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Minutes of the September 21-22, 2016 Executive Board Meeting

Minutes of the September 21-22, 2016 Executive Board Meeting

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September 21, 2016

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:40 a.m. President Thomas was in the Chair. All members were present.  Peggy Maybury, Executive Assistant to the President, was also in attendance.

Lucy Morton was sworn into the Board by President Thomas.

Agenda

The agenda was amended to add:

  • HPD proposal
  • Local 108
  • Save Our Schools
  • We Own It Rally
  • Policy review committee
  • Referral from Executive Committee meeting
  • Timed presentation, OPS Bargaining procedures, Ad-Hoc committee, Catherine Bowman, Twila Marston, Thursday @ 10:30a.m.
  • CAAT-A PT proposal
  • Recommendation from Executive Committee meeting, Local 431 & 483 merger

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         for
Strachan, Edie         for
Thibodeau, Carl      for
Thomas, Warren      for
Tremblay, Chrisy      for

Carried 21 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 June 15-16, 2016, August 29, 2016, September 1, 2016, September 7, 2016 and the e-poll September 6, 2016.

E-poll, September 6, 2016 – Cornerstone – 2069 Lakeshore Blvd West

Moved by Thomas/Longhi

Whereas the Ontario Cornerstone Leadership Corporation (OCLC) is mandated to engage in the business of the acquisition of commercial real estate or interests in real estate including income producing building or buildings, primarily for the purpose of A.) office and related space for the operations of the ONDP and B.) assisting in providing security for the financing of the ONDP’s activities, in strict compliance with applicable election finance legal requirements and ONDP policies; and 

Whereas OPSEU is a class B Shareholder in the Ontario Cornerstone Leadership Corporation; and 

Whereas the OCLC is considering negotiations for the purchase of an office condominium at 2069 Lakeshore Blvd. West; and  

Whereas such negotiations require shareholders’ approval. 

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board provide approval to the OCLC for the negotiation of the purchase of real estate at 2069 Lakeshore Blvd. West.  

Roll Call

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         for
Strachan, Edie         for
Thibodeau, Carl      for
Thomas, Warren      for
Tremblay, Chrisy      for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Presidents Report

Internal Issues

Moved by Thomas/Almeida – In Camera

Roll Call #2

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         for
Strachan, Edie         for
Thibodeau, Carl      for
Thomas, Warren      for
Tremblay, Chrisy      for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Rise & Report

Progress

Business Arising

Terms of Reference: Workers of Color Caucus

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 Almeida/Bozai

Refer to the First Vice President/Treasurer’s office to make changes and bring back with motions to the October Board

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         for
Strachan, Edie         for
Thibodeau, Carl      for
Thomas, Warren      for
Tremblay, Chrisy      for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Recognition Now Campaign

Campaign proposal withdrawn

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

Resolutions

Moved by Almeida/Elliott

Reconsideration of motion from June 15-16, 2016:

That the recommendation from the Resolutions Committee be moved as amended.

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         for
Strachan, Edie         for
Thibodeau, Carl      for
Thomas, Warren      for
Tremblay, Chrisy      for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

That resolution EB11 be moved to REDUNDANT

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         for
Strachan, Edie         for
Thibodeau, Carl      for
Thomas, Warren      for
Tremblay, Chrisy      for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

That resolution L5 be moved to AGAINST

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         for
Strachan, Edie         for
Thibodeau, Carl      for
Thomas, Warren      for
Tremblay, Chrisy      for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

That resolution L6 remain under FOR

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         for
Strachan, Edie         for
Thibodeau, Carl      for
Thomas, Warren      for
Tremblay, Chrisy      for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

That resolution B9 be referred to committee to come back to the next Board with new costing

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         for
Strachan, Edie         for
Thibodeau, Carl      for
Thomas, Warren      for
Tremblay, Chrisy      for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Almeida/Finucane

That resolution C1 be removed from Resolutions package and referred back to President’s office

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         for
Strachan, Edie         for
Thibodeau, Carl      for
Thomas, Warren      for
Tremblay, Chrisy      for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Labelle/Arbus

Refer resolution M3 back to First Vice President/Treasurer office to address concerns and be brought back to October Board

Roll Call #10

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         for
Strachan, Edie         for
Thibodeau, Carl      for
Thomas, Warren      for
Tremblay, Chrisy      for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Almeida/Labelle

That resolution L19 be moved out of resolution package and referred to the President’s office to be brought back to the October Board

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         for
Labelle, Sara           for
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 21 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

That the recommendation from the Resolutions Committee be moved as amended.

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         for
Labelle, Sara           for
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 21 for 0 against

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 10-Expense Guidelines-10.1-General-Tips for Porters-10.1-11

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

Whereas tips are an important part of the income for employees working in the service industry, including food delivery service, taxi drivers and porters.

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU will reimburse up to a MAXIUM tip of 15 percent of the total bill on food delivery/service, taxis and porters; and

Be it further resolved that when claiming tips on expense claims, a receipt must indicate the amount of the tip provided; and

Be it further resolved that tips must be included in the amount and not added on top of the standard meal allowance as per the OPSEU policy; in accordance with specified meal rates.

Moved by Labelle/Arbus

Refer to come back tomorrow with amendments from the First Vice President/Treasurer’s office

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          against
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 20 for 1 against

  • Section 3-5-Communications-Video Library

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

Whereas the OPSEU website and internet access have allowed for easier access to multimedia offered through OPSEU; and

Whereas videotapes have become obsolete over the years to where there is no longer a need for a lending library at head office as everything is accessible in other ways.

Therefore be it resolved that the article “Video Library” under section 3-5 of the OPSEU Policy Manual be deleted.

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           for
Longhi, Gord          against
Magner, Myles        —
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 19 for 1 against

  • Section 9-Executive Board Members-9.5 Executive Committee-Minutes-9.5-3

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

WHEREAS advances in the OPSEU website have allowed for posting of the Executive Committee meeting minutes for everyone to access.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT in the OPSEU Policy Manual section 9.5-3 and 16.3 the article “Minutes” be amended to read “At each scheduled committee meeting the previous minutes of the last executive committee meeting will be approved and the aforementioned minutes are to be forwarded to all locals posted to the OPSEU website no later than 10 working days prior to the next scheduled executive committee meeting.”

Roll Call #15

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         for
Strachan, Edie         for
Thibodeau, Carl      for
Thomas, Warren      for
Tremblay, Chrisy      for

Carried 21 for 0 against

  • Section 11-Financial Control and Accountability- 11.1-General-Expensiture: Costing of Proposed Expenditures 11.1-8

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

Whereas OPSEU has developed template pdf fillable forms to help OPSEU members when submitting funding requests

Therefore be it resolved that under Section 11.1-8 of the OPSEU Policy Manual, article “Expenditure: costing of proposed Expenditures” be amended to read “Before a request for approval of the Board for the expenditure of funds is made to the Board by any committee of the Board or subsidiary body, a budget proposal template and estimated costing shall be carried out and completed, with assistance from OPSEU staff, by the group seeking the funds and such estimates shall be presented to the Board prior to the Board voting on the matter.

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               for
Shearer, Philip         for
Strachan, Edie         for
Thibodeau, Carl      for
Thomas, Warren      for
Tremblay, Chrisy      for

Carried 21 for 0 against

  • Resolution B15

Moved by Magner/Strachan

That resolution B15 be moved to FOR

Moved by Nancekivell/Archer – Amendment:

That the cost not to exceed 60,000 for committee and caucus members to attend with intent for this to be an additional 1 day to their caucus and committee meetings

Moved by Almeida/Arbus – extend Board end time until the First Vice President/Treasurer’s report is complete

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               for
Shearer, Philip         for
Strachan, Edie         for
Thibodeau, Carl      for
Thomas, Warren      for
Tremblay, Chrisy      for

Carried 21 for 0 against

The question was called on amendment –

That the cost not to exceed 60,000 for committee and caucus members to attend with intent for this to be an additional 1 day to their caucus and committee meetings

Roll Call #18

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

DEFEATED 9 for 11 against

The question was called on the motion:

That resolution B15 be moved to FOR

Roll Call #19

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

DEFEATED 7 for 13 against

Laurie Nancekivell, Myles Magner, Edie Strachan, Chrisy Tremblay, Glen Archer filed minority reports.

  • Resolution M9

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

That resolution M9 remain under FOR and the cost as outlined in proposal to be drawn from Contingency fund.

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           —
Nancekivell, Laurie  for
Platt, Sean               for
Shearer, Philip         for
Strachan, Edie         for
Thibodeau, Carl      for
Thomas, Warren      for
Tremblay, Chrisy      for

Carried 20 for 0 against

  • Resolution M10

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

That resolution M10 remain under FOR

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           —
Nancekivell, Laurie  for
Platt, Sean               for
Shearer, Philip         for
Strachan, Edie         for
Thibodeau, Carl      for
Thomas, Warren      for
Tremblay, Chrisy      for

Carried 20 for 0 against

  • 8 Month Project- Update
    *Update provided
  • Summary Report

Recess

The Executive Board recessed at 5:30 p.m. All members were present except Lucy Morton.

September 22, 2016

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:00 a.m. President Thomas was in the Chair. All members were present except President Thomas and First Vice President/Treasurer Almeida, the reasons were acceptable to the Chair.

President’s Report

CAAT-A Part-Time Organizing Campaign

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 #22

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

Carried 15 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Arbus

Whereas OPSEU is committed to organizing all PT college workers as part of our greater drive to improve the working conditions of precarious workers across the province; and

Whereas a successful launch of the organizing campaign requires the development and implementation of a communications and organizing plan;

Therefore Be It Resolved That the OPSEU Executive Board fund the October launch of the 2016-2017 organizing drive of Part-Time Academic college workers; and

Be it further resolved that monies to fund Phase 1 of the CAAT/A PT organizing campaign be drawn from the Fight Back Fund.

Roll Call #23

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

Carried 15 for 0 against

Treasurer’s Report

Brought back from day before:

Section 10-Expense Guidelines-10.1-General-Tips for Porters-10.1-11

Whereas tips are an important part of the income for employees working in the service industry, including food delivery service, taxi drivers and porters.

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU will reimburse up to a MAXIMUM tip of 15 percent of the total bill on food delivery/service, taxis and porters; and

Be it further resolved that when claiming tips on large group expense claims, a receipt must indicate the amount of the tip provided; and

Be it further resolved that individual meal claims will continue to be reimbursed as per current OPSEU policy and practice.

Roll Call #24

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

Carried 15 for 0 against

President’s Report

Internal Issues

  • By-laws project
  • Credentials
  • OPS Bargaining Procedures
  • 2017 proposed schedule of meetings for the Executive Committee and the Executive Board
  • Report of the Constitution Committee

Staffing Issues – In Camera

Central Labour Updates (OFL/NUPGE/CLC)

Internal Issues

By-laws project

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 Local, Divisions and Council structures; and

Whereas the OPSEU Policy manual article 9.2-4 indicates “Local Bylaws will be vetted and signed off or given rationale as to why items could not be signed off, within two (2) months of being sent to the President’s Office”.

Therefore be it resolved that all Locals that have had their bylaws in the queue for over a year will be contacted by the 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 distributed for use in order to assist Locals, Divisions and Area Councils in developing bylaws and obtaining the approval of the President in a timely manner; and

Be it further resolved that the Bylaws Guide for Members be presented to the Board for debate and consideration.

Roll Call #25

Almeida, Eddy         for
Arbus, Jeff               for
Archer, Glen            for
Arvelin, Ed              for
Bisaillon, Michel      —
Bozai, Ibrahim         for
Elliott, Len               for
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               —
Shearer, Philip         for
Strachan, Edie         for
Thibodeau, Carl      for
Thomas, Warren      for
Tremblay, Chrisy      for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Credentials

Reviewed

2017 schedule of meetings for Executive Committee and Executive Board

Board:
January 25-26 – web conference
March 8-9 – Coopers
April 5 – T.O Convention Centre
May 17-18 – Coopers
June 14-15 – Coopers
September 27-28 – Coopers
October 25-26 – web conference
November 22-23 – budget only – location TBD
December 13-14 – Coopers

Officers:
January 12 – web conference
March 2 – web conference
April 4 – T.O Convention Centre
May 11 – web conference
June 8 – web conference
September 14 – web conference
October 19 – web conference
November 9 & 21 – budget only – location TBD

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the OPSEU Executive Board approve the 2017 meeting dates for the Executive Committee and Executive Board.

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               for
Shearer, Philip         for
Strachan, Edie         for
Thibodeau, Carl      for
Thomas, Warren      for
Tremblay, Chrisy      for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Report of the Constitution Committee

Reviewed

Timed presentation

CAAT-A Divex gave a presentation to the Board

OPS Bargaining Procedures

The Ad-Hoc committee and Catherine Bowman, Administrator of Local Services Division – Bargaining and Twila Marston, Supervisor of Local Services OPS & Equity reviewed OPS Bargaining Procedures.

Moved by Thibodeau/Strachan

Whereas the committee has had discussions on changes to the unified bargaining procedures; and

Whereas corrections has met on their new process and yet to meet with the corrections division; and

Whereas the unified committee has agreement on some changes and some changes do not have consensus.

Therefore be it resolved that the agreed changes be adopted into the unified bargaining procedures and the recommendations that do not have consensus be removed from the unified procedures; and

Be it further resolved that the issue of a separate EES team be put to the Unified Bargaining Unit at the Unified Divisionals.

Roll Call #27

Almeida, Eddy         —
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         for
Strachan, Edie         for
Thibodeau, Carl      for
Thomas, Warren      for
Tremblay, Chrisy      for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Moved by Thibodeau/Strachan

Whereas the bargaining of essential and emergency services (EES) is a requirement in the Crown Employees Collective Bargaining Act; and

Whereas EES bargaining can be a very lengthy and complicated process; and

Whereas the timing of EES bargaining can vary based on bargaining strategy and negotiations with the government; and

Whereas there are very few EES agreements from the most recent round of bargaining and the last previous agreements were reached in 2005; and

Whereas the Unified bargaining unit at the OPS Divisionals will be deciding whether or not there should be a separate EES bargaining team.

Therefore be it resolved that an Ad Hoc committee be established to review the current jurisprudence around EES bargaining and to make recommendations on EES procedures for the 2017 round of OPS bargaining.  The committee will consist of three Executive Board members, the three members of the Central Employee Relations Committee (CERC) and three staff from the Negotiations Unit.  Recommendations are to be brought back to the Executive Board no later than January 31, 2017.

Moved by Magner/Archer – Amendment

after “Central Employee Relations Committee (CERC)” add “3 OPS Local Presidents”

Roll Call #28

Almeida, Eddy         —
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         for
Strachan, Edie         for
Thibodeau, Carl      for
Thomas, Warren      for
Tremblay, Chrisy      for

Carried 20 for 0 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas the bargaining of essential and emergency services (EES) is a requirement in the Crown Employees Collective Bargaining Act; and

Whereas EES bargaining can be a very lengthy and complicated process; and

Whereas the timing of EES bargaining can vary based on bargaining strategy and negotiations with the government; and

Whereas there are very few EES agreements from the most recent round of bargaining and the last previous agreements were reached in 2005; and

Whereas the Unified bargaining unit at the OPS Divisionals will be deciding whether or not there should be a separate EES bargaining team.

Therefore be it resolved that an Ad Hoc committee be established to review the current jurisprudence around EES bargaining and to make recommendations on EES procedures for the 2017 round of OPS bargaining.  The committee will consist of three Executive Board members, the three members of the Central Employee Relations Committee (CERC), three OPS local presidents and three staff from the Negotiations Unit.  Recommendations are to be brought back to the Executive Board no later than January 31, 2017.

Roll Call #29

Almeida, Eddy         —
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         for
Strachan, Edie         for
Thibodeau, Carl      for
Thomas, Warren      for
Tremblay, Chrisy      for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Afternoon

The meeting resumed at 1:23p.m.

Sara Labelle in the Chair

Business Arising

Local 108 update

President Thomas in the Chair

President’s Report

Recommendation from September 22, 2016 Executive Committee meeting:

Moved by Jones/Tremblay

Be it resolved that the Executive Board approve that local 431 and local 483 be merged into local 4104 and the charters of local 431 and 483 be dissolved.

Roll Call #30

Almeida, Eddy         —
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         for
Strachan, Edie         for
Thibodeau, Carl      for
Thomas, Warren      for
Tremblay, Chrisy      for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Central Labour Updates (OFL/NUPGE/CLC)

President Thomas provided an update

Social Mapping nomination

Laurie Nancekivell was acclaimed to the Social Mapping Committee. 

Committee Reports

Standing Committee Reports:

  • Indigenous Circle
  • Audit
  • Central Political Action
  • Convention
    • Resolutions
    • Constitutional
    • Credentials (reports at Convention)
    • Planning
  • Disability Rights Caucus
  • Excluded Staff Hiring
  • Francophone
  • In Solidarity
  • OPSEU Resource/Enterprises
  • Pension Liaison
  • PHRC
  • PWC
  • PYC
  • Rainbow Alliance
  • Retirees Board
  • Social Mapping
  • Solidarity Fund Board
    • Live and Let Live
    • International Humanity Work
    • International Solidarity Work
  • Staff Negotiating
  • Staff Pension Plan Trustees
  • Strategic Planning

Moved by Shearer/Fahey

Whereas Ontario is moving from manufacturing and resources based economy to a service based economy; and

Whereas OPSEU is the Ontario union for Public Service, Private and Plural Sectors; and

Whereas OPSEU has legal/organizing/bargaining/lobbying expertise; and

Whereas OPSEU Executive Board has underwent Strategic Planning exercise; and

Whereas Strategic Planning of Executive Board, Equity, members, staff, have consistently supported seeking answers new economic realities of unionization; and

Whereas OPSEU has equity structures to respond to Ontario’s changing demographics; and
Whereas Ontario is moving towards more precarious workforce; and

Whereas Ontario is moving towards individualized funding models.

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU legal, administrators, organizers, education, campaigns, research ways that OPSEU can organize/represent/bargain for individuals not employers and other precarious models of employment and report back to October Board.

Moved by Magner/Morton

Referral to President’s office for review of context of OPSEU's upcoming submission to the Changing Workplaces Review and our ongoing participation in the Fight for $15 and Fairness / Make It Fair campaign for reforms to the Ontario Labour Relations Act and the Employment Standards Act.

Roll Call #31

Almeida, Eddy         —
Arbus, Jeff               against
Archer, Glen            against
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         against
Strachan, Edie         for
Thibodeau, Carl      against
Thomas, Warren      against
Tremblay, Chrisy      against

DEFEATED 2 for 18 against

The question was called on the motion

Whereas Ontario is moving from manufacturing and resources based economy to a service based economy; and

Whereas OPSEU is the Ontario union for Public Service, Private and Plural Sectors; and

Whereas OPSEU has legal/organizing/bargaining/lobbying expertise; and

Whereas OPSEU Executive Board has underwent Strategic Planning exercise; and

Whereas Strategic Planning of Executive Board, Equity, members, staff, have consistently supported seeking answers new economic realities of unionization; and

Whereas OPSEU has equity structures to respond to Ontario’s changing demographics; and

Whereas Ontario is moving towards more precarious workforce; and

Whereas Ontario is moving towards individualized funding models.

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU legal, administrators, organizers, education, campaigns, research ways that OPSEU can organize/represent/bargain for individuals not employers and other precarious models of employment and report back to October Board.

Roll Call #32

Almeida, Eddy         —
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         for
Strachan, Edie         for
Thibodeau, Carl      for
Thomas, Warren      for
Tremblay, Chrisy      for

Carried 20 for 0 against

An update was provided on all Committees.

New Business

HPD Proposal

Moved by Thomas/Labelle

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

Roll Call #33

Almeida, Eddy         —
Arbus, Jeff               for
Archer, Glen            for
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 Labelle/Thomas

Whereas HPD recently ratified the first negotiated settlement in ten years; and

Whereas part of the discussions in negotiations was around the employers need for the right to unilaterally impose short shifts; and

Whereas the Central Negotiating team convinced the OHA that unilateral short shifts was not necessary as they can negotiate alternative arrangements and committed to educating the membership regarding this process; 

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the Post Bargaining Conference as per the proposal with the amounts to be drawn from the existing BPS Negotiations Budget. 

Roll Call #34

Almeida, Eddy         —
Arbus, Jeff               for
Archer, Glen            for
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

Save our Schools

Moved by Fahey/Arbus

Whereas the rainbow school board representing members of Local 614 have just announced 11 school closures in the Sudbury Region; and

Whereas members in four unions stand to lose jobs; and

Whereas communities will suffer from the loss of rural schools; and

Whereas the proposed closures will have adverse effects on the children attending these schools and the communities they are in; and

Whereas the children will be forced to travel upwards of 2 hours one way; and

Whereas the community has begun a save our schools campaign and is receiving strong support from municipal council, Mpp’s, and community members; and

Whereas if this school board successfully closes all rural schools it will set a landmark for other boards; and

Whereas these schools are public assets, that the people of Ontario own.

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU budget $5000 for the Save Our schools we own it campaign, to be drawn from the we own it Campaign budget line. These funds would cover lawn signs and public materials; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU lobby the Provincial Government to re-establish adequate funding to our school board to ensure that rural schools remain a vital part of all communities.

Roll Call #35

Almeida, Eddy         —
Arbus, Jeff               for
Archer, Glen            for
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

We Own It rally

Moved by Fahey/Arbus

Whereas Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault is currently located in the Sudbury Riding as the MPP, and has been avoiding the crisis with Hydro; and

Whereas Ontario citizens have been reaching out for help to have their voices heard on the crisis in Hydro, and the outlandish costs associated; and

Whereas winter is quickly approaching and even more shares of Hydro one are set to sell off. The Government has announced a further rate increase which is scheduled for next month, leaving too many customers without options for paying these bills; and

Whereas OPSEU currently has a mandate to promote the “We Own It” Campaign and furthermore we do still Own Hydro; and

Whereas there is currently a “We Own It” rally being planned for Sudbury on Oct 22nd to bring attention to the sell off of Hydro, the privatization of the LCBO, along with numerous other areas of focus for we own it; and

Whereas this rally will include a collection of Healthy foods for our Northern Communities Initiative. Which includes providing healthy food and or money to the far northern communities of regions 6 & 7 who are currently facing a food crisis of their own due to the high energy costs.

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU endorse this We Own It Rally, and encourage members and other affiliates to attend; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU contribute $5000 to be drawn from Contingency fund to purchase food for the Northern Communities Initiative; and

Be it further resolved that board members from regions 6 & 7 arrange delivery of these food donations to the said communities; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU lobby the provincial Government to step in and take immediate actions to ensure our northern communities, and all communities have proper access to healthy foods.

Moved by Longhi/Strachan – Amendment

Change amount to $20,000

Roll Call #36

Almeida, Eddy         —
Arbus, Jeff               for
Archer, Glen            for
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 Nancekivell/Fahey – Amendment

Amend first resolve to read “that OPSEU endorse the We Own It rally on October 22nd in Sudbury”

Roll Call #37

Almeida, Eddy         —
Arbus, Jeff               for
Archer, Glen            for
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

The question was called on the motion as amended:

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU endorse the We Own It rally on October 22nd in Sudbury; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU contribute $20,000 to be drawn from Contingency fund to purchase food for the Northern Communities Initiative; and

Be it further resolved that board members from regions 6 & 7 arrange delivery of these food donations to the said communities; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU lobby the provincial Government to step in and take immediate actions to ensure our northern communities, and all communities have proper access to healthy foods.

Roll Call #38

Almeida, Eddy         —
Arbus, Jeff               for
Archer, Glen            for
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 Review Committee

This topic to be brought back for discussion at the October Board

Moved by Thomas/Labelle – In Camera

Roll Call #39

Almeida, Eddy         —
Arbus, Jeff               for
Archer, Glen            for
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

Rise & Report

President’s Report

Referral from Executive Committee meeting:

SRF #2016-09-03 

Moved by Arbus/Finucane – Referral

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

Roll Call #40

Almeida, Eddy         —
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 0 against

Adjournment

The Executive Board adjourned at 3:18 p.m. All members were present except First Vice President/Treasurer Almeida, Glen Archer, Len Elliott and Philip Shearer.

Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President

Nicole Glass, A/Corporate Secretary