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Minutes of the November 29-30, 2017 Executive Board Meeting

Minutes of the November 29-30, 2017 Executive Board Meeting

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Coopers Membership Centre November 29, 2017

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:30 a.m. President Thomas was in the Chair. All members were present except Ed Arvelin, the reason was acceptable to the Chair.  Peggy Maybury, Executive Assistant to the President and Maurice Gabay, Administrator of Financial Services Division was also in attendance.

First Vice President/Treasurer Almeida presented the 2018 budget to the Board

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

Be it resolved that the 2018 budget be approved as amended by the Executive Committee and Executive Board.

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

Be it resolved that the Board move into committee of the whole.

Roll Call #1

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed —

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


Moved by Almeida/Thomas

Be it resolved that the Executive Board move out of committee of the whole

Roll Call #2

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed —

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

Afternoon

The meeting resumed at 1:18p.m.

First Vice President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair

Moved by Almeida/Nancekivell – Amendment:

Whereas the Executive Board approved campaigns with the IMT, We Own It Mobilizers and the EMT, We Own It Mobilizers in order to establish relationships with various Indigenous and equity communities and to create discussions and actions to oppose privatization and therefore support public services and public entities; and

Whereas the goal of these campaigns has also been that the We Own It campaign become a community driven campaign;

Therefore be it resolved that in place of the IMT and EMT Mobilizing teams, there be an Equity Privatization Fund that consists of $135,000 that can be accessed by all Committees and Caucuses (which will include the Retirees Committee) at a maximum of $15,000 per committee or caucus.  These funds will be made available to each committee or caucus that has a plan to address privatization within the regions; and

Be it further resolved that the request for these funds shall be in writing to the President and 1st Vice President’s Office; and

Be it further resolved that if approved, notification will go to the regional board members affected; and

Be it further resolved that if approved, a report shall be provided to the Executive Board after the event/action has taken place.


Moved by Nancekivell/Shearer – Amendment to amendment:

Rename the fund “Equity Pro Public Services Fund”

Roll Call #3

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed —

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth against

Labelle, Sara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles against

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica against

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Thorson, Erin for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 17 for 3 against


The question was called on the amendment as amended:

Whereas the Executive Board approved campaigns with the IMT, We Own It Mobilizers and the EMT, We Own It Mobilizers in order to establish relationships with various Indigenous and equity communities and to create discussions and actions to oppose privatization and therefore support public services and public entities; and

Whereas the goal of these campaigns has also been that the We Own It campaign become a community driven campaign;

Therefore be it resolved that in place of the IMT and EMT Mobilizing teams, there be an Equity Pro Public Services Fund that consists of $135,000 that can be accessed by all Committees and Caucuses (which will include the Retirees Committee) at a maximum of $15,000 per committee or caucus.  These funds will be made available to each committee or caucus that has a plan to address privatization within the regions; and

Be it further resolved that the request for these funds shall be in writing to the President and 1st Vice President’s Office; and

Be it further resolved that if approved, notification will go to the regional board members affected; and

Be it further resolved that if approved, a report shall be provided to the Executive Board after the event/action has taken place.

Roll Call #4

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed —

Bisaillon, Michel against

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth against

Labelle, Sara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles against

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica against

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Thorson, Erin for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 16 for 4 against


Moved by Almeida/Thomas

Be it resolved that the Executive Board move into committee of the whole.

Roll Call #5

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed —

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


Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Be it resolved that the Executive Board move out of committee of the whole

Roll Call #6

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed —

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


Moved by Almeida/Thomas – Amendment:

Whereas discussion occurred at Convention 2017 in regards to what would happen if a major Strike Occurred in 2017; and
Whereas the discussion was that the Board would have the discussion if this occurred; and
Whereas OPSEU has had a significant amount of funds drawn out of the Strike Fund for 2017 year; and
Whereas the Strike Fund by Constitution 20.1.2 and 20.1.3 should not drop below prescribed level, Articles indicate a dues levy may be implemented; and
Therefore be it resolved that the Strike Back Fund be ended at the end of December 2017; and

Be it further resolved that from January 1, 2018 to Convention, half of the dues revenue that would have been transferred to the Strike Back Fund (equal to 2.5% of total dues revenue) will be transferred to fund the We Own It Campaign; and

Be it further resolved that from January 1, 2018 to Convention, half of the dues revenue that would have been transferred to the Strike Back Fund (equal to 2.5% of total dues revenue) will be transferred to Strike Fund; and

Be it further resolved that the We Own It Campaign will continue from January 1, 2018 to June 2018, based on a Budget Proposal to be brought forward at the December Board Meeting.

Roll Call #7

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed —

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 19 for 0 against


Moved by Almeida/Thomas

Be it resolved that the Board recess at 3:30p.m today.

Roll Call #8

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed —

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 19 for 0 against

Recess

The Executive Board adjourned at 3:27 p.m. All members were present except Ed Arvelin and Lucy Morton, the reasons were acceptable to the Chair.

November 30, 2017

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:05 a.m. President Thomas was in the Chair. All members were present except Ed Arvelin, Sara Labelle and Lucy Morton the reasons were acceptable to the Chair.  Peggy Maybury, Executive Assistant to the President and Maurice Gabay, Administrator of Financial Services Division was also in attendance.

First Vice President/Treasurer Almeida continued to present the budget to the Board.

Moved by Thorson/Almeida – Amendment:

To increase the Retirees budget line in the amount of $21,000

Roll Call #9

Almeida, Eddy against

Arscott, Julius against

Arvelin, Ed —

Bisaillon, Michel against

Elliott, Len against

Jones, Gareth against

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth against

Magner, Myles against

Maszczakiewicz, Tara against

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie against

Perron, Janel against

Roy, J.L. against

Shearer, Philip against

Sikora, Jessica against

Thibodeau, Carl against

Thomas, Warren against

Thorson, Erin for

Tremblay, Chrisy against

Vyfschaft, Tracy against

DEFEATED 1 for 17 against


Moved by Almeida/Thorson – Amendment:

Be it resolved that the cost associated with printing and distribution of Autumn View be funded centrally; and

Be it further resolved that the savings to the committee be left with them, subject to a work plan being submitted.

Roll Call #10

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed —

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth against

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 17 for 1 against

First Vice President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair

Resolution D1 – Referral from the June 14-15, 2017 Executive Board meeting

Moved by Magner/Vyfschaft

Whereas the Area Councils are made up of a valued group of members elected to represent their Local(s) in each Region/Local Area throughout the Province of Ontario; and

Whereas Area Council affiliation and participation is extremely low in Kingston; and

Whereas the Area Council delegates are representative of Local activists in support of OPSEU campaigns and initiatives; provide resources and support on Local issues throughout their communities; and

Whereas currently the Locals affiliation dues payment receipts are submitted to OPSEU for rebate at the rate of “90% of the total amount for reimbursement to a maximum of 60 cents per annum” per signed-up member.

Therefore be it resolved that the Area Council Affiliation Dues Rebate be changed to 90% of the total dues paid to a max of $1 per signed member per year.

Roll Call #11

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed —

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 18 for 0 against


Moved by Magner/Arscott –Amendment:

That each equity committee and caucus would receive a $7000 increase to their budget to cover their increased operating costs and fund additional regional activities.

Roll Call #12

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed —

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth against

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie against

Perron, Janel against

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip against

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Thorson, Erin against

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 13 for 5 against

WOCC Conference

Moved by Arscott/Almeida

Whereas The Workers of Colour Caucus ("WOCC") was founded upon the desire to recognize the changing demographics in Ontario and the desire to promote the activities and contributions of its members of colour; and

Whereas the WOCC strives to secure OPSEU’s future in the labour movement by embracing this change through organizing, educating and empowering Workers of Colour to fully participate within our union; and

Whereas the Workers of Colour Conference proposes to advance the Union agenda by identifying key issues confronting racialized workers and finding meaningful ways to address the issues by bringing together labour activists and community members from across the province; and

Whereas the WOCC aims to develop the leadership capacities and equity skills of racialized workers; create culturally appropriate networks; develop union strategies for human rights and equity; and strengthen anti-racist advocacy and organizing; and

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board approve the expenses of 100 delegates to attend the Workers of Colour Conference to be held in Toronto, Ontario in August 2018  The total associated costs will be up to $180,000 with the funds to be drawn from the Contingency Fund.  

Roll Call #13

Almeida, Eddy against

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed —

Bisaillon, Michel against

Elliott, Len against

Jones, Gareth against

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth against

Magner, Myles against

Maszczakiewicz, Tara against

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie against

Perron, Janel against

Roy, J.L. against

Shearer, Philip against

Sikora, Jessica against

Thibodeau, Carl against

Thomas, Warren against

Thorson, Erin against

Tremblay, Chrisy against

Vyfschaft, Tracy against

DEFEATED 1 for 17 against


Moved by Nancekivell/Jones – Amendment:

Pg.22- Entertainment/Hospitality –change to $1000

Roll Call #14

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed —

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 18 for 0 against


Moved by Nancekivell/Maclam – Amendment:

Pg.44 – Telephone Regular/Fax – change to $2500

Roll Call #15

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed —

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 18 for 0 against


Moved by Jones/Nancekivell – Amendment:

Pg.44 – photocopy expenses – change to $5000

Roll Call #16

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed —

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 18 for 0 against


Moved by Nancekivell/Maclam – Amendment:

Pg.44 – Equipment/Maintenance – change to $1000

Roll Call #17

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed —

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 18 for 0 against


Moved by Jones/Nancekivell – Amendment:
 

Pg.45 – Courier – change to $5000

Roll Call #18

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed —

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 18 for 0 against


Moved by Nancekivell/Sikora – Amendment:

Pg.48 – Professional Services – change to $10000

Roll Call #19

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed —

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 18 for 0 against


Moved by Tremblay/Jones – Amendment:

Pg.45 – supplies – change to $35000

Roll Call #20

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed —

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 18 for 0 against


Moved by Jones/Nancekivell – Amendment:

Pg.50 – print and postage – $30,000

Roll Call #21

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed —

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 18 for 0 against


Moved by Nancekivell/Maclam – Amendment:

Pg.44 – Subscription/Library Services – change to $2500

Roll Call #22

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed —

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 18 for 0 against


Moved by Almeida/Thomas – Amendment:

Be it resolved that 1 million dollars in administrative savings be found for the 2018 budget.

Roll Call #23

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed —

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 18 for 0 against


Moved by Nancekivell/Sikora – Amendment:

Pg.45 – print postage – change to $5000

Roll Call #24

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed —

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 18 for 0 against


The question was called on the motion as amended:

Be it resolved that the 2017 budget be approved as amended by the Executive Committee and Executive Board.

Roll Call #25

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed —

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 18 for 0 against

Adjournment

The Executive Board adjourned at 12:13 p.m. All members were present except Ed Arvelin, Sara Labelle and Lucy Morton, the reasons were acceptable to the Chair.

Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President 

Nicole Glass, Corporate Secretary