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Minutes of the June 1, 2020 Executive Board Web Conference

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June 1, 2020

The Executive Board was called to order at 7:03 p.m. President Thomas was in the Chair. All members were present except Joel Usher, the reason was acceptable to the Chair. Clarke Eaton, Advisor to the President and Filomena Lofranco, Executive Assistant to the President were also in attendance.

Agenda

The agenda was amended to add:

  • Labour Day
  • Website and Accessibility
  • Executive board meeting end time

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board adopt the OPSEU Executive Board Minutes of May 19, 2020 Web Conference and the May 22, 2020 E-poll – Executive Board and Executive Committee meetings.

Roll Call #1

Ainsworth, Anna  for

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arvelin, Ed  for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy  for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie  for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel   –

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Business Arising

Referral from May 4, 2020 Executive Board web conference:

Access to OPSEU/SEFPO buildings

Referral of this motion to President’s office for further clarification

Whereas Executive Board Members are the elected leadership within their regions and represent all of OPSEU/SEFPO; and

Whereas Executive Board Members are trusted and known individuals by the union; and

Whereas the ability to move freely from the entrances, meeting rooms and washrooms is not possible; and

Whereas Executive Board Members should be able to gain access to their regional membership centres and Head Office, or any other centrally used office;

Therefore be it resolved that Executive Board Members will be provided with the device(s) necessary (i.e. key, key fob, etc.) to be able to gain access to all Membership Centres within their own region and any centrally staffed building.

*work in progress

Mentorship Educational

Moved by Maszczakiewicz /Strachan

Whereas there is strong research to support mentorship as a strategy for promoting women in leadership in unions; and

Whereas mentorship is implied to be effective in developing leadership in other equity seeking groups; and

Whereas mentorship is a proven method of engaging members in unions;

Therefore be it resolved that a research-supported educational be developed for mentors and mentees that can be offered at the regional level; and

Be it further resolved that this educational be available by November 30, 2020.

*work in progress

Treasurer’s Report

Financials

Update provided

President’s Report

Internal Issues

2020 OPS Divisionals

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the OPS Divisional Meeting is scheduled to take place on November 13-15, 2020; and

Whereas the COVID-19 pandemic has prohibited gatherings of more than five people; and

Whereas it is unclear whether these restrictions will be lifted within a timeframe that allows for adequate planning to accommodate a gathering of 600 members;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board postpone the OPS Divisional Meeting scheduled for November 13-15, 2020; and

Be it further resolved that all terms are extended until such time that we have another divisional meeting.

Roll Call #2

Ainsworth, Anna   for

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff   for

Doran, Dave for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth  for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy  for

Nancekivell, Laurie  for

Perron, Janel   –

Rondeau, Nathalie  for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren   for

Usher, Joel   –

Van Zetten, Jennifer  for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Labour College of Canada program for 2021-2020

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the selected 2020 OPSEU/SEFPO members were scheduled to begin their Labour College of Canada Certificate Program Cohort 6 in 2020; and

Whereas the Labour College of Canada has postponed the Cohort 6 program for 2020; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO recognizes the value that education at the Labour College of Canada brings to its membership; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO would like to see the selected members not be penalized for the postponement of the program due to the global pandemic;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO declared the members in Cohort 6 as part of the cohort for the 2021-2022 school year, schedule and space permitting.

Roll Call #3

Ainsworth, Anna  for

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arvelin, Ed  for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy  for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie  for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel   –

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Triage Update

Discussion

Staffing Issues – In Camera

Central Labour Updates (OFL/NUPGE/CLC)

Other Business

Committee Reports

Social Mapping

Update provided

Coalition of Racialized Workers

Update provided

Pension Liaison

Updated provided

New Business

Provincial Committee alternates

Moved by Labelle/Perron

Whereas OPSEU recognizes the importance of electing alternates to provincial committees (i.e. MERC, CERC, DivEx, PJOHSC, etc…); and

Whereas OPSEU recognizes the importance of mental and physical well-being; and

Whereas OPSEU recognizes the importance of succession planning;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU recognize when an elected member of a provincial committee is unable fulfill their duties due to a medical or personal leave greater than 15 days that an alternate is able to replace that member; and

Be it further resolved that the alternate, assuming the role of member of a committee, be entitled to the same expenses as the elected member.

Moved by Steinbrunner/Labelle – Amendment:

Anywhere it says “OPSEU” change to “OPSEU/SEFPO”

Roll Call #4

Ainsworth, Anna  for

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arvelin, Ed  for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy  for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie  for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel   –

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against


The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO recognizes the importance of electing alternates to provincial committees (i.e. MERC, CERC, DivEx, PJOHSC, etc…); and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO recognizes the importance of mental and physical well-being; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO recognizes the importance of succession planning;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO recognize when an elected member of a provincial committee is unable fulfill their duties due to a medical or personal leave greater than 15 days that an alternate is able to replace that member; and

Be it further resolved that the alternate, assuming the role of member of a committee, be entitled to the same expenses as the elected member.

Moved by Nancekivell/Strachan – Amendment:

In the first resolve at end of “member” add “during the leave of absence”

Moved by Almeida/Arvelin – Referral to President’s office to seek clarification in regards to ramifications with respect to the constitution and to pull in line with respect to policy, to be brought back to the next board meeting.

Roll Call #5

Ainsworth, Anna  against

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff for

Doran, Dave for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley against

Labelle, Sara  against

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth  for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy  against

Nancekivell, Laurie  against

Perron, Janel   for

Rondeau, Nathalie  for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie  against

Thomas, Warren  for

Usher, Joel   –

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 14 for 6 agains

Fiduciary responsibility & Rules of Order

Discussion

Labour Day

Discussion

Website and Accessibility

Discussion

Executive board meetings end time

Moved by Nancekivell/Langford

Whereas the discussions regarding Executive Board Meetings during the COVID -19 pandemic at a previous Executive Board Meeting mentioned that the board meetings would end at 9:30pm; and

Whereas in the electronic vote that was recently conducted, the motion did not mention the 9:30pm adjournment time;

Therefore be it resolved that the Board Meetings occurring at 7:00pm on the first Monday evening (or Tuesday evening if Monday is a holiday) during the pandemic, will adjourn by 9:30pm; and

Be it further resolved that any agenda items not completed in this time frame, will be addressed at the Executive Board web meeting the following week.

Moved by Perron/Almeida – Amendment:

Add in the last resolve after “the” add “next” and delete “the following week”

Roll Call #6

Ainsworth, Anna  for

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  –

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  –

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 19 for 0 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas the discussions regarding Executive Board Meetings during the COVID -19 pandemic at a previous Executive Board Meeting mentioned that the board meetings would end at 9:30pm; and

Whereas in the electronic vote that was recently conducted, the motion did not mention the 9:30pm adjournment time;

Therefore be it resolved that the Board Meetings occurring at 7:00pm on the first Monday evening (or Tuesday evening if Monday is a holiday) during the pandemic, will adjourn by 9:30pm; and

Be it further resolved that any agenda items not completed in this time frame, will be addressed at the next Executive Board web meeting.

Roll Call #7

Ainsworth, Anna   for

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arvelin, Ed   for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave for

Finucane, Drew  for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  –

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     –

Van Zetten, Jennifer  for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Adjournment

The Executive Board adjourned at 8:52 p.m. All members were present except Sara Labelle and Joel Usher.

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