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Minutes of the October 27-28, 2021 – Executive Board Web Conference

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October 27, 2021

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:37a.m. President Thomas was in the Chair. All members were present. Clarke Eaton, Advisor to the President and Linda Mariani, Executive Assistant to the President were also in attendance.

Renee Aiken Kearsley, L389, Sandie Blancher, L106, Megan Carter, L557, Dianne Clarabut, L497, Yasmin Damani, L504, Richard Dionne, L369, Sean Dunn, L 368, Carol Frost, L719, Janet Heyman, L104,  Christine Kelsey, L416, Paula Lavigne, L222, Justin Legros, L329, Pearline Lung, L562,Kelly Martin, L330, Steven McCaw, L106, Michael Mckeown, L353, Nadia Montisano, L 5111, Anita Nickerson, L563, Johanna Sinclair, L314, Todd Snider, L119, and Tina Stevens, L102 were in attendance as observers.

Agenda

The agenda was amended to add:

  • OPSEU/SEFPO External staff post: Bilingual Grievance Officer
  • Disability Rights Caucus
  • Provincial Young Workers Committee report
  • Provincial Women’s Committee
  • Executive Board Member, Sara Labelle’s Motion: Corrections Bargaining
  • CLC Flight Reimbursement
  • Board of Education Divisional meeting

The agenda was amended to remove:

  • JP Hornick, Chair of CAAT-A Bargaining Team – CAAT-A Bargaining –

Presentation

Replaced with:

  • Kathleen Demareski, Convention Coordinator, Convention Office – Presentation

Moved by Thomas / Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board adopt the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board Minutes of the September 22-23, 2021 Executive Board web conference and the October 13, 2021 OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board E-Poll – Corrections Bargaining Team Request

Roll Call # 1

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           for

Maclam, Kenneth                       for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           for

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 21 for 0 against

October 13, 2021 Executive Board E-Poll:  Corrections Bargaining Team Request

Moved by Thomas / Almeida

Whereas the corrections bargaining team was elected in May 2021; and

Whereas the corrections bargaining team has completed on-line training and is currently meeting online; and

Whereas working with a virtual platform has amplified barriers such as unequal access to technology, different skillsets, creating additional distractions and challenges to preparing for bargaining for this team; and

Whereas the online experience cannot replace the team building that face-to-face interactions can foster; and

Whereas a strong opening statement to the Employer is imperative to the bargaining process; and

Whereas the Province of Ontario announced on October 8, 2021 they would cautiously lift all capacity restrictions for fully vaccinated individuals in certain settings and in keeping with the government’s cautious approach, effective Saturday, October 9, 2021, at 12:01 a.m., capacity limits will be lifted to allow 100 per cent capacity in the following settings:

  • Meeting and event spaces (indoor meeting and event spaces will still need to limit capacity to the number that can maintain physical distancing); and

Whereas the bargaining team is made up of 13 members; and

Whereas all members of the Corrections Bargaining team are fully vaccinated and will wear masks and adhere to the Public Health Guidelines;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO board support the corrections bargaining team to meet in person for a two-day meeting in a hotel, following all safety precautions outlined by the province of Ontario; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO pay all costs associated with said meeting.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario

https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000947/ontario-cautiously-lifting-capacity-limits-in-select-settings

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           for

Maclam, Kenneth                       for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           for

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Business Arising

From the July 21, 2021 Executive Board Meeting

Mental Health Instructor Training

Referral to the President’s Office to bring back to the next Executive Board meeting in August with costing and answers to any questions that have come up.

Whereas mental health is an important factor in the overall health of individuals, communities and our union; and

Whereas the union has a role and responsibility in mental health promotion; and

Whereas the union has the opportunity to provide real positive improvement in the mental health and well-being for the membership;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO support up to five members from each Region to attend the one week Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training by booking them off from work and covering the cost of the course registration and that the cost of this be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

*work in progress

Treasurer’s Report

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

President’s Report

Internal Issues

OPSEU/SEFPO External staff post: Bilingual Grievance Officer

Moved by Thomas / Almeida

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO currently has a permanent vacancy for a Bilingual Grievance Officer; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO has posted this vacancy both internally and to the membership and there have not been any qualified candidates; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is committed to and supports the rights of Franco-Ontarians; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO requires the internal capacity to represent its Francophone membership, including those who have grievances in French;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO post to the public the vacant Bilingual Grievance Officer position.

Roll Call # 2

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           for

Maclam, Kenneth                       for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           for

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Central Labour Updates (OFL/NUPGE/CLC)

President Thomas provided an update.

Committee Reports

Central Political Action Committee

CPAC Provincial Election 2022 Campaign

Moved by Thomas / Almeida

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

Roll Call # 3

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           for

Maclam, Kenneth                       for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           for

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 21 for 0 against

First Vice President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair

Moved by Labelle / Cain

Whereas the pandemic has clearly exposed the fault lines in our health care, education and long-term care systems as well as our labour laws in general; and

Whereas the public and even politicians have celebrated critical front-line public sector workers and retail workers as front line heroes during the pandemic; and

Whereas the upcoming 2022 provincial election creates an opportunity to pivot away from austerity and privatization and create a more progressive and equitable Ontario as we rebuild after the pandemic;

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board approve funding from the contingency fund for an election/GOTV campaign mobilizing the entire OPSEU/SEFPO membership around an OPSEU/ SEFPO platform developed by CPAC in consultation with regional and local leaders; and

Be it further resolved that the platform includes improving public services, keeping them public, and protecting the health and safety and workplace rights of all workers in this province.

The question was called on the motion:

Roll Call # 4

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           for

Maclam, Kenneth                       for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           for

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 21 for 0 against

President Thomas in the Chair

Disability Rights Caucus

October 2021 Liaison Report

  • The Disability Rights Caucus (DRC) last met Monday, October 25th and they relayed some concerns related to Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Update (attached) they received in June, specifically as it pertains to Resolution HR 5 (below for reference).
    • The specifics of their concerns were sent to the President’s Office the evening of October 25th.
    • They look forward to OPSEU/SEFPO striving beyond the minimum requirements of the law in order to meet the HR 5 commitment.
    • They offered first hand user experience examples where improvement can be made, specific to the OPSEU/SEFPO website.
    • The DRC would like to be consulted regarding user experiences.
    • They are seeking access to two items referenced in the AODA
    • The Caucus is also looking forward to the next biannual report and they are curious if a specific date has been determined for when that report will be available.
    • They noted the increased dependence on OPSEU/SEFPO’s online environment throughout the pandemic and emphasized the importance of accessibility for those with disabilities.
  • The next DRC meeting is scheduled for November 9, 2021

Resolution HR 5 (carried)

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU ensures that all buildings-leased and owned by OPSEU, communications, technology and services meet and/or exceed the AODA (Accessibility Ontario Disability Act) to ensure members who wish to participate can do so with dignity and will have equal access to all activities and services in the most inclusive manner, requiring the least amount of personal accommodation as possible; and

Be it further resolved OPSEU work in coordination with DRC (Disability Rights Caucus) in that bi-annual reports shall be provided to the DRC (Disability Rights Caucus) by OPSEU on their continual efforts to be in compliance with the AODA (Accessibility Ontario Disability Act) and that OPSEU shall report back to 2020 and 2021 conventions on their progress.

PYC

The PYC had a successful conference in August, and a productive September with their active participation at the Joint Leadership day, On deck right now, they have a proposal and motion coming to the Board to create a Continuing Education Scholarship for members who are young workers, to allow for them to get some financial support to upgrade their skills. They also have been submitting ideas and recommendations to the Social Mapping Committee for new initiatives on how to keep moving our union forward. They  have also planned (and hosted) a Zoom room discussion around why it is important for young workers to be involved with the union and part of that included the importance of getting involved in the bargaining process as local leaders.

They are continuing with their ongoing social media campaign on all of their platforms, and continuing to reach out to our members digitally. They will also be attending the OFL Convention as a committee in November, and will be actively participating with the OFL Young Workers Committee there.

The next focus for the committee is on the PYC Conference next year, and Convention 2022. Their next PYC Meeting will be November 10, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.

The committee also wishes to thank the board for continuing to support their initiatives.

New Business

Timed Presentation

Convention 2022

Kathleen Demareski, Convention Coordinator, Convention Office OPSEU/SEFPO provided a presentation to the Executive Board on Convention 2022 options

Moved by Almeida / Labelle- move into Committee of the Whole

Roll Call # 5

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           for

Maclam, Kenneth                       for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           for

Thomas, Warren                        —

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 20 for 0 against

 

Afternoon

The meeting resumed at 1:03pm

First Vice President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair

Moved by Almeida / Steinbrunner – move out of Committee of the Whole

Roll Call # 6

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           for

Maclam, Kenneth                       for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           for

Thomas, Warren                        —

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 20 for 0 against

The Executive Board agrees to hear the following motion:

Convention 2022 Motion

Moved by Perron / Finucane

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO has not had a Convention in 2020 or 2021 due to the provincial lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and

Whereas members of OPSEU/SEFPO have been vocal in wanting to have a convention in 2022, and

Whereas the provincial government of Ontario has lifted some of the restrictions on gatherings and has indicated that it intends to lift the remaining restrictions on gatherings by the spring of 2022 if the spread of the virus remains contained, and

Whereas it is very difficult to project the path the virus will take and how it may spread or be contained, and

Whereas having options for the 2022 Convention is the prudent thing to plan for,

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO plans to hold their 2022 Convention in a hybrid format, which includes virtual and in-person elements), and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO prepare a tender to be reviewed by the Regional Vice Presidents (RVPs) immediately and returned no later than November 15, 2022 in order to plan for this hybrid convention and that the tender also include an all-virtual Convention, as a contingency, if Public Health and/or the Provincial Government no longer allows for an in-person Convention, and

Be it further resolved that the RVPs will be work with the OPSEU/SEFPO Convention Planning Committee to provide input and ensure that regional considerations are addressed, and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO delegates will be attending the 2022 Convention in-person, and

Be it further resolved that if a delegate(s) is unable to attend in person, a virtual option will be provided that will allow them to fully participate in Convention, and

Be it further resolved that observers and guests will only be able to participate virtually.

Moved by Nancekivell / Finucane – Amendment:

In the second resolve, change the year to 2021 for the November 15 date

Roll Call # 7

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           for

Maclam, Kenneth                       for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           for

Thomas, Warren                        —

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Moved by Steinbrunner / Labelle – Amendment:

Change the 4th and 5th resolve to add alternates:

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO delegates and alternates may attend the 2022 Convention in-person; and

Be it further resolved that if a delegate(s) and alternate is unable to attend in person, a virtual option will be provided that will allow them to fully participate in Convention; and

Roll Call # 8

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           for

Maclam, Kenneth                       for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           for

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Steinbrunner / Thomas – Amendment:

In the last resolve- remove “and guests”

Roll Call # 9

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           for

Maclam, Kenneth                       for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              against

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           for

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 against

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 19 for 2 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

Roll Call # 10

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           for

Maclam, Kenneth                       for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           for

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 21 for 0 against

President Thomas is in the Chair

Committee Reports

Pension Liaison

Pension Liaison Committee recommendation to the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board to amend the OPTrust and OPT Select Plan to align with the Fraser Decision made by the Supreme Court in relation to temporary reduced hours of work and pension accrual

Moved by Steinbrunner / Perron

Whereas the Supreme Court of Canada decision that was released on October 16, 2020 permitting members working in a temporary reduced capacity to contribute the full time equivalent to their pension plan; thus allowing them to accrue full service during temporary periods of reduced working hours; and

Whereas the plan is looking to mitigate any challenges against the Plan in light of the Fraser decision, it is proposed that the Plan be amended to accommodate members who temporarily work reduced hours by allowing them to contribute during the period on a full-time basis or to buy back the lost service later; and

Whereas this solution will ensure a more equal pension accrual as temporary reduced workloads disproportionately impact female employees/pension contributors; and

Whereas permitting members to purchase temporary part-time work arrangements under the Plan’s existing current service and buyback provisions is cost neutral to the Plan as it ensures that affected members and their employers pay for the additional service; and

Whereas these changes have already been incorporated and in currently in practice some of our peer plans; and

Whereas the OPT Pension Plan Sponsors met on December 2, 2020 and May 28, 2021, to review and discuss proposed amendments (these are included in the attached Amending Agreement for the Sponsors’ consideration); and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO, in consultation with our legal representative, Susan Ursel, have reviewed the amendments and provided feedback which has been incorporated into the proposed amendments;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO support the attached proposed amendments to the plan in relation to the Fraser Amendments to include periods of temporary part-time work arrangements.

Roll Call # 11

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           —

Maclam, Kenneth                       for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           for

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Pension Liaison Committee recommendation to the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board to amend the OPTrust and OPT Select Plan to incorporate general housekeeping changes related to the definition of the word “Salary” and “Pensionable Pay”

Moved by Steinbrunner / Perron

Whereas OPTrust Select T.O.R. had used the word “paid” in the definition of “pensionable pay” in Article A2 rather than the word “payable” which is used to define “salary” in Article 2 of the primary schedule, and

Whereas after reviewing the definition of “salary” in the primary schedule it was also realized that the definition does not align with the definition of “pensionable pay” in Article A2 and could be amended to better clarify OPTrust’s long-standing practice that lump sum payments and performance bonuses are not pensionable and

Whereas OPTrust proposed amendment to Article 2 and A2 reflecting that the definition of “salary” be amended to make it clear that one-time lump sum payments and bonuses are not pensionable and

Whereas, it is also recommended that the definition of “pensionable pay” be amended to replace the word “paid” with “payable” so that the language used in both schedules of benefits (OPT Primary Plan and OPT Select) is consistent

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO, in consultation with our legal representative, Susan Ursel, have reviewed the amendments and provided feedback which has been incorporated into the proposed amendments;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO support the attached proposed amendment to Article 2 and A2 reflecting that the definition of “salary” be amended as well as the recommendation that the definition of “pensionable pay” be amended to replace the word “paid” with “payable” so that the language used in both schedules of benefits (OPT Primary Plan and OPT Select) is consistent.

Roll Call # 12

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           —

Maclam, Kenneth                       for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           for

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Pension Liaison Committee recommendation to the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board to amend the OPTrust and OPT Select Plan to incorporate general housekeeping changes related to the purchase of prior service for OPT Select members

Moved by Steinbrunner / Perron

Whereas The current language in clause 7.4(1)(f) of the Plan text permits members who take a leave of absence due to illness, pregnancy or adoption of a child to buy back these periods after returning from the leave; and

Whereas 7.2(2.1) of the primary schedule was amended to recognize that members could contribute while on an ESA leave; and

Whereas corresponding language was written for OPTrust Select, but clause 7.4(1)(f) was not updated to permit members to buy back these periods at a later date; and

Whereas the current language is outdated and inconsistent with the language drafted for OPTrust Select that allows these types of leaves to be bought back; and

Whereas It is proposed that clause 7.4(1)(f) of the Plan be amended so that both schedules of benefits are consistent, and members are permitted to buy back periods of time when they are on a leave that is protected under the ESA. *This clause has also been modified in the Amending Agreement to accommodate the Fraser amendments; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO, in consultation with our legal representative, Susan Ursel, have reviewed the amendments and provided feedback which has been incorporated into the proposed amendments;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO support the attached proposed amendment to allow members in the OPTselect schedule of benefits to purchase past periods of past service to align with the provisions in the main schedule of benefits.

Roll Call # 13

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           —

Maclam, Kenneth                       for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           for

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Pension Liaison Committee recommendation to the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board to amend the OPT Select Plan to incorporate general housekeeping changes related to designation of residual and refund benefits upon death of an OPT Select participating member

Moved by Steinbrunner / Perron

Whereas An OPTrust Select member may designate a beneficiary for purposes of receiving a payment or refund (50% rule refund) made under Article A7.5 in the event of an OPTrust Select member’s death prior to retirement as well as section A9.8, the payment of a residual balance if applicable upon death of the member or surviving spouse; and

Whereas The Plan text states that any survivor benefits payable on the death of an OPTrust Select member shall be paid to their surviving spouse (residual balance and the 50% rule refund), but it is not clear in section A7.5 or A9.8 that any refunds will also be paid to a member’s surviving spouse in the OPT Select schedule of benefits; and

Whereas it is currently written, it could be argued that these refunds should be paid to a designated beneficiary which would be contrary to the terms of the primary schedule and the Ontario Pension Benefits Act that mandates that a member’s spouse be first in line for pre-retirement death benefits; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO, in consultation with our legal representative, Susan Ursel, have reviewed the amendments to the proposed amendments;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO support the attached proposed amendments (A7.5 and A9.8) to allow the surviving spouses of deceased members in the OPTselect schedule of benefits to be deemed the recipient of these benefits upon death of an OPTrust Select member to align the provisions in the main schedule of benefits.

Roll Call # 14

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           —

Maclam, Kenneth                       for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           for

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Provincial Women’s Committee

The Provincial Women’s Committee was honoured to attend the “Remember Me” National Day of Remembrance on September 30, 2021, in Ottawa.  We felt honored and humbled to have been able to take part in the first National Day of Truth & Reconciliation.  Throughout the ceremony, we all went back and forth from tears to laughter and in the end felt a sense of hope that this day is the beginning of the healing process for many who have suffered such unspeakable crimes against them and against their loved ones.

The entire event was memorable; however the message of hope will stick with us the most.  Even though the indigenous people have and continue to suffer tremendously under the reign of the Canadian Government, they still have hope that the Day of Truth and Reconciliation marks the day of change in how we as Canadians treat each other and how we are going to move forward to build strong relationships and communities for the future.

We committed to sharing the significance of this day and the importance of wearing the orange shirt with our family, friends and in our communities.

The one quote that left the biggest impact on our hearts was spoken by Dawn Setford, “We need to look at each other like the moon sees the sun; vastly different and equally important”

The PWC would like to thank the board for approving this amazing opportunity.

The committee would like to thank each and every one of the board members who participating in our successful conference.  The personal messages that were received from you, really meant a lot.  We would also like to acknowledge and thank all of the Staff for their time and efforts in helping us pull this all together.

New Business

Executive Board Member, Janel Perron’s Motion: In person meetings

Moved by Perron / Nancekivell

Whereas the Ontario government under the advice of the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, as well as others, imposed a province wide lockdown in 2020 that has been lifted and re-imposed several times, and

Whereas those lockdowns have restricted in person meetings for valid public health and safety reasons, and

Whereas the Ontario government under the advice of the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, as well as others, recently increased indoor and outdoor capacity limits, and

Whereas in the interests of member engagement and to encourage union activism and further the overall cause of OPSEU/SEFPO, and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO recognizes the ongoing need for public health measures and the associated provincial and local health guidelines,

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO begin to allow in person meetings of members so long as the provincial guidelines as well as the local public health officer’s guidelines for the region, county or district that the meeting will occur in, are strictly followed, and

Therefore be it further resolved that any in person meeting(s) will have an option for staff and/or members who are not able or are not comfortable meeting in person, to join remotely via an electronic or telephone method, and

Therefore be it further resolved that no member will be forced to join any in person meeting,

Therefore be it further resolved, that a person attending a meeting in person will have their expenses covered as per policy.

Moved by Labelle/Perron-Referral to the President’s Office to come back to the Executive Board, post vaccine policy discussion.

Roll Call # 15

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           —

Maclam, Kenneth                       for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           for

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Executive Board Member, Sara Labelle’s Motion: Corrections Bargaining

Whereas the bargaining process is critical to advance the interests of OPSEU/SEFPO members with their respective Employers; and

Whereas the OPS Correctional Bargaining Team is the highest authority in which to do so; and

Whereas the OPS Correctional Bargaining Team is currently meeting virtually for bargaining; and

Whereas the OPS Correctional Bargaining Team initialized a request for a 2 day in person meeting on September 25, 2021; and

Whereas the OPSEU/ SEFPO Executive Board has recently approved a 2 day in person meeting; and

Whereas bargaining is dynamic and evolves throughout the process; and

Whereas there are times that a virtual platform fails to meet the needs of the bargaining process; and

Whereas the OPS Correctional Bargaining Team is the sole authority on which platform works best to meet these processes; and

Whereas the OPS Correctional Bargaining Team has already established that all team members are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and will comply with all Covid-19 safety precautions; and

Whereas the OPS Correctional Bargaining Team will commit to providing reasonable notice of changes to the platform and is willing to work with the appropriate OPSEU staff resources (e.g., the Conferences and Travel Department),

Therefore, be it resolved that the OPS Correctional Bargaining Team be authorized to make the determination of when meeting in-person is required; and

Be it further resolved that such in-person meetings will be fully funded by OPSEU/SEFPO.

The Chair ruled the motion out of order.

The Chair was challenged.

First Vice President/Treasurer, Almeida in the Chair for the Challenge.

Roll Call # 16

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             —

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          against

Labelle, Sara                              against

Langford, Tara                           —

Maclam, Kenneth                       for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              against

Nancekivell, Laurie                    against

Perron, Janel                              against

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           against

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 against

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  against

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 11 for 8 against

The Chair was upheld.

Kingsley Kwok, Sara Labelle, Lucy Morton, Laurie Nancekivell, Janel Perron, Edie Strachan, Joel Usher and Jennifer Van Zetten filed a minority report.

President Thomas is in the Chair

CLC Flight Reimbursement

Discussions

Board of Education Division meeting

Discussions

President’s Report

Staffing Issues – In Camera

Moved by Thomas / Almeida – In Camera

Roll Call # 17

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             —

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           —

Maclam, Kenneth                       for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              —

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           for

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Recess

The Executive Board recessed at 4:54 p.m. All member were present except Tara Langford.

 

October 28, 2021

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:31 a.m. First Vice President Treasurer, Almeida was in the Chair. All members were present. Clarke Eaton, Advisor to the President and Linda Mariani, Executive Assistant to the President were also in attendance.

The in-camera session resumed on October 28, 2021.

Progress

Dianne Clarabut, L497, Yasmin Damani, L504, Janet Heyman, L104, Paula Lavigne, L222, Justin Legros, L329, Karen Marshall, L 540, Nadia Montisano, L5111, and Tina Stevens, L102 were in attendance as observers.

Committee Reports

OPSEU Resource/Enterprises

Time Presentation

Union Strategies r/t Program for Locals

Moved by Thomas / Almeida – to extend the Executive Board meeting until this item is dealt with.

Roll Call # 18

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           for

Maclam, Kenneth                       for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           for

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Business Arising

Referral from the October 27, 2021 Board Meeting:

Executive Board Member Janel Perron’s Motion: In person meetings

Moved by Perron / Nancekivell

Whereas the Ontario government under the advice of the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, as well as others, imposed a province wide lockdown in 2020 that has been lifted and re-imposed several times; and

Whereas those lockdowns have restricted in person meetings for valid public health and safety reasons; and

Whereas the Ontario government under the advice of the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, as well as others, recently increased indoor and outdoor capacity limits; and

Whereas in the interests of member engagement and to encourage union activism and further the overall cause of OPSEU/SEFPO; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO recognizes the ongoing need for public health measures and the associated provincial and local health guidelines;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO begin to allow in person meetings of members so long as the provincial guidelines as well as the local public health officer’s guidelines for the region, county or district that the meeting will occur in, are strictly followed; and

Therefore be it further resolved that any in person meeting(s) will have an option for staff and/or members who are not able or are not comfortable meeting in person, to join remotely via an electronic or telephone method; and

Therefore be it further resolved that no member will be forced to join any in person meeting; and

Therefore be it further resolved, that a person attending a meeting in person will have their expenses covered as per policy.

Moved by Nancekivell / Labelle –Amendment:

Replace the resolves with the following:

Therefore be it resolved that due to the easing COVID-19 restrictions by the Ontario government and the various Local Public Health Units, OPSEU/SEFPO members are permitted to meet in person with the following provisions in place:

-provided they follow the Ontario government and Local Public Health Unit guidelines in the     community of the meeting; and

-provided the meetings are not in OPSEU/SEFPO membership buildings at this time; and

-provided there are virtual options available for those unable to attend in person

Be it further resolved that the current policies for expense reimbursements for sector and committee meetings will apply; and

Be it further resolved that a process will be created and communicated by OPSEU/SEFPO for all other meetings such as for locals and area councils, regarding booking and billing. This process will be sent to the Executive Board for approval in advance.

First Vice President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair

Moved by Thomas / Labelle –Amendment:

In the first be it further resolve: after the word “for” add “meeting approvals and for expense reimbursement” and after the word “sector” add “negotiating teams”.

Roll Call # 19

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             —

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           for

Maclam, Kenneth                       for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           for

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Question called on the motion as amended.

Whereas the Ontario government under the advice of the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, as well as others, imposed a province wide lockdown in 2020 that has been lifted and re-imposed several times; and

Whereas those lockdowns have restricted in person meetings for valid public health and safety reasons; and

Whereas the Ontario government under the advice of the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, as well as others, recently increased indoor and outdoor capacity limits; and

Whereas in the interests of member engagement and to encourage union activism and further the overall cause of OPSEU/SEFPO; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO recognizes the ongoing need for public health measures and the associated provincial and local health guidelines; and

Therefore be it resolved that due to the easing COVID-19 restrictions by the Ontario government and the various Local Public Health Units, OPSEU/SEFPO members are permitted to meet in person with the following provisions in place:

-provided they follow the Ontario government and Local Public Health Unit guidelines in the     community of the meeting; and

-provided the meetings are not in OPSEU/SEFPO membership buildings at this time

-provided there are virtual options available for those unable to attend in person; and

Be it further resolved that the current policies for meeting approvals and for expense reimbursements for sector, negotiating teams and committee meetings will apply; and

Be it further resolved that a process will be created and communicated by OPSEU/SEFPO for all other meetings such as for locals and area councils, regarding booking and billing.  This process will be sent to the Executive Board for approval in advance.

Roll Call # 20

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             —

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           for

Maclam, Kenneth                       for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           for

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Adjournment

The Executive Board meeting adjourned at 12:16 p.m. All members were present.

Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President

Jamie Corner, Corporate Secretary