Conseil Exécutif bannière

Minutes of June 22, 2021 Executive Committee Meeting Web Conference

Minutes of June 22, 2021 Executive Committee Meeting Web Conference

OPSEU / SEFPO flag
OPSEU / SEFPO flag
Facebook
Twitter
Email

The Executive Committee was called to order at 9:34 a.m. President Thomas was in the Chair. All members were present. Clarke Eaton, Advisor to the President, Linda Mariani, Executive Assistant to the President, were also in attendance.

Agenda

The agenda was amended to add:

  • Reporting on Regional Expenses Breakdown

Consent Agenda

Minutes of previous meeting

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Committee adopt the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Committee minutes of May 25, 2021 web conference.

The question was called on the Agenda:

Roll Call #1

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Strachan, Edie —

Thomas, Warren for

Carried 8 for 0 against

Business Arising

From the May 26-27, 2021 Executive Board Meeting

Organizational Chart Changes (2)

Adding Three (3) Permanent Full-Time Organizers (Communications Division – Organizing Unit)

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO continues to grow; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is being inundated with requests to be part of the OPSEU/SEFPO family; and

Whereas organizing has become more labour intensive during the pandemic, and we require more feet on the ground; and

Whereas one of the pillars of OPSEU/SEFPO and its strength as a union is its ability to organize;

Therefore be it resolved that three (3) additional Organizer positions be permanently added to the OPSEU/SEFPO staff complement.

Be it further resolved that the funds be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

Table this issue until the July Executive Committee Meeting.

Adding Three (3) Permanent Human Rights Officer Positions (Equity Unit)

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO has a demonstrated and long-standing commitment to dismantling anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism and all forms racism in its systems and structures; and

Whereas there has been a continued rise in anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, and all forms of racism during the COVID-19 pandemic; and

Whereas the OPSEU/SEFPO Equity Unit has dedicated Human Rights Officers with the expertise and experience to carry out the type of work to dismantle all forms of racism; and

Whereas the current complement of four (4) permanent Human Rights Officers is not sufficient to meet the increase demands;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approve the addition of three (3) additional permanent Human Rights Officers to the existing complement of staff in the Equity Unit; and

Be it further resolved that two (2) of these new permanent Human Rights Officers in the Equity Unit will be dedicated to working on anti-Black, anti-Indigenous and systemic racism initiatives and training for the OPSEU/SEFPO membership.

Table this issue until the July Executive Committee Meeting.

Constitutional Amendment to Articles 4, 7, 14, 15, 21, 24 and 29 – Dismantling Systemic Racism

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO recognizes that anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, and all forms of racism is a barrier that prevents its membership from full participation; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO has a long term commitment to dismantling anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, and all forms of racism in all of its systems and structures; and

Whereas recommendations # 14 of the OPSEU/SEFPO Social Mapping Project (SMP) is to create a comprehensive approach that will build equity awareness and skills within the various levels of its membership; and

Whereas recommendations # 7 and 15 of the OPSEU/SEFPO SMP requires that Board members, other leaders and newly elected leaders engage in and complete an Equity learning pathway in order to become champions of equity, diversity, and inclusion;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board endorse and approve the proposed changes to Articles 4, 7, 14, 15, 21, 24 and 29 in the OPSEU/SEFPO Constitution as outlined in the attached appendix.

Table this item until October after the Social Mapping Committee meets and there is a two (2) day meeting set to discuss constitutional amendments.

HDPP Complaint: #2020-0415-0015

Update.

Governance Education/Training for the Board

Update/Discussion.

Reconsideration of the June 26, 2019 Executive Board motion: Committee re: Equity Seats on Board

Reconsideration motion withdrawn and will be brought back to the Executive Committee (Officers) meeting for discussion.

Whereas the 2011 OPSEU Social Mapping Project identified that women make up 69% of the OPSEU membership; and

Whereas an analysis of that same survey indicates that women and racialized groups are currently under-represented in leadership positions; and

Whereas OPSEU members, in growing numbers, are engaging in the difficult work of confronting, challenging, and overcoming the systemic racism that permeates all of our institutions and society, and which contributes to the ongoing inequality of racialized workers in our communities and in our Union; and

Whereas the OPSEU Social Mapping Project recommended to establish demographic-based seats elected by the members of focus;

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board strike an Executive Board committee to look at Constitutional change that would be required to have equity seats on the Board.

Reconsideration withdrawn and replaced with a new motion.

Equity Representation on the Board Ad Hoc Committee

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Committee establish an ad hoc committee of four (4) Executive Committee members to undertake the consultation and investigation required to come up with proposals to have equity representation on the Executive Board to be presented at the 2022 OPSEU/SEFPO Convention.

Roll Call #2

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Carried 9 for 0 against

Executive Board Member Kingsley Kwok’s Motions (3)

Motion #1

To be brought back to the Executive Committee meeting so that the Executive Committee reports back to the Executive Board in June 2021.

Whereas at this time OPSEU/SEFPO members have no means of submitting resolutions due to the Executive Board’s decision to cancel the 2021 Annual Convention, while the OFL, CLC and other unions are holding their elections and annual conventions electronically;

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board reconsiders the motion to extend the terms of previously elected officers and holds Regional elections and a Convention before November 1, 2021.

Item is tabled until a meeting is held with the Coalition of Racialized Workers.

Motion #2

To be brought back to the Executive Committee meeting so that the Executive Committee reports back to the Executive Board in June 2021.

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO needs to attract, develop and nurture activists, leaders and staff to represent our members and do all of the challenging and complex work of this Union, now and far into the future; and

Whereas the use of institutional and administrative tools can be used to silence and disempower members, particularly those from traditionally disenfranchised groups and those seeking equity;

Therefore be it resolved that behaviours such as yelling, belittling, personal insults, undermining elected leaders, threats to discipline or terminate OPSEU/SEFPO staff; threats of frivolous legal actions; abusing Robert’s Rules of Order to shut down debate be renounced and actively censored by our Executive Board and at all meetings and activities, by meeting Chairs.

Item is tabled until a meeting is held with the Coalition of Racialized Workers.

Motion #3

To be brought back to the Executive Committee meeting so that the Executive Committee reports back to the Executive Board in June 2021.

Whereas we care about the individual and collective health and safety of OPSEU/SEFPO Staff, Members and Activists, and want our Union to remain a leader in psychological safety;

Therefore be it resolved that the President and Vice President, all Executive Board Members (EBMs), and Senior Managers in OPSEU, attend mandatory training on Psychological Harassment, Sensitivity Training and Respect in the Workplace training, through an external trainer recommended by OPSEU/SEFPO’s Equity Committees; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO participate in the Mental Injury Tools process, and create working committees that include OPSEU/SEFPO Staff (elected by OPSSU Members), Divisions and Sectors (elected by Local Presidents), Equity Committees (elected by Regional Equity Committees and Caucuses), the Executive Board (elected by the Executive Board) and Senior Management; with a mandate to identify and remove psychological hazards and harassment from leadership behaviors, policies, practices and structures; and to develop focus groups and training for elected leaders and activists on working together in psychologically safe, respectful and inclusive spaces, with an external trainer recommended by OPSEU’s Equity Committees.

Item is tabled until a meeting is held with the Coalition of Racialized Workers.

Referral from the May 26-27, 2021 Executive Board Meeting:

Update to Section 8 (Education) of the OPSEU/SEFPO Policy

Referral to the President’s Office for this item to be brought to the Policy Review Committee and the Executive Committee first.

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO has a long standing commitment to dismantling anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism and all forms of racism from within its existing systems and structures; and

Whereas anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism and all forms of racism are barriers that prevent members from accessing services and fully participating in their union; and

Whereas education and trainings are important components in ensuring that all OPSEU/SEFPO members are equipped with the necessary tools to dismantle anti-Black, anti-Indigenous and all forms of racism; and

Whereas participating in these OPSEU/SEFPO approved trainings is a step in the right direction to fully eradicating anti-Black, anti-Indigenous and all forms of racism from society;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approve the proposed changes to Section 8 (Education) of the OPSEU/SEFPO Policy, as indicated in the proposal.

*work in progress*

Treasurer’s Report

First Vice-President/Treasurer Almeida presented the Treasurer’s Report.

  • 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
  • Summary Report
  • Other Business

Afternoon

The meeting resumed at 12:54 p.m.

President’s Report

Internal Issues

Harmony Movement Donation

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas Harmony Movement provides interactive diversity and equity education programs that empower and inspire youth, educators and those in the social service sector; and

Whereas Harmony Movement was formed in 1994 as a not-for-profit organization to combat inter-racial intolerance; and
Whereas Harmony Movement was forced to temporarily shut down its operations in 2019 due to funding cuts from the provincial government; and

Whereas Harmony Movement is relaunching in 2021 where it will establish a community of educators and provide resources to build inclusive classrooms, while addressing the systemic barriers impacting success; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO has provided annual support to Harmony Movement in the past;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Committee approve a donation to Harmony Movement in the amount indicated in the proposal; and

Be it further resolved that the funds be taken from the Contingency Fund.

Roll Call #3

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Carried 8 for 0 against

Central Labour Updates (OFL/CLC/NUPGE)

President Thomas provided an update. Discussion.

New Business

CAAT Joint Grievance Scheduling Committee

Discussion.

Reporting on Regional Expenses Breakdown

Discussion.

President’s Report

Staffing Issues (In-Camera)

Moved by Thomas/Almeida – In Camera

Roll Call #4

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara —

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Carried 8 for 0 against

Rise & Report

Solidarity Reserve Fund Request

SRF #2021-06-01

Moved by Thomas/Morton

Therefore be it resolved that the Solidarity Reserve Fund provide up to $5,000 to pay actual legal costs incurred by the member in her claim to recover LTD benefits, on the conditions that: 1) counsel’s retainer and rates are approved by OPSEU counsel; and 2) that counsel makes reasonable efforts to recover costs as part of any settlement or order.

Roll Call # 5

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara —

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Carried 8 for 0 against

Adjournment

The Executive Committee meeting was adjourned at 2:00 p.m. All members were present except for Tara Maszczakiewicz, the reason was acceptable to the Chair.

Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President
Kseniya Fomushkin, Corporate Secretary