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Minutes of the April 24, 2019 Executive Board Meeting

Minutes of the April 24, 2019 Executive Board Meeting

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The Executive Board was called to order at 9:34 a.m. President Thomas was
in the Chair. All members were present except Carl Thibodeau, the reason
was acceptable to the Chair. Clarke Eaton, Advisor to the President, was
also in attendance.

Agenda

The agenda was amended to add:

  • Local 426, Local 4107
  • Local 392
  • Local 393
  • Pension claw backs
  • Indigenous rights
  • Officers update

Consent Agenda

Minutes of the Previous Meeting

April 8, 2019 E-poll:

January 2019 Board meeting

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles —

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

CARRIED 19 for 0 against

Whereas
the Executive Board previously approved this proposal in June 2018; and

Whereas
the Kaplan arbitration decision did not get delivered until April 01,
2019;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board authorize a one-day meeting for Corrections
Bargaining Unit Institutional Facilities (MCSCS & MCYS) Local
Presidents / highest ranking and adult/youth RERC Chairs; and

Be it further resolved that the one day meeting take place at a time to be determined in May 2019,
costs to be drawn from the OPS Negotiations budget.

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles —

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

CARRIED 19 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board adopt the OPSEU Executive Board Minutes March
20-21, 2019, April 1, 2019 Web Conference, April 3, 2019 Web Conference
and the April 8, 2019 E-poll.

Roll Call #1

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Business Arising

Referral from the October 24-25, 2018 Executive Board meeting:

Policy & Procedures for member complaints

Referral of the issue of policy & procedures on how OPSEU addresses
members complaints regarding the union, consistent with the
Constitution, the Ontario Human Rights Code and other applicable
legislation, as well as their rights when subject to complaints and/or
investigations by the union to the President’s Office for review and
report back to the December Board meeting.

*work in progress


Referral from the January 23-24, 2018 Executive Board meeting:

Francophone and Bilingual Convention Resolution (Resolution K2)

Moved by Almeida/Roy

Whereas
OPSEU makes great effort to be inclusive for all its members and
provide services in both official languages French and English; and

Whereas
OPSEU cannot be designated under the FLSA because the FLSA applies to
those public service agencies that use public funds and that are
designated by Government regulation; and

Whereas
OPSEU has been working and will continue to work with the Francophone
Committee to review the demands of the membership for francophone
services;

Therefore be it resolved that
OPSEU will implement the following recommendations as well as continue
to provide current Francophone services

  • as OPSEU forms are updated they be made available in both
    English and French
  • as of 2021 all job postings be in both English and French
  • within the next five (5) years the member portal be available in
    both English and French and implementation costing will be brought back
    to the board for approval
  • perform a review of commonly used documents (such as collective
    agreements, equity committee conference binders, OPSEU course
    materials, bargaining bulletins, news releases, organizing flyers etc.)
    to determine, with the assistance of the Provincial Francophone
    Committee, which documents could be routinely translated into French
    within the next five (5) years and translation costing will be brought
    back to the board for approval
  • review its staffing needs to determine whether the bilingual
    staff complement is sufficient to support the objectives outlined above
    and report back to the OPSEU Executive Board on any resources required
    (staffing, consultants, etc.)
  • OPSEU staff will review the feasibility and process to amend the
    Union’s registered name “Ontario Public Service Employees Union” in a
    manner that would include both English and French names and will report
    back to the June 2019 Executive Committee meeting

Moved by Nancekivell/Morton – Amendment:

Add at the end of last resolve “and the first Executive Board meeting
after the June 2019 Executive Committee meeting”

Roll Call #2

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas
OPSEU makes great effort to be inclusive for all its members and
provide services in both official languages French and English; and

Whereas
OPSEU cannot be designated under the FLSA because the FLSA applies to
those public service agencies that use public funds and that are
designated by Government regulation; and

Whereas
OPSEU has been working and will continue to work with the Francophone
Committee to review the demands of the membership for francophone
services;

  • Therefore be it resolved that
    OPSEU will implement the following recommendations as well as continue
    to provide current Francophone services
  • as OPSEU forms are updated they be made available in both
    English and French
  • as of 2021 all job postings be in both English and French
  • within the next five (5) years the member portal be available in
    both English and French and implementation costing will be brought back
    to the board for approval
  • perform a review of commonly used documents (such as collective
    agreements, equity committee conference binders, OPSEU course
    materials, bargaining bulletins, news releases, organizing flyers etc.)
    to determine, with the assistance of the Provincial Francophone
    Committee, which documents could be routinely translated into French
    within the next five (5) years and translation costing will be brought
    back to the board for approval
  • review its staffing needs to determine whether the bilingual
    staff complement is sufficient to support the objectives outlined above
    and report back to the OPSEU Executive Board on any resources required
    (staffing, consultants, etc.)
  • OPSEU staff will review the feasibility and process to amend the
    Union’s registered name “Ontario Public Service Employees Union” in a
    manner that would include both English and French names and will report
    back to the June 2019 Executive Committee meeting and the first
    Executive Board meeting after the June 2019 Executive Committee meeting

Roll Call #3

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

President’s Report

Internal Issues

Feed Ontario

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

Roll Call #4

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Be it resolved that the Executive Board approve the Memorandum of Understanding with the
Ontario Association of Food Banks in the amount of $25,000, with the
funds to be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

Roll Call #5

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Temporary Bilingual Communications Officer, Toronto (Head Office)

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas
the Temporary Bilingual Communications Officer position at Head Office
became vacant in March 2019 as the result of the most recent incumbent
being the successful candidate for another position in the
organization; and

Whereas
the filling of the Temporary Bilingual Communications Officer position
is required as soon as possible due to organizational demands; and

Whereas
the Temporary Bilingual Communications Officer position has been posted
both internally and to the membership and there have been no
applications submitted for the position; and

Whereas
it has become increasingly difficult to fill bilingual positions with
specific skillsets internally or through the membership;

Therefore be it resolved that
OPSEU conduct an external search for candidates from the public at
large in order to fill the position of Temporary Bilingual
Communications Officer at Head Office.

Roll Call #6

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Joint Healthcare Bargaining Conference

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

Roll Call #7

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas
the People’s Health Care Act, 2019, will result in significant
restructuring in Ontario’s health care sector; and

Whereas
it is anticipated that the Ford Government’s first provincial budget
will result in funding cuts for health care providers; and

Whereas
the divisional executives for Sectors 8, 11 and 18 want to assist their
bargaining units in their respective sectors to align priorities and
work toward a common set of bargaining provisions that sets the
standard for their sectors;

Therefore be it resolved that
the OPSEU Executive Board approve the funding for the planning and
execution of a bargaining conference to be held in June 2019, in
accordance with the details and outline of this proposal to be drawn
from the contingency fund.

Roll Call #8

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

OPS CERC Action Plan 2019-2020

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

Roll Call #9

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas
the current political climate has been hostile to public sector workers
in general, and government workers in particular; and

Whereas
OPSEU members who work for the OPS do valuable work and OPSEU would
like to encourage our members to take pride in the important work we do
for the people of Ontario; and

Whereas
increasing OPSEU’s visibility in the workplace helps to instill in
union members a sense of pride in their identity as government workers
and union members; and

Whereas
the CERC wishes to lay the groundwork early for the next round of
bargaining by engaging as many OPSEU OPS Unified members as possible;
and

Whereas
mobilized and educated MERC teams are crucial to engaging our members;

Therefore be it resolved that
the OPSEU Executive Board approve the funds as outlined in the attached
proposal from the CERC Action Plan 2019-2020. Funds to be drawn from
the MERC action plan budget.

Roll Call #10

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Sector 3 – Boards of Education Negotiations Procedures

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Be it resolved that
the OPSEU Executive Board approve the sector 3 – Boards of Education
negotiations procedures as outlined in the attached document.

Roll Call #11

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Defence Fund Request

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that
the Defence Fund provide up to $70,000 to pay for actual legal costs
incurred by the member in the course of the criminal proceedings,
provided that criminal counsel continues to charge reasonable rates and
to provide satisfactory updates concerning the progress of the case, as
confirmed by OPSEU General Counsel.

Roll Call #12

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren for

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Staffing Issues – In Camera

Central Labour Updates (OFL/NUPGE/CLC)

President Thomas provided an update

Other Business

First Vice President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair

Treasurer’s Report

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

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

Committee Reports

Standing Committee Reports:

A report was provided on all committees

  • Audit

Statutory Resolution

Moved by Almeida/Tremblay

Therefore be it resolved that
in compliance with Article 26.2 of the Constitution and Section 97 of
the Corporations Act, the Financial Statements
for the 12-month period ending December 2018, including the Statement
of Financial Position, the Statement of Revenue and Expenditures, the
Statement of Fund Balances and the Statement of Cash Flows, together
with the Auditors’ report thereon, and all transactions reflected
thereby be approved and that the President and First
Vice-President/Treasurer be authorized to sign the financial statements
on behalf of the Executive Board.

Roll Call #13

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl —

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Afternoon

The meeting resumed at 1:06p.m.

  • Central Political Action
  • Coalition of Racialized workers
  • Convention
    • Resolutions
    • Constitutional
    • Credentials
    • Planning
  • Disability Rights Caucus
  • Electronic Voting Ad-Hoc
  • Excluded Staff Hiring
  • Francophone
  • Indigenous Circle
  • In Solidarity
  • MDT/SDT Ad-hoc
  • OPSEU Resource/Enterprises
  • Pension Liaison

CAAT Pension Plan Sponsor Committee

Moved by Elliott/Perron

Therefore be it resolved that
the OPSEU Executive Board appoint Cheri Hearty to the CAAT Pension Plan
Sponsors Committee effective immediately until December 31, 2021,
provided Sister Cheri signs the OPSEU Letter of Understanding.

Roll Call #14

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Pension Committee for the Employees of Pathways to Independence

Moved by Perron/Elliott

Therefore be it resolved that
the OPSEU Executive Board appoint Cheri Hearty, Benefits Officer, to
the Pension Committee for the Pension Plan for the Employees of
Pathways to Independence effective immediately until December 31, 2020,
provided Sister Cheri signs the OPSEU Letter of Understanding.

Roll Call #15

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

  • PHRC
  • Policy Review Ad-hoc
  • PWC
  • PYC
  • Rainbow Alliance
  • Retirees Board
  • Social Mapping
  • Solidarity Fund Board
    • Live and Let Live
    • International Humanity Work
    • International Solidarity Work
  • Staff Negotiating
  • Staff Pension Plan Trustees
  • Strategic Planning

New Business

Local 426, Local 4107

Moved by Tremblay/Langford

Whereas
Local 426 held an LEC meeting on December 3, 2018, and at
such meeting passed a motion to bring the intent to
separate the Unit known as Valoris from the existing
composite Local; andWhereas
the LEC of Local 426 demonstrated adequate notification the
membership through their communication of the intent to
hold a GMM, in addition to clear identification of the
intent of presenting the motion to separate the Valoris
unit from the composite by the meeting clearly identified
on the agenda sent in advance to members; andWhereas
Local 426 held a General Membership Meeting on January 21,
2019, whereby the LEC of Local 426 presented the motion
with rational and open debate with the membership; and

Whereas
the Membership of Local 426 in attendance held a vote with
results to separate the unit known as Valoris from the
existing components and exceeded the two-third vote
required approval from the General Membership Meeting to
which quorum was achieved; and

Whereas
the component known as Valoris represents approximately 350
out of 470 members within Local 426, and therefore have
sufficient numbers to exist as a standalone single unit
Local;

Therefore be it resolved that
the OPSEU Executive Board approve the separation of Valoris
component known as Local 426, from the existing composite
units to function as a standalone single unit local; and

Therefore be it resolved that
the OPSEU Executive Board approve to assign a new Local
number to the remaining multi-unit composite Local, to be
known as Local 4107.

Roll Call #16

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

L392

Moved by Perron/Labelle

Whereas
employees from Champlain Long-Term Care voted in favour of joining
OPSEU; and

Whereas
there are two other homes that are in the works for being recognized by
OPSEU for the same employer;

Therefore be it resolved that
the OPSEU Executive Board approve the creation of a new local #392 for
the workers at Champlain LTC.

Roll Call #17

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

L393

Moved by Labelle/Perron

Whereas
employees from Paramed Home Care voted in favour of joining OPSEU;

Therefore be it resolved that
the OPSEU Executive Board approve the creation of a new local #393 for
the workers at Paramed Home Care in Barrie.

Roll Call #18

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Health Canada approved immunizations

Moved by Perron/Kwok

Whereas
the scientific evidence supporting immunizations is clear, overwhelming
and unequivocal; and

Whereas
the World Health Organization, the Centre for Disease Control, and
Health Canada all recognize the value of immunizations; and

Whereas
measles cases, as an example, have spiked in North America including
Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver, and warnings of measles exposure have
become more frequent in the Greater Toronto Area; and

Whereas
immunizations work for children and adults, e.g. measles and shingles;

Therefore be it resolved that
OPSEU endorse the voluntary use of Health Canada approved
immunizations.

Roll Call #19

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Personal Protective Equipment

Moved by Perron/Arvelin

Whereas
health care workers are regularly exposed to potentially deadly
pathogens during the course of their work; and

Whereas
there can be conflicting information coming from various sources during
the course of an outbreak or the discovery of a new or emerging medical
crisis; and

Whereas
the best defence for healthcare workers is personal protective
equipment (PPE);

Therefore be it resolved that
OPSEU lobby the Ontario provincial government to equip all healthcare
workers with the best practice PPE available at the time of any given
outbreak or new or emerging medical crisis.

Moved by Labelle/Maclam – Amendment:

In the resolve after “available” add “on the market”

Roll Call #20

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas
health care workers are regularly exposed to potentially deadly
pathogens during the course of their work; and

Whereas
there can be conflicting information coming from various sources during
the course of an outbreak or the discovery of a new or emerging medical
crisis; and

Whereas
the best defence for healthcare workers is personal protective
equipment (PPE);

Therefore be it resolved that
OPSEU lobby the Ontario provincial government to equip all healthcare
workers with the best practice PPE available on the market at the time
of any given outbreak or new or emerging medical crisis.

Roll Call #21

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Strike Fund

Discussion

Motion on the Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities

Moved by Kwok/Nancekivell

Whereas
Resolution EB1 (with amendments), Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and
Communities, was a resolution carried by Convention 2018;

Whereas
Convention 2018 passed Resolution EB1 which resolved that OPSEU
endorses the following Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities:

Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities

Discrimination in all its forms, including racism and Islamophobia,
anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, anti-Semitism, and all other
forms of racism, xenophobia and bigotry threatens our country’s rich
social fabric, including the workplaces of OPSEU members and other
workers, and the communities in which we live. Dividing people because
of race, religion, ancestry or any other difference that undermines
human rights serves only to weaken our unions and our society.

By endorsing this Charter, we commit to standing up for the rights and
dignity of everyone in order to promote inclusive, just and respectful
workplaces and communities;

That is why we affirm that:

  • Islamophobia, anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism,
    anti-Semitism, and all other forms of racism, xenophobia, and bigotry
    have no place in our workplaces or communities.
  • Discrimination and acts of hate against OPSEU members and others
    in our communities marginalizes individuals and groups and excludes
    them from participating fully in our unions, workplaces and
    communities.
  • The dignity of every member is essential to a healthy and
    vibrant union and workplace.
  • As a union, we will work with the labour movement, all levels of
    government, Indigenous peoples, civil society, and communities to
    develop policies, programs and initiatives to reduce and eliminate
    racism, hate and bigotry in all its forms.

By working together, we can nurture inclusive workplaces and strengthen
our shared commitment to OPSEU’s values of equality, respect, justice,
and dignity for all.

Whereas
Convention 2018 passed Resolution EB1 which further resolved that OPSEU
will communicate our endorsement of the Charter of Inclusive Workplaces
and Communities to our locals, area councils, equity committees and
caucuses and members, and will encourage their continued engagement in
organizing against Islamophobia, anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous
racism, anti-Semitism, and all other forms of racism, xenophobia,
bigotry and discrimination of all kinds;

Whereas
there has been a sharp uptick in racism, far right and “white
nationalist” organizing against immigrants and newcomers, Jews, Muslims
and other equity-seeking groups, including the massacres of Muslims
during Friday Prayer at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on 15
March 2019;

Whereas
Statistics Canada reported that police-reported hate crime in Canada
rose sharply in 2017, up 47% over the previous year with incidents
targeting Muslim, Jewish, and Black populations accounting for most of
the national increase and with these increases largely in Ontario and
Quebec;

Therefore be it resolved that
OPSEU will complete the following steps before the opening of
Convention 2019:

Produce a laid-out version of the Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and
Communities for locals to post and share;

E-mail the Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities to
local officers and stewards, sector executives, area councils and
equity committee and caucus representatives, with a copy of the
Resolution EB1 including both resolves and a message from the President
to urge locals to communicate the Charter to members and allies;

Post the message from the President and the Charter of Inclusive
Workplaces and Communities on the OPSEU website and include the message
from the President and the Charter in the OPSEU This Week email; and

Post the Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities permanently on
the Equity Unit webpage along with the Statement of Respect.

Moved by Nancekivell/Kwok – Amendment:

After “area councils” add “Chairs” and after EB1″ add “from the 2018
Convention”

Roll Call #22

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip against

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 18 for 1 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas
Resolution EB1 (with amendments), Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and
Communities, was a resolution carried by Convention 2018;

Whereas
Convention 2018 passed Resolution EB1 which resolved that OPSEU
endorses the following Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities:

Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities

Discrimination in all its forms, including racism and Islamophobia,
anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, anti-Semitism, and all other
forms of racism, xenophobia and bigotry threatens our country’s rich
social fabric, including the workplaces of OPSEU members and other
workers, and the communities in which we live. Dividing people because
of race, religion, ancestry or any other difference that undermines
human rights serves only to weaken our unions and our society.

By endorsing this Charter, we commit to standing up for the rights and
dignity of everyone in order to promote inclusive, just and respectful
workplaces and communities;

That is why we affirm that:

  • Islamophobia, anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism,
    anti-Semitism, and all other forms of racism, xenophobia, and bigotry
    have no place in our workplaces or communities.
  • Discrimination and acts of hate against OPSEU members and others
    in our communities marginalizes individuals and groups and excludes
    them from participating fully in our unions, workplaces and
    communities.
  • The dignity of every member is essential to a healthy and
    vibrant union and workplace.
  • As a union, we will work with the labour movement, all levels of
    government, Indigenous peoples, civil society, and communities to
    develop policies, programs and initiatives to reduce and eliminate
    racism, hate and bigotry in all its forms.

By working together, we can nurture inclusive workplaces and strengthen
our shared commitment to OPSEU’s values of equality, respect, justice,
and dignity for all.

Whereas
Convention 2018 passed Resolution EB1 which further resolved that OPSEU
will communicate our endorsement of the Charter of Inclusive Workplaces
and Communities to our locals, area councils, equity committees and
caucuses and members, and will encourage their continued engagement in
organizing against Islamophobia, anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous
racism, anti-Semitism, and all other forms of racism, xenophobia,
bigotry and discrimination of all kinds;

Whereas
there has been a sharp uptick in racism, far right and “white
nationalist” organizing against immigrants and newcomers, Jews, Muslims
and other equity-seeking groups, including the massacres of Muslims
during Friday Prayer at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on 15
March 2019;

Whereas
Statistics Canada reported that police-reported hate crime in Canada
rose sharply in 2017, up 47% over the previous year with incidents
targeting Muslim, Jewish, and Black populations accounting for most of
the national increase and with these increases largely in Ontario and
Quebec;

Therefore be it resolved that
OPSEU will complete the following steps before the opening of
Convention 2019:

Produce a laid-out version of the Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and
Communities for locals to post and share;

E-mail the Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities to
local officers and stewards, sector executives, area councils chairs
and equity committee and caucus representatives, with a copy of the
Resolution EB1 from the 2018 Convention including both resolves and a
message from the President to urge locals to communicate the Charter to
members and allies;

Post the message from the President and the Charter of Inclusive
Workplaces and Communities on the OPSEU website and include the message
from the President and the Charter in the OPSEU This Week email; and

Post the Charter of Inclusive Workplaces and Communities permanently on
the Equity Unit webpage along with the Statement of Respect.

Roll Call #23

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Establishment of a “Supplementary HDPP”

Moved by Magner/Nancekivell

Whereas
OPSEU’s Harassment and Discrimination Prevention Policy and its related
procedures provide a process for addressing and resolving complaints
between members regarding harassment and discrimination on grounds
covered by the Ontario Human Rights Code as well as non-Code based
personal harassment; and

Whereas
this policy:

  • “applies to all OPSEU members, including retired members and
    elected leaders during any Union-related duties, activities and
    functions”
  • “applies to union-related interactions between members and
    elected Union leaders in the workplace”
  •  “addresses all forms of harassment and discrimination, including
    systemic discrimination. Where the term “systemic” discrimination is
    used in the Policy and/or Procedures Manual, it refers to patterns of
    behavior, policies, or practices that are part of OPSEU’s structures,
    and which create or perpetuate disadvantage based on a prohibited
    ground”; and

Whereas
the HDPP policy does not apply to or provide a process for addressing
and resolving potential allegations or complaints of harassment and
discrimination by members regarding the behaviors of, or operational
decisions made by, OPSEU and/or its staff; and

Whereas
OPSEU has no other formal policy or procedures for addressing such
complaints in a consistent, independent and accountable manner, which
may result in a perception that complaints are being addressed in an
ad-hoc fashion and/or an actual or perceived conflict of interest with
respect to OPSEU’s handling of such complaints; and

Whereas
many leading organizations that provide services to members or clients
have developed policies and procedures for handling complaints by
members/clients regarding the behavior or operational decisions of
those organizations and/or their staff, to ensure such complaints are
handled appropriately and independently; and

Whereas
such policies and procedures typically include:

  • the establishment of an independent Board committee or
    subcommittee, reporting directly to the Board of Directors, to oversee
    the development, review and application of the policy and the
    organization’s response to any findings, and
  • the engagement of an independent, external, professional service
    provider to administer elements of the policy, including receiving,
    investigating and making recommendations regarding appropriate
    responses to any complaints, as appropriate

Therefore be it resolved that
the OPSEU Executive Board will establish an independent subcommittee to
develop a supplementary harassment and discrimination policy and
procedures (Supplementary HDPP) to ensure the consistent, independent
and accountable handling of member complaints/allegations of Code-based
harassment or discrimination as well as non-Code based personal
harassment by OPSEU and/or its staff, for review and approval by the
Board; and

Be it further resolved
that the Supplementary HDPP Subcommittee will work with the President’s
Office, OPSEU’s Equity Unit and external consultants as required, and
in consultation with representatives of OPSEU’s equity committees and
caucuses and others as required; and

Be it further resolved
that an OPSEU Human Rights Officer be assigned as a resource person to
advise and assist this subcommittee in its work, and

Be it further resolved
that this subcommittee will be elected by the Board, and will report
directly and independently to the Board on its work; and

Be it further resolved
that the subcommittee will consist of three Executive Board Members,
including at least one Regional Vice-President and at least one EBM who
is not an RVP, with elections to take place at the first Executive
Board Meeting following the bi-annual election of OPSEU’s Executive
Board and Full-Time Officers; and

Be it further resolved
the Subcommittee’s first order of business will be to develop a
proposed work plan and budget for the development of the Supplementary
HDPP and procedures, and a proposed budget as required, for
presentation to the October 2019 Executive Board Meeting; and

Be it further resolved
that following the adoption of a Supplementary HDPP, the subcommittee
will remain in place to oversee its implementation and operations and
provide periodic reports and recommendations to the Board as required;
and

Be it further resolved
that as an interim measure, the Board affirms OPSEU’s current practice
that:

  • Any member who makes a complaint to the President’s Office
    regarding an alleged incident of harassment or discrimination by OPSEU
    or its staff will have the right to the assistance of an HDPP Advisor
    or support person of their choice as per Article 2.0 to 2.3 of the HDPP
    Procedures, and
  • Any member who is the subject of a complaint to or investigation
    by the OPSEU President’s Office regarding an alleged incident of
    harassment or discrimination that falls outside the scope of the
    current HDPP, or who is named as a party to or is asked to participate
    in such an investigation will have the right to the assistance of an
    HDPP Advisor or support person of their choice as per Article 2.0 to
    2.3 of the HDPP Procedures.

Roll Call #24

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Board Resolution to Convention: Defending Free Collective Bargaining

Moved by Magner/Labelle

Whereas
on April 4, Ontario Treasury Board President Peter Bethlanfalvy
announced the Ontario government’s plans to launch “a series of
consultations with a specific focus on our public sector bargaining
agents… to explore how compensation growth can be managed in a
way that results in wage settlements that are modest, reasonable and
most importantly sustainable”; and

Whereas
, Bethlanfalvy stated that “through these discussions with our
province’s public sector employers and bargaining agents will directly
inform our government’s next steps to responsibly manage growth in
compensation… Examples of these next steps could include
measures, such as:

  • Voluntary agreement to wage outcomes, lower than the current
    trend
  • Trade-offs that will lead to reductions in compensation costs,
    and;
  •  Consideration of legislative measures”; and

Whereas
these consultations and the government’s proposed “next steps”
represent a direct threat to:

  • the high quality, accessible public services our communities
    depend on
  • the jobs, wages and working conditions of the more than one
    million Ontario public sector workers who deliver those services in
    communities across Ontario
  • the negotiated collective agreements, and the constitutionally
    protected right to free collective bargaining, including the right to
    strike of every OPSEU member and hundreds of thousands of other public
    sector workers; and

Whereas
OPSEU is committed to defending our right to members’ full, democratic
participation in free collective bargaining, including through the
election of bargaining teams, the democratic demand-setting process,
and the right to vote to ratify or reject any changes to their
collective agreements;

Therefore be it resolved that
under no circumstances will OPSEU participate in discussions or
negotiations with the government on any possible agreement that would
open up our collective agreements or reduce our members’ negotiated
wages, benefits and working conditions, or result in any other to any
“trade-offs” that would undercut our members’ jobs, wages, and working
conditions, or the quality of the vital public services we deliver to
our communities; and

Be it further resolved that
if the provincial government announces any plan to use legislation to
reopen existing contracts, impose cuts to public sector wages or jobs,
or suspend free collective bargaining and the right to strike for any
group of OPSEU members, OPSEU will use all necessary means to prevent,
resist and defeat such an attack; and

Be it further resolved that
in light of the government’s threat to reopen existing contracts,
impose cuts to public sector wages or jobs, and/or suspend free
collective bargaining across the public sector, OPSEU will call on and
work with our labour allies and the Ontario Federation of Labour to
proclaim a “solidarity pact” and a plan of action for coordinated
solidarity actions by all labour affiliates – together with our
community allies – to take all necessary actions to prevent, resist and
defeat such an attack on our public services and the public sector
workers who deliver them.

Moved by Labelle/Thibodeau – Amendment:

At the end of the last resolve add “and any efforts of privatization of
public services”

Roll Call #25

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas
on April 4, Ontario Treasury Board President Peter Bethlanfalvy
announced the Ontario government’s plans to launch “a series of
consultations with a specific focus on our public sector bargaining
agents… to explore how compensation growth can be managed in a
way that results in wage settlements that are modest, reasonable and
most importantly sustainable”; and

  • Whereas
    Bethlanfalvy stated that “through these discussions with our
    province’s public sector employers and bargaining agents will directly
    inform our government’s next steps to responsibly manage growth in
    compensation… Examples of these next steps could include
    measures, such as:
  • Voluntary agreement to wage outcomes, lower than the current
    trend
  • Trade-offs that will lead to reductions in compensation costs,
    and;
  • Consideration of legislative measures”; and

Whereas
these consultations and the government’s proposed “next steps”
represent a direct threat to:

  • the high quality, accessible public services our communities
    depend on
  • the jobs, wages and working conditions of the more than one
    million Ontario public sector workers who deliver those services in
    communities across Ontario
  • the negotiated collective agreements, and the constitutionally
    protected right to free collective bargaining, including the right to
    strike of every OPSEU member and hundreds of thousands of other public
    sector workers; and

Whereas
OPSEU is committed to defending our right to members’ full, democratic
participation in free collective bargaining, including through the
election of bargaining teams, the democratic demand-setting process,
and the right to vote to ratify or reject any changes to their
collective agreements;

Therefore be it resolved that
under no circumstances will OPSEU participate in discussions or
negotiations with the government on any possible agreement that would
open up our collective agreements or reduce our members’ negotiated
wages, benefits and working conditions, or result in any other to any
“trade-offs” that would undercut our members’ jobs, wages, and working
conditions, or the quality of the vital public services we deliver to
our communities; and

Be it further resolved that
if the provincial government announces any plan to use legislation to
reopen existing contracts, impose cuts to public sector wages or jobs,
or suspend free collective bargaining and the right to strike for any
group of OPSEU members, OPSEU will use all necessary means to prevent,
resist and defeat such an attack; and

Be it further resolved that
in light of the government’s threat to reopen existing contracts,
impose cuts to public sector wages or jobs, and/or suspend free
collective bargaining across the public sector, OPSEU will call on and
work with our labour allies and the Ontario Federation of Labour to
proclaim a “solidarity pact” and a plan of action for coordinated
solidarity actions by all labour affiliates – together with our
community allies – to take all necessary actions to prevent, resist and
defeat such an attack on our public services and the public sector
workers who deliver them and any efforts of privatization of public
services.

Roll Call #26

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Magner, Myles for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Roy, J.L. for

Shearer, Philip for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Thibodeau, Carl for

Thomas, Warren —

Tremblay, Chrisy for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Pension claw backs

Discussion

Indigenous rights

Discussion

Officers update

Discussion

Adjournment

The Executive Board adjourned at 3:36p.m. All members were present except
for Carl Thibodeau and President Thomas, the reasons were acceptable to the
Chair.

Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President

Nicole Glass, Corporate Secretary