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Minutes of the October 19-20, 2016 Executive Board Meeting

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October 19, 2016

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:30 a.m. President Thomas was in the Chair. All members were present except Philip Shearer, the reason was acceptable to the Chair.  Peggy Maybury, Executive Assistant to the President, was also in attendance.

Agenda

The agenda was amended to add:

  • Local 108
  • Timed presentation @ 1:00 – CAS PSLRTA’s
  • Social mapping – equity book off proposal
  • UN status of women meeting
  • Hospital mergers in 3 & 5
  • Recommendation from October 19, 2016 Executive Committee meeting
  • Corrections bargaining procedures

The question was called on the Agenda as amended:

Roll Call #1

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff  for
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed  for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Longhi, Gord for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip   —
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy 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 September 21-22, 2016 and October 6, 2016 e-poll.

October 6, 2016 E-poll CLC Human Rights Conference

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

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim against
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia against
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara  —
Longhi, Gord for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip for
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

CARRIED 18 for 2 against

Whereas OPSEU's Equity Committees and Caucuses assist in establishing human rights and equity committees across Ontario, develop and promote programs to encourage member participation and increase awareness of workplace, community, national and international human rights and equity issues; and

Whereas the Canadian Labour Congress will hold Rise Up! CLC Human Rights Conference from October 20 to 23, 2016 in Ottawa; and

Whereas this conference undertakes to build a broad-based and stronger labour movement that recognizes the struggles of all people facing inequality in the workplace and society; and

Whereas this conference will provide significant leadership development and training opportunity for Equity Committee and Caucus representatives; and

Whereas the conference will build the capacity of Equity Committee and Caucus representatives to advocate, organize and represent the full diversity of the membership and the workplace disadvantages experienced by members; and

Whereas Provincial Human Rights Committee (PHRC) representatives and alternates have already been approved for funding to attend this conference.

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board approve the funds as attached in the proposal outlining the expenses of forty-nine (49) representatives from the Equity Committees and Caucuses, except for the expenses of Provincial Human Rights Committee representatives, to attend the upcoming CLC Human Rights Conference to be held in Ottawa, Ontario from October 20-23, 2016.  The funds are to be drawn from the Contingency Fund.   

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff  for
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim against
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia  against
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara  —
Longhi, Gord for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip for
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

CARRIED 18 for 2 against

Ibrahim Bozai filed a minority report

Business Arising

Terms of Reference: Workers of Color Caucus

Moved by Almeida/Arbus

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

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

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

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the contents of the Terms of Reference for the Workers of Colour Caucus be approved as part of the OPSEU Policy. 

Moved by Archer/Magner – Amendment

under section 3.4, the word “will” be changed to “may”

Roll Call #2

Almeida, Eddy against
Arbus, Jeff against
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed against
Bisaillon, Michel against
Bozai, Ibrahim against
Elliott, Len against
Fahey, Felicia against
Finucane, Drew against
Jones, Gareth against
Labelle, Sara against
Longhi, Gord against
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy against
Nancekivell, Laurie against
Platt, Sean against
Shearer, Philip   —
Strachan, Edie   against
Thibodeau, Carl against
Thomas, Warren against
Tremblay, Chrisy against

DEFEATED 2 for 18 against

Moved by Jones/Bisaillion – Amendment

Under 3.4, remove the 3rd sentence… ‘The members of the WOCC will have input on who is appointed as the Executive Board liaison’

Roll Call #3

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff  for
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth  for
Labelle, Sara for
Longhi, Gord for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip   —
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Moved by Thibodeau/Bozai – Amendment

Under Article 3.8, c be amended to read:

“Any dispute regarding eligibility for or termination of membership will be decided by a majority vote of the WOCC then referred to the President’s office for determination”

Moved by Magner/Morton – Amendment to amendment

that the amendment to also include the following changes to Article 3.8, b:
‘The WOCC membership of any member will be deemed to have been abandoned by the member in their position if the member has failed to attend 3 consecutive WOCC meetings without a reason that is acceptable to the caucus.’

Roll Call #4

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Longhi, Gord for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip —
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren —
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Afternoon

The meeting resumed at 1:20p.m.

Timed Presentation – Presentation on CAS sectors

Ed Ogibowski, Supervisor of Organizing and Heather Fathi, Negotiator, gave a presentation to the Board.

First Vice President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair

The question was called on the Amendment as Amended:

Roll Call #5

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff  for
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed  for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim  for
Elliott, Len    for
Fahey, Felicia  for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth  for
Labelle, Sara  for
Longhi, Gord   for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy   for
Nancekivell, Laurie  for
Platt, Sean   for
Shearer, Philip   —
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren —
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Moved by Almeida/Jones – Amendment

Move article 5.1 under article 2.3 as ‘h’ and after the word ‘shall’ strikeout ‘be to assist’ and replace with ‘include assisting’.

Roll Call #6

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff  for
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed  for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim  for
Elliott, Len    for
Fahey, Felicia  for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth  for
Labelle, Sara  for
Longhi, Gord   for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy   for
Nancekivell, Laurie  for
Platt, Sean   for
Shearer, Philip   —
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 20 for 0 against

The question was called on the motion with amendments:

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

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

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

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the contents of the Terms of Reference for the Workers of Colour Caucus be approved as part of the OPSEU Policy.  

Roll Call #7

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff  for
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed  for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim  for
Elliott, Len    for
Fahey, Felicia  for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth  for
Labelle, Sara  for
Longhi, Gord   for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy   for
Nancekivell, Laurie  for
Platt, Sean   for
Shearer, Philip   —
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 20 for 0 against

President Thomas in the Chair

Presidents Report

Internal Issues

Moved by Thomas/Almeida – In Camera

Roll Call #8

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff  for
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed  for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim  for
Elliott, Len    for
Fahey, Felicia  for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth  for
Labelle, Sara  for
Longhi, Gord   for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy   for
Nancekivell, Laurie  for
Platt, Sean   for
Shearer, Philip   —
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Rise & Report

SRF #2016-09-03 

Referral from September 21-22, 2016 Executive Board meeting:

SRF #2016-09-03 be brought back to the October Board with further information for discussion.

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that funding be approved of up to $10,000 under the Defence Fund for the legal defence of members that the Board discussed in Camera.

Roll Call #9

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff  for
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed  for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim  for
Elliott, Len    for
Fahey, Felicia  for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth  for
Labelle, Sara  for
Longhi, Gord   for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy   for
Nancekivell, Laurie  for
Platt, Sean   for
Shearer, Philip   —
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 20 for 0 against

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

Section 13.2 of the Policy Manual

Whereas Section 13.2 of the Policy Manual properly bars staff from engaging in the internal political process of OPSEU, and;

Whereas from time to time OPSEU members have an opportunity to work for their union as Temporary Staff, and;

Whereas members that are offered Temporary Staff positions, sometimes find it difficult to resign their OPSEU elected positions.

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU members being offered Temporary Staff positions be allowed to take up to a maximum one year leave of absence from their elected OPSEU positions.

Moved by Magner/Morton – amendment

amend resolve to read “OPSEU members accepting temporary staff positions must take a leave of absence from their elected positions. Such leaves are not to exceed 6 months in duration”

Moved by Thibodeau/Bozai – Amendment to amendment

After 6 months or any other extension of staff work, the member will resign from their elected position.

Sara Labelle in the Chair

Object to consideration

Roll Call #10

Almeida, Eddy against
Arbus, Jeff  against
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed  against
Bisaillon, Michel  against
Bozai, Ibrahim  for
Elliott, Len    against
Fahey, Felicia  for
Finucane, Drew  against
Jones, Gareth  against
Labelle, Sara against
Longhi, Gord   against
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy   against
Nancekivell, Laurie  against
Platt, Sean   —
Shearer, Philip   —
Strachan, Edie   against
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren against
Tremblay, Chrisy against

DEFEATED 3 for 16 against

Amendment to Amendment won’t be considered

President Thomas in the Chair

Moved by Fahey/Almeida – Amendment to Amendment:

Add resolve: If a vacancy occurs due to a member taking a temp staff position and if an alternate has been elected, that the alternate will be allowed to temporarily move into that position with regard to division or sector bylaws until the original member returns to their position

Moved by Arvelin/Archer – Closure

Roll Call #11

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff  for
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed  for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim  for
Elliott, Len    for
Fahey, Felicia  for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth  against
Labelle, Sara  for
Longhi, Gord   for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy   for
Nancekivell, Laurie  for
Platt, Sean   —
Shearer, Philip   —
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl against
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 17 for 2 against

The question was called on the amendment to the amendment:

Add resolve: If a vacancy occurs due to a member taking a temp staff position and if an alternate has been elected, that the alternate will be allowed to temporarily move into that position with regard to division or sector bylaws until the original member returns to their position

Roll Call #12

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff  for
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed  for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim  for
Elliott, Len    for
Fahey, Felicia  for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth  against
Labelle, Sara  against
Longhi, Gord   for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy   for
Nancekivell, Laurie  for
Platt, Sean   —
Shearer, Philip   —
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 17 for 2 against

A motion was made and ruled out of order.

Moved by Arvelin/Archer – Closure

Roll Call #13

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff  for
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed  for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim  for
Elliott, Len    for
Fahey, Felicia  for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth  for
Labelle, Sara  for
Longhi, Gord   for
Magner, Myles against
Morton, Lucy   for
Nancekivell, Laurie  for
Platt, Sean   —
Shearer, Philip   —
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl against
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 17 for 2 against

Question was called on the amendment as amended:

Amend resolve to read:

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU members accepting temporary staff positions must take a leave of absence from their elected positions. Such leaves are not to exceed 6 months in duration; and

Be it further resolved that if a vacancy occurs due to a member taking a temp staff position and if an alternate has been elected, that the alternate will be allowed to temporarily move into that position with regard to division or sector bylaws until the original member returns to their position.

Roll Call #14

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff  for
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed  for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim  for
Elliott, Len    for
Fahey, Felicia  for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth  for
Labelle, Sara  —
Longhi, Gord   for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy   for
Nancekivell, Laurie  for
Platt, Sean   —
Shearer, Philip   —
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Moved by Almeida/Archer – Closure

Roll Call #15

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff  for
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed  for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim  against
Elliott, Len    for
Fahey, Felicia  for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth  for
Labelle, Sara  —
Longhi, Gord   for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy   for
Nancekivell, Laurie  for
Platt, Sean   —
Shearer, Philip   —
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 17 for 1 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas Section 13.2 of the Policy Manual properly bars staff from engaging in the internal political process of OPSEU, and;

Whereas from time to time OPSEU members have an opportunity to work for their union as Temporary Staff, and;

Whereas members that are offered Temporary Staff positions, sometimes find it difficult to resign their OPSEU elected positions.

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU members accepting temporary staff positions must take a leave of absence from their elected positions. Such leaves are not to exceed 6 months in duration; and

Be it further resolved that if a vacancy occurs due to a member taking a temp staff position and if an alternate has been elected, that the alternate will be allowed to temporarily move into that position with regard to division or sector bylaws until the original member returns to their position.

Roll Call #16

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff  for
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed  for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim  for
Elliott, Len    for
Fahey, Felicia  for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth  for
Labelle, Sara  for
Longhi, Gord   for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy   for
Nancekivell, Laurie  for
Platt, Sean   —
Shearer, Philip   —
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Resolutions

Resolution B9

Moved by Thomas/Arbus

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

Roll Call #17

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff  for
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed  for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim  for
Elliott, Len    for
Fahey, Felicia  for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth  for
Labelle, Sara  for
Longhi, Gord   for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy   for
Nancekivell, Laurie  for
Platt, Sean   —
Shearer, Philip   —
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Moved by Almeida/Longhi – Closure

Roll Call #18

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff  for
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed  for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim  against
Elliott, Len    for
Fahey, Felicia  against
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth  against
Labelle, Sara  for
Longhi, Gord   for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy   for
Nancekivell, Laurie against
Platt, Sean   —
Shearer, Philip   —
Strachan, Edie   against
Thibodeau, Carl against
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy against

Carried 12 for 7 against

Moved by Thomas/Arbus

Whereas the social mapping project was a ground breaking demographic survey that reviewed OPSEU’s membership systems and was the first of its kind with in the Canadian Labour movement; and

Whereas this project has enable OPSEU to identify gaps and barriers in the union and provide information necessary to ensure services meet the needs of all members; and

Whereas it has been 6 years from the original, survey and we need to accurately measures the gains we have made;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU conducts a sample survey of OPSEU members and staff similar in fashion to the first survey with approved funds as outlined in the attached proposal to be drawn from Contingency Fund.

Roll Call #19

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff  for
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed  for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim  against
Elliott, Len    for
Fahey, Felicia  against
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth  against
Labelle, Sara  for
Longhi, Gord   for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy   for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean   —
Shearer, Philip   —
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl against
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 15 for 4 against

Ibrahim Bozai, Gareth Jones filed minority reports

Resolution C1

work in progress

Resolution L19

work in progress

Treasurer’s Report

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

  • Financials
  • Contingency Fund
  • Defence Fund
  • ODSP Fund – OPS Job Protection Fund
  • ODSP Fund – MERC Action Plan
  • ODSP Fund – OPS Redeployment Fund
  • LBED – Anti-privatization Fund
  • Section 17-Membership-17.1-General-Membership Applications -17.1-7
  • Section 17-Membership-17.1-General-Membership List-Presidents -17.1-9
  • Section 17-Membership-17.1-General-Verification of Members -17.1-10
  • Hotel Proposals- Executive Board and Committee guestrooms 2017
  • Resolution M3
  • Summary Report

Section 17-Membership-17.1-General-Membership Applications -17.1-7

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

WHEREAS storing original copies of membership applications indefinitely is unnecessary and cumbersome and;

WHEREAS the applications can easily be stored electronically, thereby taking up no storage space as well as making them easier for staff to access if needed;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Section 17.1-7 of the policy manual be amended to read:

3.       “The original  A scanned application is to be forwarded to Head Office, one copy to the Local, and one copy plus a letter welcoming the member and any available promotional material for new members to the applicant; maintain original one copy at the Regional office for a period of one year. The Regional office should follow up if new members don't show up in future print‑outs.”

Roll Call #20

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff  for
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed  for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim  for
Elliott, Len    for
Fahey, Felicia  for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth  for
Labelle, Sara  for
Longhi, Gord   for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy   for
Nancekivell, Laurie  for
Platt, Sean   —
Shearer, Philip   —
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Section 17-Membership-17.1-General-Membership List-Presidents -17.1-9

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

WHEREAS new Equity Committees have been approved by the delegates to Convention over the years,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that section 17.1-9 of the policy manual titled “Membership Lists – Presidents” be amended to include the updated list of Equity Committees and read:

“Executive Board Members, the Provincial Women's Committee, the Provincial Human Rights Committee, Indigenous Circle, Provincial Francophone Committee, Provincial Young Workers Committee, and Area Councils will be provided a list of presidents for their specific region.”

Roll Call #21

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff  for
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed  for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim  for
Elliott, Len    for
Fahey, Felicia  for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth  for
Labelle, Sara  for
Longhi, Gord   for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy   for
Nancekivell, Laurie  for
Platt, Sean   —
Shearer, Philip   —
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Section 17-Membership-17.1-General-Verification of Members -17.1-10

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

WHEREAS the Membership Services Unit has recently amended their procedures with respect to verification of members,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that section 17.1-10 of the policy manual titled “Verification of Members” be amended to read:

 “A regular member or paying non‑member in the public service whose name does not appear on the lists of dues‑paying employees shall be designated as having "unverified" “on leave” status.

A regular member or paying non‑member in the public service whose status remains "on leave" for more than three twelve consecutive months shall be “deleted” “inactivated” from our membership records.

"On leave" regular members or paying non‑members shall be identified as such on local membership lists sent to local executives, who shall be made aware of the policy contained in this set of proposals.

No membership card shall be issued to an "on leave" regular member.

“On leave" regular members shall be omitted from calculations involving rebates and delegate entitlements.

By use of computer coding already developed, "on leave" status would be changed to "paying" upon receipt of information showing that the employee is:

a)    casual, seasonal, unclassified, etc. and paying dues(such employeesare not shown on the government list);

b) an honorary (life) member;

c)  in withdrawal status;

d) paying dues direct to OPSEU; or

e) re-included on the employer list.

Roll Call #22

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff  for
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed  for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim  for
Elliott, Len    for
Fahey, Felicia  for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth  for
Labelle, Sara  for
Longhi, Gord   for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy   for
Nancekivell, Laurie  for
Platt, Sean   —
Shearer, Philip   —
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Resolution M3

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

Whereas airline travel is often required for members to attend labour events; and

Whereas the purchase of airfare is an immediate expense to that member; and

Whereas OPSEU policy only allows advances two weeks prior to an event; and

Whereas it is often more economical to purchase airline tickets in advance; and

Whereas OPSEU policy requires the most economical means;

Therefore be it resolved that this resolution be moved to FOR; and

Be It Further Resolved that member who is purchasing an airline, bus or train ticket be entitled to claim an advance from OPSEU; and

Be it further resolved that the advance request cannot be made prior to the event call out notice and;

Be it further resolved that such requests will be processed within a week of the advance being authorized.

Roll Call #23

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Longhi, Gord for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean   —
Shearer, Philip  —
Strachan, Edie  for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Hotel Proposals- Executive Board and Committee guestrooms 2017

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the hotel accommodations for designated Executive Board and Executive Committee meetings for 2017 be booked with the Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale.

Moved by Arbus/Elliott – refer to First Vice President/Treasurer’s office to come back to December board with further costing information

Roll Call #24

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff  for
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed  for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara  for
Longhi, Gord against
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy   for
Nancekivell, Laurie  for
Platt, Sean   —
Shearer, Philip   —
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 1 against

President’s Report

Internal Issues

  • Solidarity Reserve Fund #2016-09-03
  • By-laws project – Appendix C
  • Credentials – Appendix D
  • 2017 Convention Agenda – Appendix E
  • Executive Board Committees – Policy Manual – Appendix F
  • Additional Web Conference for Board Meeting
  • Child care policy 10.2 – External Activities
  • Child care policy 10.2 – Honorarium Increase

Staffing Issues – In Camera

Central Labour Updates (OFL/NUPGE/CLC)

By-laws motion

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas bylaws are subsidiary to the Constitution of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union; and

Whereas bylaws are necessary to define the processes and procedures that govern our Locals.

Therefore be it resolved that all Locals that have had their bylaws in the queue for over a year will be contacted by their Staff Representative to see if any assistance is required; and

Be it further resolved that the “Bylaws Guide for Members” which includes a bylaws template be approved by the Executive Board and distributed to all Staff Representatives in order to assist Locals in developing bylaws and obtaining the approval of the President in a timely manner.

Roll Call #25

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff  for
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed  —
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim  for
Elliott, Len    for
Fahey, Felicia  for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth  for
Labelle, Sara  for
Longhi, Gord   for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy   for
Nancekivell, Laurie  for
Platt, Sean   —
Shearer, Philip   —
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Credentials

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas there is a need to meet our members continued requests to eliminate and/or reduce the amount of paper generated for our events; and

Whereas we need to move forward using the tools and devices that have become essential in today’s changing times; and

Whereas we are always trying to improve our services to meet the demands for our younger members;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU will use the new Appendix A – Election Reporting Form, Committee Credential and Executive Board Credential for the Regional Meetings and its Annual Convention; and

Be it further resolved that these forms will also be made available as “fillable pdf” forms for members who request the option of completing the forms electronically.

Roll Call #26

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff  for
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Longhi, Gord for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean   —
Shearer, Philip   —
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

2017 OPSEU Convention Agenda

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board approve the 2017 OPSEU Convention Agenda as amended.

Roll Call #27

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Longhi, Gord for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie  for
Platt, Sean  —
Shearer, Philip  —
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Executive Board Committees – Policy Manual

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Be it resolved that the list of all Executive Board Standing Committees be placed into the Policy Manual at the end of Section 9 “Executive Board Members” as a new sub-section 9.7 titled “Executive Board Committees”.

Roll Call #28

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff  for
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed  for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim  for
Elliott, Len  for
Fahey, Felicia  for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth  for
Labelle, Sara  for
Longhi, Gord  for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie  for
Platt, Sean   —
Shearer, Philip   —
Strachan, Edie  for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Additional Web Conference for Board Meeting

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Be it resolved that the January 25-26, 2017 Executive Board meeting be changed to a web conference to follow OPSEU Policy of 2 web conferences per year.

Roll Call #29

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff  for
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth  for
Labelle, Sara  for
Longhi, Gord  against
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean   —
Shearer, Philip   —
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 1 against

Child care policy 10.2 – External Activities

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas OPSEU is committed to maximizing membership participation at all OPSEU meetings, conferences and its annual convention; and

Whereas OPSEU’s child care program uses the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 as a guiding principle; and

Whereas the Act stipulates that each child care centre that has a program that runs for six hours or more in a day should have an outdoor place space; and

Whereas the current policy restricts the activities offered by OPSEU Child Care program.

Therefore be it resolved that external activities be incorporated in the OPSEU Child Care Program; and

Be it further resolved that if swimming is an external activity then the event coordinator must ensure certified life guards are employed; and

Be it further resolved that the following be removed from section 10.2-3 of the OPSEU Policy manual:

“Swimming will be prohibited in any OPSEU on-site care program.  (25-26, 2013 B, p19)

External activities will not be offered in any central OPSEU on-site care program.  (September 25-26, 2013 B, p20) “

Moved by Magner/Bozai – Amendment:

delete the second resolve “Be it further resolved that if swimming is an external activity then the event coordinator must ensure certified life guards are employed; and

In final resolve remove second phrase

Chair ruled amendment out of order

Chair was challenged

Roll Call #30

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff  against
Archer, Glen against
Arvelin, Ed  against
Bisaillon, Michel against
Bozai, Ibrahim against
Elliott, Len for
Fahey, Felicia  for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth against
Labelle, Sara  —
Longhi, Gord   for
Magner, Myles against
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie  against
Platt, Sean   —
Shearer, Philip   —
Strachan, Edie  against
Thibodeau, Carl against
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

DEFEATED 8 for 10 against

First Vice President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair

The Chair was not upheld, amendment is in order

President Thomas in the Chair

Move to extend board until finished with this motion:

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Roll Call #31

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff  for
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed  for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim  for
Elliott, Len    against
Fahey, Felicia  for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth  for
Labelle, Sara  —
Longhi, Gord   for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy   for
Nancekivell, Laurie  for
Platt, Sean   —
Shearer, Philip   —
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 17 for 1 against

The question was called on the amendment:

delete the second resolve “Be it further resolved that if swimming is an external activity then the event coordinator must ensure certified life guards are employed; and

In final resolve remove second phrase

Moved by Morton/Almeida – Closure

Roll Call #32

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff  for
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed  for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim  for
Elliott, Len    for
Fahey, Felicia  for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth  for
Labelle, Sara  —
Longhi, Gord   for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy   for
Nancekivell, Laurie  for
Platt, Sean   —
Shearer, Philip   —
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

The question was called on the amendment:

delete the second resolve “Be it further resolved that if swimming is an external activity then the event coordinator must ensure certified life guards are employed; and

In final resolve remove second phrase

Roll Call #33

Almeida, Eddy against
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel against
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Elliott, Len against
Fahey, Felicia against
Finucane, Drew against
Jones, Gareth against
Labelle, Sara  —
Longhi, Gord against
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy against
Nancekivell, Laurie  for
Platt, Sean  —
Shearer, Philip  —
Strachan, Edie  against
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren against
Tremblay, Chrisy against

DEFEATED 7 for 11 against

The question was called on the motion:

Whereas OPSEU is committed to maximizing membership participation at all OPSEU meetings, conferences and its annual convention; and

Whereas OPSEU’s child care program uses the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 as a guiding principle; and

Whereas the Act stipulates that each child care centre that has a program that runs for six hours or more in a day should have an outdoor place space; and

Whereas the current policy restricts the activities offered by OPSEU Child Care program.

Therefore be it resolved that external activities be incorporated in the OPSEU Child Care Program; and

Be it further resolved that if swimming is an external activity then the event coordinator must ensure certified life guards are employed; and

Be it further resolved that the following be removed from section 10.2-3 of the OPSEU Policy manual:

“Swimming will be prohibited in any OPSEU on-site care program.  (25-26, 2013 B, p19)

External activities will not be offered in any central OPSEU on-site care program.  (September 25-26, 2013 B, p20) “

Roll Call #34

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff  for
Archer, Glen for
Arvelin, Ed  for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim against
Elliott, Len  for
Fahey, Felicia  for
Finucane, Drew  for
Jones, Gareth  for
Labelle, Sara  —
Longhi, Gord   for
Magner, Myles against
Morton, Lucy  for
Nancekivell, Laurie  for
Platt, Sean   —
Shearer, Philip   —
Strachan, Edie   for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 16 for 2 against

Ibrahim Bozai filed a minority report

Recess

The Executive Board recessed at 5:55 p.m. All members were present except Sara Labelle, Sean Platt and Philip Shearer.

October 20, 2016

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:00 a.m. President Thomas was in the Chair. All members were present except Glen Archer, Len Elliott and Philip Shearer the reasons were acceptable to the Chair.

President’s Report

Child care policy 10.2 – Honorarium Increase

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas OPSEU is committed to maximizing membership participation at all OPSEU meetings, conferences and its annual convention; and

Whereas OPSEU is Ontario’s Union for Changing Times and is revered by other unions in meeting the needs of its diverse membership; and

Whereas OPSEU values the Early Childcare Educators (ECE) members that provides this service at its function; and

Whereas the childcare fees have not been increased since April 1-2, 1996.

Therefore be it resolved that the policy manual (Section 10.2 – Childcare providers” members) be amended to read:

Childcare Providers:  Members

When wage replacement is not paid, member-child care providers will be paid an honorarium of a flat rate of $20 thirty dollars ($30.00) per hour, with a minimum daily payment of $75 one hundred and twenty dollars ($120) to provide this on-site service. A standby fee of $60 seventy five dollars ($75) should be paid to all care providers who are on call but not utilized. The leadhand member-child care provider would receive an honorarium of a premium rate of $25.00 thirty five dollars ($35) per hour. Their expenses to attend the union function to provide the service, will be paid according to existing union policy.

Roll Call #35

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim —
Elliott, Len  —
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Longhi, Gord  for
Magner, Myles —
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip —
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 16 for 0 against

Local 108

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve that the trusteeship of local 108 be extended until April 20, 2017; and

Be it further resolved that Sister Julie McGuffin, Local 102, continue her appointment as Trustee for Local 108 and shall be responsible to and regularly report to the Executive Committee in accordance with article 16.9.6 of the Constitution; and

Be it further resolved that the Trustee shall continue to receive an honorarium of $60.00 per day while appointed as Trustee for Local 108, with funds to be drawn from Local 108.

Roll Call #36

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Elliott, Len —
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Longhi, Gord for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip —
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Central Labour Updates (OFL/NUPGE/CLC)

President Thomas provided an update

Committee Reports

Standing Committee Reports:

  • Indigenous Circle
  • Audit
  • Central Political Action

Moved by Labelle/Longhi

Whereas a provincial by-election has been called in Ottawa-Vanier and Niagara-West Glanbrook, with an election date of Nov 17th.

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU will book off up to 2 member mobilizers for the period of the campaign, with the funds to be drawn from the CPAC budget line; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU will donate the maximum amount allowable as prescribed by provincial legislation, to be drawn from the CPAC budget line.

Roll Call #37

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Elliott, Len —
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Longhi, Gord for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip —
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

  • Convention
    • Resolutions
    • Constitutional
    • Credentials (reports at Convention)
    • Planning
  • Disability Rights Caucus
  • Excluded Staff Hiring
  • Francophone
  • In Solidarity
  • OPSEU Resource/Enterprises
  • Pension Liaison

Moved by Jones/Thomas

Therefore be it resolved that Laurie Hutchinson be recommended for reappointment as a pension trustee to the OMERS Administration Corporation from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2019, provided Sister Hutchinson sign the letter of undertaking as required by OPSEU Policy.

Roll Call #38

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Elliott, Len —
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Longhi, Gord for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip —
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Moved by Jones/Thomas

Therefore be it resolved that Cheri Hearty be recommended for appointment as the OPSEU Representative to the OMERS Sponsors Corporation from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2019 provided Sister Hearty sign the letter of undertaking as required by OPSEU Policy.

Moved by Almeida/Bozai – Referral to Presidents Office to do a callout to OPSEU members.

Roll Call #39

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Elliott, Len —
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Longhi, Gord for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip —
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

  • PHRC
  • PWC
  • PYC
  • Rainbow Alliance
  • Retirees Board
  • Social Mapping

Moved by Arbus/Almeida

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

Roll Call #40

Almeida, Eddy against
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Elliott, Len —
Fahey, Felicia against
Finucane, Drew against
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Longhi, Gord against
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip —
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl against
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 13 for 5 against

Moved by Arbus/Nancekivell

Whereas the Social Mapping Project (SMP) recommends that union renewal and rebuilding requires new strategies and different organizational approaches to engage the membership; and

Whereas the SMP recommendations call for:

a) strategies specifically geared to organizing and raising awareness of issues impacting women, racialized, young and other marginalized workers;

b) committing resources to working collaboratively with community groups on their own terms to increase involvement and engagement in OPSEU and the labour movement;

c) raising public awareness of the impact of anti-union actions on equity groups; and

Whereas development of comprehensive strategies and meaningful community links requires resources and time to have achieve a positive and lasting impact.

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board approve the proposed amount for five (5)two-month book-offs for Equity Committee and Caucus reps for projects dedicated to furthering an OPSEU social mapping recommendation; addressing a key human rights or equity issue faced by OPSEU members or responding to critical issues identified by equity communities within and beyond OPSEU;  and

Be it further resolved that the Social Mapping Task Force and the Equity Unit will recruit and select OPSEU members for the 5 member book-offs.

Moved by Almeida/Fahey – refer proposal back until a complete survey is done

Roll Call #41

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Elliott, Len —
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Longhi, Gord for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip —
Strachan, Edie against
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 17 for 1 against

Edie Strachan filed a minority report

  • Solidarity Fund Board
    • Live and Let Live
    • International Humanity Work
    • International Solidarity Work
  • Staff Negotiating
  • Staff Pension Plan Trustees
  • Strategic Planning

An update was provided on all Committees.

New Business

Policy manual review committee

Moved by Nancekivell/Fahey

Whereas OPSEU has a Policy Manual that contains Executive Board and Convention policies on political, social and economic subjects, negotiating procedures and a wide range of internal matters affecting members, locals, the Board and staff; and

Whereas the information within OPSEU’s Policy Manual assists in providing guidelines in the day to day operations of the union; and

Whereas ensuring that the Policy Manual is up to date and reflective of our current needs is of importance to the union; and

Whereas reviewing and updating the Policy Manual falls within the purview of the Executive Board.

Therefore be it resolved that a committee of the OPSEU Executive Board be created in order to review the Policy Manual and bring forward any amendments, as needed, to the Executive Board for discussion, debate and vote; and

Be it further resolved that the Committee members be elected from among the Executive Board and consist of three (3) Board Members; and

Be it further resolved that this Committee begin its work, no later than January 2017.

Moved by Labelle/Platt – Amendment:

amend the resolves to read:

Therefore be it resolved that an Ad-Hoc Committee of the OPSEU Executive Board be created in order to review the Policy Manual and bring forward any amendments, as needed, to the Executive Board for discussion, debate and vote; and

Be it further resolved that the Committee members be elected from among the Executive Board and consist of three (3) Board Members, working with staff; and

Be it further resolved that this Committee begin its work, no later than January 2017.

Moved by Nancekivell/Strachan – amendment to amendment:

Change number of board members to 2 (two)

Roll Call #42

Almeida, Eddy against
Arbus, Jeff against
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim against
Elliott, Len —
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew against
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Longhi, Gord against
Magner, Myles —
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean against
Shearer, Philip —
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren against
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 10 for 7 against

The question was called on the amendment as amended:

Therefore be it resolved that an Ad-Hoc Committee of the OPSEU Executive Board be created in order to review the Policy Manual and bring forward any amendments, as needed, to the Executive Board for discussion, debate and vote; and

Be it further resolved that the Committee members be elected from among the Executive Board and consist of two (2) Board Members, working with staff; and

Be it further resolved that this Committee begin its work, no later than January 2017.

Roll Call #43

Almeida, Eddy against
Arbus, Jeff against
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim against
Elliott, Len —
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew against
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Longhi, Gord against
Magner, Myles —
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean against
Shearer, Philip —
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren against
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 10 for 7 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas OPSEU has a Policy Manual that contains Executive Board and Convention policies on political, social and economic subjects, negotiating procedures and a wide range of internal matters affecting members, locals, the Board and staff; and

Whereas the information within OPSEU’s Policy Manual assists in providing guidelines in the day to day operations of the union; and

Whereas ensuring that the Policy Manual is up to date and reflective of our current needs is of importance to the union; and

Whereas reviewing and updating the Policy Manual falls within the purview of the Executive Board.

Therefore be it resolved that an Ad-Hoc Committee of the OPSEU Executive Board be created in order to review the Policy Manual and bring forward any amendments, as needed, to the Executive Board for discussion, debate and vote; and

Be it further resolved that the Committee members be elected from among the Executive Board and consist of two (2) Board Members, working with staff; and

Be it further resolved that this Committee begin its work, no later than January 2017.

Roll Call #44

Almeida, Eddy against
Arbus, Jeff against
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim against
Elliott, Len —
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew against
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Longhi, Gord against
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean against
Shearer, Philip —
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren against
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 11 for 7 against

Organizational Chart

Whereas OPSEU has an organizational chart to outline the staffing structure of the union; and

Whereas the OPSEU Executive Board is privy to the organizational chart; and

Whereas the current organizational chart provides job titles and not the names of OSPEU staff members in those roles; and

Therefore be it resolved that there be an organizational chart created that includes the titles and names of staff members from the supervisory level, upward; and

Be it further resolved that this organizational chart be made available to the Executive Board; and

Be it further resolved that this organizational chart be updated within a time frame that is reasonable to the Executive Board.

Moved by Nancekivell/Tremblay – Referral to the President’s office for review

Roll Call #45

Almeida, Eddy against
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Elliott, Len —
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Longhi, Gord for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip —
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 17 for 1 against

We Own It – mobilizers

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

Roll Call #46

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Elliott, Len —
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Longhi, Gord for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip —
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Whereas OPSEU members booked off as community organizers will 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 outlined in the attached proposal for the addition of up to 17 additional members to the community organizing team, to be selected in consultation with OPSEU’s Equity Unit. Two members shall be from the each of the equity groups except for the Indigenous circle which shall be 3. The funds to be drawn from the We Own It campaign.

Moved by Labelle/Platt – Refer proposal to the President’s office to be discussed in a conference call within a week.

Roll Call #47

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Elliott, Len —
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Longhi, Gord for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip —
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Policy Manual – Ad-hoc committee elections

The following Executive Board Members were nominated and indicated their willingness to stand for election; Laurie Nancekivell, Gareth Jones, Felicia Fahey.

Ballots were distributed, collected and counted.  President Thomas announced the election of Laurie Nancekivell and Gareth Jones to the Policy Manual Ad-hoc committee..

Moved by Almeida/Labelle – extend the Board over the lunch period to finish the business of the day.

Roll Call #48

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Elliott, Len —
Fahey, Felicia for
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Longhi, Gord for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip —
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida –In Camera

Roll Call #49

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Elliott, Len —
Fahey, Felicia —
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth against
Labelle, Sara for
Longhi, Gord for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy —
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip —
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 15 for 1 against

Rise & report

Progress

UN Status of Women

Moved by Labelle/Thomas

Be it resolved that the First Vice President/Treasurer provide the costing to send the Women's Committee Representatives and six Executive Board members to the UN Status of Women meeting in 2016 as part of 2016 budget.

Roll Call #50

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Elliott, Len —
Fahey, Felicia —
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Longhi, Gord for
Magner, Myles —
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip —
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 16 for 0 against

Hospital mergers

Moved by Labelle/Almeida

Whereas the Minister of Health and Long Term Care ordered the Integration of Lakeridge Health, Rouge Valley Health System and The Scarborough Hospital for Nov 14th; and

Whereas the Integration will impact the Healthcare of over 1,100,000 people in Central Eastern Ontario and will cost upwards of 49,000,000 dollars with no plans for funding which will have an impact services in the future; and

Whereas members of the Community are organizing rallies and demos to protect their local hospital services; and

Whereas these communities fundraised and built their local hospitals.

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU support the communities organizing events by providing financial support to help promote through radio and newspaper ads; and

Be it further resolved that we approve up to $15,000 to support the initiatives in the six communities impacted with funds to be drawn from the "We Own It" Campaign. 

Roll Call #51

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Elliott, Len —
Fahey, Felicia —
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Longhi, Gord for
Magner, Myles —
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip —
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 16 for 0 against

Corrections – OPS Bargaining Procedures

reviewed

Recommendation from October 19, 2016 Executive Committee meeting:

Moved by Myles/Thomas

Whereas the majority of members of Local 579 – an OPS composite local –moved from their former location at 25 Grosvenor St in the Queen’s Park area in downtown Toronto to the new Centre for Forensic Sciences at 25 Morton Schulman Drive in the Downsview complex in 2014; and

Whereas Local 579 has passed a motion at its local GMM to transfer the balance of its members who remained at downtown worksites to other OPS locals in the Queen’s Park area; and

Whereas the remaining members of Local 579 at 25 Grosvenor St, 95 Grosvenor St. and 7 Queen’s Park Crescent have voted to be transferred to other Queen’s Park area OPS locals as follows:

  • Members at 25 Grosvenor to transfer to Local 502 (43 members)
  • Members at 95 Grosvenor to transfer to Local 502 (13 members)
  • Members at 7 Queen’s Park Crescent to Local 503 (10 members)

Whereas the Local 502 and 503 have each passed motions accepting the members who have voted to be transferred to the respective locals as set out above; and

Whereas these transfers will strengthen the local representation and support for these three units;

Therefore be it resolved that in accordance with OPSEU policy, the Executive Board approve the transfer of the remaining members of Local 579 at 25 Grosvenor St, 95 Grosvenor St. and 7 Queen’s Park Crescent to other Queen’s Park area OPS locals as follows:

  • Members at 25 Grosvenor to transfer to Local 502 (43 members)
  • Members at 95 Grosvenor to transfer to Local 502 (13 members)
  • Members at 7 Queen’s Park Crescent to Local 503 (10 members)

Be it further resolved that the President send letters to the members at these 3 work locations and to Officers of Locals 502, 503 and 579 confirming the Board’s decision.

Roll Call #52

Almeida, Eddy for
Arbus, Jeff for
Archer, Glen —
Arvelin, Ed for
Bisaillon, Michel for
Bozai, Ibrahim for
Elliott, Len —
Fahey, Felicia —
Finucane, Drew for
Jones, Gareth for
Labelle, Sara for
Longhi, Gord for
Magner, Myles for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Platt, Sean for
Shearer, Philip —
Strachan, Edie for
Thibodeau, Carl for
Thomas, Warren for
Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 17 for 0 against

Adjournment

The Executive Board adjourned at 3:18 p.m. All members were present except, Glen Archer, Len Elliott, Felicia Fahey and Philip Shearer.

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