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Minutes of the July 21, 2021 Executive Board Web Conference

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The Executive Board was called to order at 9:37 a.m. President Thomas was in the Chair. All members were present, except Julius Arscott, Drew Finucane and Maggie Wakeford, the reason was acceptable to the Chair. Clarke Eaton, Advisor to the President and Linda Mariani, Executive Assistant to the President were also in attendance.

Renee Aiken, L389, Annette Bouzi, L415, Carla Carruba, L273, Adele Devlin, L365, Lisa Fewster, L166, Coleen Houlder, L524, Kelly Nobert, L386, Pamela Serrattan, L528, Neena Sharma-Kendrick, L102, Tina Stevens, L102, Riese Stuber, L649, Dave Vajda, L329 were in attendance as observers.

Agenda

The agenda was amended to add:

  • Referral from the May 26-27, 2021 Executive Board Meeting:
  • Update to Section 8 (Education) of the OPSEU/SEFPO Policy
  • OPSEU/SEFPO Policy Manual Proposal
  • Recommendations (2) from the July 20, 2021 Executive Committee Meeting
  • Lifelabs Drivers in Region 2 – Assignment of New Local 298
  • Inclusion of Aramark into Local 351
  • Local 5117 Hardship Fund
  • Barrie Tornado Hardship
  • Mental Health Instructor Training
  • Organizing Drive
  • PLC Update

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board adopt the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board Minutes of the June 23-24, 2021 Executive Board web conference.

Roll Call #1

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius —

Arvelin, Ed  for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew —

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie —

Carried 18 for 0 against

Business Arising

Referral from the May 26-27, 2021 Executive Board Meeting:

Update to Section 8 (Education) of the OPSEU/SEFPO Policy

Referral to the President’s Office for this item to be brought to the Policy Review Committee and the Executive Committee first.

Moved by Nancekivell/Steinbrunner

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO has a long standing commitment to dismantling anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism and all forms of racism from within its existing systems and structures; and

Whereas anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism and all forms of racism are barriers that prevent members from accessing services and fully participating in their union; and

Whereas education and trainings are important components in ensuring that all OPSEU/SEFPO members are equipped with the necessary tools to dismantle anti-Black, anti-Indigenous and all forms of racism; and

Whereas participating in these OPSEU/SEFPO approved trainings is a step in the right direction to fully eradicating anti-Black, anti-Indigenous and all forms of racism from society;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approve the proposed changes to Section 8 (Education) of the OPSEU/SEFPO Policy, as indicated in the proposal.

Roll Call #2

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius —

Arvelin, Ed  for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew —

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie —

Carried 18 for 0 against

OPSEU/SEFPO Policy Manual Proposal

Moved by Nancekivell/Steinbrunner

Whereas the motion passed at the February 24, 2021 Executive Board meeting regarding options for a new Policy Manual structure is that the options, with costing be brought back to the board for consideration of implementation; and

Whereas RFP’s were sent out to 3 companies in which we received 2 proposals back; and

Whereas the Policy Review Committee reviewed both proposals that were sent in and recommend approval of hiring Scribe Technical Writers and Editors to complete this work;

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board approve the proposal from Scribe Technical Writers and Editors, as attached, to work with the Policy Review Committee and appropriate Staff in transforming OPSEU/SEFPO’s Policy Manual.

Roll Call #3

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius —

Arvelin, Ed  for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew —

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie —

Carried 18 for 0 against

Treasurer’s Report

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

President’s Report

Internal Issues

Organizational Chart Changes (2)

Remove Senior Negotiator Position and Add a Negotiator Position (Negotiations Unit, Local Services/Collective Bargaining Division)

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the Organizational Chart assigns one (1) Senior Negotiator position in the Negotiations Unit staff complement; and

Whereas the Senior Negotiator position has recently become vacant through attrition; and

Whereas the Negotiations Unit has been deleting Senior positions and replacing the Senior Negotiator positions into Negotiator positions as they become vacant; and

Whereas as a result of the internal staff Pay Equity process any new Senior Negotiators would be paid at the same rate as the Negotiator; and

Whereas the Negotiations Unit no longer necessitates a Senior Negotiator position given the allocation of work across the Unit;

Therefore be it resolved that the Senior Negotiator position be deleted; and

Be it further resolved that a permanent Negotiator position be added in its place using the 2021 budget already allocated to the Senior Negotiator position.

Roll Call #4

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius —

Arvelin, Ed  for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew —

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie —

Carried 18 for 0 against

Remove One (1) Secretary Position and Add One (1) Clerk Position (Arbitrations Unit, Legal Services Division)

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the current Organization Chart includes four (4) Secretaries in the Arbitrations Unit; and

Whereas one of the Secretary positions has become vacant through attrition; and

Whereas a review of the Arbitrations Unit operations demonstrates the need for an additional Range 4 Clerk;

Therefore be it resolved that the vacant Secretary position in the Arbitrations Unit be deleted; and

Be it further resolved that a permanent Clerk position in the Arbitrations Unit be added in its place using the 2021 budget already allocated to the Secretary position.

Roll Call #5

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius —

Arvelin, Ed  for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew —

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie —

Carried 18 for 0 against

Central Labour Updates (OFL/NUPGE/CLC)

President Thomas provided an update.

Other Business

Local 5117 Hardship Fund

Moved by Thomas/Strachan

Be it resolved that $10,000 be added to the Region 5 Hardship Fund to deal with hardship cases.

Moved by Almeida/Thomas – Amendment

Replace the wording in the resolve to read:

Be it resolved that $10,000 be allocated to the Local 5117 Hardship Committee.

Roll Call #6

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius —

Arvelin, Ed  for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew —

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie —

Carried 18 for 0 against

Moved by Perron/Labelle – Amendment

Change the amount to “$20,000”.

Roll Call #7

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius —

Arvelin, Ed  for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew —

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie —

Carried 18 for 0 against


The question was called on the motion as amended:

Be it resolved that $20,000 be allocated to the Local 5117 Hardship Committee.

Roll Call #8

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius —

Arvelin, Ed  for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew —

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie —

Carried 18 for 0 against

Barrie Tornado Hardship

Moved by Thomas/Labelle

Be it resolved that $20,000 be allocated to the Region 3 Hardship Fund to specifically deal with Barrie tornado aftermath

Roll Call #9

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius —

Arvelin, Ed  for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew —

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie —

Carried 18 for 0 against

Committee Reports

Disability Rights Caucus

July 2021 Liaison Report to the Executive Board

  • Members of the Caucus who attended the CLC Convention shared that they found the site to be fairly accessible.
    • There were some issues but members recognized the magnitude of the online event and that it was a first attempt.
  • The Caucus appreciates the support shown by the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Committee in passing the motion brought forward by the DRC to ONIWG in the amount of $5,000.
  • They are working to build their networks.
    • They recently had the Ontario NDP Critic for Accessibility & Persons with Disabilities provide updates at their March meeting.
  • The OPSEU/SEFPO staff support to the DRC has been helpful in having articles and other information posted to the DRC site.
  • Three members of the Caucus have been invited to sit on various task force groups:
    1. Accessibility Canada – research for graphic designs description for those with vision impairments.
    1. OPS Unified member representative of the DRC to participate in a meeting to discuss the most recent OPS Unified equity review that took place and provide you an opportunity to learn about the review, assess the key findings and recommendations.
    1. OPS Disability Advisory Council (DAC) on the OPS Multi-year Accessibility Plan. The member will be attending as an invited guest to participate on the Council.
    • The members are not speaking on behalf of OPSEU/SEFPO. The DRC views this as an opportunity for the three members to share information which could be beneficial to building on initiatives that could help other OPSEU/SEFPO members.
  • Two other members of the Caucus are working on putting together information regarding the upcoming Paralympic Games to post on the OPSEU weekly communications page. These games further emphasize that those with disabilities can achieve their goals and make a difference. It’s hoped that some members will be able to watch a few of the events.

Pension Liaison

PLC Update

Executive Board Member, Janel Perron, provided an update.

Re-Appointment of Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) Trustee

Moved by Perron/Steinbrunner

Whereas Sandy Blancher’s appointment as a Trustee to the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan will end on June 30, 2021; and

Whereas the PLC has not identified a member to fill this position effective July 1, 2021; and

Whereas the PLC recommends the re-appointment of Sandy Blancher to the position of Pension Trustee to the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan for three (3) years;

Therefore be it resolved that Sandy Blancher be re-appointed as a Pension Trustee to the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) for the period of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2024, provided Sandy Blanchard signs the Letter of Understanding provided by OPSEU/SEFPO.

Roll Call #10

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius —

Arvelin, Ed  for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew —

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie —

Carried 18 for 0 against

Re-Appointment of Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) Trustee

Moved by Steinbrunner/Perron

Whereas Laura Dumoulin’s appointment as a Trustee to the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan will end on June 30, 2021; and

Whereas the PLC has not identified a member to fill this position effective July 1, 2021; and

Whereas the PLC recommends the re-appointment of Laura Dumoulin to the position of Pension Trustee to the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan for two (2) years;

Therefore be it resolved that Laura Dumoulin be re-appointed as a Pension Trustee to the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) for the period of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023, provided Laura Dumoulin signs the Letter of Understanding provided by OPSEU/SEFPO.

Roll Call #11

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius —

Arvelin, Ed  for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew —

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie —

Carried 18 for 0 against

Executive Committee (Officers) Update

Recommendations (2) from the July 20, 2021 Executive Committee Meeting

Lifelabs Drivers in Region 2 – Assignment of New Local 298

Moved by Morton/Cain

Whereas the newly organized Lifelabs in Kitchener, Thorold and Brantford, need a local assignment and;

Whereas the Lifelabs locations have the potential for growth and expansion;

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board approve the recommendation from the Executive Committee that these members be assigned the Local number 298, as a stand-alone local.

Roll Call #12

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius —

Arvelin, Ed  for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew —

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Inclusion of Aramark into Local 351

Moved by Usher/Perron

Whereas Local 351 voted at their June 10, 2021 GMM to include the campus workers employed by Aramark in their Local;

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board adopt the recommendation from the Executive Committee to approve the inclusion of Aramark into Local 351.

Roll Call #13

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius —

Arvelin, Ed  for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew —

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 19 for 0 against

New Business

Mental Health Instructor Training

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 #14

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius —

Arvelin, Ed  for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew —

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 19 for 0 against


Moved by Strachan/Nancekivell

Whereas mental health is an important factor in the overall health of individuals, communities and our union; and

Whereas the union has a role and responsibility in mental health promotion; and

Whereas the union has the opportunity to provide real positive improvement in the mental health and well-being for the membership;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO support up to five members from each Region to attend the one week Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training by booking them off from work and covering the cost of the course registration and that the cost of this be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

Moved by Arvelin/Almeida – Referral to the President’s Office to bring back to the next Executive Board meeting in August with costing and answers to any questions that have come up.

Roll Call #15

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius —

Arvelin, Ed  for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew —

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Organizing Drive

Discussion.

Staffing Issues – In Camera

Moved by Thomas/Almeida – In Camera

Roll Call #16

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius —

Arvelin, Ed  for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew —

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Rise & Report

2021 Fall Organizing Campaign: Phase 1

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 #17

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius —

Arvelin, Ed  for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew —

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 19 for 0 against


Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is committed to organizing workers as part of our greater drive to improve the working conditions of precarious workers across the province; and

Whereas Phase 1 of an upcoming lparge-scale organizing campaign in a precarious workplace is focused on gaining a thorough understanding of the workplace and daily operations, collect both qualitative and quantitative data and form internal teams; and

Whereas to successfully obtain the information required to advance to Phase 2 of the large-scale organizing drive can only be gained from inside workers; and

Whereas the successful launch of Phase 2 (public and location targeted campaign) in late fall 2021 will require the development of a communications campaign before it’s launched;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approve the funds as outlined in this proposal from the Contingency Fund to carry out the Phase 1 of an organizing campaign for precarious workers, which will take place between August 2021 and October 2021.

Roll Call #18

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius —

Arvelin, Ed  for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew —

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Defence Fund Request

Moved by Almeida/Morton

Therefore be it resolved that the Defence Fund provide up to $100,000 for the total legal costs incurred by the members in the course of their criminal proceedings, provided that criminal counsel continues to charge reasonable rates and provides satisfactory updates concerning the progress of the case, as confirmed by OPSEU General Counsel.

Roll Call #19

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius —

Arvelin, Ed  for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew —

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Adjournment

The Executive Board meeting adjourned at 1:10 p.m. All members were present, except Julius Arscott and Drew Finucane, the reason was acceptable to the Chair.

Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President
Kseniya Fomushkin, Corporate Secretary