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Minutes of the May 4, 2020 Executive Board Web Conference

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Web Conference

May 4, 2020

The Executive Board was called to order at 7:05 p.m. President Thomas was in the Chair. All members were present except Sara Labelle, Janel Perron and Joel Usher, the reasons were acceptable to the Chair.

Agenda

The agenda was amended to add:

  • Electronic voting and electronic meetings
  • CAAT Support – question on furlough from CEC

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board adopt the OPSEU Executive Board Minutes of April 27, 2020 Web Conference.

Roll Call #1

Ainsworth, Anna   for

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arvelin, Ed   for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley  for

Labelle, Sara   –

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel   –

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren  for

Usher, Joel   –

Van Zetten, Jennifer  for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Referral from January 22-23, 2020 Board meeting:

Constitutional Amendment – Election Years

Motion for Policy Change Section 16.1:

Amended 16. 1-3 Sector Meetings

There will be biennial sector one-day meetings. Starting in 1999, the OPS Sector, CAAT(A), CAAT (S) and the BPS sector meetings will be held in alternating years.

(January 17-19, 1998 B, p. 3)

Moved by Thomas/Morton

Whereas the Sectors will have 3 year terms starting in 2021; and

Whereas in order to arrange the sector and divisional meetings so that the elections take place during a regularly scheduled meeting; and

Therefore be it resolved that there will be a Sector or OPS Divisional meeting every 18 months starting in 2021; and

Be it further resolved that elections will take place at every second meeting starting in 2021.

*work in progress

Constitutional Amendment – Election Years

Moved by Thomas/Morton

Whereas when members are elected to a new position of leadership within OPSEU there is always a transition phase; and

Whereas executing a good strategic plan often takes longer than two years; and

Whereas three year electoral terms allow for more goal orientated leadership;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board submit the following constitutional amendment to OPSEU Convention 2020; and

Constitutional Amendment Article 13, 14, 15, 19, 29,

Amend Art. 13.9.2 as follows (change in bold): 

Amended 13.9.2  In an election year, each regional election meeting shall elect, from among the Members present, one member and one two alternate to each of the Convention Committees. These two alternates shall be ranked in order of 1st alternate and 2nd alternate.  Such elections will be elected by majority, which is 50 percent plus 1 of the valid ballots cast. The Committees so elected shall exercise their functions not at the immediately following Convention, but at each of the three subsequent annual Conventions. 

Amend Art. 14.1.1 as follows (changes in bold): 

14.1.1  Members of the Executive Board shall be elected by majority vote of all delegates casting valid ballots at Regional meetings held prior to every third regular Convention, beginning with meetings in 2021. 

Amend Art. 14.2 as follows (change in bold): 

14.2     Regional meetings to elect Members of the Board shall be convened in the Region the Members are to represent. All such meetings shall be convened not more than 30 days or less than 15 days prior to the opening of every third regular Convention. The place shall be as designated by the President or Executive Committee. 

Amend Art. 14.6.1 as follows (change in bold): 

14.6.1 At each Regional election meeting in an election year, the delegates shall elect three persons to be members of the Executive Board and two people to be their alternate.  These two alternates shall be ranked in order of 1st alternate and 2nd alternate.  Such elections will be elected by majority, which is 50 percent plus 1 of the valid ballots cast. Following the election of the three Board Members, there will be a subsequent election, in which the delegates will nominate from among the three elected Board Members a Regional Vice-President. Following election of the Regional Vice-President, there will be a subsequent election, in which the delegates will elect from among the remaining two Board Members an alternate Regional Vice-President. No person may hold more than one office on the Executive Board. 

Amend Art. 15.4 as follows (change in bold): 

15.4     If any person should cease to be a Member of the Executive Board for any reason, the alternate elected from their region shall take their place. However, if the alternate has already taken a seat on the Executive Board, the President shall convene a special Regional meeting as far as possible in accordance with Article 14 for the purpose of electing another Member of the Board. However, the President shall not be obliged to convene such a Regional meeting if:  

(a)  the vacancy occurs within the four months preceding the regular triennial election meetings, or…. 

Amend Art. 19 as follows (changes in bold): 

19.1     There shall be a Provincial Women’s Committee, composed of one woman Member from each Region, to be elected at the regular triennial Regional election meetings and two people to be their alternate.  These two alternates shall be ranked in order of 1st alternate and 2nd alternate.  Such elections will be elected by majority, which is 50 percent plus 1 of the valid ballots cast. The function of the Committee shall be to assist in establishing women’s caucuses and committees within the Regions, to develop and promote programs to encourage women to participate in union activities, and to increase the awareness and understanding of equality issues throughout the membership. 

19.2     There shall be a Provincial Human Rights Committee, composed of one Member from each Region, to be elected at the regular triennial Regional election meetings and two people to be their alternate.  These two alternates shall be ranked in order of 1st alternate and 2nd alternate.  Such elections will be elected by majority, which is 50 percent plus 1 of the valid ballots cast. The function of the Committee shall be to assist in establishing local and other human rights committees within the Regions, to develop and promote programs to encourage all members to participate in Union activities, and to increase the awareness and understanding of workplace, community, national and international human rights issues throughout the membership.  

19.3     There shall be a Provincial Young Workers Committee, composed of one member from each region, to be elected at the regular triennial Regional election meetings and two people to be their alternate.  These two alternates shall be ranked in order of 1st alternate and 2nd alternate.  Such elections will be elected by majority, which is 50 percent plus 1 of the valid ballots cast.  The function of the committee shall be to assist in establishing youth caucuses and committees within the regions, to develop and promote programs to encourage youth to participate in Union activities, and to increase the awareness and understanding of youth issues throughout the membership. 

19.4 There shall be a Provincial Francophone Committee, composed on one member from each Region, to be elected at the regular triennial Regional election meetings and two people to be their alternate.  These two alternates shall be ranked in order of 1st alternate and 2nd alternate.  Such elections will be elected by majority, which is 50 percent plus 1 of the valid ballots cast. The function of the committee shall be to assist in establishing Francophone caucuses and committees within the regions, to develop and promote programs to encourage Francophones to participate in Union activities, and to increase the awareness and understanding of Francophone issues throughout the membership in all Francophone communities across the province.  

19.5 There shall be an Indigenous Circle composed of two (2) Members from each Region where they are represented within the Region. The Members of the Indigenous Circle shall be selected by the Indigenous Circle from interested Members who apply to fill vacancies within their Region. The full membership of the Circle will be renewed on a triennial basis. The function of the Circle shall be to assist in creating networks within the Regions, to develop and promote programs to encourage First Nation, Métis and Inuit Members to participate in Union activities, and to increase the awareness and understanding of Aboriginal issues throughout the membership. 

Amend Art. 29.3.1 as follows (change in bold): 

29.3.1  The term of office for Shop Stewards, Unit Stewards, and all Officers of LEC’s shall be not more than three years or less than one year and shall be deemed to be three years unless a Local adopts a by-law to the contrary. For the sake of continuity, terms of office may be overlapping, if so provided in Local by-laws.  

Delete Art. 29.3.2  

29.3.2 Local elections may be held in either even- or odd-numbered years, subject to the requirements of Article 29.3.1. 

Amend Art. 29.6.1 as follows (change in bold): 

29.6.1 Every Local shall elect an audit committee composed of at least two members to be known as Trustees. The Trustees shall be elected at a general membership meeting from among the members and may not hold any other office in any Local. They shall hold office for a three-year term., but at the first election in a Local the terms may be varied to provide subsequently for overlapping terms

Be it further resolved that all changes will take effect for meetings and elections held after January 1, 2021.

*work in progress

CAAT-S PT Negotiations Procedures

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the College Support Part-time collective agreement expires January 31, 2020 and this is an important round of bargaining for the division; and

Whereas the CAAT (Support) Negotiations Procedures have been amended to incorporate the changes reflected in the motions carried at the October 2019 Divisional meeting;

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board approve the proposed College Support Part-Time Negotiations Procedures.

Roll Call #2

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff for

Doran, Dave for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel   –

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel   –

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Indigenous Flag at OPSEU Central Events

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Be it resolved that OPSEU Include the Indigenous Circle flag at events that have the OPSEU and Francophone flag placed at the front of the room

Roll Call #3

Ainsworth, Anna  for

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy  for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel –

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken  for

Strachan, Edie   for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel    –

Van Zetten, Jennifer  for

Carried 19 for 0 against

80/20 Local Time off Fund

Referral to the First Vice President/Treasurers office for the local time off fund with regards to how we could potentially use it for PT workers who aren’t scheduled and what implications/complications would there be if it was implemented to be brought back to the March Board.

*Work in progress

Referral from the April 27, 2020 Executive Board web conference:

OPSEU/SEFPO Convention 2020

Whereas the OPSEU/SEFPO Constitution directs OPSEU/SEFPO to hold an annual Convention, and art 16.2.1 provides that the Executive Board is the governing body of the Union whenever a duly-convened Convention is not in session; and

Whereas the OPSEU/SEFPO Convention is also an annual general meeting of members as required by the Corporations Act; and

Whereas the Government issued Emergency Order 107/20, which suspends and amends OPSEU/SEFPO’s corporate meeting requirements, and the Government is expected to pass further Emergency Orders and legislation to provide further direction to corporations after the conclusion of the Declaration of Emergency;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO will maintain and continue all commitments in respect of Convention 2021, to be held April 2021; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO staff will monitor and report back as necessary concerning Emergency Orders or any amendments to the Corporations Act or other legislation that would apply to corporate requirements for OPSEU Conventions; and

Be it further resolved that the statutory resolutions that would have been referred to Convention 2020, should it not be able to be had, will be referred to the Executive Board for consideration following the conclusion of the Declared Emergency.

*motion withdrawn and replaced with new one

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the OPSEU/SEFPO Constitution directs OPSEU/SEFPO to hold an annual Convention, and art 16.2.1 provides that the Executive Board is the governing body of the Union whenever a duly-convened Convention is not in session; and

Whereas the OPSEU/SEFPO Convention is also an annual general meeting of members as required by the Corporations Act; and

Whereas Convention 2020 could not be held as scheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Declaration of Emergency and related Emergency Orders issued in accordance with the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act; and

Whereas the Government issued Emergency Order 107/20, which suspends and amends OPSEU/SEFPO’s corporate meeting requirements, and the Government is expected to pass further Emergency Orders and legislation to provide further direction to corporations after the conclusion of the Declaration of Emergency;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO will maintain and continue all commitments in respect of Convention 2021, to be held April 2021; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO staff will monitor and report back as necessary concerning Emergency Orders or any amendments to the Corporations Act or other legislation that would apply to corporate requirements for OPSEU Conventions; and

Be it further resolved that the statutory resolutions that would have been referred to Convention 2020 are referred to the Executive Board for consideration following the conclusion of the Declared Emergency.

Roll Call #4

Ainsworth, Anna  for

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy  for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel –

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken  for

Strachan, Edie   for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel    –

Van Zetten, Jennifer  for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Treasurer’s Report

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

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

Construction Tenders – Renovation of 155 Lesmill Road

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

Whereas OPSEU recently purchased 155 Lesmill Road; and

Whereas the building requires a renovation to suit the needs of our membership and staff;

Therefore be it resolved that the contract for the renovation at 155 Lesmill Road be awarded to Fully Completed with the funds to be drawn from Capitol Expenditures.

Roll Call #5

Ainsworth, Anna  for

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy  for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken  for

Strachan, Edie   for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel    –

Van Zetten, Jennifer  for

Carried 20 for 0 against

President’s Report

Internal Issues

2020 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
  • “Live and Let Live” Award
  • Rainford Jackson Education and Development Fund
  • Stanley Knowles Humanitarian
  • Tim Brown Award

*work in progress

Withering Trillium Award

Discussion

*work in progress

Statutory Resolutions

#1

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 Board meeting.

Roll Call #6

Ainsworth, Anna  for

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy  for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken  for

Strachan, Edie   for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel    –

Van Zetten, Jennifer  for

Carried 20 for 0 against

#2

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, 2020 through to December 31, 2020 and the Executive Board fix the Auditors’ remuneration.

Roll Call #7

Ainsworth, Anna  for

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy  for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken  for

Strachan, Edie   for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel    –

Van Zetten, Jennifer  for

Carried 20 for 0 against

2020 OPSEU Convention Agenda

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board approve the 2020 OPSEU Convention Agenda.

Withdrawn

Resolutions to Convention 2019

Withdrawn

Organizational Chart Change

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas there is a need for an addition Claims Clerk in Membership Services in order to process the high volume of members’ expense claims in a timely manner; and

Whereas the Clerk in Organizing has been vacant for some time without negatively impacting the Organizing Unit; and

Whereas OPSEU regularly reviews its staffing complement to ensure resources are properly allocated to meet the needs of the membership; and

Whereas moving the Clerk position is cost neutral with zero impact on the budget;

Therefore be it resolved that the Clerk in the Organizing Unit, Communications Division, be moved to become a Clerk in Membership Services Unit, Financial Services Division; and

Be it further resolved that the Organizational chart be amended to reflect this change.

Roll Call #8

Ainsworth, Anna  for

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy  for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken  for

Strachan, Edie   for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel    –

Van Zetten, Jennifer  for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Shop LCBO

Waiver Motion:

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

Enabling Motion:

Whereas the Ford government is moving ahead with privatized alcohol sales in corner stores; and

Whereas people trust the LCBO over corner stores to keep beer and wine out of the hands of kids; and

Whereas people support the fact that the LCBO returns all of its profits to the people of Ontario to pay for vital public services; and

Whereas support for alcohol sales in corner stores is more divided; and

Whereas there is growing public concern about the violence and relative frequency of liquor robberies; and

Whereas privatizing alcohol sales in corner stores is a potential public health and safety disaster;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the funds for a Shop LCBO campaign in our communities.

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Be it resolved that the Shop LCBO proposal be tabled until the end of the state of emergency

Roll Call #9

Ainsworth, Anna  for

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy  for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken  for

Strachan, Edie   for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel    –

Van Zetten, Jennifer  for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Developmental Services Campaign

Waiver Motion:

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

Enabling Motion:

Whereas OPSEU members in the Developmental Services Sector will be bargaining 57 contracts from now until 2021; and

Whereas the Ford government awarded a $1 million contract to a consulting firm in 2019 with the mandate to look for ways to reduce costs for services for adults with developmental disabilities prior to the 2020 budget; and

Whereas the sector has had no infrastructure investment for over 10 years and Ontario Developmental Services Housing Task Force found that the waiting list for supportive housing is “deeply disturbing” and grows “exponentially with each passing year,” now surpassing 15,000 people; and

Whereas the government has failed to address the prevalence of part-time work, the lack of pensions and poor retention in the sector;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the amount as outlined in the attached proposal to be drawn from the Contingency Fund for a campaign designed to activate the membership base to organize within their workplaces and in their communities.

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Be it resolved that the Developmental Services Campaign be tabled until the end of the state of emergency

Roll Call #10

Ainsworth, Anna  for

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy  for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken  for

Strachan, Edie   for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel    –

Van Zetten, Jennifer  for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Dues on Pandemic pay premium

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the provincial government, in coordination with the federal government, announced a pandemic pay premium package for front-line workers on April 25, 2020; and

Whereas this pay premium provides workers a $4 per hour pay increase until August 13, 2020, in addition to lump sum payments of $250 for those who work over 100 hours per month during this 16-week period; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO has worked hard to convince the government to include as many front-line workers as possible in the job classifications who will receive the pandemic pay premium; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO could stand to collect significant dues revenues from its members who are earning these premiums during this time; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO believes that its members deserve to earn the entire pay premium the government has offered;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO will not collect dues from any portion of the above pandemic pay premium from any of its members during the 16-week period.

Roll Call #11

Ainsworth, Anna  for

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy  for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken  for

Strachan, Edie   for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel    –

Van Zetten, Jennifer  for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Triage Update

Discussion

Staffing Issues – In Camera

Central Labour Updates (OFL/NUPGE/CLC)

Other Business

Committee Reports

Elections for the following committees:

  • CPAC
  • Pension Liaison
  • Staff Negotiating
  • Staff Pension Plan Trustee

*work in progress

Strike Ad-hoc committee

Notification to Board members re: strike or lock out

Moved by Maszczakiewicz/Ainsworth

Whereas members at risk of a strike or lockout may benefit from support of their regional executive board members; and

Whereas there is no mechanism currently in place to trigger consistent notification to executive board members;

Therefore be it resolved that the executive board members be notified of members at risk of strike or lockout in their respective regions on the following timeline:

Event/Action: Contracts expiring

Notification timeline: Annually, updated as needed


Event/Action: Dates for bargaining

Notification timeline: As set

Event/Action: Notification of a strike vote

Notification timeline: When set

Event/Action: Notification of a ratification vote where there is a reasonable belief the offer may be rejected and a strike mandate given

Notification timeline: When set

Event/Action: Where a ratification vote occurs and a strike mandate is given and was not expected

Notification timeline: As soon as is reasonable following vote outcome

Event/Action: Notification of application for conciliation

Notification timeline: Prior to conciliation dates/legal strike position, whichever is sooner

Event/Action: Filing of a No Board

Notification timeline: At time of filing

Event/Action: Strike/lock out training scheduled

Notification timeline: When dates are determined

Event/Action: Notification of potential strike/lock out- with number of members in unit/local, number of worksites that will be covered and any resources that may be needed

Notification timeline: As soon as reasonable to believe this is a possibility

Event/Action: Notification of a tentative deal for a unit/local that has been identified as at risk of strike/lock out

Notification timeline: As soon as reasonable, with date(s) for ratification votes by members and employer

Roll Call #12

Ainsworth, Anna   for

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arvelin, Ed   for

Cain, Geoff   for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley  for

Labelle, Sara   –

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth  for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy  for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel  for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren  for

Usher, Joel     –

Van Zetten, Jennifer   for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Equity Committee updates

Updates were provided on the following committees

  • Coalition of Racialized Workers
  • Disability Rights Caucus
  • Francophone
  • Indigenous Circle
  • PHRC
  • PWC
  • PYC
  • Rainbow Alliance
  • Retirees

Solidarity Fund Board

Update provided

Audit Committee

Moved by Arvelin/Langford

Therefore be it resolved that in compliance with Article 26.2 of the Constitution and Section 97 of the Corporations Act, the Financial Statements for the 12-month period ending December 2019, including the Statement of Financial Position, the Statement of Revenue and Expenditures, the Statement of Fund Balances and the Statement of Cash Flows, together with the Auditors’ report thereon, and all transactions reflected thereby be approved and that the President and First Vice-President/Treasurer be authorized to sign the financial statements on behalf of the Executive Board.

Roll Call #13

Ainsworth, Anna   for

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arvelin, Ed   for

Cain, Geoff   for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley  for

Labelle, Sara   –

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth  for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy  for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel  for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren  for

Usher, Joel     –

Van Zetten, Jennifer   for

Carried 19 for 0 against

New Business

Community Services Division Bargaining Conference 2020

Whereas since 2015, the Community Services Division (CSD) has held bargaining conferences to plan and develop coordinated demands; and

Whereas the sectors of CSD have seen the value of the bargaining conferences from training, peer consultation, and demand coordination; and

Whereas the provincial government has drastically cut social services spending by one billion dollars, resulting in significant layoffs and service reductions, causing locals across the province to take a defensive approach to preserving the valuable work they provide; and

Whereas a bargaining conference can provide a focused direction for empowering and equipping the local leadership and bargaining teams on how to handle the cuts to social services and promote health and progressive collective agreements;

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board approve funding for the 2020 Community Services Division Bargaining Conference as outlined in this proposal with the funds to be drawn from the contingency fund.

*work in progress

Legal Representation when Board members are under attack

Discussion

Registered Votes

Moved by Nancekivell/Van Zetten

Whereas OPSEU uses email to register votes of the Executive Board Members; and

Whereas emails can be easily missed or confused with an abundance of emails in any given day; and

Whereas Executive Board Members and OPSEU as a whole, should have an accurate account of how Executive Board Members vote, or intended to vote; and

Whereas it is not always known if your vote was not received until the voting period has closed;

Therefore be it resolved that when an Executive Board Member registers their vote via email, they will receive an email back from the Corporate Secretary, or another staff member assigned, indicating receipt of their vote; and

Be it further resolved that this acknowledgement will be provided as quickly as possible from when the vote was received.

Roll Call #14

Ainsworth, Anna   for

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arvelin, Ed   for

Cain, Geoff   for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley  for

Labelle, Sara   –

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth  for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy  for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel  for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren  for

Usher, Joel     –

Van Zetten, Jennifer   for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Access to OPSEU/SEFPO buildings

Moved by Nancekivell/Rondeau

Whereas Executive Board Members are the elected leadership within their regions and represent all of OPSEU/SEFPO; and

Whereas Executive Board Members are trusted and known individuals by the union; and

Whereas the ability to move freely from the entrances, meeting rooms and washrooms is not possible; and

Whereas Executive Board Members should be able to gain access to their regional membership centres and Head Office, or any other centrally used office;

Therefore be it resolved that Executive Board Members will be provided with the device(s) necessary (i.e. key, key fob, etc.) to be able to gain access to all Membership Centres within their own region and any centrally staffed building.

Moved by Kwok/Ainsworth – Amendment:

In the resolve add after “building” “with the exception of desks and offices of staff”

First Vice President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair

Moved by Finucane/Doran – Referral of this motion to President’s office for further clarification

Roll Call #15

Ainsworth, Anna  for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed  for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave   for

Finucane, Drew   for

Kwok, Kingsley  against

Labelle, Sara    –

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth  for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy  for

Nancekivell, Laurie  against

Perron, Janel  –

Rondeau, Nathalie  for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken  against

Strachan, Edie  against

Thomas, Warren  for

Usher, Joel  against

Van Zetten, Jennifer against

Carried 13 for 6 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Move adjournment

Roll Call #16

Ainsworth, Anna   for

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arvelin, Ed   for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave   for

Finucane, Drew  for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara    –

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth  for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel   –

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie  for

Thomas, Warren  for

Usher, Joel  for

Van Zetten, Jennifer  for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Adjournment

The Executive Board adjourned at 10:16 p.m. All members were present except Sara Labelle and Janel Perron, the reasons were acceptable to the Chair.

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