the Chair was upheld

Roll Call #47

Almeida, Eddy       for
Arbus, Jeff             for
Archer, Glen           against
Bisaillon, Michel    against
Bozai, Ibrahim       against
Cory, Mary            against
DeRoche, Barb     for
Elliot, Ron             for
Elliott, Len             for
Fahey, Felicia        against
Labelle, Sara         for
Longhi, Gord         for
Lundy, David         for
Magner, Myles      against
Morton, Lucy        for
Platt, Sean            for
Shearer, Philip      for
Strachan, Edie     against
Thibodeau, Carl   for
Thomas, Warren   for
Tungatt, Debbie    for

Carried 14 for 7 against

Moved by Bozai/Fahey

Move to Reconsider the motion from the January 28-29, 2015 Board:

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

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

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

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

Roll Call #48

Almeida, Eddy    against
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen         for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Cory, Mary           for
DeRoche, Barb    for
Elliot, Ron            against
Elliott, Len            against
Fahey, Felicia       for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord       for
Lundy, David        for
Magner, Myles      for
Morton, Lucy        for
Platt, Sean            for
Shearer, Philip      against
Strachan, Edie      for
Thibodeau, Carl    for
Thomas, Warren   against
Tungatt, Debbie    against

Carried 15 for 6 against

Moved by Morton/Tungatt – Closure

Roll Call #49

Almeida, Eddy        against
Arbus, Jeff              against
Archer, Glen            for
Bisaillon, Michel      for
Bozai, Ibrahim         against
Cory, Mary               for
DeRoche, Barb        against
Elliot, Ron                for
Elliott, Len               against
Fahey, Felicia          for
Labelle, Sara           for
Longhi, Gord           for
Lundy, David           against
Magner, Myles         for
Morton, Lucy           for
Platt, Sean               for
Shearer, Philip         for
Strachan, Edie        for
Thibodeau, Carl      for
Thomas, Warren     for
Tungatt, Debbie      for

Carried 15 for 6 against

The question was called on the motion:

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

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

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

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

Roll Call #50

Almeida, Eddy      for
Arbus, Jeff            for
Archer, Glen         against
Bisaillon, Michel  against
Bozai, Ibrahim     against
Cory, Mary           against
DeRoche, Barb    for
Elliot, Ron            for
Elliott, Len            against
Fahey, Felicia       against
Labelle, Sara        against
Longhi, Gord        against
Lundy, David        against
Magner, Myles     against
Morton, Lucy       against
Platt, Sean           against
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     against
Thibodeau, Carl   against
Thomas, Warren   for
Tungatt, Debbie    for

Defeated 8 for 13 against

A minority report was filed by Eduardo Almeida and Philip Shearer

Afternoon

The Executive Board was called to order at 1:30 pm. President Thomas was in the Chair.

Seat Assignment for OPSEU Convention 2015

Moved by Arbus/Thibodeau

WHEREAS Convention is the highest decision ranking body in OPSEU; and

WHEREAS a portion of members attending Convention must fly to participate; and

WHEREAS there may not be enough seating on air carriers to accommodate the number of members flying; and

WHEREAS members have in the past been “bounced” off of flights, as they have no seat assignment and air carriers have over booked; and

WHEREAS this has put undue hardship on our members in the past to attend Convention, and after Convention has adjourned.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT for Convention purposes only, members who fly, may submit seat assignment costs for refund on their Convention Expense claims; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT additional costs will be borne by Convention Budget Line.

Roll Call #51

Almeida, Eddy        for
Arbus, Jeff              for
Archer, Glen            for
Bisaillon, Michel     for
Bozai, Ibrahim        for
Cory, Mary              for
DeRoche, Barb       for
Elliot, Ron               for
Elliott, Len               for
Fahey, Felicia          for
Labelle, Sara           for
Longhi, Gord           for
Lundy, David           for
Magner, Myles        for
Morton, Lucy          for
Platt, Sean              —
Shearer, Philip        for
Strachan, Edie        for
Thibodeau, Carl      for
Thomas, Warren     for
Tungatt, Debbie      for

Carried 20 for 0 against

A notice of motion was submitted and President Thomas ruled it out of order.

IN CAMERA

Rise & Report

2015 Convention Statutory Resolutions (cont. from page 6) 

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, 2015 through to December 31, 2015 and the Executive Board fix the Auditors’ remuneration.

Roll Call #52

Almeida, Eddy        for
Arbus, Jeff              for
Archer, Glen             —
Bisaillon, Michel       —
Bozai, Ibrahim          for
Cory, Mary               for
DeRoche, Barb        for
Elliot, Ron                for
Elliott, Len               for
Fahey, Felicia          for
Labelle, Sara           for
Longhi, Gord            —
Lundy, David           for
Magner, Myles        for
Morton, Lucy          for
Platt, Sean               —
Shearer, Philip         for
Strachan, Edie         for
Thibodeau, Carl       for
Thomas, Warren      for
Tungatt, Debbie       for

Carried 17 for 0 against

The Executive Board adjourned at 4:00 p.m.  All members were present except Sean Platt.