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September 22, 2021

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:37 a.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.

Darryl Bedford, L110, Dianne Clarabut, L497, Adele Devlin, L365, Bonnie Eddy, L330, Kelly Martin, L330, Michael Mckeown, L353, Betty Palmieri, L206, Kathryn Richards, L238, Pamela Serrattan, L528, Neena Sharma-Kendrick, L102,Tina Stevens, L102 and Frank Yee, L560 were in attendance as observers.

Agenda

The agenda was amended to add:

  • Convention Committee – Convention 2022
  • Indigenous Circle Committee – update
  • Policy Review Ad-hoc Committee – Gender Neutral Language and Pronouns in Policy Manual
  • PWC- Report and Motion
  • Retirees Board Committee – Retiree Delegates to OFL Convention
  • Social Mapping Committee Report and Motion
  • Executive Committee (Officers) update –Tele-Town hall meetings Re:Covid19
  • Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Training Session- Executive Board – Session #2
  • “Surplus funds used to pay balance owing to the strike fund for the purchase of the Sudbury Regional office and the former “Frost centre””
  • Staffing Question – In camera
  • First Alternate in Negotiations Procedures – Policy Section 18.1
  • Arscott’s Motion: Motion to support hospital and healthcare sector workers
  • CAAT- A Bargaining update

Moved by Thomas / Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board adopt the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board Minutes of the August 25, 2021 Executive Board web conference and the August 31, 2021 OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board E-Polls – Renovations at OPSEU/SEFPO Frost Centre and waiver, Regional Billboard Media Buy and waiver

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

August 31, 2021 Executive Board E-Polls:

Renovations at OPSEU/SEFPO Frost Centre – Waiver

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.

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                           —

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Renovations at OPSEU/SEFPO Frost Centre

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO purchased and now owns the previously Government owned Leslie Frost Centre; and

Whereas due to year of neglect, standing dormant and upgrading of facility needed, these properties require renovations; and

Whereas this will require outside contractors to do majority of the work; and

Whereas notice for companies interested to tender for work was placed in papers, as well as companies were contacted directly;

Therefore be it resolved that after review of tenders, the recommendation is that the contract be awarded to A&C.

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                           —

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Regional Billboard Media Buy – Waiver

Moved by Almeida/ Thomas

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

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                              against

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           —

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 against

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 17 for 3 against

Regional Billboard Media Buy

Moved by Thomas/ Almeida

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is a not for profit organization; and

Whereas due to COVID 19, substantially less member activity has occurred centrally and regionally in 2021; and

Whereas this resulted in a substantial reduction in expenditure for the union overall; and

Whereas there was a substantial amount of new organizing which occurred; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO members are front line workers; and

Whereas recognizing the work that our members do in our communities will boost their morale during COVID-19 pandemic and is an important reminder to all Ontarians of their work;

Therefore be it resolved that billboard media advertising be developed and purchased to thank frontline workers on behalf of OPSEU/SEFPO;

Be it further resolved that billboards be purchased for each region beginning in September 2021, and continue to be displayed till the end of the current year as allocated funds allow;

Be it further resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approve the funds as outlined in the attached proposal from projected surplus.

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              against

Langford, Tara                           for

Maclam, Kenneth                       for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              against

Nancekivell, Laurie                    against

Perron, Janel                              against

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           —

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 against

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 15 for 5 against

Laurie Nancekivell, Sara Labelle, Janel Perron, Joel Usher filed minority reports.

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

2022 proposed schedule of meetings for Executive Committee and Executive Board

Board:

January 19-20                        web conference

March 16/17                           web conference*

April 5                                      web conference*

May 25-26                              web conference

June 22-23                             web conference*

September 21-22                  web conference*

October 19-20                        web conference

November 16-17                    budget only – web conference*

December 14-15                   web conference*

Officers:

January 13                              web conference

March 10                                  web conference

April 4                                        web conference*

May 12                                      web conference

June 16                                    web conference

September 15                          web conference

October 13                               web conference

November 11 & 15      budget only – web conference*

*Should the COVID19 restrictions be lifted, in person meetings to be reconsidered

Moved by Thomas / Kwok- Amendment:

Change the March Board date to March 9-10

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

Moved by Steinbrunner / Labelle – Amendment

Add the following Board web conference: February 16, July 20, and August 24

Moved by Morton / Perron – Amendment to the Amendment

And make all meetings, 2 day meetings

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                        against

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 20 for 1 against

The question was called on the amendment as amended:

Board Dates to include: February 16-17, July 20-21, and August 24-25

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

The question was called on the Board Section of the motion as amended:

Board:           January 19-20                     web conference

February 16-17                   web conference*

March 9-10                          web conference*

April 5                                  web conference*

May 25-26                           web conference

June 22-23                          web conference*

July 20-21                           web conference

August 24-25                      web conference

September 21-22                web conference*

October 19-20                     web conference

November 16-17                 budget only – web conference*

December 14-15                 web conference*

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                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas / Almeida – Amendment

Move the March 10th Committee meeting to March 3rd

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                              —

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

Moved by Nancekivell / Steinbrunner – Amendment to the Amendment

Add the following Committee meetings: February 7, July 11, and August 15

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                              —

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

First Vice-President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair.

Moved by Almeida / Thomas- Amendment to the Amendment to the Amendment

Committee meetings in February, July and August be Virtual

Executive Board Member, Edie Strachan in the chair

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                              —

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

The question was called on the Committee Section of the motion as amended:

Officers:       January 13                          web conference

February 7                          web conference

March 3                              web conference

April 4                                 web conference*

May 12                               web conference

June 16                               web conference

July 11                                web conference

August 15                           web conference

September 15                     web conference

October 13                          web conference

November 11 & 15              budget only – web conference*

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                              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

The question was called on the motion as amended:

2022 proposed schedule of meetings for Executive Committee and Executive Board

Board:           January 19-20                     web conference

February 16-17                   web conference*

March 9-10                         web conference*

April 5                                 web conference*

May 25-26                          web conference

June 22-23                         web conference*

July 20-21                           web conference

August 24-25                      web conference

September 21-22                web conference*

October 19-20                     web conference

November 16-17                 budget only – web conference*

December 14-15                 web conference*

Officers:       January 13                          web conference

February 7                          web conference

March 3                              web conference

April 4                                 web conference*

May 12                               web conference

June 16                               web conference

July 11                                web conference

August 15                           web conference

September 15                     web conference

October 13                          web conference

November 11 & 15              budget only – web conference*

*Should the COVID19 restrictions be lifted, in person meetings to be reconsidered

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

The National Day of Remembrance, (Remember Me March)

Moved by Thomas / Van Zetten

Whereas the OPSEU/SEFPO Provincial Women’s Committee (PWC) has championed the wellbeing and issues facing women in our union and our communities; and

Whereas the PWC stands in support of Indigenous communities in their fight for justice over atrocities rooted in colonization; and

Whereas Indigenous communities are working to lessen some of the hurt for residential school survivors and the families of victims; and

Whereas the discovery of over 1,245 bodies of Indigenous children that were discovered in unmarked graves at former residential schools; and

Whereas these discoveries continue to re-traumatize Indigenous communities; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO has demonstrated its commitment in calling the federal government to implement the recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Report;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approve to send the members of the PWC to represent OPSEU/SEFPO at the Remember Me March in Ottawa on September 30, 2021; and

Be it further resolved that the applicable member expenses outlined in the proposal will be covered via the Contingency Fund.

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                           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                     —

Carried 20 for 0 against

Mental Health Training for Racialized and Indigenous Members

Moved by Thomas / Finucane

Whereas Black, Indigenous and racialized members have been disproportionately impacted and affected during COVID-19; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is committed to addressing health inequities, access to resources, anti-oppression, and other forms of social determinants of health; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO supports addressing inequities and access to resources to members from equity seeking groups;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approve the funds outlined in the attached proposal; and

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

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                           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 Nancekivell / Labelle – Move into committee of the whole

A request was made which the Chair ruled out of order

The Chair was challenged

First Vice President Treasurer / Almeida is in the chair

Roll Call # 13

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             against

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               against

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          against

Labelle, Sara                              against

Langford, Tara                           for

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 10 against

The chair was upheld

President Thomas is in the Chair

Child Care Design- 155 Lesmill

Waiver Motion:

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

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                           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

Enabling Motion:

Moved by Thomas / Almeida

Whereas childcare is a necessity for most parents and guardians in working families across Ontario;

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO staff can benefit from having childcare in their place of work;

Whereas providing on-site childcare would improve staff morale and productivity, decrease absenteeism and turnover;

Whereas very few workplaces organized by OPSEU/SEFPO provide on-site childcare and we want to encourage more employers to provide childcare at their places of work;

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO can provide clear leadership by being the first large union in Canada to provide on-site childcare to their staff;

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO has the space and the opportunity to provide on-site childcare for our staff at 155 Lesmill Ave;

Whereas C &Partners Architects specialize in designing childcare spaces across the GTA, including the beautiful Queen’s Park Daycare;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO complete the building of a childcare centre at 155 Lesmill Road within the next 6 months by engaging the services of C &Partners Architects; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approve the funds as outlined in this proposal from Contingency Funds in order to design, prepare drawings and administer the construction of the childcare centre.

Executive Board Member Edie Strachan in the Chair

Moved by Thomas / Almeida – Referral to Presidents office to be brought back for tomorrow’s board meeting with amendments to the motion and to have a wholesome 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                           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

The questions was called on the referral as amended.

Roll Call # 16

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

Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Training for Executive Board Members #2

Discussion

Moved by Thomas / Almeida

The Executive Board engage in Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Training on Oct 27 from 2pm to 4pm.

Moved by Perron / Nancekivell – Amendment

And add, “If the agenda permits, otherwise training will occur the next day beginning at 9am”

Roll Call # 17

Almeida, Eddy                            against

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  against

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               against

Finucane, Drew                         against

Kwok, Kingsley                          against

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           against

Maclam, Kenneth                       against

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              against

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    against

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         against

Steinbrunner, Ken                      against

Strachan, Edie                           against

Thomas, Warren                        against

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  against

Wakeford, Maggie                     against

Defeated 6 for 15 against

Moved by Kwok / Steinbrunner- Amendment

The Executive Board engage in Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Training on Oct 28 from 2pm to 4pm.

Roll Call #18

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               against

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              against

Langford, Tara                           for

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 13 for 8 against

Moved by Usher / Nancekivell – Amendment to the Amendment

The Executive Board engage in Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Training on November 10 at 9am.

Roll Call # 19

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

The question was called on the Amendment as amended.

Roll Call # 20

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

The question was called on the Motion as Amended:

The Executive Board engage in Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Training on November 10 at 9am.

Roll Call # 21

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.

Afternoon

The Board resumed at 1:11pm.

Committee Reports

Audit

The Audit Committee reviewed the following:

  1. Trustee Audit Reports
  2. Local Union Leave
  3. Local Time Off

Trustee Audit Reports

Policies and forms were reviewed.  Recommendations were made to the First Vice Presidents Office to update the policy (15.2) to reflect the TARS form as it appears online.

During the review process, the Audit Committee identified that there is no on line template available to locals for an annual budget.  A recommendation was made to the First Vice President’s Office to develop budget templates for single, multi-unit, and composite locals, with divisions for units as per articles 29.10.2 and 29.10.5 of the OPSEU/SEFPO Constitution.

Note:

Article 29.10.2 of the OPSEU/SEFPO constitution states:  “… the Local shall be obligated to supply sufficient funds for the holding of Unit general and negotiating meetings but may retain authority to make the necessary arrangements for the said meetings.”

Article 29.10.5 of the OPSEU/SEFPO constitution states: “The LEC shall present a budget to the annual general membership meeting of the Local. The budget in multi-unit and composite locals shall include budget lines for each unit, based on the number of dues-paying members in the unit and the projected unit activity for the year.”

Local Union Leave

Policy 17.1. was reviewed.  For reference, this leave is most commonly referred to as Full Time Book off and is for locals with card signed members over 650 (Composite) and 750 (Single Unit).  Current use of this leave was reviewed and the audit committee was satisfied the use reflected policy.

There are a number of sections of this policy that pertain specifically to Regional Vice Presidents and to Executive Board Members.

17.1  Section B (13) and (14) state:

  1. The RVP will: · be notified of the meeting at which a decision to cancel the leave of a member is to be taken; · have the right to review all information pertinent to the decision to cancel such local union leave in advance of the taking of such decision; · monitor the process used by the local in making such decision.
  2. The LEC shall immediately inform the Staff Representative, the RVP and Regional EBMs of such cancellation including the date upon which it is effective. A record of such meeting, including minutes, shall be attached to the notification. The Staff Representative shall inform the Regional Supervisor and Administrator of the Local Services Division (Regions).

17.1 Section C states:

Section C Regional Vice President (RVP) and/or Regional Executive Board Members (EBM)

  1. The RVPs and/or Regional EBMs will periodically review the manner in which locals are utilizing local union leave and report such findings to fellow board members and if necessary, the appropriate Staff Representative.
  2. RVPs and/or Regional EBMs shall consult with LECs in their region to provide both guidance and support with the view to promoting the effective use of local union leave.
  3. Improvements that may be required to local union leave shall be noted by the RVP and/or Regional EBMs and may become subject of further policy development through amendments to the OPSEU Policy Manual.

Board members are encouraged to review the policy for Local Union Leaves from time to time.

Local Time Off

Policy 17.1-7 was reviewed along with reports from 2019, 2020 and 2021 (to July 31, 2021) on use of Local Time off.   For reference, this leave is also referred to as the “80/20” fund (although the board has temporarily increased the centrally covered portion from 80% to 100%).

The audit committee noted that to date there has not been a significantly greater number of locals accessing the fund (170 in 2019, 169 in 2020, 129 to date so far for 2021), in 2021 there have been higher costs per local, so more days used so far in 2021.  2020 was underutilized in general and pandemic challenges would explain this.  Ideally, some locals that see the benefit of use of this type of leave may increase their use in over future years.  It would be interesting to plot this trend post pandemic over five years.

The audit committee has made the following recommendations to the First Vice Presidents’ Office:

-The Local Time Off Fund Application for Reimbursement form would benefit from a title change that removes the term “Reimbursement” as it may be confusing or misleading to members.   The application must be submitted prior to time being taken and the form title may be interpreted otherwise.

-A section be added to the form to state the activity being done on the date(s).  The policy states: “Locals who access the fund will provide an accounting for the funds which include the date of the time off and the nature of what the time off was utilized for.”

The Audit Committee’s final recommendation on these three sections is that they be included as part of the New Presidents Orientation and a motion will be brought forward with this report.

Policy Section 17.1-6 Local President Orientation

Moved by Maszczakiewicz / Langford

Whereas Local President Orientation is provided to ensure local presidents have the knowledge relevant to their elected positions; and

Whereas financial accountability is part of that relevant knowledge;

Therefore be it resolved that Policy 17.1-6 Local President Orientation be amended to include the following:

Local President’s Orientation will include information related to:

Use and accountability of Local Union Leaves (Policy 17.1-2)

Use and accountability of Local Time Off (Policy 17.1-7)

Constitutional and policy requirements for annual local budgets (Article 29.10.2 and 29.10.5 of the OPSEU/SEFPO Constitution) (Sections 10, 11, and all other applicable policies.)

Roll Call # 22

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

Convention

    • Resolutions
    • Constitutional
    • Credentials (reports at Convention)
    • Planning

Convention 2022-options for next convention (discussion)

PWC

PWC Recommendation to Donation to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Moved by Van Zetten / Thomas

Whereas the Provincial Women’s Committee, Coalition of Racialized Workers, Disability Rights Caucus, Provincial Francophone Committee, Rainbow Alliance, Provincial Human Rights Committee, Provincial Young Workers Committee and the Indigenous Circle would like to request that OPSEU/SEFPO make a donation on behalf of OPSEU/SEFPO members, to the Remember Me March, taking place in Ottawa on Sept 30th. Every dime will go toward providing services for the survivors and the families of Indian residential schools, and all Indigenous apprehension programs;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO demonstrated its commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  Equity committees and caucuses are asking for a donation of $5000, but would be grateful for any amount that the board approves.

Moved by Nancekivell / Thomas – Amendment

Have the resolved read instead: Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO continues to demonstrated its commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Equity committees and caucuses are asking for a donation of $5000, but would be grateful for any amount that the board approves and that the board approve a donation in the amount previously discussed be drawn from the contingency fund.

Roll Call # 23

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 Labelle / Perron – Amendment

Amend the amount to $20,000

Roll Call # 24

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

The question was called on the Motion as amended:

Whereas the Provincial Women’s Committee, Coalition of Racialized Workers, Disability Rights Caucus, Provincial Francophone Committee, Rainbow Alliance, Provincial Human Rights Committee, Provincial Young Workers Committee and the Indigenous Circle would like to request that OPSEU/SEFPO make a donation on behalf of OPSEU/SEFPO members, to the Remember Me March, taking place in Ottawa on Sept 30th. Every dime will go toward providing services for the survivors and the families of Indian residential schools, and all Indigenous apprehension programs;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO continues to demonstrate its commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and that the board approve a donation in the amount previously discussed to be drawn from the contingency fund.

Roll Call # 25

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.

Pension Liaison

-OMERS: The PLC received notice today that the CEO of the OMERS SC, Michael Rolland, has announced his retirement. He has agreed to remain in the role until a replacement has been found. The chair of the SC board, Frank Ramagnano, has stated that Michael’s replacement could take several months to be in place. This announcement does come as a surprise, as Michael has not been in the position that long. The PLC will contact the chair of the board to see if there’s any more info that can be shared.

There are several plan changes that are being considered by OMERS. NRA 60 for paramedics is still being reviewed by the plan. OPSEU/SEFPO and other unions, believe that the original proposal does not meet the Pensions and Benefits Act. CUPE has filed a complaint with FSRA (Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario), citing the PBA and that they believe OMERS proposed administration of NRA 60 is not legal. The complaint is working its way through this process.

OMERS also announced its first semi-annual return. The return for the first half of 2021 is 8.8% net of expenses. This equates to a 9.2 billion dollar increase to the fund. The fund now holds assets under management of 114 billion dollars.

-The PLC does have 2 postings currently out which both close Sept. 24th. We have posted for a representative on the OMERS SC board, and a trustee on the CBS (Canadian Blood Services) pension plan. Please circulate these postings via social media or other platforms.

CAAT Trustee Appointment

Moved by Steinbrunner / Perron

Whereas the CAAT Pension Plan currently has a vacant Trustee position on the CAAT Board of Trustees; and

Whereas able to serve prior to the expiration of their appointment;

Therefore be it resolved that Gavin Hemeon, first alternate, be appointed to CAAT Pension Plan Board of Trustees beginning September 23 and ending December 31, 2021, end of original term, provided Gavin Hemeon sign the Letter of Understanding provided by OPSEU/SEFPO.

Roll Call # 26

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

Policy Review Ad-hoc

Gender Neutral Language and Pronouns in Policy Manual

Moved by Nancekivell / Steinbrunner

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO’s Policy manual is currently under review with Scribe Technical Writers and Editors as approved by the Executive Board; and

Whereas the Policy Manual uses gender specific language and pronouns such as she, he, him, her; and

Whereas gender specific language could lead to a person feeling disrespected and can lead to dysphoria, exclusion, exclusion and alienation;

Therefore be it resolved that when OPSEU/SEFPO’s Policy Manual is being edited and restructured, that it will amend all gender specific language and pronouns to gender neutral language and pronouns; and

Be it further resolved that any new policies or amendments made to the OPSEU/SEFPO Policy Manual will be made using gender neutral language and pronouns.

Roll Call # 27

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

Retirees Board

Retiree Delegates to OFL Convention

Moved by Doran / Almeida

Whereas the 16th Biennial OFL Convention is scheduled to take place virtually from November 2-4, 2021; and

Whereas Section 2 of the OPSEU/SEFPO Policy Manual stipulates that the Chair of the Retirees Division from each region will be a delegate; and

Whereas in the event that the Chair is unable to attend, the duly elected Vice-Chair does not have the ability to attend in their place; and

Whereas the duly elected alternate on OPSEU/SEFPO’s provincial equity committees can attend in the event that the delegate cannot;

Therefore be it resolved that the duly elected Vice-Chair of the Retirees Division from each region be confirmed as a delegate in the event that the Chair cannot attend; and

Be it further resolved that this applies to all central conventions with affiliates (OFL, CLC, NUPGE) where delegates from the Retired Members Division can attend and that the OPSEU/ SEFPO Policy Manual be updated accordingly.

Moved by Nancekivell / Labelle – Amendment

Add between the two resolves, “Be it further resolved that if a Vice-Chair also cannot attend the event, an election of the remaining retirees will take place;”

Roll Call # 28

Almeida, Eddy                            against

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               for

Doran, Dave                               against

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          against

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           against

Maclam, Kenneth                       against

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              —

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         against

Steinbrunner, Ken                      against

Strachan, Edie                           for

Thomas, Warren                        against

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 12 for 8 against

Moved by Arvelin / Almeida – Amendment to Amendment

Change will to “may”

Roll Call # 29

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  for

Cain, Geoff                               against

Doran, Dave                               for

Finucane, Drew                         for

Kwok, Kingsley                          against

Labelle, Sara                              against

Langford, Tara                           for

Maclam, Kenneth                       for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              —

Morton, Lucy                              —

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

Moved by Nancekivell / Strachan – Amendment

At the end of the second resolve, add “to duly elect a delegate” after may take place

Roll Call # 30

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              —

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 19 for 0 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas the 16th Biennial OFL Convention is scheduled to take place virtually from November 2-4, 2021; and

Whereas Section 2 of the OPSEU/SEFPO Policy Manual stipulates that the Chair of the Retirees Division from each region will be a delegate; and

Whereas in the event that the Chair is unable to attend, the duly elected Vice-Chair does not have the ability to attend in their place; and

Whereas the duly elected alternate on OPSEU/SEFPO’s provincial equity committees can attend in the event that the delegate cannot;

Therefore be it resolved that the duly elected Vice-Chair of the Retirees Division from each region be confirmed as a delegate in the event that the Chair cannot attend;

Be it further resolved that if a Vice-Chair also cannot attend the event, an election of the remaining retirees may take place to duly elect a delegate; and

Be it further resolved that this applies to all central conventions with affiliates (OFL, CLC, NUPGE) where delegates from the Retired Members Division can attend and that the OPSEU/ SEFPO Policy Manual be updated accordingly.

Roll Call # 31

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              —

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 19 for 0 against

Social Mapping

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.

Moved by Nancekivell / Perron – Referral that the Executive Board recommend the proposed changes with amendments from the Social Mapping Committee to be brought to the 2022 OPSEU/SEFPO Convention

Roll Call # 32

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              —

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 19 for 0 against

Executive Board Member Laurie Nancekivell provided an update

Indigenous Circle

Background:
In May, as a nation, Canada awoke to the truth and horrors of residential schools. 215 unmarked graves at Kamloops Indian Residential School were found with the remains and bodies of children, including some as young as 3 years old. Over the course of weeks and months to follow, there were more unmarked graves discovered across the country near various residential school sites.  To date, more than 1,300 unmarked children’s graves and remains have been identified at these former sites of residential schools. Since then, Indigenous communities, residential school survivors and their families have been re-traumatized and dealing with the grief and pain of this horrific truth.

Residential Schools:
Between the late 1800s and 1990s, more than 150,000 First Nation, Inuit and Metis children were forced and taken from their homes to attend residential school, which forcibly assimilated them and destroyed their cultures. The last residential school closed in Canada in 1996, leaving behind a legacy of harm and damage. The children and grandchildren of residential school survivors continue to face and feel intergenerational trauma. Historical trauma occurs when trauma caused by historical oppression is passed down through generations. For more than 100 years, the Canadian government supported residential school programs that isolated Indigenous children from their families and communities. Under the guise of educating Indigenous children, the federal government and the Catholic Church as the administrators of the residential school system committed genocide. If they survived the school, a generation of children left these institutions, they returned to their home communities without the knowledge, skills or tools to cope in either world. The impacts of their institutionalization in residential school continue to be felt by subsequent generations.

Sacred Fire in Thunder Bay:
Local First Nation communities in Thunder Bay began a sacred fire in honour and remembrance of the 215 children that were found in Kamloops. The sacred fire was lit by NAN Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and Fort William First Nation Chief Peter Collins on May 31 and was started at the former St. Joseph’s Indian Residential School on Arthur Street in Thunder Bay.  Fire keepers have continued to keep the sacred fire ongoing as more unmarked grave sites were been discovered. The sacred fire has moved to numerous location throughout Thunder Bay and is currently at Lake Head University. The scared fire will be moved to one last time to Mount McKay where it will remain for the final 8 days.  The pow wow and healing circle will be held on Thursday September 30 and Friday October 1, 2021.

Rationale:
Region 7 members have been actively supporting the fire keepers and the local community over the last couple of months. OPSEU/SEFPO has been able to provide fire wood and access to OPSEU/SEFPO vehicle to help transport people to and from the sacred fire. Members of the Circle would like to join the closing day and pow wow to use the time to reflect and remember their communities, their ancestors and heal. It will also give members the opportunity to reflect, remember and recognize the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation. Members will spend time with other Indigenous members and have space to try to heal and grieve together at a very difficult time. Circle members who choose to attend, will be adhering to provincial COVID-19 protocols and also following local public health guidelines and safety measures while attending the gathering.

National Day for Truth & Reconciliation:
The federal government recently passed legislation to make September 30th a federal statutory holiday called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is a federal statutory holiday which gives the public a chance to recognize and commemorate the intergenerational harm that residential schools have caused to Indigenous families and communities, and to honour those who have been affected by this injustice.

Executive Committee (Officers) Update

Tele Town Hall Meetings RE: COVID

Discussion

Staffing Issues – In Camera

Moved by Thomas / Almeida – In Camera

Roll Call # 33

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  —

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

Recess

The Executive Board recessed at 5:07 p.m. All member were present except Tara Maszczakiewicz, the reason was acceptable to the chair.

September 23, 2021

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:33 a.m. First Vice President Treasurer, Almeida was in the Chair. All members were present except Tara Langford and Smokey Thomas, all reasons acceptable to the Chair. Clarke Eaton, Advisor to the President and Linda Mariani, Executive Assistant to the President were also in attendance.

Progress

Darryl Bedford, L110, Dianne Clarabut, L497, Adele Devlin, L365, Bonnie Eddy, L330, Kelly Martin, L330, Michael Mckeown, L353, Kathyrn Richards, L238, Pamela Serrattan, L 528, Neena Sharma-Kendrick, L102 and Tina Stevens, L 102 were in attendance as observers.

Executive Committee (Officers) Update (cont.)

Tele Town Hall Meetings RE: COVID (cont.)

Discussion

Unfinished Business

Additional Hardship Funds

Moved by Almeida / Steinbrunner

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

Roll Call # 34

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                        —

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Moved by Almeida / Strachan

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is a not for profit organization; and

Whereas due to COVID substantially less member activity has occurred centrally and regionally in 2021; and

Whereas due to pandemic restrictions a reduction in expenses related to travel and accommodations occurred in 2021; and

Whereas more virtual meetings occurred centrally for the unions activities; and

Whereas this resulted in a substantial reduction in expenditure for the union overall; and

Whereas there was a substantial amount of new organizing which occurred; and

Whereas by paying the recommended amount, we will assist our members that are in need;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO send an additional payment equal to what was budgeted in the 2021 budget to the Regional Hardship Committees, to assist its members; and

Be it further resolved that funds and note to be placed on financial reports

Roll Call # 35

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                        —

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Regional PUA Fund Increase – 2021

Moved by Almeida / Perron

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

Roll Call # 36

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                        —

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Moved by Almeida / Nancekivell

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is a not for profit organization; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO’s Local presidents have identified the need for additional funds to be used for continued member engagement and increased technological costs associated with online platforms; and

Whereas due to COVID substantially less member activity has occurred centrally and regionally in 2021; and

Whereas the Promote the Union Agenda (PUA) is an important way that Regions can further engage with locals and community partners;

Therefore be it resolved that a portion of the savings from the first 2 quarters of the year will be allocated to a special onetime disbursement to all regional PUA funds; and

Be it further resolved that this payment will be equal to what Regions were budgeted for 2021.

Moved by Nancekivell / Steinbrunner – Amendment

At the end, add; Be it further resolved that these special one-time funds be carried over to 2022 if not used by the end of 2021.

Roll Call # 37

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                        —

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 19 for 0 against

The question was called on the Motion as amended:

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is a not for profit organization; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO’s Local presidents have identified the need for additional funds to be used for continued member engagement and increased technological costs associated with online platforms; and

Whereas due to COVID substantially less member activity has occurred centrally and regionally in 2021; and

Whereas the Promote the Union Agenda (PUA) is an important way that Regions can further engage with locals and community partners;

Therefore be it resolved that a portion of the savings from the first 2 quarters of the year will be allocated to a special onetime disbursement to all regional PUA funds;

Be it further resolved that this payment will be equal to what Regions were budgeted for 2021; and

Be it further resolved that these special one-time funds be carried over to 2022 if not used by the end of 2021.

Roll Call # 38

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                        —

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Payment of Funds Borrowed for Sudbury Office

Moved by Almeida / Morton

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

Roll Call # 39

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                        —

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Moved by Maszczakiewicz / Steinbrunner

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is a not for profit organization; and

Whereas due to COVID substantially less member activity has occurred centrally and regionally in 2021; and

Whereas due to pandemic restrictions a reduction in expenses related to travel and accommodations occurred in 2021; and

Whereas more virtual meetings occurred centrally for the unions activities; and

Whereas this resulted in a substantial reduction in expenditure for the union overall; and

Whereas there was a substantial amount of new organizing which occurred; and

Whereas by paying the recommended amount, will substantially reduce the number of years owed by the Strike Fund for the property located in Sudbury; and

Whereas this will bolster the strike fund further,

Therefore be it resolved that 50 percent of the money owed be paid to the strike fund

Moved by Perron / Steinbrunner – Amendment

In the resolve strike out “50” and replace with “100”

Roll Call # 40

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                        —

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Moved by Nancekivell / Strachan – Amendment

Strike the word, “this site” and replace with “Sudbury Office”

Roll Call # 41

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                        —

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 19 for 0 against

The question was called on the motion an amended:

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

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is a not for profit organization; and

Whereas due to COVID substantially less member activity has occurred centrally and regionally in 2021; and

Whereas due to pandemic restrictions a reduction in expenses related to travel and accommodations occurred in 2021; and

Whereas more virtual meetings occurred centrally for the unions activities; and

Whereas this resulted in a substantial reduction in expenditure for the union overall; and

Whereas there was a substantial amount of new organizing which occurred; and

Whereas by paying the recommended amount, will substantially reduce the number of years owed by the Strike Fund for the property located in Sudbury; and

Whereas this will bolster the strike fund further,

Therefore be it resolved that 100 percent of the money owed for the Sudbury Office should be paid to the strike fund.

Roll Call # 42

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                        —

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Payment of Funds Borrowed for OPSEU/SEFPO Frost Education Training and Conference Centre

Moved by Almeida / Labelle

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

Roll Call # 43

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                        —

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Moved by Labelle / Perron

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is a not for profit organization; and

Whereas due to COVID substantially less member activity has occurred centrally and regionally in 2021; and

Whereas due to pandemic restrictions a reduction in expenses related to travel and accommodations occurred in 2021; and

Whereas more virtual meetings occurred centrally for the unions activities; and

Whereas this resulted in a substantial reduction in expenditure for the union overall; and

Whereas there was a substantial amount of new organizing which occurred; and

Whereas by paying the recommended amount, will substantially reduce the number of years on the Property located in Dorset; and

Whereas this will bolster the strike fund further;

Therefore be it resolved that 50 percent of the money owed to the Education Training and Conference Centre from the Strike Fund.

Moved by Perron / Usher – Amendment

In the resolved, strike 50 percent and add 75 percent

Roll Call # 44

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                        —

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 19 for 0 against

The question was called on the Motion as amended:

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is a not for profit organization; and

Whereas due to COVID substantially less member activity has occurred centrally and regionally in 2021; and

Whereas due to pandemic restrictions a reduction in expenses related to travel and accommodations occurred in 2021; and

Whereas more virtual meetings occurred centrally for the unions activities; and

Whereas this resulted in a substantial reduction in expenditure for the union overall; and

Whereas there was a substantial amount of new organizing which occurred; and

Whereas by paying the recommended amount, will substantially reduce the number of years on the Property located in Sudbury; and

Whereas this will bolster the strike fund further;

Therefore be it resolved that 75 percent of the money owed to the Education Training and Conference Centre from the Strike Fund.

Roll Call # 45

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                        —

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Gatherings/Membership Meetings in Person on and off OPSEU/SEFPO Premises

Discussion

L5108 Trusteeship

Discussion

L596 Trusteeship

Discussion

Moved by Almeida / Finucane

Table the two items; L5108 and L596 Trusteeship until the President returns.

Roll Call # 46

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

Organizational Chart

Discussion

Organizing Drive

Discussion

Region 1 Grievance Officer

Discussion

New Business

Membership Reports

Discussion

Afternoon

The meeting resumed at 1:11 pm

President Thomas is in the Chair

L5108 Trusteeship

President Thomas provided an update

L596 Trusteeship

President Thomas provided an update

CAAT A Bargaining Update

Administrator of Local Service Division, Steve Saysell, was present to report on CAAT-A Bargaining

Moved by Arscott / Kwok- Reconsideration of the August 25 2021 Executive Board motion “OPSEU/SEFPO Reaffirms Its Commitment to Support Healthy and Safe Workplaces”

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is a recognized social policy leader; and

Whereas the pandemic is now dominated by the Delta variant; and

Whereas workplaces are incrementally developing human resource policies calling for mandatory vaccines and or mandatory testing; and

Whereas, unchallenged, these policies have the potential to create adverse disciplinary measures up to and including dismissal; and

Whereas these workplace policies are being unevenly applied; and

Whereas the return to a traditional workplace paradigm has the potential to exacerbate these negative outcomes; and

Whereas members are asking for OPSEU/SEFPO’s position on mandatory vaccines/testing;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO reaffirms its commitment to support healthy and safe workplaces; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO’s position be consistent with the recommendations of the Ontario Chief Medical Officer and the Ontario Science Advisory table; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO supports the rights to an individual’s personal health choices and protection of private and personal medical information; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO stands firmly with Local health and safety committees and their individual work to promote healthy and safe workplaces commensurate with protection of privacy and science-based solutions emanating from the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Ontario Science Advisory Table; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO continue to advocate for the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and policies be in place for the protection of all workers; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO will vigorously defend any and all members subjected to any workplace discipline not commensurate with the above values.

The question was called on the reconsideration of the motion

The Chair was challenged

First Vice President Treasurer / Almeida is in the chair

Roll Call # 47

Almeida, Eddy                            against

Arscott, Julius                             for

Arvelin, Ed                                  against

Cain, Geoff                               against

Doran, Dave                               against

Finucane, Drew                         against

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              for

Langford, Tara                           against

Maclam, Kenneth                       against

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              against

Morton, Lucy                              against

Nancekivell, Laurie                    against

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         against

Steinbrunner, Ken                      against

Strachan, Edie                           for

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 against

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  against

Wakeford, Maggie                     against

DEFEATED 6 for 15 against

The Chair was not upheld

President Thomas in the Chair

Executive Board Member, Julius Arscott’s Motion

Moved by Arscott/Kwok

Whereas Canada is entering the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic fueled by the delta variant and resulting in rising admissions into intensive care; and

Whereas vaccination will significantly reduce the spread of the virus and massively lower the number of people who become seriously ill and require extensive medical intervention; and

Whereas various employers in the Colleges and the Broader Public Sector are implementing mandatory COVID-19 testing or mandatory vaccination of workers or both with progressive discipline as a consequence to workers who refuse; and

Whereas starting September 22, 2021, Ontario will implement proof of vaccination in select settings including meeting and event spaces such as conference/convention centres; restaurants, bars and nightclubs; facilities used for sports and fitness activities; and sporting events; and

Whereas the Government of Canada announced its intent to require vaccination across the federal public service and in the federally regulated transportation sector and the Government of Ontario announced a policy is under development to implement mandatory COVID-19 vaccination in the Ontario Public Service; and

Whereas mandatory disclosure of vaccination status combined with testing and other safety policies & accommodations for those who cannot or will not get vaccinated or disclose their status (e.g. working from home, reassignment to locations with limited physical contact/exposure with coworkers or the public, etc.) along with masking, distancing and proper ventilation are all reasonable & necessary workplace health & safety policies to protect our members, colleagues, their families, clients and the public. Some employers have implemented a ‘mandate’ as a self-declaration protocol. This is a no-cost way to continue to blame workers and students for COVID outbreaks; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO’s role during the pandemic is to fight in the workplace for effective workplace health & safety measures; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO must defend members against abuse by management.  It will also strive to protect members and the public from the ravages of the deadly disease and will work with joint H&S committees and stewards, using all tools available to us, including the right to refuse unsafe work & grievances (carriage rights). OPSEU/SEFPO continues to advocate for the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and policies be in place for the protection of all workers; and

Whereas workplace mandates, education, incentives & support can be an effective way to encourage the hesitant to get their shots, which will help protect them and others – and reverse the growth & duration of this and future waves;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO reinforces vaccination education of members and encourages vaccination of members along with supporting members seeking accommodation from employer vaccination policies and in grievance arbitration in matters of progressive discipline;

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEPFO places emphasis on workers having the right to not be exposed to a deadly virus like COVID-19 and encourages members to disclose their vaccination status as employers implement vaccination policies; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO demand that Federal and Provincial governments implement a fully paid sick days program for workers, and legally require all employers, including those in the gig economy, to provide up to three paid sick days for employees to receive a vaccine and recover from any side effects; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO demands that public health policies be decided in an entirely transparent process by public health experts and epidemiologists at arms-length from corporate and government interests.

Moved by Perron / Steinbrunner – Amendment

In the first resolve, after the word, ‘accommodation’ insert the following; “consistent with approved medical exceptions and Ontario human rights code prohibited grounds”

Moved by Perron / Usher – Amendment to the amendment

Remove the word “approved” before the word “medical”

Roll Call # 48

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

The question was called on the Amendment as amended:

Roll Call # 49

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 Nancekivell / Morton – Amendment

In the second resolve, strike out the following: “encourages members to disclose their vaccination status as employers implement vaccination policies”

Roll Call # 50

Almeida, Eddy                            for

Arscott, Julius                             against

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                      against

Strachan, Edie                           for

Thomas, Warren                        against

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 18 for 3 against

The question was called on the Motion as amended:

Whereas Canada is entering the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic fueled by the delta variant and resulting in rising admissions into intensive care; and

Whereas vaccination will significantly reduce the spread of the virus and massively lower the number of people who become seriously ill and require extensive medical intervention; and

Whereas various employers in the Colleges and the Broader Public Sector are implementing mandatory COVID-19 testing or mandatory vaccination of workers or both with progressive discipline as a consequence to workers who refuse; and

Whereas starting September 22, 2021, Ontario will implement proof of vaccination in select settings including meeting and event spaces such as conference/convention centres; restaurants, bars and nightclubs; facilities used for sports and fitness activities; and sporting events; and

Whereas the Government of Canada announced its intent to require vaccination across the federal public service and in the federally regulated transportation sector and the Government of Ontario announced a policy is under development to implement mandatory COVID-19 vaccination in the Ontario Public Service; and

Whereas mandatory disclosure of vaccination status combined with testing and other safety policies & accommodations for those who cannot or will not get vaccinated or disclose their status (e.g. working from home, reassignment to locations with limited physical contact/exposure with coworkers or the public, etc.) along with masking, distancing and proper ventilation are all reasonable & necessary workplace health & safety policies to protect our members, colleagues, their families, clients and the public. Some employers have implemented a ‘mandate’ as a self-declaration protocol. This is a no-cost way to continue to blame workers and students for COVID outbreaks; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO’s role during the pandemic is to fight in the workplace for effective workplace health & safety measures; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO must defend members against abuse by management.  It will also strive to protect members and the public from the ravages of the deadly disease and will work with joint H&S committees and stewards, using all tools available to us, including the right to refuse unsafe work & grievances (carriage rights). OPSEU/SEFPO continues to advocate for the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and policies be in place for the protection of all workers; and

Whereas workplace mandates, education, incentives & support can be an effective way to encourage the hesitant to get their shots, which will help protect them and others – and reverse the growth & duration of this and future waves;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO reinforces vaccination education of members and encourages vaccination of members along with supporting members seeking accommodation, consistent with medical exemptions and Ontario Human Rights code prohibited grounds from employer vaccination policies and in grievance arbitration in matters of progressive discipline;

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEPFO places emphasis on workers having the right to not be exposed to a deadly virus like COVID-19; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO demand that Federal and Provincial governments implement a fully paid sick days program for workers, and legally require all employers, including those in the gig economy, to provide up to three paid sick days for employees to receive a vaccine and recover from any side effects; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO demands that public health policies be decided in an entirely transparent process by public health experts and epidemiologists at arms-length from corporate and government interests.

Roll Call # 51

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’s Report

Child Care Design- 155 Lesmill

Referral from the September 22, 2021 Executive Board Meeting:

Refer to Presidents office to be brought back for tomorrow’s board meeting with amendments to the motion and to have a wholesome discussion.

Whereas childcare is a necessity for most parents and guardians in working families across Ontario;

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO staff can benefit from having childcare in their place of work;

Whereas providing on-site childcare would improve staff morale and productivity, decrease absenteeism and turnover;

Whereas very few workplaces organized by OPSEU/SEFPO provide on-site childcare and we want to encourage more employers to provide childcare at their places of work;

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO can provide clear leadership by being the first large union in Canada to provide on-site childcare to their staff;

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO has the space and the opportunity to provide on-site childcare for our staff and members at 155 Lesmill Ave;

Whereas C &Partners Architects specialize in designing childcare spaces across the GTA, including the beautiful Queen’s Park Daycare;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO engage with C & Partners to begin the process of determining the feasibility of a childcare centre at 155 Lesmill R

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approve the funds as outlined in this proposal from Contingency Funds in order to allow C & Partner Architects to design, prepare drawings and administer the tools to determine full feasibility to determine if a childcare centre at 155 Lesmill Road is a prospect.

Moved by Arvelin / Maclam – End Discussion period

Roll Call # 52

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                              against

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           for

Thomas, Warren                        for

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 19 for 2 against

Lucy Morton filed a minority report

Moved by Nancekivell / Morton – Amendment

Strike all expense noted in the proposal except the feasibility study

Roll Call # 53

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                       —

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              for

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    for

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         for

Steinbrunner, Ken                      for

Strachan, Edie                           for

Thomas, Warren                        against

Usher, Joel                                 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  for

Wakeford, Maggie                     for

Carried 19 for 1 against

The question was called on the Motion as amended:

Roll Call # 54

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

Arscott’s Motion: Motion to support hospital and healthcare sector workers

Moved by Arscott / Kwok

Whereas unmasked anti-vax ‘protestors’ have been harassing hospital and healthcare sector workers at their workplaces for months; and

Whereas the evidence is clear and irrefutable that vaccination significantly reduces the spread of the virus and massively lowers the number of people who become seriously ill and require extensive medical treatment; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO’s duty during the pandemic is to fight in the workplace and when necessary, in the streets for effective workplace health & safety measures; and

Whereas labour should demonstrate its physical capacity to defend healthcare workers from harassment;

Therefore it be resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO call on NUPGE, the Ontario Federation of Labour and all unions to organize active mass visible support for hospital and healthcare sector workers and against the anti-mask and anti-vaccine campaigners.

First Vice-President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair.

Moved by Thomas / Almeida – Amendment

Add “CLC” in the resolve

Roll Call # 55

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 Labelle / Steinbrunner- Amendment

Insert in the resolve after the word support, “while adhering to public health measures”

Roll Call # 56

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                       —

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

The question was called on the Motion as Amended:

Whereas unmasked anti-vax ‘protestors’ have been harassing hospital and healthcare sector workers at their workplaces for months; and

Whereas the evidence is clear and irrefutable that vaccination significantly reduces the spread of the virus and massively lowers the number of people who become seriously ill and require extensive medical treatment; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO’s duty during the pandemic is to fight in the workplace and when necessary, in the streets for effective workplace health & safety measures; and

Whereas labour should demonstrate its physical capacity to defend healthcare workers from harassment;

Therefore it be resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO call on NUPGE, the Ontario Federation of Labour, CLC and all unions to organize active mass visible support, while adhering to public health measures for hospital and healthcare sector workers and against the anti-mask and anti-vaccine campaigners.

Roll Call # 57

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                       —

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

Surplus funds used to pay balance owing to the strike fund for the purchase of the Sudbury Regional office and the former “Frost centre”

Item advised to be redundant as it was dealt with

First Alternate in Negotiations Procedures – Policy Section 18.1

Discussion

Moved by Perron / Morton –extend orders of the day

Roll Call # 58

Almeida, Eddy                            against

Arscott, Julius                             against

Arvelin, Ed                                  against

Cain, Geoff                               —

Doran, Dave                               against

Finucane, Drew                         against

Kwok, Kingsley                          for

Labelle, Sara                              against

Langford, Tara                           against

Maclam, Kenneth                       —

Maszczakiewicz, Tara              against

Morton, Lucy                              for

Nancekivell, Laurie                    against

Perron, Janel                              for

Smith-Rice, Erin                         against

Steinbrunner, Ken                      against

Strachan, Edie                           for

Thomas, Warren                        against

Usher, Joel                                 against

Van Zetten, Jennifer                  against

Wakeford, Maggie                     against

Defeated 4 for 15 against

Adjournment

The Executive Board meeting adjourned at 4:58 p.m. All member were present, except Kenneth Maclam the reason was acceptable to the chair.

Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President

Jamie Corner, Corporate Secretary