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Minutes of the January 27-28, 2016 Executive Board Meeting

Minutes of the January 27-28, 2016 Executive Board Meeting

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January 27, 2016

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:35 a.m. President Thomas was in the Chair. All members were present.  Peggy Maybury, Executive Assistant to the President, was also in attendance.

Agenda

The agenda was amended to add:

  • E-Poll Confirmation – Third party registration Whitby/Oshawa by-election
  • Public Health Ontario Update
  • Convention hospitality suites

The question was called on the Agenda as amended:

Roll Call #1

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Consent Agenda

Minutes of the Previous Meeting

The minutes of December 16-17, 2015; January 8, 2016 Pension Appointments E-poll (3) and January 22, 2016 Third Party Register Whitby/Oshawa by-election E-poll were adopted.

Business Arising

RPN Occupational Division Proposal

From the December 16-17, 2015 Board meeting, the following motion carried:

WHEREAS the Health Care Divisional Council is proposing the creation of a Registered Practical Nurses occupational division; and,

WHEREAS the proposal has merits and warrants further review,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT this proposal be forwarded to the Office of the President for review.

Work in Progress

Section 13.2 Policy Manual

From the December 16-17, 2015 Board meeting, the following referral carried:

WHEREAS Section 13.2 of the Policy Manual properly bars staff from engaging in the internal political process of OPSEU, and;

WHEREAS from time to time OPSEU members have an opportunity to work for their union as Temporary Staff, and;

WHEREAS members that are offered Temporary Staff positions, sometimes find it difficult to resign their OPSEU elected positions.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU members being offered Temporary Staff positions be allowed to take up to a maximum one year leave of absence from their elected OPSEU positions.

Referral to President’s office and recommendations be brought back to the January Board.

Work in Progress

Treasurer’s Report

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

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

OPSEU Policy – Section 9.1-8 –  Info: Directory, Head Office

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

WHEREAS OPSEU Policy – Section 9.1-8 –  Infor: Directory, Head Office was carried in 1986; and

WHEREAS the foyer once posted a large billboard with the names of the Executive Board Members; and

WHEREAS a wall has since been dedicated to display photos of Executive Board Members in the foyer; and

WHEREAS a TV monitor, located above the reception area, provides information regarding OPSEU in segment rotation;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU Policy – Section 9.1-8 –  Info: Directory, Head Office be amended by removing “listed in the directory posted in the foyer” and add “displayed directory in the foyer”.

Roll Call #2

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 20 for 0 against

OPSEU Policy – Section 9.1-8 –  Info: Directory, OPSEU Website

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

WHEREAS OPSEU Policy Section 9.1-8 under Info: Directory, OPSEU Website – refers to a directory containing the address of Executive Board Members; and

WHEREAS the policy does not differentiate between mailing address, street address or email address;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU Policy be amended to include “email” before “address”.

Roll Call #3

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      against
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 19 for 1 against

OPSEU Policy – Section 9.1-6 – Expenditure: Equipment for Board Members

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

WHEREAS OPSEU Policy 9.1-6, under Expenditure: Equipment for Board Members lists a number of equipment items that are antiquated with the advent of new technology, or no longer exist;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT we remove from the list “fax machine”,  “data bank “ and “telephone answering machine” and add “Printer/fax/scanner”, and “Cell phone with data plan/voice message”.

Roll Call #4

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      against
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 19 for 1 against

President’s Report

Internal Issues

  • 2016 Executive Board and Committee Schedule of Meetings
  • Withering Trillium Award
  • 2016 Convention Award Nominations – Appendix A
  • 2016 Convention Statutory Resolutions
  • 2016 Convention Resolutions – Appendix B
  • NUPGE Convention Resolutions
  • Constitutional Amendment – Article 20 Revenue
  • Policy Resolution – Section 25.1 – Strike Fund

Staffing Issues – In Camera

Central Labour Updates (OFL/NUPGE/CLC)

Internal Issues

2016 Executive Board and Committee Schedule of Meetings

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Be It Resolved That the June 15-16, 2016 Executive Board meeting be changed to a web conference to remain with OPSEU policy section 16.1-3 of two (2) web conferences per year.

Roll Call #5

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Withering Trillium Award

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

WHEREAS Kathleen Wynne and her Liberal government have failed working people and Ontario's most vulnerable; and

WHEREAS the Kathleen Wynne government has been dogged by boondoggles and scandals that have wasted billions of taxpayer dollars that should have been directed to front line public services; and

WHEREAS Kathleen Wynne has in fact outsourced the job of Ontario Premier to Bay Street bankers and party insiders; and

WHEREAS Kathleen Wynne has sat idly by while her buddies at Infrastructure Ontario have, according to the Auditor General, spent $8 billion too much on infrastructure through her flawed and corrupt P3 process; and

WHEREAS under her leadership virtually every public service has faced draconian and needless cuts; and

WHEREAS she campaigned as a progressive but continues to govern from the right of the political spectrum; and

WHEREAS Kathleen Wynne has presided over the privatization of Ontario Hydro despite the fact that over 80% of Ontarians oppose this public ripoff; and

WHEREAS her governance indicates either complete incompetence or intended corruption; and

WHEREAS the OPP has several open files on her government; and

WHEREAS her total absence of regard for Ontario's rightful place as a public service leader has lead to Ontario being ranked last in terms of per capita spending on public services; and

WHEREAS she continues to reward her corporate pals with appointments and unprecedented influence;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Kathleen Wynne be awarded the 2016 OPSEU Withering Trillium Award at Convention 2016.

Roll Call #6

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

2016 Convention Award Nominations

Each year at the OPSEU Annual Convention, the following awards are given out:

  • Health and Safety Award: Local and Individual
  • Honourary Life Membership
  • Human Rights Award: Local and Individual
  • Leah Casselman Award: Local and Individual
  • “Live and Let Live” Award
  • Rainford Jackson Education and Development Fund
  • Stanley Knowles Humanitarian
  • Tim Brown Award

Health & Safety – Individual
Ballots were distributed, votes were cast and tabulated.   Deb Brotzel, Local 112 will be the recipient of Health & Safety Local Award.

Health & Safety – Local
No nominations were submitted for this award.

Honourary Lifetime Membership Award
Ballots were distributed, votes were cast and tabulated. David Rapaport, Local 503, Jeane Eberle, Local 468, Peter Wall, Local 638 will be the recipients of the Honourary Life Membership Award.

Human Rights Award – Individual
Ballots were distributed, votes were cast and tabulated. Sandra Snider, Local 736 will be the recipient of Human Rights Individual Award.

Human Rights Award – Local
No nominations were submitted for this award.

Leah Casselman Award – Individual
Ballots were distributed, votes were cast and tabulated.  Janice Martel, Local 604 will be the recipient of the Leah Casselman Award – Individual.

Leah Casselman Award – Local
Ballots were distributed, votes were cast and tabulated.  Local 294, Care Partnerswill be the recipient of the Leah Casselman Award – Local.

Live and Let Live Award
No nominations were submitted for this award.

Rainford Jackson Education and Development Fund
Justice for Migrant Workers will be the recipient of the Rainford Jackson Education and Development Fund.

Tim Brown Award
Theresa O’Connor, Local 266 will be the recipient of the Tim Brown Award.

2016 Statutory Resolutions to Convention

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT in compliance with Section 129 of the Corporations Act, the Convention endorse the actions of the Executive Board from the closing of the last Convention until the closing of this Convention.

Roll Call #7

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT in compliance with Articles 26.2 and 28.4 of the Constitution and Section 94 of the Corporations Act, PWC, PricewaterhouseCoopers, be Auditors of OPSEU for the fiscal year January 1, 2016 through to December 31, 2016 and the Executive Board fix the Auditors’ remuneration.

Roll Call #8

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

NUPGE Convention Resolutions

Discussion

Constitutional Amendment – Article 20 Revenue

WHEREAS the strike fund was created by the Board in 1980 with a contribution level of $0.20 per member per week and by 1985 had a cash and investment balance of 2.5 million dollars; and

WHEREAS contribution levels have varied through the years based on projection of need from 2.5, 8.2, 10 and now 5 percent of general revenue; and

WHEREAS there are fewer members of OPSEU with the legal right to strike and more requiring binding arbitration; and

WHEREAS OPSEU has attained a healthy and strong strike fund of millions of dollars;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT:  Article 20.1.3 (b) be amended to read:

2.5 percent of the Union’s general revenue shall be allocated to the strike fund and transferred on a monthly basis.

Policy Resolution – Section 25.1 – Strike Fund

WHEREAS the strike fund was created by the Board in 1980 with a contribution level of $0.20 per member per week and by 1985 had a cash and investment balance of 2.5 million dollars; and

WHEREAS contribution levels have varied through the years based on projection of need from 2.5, 8.2, 10 and now 5 percent of general revenue; and

WHEREAS there are fewer members of OPSEU with the legal right to strike and more requiring binding arbitration; and

WHEREAS OPSEU has attained a healthy and strong strike fund of millions of dollars; and

WHEREAS OPSEU has a proven track record of challenging concessions and right wing agendas with strong campaigns, run with the assistance of our members;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU policy be amended at Section 25.1 to:

Two and a half (2.5) percent of the union’s general dues revenue be allocated to the strike fund and transferred on a monthly basis to the strike fund…

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT a further two and a half (2.5) percent of the union’s general dues revenue be allocated to a new defence fund account. This new account will be set up under the same guidelines and follow the same rules as the strike fund policies and procedures.

Moved by Elliot R./Almeida

Refer the Constitutional Amendment motion and Policy Manual motion to the President’s office to come back with instructions to have a face to face Executive Committee meeting to discuss these motions.

Roll Call #9

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Afternoon

The meeting resumed at 1:53p.m.

2016 Resolutions to Convention

Increasing funding for quality public services

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

WHEREAS Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne was elected on a promise to value and protect public services; and

WHEREAS OPSEU members are committed to a strong, vibrant public sector that improves the quality of life and raises the standard of living for all Ontarians; and

WHEREAS over the last two decades, Conservative and Liberal governments both federally and provincially have slashed corporate tax rates, personal income tax rates, payroll taxes, and many other sources of revenue; and

WHEREAS taken together these tax cuts are now costing the provincial treasury more than $20 billion in foregone revenue per year and are being used to justify both continued cuts and increased privatization of public services and jobs; and

WHEREAS the government of Ontario continues to spend less per person on public services than any other province in Canada; and

WHEREAS the government should be aiming to have the best-funded public services in the country, not the worst; and

WHEREAS as measured by GDP per capita, Ontario is richer than ever before;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that OPSEU work to raise public awareness of the revenue that is missing as a result of past tax cuts; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the union continue to promote the many benefits to Ontario and Ontarians of investing public dollars in quality public services and publicly-delivered infrastructure; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that OPSEU continue to call on the Premier and her government to recognize those benefits by increasing taxes to a level that will fund quality public services and thereby improve the quality of life for all Ontarians while at the same time reducing income inequality, and social inequality, in the province.

Moved by Arbus/Bozai – Amendment

In third resolve insert the word ‘corporate’ between the word ‘increasing’ and ‘taxes’

Moved by Magner/Thibodeau – Amendment to amendment

In third resolve after the word ‘taxes’ insert the following ‘and income taxes on high income earners’

Roll Call #10

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Question called on amendment as amended:

In third resolve insert the word ‘corporate’ between the word ‘increasing’ and ‘taxes’

Roll Call #11

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       against
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 20 for 1 against

Question was called on the resolution as amended:

WHEREAS Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne was elected on a promise to value and protect public services; and

WHEREAS OPSEU members are committed to a strong, vibrant public sector that improves the quality of life and raises the standard of living for all Ontarians; and

WHEREAS over the last two decades, Conservative and Liberal governments both federally and provincially have slashed corporate tax rates, personal income tax rates, payroll taxes, and many other sources of revenue; and

WHEREAS taken together these tax cuts are now costing the provincial treasury more than $20 billion in foregone revenue per year and are being used to justify both continued cuts and increased privatization of public services and jobs; and

WHEREAS the government of Ontario continues to spend less per person on public services than any other province in Canada; and

WHEREAS the government should be aiming to have the best-funded public services in the country, not the worst; and

WHEREAS as measured by GDP per capita, Ontario is richer than ever before;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that OPSEU work to raise public awareness of the revenue that is missing as a result of past tax cuts; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the union continue to promote the many benefits to Ontario and Ontarians of investing public dollars in quality public services and publicly-delivered infrastructure; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that OPSEU continue to call on the Premier and her government to recognize those benefits by increasing corporate taxes and income taxes on high income earners to a level that will fund quality public services and thereby improve the quality of life for all Ontarians while at the same time reducing income inequality, and social inequality, in the province.

Roll Call #12

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Addressing the crisis in Corrections

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

WHEREAS the Ontario Liberal government has jeopardized the health, safety and security of more than 6,000 frontline correctional workers by failing to a) hire enough staff to properly run the province’s correctional facilities; and b) prevent prohibited weapons from entering probation and parole offices; and

WHEREAS correctional facilities are overcrowded, to the point where cells built for one may now house two, three, or even four inmates, thereby putting the mental and physical health of inmates and staff at greater risk; and

WHEREAS probation and parole officers have the highest caseloads per officer of any province in Canada and recidivism is on the rise; and

WHEREAS community supports for individuals with mental health and addictions issues are inadequate, so that Ontario’s correctional system has become the mental health system of last resort, further adding to jail overcrowding; and

WHEREAS the government of Ontario has used public-partnerships to build new correctional facilities that profit developers but have proved to be defective, poorly designed and more costly to taxpayers than facilities built by the public sector;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU continue to demand that the Ontario Liberal government address the crisis in Corrections, and that the government:

  • immediately inject at least $100 million in new funding into correctional services;
  • immediately train and hire at least 300 full-time and 500 fixed-term correctional officers and ensure that future vacancies are filled without delay;
  • equip all probation and parole offices with metal detectors and secure interview rooms;
  • increase funding to supports for individuals with mental health and addictions issues; and
  • engage the public sector, not  the private sector, to manage and finance the construction of new correctional facilities or additions to correctional facilities

Moved by Elliot R./ Tungatt – Amendment

In last resolve, under second bullet change ‘300’ to ‘800’ and strike the following ‘full time and 500 fixed term’

Roll Call #13

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Longhi/Tungatt – Amendment

Add another bullet after the second bullet to read ‘and train 200 probation and parole officers’

Roll Call #14

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Magner/Thibodeau – Amendment

Change last bullet to read ‘increase funding for mental health and addiction services in the community and for individuals in the criminal justice system’

Roll Call #15

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Archer/Arvelin – Amendment

Change fourth bullet to read ‘equip all probation and parole offices with necessary security measures ex. metal detectors and secure interview rooms;’

Roll Call #16

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Question was called on resolution as amended:

WHEREAS the Ontario Liberal government has jeopardized the health, safety and security of more than 6,000 frontline correctional workers by failing to a) hire enough staff to properly run the province’s correctional facilities; and b) prevent prohibited weapons from entering probation and parole offices; and

WHEREAS correctional facilities are overcrowded, to the point where cells built for one may now house two, three, or even four inmates, thereby putting the mental and physical health of inmates and staff at greater risk; and

WHEREAS probation and parole officers have the highest caseloads per officer of any province in Canada and recidivism is on the rise; and

WHEREAS community supports for individuals with mental health and addictions issues are inadequate, so that Ontario’s correctional system has become the mental health system of last resort, further adding to jail overcrowding; and

WHEREAS the government of Ontario has used public-partnerships to build new correctional facilities that profit developers but have proved to be defective, poorly designed and more costly to taxpayers than facilities built by the public sector;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU continue to demand that the Ontario Liberal government address the crisis in Corrections, and that the government:

  • immediately inject at least $100 million in new funding into correctional services;
  • immediately train and hire at least 800 correctional officers and ensure that future vacancies are filled without delay;
  • train 200 probation and parole officers;
  • equip all probation and parole offices with necessary security measurers eg. metal detectors and secure interview rooms;
  • increase funding to supports for individuals with mental health and addictions issues; and
  • increase funding for mental health and addiction services in the community and for individuals in the criminal justice system.

Roll Call #17

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Creating a Community Task Force on Children’s Aid

WHEREAS the Auditor General’s Report of 2015 identified serious problems in Ontario child protection agencies, including a lack of oversight, failure to meet ministry protection standards for investigations, an absence of ministry caseload standards for workers, and inadequate funding to implement the province-wide Child Protection Information Network (CPIN); and

WHEREAS the Premier has directed the Minister of Children and Youth Services, Tracy MacCharles, to come up with solutions to centralize and improve the coordination and oversight of child protection services; and

WHEREAS racialized children, aboriginal children, children from single-parent or newcomer families, and children with disabilities are more likely to experience poverty-related needs due to caregiver struggles with low incomes, mental health or addiction problems, and/or inadequate housing, and are over-represented in the child protection system; and

WHEREAS what society calls neglect – a form of child maltreatment – is often linked to poverty and correlates with unemployment, poor housing, lack of universal daycare, lack of access to nutritious food, and lack of access to recreation; and

WHEREAS the Ministry of Children and Youth been implementing restructuring policies in the child welfare sector for more than 10 years and has never sought out a broad-based consultation from the various community stakeholders that also work with children and families involved with CASs;  

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU call on the Minister to strike a broad-based Community Task Force to recommend reforms to renew the child protection system in Ontario; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT this Task Force include frontline child protection workers, teachers, First Nations advisors, anti-poverty organizations, domestic violence groups, and public health and housing advisors; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Task Force submit recommendations to the Minister that will extend beyond the bureaucratic restructuring of agency functions and will instead address the problems that place children of colour, First Nations children and poor children in disproportionate contact with the child protection system. 

Moved by Elliot R./ Tungatt – Amendment

Under second resolve, add ‘OPSEU’ between ‘frontline’ and ‘child’

Roll Call #18

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

The question was called on the resolution as amended:

WHEREAS the Auditor General’s Report of 2015 identified serious problems in Ontario child protection agencies, including a lack of oversight, failure to meet ministry protection standards for investigations, an absence of ministry caseload standards for workers, and inadequate funding to implement the province-wide Child Protection Information Network (CPIN); and

WHEREAS the Premier has directed the Minister of Children and Youth Services, Tracy MacCharles, to come up with solutions to centralize and improve the coordination and oversight of child protection services; and

WHEREAS racialized children, aboriginal children, children from single-parent or newcomer families, and children with disabilities are more likely to experience poverty-related needs due to caregiver struggles with low incomes, mental health or addiction problems, and/or inadequate housing, and are over-represented in the child protection system; and

WHEREAS what society calls neglect – a form of child maltreatment – is often linked to poverty and correlates with unemployment, poor housing, lack of universal daycare, lack of access to nutritious food, and lack of access to recreation; and

WHEREAS the Ministry of Children and Youth been implementing restructuring policies in the child welfare sector for more than 10 years and has never sought out a broad-based consultation from the various community stakeholders that also work with children and families involved with CASs;  

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU call on the Minister to strike a broad-based Community Task Force to recommend reforms to renew the child protection system in Ontario; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT this Task Force include frontline OPSEU child protection workers, teachers, First Nations advisors, anti-poverty organizations, domestic violence groups, and public health and housing advisors; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the Task Force submit recommendations to the Minister that will extend beyond the bureaucratic restructuring of agency functions and will instead address the problems that place children of colour, First Nations children and poor children in disproportionate contact with the child protection system. 

Roll Call #19

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Committing Ontario to a properly-funded, public home care system

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

WHEREAS the Auditor General has chastised the Wynne Government for spending only 61 per cent of home and community-based health care dollars on front line care; and

WHEREAS contracting out of home and community-based care to private, for-profit service providers has resulted in: a) public health care dollars being taken from frontline care and directed to executive paycheques and private profits; b) home and community-based health care workers from contracted companies being paid less than those employed by public Community Care Access Centres; and c) widely varying rates of pay for health care workers; and

WHEREAS the Auditor General has found that the quality of home and community care varies widely from region to region; and

WHEREAS the Ministry of Health has put forward proposals to restructure the health care system in order to address the Auditor General’s criticisms; and

WHEREAS OPSEU’s home and community-based care members have been on the front lines (and picket lines) of the fightback against piecework wages, unpaid travel and administrative time, and jobs with no sick days; and

WHEREAS home care and community-based health care workers are a part of our healthcare system and deserve to be compensated fairly for the vital work they do; and

WHEREAS improving working conditions for home and community-based care workers will reduce staff turnover and improve patient care;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU call on the Wynne Government to:

  • consult directly and meaningfully with frontline health care workers and their unions at all stages of their planned restructuring of home and community-based care;
  • put an end to contracting-out of health care services to private, for-profit companies so that all public health care dollars are spent on care, not profits;
  • ensure that all home and community-based health care workers across Ontario are compensated equitably and fairly for all hours and travel time worked; and
  • provide adequate, stable public funding for home and community-based health care to every region of the province to ensure equitable access and quality of care to all Ontario residents.

Roll Call #20

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Launching the “We Own It!” anti-privatization campaign

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

WHEREAS under the current Liberal government Ontario has encouraged a proliferation of forms of privatization, including contracting-out, public-private partnerships, asset sales and Social Impact Bonds; and

WHEREAS privatization constitutes a transfer of wealth from the public realm to private hands, a regressive action that does nothing to improve services and wastes public dollars; and

WHEREAS privatization affects all Ontarians by undermining public accountability, eliminating transparency, reducing access to services, and dramatically increasing costs; and

WHEREAS privatization is to the public sector what free trade is to the private sector, namely, a right-wing destroyer of good jobs and decent wages; and

WHEREAS OPSEU is Ontario’s leading opponent of privatization in all its destructive configurations; and

WHEREAS it is crucial that OPSEU shift the debate on privatization and intensify the pressure on the provincial government to change its policy on privatization;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that OPSEU continue to fight privatization at the bargaining table to protect the public interest and public jobs; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that OPSEU launch “We Own It!,” a far-reaching campaign to fight privatization in this province by shifting public opinion and ensuring that no party that supports privatization can get elected in Ontario.

An amendment was made and withdrawn

The question was called on the resolution:

Roll Call #21

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           —
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Continuing to oppose the privatization of Hydro One

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

WHEREAS the government of Ontario has made the sale of publicly-owned assets like Hydro One the centerpiece of a broad privatization scheme that also encompasses escalating privatization in infrastructure, health care, community social services, and all other OPSEU sectors; and

WHEREAS the privatization of public assets and public services undermines our common wealth and the role of public services in enhancing the common good; and

WHEREAS Ontario's electricity rates, after inflation, remained constant for nearly 100 years after the creation of the public power system in 1905; and

WHEREAS the partial privatization of the hydro system 14 years ago has caused rates to rise 10 times faster than inflation ever since, which has hurt residential, government, and business users of electricity; and

WHEREAS private electricity companies put their own profits ahead of the cost to consumers and have a vested interest in opposing conservation measures; and

WHEREAS the privatization of Hydro One ends public oversight over electricity transmission in this province; and

WHEREAS every other Ontario government since 1905 has managed to build infrastructure, fund public services, and pay its bills without privatizing electricity transmission;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that OPSEU continue its campaign against the sale of Hydro One and broaden its capacity to fight the sale of public assets and the privatization of public services in all its forms; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that in keeping with the 2015 Convention resolution, OPSEU continue to support the establishment and growth of community-based citizen opposition to this privatization.

Roll Call #22

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           —
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Opposing the sale of beer and wine in grocery stores

Move by Thomas/Almeida

WHEREAS alcohol is a controlled substance which the majority of us consume responsibly; and

WHEREAS alcohol consumption by some individuals causes harm to themselves or others; and

WHEREAS the evidence shows that controlling the availability of alcohol helps to reduce alcohol-related harms; and

WHEREAS the evidence shows that government liquor stores do a better job of minimizing alcohol-related harms than private retail outlets; and

WHEREAS the evidence shows that privatization of alcohol sales results in an increase of stores per capita, longer hours of sale and less attention to the refusal of service to underage and intoxicated individuals; and

WHEREAS the Liberal government under Kathleen Wynne ignored this evidence and has authorized 58 grocery stores to sell beer, with plans for 450 grocery stores to be authorized in the coming years; and

WHEREAS former TD Bank head Ed Clark will advise the Liberal government on wine sales in grocery stores; and

WHEREAS the retail sale of alcohol is OPSEU members’ work; and

WHEREAS beer and wine sales in grocery stores could heavily cut into the LCBO’s sales, with the result that our members will lose hours and pay; and

WHEREAS the LCBO is a good deal for Ontario, providing responsible sales practices, wine prices below the national average, and billions of dollars for the provincial treasury to help pay for public services;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU will continue to campaign with our allies for responsible alcohol retailing; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT OPSEU will call on the unions that represent retail workers to not handle wine, Ontario or imported, should grocery stores be authorized to sell wine.

Roll Call #23

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Controlling the sale of marijuana

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

WHEREAS marijuana must become a controlled substance should the federal government legalize its consumption; and

WHEREAS the LCBO was created to manage the distribution of alcohol under strict controls; and

WHEREAS the research evidence shows that government liquor boards with a strong social responsibility mandate, like the LCBO, do a better job of controlling consumption and reducing harm; and

WHEREAS the LCBO has a strong track record of responsibly selling alcohol, as retail staff annually challenge millions of individuals who appear intoxicated, underage or are trying to buy alcohol for underage individuals; and

WHEREAS the LCBO has a state-of-the-art logistics system to securely track and distribute millions of alcohol products around the province; and

WHEREAS the LCBO has a world-renowned laboratory to test alcohol products to ensure they meet regulatory standards and can be consumed safely; and

WHEREAS the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne have all agreed that limiting marijuana sales to government liquor stores is the safest way to sell marijuana; and

WHEREAS MP Bill Blair, assigned by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to lead the consultations on marijuana legalization, agrees that government liquor stores may be the most reasonable places to sell marijuana because there is already a strong system in place for the control and regulation of alcohol;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT OPSEU work with interested parties to campaign for marijuana sales limited to LCBO stores should the government legalize marijuana.

Roll Call #24

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Closing the Gender Wage Gap

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

WHEREAS OPSEU represents over 130,000 Ontario workers, of whom two-thirds are women; and

WHEREAS women in Ontario earn, on average, 31.5 per cent less per year than their male counterparts; and

WHEREAS this disparity is greater among racialized women, aboriginal women, and women with disabilities; and

WHEREAS there is a gender wage gap whether it is measured by the year, the week, or the hour; and

WHEREAS in spite of the beneficial effects of union membership, many OPSEU women continue to face systemic wage discrimination, particularly in the Broader Public Service, and

WHEREAS OPSEU supports and endorses the provincial government’s intention to address wage discrimination through its Gender Wage Gap initiative; and

WHEREAS the Equal Pay Coalition, of which OPSEU is a member, has identified 12 steps the government must take in order to end the gender wage gap by 2025;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that OPSEU endorse the Coalition’s plan and call on the government to:

  1. treat closing the gap as a human rights priority;
  2. raise awareness of the gender wage gap through annual Equal Pay Days and education;
  3. develop the “Close the gender pay gap by 2025 Plan”;
  4. enforce and expand pay equity laws;
  5. implement employment equity laws and policies;
  6. promote access to collective bargaining;
  7. increase the minimum wage;
  8. provide affordable and accessible child care;
  9. mainstream equity compliance into government laws and policies;
  10. mainstream equity compliance into workplaces and businesses;
  11. end violence and harassment of women; and
  12. secure decent work for women across the economic spectrum.

Moved by Tungatt/Elliot R. – Referral to bring back tomorrow

Roll Call #25

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Enforcing pay equity in the proxy sector

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

WHEREAS pay equity is the law in Ontario; and

WHEREAS the Pay Equity Act is rarely enforced in most workplaces, including many in which the provincial government is the principal or only funder; and

WHEREAS OPSEU represents workplaces with over 180 “proxy” pay equity plans, representing hundreds of female job classes in the public sector; and

WHEREAS the proxy method for achieving pay equity has no date of final achievement; and

WHEREAS at the current rate, many OPSEU members will not achieve a pay-equity-compliant rate of pay before they reach their date of retirement; and

WHEREAS women who work in developmental services, mental health, youth justice, child care, children’s mental health, hospital support, property assessment, liquor retailing and the rest of the public sector are entitled to pay equity; and

WHEREAS the government of Ontario’s austerity agenda of cuts to public services and public sector wages disproportionately affects women; and

WHEREAS many employers where OPSEU members work have not paid their pay equity obligations for several years, and

WHEREAS OPSEU members were negatively impacted when the government of Ontario discontinued pay equity funding for publicly-funded employers;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that OPSEU write to the Premier of Ontario and demand that her government stop its attacks on the public sector, a female-dominated sector, and restore adequate funding to public sector employers, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that OPSEU call on the government to both restore and increase funding to proxy pay equity employers and require that they meet their legal obligation to achieve pay equity compliance in OPSEU workplaces.

Roll Call #26

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Organizing part-time college workers across Ontario

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

WHEREAS precarious and insecure work is growing in Ontario, where one third of all jobs are precarious and almost half (44 per cent) of the provincial government’s own job postings in 2015 were for temporary work; and

WHEREAS part-time college employees are some of the least-protected workers in this province as they are exempt from major portions of the Employment Standards Act that provide the most basic protections for workers in Ontario; and

WHEREAS part-time college workers must endure unfair working conditions, limited benefits and statutory entitlements, job insecurity and low wages; and

WHEREAS in September 2015 OPSEU launched an historic campaign to organize part-time Support workers in colleges across Ontario; and

WHEREAS OPSEU, together with CAAT-S locals across the province, is making great strides on the ground and in the media in its efforts to organize part-time college Support workers; and

WHEREAS OPSEU is the champion of all Ontario college workers, including precarious, part-time workers, and should not be satisfied until all frontline college staff gain representation;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that OPSEU commit to completing the part-time CAAT-Support organizing drive; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that OPSEU expand its organizing efforts to include part-time CAAT-Academic workers.

Roll Call #27

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Rejoining the Ontario Federation of Labour

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

WHEREAS the central principle of the trade union movement is that working people are stronger together; and

WHEREAS in past years participation in the Ontario Federation of Labour has allowed OPSEU members to build solidarity, share information and ideas, work together, and take action to protect and promote the interests of working people across the province; and

WHEREAS after his election in 2009, the previous President of the Federation refused to work cooperatively with other elected Officers, fell short with respect to financial accountability, and used his office to discriminate against some unions with respect to political representation within the Federation; and

WHEREAS this resulted in the OPSEU Convention ending all dues payments to the Federation in 2012; and

WHEREAS at its November 2015 Convention, the Federation elected a new President who has pledged to rebuild the labour movement; and

WHEREAS OPSEU’s commitment to solidarity within the labour movement remains as strong as ever;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the President, the highest ranking female officer and First Vice-President Treasurer of OPSEU meet with the new leadership of the Federation as soon as possible to discuss the terms and conditions under which OPSEU will return to full membership in the Federation.

Moved by Elliot R./Elliott L. – Referral to the President’s office

Roll Call #28

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Legalizing the sale of marijuana

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

WHEREAS the federal government has committed to legalizing the consumption and sale of recreational marijuana; and

WHEREAS marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in Canada; and

WHEREAS the overwhelming majority of marijuana produced and consumed in Canada is produced and consumed illegally; and

WHEREAS organized crime currently plays a major role in the production and sale of marijuana in Canada; and

WHEREAS the guiding principle of any public policy related to recreational substances must be harm reduction for individuals and for society as a whole;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that OPSEU endorse the legalization of marijuana in Canada; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that OPSEU develop a position on legalization that is consistent with our support for harm reduction; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that OPSEU communicate this position to the Government of Canada.

Moved by Archer/Magner – Amendment

In last resolve add ‘and the provincial government of Ontario’ after ‘Government of Canada’

Roll Call #29

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

The question was called on the resolution as amended:

WHEREAS the federal government has committed to legalizing the consumption and sale of recreational marijuana; and

WHEREAS marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in Canada; and

WHEREAS the overwhelming majority of marijuana produced and consumed in Canada is produced and consumed illegally; and

WHEREAS organized crime currently plays a major role in the production and sale of marijuana in Canada; and

WHEREAS the guiding principle of any public policy related to recreational substances must be harm reduction for individuals and for society as a whole;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that OPSEU endorse the legalization of marijuana in Canada; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that OPSEU develop a position on legalization that is consistent with our support for harm reduction; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that OPSEU communicate this position to the Government of Canada and provincial government of Ontario.

Roll Call #30

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          for
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      for
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Central Labour Updates (OFL/NUPGE/CLC)

President Thomas provided an update

Committee Reports

Standing Committee Reports:

  • Aboriginal Circle
  • Audit
  • Central Political Action
  • Convention
    • Resolutions
    • Constitutional
    • Credentials (reports at Convention)
    • Planning
  • Disability Rights Caucus
  • Excluded Staff Hiring
  • Francophone
  • In Solidarity
  • OPSEU Resource/Enterprises
  • Pension Liaison
  • PHRC
  • PWC
  • PYC
  • Rainbow Alliance
  • Retirees Board
  • Social Mapping
  • Solidarity Fund Board
    • Live and Let Live
    • International Humanity Work
    • International Solidarity Work
  • Staff Negotiating
  • Staff Pension Plan Trustees
  • Strategic Planning

An update was provided on all Committees.

Recess

The Executive Board recessed at 4:49 p.m. All members were present.

January 28, 2016

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:32 a.m. President Thomas was in the Chair. All members were present except Jeff Arbus and Felicia Fahey, the reasons were acceptable to the Chair.

New Business

Recommendations from January 14th, 2016 Executive Committee Meeting:

Recommendation #1: Local 383 – Orillia Soldier’s Memorial

Moved by Labelle/Longhi

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Executive Board approve that that the newly organized patient rehabilitation allied professionals at Orillia Soldier's join the existing members in Local 383 at Orillia Soldier's Memorial.

Roll Call #31

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          —
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Recommendation #2: Local 387 – Southlake Hospital

Moved by Longhi/Platt

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the OPSEU Executive Board approve that the newly organized Pharmacy Technicians at Southlake join the existing members in Local 387 at Southlake Hospital.

Roll Call #32

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          —
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Recommendation #3: Local 388 – McKenzie Health

Moved by Labelle/Platt

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the OPSEU Executive Board approve that the newly organized Diagnostic Imaging professionals at McKenzie Health join the existing members in Local 388 at McKenzie Health.

Roll Call #33

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          —
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Public Health Ontario

Discussion

Convention Hospitality Suites

Discussion

President’s Report

2016 Resolutions to Convention

Referral from day before to come back today:

Closing the Gender Wage Gap

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

WHEREAS OPSEU represents over 130,000 Ontario workers, of whom two-thirds are women; and

WHEREAS women in Ontario earn, on average, 31.5 per cent less per year than their male counterparts; and

WHEREAS this disparity is greater among racialized women, aboriginal women, and women with disabilities; and

WHEREAS there is a gender wage gap whether it is measured by the year, the week, or the hour; and

WHEREAS in spite of the beneficial effects of union membership, many OPSEU women continue to face systemic wage discrimination, particularly in the Broader Public Service, and

WHEREAS OPSEU supports and endorses the provincial government’s intention to address wage discrimination through its Gender Wage Gap initiative; and

WHEREAS the Equal Pay Coalition, of which OPSEU is a member, has identified 12 steps the government must take in order to end the gender wage gap by 2025;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that OPSEU endorse the Coalition’s plan and call on the government to:

  1. treat closing the gap as a human rights priority;
  2. raise awareness of the gender wage gap through annual Equal Pay Days and education;
  3. develop the “Close the gender pay gap by 2025 Plan”;
  4. enforce and expand pay equity laws;
  5. implement employment equity laws and policies;
  6. promote access to collective bargaining;
  7. increase the minimum wage;
  8. provide affordable and accessible child care;
  9. mainstream equity compliance into government laws and policies;
  10. mainstream equity compliance into workplaces and businesses;
  11. end violence and harassment of women; and
  12. secure decent work for women across the economic spectrum.

Numbers are to be checked and will be sent out as an e-poll once confirmed

Moved by Thomas/Almeida – In Camera

Roll Call #34

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          —
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           for
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Rise & Report

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that Effective February 1, 2016, the Training and Development Unit will be renamed to the Campaigns and Member Education Unit and will be part of the Communications Division; and

Be it further resolved that Staff training responsibilities will remain with the Employee Relations Unit.

Roll Call #35

Almeida, Eddy    for
Arbus, Jeff          —
Archer, Glen        for
Arvelin, Ed          for
Bisaillon, Michel  for
Bozai, Ibrahim     for
Elliot, Ron           —
Elliott, Len          for
Fahey, Felicia      —
Finucane, Drew   for
Jones, Gareth     for
Labelle, Sara       for
Longhi, Gord      for
Magner, Myles    for
Platt, Sean           for
Shearer, Philip     for
Strachan, Edie     for
Thibodeau, Carl  for
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 18 for 0 against

Adjournment

The Executive Board adjourned at 12:25 p.m. All members were present except Jeff Arbus and Felicia Fahey.

Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President

Nicole Glass, A/Corporate Secretary