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February 24, 2021

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:39 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.

April Bello, Local 2100; Carla Carubba, Local 273; Christine Kelsey, Local 416; Christopher McConnell, Local 317; Coleen Houlder, Local 524; Darryl Bedford, Local 110; Hollis Olexy, Local 211; Janice Leigh-Mossley, Local 473; Jennifer Mantadee, Local 536; Jonathan Leung, Local 311; Leanne Weatherill, Local 348; Lisa Fewster, Local 166; Megan Carter, Local 557; Melanie Powers, Local 228; Pamela Serrattan, Local 528; Patrick Fry-Smith, Local 201; Rajesh Ramlakhan, Local 549; Sue Fairweather, Local 166; Tina Stevens, Local 102 and Tonya Johnston, Local 472 were in attendance as observers.

Agenda

The agenda was amended to add:

  • Recommendation from the January 20, 2021 Executive Committee Meeting:
    • Georgian Village and Manor in Penetanguishene – Local 394
    • Southlake Rehab Group – Local 387
    • St. Elizabeth Clarington and Durham Legal Clinic –Local 361
    • Chartwell Tiffin – Local 395
    • Stevenson Memorial – Local 396
  • Regional Meeting
  • Convention Planning committee update
  • Local Time off
  • Regional Budgets
  • 7eleven’s – LBED
  • Demand set meetings and the board motion about LEC elections
  • PLC update
  • CAAT Bargaining

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board adopt the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board Minutes of the January 5, 2021 conference call, January 6, 2021 E-poll and the January 20, 2021 Web conference.

January 6, 2021 E-poll – Purchase of Leslie M Frost Nature Centre

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff for

Doran, Dave   for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

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


Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO membership continues to grow; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO historically has used rented meeting space and accommodations to use for its member and staff training; and

Whereas having space where members can spend time with other members from various regions is advantageous for OPSEU/SEFPO’s growth; and

Whereas the former Frost Centre in Haliburton Heights was placed on the market by the government of Ontario for sale; and

Whereas this site consisting of 40 acres of land and 21 buildings would be a place for OPSEU/SEFPO members to learn, grow and interact with each other; and

Whereas although this site has not been used for some years now for the publics education, it has been maintained; and

Whereas once renovated, this site will be a facility that both the Union and community can be proud of;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approve that OPSEU/SEFPO purchase Leslie M Frost Nature Centre; and

Be it further resolved that the funds for the purchase are to be drawn from the funds in budget that were slated for 155 Lesmill payments; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO will pay remaining owed funds back to the strike fund at 500k per year until the full amount is paid back; and

Be it further resolved that the financials will have a separate ledger, indicating the borrowed amount and payments made to the OPSEU/SEFPO Training Centre.

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff for

Doran, Dave   for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

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

Treasurer’s Report

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

President’s Report

Internal Issues

Anti- Black Racism training dates

Discussion, recommended training date for board April 15, 2021

HDPP Complaint

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas article 7.1.3 of the OPSEU/SEFPO Constitution states that every member in good standing is entitled to be free from discrimination, harassment or intimidation by a Member with respect to another Member by reason of any prohibited; and

Whereas the OPSEU/SEFPO Harassment and Discrimination Prevention Policy is one step in OPSEU/ SEFPO’s fight to eliminate harassment and discrimination in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and OPSEU/SEFPO’s Constitution; and

Whereas a Complaint was filed under the Harassment and Discrimination Prevention Policy (HDPP), File #2020-0415-0015, OPSEU member (the “Respondent”) and the Complaint proceeded to Investigation in accordance with the HDPP, and the Investigation Report concluded that the impact of the Respondent’s comments and conduct constituted discrimination on the basis of race and gender, and recommended that the Respondent participate in separate training modules on Anti-Black Racism and on Sexism and Patriarchy, and that failure to do so would result in having their membership status altered to “Member in Bad Standing”; and

Whereas the Respondent refused to participate in the training with full understanding that refusing to do so may result in their membership status being altered; and

Whereas in accordance with article 6.3.a, 7.2.2 of the Constitution and article 4.2 of the HDPP, The President, First Vice-President/Treasurer, Regional Vice-Presidents, and the Executive Board, as appropriate implement all recommendations for remedy as determined through a mediation settlement, investigation or appeal of a complaint unless the recommended remedy contravenes the constitution or OPSEU policies, or other factors outweigh the general interest;

Therefore be it resolved that effective immediately, as per article 6.3.d of the OPSEU/SEFPO Constitution, the Respondent shall be deemed a Member in Bad Standing for repeated refusals to complete the recommended training by the Investigator; and

Be it further resolved that effective immediately, as per article 7.2.2 the Respondent shall be removed from any office they may hold within OPSEU/SEFPO until they complete the training recommended by the Investigator; and

Be it further resolved that the Respondent will be notified of the Executive Board’s decision within 7 days and be provided dates to complete training on Anti-Black Racism and Sexism and Patriarchy within 30 days.

Moved by Nancekivell/Morton – Amendment:

In the first resolve replace “shall be deemed a Member in Bad Standing” with

“Shall have their member in good standing status suspended”

Roll Call #2

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff for

Doran, Dave   for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

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


Question called on motion as amended:

Whereas article 7.1.3 of the OPSEU/SEFPO Constitution states that every member in good standing is entitled to be free from discrimination, harassment or intimidation by a Member with respect to another Member by reason of any prohibited; and

Whereas the OPSEU/SEFPO Harassment and Discrimination Prevention Policy is one step in OPSEU/ SEFPO’s fight to eliminate harassment and discrimination in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and OPSEU/SEFPO’s Constitution; and

Whereas a Complaint was filed under the Harassment and Discrimination Prevention Policy (HDPP), File #2020-0415-0015, OPSEU member (the “Respondent”) and the Complaint proceeded to Investigation in accordance with the HDPP, and the Investigation Report concluded that the impact of the Respondent’s comments and conduct constituted discrimination on the basis of race and gender, and recommended that the Respondent participate in separate training modules on Anti-Black Racism and on Sexism and Patriarchy, and that failure to do so would result in having their membership status altered to “Member in Bad Standing”; and

Whereas the Respondent refused to participate in the training with full understanding that refusing to do so may result in their membership status being altered; and

Whereas in accordance with article 6.3.a, 7.2.2 of the Constitution and article 4.2 of the HDPP, The President, First Vice-President/Treasurer, Regional Vice-Presidents, and the Executive Board, as appropriate implement all recommendations for remedy as determined through a mediation settlement, investigation or appeal of a complaint unless the recommended remedy contravenes the constitution or OPSEU policies, or other factors outweigh the general interest;

Therefore be it resolved that effective immediately, as per article 6.3.d of the OPSEU/SEFPO Constitution, the Respondent shall have their member in good standing status suspended for repeated refusals to complete the recommended training by the Investigator; and

Be it further resolved that effective immediately, as per article 7.2.2 the Respondent shall be removed from any office they may hold within OPSEU/SEFPO until they complete the training recommended by the Investigator; and

Be it further resolved that the Respondent will be notified of the Executive Board’s decision within 7 days and be provided dates to complete training on Anti-Black Racism and Sexism and Patriarchy within 30 days.

Roll Call #3

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff for

Doran, Dave   for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

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

Education workers assembly

Discussion

ODSP Download consultation meeting

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 #4

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff for

Doran, Dave   for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

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


Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the Ontario Government has informed OPSEU/SEFPO in a confidential disclosure that they plan to download ODSP case management work from the Ontario Public Service to municipalities; and

Whereas there are 1,800 ODSP workers currently employed by the OPS whose jobs are under threat; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO will need to provide information and consult with ODSP workers affected on the next steps forward;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO provide funds for a consultation meeting in mid-March with the MCCSS MERC team and one steward representing each ODSP office in the province, where information will be provided, a campaign plan will be proposed for their input and feedback, and a plan of action will be formed to fight back against this downloading of their work.

Roll Call #5

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff for

Doran, Dave   for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

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

LBED Anti-Privatization Committee meetings

Moved by Thomas/VanZetten

Whereas the piecemeal privatization of LCBO stores, depots, warehouses, and head office threatens the long-term survival of the LCBO; and

Whereas the LBED Anti-Privatization Committee designs, develops and co-ordinates the anti-privatization activities of the Division;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approve the funds as outlined in the attached proposal from the LBED Anti-Privatization Account, in order to enable the Committee to hold up to three meetings in 2021 in order to effectively carry out its mandate to co-ordinate the Division’s fightback to privatized alcohol sales and distribution.

Roll Call #6

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff for

Doran, Dave   for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  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

Other Business

Central Labour Updates (OFL/NUPGE/CLC)

Afternoon

The meeting resumed at 1:03p.m.

Committee Reports

Elections

  • Solidarity Fund Board – Live and Let Live
  • Strategic Planning
  • Strikes Ad-hoc committee

Live and Let Live

Dave Doran was acclaimed to the Solidarity Fund Board – Live and Let Live

Strategic Planning

Nathalie Rondeau was acclaimed to the Strategic Planning committee

Strikes Ad-hoc committee

Julius Arscott was acclaimed to the Strikes Ad-hoc committee

Standing Committee Reports

  • Audit

Policy Section 11.1-3

Moved by Maszczakiewicz /Langford

Whereas the policy committee requested the audit committee review policy 11.1-3; and 

Whereas the audit committee identified the need for amendments in order to reflect our current practices as well as accepted auditing principles;  

Therefore be it resolved that policy section 11.1-3 be amended to read as follows: 

Audit (Outside): Funds in the Hands of Locals 

Audit (External/Internal): Funds in Hands of Local 

  1. At least 5% of the locals in each region should be subject to outside audit. These locals are to be selected randomly (i.e. by chance); 
  2. Other locals may be selected for outside audit by the First Vice-President/Treasurer on the recommendation of the Audit Committee; 
  3. The corporate auditor should audit 2-4 of the selected locals; 

1. Locals may be subject to an outside audit by the engaged auditing firm or at the request of the President or First Vice President/Treasurer’s office.  The auditors shall determine the number of locals and process based on their professional accounting principles. Locals may be subject to an internal audit by a member auditor at the direction of the First Vice President’s office or on the recommendation of the Audit Committee. 

  1. One member-auditor per region will be selected by the Audit Committee to do the outside audit on the locals in that region. Executive Board Members are not eligible to be selected; 

2. When locals are subject to internal audit, the Audit Committee will appoint a regional member auditor.  The audit committee shall select the member auditor from a list provided by the Region’s Executive Board Members.

  1. If a conflict of interest arises between a regional member-auditor and a local selected for audit, a member auditor from another region will be assigned to do the audit. In this context, the First Vice -President/Treasurer will be the final arbiter on the existence of a conflict of interest.

3. If a conflict of interest arises between a regional memberauditor and a local selected for audit, the following will occur: 

(A) a member auditor from another region will be appointed by the Audit Committee.  The Audit Committee will appoint the member auditor from a list provided by a different region. The member auditor will then be assigned to do the audit.  

(B) The First Vice President/Treasurer will be the final arbiter on the existence of a conflict of interest between a regional member auditor and a local.  

 This policy will not apply to funds generated by the locals themselves. Locals with outside sources of revenue should be encouraged to put this revenue in an account separate from the funds from Head Office. (December 9, 1983 B, p.1-3) 

4. This policy shall apply to all funds, accounts and assets of a local, regardless of method of generation or acquisition. 

An amendment was made and the Chair ruled out of order


Eddy Almeida in the Chair

Chair ruled the amendment out of order

Chair was challenged

President Thomas in the Chair

Roll Call #7

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius against

Arvelin, Ed  for

Cain, Geoff against

Doran, Dave against

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 11 for 10 against

The Chair is upheld


Lucy Morton in the Chair

The question was called on the motion:

Whereas the policy committee requested the audit committee review policy 11.1-3; and

Whereas the audit committee identified the need for amendments in order to reflect our current practices as well as accepted auditing principles;

Therefore be it resolved that policy section 11.1-3 be amended to read as follows:

Audit (Outside): Funds in the Hands of Locals 

Audit (External/Internal): Funds in Hands of Local

  1. At least 5% of the locals in each region should be subject to outside audit. These locals are to be selected randomly (i.e. by chance); 
  2. Other locals may be selected for outside audit by the First Vice-President/Treasurer on the recommendation of the Audit Committee; 
  3. The corporate auditor should audit 2-4 of the selected locals; 

5. Locals may be subject to an outside audit by the engaged auditing firm or at the request of the President or First Vice President/Treasurer’s office. The auditors shall determine the number of locals and process based on their professional accounting principles. Locals may be subject to an internal audit by a member auditor at the direction of the First Vice President’s office or on the recommendation of the Audit Committee.

  1. One member-auditor per region will be selected by the Audit Committee to do the outside audit on the locals in that region. Executive Board Members are not eligible to be selected; 

6. When locals are subject to internal audit, the Audit Committee will appoint a regional member auditor.  The audit committee shall select the member auditor from a list provided by the Region’s Executive Board Members.

  1. If a conflict of interest arises between a regional member-auditor and a local selected for audit, a member auditor from another region will be assigned to do the audit. In this context, the First Vice -President/Treasurer will be the final arbiter on the existence of a conflict of interest.

7. If a conflict of interest arises between a regional memberauditor and a local selected for audit, the following will occur:

(C) a member auditor from another region will be appointed by the Audit Committee. The Audit Committee will appoint the member auditor from a list provided by a different region. The member auditor will then be assigned to do the audit.

(D) The First Vice President/Treasurer will be the final arbiter on the existence of a conflict of interest between a regional member auditor and a local.

This policy will not apply to funds generated by the locals themselves. Locals with outside sources of revenue should be encouraged to put this revenue in an account separate from the funds from Head Office. (December 9, 1983 B, p.1-3) 

8. This policy shall apply to all funds, accounts and assets of a local, regardless of method of generation or acquisition.

Roll Call #8

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff for

Doran, Dave for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara 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  against

Van Zetten, Jennifer  for

Carried 20 for 1 against

Joel Usher filed a minority report

President Thomas in the Chair

Afternoon

The meeting resumed at 1:02p.m.

Central Political Action

Broadbent Summit

Discussion

2022 Election

Discussion

  • Coalition of Racialized Workers
  • Convention
    • Resolutions
    • Constitutional
    • Credentials (reports at Convention)
    • Planning

Update provided

  • Disability Rights Caucus
  • Electronic Voting Ad-hoc
  • Excluded Staff Hiring
  • Francophone
  • Indigenous Circle
  • In Solidarity
  • MDT/SDT Ad-hoc
  • OPSEU Resource/Enterprises
  • Pension Liaison

SHARE donation

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO 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

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


Moved by Steinbrunner/Perron

Whereas the Canadian labour Congress helped established the Shareholder Association for Research & Education (SHARE) twenty years ago to help mobilize union-appointed trustees and other progressive investors to educate and promote a more sustainable, inclusive and productive economy through active share ownership; and

Whereas for the past twenty years SHARE has carried out that mission for the labour movement in Canada, on behalf of many of our pension plans and other funds, as well as globally through its role as the Secretariat for the Global Unions Committee on Workers Capital; and

Whereas during that time OPSEU/SEFPO has worked with SHARE, and OPSEU/SEFPO-appointed trustees have attended SHARE-organized trainings and events; and

Whereas SHARE has built wider support for labour’s mission amongst like-minded foundations, university endowments, Indigenous trusts, and other investors that share labour’s focus on promoting decent work and human rights, realizing true reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, addressing climate change, and holding corporations accountable;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO support SHARE’s efforts to mobilize and educate a network of union representatives and labour-nominated trustees and representatives by promoting educational opportunities or communications from SHARE to OPSEU/SEFPO pension trustees and sponsor representatives; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO make a contribution to SHARE in the amount of $25,000 annually. The funds are to be drawn from the contingency fund for 2021, and considered annually with the budgeting process for 2022 and following years.


Moved by Nancekivell/Strachan – Amendment:

In the last resolve remove “and considered annually with the budgeting process for 2022 and following years”

Moved by Perron/Nncekivevll – amendment to amendment:

add to also remove “annually” at end of first sentence in the last resolve

Roll Call #10

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff for

Doran, Dave   for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

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


Question called on the amendment as amended:

In the last resolve remove “and considered annually with the budgeting process for 2022 and following years” and also remove “annually” at end of first sentence in the last resolve.

Roll Call #11

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff for

Doran, Dave   for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

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


The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas the Canadian labour Congress helped established the Shareholder Association for Research & Education (SHARE) twenty years ago to help mobilize union-appointed trustees and other progressive investors to educate and promote a more sustainable, inclusive and productive economy through active share ownership; and

Whereas for the past twenty years SHARE has carried out that mission for the labour movement in Canada, on behalf of many of our pension plans and other funds, as well as globally through its role as the Secretariat for the Global Unions Committee on Workers Capital; and

Whereas during that time OPSEU/SEFPO has worked with SHARE, and OPSEU/SEFPO-appointed trustees have attended SHARE-organized trainings and events; and

Whereas SHARE has built wider support for labour’s mission amongst like-minded foundations, university endowments, Indigenous trusts, and other investors that share labour’s focus on promoting decent work and human rights, realizing true reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, addressing climate change, and holding corporations accountable;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO support SHARE’s efforts to mobilize and educate a network of union representatives and labour-nominated trustees and representatives by promoting educational opportunities or communications from SHARE to OPSEU/SEFPO pension trustees and sponsor representatives; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO make a contribution to SHARE in the amount of $25,000. The funds are to be drawn from the contingency fund for 2021.

Roll Call #12

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff for

Doran, Dave   for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

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

Trustee appointment for OPTrust

Moved by Steinbrunner/Perron

Whereas Randy Marie Sloat’s appointment as a trustee to the OPSEU Pension Trust (OPT) will end on April 30, 2021; and

Whereas Randy has served on the OPTrust Board of Trustees since January 2012 and has been a resource of knowledge on the board during her 9 years; and

Whereas Randy’s historical and institutional knowledge of the OPTrust Pension Plan is an asset to all on the Board of Trustees and the staff at OPT;

Therefore be it resolved that Randy Marie Sloat be reappointed as a pension trustee for the OPTrust Pension Plan from May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2023 provided Sister Sloat signs the Letter of Understanding provided by OPSEU.

Roll Call #13

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff for

Doran, Dave   for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

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

 

  • PHRC
  • Policy Review Ad-hoc
  • PWC

PWC Regional Budgets

Moved by Van Zetten/Cain

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO PWC regional representatives have a regional budget of $2000.00; and

Whereas due to COVID-19 the PWC regional representatives would like to hold virtual regional events; and

Whereas the PWC regional representatives can engage, and mobilize the members in their region and communities in an effort to move the women’s agenda forward;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approve $1000.00 from each of the PWC regional budgets; and

Be it further resolved that the $1000.00 will be utilized to purchase swag and hold virtual meetings within their regions and supply the OPSEU/SEFPO swag to all who attend either by porch drop off and or delivery.

Roll Call #14

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff for

Doran, Dave   for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

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

  • 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

OPSEU/SEFPO Policy Manual

Moved by Maszczakiewicz/Morton

Whereas governance is the responsibility of all members of the executive board; and

Whereas systematic review of policies is part of effective governance; and

Whereas the current structure of the policy manual does not lend itself to ease of use;

Therefore be it resolved that options for a new policy manual structure be explored; and

Be it further resolved that these options, with costing, be brought to the board for consideration of implementation.

Moved by Perron/Labelle – Amendment:

In the last resolve after the word “costing” add “including the policy review committee”

Roll Call #15

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff for

Doran, Dave   for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

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


The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas governance is the responsibility of all members of the executive board; and

Whereas systematic review of policies is part of effective governance; and

Whereas the current structure of the policy manual does not lend itself to ease of use;

Therefore be it resolved that options for a new policy manual structure be explored; and

Be it further resolved that these options, with costing, including the policy review committee, be brought to the board for consideration of implementation.

Roll Call #16

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff for

Doran, Dave   for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

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

 

  • Strike Ad-hoc
  • Executive Committee (Officers) update

Recommendation from February 24, 2021 Executive Committee meeting:

Georgian Village and Manor in Penetanguishene – Local 394

Moved by Thomas/Labelle

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is the certified bargaining agent for more than 300 people who work at Georgian Village and Manor in Penetanguishene; and

Whereas according to OPSEU/SEFPO policy they meet the threshold for their own local;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approve the members who work at Georgian Village and Manor be assigned their own local; and

Be it further resolved that the members will be assigned Local number 394

Roll Call #17

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff for

Doran, Dave   for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

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

Southlake Rehab Group – Local 387

Moved by Thomas/Labelle

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is the certified bargaining agent for the Southlake Rehab Group; and

Whereas according to OPSEU/SEFPO policy they do not meet the threshold for their own local; and

Whereas there is already a Local at Southlake Regional that has voted to welcome the Rehab Group from Southlake into Local 3887;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board to approve the members who work in Rehab at Southlake be assigned to Local 387.

Roll Call #18

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff for

Doran, Dave   for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

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

St Elizabeth Clarington and Durham Legal Clinic Local 361

Moved by Thomas/Labelle

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is the certified bargaining agent for St. Elizabeth Clarington and Durham Legal Clinic; and

Whereas according to OPSEU/SEFPO policy they do not meet the threshold for their own local; and

Whereas Local 361 has voted to welcome both groups into their Local;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board to approve the members who work at St. Elizabeth Clarington and Durham Legal Clinic be assigned to Local 361.

Roll Call #19

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff for

Doran, Dave   for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

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

Chartwell Tiffin  – Local 395

Moved by Thomas/Labelle

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is the certified bargaining agent for more than 300 people who work at Chartwell Tiffin; and

Whereas according to OPSEU/SEFPO policy they meet the threshold for their own local;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board to approve the members who work at Chartwell Tiffin be assigned their own local; and

Be it further resolved that the members will be assigned Local number 395

Roll Call #20

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff for

Doran, Dave   for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

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

Stevenson Memorial – Local 396

Moved by Thomas/Labelle

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is the certified bargaining agent for the hospital professionals who work at Stevenson Memorial; and

Whereas the group wants to be a stand alone unit and the staff rep supports this as the group is engaged and ready to hold elections;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board to approve the members who work in the newly organized unit from Stevenson Memorial; and

Be it further resolved that the members will be assigned Local number 396

Roll Call #21

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff   for

Doran, Dave for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth  for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy       —

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

Update on Local 5108 Trusteeship

Update to be provided by Edie Strachan

Update on Local 596 Trusteeship

Update to be provided by Edie Strachan

New Business

International Workers Day (May Day)

Moved by Arscott/Usher

Whereas International Workers’ Day (May Day) has been celebrated by workers around the world for the past 132 years; and

Whereas the Labour May Day Committee is an alliance of unions and leftist organizations of working class and oppressed people; and

Whereas International Workers’ Day focuses on solidarity with workers’ struggles for justice everywhere; and

Whereas on May 1, 2020 the committee organized the largest International Workers’ Day (May Day) event in Canada, backed by over 50 endorsing organizations, with hundreds attending the Zoom webinar and thousands watching the live-stream; and

Whereas the May Day Rally 2021 has been endorsed by CUPE Ontario, the Ontario Federation of Labour, CUPW (National), CUPW L626, OSSTF Toronto, ATU 113, OPSEU Local 532, 553, CUPE 3903, 3902, 3906, IBEW L353, Toronto Education Workers L4400, and Canadian Freelance Union;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU endorse the online May Day Rally 2021; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU donate $1000 to the May Day Committee.

Roll Call #22

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff   for

Doran, Dave for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth  for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy       —

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

Contingency Plans for 2022 OPSEU/SEFPO Regional Meetings and Convention

Moved by Usher/Labelle

Whereas the ongoing threat of COVID-19 has caused uncertainty about when it will be safe/permissible to hold large in-person gatherings; and

Whereas in 2021, the Canadian Labour Congress and the Ontario Federation of Labour are proceeding with virtual conventions, complete with secret ballot elections; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO Regional Meetings previously scheduled for March, 2021 will now take place in 2022 prior to Convention 2022, which is scheduled for April 6-9, 2022;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO create an ad hoc committee, consisting of one Executive Board Member per region (as selected by the three regional Board Members in each Region) along with the appropriate staff members, to immediately develop contingency plans for Regional Meetings and Convention to be held during 2022 in the event that large in-person gatherings remain unsafe/impermissible; and

Be it further resolved that those contingency plans allow for business, complete with all elections, to proceed by alternative means; and

Be it further resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board will receive updates on the contingency plans at every other Executive Board meeting, if not more frequently, until the events are held.

The chair ruled the motion out of order

Challenge the Chair

Eddy Almeida in the Chair

Roll Call #23

Almeida, Eddy   for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed   for

Cain, Geoff   against

Doran, Dave   for

Finucane, Drew  for

Kwok, Kingsley against

Labelle, Sara  against

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth  for

Maszczakiewicz, Tarafor

Morton, Lucy    —

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 13 for 7 against

The Chair is upheld

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

HPD Negotiations procedures

Moved by Labelle/Kwok

Whereas the Hospital Professional’s Division’s central collective agreement expires March 31, 2022; and

Whereas the Hospital Professional’s Division’s Negotiations Procedures have been amended to incorporate changes reflected in the motions carried at the November 2019 Divisional meeting;

Therefore be it resolved that effective immediately the Hospital Professional’s Division’s Negotiations Procedures be amended as proposed.

Roll Call #24

Almeida, Eddy    —

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed  for

Cain, Geoff   for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley  for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy    —

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

OPSEU Solidarity with Indian farmers

Moved by Arscott/Strachan

Whereas farmers in India are challenging the neo-fascist BJP government, which relies on the strategy of divide and rule, using religious, ethnic, class, caste and gender differences to divide, while major crises like basic rights, food, education, healthcare, inflation, law and disorder, forced privatization, etc. remain unaddressed; and

Whereas Indian farmers have been facing a wretched situation. With the introduction of chemical-based farming, production costs have increased massively and the fertility of the land has decreased significantly. The farmers have been forced to opt for more chemical treatments to increase produce yields in the increasingly infertile lands. This is a vicious cycle that has lowered farmers’ incomes and necessitated taking on burdensome loans. With the BJP government refusing to acknowledge pleas for loan forgiveness, many of the small and landless farmers are in an impossible situation. India has witnessed the highest suicide rate for farmers in recent years; and

Whereas 250 million farmers in India are taking a stand against the government as part of the biggest protest in history. Farmers are protesting three agricultural reform bills that were passed in September without consultation, which they claim threaten their livelihood; and

Whereas the implications of the protests reach beyond India and relate to global issues of land and wealth inequality: an estimated 70% of all farmland around the world is controlled by only 1% of farm owners — and most Indian farmers own only two to three acres of land. In countries like Canada and the United States, small farmers have long suffered from government policies of deregulating and privatizing the agricultural sector, especially during the pandemic when most aid went to large farms. There is a growing solidarity movement here in Canada; and

Whereas international solidarity with workers around the world is a fundamental commitment of OPSEU and the labour movement;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU publicly express and actively engage in solidarity with India’s farmer protesters.

Roll Call #25

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff   for

Doran, Dave for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth  for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy       —

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

OFL Education summit

Discussed during OFL update

PA Day requests

Discussion

Regional Meeting

Discussion

Local Time off

Discussion

7eleven’s – LBED

Moved by Van Zetten/Maszczakiewicz

Therefore be it resolved that the LBED Anti Privatization Committee Members be booked off up to 10 days from March 1-11 to mobilize and engage the membership as well as community allies to object sales of alcohol in the 7-Eleven convenience stores across the province with the funds to be taken from the LBED Anti-privatization funds.

Roll Call #26

Almeida, Eddy for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff   for

Doran, Dave for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth  for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy       —

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

Demand set meetings and the board motion about LEC elections

Discussion

CAAT Bargaining

Discussion

Adjournment

The Executive Board adjourned at 4:15 p.m. All members were present.

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