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Minutes of the May 17-18, 2017 Executive Board Meeting

Minutes of the May 17-18, 2017 Executive Board Meeting

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Coopers

May 17, 2017

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:30 a.m. President Thomas was in the Chair.  Peggy Maybury, Executive Assistant to the President, was also in attendance.

Janel Perron was sworn in to the Executive Board

Agenda

The agenda was amended to add:

  • 2 CAAT-A proposals – move to Thursday at 10:00 a.m.
  • Withdraw Windsor Caribbean Music Festival budget proposal
  • We Own It report

The question was called on the Agenda as amended:

Roll Call #1

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Consent Agenda

Minutes of the Previous Meeting

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board adopt the OPSEU Executive Board Minutes of April 5, 2017 and the e-poll of May 5, 2017 World Indigenous Peoples Conference for Education.

Business Arising

Section 13 of the Policy Manual

Whereas Section 13 of the OPSEU Policy Manual has not been reviewed in some time; and

Whereas some parts of Section 13 go back forty three years; and

Whereas some of these sections no longer reflect the staff collective agreement requirements or practice of the Union

Therefore be it resolved that an “Under Revision” stamp be affixed to this Section with revisions brought back to the Executive Board in June 2016.

*Work in progress

CERC Member Engagement Campaign

Referral from the April 5, 2017 Executive Board meeting:

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board waive the 30 day notice of expenditures of more than $20,000.

Roll Call #2

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the OPS is headed into bargaining in 2017; and

Whereas the OPS has lost a number of experienced activists from the membership due to retirements at the end of 2016; and

Whereas there are many OPS employees in the bargaining unit who have either not signed cards or have not been involved in the union; and

Whereas OPSEU has excellent educational resources to approach new members and give them useful introductory information to the union; and

Whereas the OPS CERC wishes to engage as many new members in the union as possible as we head into bargaining in 2017;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the funds as outlined in the attached proposal from the Account NEO470110 to fund a campaign to empower OPS local presidents and stewards to sign up currently unsigned OPS members, to update bad contact information for OPS members, and to provide OPS members with basic/introductory information about OPSEU as we head into bargaining in 2017.

Moved by Almeida/Elliott

Remove “the account NEO470110” and replace with “Funds drawn from the OPS job protection fund”

Roll Call #3

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Question called on the motion as amended:

Whereas the OPS is headed into bargaining in 2017; and

Whereas the OPS has lost a number of experienced activists from the membership due to retirements at the end of 2016; and

Whereas there are many OPS employees in the bargaining unit who have either not signed cards or have not been involved in the union; and

Whereas OPSEU has excellent educational resources to approach new members and give them useful introductory information to the union; and

Whereas the OPS CERC wishes to engage as many new members in the union as possible as we head into bargaining in 2017;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the funds as outlined in the attached proposal from the OPS job protection fund to fund a campaign to empower OPS local presidents and stewards to sign up currently unsigned OPS members, to update bad contact information for OPS members, and to provide OPS members with basic/introductory information about OPSEU as we head into bargaining in 2017.

Roll Call #4

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

ASMP Proposal

Referral from the April 5, 2017 Executive Board meeting:

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board waive the 30 day notice of expenditures of more than $20,000.

Roll Call #5

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the primary issue of the ASMP has been suitable and sufficient training to permit OPSEU represented employees to understand this over whelming and complex program; and

Whereas the GSB has determined that the employer is entitled to have the program, precluding absences related to an Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC) defined disability and/or workplace safety & insurance board (WSIB) absence and many OPSEU members are unaware of this order; and

Whereas the CERC believes that OPSEU sponsored training is the best response to assisting members with both understanding and operating within the ASMP. CERC is proposing the following training model: a train the trainer program followed by service area schools for OPS stewards.

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU executive board authorize a one-day train-the-trainer session for twenty-one (21) OPSEU staff and twenty-one (21) OPS members (3 staff and 3 members per region) and further that those facilitators will deliver one-day training sessions for no more than 20 OPS members per service area to prepare them for front-line representation of members in the ASMP program the costs of which total $202,000.00 to be drawn from the OPS Job Protection Fund; and

Be it further resolved that the Executive Board directs a Train the Trainer program on the OPS Attendance Support Management Program (ASMP) for selected members of the OPS and will work regionally to offer training to not more than 20 members per OPSEU service area to build OPSEU local steward skills when representing members affected by the ASMP the costs of which will be drawn from the OPS Job Protection Fund.

Roll Call #6

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Member Advances

Referral from the March 8-9, 2017 Executive Board meeting:

Whereas OPSEU Members continue to have issues with not receiving full expense advance requests which, for some, prevents them from participating in OPSEU events,

Whereas Members have said they cannot afford to pay for these expenses in advance while awaiting reimbursement from Head Office.

Therefore be it resolved that Members receive advance requests that include meals, travel expenses (including mileage and parking), childcare/attendant care/senior care costs and hotel costs so that Members can attend events.

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

Refer motion to the budget process

Moved by Thibodeau/Maclam – Amendment:

Referral to First Vice President/Treasurer office to be brought back to the June Board

Roll Call #7

Almeida, Eddy against
Arscott, Julius against
Arvelin, Ed against
Bisaillon, Michel against
Elliott, Len against
Jones, Gareth against
Labelle, Sara against
Maclam, Kenneth against
Magner, Myles against
Maszczakiewicz, Tara against
Morton, Lucy against
Nancekivell, Laurie against
Perron, Janel against
Roy, J.L. against
Shearer, Philip against
Sikora, Jessica against
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren against
Thorson, Erin against
Tremblay, Chrisy against
Vyfschaft, Tracy against

DEFEATED 1 for 20 against

The question was called on referral:

Refer motion to the budget process

Roll Call #8

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len against
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth against
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie against
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy against
Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 17 for 4 against

Treasurer’s Report

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

  •  Financials
  •  Contingency Fund
  •  Defence Fund
  •  Strike Back Fund
  •  ODSP Fund – OPS Job Protection Fund
  •  ODSP Fund – MERC Action Plan
  •  ODSP Fund – OPS Redeployment Fund
  •  LBED – Anti-privatization Fund
  •  Summary Report

President’s Report

Internal Issues

Executive Assistants attendance at meetings

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the President designate one executive assistant to attend executive board and executive committee meetings, including in camera discussion as appropriate, for a period of one year to be reviewed at that time by the executive board.

Roll Call #9

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida – In Camera

Roll Call #10

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Afternoon

The meeting resumed at 1:30p.m.

Rise & Report

OPSEU Staff Pension Plan

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board waive the 30 day notice of expenditures of more than $20,000.

Roll Call #11

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Magner/Elliott

Whereas OPSEU has signed to a Letter of Understanding agreeing to meet with representatives of OPSSU and ASU and the Board of Trustees of the OPSEU Staff Pension Plan to discuss the long-term sustainability of the Plan; and

Whereas the Staff Pension Plan Trustees have asked the Plan’s actuaries to update its sustainability modeling tool to reflect Plan’s current financial position; and

Whereas to support the sustainability discussion with the sponsors, the Plan Trustees have asked the Plan’s actuaries to use the modeling tool to project the impact of various options on the Plan’s funding status and sustainability over the long-term.

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU cover reasonable costs, up to a maximum of $25,000 for the modeling the impact of options for improving the OPSEU Staff Pension Plan’s long-term sustainability, for consideration by the Plan’s sponsors, with funds to be drawn from the contingency fund.

Roll Call #12

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Housekeeping item

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

Be it resolved that the funds from the We Own It – Phase 2 – Mobilizing Strategy and the We Own It – Phase 2 – Advertising Strategy proposals from the December 2016 Executive Board Meeting are to be drawn from the Strike Back Fund and not the Contingency Fund as outlined in the Financials.

Roll Call #13

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Executive Board Committee Elections 2017-2019

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

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

Audit Committee

The following Board members were nominated and indicated their willingness to stand for election; Gareth Jones, Philip Shearer, Carl Thibodeau, Chrisy Tremblay.

Ballots were distributed, collected and counted.  President Thomas announced the election of Gareth Jones, Carl Thibodeau and Chrisy Tremblay to the Audit Committee.

Staff Negotiating

Tracy Vyfschaft and Laurie Nancekivell were acclaimed to the Staff Negotiating Committee. Ken Maclam and Chrisy Tremblay declined the nomination.

Central Political Action Committee (CPAC)

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

Ballots were distributed, collected and counted.  President Thomas announced the election of Len Elliott, Sara Labelle and Ken Maclam to the CPAC.

Timed presentation

Larry Brown gave a presentation to the OPSEU Executive Board

Constitution Committee

Carl Thibodeau was acclaimed to the Constitution Committee

Resolutions Committee

Laurie Nancekivell was acclaimed to the Resolutions Committee.  Michel Bisaillon declined the nomination.

Credentials Committee

Janel Perron was acclaimed to the Credentials Committee. 

Convention Planning

Tracy Vyfschaft was acclaimed to the Resolutions Committee.

Excluded Staff Hiring

Ed Arvelin was acclaimed to the Excluded Staff Hiring committee.

Francophone Committee

J.L Roy was acclaimed to the Francophone Committee. 

In Solidarity Committee

The following Executive Board Members were nominated and indicated their willingness to stand for election; Julius Arscott and Tara Maszczakiewicz.

Ballots were distributed, collected and counted.  President Thomas announced the election of Tara Maszczakiewicz to the In Solidarity Committee.

Indigenous Circle

Ken Maclam was acclaimed to the Aboriginal Committee. 

MDT/SDT

Ed Arvelin and Chrisy Tremblay were acclaimed to the MDT/SDT Committee.

OPSEU Resource/OPSEU Enterprises

Lucy Morton and Tracy Vyfschaft were acclaimed to the OPSEU Resource/OPSEU Enterprises Committee.  Julius Arscott declined the nomination.

Staff Pension Plan Trustees Committee

Jessica Sikora was acclaimed to the Staff Pension Plan Trustees Committee.

Pension Liaison Committee

Gareth Jones and Len Elliott were acclaimed to the Pension Liaison Committee. 

PHRC Liaison

The following Executive Board Members were nominated and indicated their willingness to stand for election; Sara Labelle and Julius Arscott.

Ballots were distributed, collected and counted.  President Thomas announced the election of Sara Labelle as the PHRC Liaison.

PWC Liaison

Chrisy Tremblay was acclaimed as the PWC Liaison.  

PYC Liaison

Erin Thorson was acclaimed as the PYC Liaison.  

Retirees Liaison

Erin Thorson was acclaimed as the Retirees Liaison. 

Social Mapping Committee

The following Executive Board Members were nominated and indicated their willingness to stand for election; Laurie Nancekivell and Janel Perron.

Ballots were distributed, collected and counted.  President Thomas announced the election of Laurie Nancekivell to the Social Mapping Committee.

Live and Let Live

Philip Shearer was acclaimed to the Live and Let Live Board.

International Humanity Work

Michel Bisaillon nominated was acclaimed to the International Humanity Work Board.

International Solidarity Work

J.L Roy was acclaimed to the International Solidarity Work Board.

Strategic Planning Committee

Philip Shearer, Tracy Vyfschaft, Lucy Morton were acclaimed to the Strategic Planning Committee.

Rainbow Alliance Liaison

The following Executive Board Members were nominated and indicated their willingness to stand for election; Jessica Sikora and Tara Maszczakiewicz.

Ballots were distributed, collected and counted.  President Thomas announced the election of Tara Maszczakiewicz as the Rainbow Alliance Liaison.

Disability Rights Liaison

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

Workers of Colour Caucus

Julius Arscott was acclaimed to the Workers of Colour Caucus.

Policy Review Committee

Jessica Sikora and Laurie Nancekivell were acclaimed to the Policy Review Committee.  Julius Arscott declined the nomination

Local 108

update

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

Roll Call #14

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy —

Carried 20 for 0 against

Moved by Almeida/Nancekivell – In Camera

Roll Call #15

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel —
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy —

Carried 19 for 0 against

Rise & Report

progress

Recess

The Executive Board recessed at 5:25 p.m. All members were present except Tracy Vyfschaft, the reason was acceptable to the Chair.

May 18, 2017

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:00 a.m. President Thomas was in the Chair.  Peggy Maybury, Executive Assistant to the President, was also in attendance.

Moved by Almeida/Nancekivell – In Camera

Roll Call #16

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy —
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Afternoon

The meeting resumed at 1:30p.m.

Rise & Report

progress

LBED

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Be it resolved that a meeting of the LBED Divex, LBED Local Presidents or highest ranking, LBED mobilizers and Executive Board be convened in Toronto as soon as is possible to update bargaining, prepare for a potential strike and develop further bargaining strategies with funds to be drawn from bargaining.

Roll Call #17

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Equity Mobilization Team

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

Roll Call #18

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara —
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy —
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Sikora

Whereas OPSEU members booked off as community organizers play an important role in the success of the We Own It! campaign across the province; and

Whereas OPSEU has long been a leader in fighting for equity for workers; and

Whereas OPSEU aims to ensure that organizers are representative of the diversity of the membership they are drawn from; and

Whereas this diversity of organizers will strengthen the campaign’s ability to reach all audiences, improving the reach and impact of the campaign across Ontario.

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the funds as outlined in the attached proposal to extend the term of the 3 mobilizers to the Equity Mobilization Team until December 31, 2017 with funds to be drawn from Strike Back Fund; and

Be it further resolved that the team provide a presentation/update to the Executive Board at the September Board meeting.

Roll Call #19

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Indigenous Mobilization Team

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

Roll Call #20

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Maclam

Whereas OPSEU members booked off as community organizers play an important role in the success of the We Own It! campaign across the province; and

Whereas OPSEU has long been a leader in fighting for equity for workers; and

Whereas OPSEU aims to ensure that organizers are representative of the diversity of the membership they are drawn from; and

Whereas this diversity of organizers will strengthen the campaign’s ability to reach all audiences, improving the reach and impact of the campaign across Ontario;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the funds as outlined in the attached proposal to extend the term of the 3 Indigenous members to the Indigenous Mobilization Team until December 31, 2017 with the funds to be drawn from the Strike Back Fund; ad

Be it further resolved that the team provide a presentation/update to the Executive Board at the September Board meeting.

Roll Call #21

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

We Own It – Mobilizers

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

Roll Call #22

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Be it resolved that the OPSEU executive board approves the extension of the We Own It mobilizers until December 31, 2017, such funds to be drawn from the strike back fund; and

Be it further resolved that the executive board receive a presentation/update from the We Own It campaign team at the September 2017 Executive Board.

Roll Call #23

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

CAAT-A Contract Faculty Organizing Campaign – Phase 4

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

Roll Call #24

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Thorson

Whereas OPSEU is committed to organizing all PT college workers as part of our greater drive to improve the working conditions of precarious workers across the province; and

Whereas  Phase 1 of the campaign successfully planned, prepared and executed the launch of the CAAT-A contract faculty organizing campaign by developing and testing communications materials, creating a flexible database, booking off local coordinators, establishing local contacts and networks, and commencing card signing efforts; and

Whereas Phase 2 began implementing our communications and advertising plan, including online recruitment, direct mail, and accelerated the process of signing cards by putting more boots on the ground; and

Whereas Phase 3 of the campaign succeeded in significantly increasing the number of signed membership applications; and

Whereas Phase 4 encapsulates the final phase of the 2016-2017 Contract Faculty organizing drive with the goal of achieving a successful outcome for all part-time and sessional academic staff in community colleges across Ontario;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approved the funds as outlined in the attached proposal to fund Phase 4 of the 2016-2017 organizing drive of Contract Faculty – part time and sessional; and

Be it further resolved that monies to fund Phase 4 of the CAAT/A PT organizing campaign be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

Roll Call #25

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Personal Support Workers Survey and Lobby Day

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

Roll Call #26

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Morton

Whereas the Ontario 2017 Budget decreed the establishment of a mandatory registry for personal support workers in Ontario without input from PSWs or from the unions that represent them, including OPSEU, as to how it should be carried out, if at all; and

Whereas the Ontario 2017 Budget announced an exclusive partnership with SEIU Healthcare to create a training program and facility for the skills development of PSWs outside our public colleges system; and

Whereas PSWs should have a say as to how their profession should regulated,  have the right to receive training and development in our public colleges, and must be consulted for their input in the creation of a training facility; and

Whereas the fact that the Director of Government Relations at SEIU Healthcare, Michael Spitale, also happens to be President of the Ontario Liberal Party, taints this announcement with the stench of patronage; and

Whereas OPSEU Sector Chairs have recommended: (1) that we oppose the government's move to work exclusively with SEIU Healthcare; (2) that a survey be conducted with all PSWs across OPSEU; and (3) that a joint OPSEU-OPSWA MPP Lobby be scheduled to take place at Queen's Park before the Legislative Session ends;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU express its opposition to the government's announcement to create an exclusive partnership with SEIU Healthcare to train and develop Personal Support Workers; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU conduct an online survey of all member Personal Support Workers in order to inform them of, and gauge their support for, the Ontario Budget announcement; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU co-sponsor an MPP Lobby at the Ontario Legislature in coordination with Ontario Personal Support Workers Association, to bring the voices of Personal Support Workers on this issue directly to government and opposition MPPs at Queen's Park; and

Be it further resolved that monies to fund the Personal Support Workers Survey and Lobby Day be drawn from the Strike Back Fund.

Roll Call #27

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Let’s Talk Ontario

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

Roll Call #28

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the Ontario Budget 2017 has sent a clear signal that the austerity agenda of the Ontario Liberal government has not subsided; and

Whereas the Liberals have a pathological obsession with balancing the budget on the back of cutting public services and selling off public assets; and

Whereas the Liberals remain in the grasp of corporate interests lead by the Ed Clark agenda and other corporate interests; and

Whereas OPSEU continues to lead the fight against privatization and inequality; and

Whereas OPSEU Convention committed to the strike back fund and We Own It campaign; and

Whereas OPSEU's intent has been and continues to be building community alliances and support to fight this agenda; and 

Whereas OPSEU understands that the public is gaining a grasp that the privatization agenda is not in the best public interest; and

Whereas public consultation and education is crucial to winning this campaign against privatization and austerity.

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU conduct a public town hall through modern, online broadcast technology to engage all Ontarians to discuss and critique the 2017 Ontario Budget; and

Be it further resolved that this effort be bolstered by a social media advertising strategy to reach thousands of Ontarians to invite them to participate in a live-streamed town meeting; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU invests in a broadcast public town hall to engage Ontarians will assist the Ontario government in understanding what many of its citizens are feeling about the government's ongoing austerity agenda; and

Be it further resolved that monies to fund "Let's Talk Ontario" be drawn from the Strike Back Fund.

Roll Call #29

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

CAAT A 2017 Communications Plan-Contract Mobilization

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

Roll Call #30

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Thorson

Whereas the CAAT Academic collective agreement expires on September 30th, 2017, and

Whereas the members need to be mobilized and united in their support of their bargaining team in order to ensure a strong and fair contract;

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board approve the funds outlined in the attached proposal, with the funds to be drawn from the contingency fund.

Roll Call #31

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Org Chart

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas a Region 5 staff representative was accommodated with a transfer to Region 3, Oshawa Regional Office, January 2004; and

Whereas the assignment covers eight Locals in Region 3, and two Locals in Region 5; and

Whereas the staff representative retired in February 2017, and the two Region 5 Locals are now being serviced by Region 5 staff representative(s); and

Whereas the Oshawa Regional Office services thirty six Locals with two permanent staff representatives and one temporary staff representative that is covering for the retired staff representative;

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board transfer one staff representative position from Region 5 to Region 3; and

Be it further resolved that the Organizational Chart be amended accordingly.

Moved by Almeida/Arvelin – Referral to the President’s Office

Roll Call #32

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Committee Reports

Pension Liaison

HOOPP Board of Trustees

Moved by Jones/Elliott

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board appoint Sandi Blancher, OPSEU Local 106, to the HOOPP Board of Trustees for a three (3) year term commencing July 1, 2017 and ending on June 30, 2020, provided Sandi sign and return the OPSEU Letter of Understanding. 

Roll Call #33

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Final Report of the Resolutions Committee

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

Moved by Almeida/Thibodeau – Referral to the June Board

Roll Call #34

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

We Own It -Regions

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

Roll Call #35

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Be it resolved that an additional $35,000 be added to each region under We Own IT to further educate our communities and members on the good work of public services in our communities and funds to be drawn from the Strike Back Fund, to be reviewed in September.

Roll Call #36

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Central Labour Updates (OFL/NUPGE/CLC)

President Thomas provided an update

Moved by Thomas/Almeida – In Camera

Roll Call #37

Almeida, Eddy for
Arscott, Julius for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Elliott, Len for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Magner, Myles for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Roy, J.L. for
Shearer, Philip for
Sikora, Jessica for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Thorson, Erin for
Tremblay, Chrisy for
Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Rise & Report

progress

Committee Reports

Standing Committee Reports:

  • Audit
  • Central Political Action
  • Convention
    • Resolutions
    • Constitutional
    • Credentials (reports at Convention)
    • Planning
  • Disability Rights Caucus
  • Excluded Staff Hiring
  • Francophone
  • Indigenous Circle
  • In Solidarity
  • OPSEU Resource/Enterprises
  • Pension Liaison
  • PHRC
  • Policy Review Committee
  • PWC
  • PYC
  • Rainbow Alliance
  • Retirees Board
  • Social Mapping
  • Solidarity Fund Board
    • Live and Let Live
    • International Humanity Work
    • International Solidarity Work
  • Staff Negotiating
  • Staff Pension Plan Trustees
  • Strategic Planning
  • Workers of Colour Caucus

Adjournment

The Executive Board adjourned at 4:33 p.m. All members were present.

Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President

Nicole Glass, Corporate Secretary