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Minutes of the December 7, 2020 Executive Board Web Conference

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December 7, 2020

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:32 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.

Agenda

The agenda was amended to add:

  • Recommendation from the December 7, 2020 Executive Committee Meeting:
  • Newly Organized LifeLabs Patient Service Centre assignment to Local 631
  • On the agenda the last line should be a separate item for discussion
  • Monday LCBO closures
  • Dates for board books prior to board meetings
  • Access to virtual tools for locals
  • Communication and email communication
  • 7 day notice of the agenda book
  • Land acknowledgement at beginning of meeting
  • In Camera – Facebook
  • Filling of staff vacancies

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board adopt the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board Minutes of the October 5, 2020 & November 17, 2020 Executive Board web conference and October 29, 2020 Executive Board e-poll.

Roll Call #1

Ainsworth, Anna for
Almeida, Eddy 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
Rondeau, Nathalie for
Smith-Rice, Erin for
Steinbrunner, Ken for
Strachan, Edie for
Thomas, Warren for
Usher, Joel for
Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 21 for 0 against

October 29, 2020 Executive Board e-poll:

CAAT-A Negotiation Procedures

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the CAAT-A collective agreement expires September 30, 2021 and this will be an important round of bargaining for the division; and

Whereas the CAAT-A members have approved that the Division Executive to engage in a discussion with OPSEU to gain approval to alter our delegate structure for CAAT A divisional meetings. Specifically that every local is entitled to a minimum of 2 delegates.

Therefore be it resolved that effective immediately the CAAT-A Negotiations Procedures be amended as proposed.

Ainsworth, Anna for
Almeida, Eddy 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
Rondeau, Nathalie for
Smith-Rice, Erin for
Steinbrunner, Ken for
Strachan, Edie —
Thomas, Warren for
Usher, Joel for
Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Sector 18 – Mental Health and Addictions Division Health and Safety Conference (Webinar)

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced significant health & safety concerns and challenges into workplaces across the province; and

Whereas it is anticipated the province of Ontario will hit a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic; and

Whereas the divisional executive for Sector 18 wants to provide the members in the sector with health & safety educational tools and resources to support their members health and safety during the pandemic; and

Whereas the divisional executive for Sector 18 wants to provide members of the local Joint Health and Safety Committees with knowledge and strategies to ensure that employers are addressing workplace health and safety issues during the pandemic;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the funding for the planning and execution of a Sector 18 health and safety webinar to be held in December of 2020, in accordance with the details and outline of this proposal and that the funds be drawn from the contingency fund.

Ainsworth, Anna for
Almeida, Eddy 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
Rondeau, Nathalie for
Smith-Rice, Erin for
Steinbrunner, Ken for
Strachan, Edie —
Thomas, Warren for
Usher, Joel for
Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Business Arising

Referral from the October 5, 2020 Executive Board meeting:

CAAT- A Divisional Meeting Postponement

That the CAAT-A Divisional Meeting Postponement motion be referred to the next regularly scheduled board meeting, or if needed a special board meeting will be convened before the next meeting.

Whereas on June 1, 2020, the Executive Board postponed the 2020 OPS Divisional Conference due to the Covid pandemic; and

Whereas CAAT A Division is scheduled to hold their Divisional Meeting in the fall of 2020; and

Whereas the COVID-19 pandemic is still very much a threat to the health and safety of OPSEU/SEFPO members; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is not yet fully operational; and

Whereas the Executive Board has already decided to postpone all Local elections and extend terms upon review after OPSEU/SEFPO becomes fully operational; and

Whereas all Divisions and leadership positions within OPSEU/SEFPO should be treated similarly; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO members require leadership within their divisions during these unprecedented times; and

Whereas it would be unsafe and contrary to recognized union health and safety principles for members to meet in large gatherings at this time;

Therefore be it resolved that the 2020 CAAT A Divisional meetings be postponed until such a time as one may be held in accordance with the indicated resolves, and that the terms for the elected leadership be extended until OPSEU/SEFPO resumes normal operations; and

Be it further resolved that this decision be reviewed once OPSEU/SEFPO returns to its normal operations.

*work in progress

A request was made which the Chair ruled out of order

Chair was challenged

First Vice President Treasurer/Almeida in the Chair

Roll Call #2

Ainsworth, Anna for
Almeida, Eddy against
Arvelin, Ed against
Cain, Geoff for
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 for
Perron, Janel for
Rondeau, Nathalie against
Smith-Rice, Erin against
Steinbrunner, Ken against
Strachan, Edie for
Thomas, Warren against
Usher, Joel for
Van Zetten, Jennifer against

DEFEATED 8 for 13 against

The chair is upheld

Anna Ainsworth, Geoff Cain, Kingsley Kwok, Sara Labelle, Laurie Nancekivell, Janel Perron, Edie Strachan, Joel Usher filed minority reports.

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
  • Writing off Outstanding Member Advances
  • Additional Rebate Cheques to Locals in 2020
  • Balance Payment of 155 Lesmill
  • Sudbury Property Purchase – 363 York St
  • Transfer of Surplus Funds to Unfunded Liability Account
  • Other Business

Writing off Outstanding Member Advances

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

Whereas members have 90 days to reconcile their expenses; and

Whereas we have some members who have had outstanding advances for many years; and

Whereas staff are required to send these members and former members reminders annually; and

Whereas many of these members are no longer OPSEU/SEFPO members, and there is no likelihood of recovering these amounts; and

Whereas best accounting practices would suggest that having these outstanding advances remain on our books inflates our assets;

Therefore be it resolved that the amounts for the names listed in appendix be written off; and

Be it further resolved that if these individuals or members become active again in the future, their advances will be reinstated for reconciliation.

Roll Call #3

Ainsworth, Anna for
Almeida, Eddy 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
Rondeau, Nathalie for
Smith-Rice, Erin for
Steinbrunner, Ken for
Strachan, Edie for
Thomas, Warren for
Usher, Joel for
Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Additional Rebate Cheques to Locals in 2020

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

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

Whereas as a result of OPSEU/SEFPO’s recent Local presidents check in they identified the need for additional funds to be used for member engagement and technological costs associated with online platforms; and

Whereas due to COVID substantially less member activity has occurred centrally and regionally in 2020; and

Whereas due to pandemic restriction a reduction in expenses related to travel and accommodations occurred in 2020; and

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

Whereas this resulted in less expenditures for the union overall; and

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

Whereas Locals are the cornerstone of the Union and have asked for additional support during this time.

Therefore be it resolved that a portion of the savings will be allocated to a special onetime disbursement to all locals as an additional rebate cheque for 2020 to assist Locals with resources they require.

Roll Call #4

Ainsworth, Anna for
Almeida, Eddy 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
Rondeau, Nathalie for
Smith-Rice, Erin for
Steinbrunner, Ken for
Strachan, Edie for
Thomas, Warren for
Usher, Joel for
Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Balance Payment of 155 Lesmill

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

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

Whereas due to COVID substantially less member activity has occurred centrally and regionally in 2020; and

Whereas due to pandemic restrictions a reduction in expenses related to travel and accommodations occurred in 2020; 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 by approximately 15 years; and

Whereas this will bolster the strike fund further;

Therefore be it resolved that the balance owing on the property at 155 Lesmill be paid back to the strike fund

Roll Call #5

Ainsworth, Anna for
Almeida, Eddy 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
Rondeau, Nathalie for
Smith-Rice, Erin for
Steinbrunner, Ken for
Strachan, Edie for
Thomas, Warren for
Usher, Joel for
Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Sudbury Property Purchase – 363 York St

Moved by Almeida/Maszczakiewicz

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO continues to grow; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO continues to play a major Labor role in Sudbury and surrounding area; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO requires office/meeting space for staff and members; and

Whereas this lease ended in August of 2020 and currently paying month to month

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approve the purchase of 363 York Street, in Sudbury; and

Be it further resolved that the funds for the purchase are to be drawn from the general fund; and

Be it further resolved that this property will be an asset of the Strike Fund

Roll Call #6

Ainsworth, Anna for
Almeida, Eddy 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
Rondeau, Nathalie for
Smith-Rice, Erin for
Steinbrunner, Ken for
Strachan, Edie for
Thomas, Warren for
Usher, Joel for
Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Transfer of Surplus Funds to Unfunded Liability Account

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

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

Whereas due to COVID substantially less member activity has occurred centrally and regionally in 2020; and

Whereas due to pandemic restrictions a reduction in expenses related to travel and accommodations occurred in 2020; and

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

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

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

Therefore be it resolved that a portion of the surplus funds remain for 2020 end of year, that these funds be transferred into our unfunded liability account.

Roll Call #7

Ainsworth, Anna for
Almeida, Eddy 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
Rondeau, Nathalie for
Smith-Rice, Erin for
Steinbrunner, Ken for
Strachan, Edie for
Thomas, Warren for
Usher, Joel for
Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 21 for 0 against

President’s Report

Internal Issues

Pandemic Response

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is scheduled to elect Executive Board Members, Regional Vice-Presidents, along with Equity Committee Representatives to: the Provincial Youth Committee, Provincial Women’s Committee, the Provincial Human Rights Committee, the Provincial Francophone Committee, and the Regional Hardship Committees; and members to the Credentials Committee, Constitution Committee and the Resolutions Committee; and OPSEU/SEFPO delegates to the NUPGE, OFL, and CLC conventions at Regional Meetings on March 20, 2021; and

Whereas in 2021, delegates to OPSEU/SEFPO’s annual Convention are scheduled to elect the President, First Vice-President & Treasurer, and rank the Regional Vice-Presidents from among the Executive Board members that are to be elected at 2021 Regional Meetings; and

Whereas the COVID-19 pandemic is prohibiting OPSEU/SEFPO members’ ability to gather in large numbers throughout the province; and

Whereas the pandemic continues to proliferate across the province, with case numbers trending upward; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO members work with vulnerable populations who are susceptible to COVID-19; and

Whereas Local Presidents have identified that virtual meetings create barriers for members to fully participate due to connectivity, resources, and access; and

Whereas Local Presidents have also identified that virtual meetings that included elections have been challenged by members; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO members have reached out requesting terms to be extended locally, regionally and centrally; and

Whereas health and safety is paramount; and

Whereas fairness, transparency, and opportunity to participate are the foundation of our democracy; and
Whereas we are bound by the Articles of the OPSEU/SEFPO Constitution;

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board postpone the Regional Meetings in 2021 and Convention 2021; and

Be it further resolved that Regional Meetings scheduled for March 20, 2021 will now take place in 2022 prior to Convention 2022; and

Be it further resolved that all members elected at Regional Meetings in 2019 have their terms extended until Regional Meetings in 2022; and

Be it further resolved that all members elected at Convention 2019 have their terms extended until Convention 2022, which is scheduled for April 7-9, 2022; and

Be it further resolved that should vacancies occur in any of the elected positions described in the above that these vacancies be filled by the duly elected alternate; and,

Be it further resolved that should no alternate be available, the vacancy will be filled in a manner decided by majority vote of the Executive Board.

Moved by Nancekivell/Strachan – Amendment:

Amend the last resolve to read:

Be it further resolved that should no alternate be available, the vacancy will be filled through a majority elected vote within the region. The process to be decided by majority vote of the Executive Board.

First Vice President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair

Roll Call #8

Ainsworth, Anna for
Almeida, Eddy against
Arvelin, Ed against
Cain, Geoff for
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 for
Perron, Janel for
Rondeau, Nathalie against
Smith-Rice, Erin against
Steinbrunner, Ken against
Strachan, Edie for
Thomas, Warren against
Usher, Joel for
Van Zetten, Jennifer for

DEFEATED 9 for 12 against


President Thomas in the Chair

The question was called on the motion:

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is scheduled to elect Executive Board Members, Regional Vice-Presidents, along with Equity Committee Representatives to: the Provincial Youth Committee, Provincial Women’s Committee, the Provincial Human Rights Committee, the Provincial Francophone Committee, and the Regional Hardship Committees; and members to the Credentials Committee, Constitution Committee and the Resolutions Committee; and OPSEU/SEFPO delegates to the NUPGE, OFL, and CLC conventions at Regional Meetings on March 20, 2021; and

Whereas in 2021, delegates to OPSEU/SEFPO’s annual Convention are scheduled to elect the President, First Vice-President & Treasurer, and rank the Regional Vice-Presidents from among the Executive Board members that are to be elected at 2021 Regional Meetings; and

Whereas the COVID-19 pandemic is prohibiting OPSEU/SEFPO members’ ability to gather in large numbers throughout the province; and

Whereas the pandemic continues to proliferate across the province, with case numbers trending upward; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO members work with vulnerable populations who are susceptible to COVID-19; and

Whereas Local Presidents have identified that virtual meetings create barriers for members to fully participate due to connectivity, resources, and access; and

Whereas Local Presidents have also identified that virtual meetings that included elections have been challenged by members; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO members have reached out requesting terms to be extended locally, regionally and centrally; and

Whereas health and safety is paramount; and

Whereas fairness, transparency, and opportunity to participate are the foundation of our democracy; and
Whereas we are bound by the Articles of the OPSEU/SEFPO Constitution;

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board postpone the Regional Meetings in 2021 and Convention 2021; and

Be it further resolved that Regional Meetings scheduled for March 20, 2021 will now take place in 2022 prior to Convention 2022; and

Be it further resolved that all members elected at Regional Meetings in 2019 have their terms extended until Regional Meetings in 2022; and

Be it further resolved that all members elected at Convention 2019 have their terms extended until Convention 2022, which is scheduled for April 7-9, 2022; and

Be it further resolved that should vacancies occur in any of the elected positions described in the above that these vacancies be filled by the duly elected alternate; and,

Be it further resolved that should no alternate be available, the vacancy will be filled in a manner decided by majority vote of the Executive Board.

Moved by Nancekivell/Almeida – To extend meeting past lunch until this motion has been dealt with.

Roll Call #9

Ainsworth, Anna for
Almeida, Eddy 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
Rondeau, Nathalie for
Smith-Rice, Erin for
Steinbrunner, Ken for
Strachan, Edie for
Thomas, Warren for
Usher, Joel for
Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Motion to extend requires two-third to pass, vote was unanimous


The question was called on the motion:

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is scheduled to elect Executive Board Members, Regional Vice-Presidents, along with Equity Committee Representatives to: the Provincial Youth Committee, Provincial Women’s Committee, the Provincial Human Rights Committee, the Provincial Francophone Committee, and the Regional Hardship Committees; and members to the Credentials Committee, Constitution Committee and the Resolutions Committee; and OPSEU/SEFPO delegates to the NUPGE, OFL, and CLC conventions at Regional Meetings on March 20, 2021; and

Whereas in 2021, delegates to OPSEU/SEFPO’s annual Convention are scheduled to elect the President, First Vice-President & Treasurer, and rank the Regional Vice-Presidents from among the Executive Board members that are to be elected at 2021 Regional Meetings; and

Whereas the COVID-19 pandemic is prohibiting OPSEU/SEFPO members’ ability to gather in large numbers throughout the province; and

Whereas the pandemic continues to proliferate across the province, with case numbers trending upward; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO members work with vulnerable populations who are susceptible to COVID-19; and

Whereas Local Presidents have identified that virtual meetings create barriers for members to fully participate due to connectivity, resources, and access; and

Whereas Local Presidents have also identified that virtual meetings that included elections have been challenged by members; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO members have reached out requesting terms to be extended locally, regionally and centrally; and

Whereas health and safety is paramount; and

Whereas fairness, transparency, and opportunity to participate are the foundation of our democracy; and
Whereas we are bound by the Articles of the OPSEU/SEFPO Constitution;

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board postpone the Regional Meetings in 2021 and Convention 2021; and

Be it further resolved that Regional Meetings scheduled for March 20, 2021 will now take place in 2022 prior to Convention 2022; and

Be it further resolved that all members elected at Regional Meetings in 2019 have their terms extended until Regional Meetings in 2022; and

Be it further resolved that all members elected at Convention 2019 have their terms extended until Convention 2022, which is scheduled for April 7-9, 2022; and

Be it further resolved that should vacancies occur in any of the elected positions described in the above that these vacancies be filled by the duly elected alternate; and,

Be it further resolved that should no alternate be available, the vacancy will be filled in a manner decided by majority vote of the Executive Board.

Roll Call #10

Ainsworth, Anna against
Almeida, Eddy 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 for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie against
Perron, Janel against
Rondeau, Nathalie for
Smith-Rice, Erin for
Steinbrunner, Ken for
Strachan, Edie against
Thomas, Warren for
Usher, Joel against
Van Zetten, Jennifer against

Carried 12 for 9 against

Anna Ainsworth, Geoff Cain, Kingsley Kwok, Sara Labelle, Laurie Nancekivell, Janel Perron, Edie Strachan, Joel Usher, Jennifer Van Zetten filed minority reports.

Anna Ainsworth announced that she is resigning from her position on the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board.

Afternoon

The meeting resumed at 1:47p.m.

2021 Executive Board meeting dates

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board establishes regularly scheduled Executive Committee and Executive Board meeting dates each year; and

Whereas the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board passed a motion on May 22, 2020 to meet the first Monday of every month until the end of the COVID-19 pandemic; and

Whereas the Executive Board & Committee meeting dates are pre-set to align with regularly scheduled OPSEU/SEFPO events and recognized public holidays; and

Whereas the regularly scheduled meetings start at 9:30a.m.;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approve the regular schedule for the 2021 Executive Committee and Executive Board meeting dates as outlined in the attached proposal; and

Be it further resolved that instead of meeting the first Monday of every month, should the COVID-19 Pandemic continue into 2021, the Executive Board will meet on the following dates, start time 9:30a.m., via Web Conference to better align with the regularly scheduled Executive Committee and Executive Board meeting dates:

  • January 20
  • March 24
  • April 21
  • May 26
  • June 23
  • September 22
  • October 27
  • November 24
  • December 15

Be it further resolved that should the COVID-19 pandemic cease during the 2021 calendar year, the Board will revert to meeting at its regular schedule; and

Be it further resolved that the Executive Committee continue to meet in advance of the regularly scheduled Executive Board meeting dates where necessary.

Moved by Steinbrunner/Strachan – Amendment:

To add meeting dates in February, July, August

Roll Call #11

Almeida, Eddy for
Arvelin, Ed for
Cain, Geoff for
Doran, Dave for
Finucane, Drew for
Kwok, Kingsley —
Labelle, Sara for
Langford, Tara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Rondeau, Nathalie for
Smith-Rice, Erin for
Steinbrunner, Ken for
Strachan, Edie for
Thomas, Warren for
Usher, Joel for
Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 19 for 0 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board establishes regularly scheduled Executive Committee and Executive Board meeting dates each year; and

Whereas the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board passed a motion on May 22, 2020 to meet the first Monday of every month until the end of the COVID-19 pandemic; and

Whereas the Executive Board & Committee meeting dates are pre-set to align with regularly scheduled OPSEU/SEFPO events and recognized public holidays; and

Whereas the regularly scheduled meetings start at 9:30a.m.;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approve the regular schedule for the 2021 Executive Committee and Executive Board meeting dates as outlined in the attached proposal; and

Be it further resolved that instead of meeting the first Monday of every month, should the COVID-19 Pandemic continue into 2021, the Executive Board will meet on the following dates, start time 9:30a.m., via Web Conference to better align with the regularly scheduled Executive Committee and Executive Board meeting dates:

  • January 20
  • February 24
  • March 24
  • April 21
  • May 26
  • June 23
  • July 21
  • August 25
  • September 22
  • October 27
  • November 24
  • December 15

Be it further resolved that should the COVID-19 pandemic cease during the 2021 calendar year, the Board will revert to meeting at its regular schedule; and

Be it further resolved that the Executive Committee continue to meet in advance of the regularly scheduled Executive Board meeting dates where necessary.


Moved by Usher/Labelle – add the following resolve:

Be it further resolved that given the potential for meeting dates to change the timelines for the corresponding employer time off letters shall be coordinated with any ebm who identifies the need for such.

Roll Call #12

Almeida, Eddy 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
Rondeau, Nathalie for
Smith-Rice, Erin for
Steinbrunner, Ken for
Strachan, Edie for
Thomas, Warren for
Usher, Joel for
Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against


The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board establishes regularly scheduled Executive Committee and Executive Board meeting dates each year; and

Whereas the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board passed a motion on May 22, 2020 to meet the first Monday of every month until the end of the COVID-19 pandemic; and

Whereas the Executive Board & Committee meeting dates are pre-set to align with regularly scheduled OPSEU/SEFPO events and recognized public holidays; and

Whereas the regularly scheduled meetings start at 9:30a.m.;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approve the regular schedule for the 2021 Executive Committee and Executive Board meeting dates as outlined in the attached proposal; and

Be it further resolved that instead of meeting the first Monday of every month, should the COVID-19 Pandemic continue into 2021, the Executive Board will meet on the following dates, start time 9:30a.m., via Web Conference to better align with the regularly scheduled Executive Committee and Executive Board meeting dates:

  • January 20
  • February 24
  • March 24
  • April 21
  • May 26
  • June 23
  • July 21
  • August 25
  • September 22
  • October 27
  • November 24
  • December 15

Be it further resolved that should the COVID-19 pandemic cease during the 2021 calendar year, the Board will revert to meeting at its regular schedule; and

Be it further resolved that the Executive Committee continue to meet in advance of the regularly scheduled Executive Board meeting dates where necessary; and

Be it further resolved that given the potential for meeting dates to change the timelines for the corresponding employer time off letters shall be coordinated with any ebm who identifies the need for such.


Moved by Perron/Labelle – Amendment:

Add a second date to all of the meeting dates in the original dates listed

Roll Call #13

Almeida, Eddy 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
Rondeau, Nathalie for
Smith-Rice, Erin for
Steinbrunner, Ken for
Strachan, Edie for
Thomas, Warren for
Usher, Joel for
Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against


The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board establishes regularly scheduled Executive Committee and Executive Board meeting dates each year; and

Whereas the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board passed a motion on May 22, 2020 to meet the first Monday of every month until the end of the COVID-19 pandemic; and

Whereas the Executive Board & Committee meeting dates are pre-set to align with regularly scheduled OPSEU/SEFPO events and recognized public holidays; and

Whereas the regularly scheduled meetings start at 9:30a.m.;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approve the regular schedule for the 2021 Executive Committee and Executive Board meeting dates as outlined in the attached proposal; and

Be it further resolved that instead of meeting the first Monday of every month, should the COVID-19 Pandemic continue into 2021, the Executive Board will meet on the following dates, start time 9:30a.m., via Web Conference to better align with the regularly scheduled Executive Committee and Executive Board meeting dates:

  • January 20, 21
  • February 24
  • March 24, 25
  • April 21, 22
  • May 26, 27
  • June 23, 24
  • July 21
  • August 25
  • September 22, 23
  • October 27, 28
  • November 24, 25
  • December 15, 16

Be it further resolved that should the COVID-19 pandemic cease during the 2021 calendar year, the Board will revert to meeting at its regular schedule; and

Be it further resolved that the Executive Committee continue to meet in advance of the regularly scheduled Executive Board meeting dates where necessary; and

Be it further resolved that given the potential for meeting dates to change the timelines for the corresponding employer time off letters shall be coordinated with any ebm who identifies the need for such.

Roll Call #14

Almeida, Eddy 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
Rondeau, Nathalie for
Smith-Rice, Erin for
Steinbrunner, Ken for
Strachan, Edie for
Thomas, Warren for
Usher, Joel for
Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Sector 11 – Hospital Support Bargaining Conference (Webinar)

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

Whereas the Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019, undermines free collective bargaining; and

Whereas the divisional executive for Sector 11 wants to align sector priorities and work towards a common set of bargaining provisions that sets the standard for their sector;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approve the funding for the planning and execution of a Sector 11 bargaining conference webinar to be held in February 2021, in accordance with the details and outline of this proposal and that the funds be drawn from the contingency fund.

Roll Call #15

Almeida, Eddy 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
Rondeau, Nathalie for
Smith-Rice, Erin for
Steinbrunner, Ken for
Strachan, Edie for
Thomas, Warren for
Usher, Joel for
Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Sector 3- Boards of Education Pink T-shirt day

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

Roll Call #16

Almeida, Eddy 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
Rondeau, Nathalie for
Smith-Rice, Erin for
Steinbrunner, Ken for
Strachan, Edie for
Thomas, Warren for
Usher, Joel for
Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against


Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO has close to 8,000 educational support workers in Sector 3 Boards of Education and Cultural Institutions; and

Whereas Pink Shirt Day, a day to raise awareness and stand up against bullying, falls on Wednesday, February 24, 2021; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO takes a hard stand against bullying and harassment, advocates for the vulnerable, and promotes treating others with kindness, dignity and respect; and

Whereas many educational support workers are first responders in situations dealing with bullying and reports of bullying in both schools and on-line classrooms; and

Whereas educational support staff endeavor to create safe and inclusive learning environments and promote positive character traits such as kindness, compassion, and inclusivity to each and every student;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approve the funds as outlined in this proposal from the Contingency Fund to carry out the Pink Shirt Day engagement strategy, which will help educational support staff contribute to a bully-free environment for Ontario students.

Roll Call #17

Almeida, Eddy 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
Rondeau, Nathalie for
Smith-Rice, Erin for
Steinbrunner, Ken for
Strachan, Edie for
Thomas, Warren for
Usher, Joel for
Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against

OPSEU/SEFPO Scholarship Policy

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO annually awards scholarships/bursaries to dependents of members are studying at a publicly-funded institution and/or are in pursuit of post-secondary studies in a variety of fields such as labour relations, social justice, enrolled in a social services program, police foundations course, hospitals professionals program, etc.; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO also annually awards scholarships/bursaries to dependents of members who work or have worked on a contract at one of Ontario’s public colleges; and

Whereas the Global Solidarity Scholarship Fund stipulates that ‘scholarships are one-time only and will not be awarded to the same successful applicant twice’ (Section 7 – Education Policy);

Whereas imposing a one-time only provision to all existing and future OPSEU/SEFPO scholarships will ensure equal opportunity for all applicants;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approve an overarching provision in policy outlined in the proposal which states that preference for awarding ALL current and future OPSEU/SEFPO scholarships/bursaries will be given to applicants who have never received a scholarship/bursary before.


Moved by Labelle/Thomas – Amendment:

Add the following resolve:

Be it further resolved that this provision will apply only to OPSEU/SEFPO centrally awarded scholarships/bursaries

Roll Call #18

Almeida, Eddy 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
Rondeau, Nathalie for
Smith-Rice, Erin for
Steinbrunner, Ken for
Strachan, Edie for
Thomas, Warren for
Usher, Joel for
Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against


The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO annually awards scholarships/bursaries to dependents of members are studying at a publicly-funded institution and/or are in pursuit of post-secondary studies in a variety of fields such as labour relations, social justice, enrolled in a social services program, police foundations course, hospitals professionals program, etc.; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO also annually awards scholarships/bursaries to dependents of members who work or have worked on a contract at one of Ontario’s public colleges; and

Whereas the Global Solidarity Scholarship Fund stipulates that ‘scholarships are one-time only and will not be awarded to the same successful applicant twice’ (Section 7 – Education Policy);

Whereas imposing a one-time only provision to all existing and future OPSEU/SEFPO scholarships will ensure equal opportunity for all applicants;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approve an overarching provision in policy outlined in the proposal which states that preference for awarding ALL current and future OPSEU/SEFPO scholarships/bursaries will be given to applicants who have never received a scholarship/bursary before; and

Be it further resolved that this provision will apply only to OPSEU/SEFPO centrally awarded scholarships/bursaries

Moved by Nancekivell/Strachan – Referral to the President’s Office

Roll Call #19

Almeida, Eddy for
Arvelin, Ed for
Cain, Geoff for
Doran, Dave for
Finucane, Drew for
Kwok, Kingsley for
Labelle, Sara for
Langford, Tara for
Maclam, Kenneth against
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Rondeau, Nathalie for
Smith-Rice, Erin for
Steinbrunner, Ken against
Strachan, Edie for
Thomas, Warren against
Usher, Joel for
Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 17 for 3 against

OPSEU’s Anti-Black Racism Initiative

Update

Moved by Thomas/Almeida – In Camera

Roll Call #20

Almeida, Eddy 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
Rondeau, Nathalie for
Smith-Rice, Erin for
Steinbrunner, Ken for
Strachan, Edie for
Thomas, Warren for
Usher, Joel for
Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Staffing Issues – In Camera

Staff Grievances – In Camera

Facebook – In Camera

Filling of Staff Vacancies – In Camera

Rise & Report

Progress

Central Labour Updates (OFL/NUPGE/CLC)

Other Business

Committee Reports

Pension Liaison

Pathways to Independence pension appointee #1

Moved by Perron/Steinbrunner

Whereas Cheri Hearty’s appointment as a Pension Committee to the Pathways to Independence Pension Plan is ending on December 31, 2020. The PLC is recommending Cheri Hearty’s reappointment from January 1st, 2021 to December 31, 2023;

Therefore be it resolved that Cheri Hearty, be reappointed to the Trustee Committee for the Pathways to Independence from January 1st, 2021 to December 31, 2023 provided Sister Hearty signs the Letter of Understanding provided by OPSEU/SEFPO.

Roll Call #21

Almeida, Eddy 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
Rondeau, Nathalie for
Smith-Rice, Erin for
Steinbrunner, Ken for
Strachan, Edie for
Thomas, Warren for
Usher, Joel for
Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Pathways to Independence pension appointee #2

Moved by Steinbrunner/Perron

Whereas The Pathways to Independence Pension Plan requires at least one member to appointed to the board of Trustees; and

Whereas the candidate for the member appointment position is made through a local election; and

Whereas the local has not been able to hold this election this year and will not be able to commence this election until 2021; and

Whereas Ivan Herrington, OPSEU/SEFPO Staff rep has been placed in the position as a temporary fulfillment for this vacancy; and

Whereas the PLC has recommended Ivan Herrington continue in his temporary role and be recommended for reappointment as a Pension Trustee to the Pathways to Independence Pension Plan until an election for the member candidate is held;

Therefore be it resolved that Ivan Herrington be reappointed as a pension trustee for the Pathways to Independence Pension Plan from January 1, 2021 to March 31, 2021 provided Brother Herrington signs the Letter of Understanding provided by OPSEU/SEFPO.

Roll Call #22

Almeida, Eddy 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
Rondeau, Nathalie for
Smith-Rice, Erin for
Steinbrunner, Ken for
Strachan, Edie for
Thomas, Warren for
Usher, Joel for
Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Pathways to Independence pension appointee #3

Moved by Perron/Steinbrunner

Whereas Giulia Volpe’s appointment as a Pension Sponsor Committee representative to the Pathways to Independence Pension Plan is ending on December 31, 2020. The PLC is unanimously recommending Giulia Volpe’s reappointment from January 1st, 2021 to December 31, 2023;

Therefore be it resolved that Giulia Volpe, be reappointed to the Sponsor Committee for the Pathways to Independence from January 1st, 2021 to December 31, 2023 provided Sister Volpe signs the Letter of Understanding provided by OPSEU/SEFPO.

Roll Call #23

Almeida, Eddy 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
Rondeau, Nathalie for
Smith-Rice, Erin for
Steinbrunner, Ken for
Strachan, Edie for
Thomas, Warren for
Usher, Joel for
Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Recommendation from the December 7, 2020 Executive Committee meeting:

Newly Organized LifeLabs Patient Service Centre assignment to Local 631

Moved by Thomas/Maszczakiewicz

Whereas on November 5, 2020, OPSEU/SEFPO became the certified bargaining agent for 15 people who work at LifeLabs Patient Service Centre in Timmins; and

Whereas according to OPSEU/SEFPO policy, a local must have at least 100 members; and

Whereas these newly organized members should be placed in a composite local within the region that closely aligns to their servicing needs.

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approve that the 15 members who work at LifeLabs Patient Service Centre in Timmins join Local 631; and

Be it further resolved that this change becomes retroactive to November 5, 2020.

Roll Call #24

Almeida, Eddy 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
Rondeau, Nathalie for
Smith-Rice, Erin for
Steinbrunner, Ken for
Strachan, Edie for
Thomas, Warren for
Usher, Joel for
Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 19 for 0 against

New Business

Convention 2021

Discussion

Local Elections

Moved by Usher/Labelle

Whereas the conditions in the motion passed during an April 14, 2020 Executive Board Web Conference are now outdated; and

Whereas the pandemic we’re experiencing is presenting us with new challenges but also new opportunities; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO members expect their locals to fully function where possible; and

Whereas reasonable means exist to conduct all local elections virtually, including Local Executive Committee elections, while adhering to the OPSEU/SEFPO Constitution.

Therefore be it resolved that provided the Electronic Voting motion that passed during the August 4, 2020 Executive Board Web Conference is adhered to, the President’s Office will consider electronic voting proposals for all local elections, including for shop stewards and local executive officers; and

Be it further resolved that should the President’s Office deny any such proposal, the local will be provided with the specific reason(s) for the denial in writing.

First Vice President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair

Roll Call #25

Almeida, Eddy against
Arvelin, Ed for
Cain, Geoff for
Doran, Dave for
Finucane, Drew against
Kwok, Kingsley for
Labelle, Sara for
Langford, Tara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Rondeau, Nathalie for
Smith-Rice, Erin for
Steinbrunner, Ken against
Strachan, Edie for
Thomas, Warren against
Usher, Joel for
Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 16 for 4 against

Eddy Almeida, Drew Finucane, Ken Steinbrunner and Smokey Thomas filed minority reports

President Thomas in the Chair

Board Meeting Access

Moved by Usher/Perron

Whereas 7.1 g) of the OPSEU/SEFPO Constitution indicates that every Member in good standing is entitled, “To attend any meeting of the Board, notwithstanding that s/he may not have a vote at such meeting, except that the Board may meet in closed session for purposes of discussing individual or staff contracts of employment”; and
Whereas policy is for Agenda Books/Minutes to be available Seven Days Prior to Meetings; and
Whereas policy is for the First Vice-President/Treasurer to advertise to Local Presidents the availability of Executive Board meeting agenda books and establish a system of controlling written requests received from Local Presidents; and
Whereas policy is for Chairpersons of area councils to receive, upon written request, the minutes of Executive Committee meetings, and a copy of the applicable Board agenda book along with the Board minutes; and
Whereas present practice and policy has not been effective in informing Local Presidents and Area Council Chairs of board agenda items and options to observe the proceedings;
Therefore be it resolved that Executive Board agenda books and minutes shall be distributed to all Local Presidents and Area Council Chairs with clear direction on how members can register to observe executive board meetings seven days prior to each meeting.

Moved by Almeida/Steinbrunner – Amendment:

Strike “and minutes”

Sara Labelle in the Chair

Roll Call #26

Almeida, Eddy for
Arvelin, Ed for
Cain, Geoff for
Doran, Dave for
Finucane, Drew for
Kwok, Kingsley against
Labelle, Sara against
Langford, Tara for
Maclam, Kenneth for
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie against
Perron, Janel against
Rondeau, Nathalie for
Smith-Rice, Erin for
Steinbrunner, Ken for
Strachan, Edie against
Thomas, Warren for
Usher, Joel against
Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 14 for 6 against

President Thomas in the Chair


The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas 7.1 g) of the OPSEU/SEFPO Constitution indicates that every Member in good standing is entitled, “To attend any meeting of the Board, notwithstanding that s/he may not have a vote at such meeting, except that the Board may meet in closed session for purposes of discussing individual or staff contracts of employment”; and
Whereas policy is for Agenda Books/Minutes to be available Seven Days Prior to Meetings; and
Whereas policy is for the First Vice-President/Treasurer to advertise to Local Presidents the availability of Executive Board meeting agenda books and establish a system of controlling written requests received from Local Presidents; and
Whereas policy is for Chairpersons of area councils to receive, upon written request, the minutes of Executive Committee meetings, and a copy of the applicable Board agenda book along with the Board minutes; and
Whereas present practice and policy has not been effective in informing Local Presidents and Area Council Chairs of board agenda items and options to observe the proceedings;
Therefore be it resolved that Executive Board agenda books shall be distributed to all Local Presidents and Area Council Chairs with clear direction on how members can register to observe executive board meetings seven days prior to each meeting.

Moved by Almeida/Thomas – Amendment:

Be it further resolved that any items that are confidential will not be distributed to local presidents and Area Council Chairs.

Roll Call #27

Almeida, Eddy 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
Rondeau, Nathalie for
Smith-Rice, Erin for
Steinbrunner, Ken against
Strachan, Edie for
Thomas, Warren for
Usher, Joel for
Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 19 for 1 against


The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas 7.1 g) of the OPSEU/SEFPO Constitution indicates that every Member in good standing is entitled, “To attend any meeting of the Board, notwithstanding that s/he may not have a vote at such meeting, except that the Board may meet in closed session for purposes of discussing individual or staff contracts of employment”; and
Whereas policy is for Agenda Books/Minutes to be available Seven Days Prior to Meetings; and
Whereas policy is for the First Vice-President/Treasurer to advertise to Local Presidents the availability of Executive Board meeting agenda books and establish a system of controlling written requests received from Local Presidents; and
Whereas policy is for Chairpersons of area councils to receive, upon written request, the minutes of Executive Committee meetings, and a copy of the applicable Board agenda book along with the Board minutes; and
Whereas present practice and policy has not been effective in informing Local Presidents and Area Council Chairs of board agenda items and options to observe the proceedings;
Therefore be it resolved that Executive Board agenda books shall be distributed to all Local Presidents and Area Council Chairs with clear direction on how members can register to observe executive board meetings seven days prior to each meeting; and

Be it further resolved that any items that are confidential will not be distributed to local presidents and Area Council Chairs.

Moved by Perron/Steinbrunner – Amendment

In the first resolve after the word “observe” insert the word “electronic”

Roll Call #28

Almeida, Eddy for
Arvelin, Ed for
Cain, Geoff for
Doran, Dave for
Finucane, Drew for
Kwok, Kingsley against
Labelle, Sara against
Langford, Tara for
Maclam, Kenneth against
Maszczakiewicz, Tara for
Morton, Lucy for
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Rondeau, Nathalie for
Smith-Rice, Erin for
Steinbrunner, Ken for
Strachan, Edie for
Thomas, Warren for
Usher, Joel for
Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 17 for 3 against


The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas 7.1 g) of the OPSEU/SEFPO Constitution indicates that every Member in good standing is entitled, “To attend any meeting of the Board, notwithstanding that s/he may not have a vote at such meeting, except that the Board may meet in closed session for purposes of discussing individual or staff contracts of employment”; and
Whereas policy is for Agenda Books/Minutes to be available Seven Days Prior to Meetings; and
Whereas policy is for the First Vice-President/Treasurer to advertise to Local Presidents the availability of Executive Board meeting agenda books and establish a system of controlling written requests received from Local Presidents; and
Whereas policy is for Chairpersons of area councils to receive, upon written request, the minutes of Executive Committee meetings, and a copy of the applicable Board agenda book along with the Board minutes; and
Whereas present practice and policy has not been effective in informing Local Presidents and Area Council Chairs of board agenda items and options to observe the proceedings;
Therefore be it resolved that Executive Board agenda books shall be distributed to all Local Presidents and Area Council Chairs with clear direction on how members can register to observe electronic executive board meetings seven days prior to each meeting; and

Be it further resolved that any items that are confidential will not be distributed to local presidents and Area Council Chairs.

Roll Call #29

Almeida, Eddy 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
Rondeau, Nathalie for
Smith-Rice, Erin for
Steinbrunner, Ken for
Strachan, Edie for
Thomas, Warren for
Usher, Joel for
Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against

2021 OPSEU/SEFPO Convention Contingency Plan

Motion ruled redundant

Mental Health First Aid Basic Training for OPSEU/SEFPO EBMs

Moved by Usher/Maszczakiewicz

Whereas the Disability Rights Caucus respects that OPSEU/SEFPO has engaged Graybridge Malkam Consulting (2020) to research and recommend Social Mapping strategies, to achieve transformative cultural change within OPSEU/SEFPO, with respect to equity, diversity and inclusion; and
Whereas Social Mapping recommendation #7 suggests “Board members have completed equity related training, and have received additional coaching as needed, to become champions of equity, diversity and inclusion”; and
Whereas Social Mapping recommendation #15 suggests that “all newly elected leaders engage in an individual Equity learning pathway, starting within three months of being elected”; and
Whereas Social Mapping recommendation #10 suggests that “OPSEU use the Equity Committee/Caucus members more effectively in informing  issues within OPSEU practices, policies and campaigns”; and
Whereas the Social Mapping report indicates that 14% of OPSEU/SEFPO members identify as having one or more disabilities, with the top disability disclosed as relating to Mental Health; and
Whereas we, as union activists,  continually campaign to eliminate stigma around such mental health issues, like depression and anxiety, but not exclusively,   within our workplaces, and communities, through supportive education, and awareness initiatives; and
Whereas there is an emergence of additional stressors due to the COVID 19 pandemic that affect our member’s well being within their workplaces, communities and homes; and
Whereas most of the Disability Rights Caucus members have benefitted from taking the Mental Health First Aid Course, through the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Therefore be it resolved that unless an accommodation need prevents it, any future Members of the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board who are yet to be certified in Mental Health First Aid Basic Training will be provided with Mental Health First Aid Basic Training offered by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Be it further resolved that the training is offered as early in their term as is practical.
Be it further resolved that the training is delivered by a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor and where possible, a certified co-facilitator from the Disability Rights Caucus.

Moved by Nancekivell/Almeida – Amendment:

In the first resolve remove “any future”

Roll Call #30

Almeida, Eddy 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
Rondeau, Nathalie for
Smith-Rice, Erin for
Steinbrunner, Ken for
Strachan, Edie for
Thomas, Warren for
Usher, Joel for
Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against


The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas the Disability Rights Caucus respects that OPSEU/SEFPO has engaged Graybridge Malkam Consulting (2020) to research and recommend Social Mapping strategies, to achieve transformative cultural change within OPSEU/SEFPO, with respect to equity, diversity and inclusion; and
Whereas Social Mapping recommendation #7 suggests “Board members have completed equity related training, and have received additional coaching as needed, to become champions of equity, diversity and inclusion”; and
Whereas Social Mapping recommendation #15 suggests that “all newly elected leaders engage in an individual Equity learning pathway, starting within three months of being elected”; and
Whereas Social Mapping recommendation #10 suggests that “OPSEU use the Equity Committee/Caucus members more effectively in informing  issues within OPSEU practices, policies and campaigns”; and
Whereas the Social Mapping report indicates that 14% of OPSEU/SEFPO members identify as having one or more disabilities, with the top disability disclosed as relating to Mental Health; and
Whereas we, as union activists,  continually campaign to eliminate stigma around such mental health issues, like depression and anxiety, but not exclusively,   within our workplaces, and communities, through supportive education, and awareness initiatives; and
Whereas there is an emergence of additional stressors due to the COVID 19 pandemic that affect our member’s well being within their workplaces, communities and homes; and
Whereas most of the Disability Rights Caucus members have benefitted from taking the Mental Health First Aid Course, through the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Therefore be it resolved that unless an accommodation need prevents it, members of the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board who are yet to be certified in Mental Health First Aid Basic Training will be provided with Mental Health First Aid Basic Training offered by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Be it further resolved that the training is offered as early in their term as is practical.
Be it further resolved that the training is delivered by a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor and where possible, a certified co-facilitator from the Disability Rights Caucus.

Moved by Almeida/Steinbrunner -Amendment:

Add resolve:

Be it further resolved that this training be provided in conjunction with the staff.

Moved by Perron/Almeida – To extend board until items are all dealt with

Roll Call #31

Almeida, Eddy 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 —
Nancekivell, Laurie against
Perron, Janel for
Rondeau, Nathalie for
Smith-Rice, Erin for
Steinbrunner, Ken for
Strachan, Edie against
Thomas, Warren for
Usher, Joel for
Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 17 for 2 against


The question was called on the Amendment:

Add resolve:

Be it further resolved that this training be provided in conjunction with the staff.

Roll Call #32

Almeida, Eddy 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 —
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Rondeau, Nathalie for
Smith-Rice, Erin for
Steinbrunner, Ken for
Strachan, Edie for
Thomas, Warren for
Usher, Joel for
Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 19 for 0 against


The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas the Disability Rights Caucus respects that OPSEU/SEFPO has engaged Graybridge Malkam Consulting (2020) to research and recommend Social Mapping strategies, to achieve transformative cultural change within OPSEU/SEFPO, with respect to equity, diversity and inclusion; and
Whereas Social Mapping recommendation #7 suggests “Board members have completed equity related training, and have received additional coaching as needed, to become champions of equity, diversity and inclusion”; and
Whereas Social Mapping recommendation #15 suggests that “all newly elected leaders engage in an individual Equity learning pathway, starting within three months of being elected”; and
Whereas Social Mapping recommendation #10 suggests that “OPSEU use the Equity Committee/Caucus members more effectively in informing  issues within OPSEU practices, policies and campaigns”; and
Whereas the Social Mapping report indicates that 14% of OPSEU/SEFPO members identify as having one or more disabilities, with the top disability disclosed as relating to Mental Health; and
Whereas we, as union activists,  continually campaign to eliminate stigma around such mental health issues, like depression and anxiety, but not exclusively,   within our workplaces, and communities, through supportive education, and awareness initiatives; and
Whereas there is an emergence of additional stressors due to the COVID 19 pandemic that affect our member’s well being within their workplaces, communities and homes; and
Whereas most of the Disability Rights Caucus members have benefitted from taking the Mental Health First Aid Course, through the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Therefore be it resolved that unless an accommodation need prevents it, members of the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board who are yet to be certified in Mental Health First Aid Basic Training will be provided with Mental Health First Aid Basic Training offered by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Be it further resolved that the training is offered as early in their term as is practical.
Be it further resolved that the training is delivered by a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor and where possible, a certified co-facilitator from the Disability Rights Caucus; and

Be it further resolved that this training be provided in conjunction with the staff.

Roll Call #33

Almeida, Eddy 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 —
Nancekivell, Laurie for
Perron, Janel for
Rondeau, Nathalie for
Smith-Rice, Erin for
Steinbrunner, Ken for
Strachan, Edie for
Thomas, Warren for
Usher, Joel for
Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Email response to the Chair of Boards of Education & Cultural Institutions

Discussion

Monday LCBO closures

Discussion

Access to virtual tools for locals

Discussion

Communication and email communication

Discussion

7 day notice of the agenda book

Discussion

Land acknowledgement, adding to agenda

Discussion

Adjournment

The Executive Board adjourned at 5:27p.m. All members were present except Lucy Morton, the reason was acceptable to the Chair.

Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President
Nicole Glass, Corporate Secretary