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Minutes of the October 25, 2017 Executive Board Meeting

Minutes of the October 25, 2017 Executive Board Meeting

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Web Conference October 25, 2017

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:33 a.m. President Thomas was in the Chair.  Peggy Maybury, Executive Assistant to the President, was also in attendance.

Agenda

The agenda was amended to add:

  • CAAT-A – Advertising
  • Corrections Bargaining Proposal

The question was called on the Agenda as amended:

Roll Call #1

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie —

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Thorson, Erin for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 19 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 27-28, 2017 and June 21, 2017.

Treasurer’s Report

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

  • Financials
  • Contingency Fund
  • Defence Fund
  • Strike Back Fund
  • ODSP Fund – OPS Job Protection Fund
  • ODSP Fund – MERC Action Plan
  • ODSP Fund – OPS Redeployment Fund
  • LBED – Anti-privatization Fund
  • Hotel Proposals- Executive Board and Committee guestrooms 2018
  • 31 Wellesley
  • Summary Report

Hotel Proposals- Executive Board and Committee guestrooms 2018

Further discussion at the December Board

31 Wellesley

Discussion

President’s Report

Internal Issues

CAAT-A Advertising

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

Roll Call #2

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie —

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Thorson, Erin for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 19 for 0 against


Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the expenditure as detailed in the proposal entitled, "CAAT-Academic Division advertising proposal 2," with funds to be drawn from the Strike Fund.

Roll Call #3

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie —

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Thorson, Erin for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Workload Study

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

Roll Call #4

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie —

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Thorson, Erin for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 19 for 0 against


Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas a resolution to conduct a Regional Office workload study originated at Convention 2017, and was passed by the Executive Board in June 2017; and

Whereas it was resolved that OPSEU would report the Workload Study findings to the Executive Board by January, 2018; and

Whereas OPSEU went out to tender in order to retain the skills and expertise of a independent consultant to conduct the study; and

Whereas Directions Evidence and Policy Research Group LLP (“Directions”), among other vendors, responded to the RFQ expressing interest in conducting the Workload Study; and

Whereas Directions has warranted to OPSEU that it has the skills and expertise to conduct the study and OPSEU wishes to retain Directions; and

Whereas both OPSEU and Directions believe that the Workload Study, including a report with the findings cannot properly be completed before April 30, 2018 without compromising the efficacy of the study; and,

Whereas OPSEU wishes to extend the time for the completion of the Workload Study to April 30, 2018;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU retain Directions to conduct the Workload Study; and

Be it further resolved that the Executive Board approve a budget for this Study of up to $150,000, and that the funds be drawn from the Contingency Fund; and

Be it further resolved that the time for the completion of the Workload Study by Directions be extended to April 30, 2018.

Roll Call #5

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie —

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Thorson, Erin for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Corrections bargaining proposal

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

Roll Call #6

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie —

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Thorson, Erin for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 19 for 0 against


Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the Ontario government has failed to deal with the Crisis in Corrections, despite making many announcements to the contrary; and

Whereas the Corrections Bargaining Team is looking to keep members informed, engaged and mobilized during the bargaining period; and

Whereas it's important to keep the pressure on the Ontario government to solve the Crisis in Corrections; and

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU support the Corrections Bargaining team in its efforts to highlight the Crisis in Corrections and to put pressure on the government to resolve it;  and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU support the transportation of members to rallies, the distribution of promotional materials, and the communication of Crisis in Corrections messaging; and

Be it further resolved that monies to fund the Corrections Bargaining Campaign be drawn from OPS Mobilizing.

Roll Call #7

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie —

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Thorson, Erin for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Affirmation of Principles

Moved by Almeida/Maclam

Whereas OPSEU supports Indigenous cultures, heritage and languages; and

Whereas OPSEU Convention 2015 committed to fund projects that provide healthy and affordable food to northern Indigenous communities, recognizing that systemic poverty and inequality are the cause of much of the despair facing Indigenous communities; and

Whereas upon release of the TRC Report on June 23, 2015, OPSEU President Smokey Thomas declared that “Our Union can play a part in the truth and reconciliation process by adopting these recommendations within our negotiated contract agreements;” and

Whereas OPSEU Convention 2016 passed a resolution on Attawapiskat First Nation suicide crisis that committed OPSEU to build long-term partnerships with First nation communities; and

Whereas Akwesasne First Nation partnered with OPSEU for its very successful 1st biennial Indigenous conference on September 30-October 2, 2016 in Cornwall, ON; and

Whereas OPSEU partnered with Ontario First Nations Chiefs on the Indigenous Mobilizing Team during a presentation of OPSEU President Smokey Thomas to an assembly of First Nations Chiefs from throughout Ontario on November 22, 2016; and

Whereas The President of OPSEU and the Chief of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation signed an historic agreement on July 7, 2017 to work together to ensure justice for First Nations; and

Whereas The OPSEU Indigenous Circle June 21 campaign held its first-ever Pow Wow on the South lawn of Queens park as the way to introduce the Bill to make June 21 a statutory holiday in Ontario and to celebrate Indigenous culture and traditions which are at the heart of the legislation; and

Whereas The OPSEU IMT released its ground-breaking video titled, “Coming Home: Sixties Scoop Survivors Reclaim their Culture,” that includes both Sixties Scoop survivors and OPSEU member C.A.S. workers committed to improve the child welfare system so this will never happen again;

Therefore Be It Resolved That the OPSEU Executive Board adopt the OPSEU Affirmation of Principles on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights (attached) and distribute this statement widely among its labour and Indigenous allies.

Roll Call #8

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius —

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles —

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie —

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 16 for 0 against

Terms of Reference: Rainbow Alliance

Moved by Almeida/Maszczakiewicz

Whereas the Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel works to increase awareness and understanding of equity issues as they relate to the LGBTTIAQQ2S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersex, asexual, queer, questioning, two-spirited) members of OPSEU; and

Whereas the Terms of Reference (TOR) for the Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel were last approved by the OPSEU Executive Board in April 2015; and

Whereas the Terms of Reference (TOR) of all equity committees and caucuses are included in OPSEU's Policy Manual and posted on the OPSEU website; and 

Whereas the Rainbow Alliance-arc-en-ciel has made amendments to their Terms of Reference (TOR) to help streamline the overall goals and objectives of the caucus. 

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the revised Terms of Reference (TOR) of Rainbow Alliance arc-en-ciel, dated October 2017.

Moved by Labelle/Shearer – Referral to the President’s Office with instructions to review in regards to constitutional implications as well as budgetary implications.

Roll Call #9

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius —

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles —

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie —

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 17 for 0 against

Committee Reports

Standing Committee Reports:

  • Audit
  • Central Political Action
  • Convention
    • Resolutions
    • Constitutional
    • Credentials (reports at Convention)
    • Planning
  • Disability Rights Caucus
  • Excluded Staff Hiring
  • Francophone
  • Indigenous Circle
  • In Solidarity
  • MDT
  • OPSEU Resource/Enterprises
  • Pension Liaison
  • PHRC
  • Policy Review Committee
  • PWC
  • PYC
  • Rainbow Alliance
  • Retirees Board
  • Solidarity Fund Board
    • Live and Let Live
    • Live and Let Live

Booklets on HIV

Moved by Shearer/Bisaillon

Whereas OPSEU, CUPE, UNIFOR and CLC have booklets on HIV; and

Whereas CCOHS has a worksheet on occupational protection and prevention of HIV; and 

Whereas OPSEU represents members in Casey house in Fife house that are experts working with PWA (persons with AIDS); and

Whereas OPSEU already partners with Ontario AIDS network through the live and let live fund; and

Whereas OPSEU represents workers and workplaces where many vulnerable populations seek service; and

Whereas it is reported there is an increase in stigma related reactions to HIV in the workplace;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU education communication and campaigns units consult with partners and live and let live fund chair to develop an OPSEU HIV booklet and appropriate resources that include these resources of Stigma and harm reduction with funds to be drawn from the Live and Let Live Fund.

Roll Call #10

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius —

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles —

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie —

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 17 for 0 against

December 1st UN world AIDS Day

Moved by Shearer/Bisaillon

Whereas UN world AIDS Day is recognized as December 1; and

Whereas OPSEU represents workers and work places where many vulnerable populations seek services; and

Whereas there has been an increase in reports of concerns for safety with HIV exposure due to increased injection drug use; 

Therefore be it resolved that live and let live fund chair work in consultation with campaigns, communications and education units to develop a short campaign and sticker for December 1 world AIDS Day to help combat HIV stigma in the workplace with the funds to be drawn from the Live and Let Live Fund. 

Roll Call #11

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius —

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles —

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie —

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy —

Carried 16 for 0 against

    • International Humanity Work
    • International Solidarity Work
  • Staff Negotiating
  • Staff Pension Plan Trustees
  • Strategic Planning

Afternoon

The meeting resumed at 1:33 p.m.

Business Arising

Unfinished Business from the September 27-28, 2017 Executive Board meeting:

Moved by Nancekivell/Sikora

Be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the committee’s attached recommendations of changes to be updated in the Policy Manual.

Moved by Almeida/Thibodeau – Amendment:

Under section 4, pg.4-4, defeat the recommendation of deleting the article under ‘Assignment’

Roll Call #12

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Thorson, Erin for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy —

Carried 19 for 0 against


Moved by Magner/Nancekivell – Amendment:

Under section 4, pg. 4-10, delete the section ‘The Board adopted the report of the credential committee’

Roll Call #13

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Thorson, Erin for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 21 for 0 against


Moved by Magner/Almeida – referral back to the committee with instructions to further review Section 4 for grammatical items and for the board to review and provide committee with any suggested changes.

Roll Call #14

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Thorson, Erin for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 20 for 0 against


Moved by Almeida/Thomas- Refer recommended deletion of ‘Procedures to Be Considered Regulations” under Section 18.1, pg. 18.1-9, back to the committee to bring back to the Board with more details and information.

Roll Call #15

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius —

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Thorson, Erin for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 20 for 0 against


The question was called on the motion as amended:

Be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the committee’s attached recommendations of changes to be updated in the Policy Manual.

Roll Call #16

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius —

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Thorson, Erin for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Committee Reports

Standing Committee Reports:

  • Social Mapping
  • Workers of Color Caucus

President’s Report

Internal Issues

Moved by Thomas/Almeida – In Camera

Roll Call #17

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Bisaillon, Michel for

Elliott, Len for

Jones, Gareth for

Labelle, Sara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie —

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip —

Sikora, Jessica for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Thorson, Erin for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Vyfschaft, Tracy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Rise & Report

Progress

Adjournment

The Executive Board adjourned at 3:18 p.m. All members were present except Sara Labelle, Laurie Nancekivell, Philip Shearer, the reasons were acceptable to the Chair.

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