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Minutes of the May 26-27, 2021 Executive Board Web Conference

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May 26, 2021

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:32 a.m. President Thomas was in the Chair. All members were present. Clarke Eaton, Advisor to the President and Linda Mariani, Executive Assistant to the President were also in attendance.

Anna Ainsworth, L560, Darryl Bedford, L110, Annette Bouzi, L415, Sandra Cadeau, L330, Megan Carter, L557, Carla Carruba, L273, Nilda Denis Martinez, L561, Adele Devlin, L365, Lynn Dee Eason, L613, Laura Gillies, L303, Janice Hagan, L561, JP Hornick, L556, Attasha Jordan, L510, Christine Kelsey, L416, Lynne Lambert, L680, Paige Malcolm, L499, Martin Lee, L415, Angela Lockhurst, L590, Pearline Lung, L562, Kelly Martin, L330, Suzette Maxwell, L526, Mike McKeown, L353, Michael Nauth, L415, Betty Palmieri, L206, Shawn Pentecost, L415, Judy Puritt, L415, Pamela Sarrattan, L528, Marcia Steeves, L351, Tina Stevens, L102, Carol Sutherlan, L596,Saif Terai, L415, Frank Yee, L560 were in attendance as observers.

Agenda

The agenda was amended to remove:

  • Adding Three (3) Permanent Full-Time Organizers (Communications Division – Organizing Unit)
  • Constitutional Amendment to Articles 4, 7, 14, 15, 21, 24 and 29 – Dismantling Systemic Racism
  • Adding Three (3) Permanent Human Rights Officer Positions (Equity Unit)
  • HDPP Complaint: #2020-0415-0015

The agenda was amended to add:

  • Red4Ed Appreciation Hoodies
  • Recommendation from the May 25, 2021 Executive Committee Meeting
    • Muskoka Paramedic Services – New Local 397 Assignment
  • HDPP Complaint L415 (In Camera)
  • Palestine Solidarity
  • PLC Update – HOOP
  • Presidential Assignment (PA) Days
  • Board Member Education for Complaints
  • CoRW Report
  • Communication to the Board
  • Governance Education for the Board
  • No Safe Distance at Head OfficeL5108 Update
  • OPS Bargaining Meetings

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board adopt the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board Minutes of the April 21, 2021 Executive Board web conference.

Roll Call #1

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed    for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley  for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Business Arising

From the April 21, 2021 Executive Board meeting:

Resolution HR5

*Work in progress.

Laurentian University Campaign

President Thomas provided an update.

President’s Report

Internal Issues

Third Party Election Advertising

Eric O’Brien, General Counsel, was in attendance for this item.

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas an Ontario election is scheduled to be held on or before June 2, 2022; and

Whereas the Ontario Election Finances Act (EFA) requires trade unions and other organizations that engage in political advertising to register with Elections Ontario immediately after incurring $500.00 or more of advertising costs in the 12 month period before a writ is issued (the non-election period) or during the election period; and

Whereas the EFA defines political advertising as advertising “with the purpose of promoting or opposing any registered party or its leader or the election of a registered candidate and includes advertising that takes a position on an issue that can reasonably be regarded as closely associated with a registered party or its leader or a registered candidate”; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO members in Ontario have a deep interest in provincial politics and on the outcome of this election; and

Whereas participating in the electoral process through advertising before and during the provincial election is a good way to have critical political issues acknowledged, debated and understood;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO apply for registration as a Third Party in the 2022 election and report advertising expenditures to Elections Ontario as required by the Ontario Elections Finances Act.

Roll Call #2

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed    for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley  for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Business Arising

From the April 21, 2021 Executive Board meeting:

Organizational Chart Changes (2)

Delete Electrician position; Replace Electrician with an Additional General Duty Maintenance Position (Financial Services Division – Operations Services Unit)

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas according to the organizational chart, the Operations Services Unit is assigned one (1) Maintenance Electrician position; and

Whereas operational requirements no longer necessitate the need for a full-time Maintenance Electrician; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO continues to grow its membership and infrastructure; and

Whereas the organization has a greater need for maintenance work given the increase in the OPSEU/SEFPO’s infrastructure, buildings and facilities to support the continuous growth and expansion of the membership;

Therefore be it resolved that the Maintenance Electrician position be deleted from the organizational chart, and a General Duty Maintenance position be added, thereby increasing the General Duty Maintenance staff complement from two (2) to three (3).

Be it further resolved that the funds be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

Roll Call #3

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed    for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley  for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Add Three (3) Staff Employment Equity, Diversity & Inclusions Permanent Full-Time Positions (Employee Relations Division)

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO continues to prioritize Employment Equity and Diversity internally and across the membership; and

Whereas equity and diversity are the cornerstones of our values; and

Whereas the Racialized Employees’ Committee has been operational since 2011; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO launched an internal Employment Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Program in 2016; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is using existing resources to manage the Program by temporarily appointing three staff members as Program Leads; and

Whereas the Employment Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Team effected key changes, including the development and rollout of an Anti-Black Racism training course; and

Whereas the work of the Team benefits both our staff and members; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is committed to the ongoing work of the Employment Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Program;

Therefore be it resolved that three (3) Employment Equity, Diversity and Inclusion positions be added as permanent Excluded staff reporting to the Employee Relations Unit.

Be it further resolved that the funds be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

Roll Call #4

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed    for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley  for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Governance Education for the Board

Discussion.

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

Community Mobile Unit (Urban Rez Solutions)

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 #5

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed    for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley  for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the COVID-19 pandemic has magnified how racialized, but in particular, Black communities, have been disproportionately disadvantaged in all aspects of society such as healthcare, education and employment; and

Whereas Urban Rez Solutions Social Enterprise has been delivering community capacity building programming both locally and nationally to marginalized and racialized communities and individuals; and

Whereas the focus of its mission has been to work with people and communities that have been sidetracked and stagnated by poverty, anti-Black, anti-Indigenous, systemic and institutionalized racism; and

Whereas its Community Mobile Unit is designed to assist communities and individuals in their efforts to break the cycle and move forward with a sense of hope and promise;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approve a donation in the amount indicated in the proposal to assist Urban Rez Solutions Social Enterprise with its Community Mobile Unit; and

Be it further resolved that the funds be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

Roll Call #6

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed    for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley  for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Local Elections during Covid-19 Restrictions

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the Ontario Government continues to place restrictions on gatherings; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO Locals are composed of various numbers of members that fall within the government restriction; and

Whereas on April 14, 2020 the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approved the motion “Local Executive Elections” that allowed for the extension of elected terms and further resolved that where a Local wishes to hold an alternate means for elections they must seek permission from the President’s office; and

Whereas on August 4 , 2020 the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board resolved under the motion “Electronic Voting” that a procedure to hold electronic elections be established for consideration by the President’s office; and

Whereas on December 7, 2020 the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board resolved that where the President’s office does not approve a request, a denial shall be provided in writing listing the reasons for a denial;

Therefore be it resolved that if a Local wishes to hold off elections until such time that government restrictions on gatherings are lifted, all current Local Executive Committee members will retain their status until restrictions are lifted and OPSEU/SEFPO returns to normal operations; and

Be it further resolved that where a Local wishes to hold elections and provided they adhere to the process established by the Electronic Voting Motion of August 4, 2020, the President’s office will consider electronic voting procedures for Local meetings and where a request is denied shall provide reasons for doing so in writing.

Moved by Nancekivell/Strachan – Referral to the President’s Office to come back at the June Board with consideration for having Locals conduct elections but to write in to the President’s Office if not able to hold elections.

Roll Call #7

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed    for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley  for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 21 for 0 against

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

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

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.

Moved by Almeida/Nancekivell – Referral to the President’s Office for this item to be brought to the Policy Review Committee and the Executive Committee first.

Roll Call #8

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed    for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley  for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Policy for Members Attending Virtual Executive Board Meetings

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas due to the pandemic the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board meetings have been held via web conference; and

Whereas there have been more requests for members wanting to attend the virtual board meetings;

Therefore be it resolved that the following policy be implemented for members to attend the virtual board meetings:

Members Attending Virtual Executive Board Meetings

Executive Board agenda books shall be distributed to all Local Presidents and Area Council Chairs with clear direction on how members can register to observe electronic Executive Board meetings seven days prior to each meeting.

Members looking to observe a virtual Executive Board meeting are to send their request via email to: attendboard@opseu.org by 4:00PM on the Friday before the week of the regularly scheduled board meeting with the following information:

1.    Name

2.    Local number and ranking

3.    Workplace

4.    E-mail address

A link to the web conference will be distributed on the Monday of the week of the meeting, provided there are no statutory holidays. If requested, members who register to observe who are not Local Presidents or Area Council Chairs will receive a copy of the Agenda on the same day. The video log-in information is not to be shared or distributed and is only for the use of the participant. Any items that are confidential will not be distributed.

For security purposes, members must change their screen name to reference their full name and local number before joining the call. Observers must ensure their camera is on at all times and only the registered participant is on the Zoom video call. Recording or any other type of copying methods of the meeting is prohibited.

Time off or any expenses will not be covered for members who observe the Executive Board meeting. The Executive Board meeting minutes will include a list of all attendees.

Moved by Perron/Kwok – Amendment:

Insert “, by Head Office,” after “covered” in the last paragraph.

Roll Call #9

Almeida, Eddy    against

Arscott, Julius against

Arvelin, Ed    against

Cain, Geoff   against

Doran, Dave   against

Finucane, Drew against

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  against

Langford, Tara  against

Maclam, Kenneth  against

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  against

Morton, Lucy   against

Nancekivell, Laurie  against

Perron, Janel  for

Smith-Rice, Erin against

Steinbrunner, Ken    against

Strachan, Edie  against

Thomas, Warren   against

Usher, Joel    against

Van Zetten, Jennifer  against

Wakeford, Maggie against

Defeated 2 for 19 against

Moved by Nancekivell/Strachan – Amendment:

  1. Insert “Non-work” before “E-mail address” in “#4”
  1. “that the meeting link is provided” be added at the end of the sentence “If requested, members who register to observe who are not Local Presidents or Area Council Chairs will receive a copy of the Agenda on the same day”
  1. The following sentence be struck and removed: “Observers must ensure their camera is on at all times and only the registered participant is on the Zoom video call.”

Moved by Almeida/Maszczakiewicz – Amendment to the Amendment: divide the amendments

Roll Call #10

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed    for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley  for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 21 for 0 against

The question was called on the first amendment:

Insert “Non-work” before “E-mail address” in “#4”

Roll Call #11

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed    for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley  for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 21 for 0 against

The question was called on the second amendment:

“that the meeting link is provided” be added at the end of the sentence “If requested, members who register to observe who are not Local Presidents or Area Council Chairs will receive a copy of the Agenda on the same day”

Moved by Labelle/Morton – Amendment to the Amendment:

Strike “If requested”.

Roll Call #12

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed    for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley  for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 21 for 0 against

The question was called on the amendment as amended:

Members who register to observe who are not Local Presidents or Area Council Chairs will receive a copy of the Agenda on the same day that the meeting link is provided.

Roll Call #13

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed    for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley  for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Almeida/Finucane – To extend the Board meeting until this item has been dealt with.

Roll Call #14

Almeida, Eddy   for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed   for

Cain, Geoff   for

Doran, Dave   for

Finucane, Drew  for

Kwok, Kingsley   for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara   for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy  for

Nancekivell, Laurie  against

Perron, Janel    for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken  for

Strachan, Edie  against

Thomas, Warren  for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer   for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 19 for 2 against

The question was called on the third amendment:

The following sentence be struck and removed: “Observers must ensure their camera is on at all times and only the registered participant is on the Zoom video call.”

First Vice-President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair

Roll Call #15

Almeida, Eddy    against

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed   for

Cain, Geoff   for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley  for

Labelle, Sara    for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth    for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy  for

Nancekivell, Laurie  for

Perron, Janel    for

Smith-Rice, Erin   for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie   for

Thomas, Warren   against

Usher, Joel    for

Van Zetten, Jennifer    for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 19 for 2 against

President Thomas in the Chair.

The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas due to the pandemic the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board meetings have been held via web conference; and

Whereas there have been more requests for members wanting to attend the virtual board meetings;

Therefore be it resolved that the following policy be implemented for members to attend the virtual board meetings:

Members Attending Virtual Executive Board Meetings

Executive Board agenda books shall be distributed to all Local Presidents and Area Council Chairs with clear direction on how members can register to observe electronic Executive Board meetings seven days prior to each meeting.

Members looking to observe a virtual Executive Board meeting are to send their request via email to: attendboard@opseu.org by 4:00PM on the Friday before the week of the regularly scheduled board meeting with the following information:

1.    Name

2.    Local number and ranking

3.    Workplace

4.    Non-work e-mail address

A link to the web conference will be distributed on the Monday of the week of the meeting, provided there are no statutory holidays. Members who register to observe who are not Local Presidents or Area Council Chairs will receive a copy of the Agenda on the same day that the meeting link is provided. The video log-in information is not to be shared or distributed and is only for the use of the participant. Any items that are confidential will not be distributed.

For security purposes, members must change their screen name to reference their full name and local number before joining the call. Recording or any other type of copying methods of the meeting is prohibited.

Time off or any expenses will not be covered for members who observe the Executive Board meeting. The Executive Board meeting minutes will include a list of all attendees.

Moved by Steinbrunner/Maszczakiewicz – Amendment:

Strike first sentence: “Time off or any expenses will not be covered for members who observe the Executive Board meeting.”

Replace with: “Any member requesting to observe the executive board meeting would not normally be entitled to time off or other related expenses. The member may make arrangements through other approved mechanisms to have appropriate time and expenses covered.”

Roll Call #16

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius against

Arvelin, Ed     for

Cain, Geoff   for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew  for

Kwok, Kingsley  against

Labelle, Sara    for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth   for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara    for

Morton, Lucy    for

Nancekivell, Laurie  for

Perron, Janel   against

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken  for

Strachan, Edie     for

Thomas, Warren  for

Usher, Joel   for

Van Zetten, Jennifer   for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 18 for 3 against

An amendment was made and ruled out of order.

The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas due to the pandemic the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board meetings have been held via web conference; and

Whereas there have been more requests for members wanting to attend the virtual board meetings;

Therefore be it resolved that the following policy be implemented for members to attend the virtual board meetings:

Members Attending Virtual Executive Board Meetings

Executive Board agenda books shall be distributed to all Local Presidents and Area Council Chairs with clear direction on how members can register to observe electronic Executive Board meetings seven days prior to each meeting.

Members looking to observe a virtual Executive Board meeting are to send their request via email to: attendboard@opseu.org by 4:00PM on the Friday before the week of the regularly scheduled board meeting with the following information:

1.    Name

2.    Local number and ranking

3.    Workplace

4.    Non-work e-mail address

A link to the web conference will be distributed on the Monday of the week of the meeting, provided there are no statutory holidays. Members who register to observe who are not Local Presidents or Area Council Chairs will receive a copy of the Agenda on the same day that the meeting link is provided. The video log-in information is not to be shared or distributed and is only for the use of the participant. Any items that are confidential will not be distributed.

For security purposes, members must change their screen name to reference their full name and local number before joining the call. Recording or any other type of copying methods of the meeting is prohibited.

Any member requesting to observe the executive board meeting would not normally be entitled to time off or other related expenses. The member may make arrangements through other approved mechanisms to have appropriate time and expenses covered. The Executive Board meeting minutes will include a list of all attendees.

Roll Call #17

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed    for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley  for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Afternoon

The meeting resumed at 1:36 p.m.

New Business

Timed Presentation

JP Hornick, Chair of CAAT-A Bargaining Team and Jonathan Singer, Vice-Chair of CAAT-A Bargaining Team provided a presentation to the Executive Board on CAAT-A Negotiations Consultation Process.

Steve Saysell, Administrator was present for the presentation.

President’s Report

Internal Issues

Red4Ed Appreciation Hoodies

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 #18

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed    for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley  for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO has close to 8,000 education workers in Sector 3 Boards of Education and Cultural Institutions that are the front line workers, responders, and support for some of Ontario’s most vulnerable student population; and

Whereas the members of Sector 3 Boards of Education have experienced heightened pressures over the last 15 months due to the challenges of COVID-19, precarious work, working conditions, financial burdens, daily threats of COVID-19 exposures in classrooms, and personal obligations; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is proud of the professionalism, dedication, resilience, and commitment that the Sector 3 education workers, local and sector executives have demonstrated; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO endeavors to increase its profile and grow its numbers across Ontario and our members are the best way to promote our union; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO wishes to provide a small token of thanks to recognize our education workers for their outstanding work during the unprecedented 2020 and 2021 school years;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board approve the funds as outlined in the proposal from the Contingency Fund to provide the Sector 3 Boards of Education members the opportunity to order Red 4 Ed hoodies.

Roll Call #19

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed    for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley  for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Central Labour Updates (OFL/NUPGE/CLC)

President Thomas provided an update.

Staffing Issues – In Camera

Other Business

Moved by Thomas/Almeida – In Camera

Roll Call #20

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed    for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley  for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Rise & Report

Defence Fund Request

Moved by Thomas/Strachan

Therefore be it resolved that the Defence Fund provide up to $70,000 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 #21

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed    for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley  for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy 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 21 for 0 against

Recess

The Executive Board recessed at 5:04 p.m. All members were present.

May 27, 2021

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:32 a.m. President Thomas was in the Chair. All members were present. Clarke Eaton, Advisor to the President and Linda Mariani, Executive Assistant to the President were also in attendance.

Moment of silence was observed for Roman Skots, LCBO employee who passed away from COVID-19.

Naz Binck, L137, Annette Bouzi, L415, Sandra Cadeau, L330, Megan Carter, L557, Carla Carruba, L273, Nilda Denis Martinez, L561, Adele Devlin, L365, Lynn Dee Eason, L613, Janice Hagan, L561, John Hanson, L416, Attasha Jordan, L510, Christine Kelsey, L416, Lynne Lambert, L680, Paige Malcolm, L499, Martin Lee, L415, Kelly Martin, L330, Suzette Maxwell, L526, Mike McKeown, L353, Shawn Pentecost, L415, Pamela Serratan, L528, Tina Stevens, L102, Carol Sutherland, L596, Saif Terai, L415 were in attendance as observers.

Committee Reports

Elections

  • Francophone Committee
  • MDT/SDT Ad Hoc
  • Strategic Planning

Francophone Committee

Maggie Wakeford was acclaimed to the Francophone Committee.

MDT/SDT Ad Hoc

Maggie Wakeford was acclaimed to the MDT/SDT Ad Hoc Committee.

Strategic Planning

Sara Labelle was acclaimed to the Strategic Planning Committee.

Pension Liaison

Pathways to Independence Sponsor Appointment

Moved by Perron/Steinbrunner

Whereas the current OPSEU/SEFPO Sponsor position on the Pathways to Independence Pension Committee has been vacant since the fall of 2020 and;

Whereas the local was able to hold Elections to fill the vacancy on Monday, May 11, 2021 and;

Whereas the local elected their respective Sponsor Committee position for a three year period;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board appoint Craig Helmer, Local 448, to the Pathways to independence Pension Sponsors Committee for a three (3) year term commencing June 1, 2021 and ending May 30, 2024, provided Craig signs and returns the OPSEU/SEFPO Letter of Understanding.

Roll Call #22

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed    for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley  —

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Pathways to Independence Trustee Appointment

Moved by Perron/Steinbrunner

Whereas the current OPSEU/SEFPO trustee position on the Pathways to Independence Pension Trustee Committee has been filled by OPSEU/SEFPO staff since the fall of 2020 and;

Whereas the local was able to hold Elections to fill the position with a member representative on Monday, May 11, 2021 and;

Whereas the local elected their respective Trustee position for a three year period;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board appoint Leslie Taylor, Local 448, to the Pathways to independence Pension Trustee Committee for a three (3) year term commencing June 1, 2021 and ending May 30, 2024, provided Leslie signs and returns the OPSEU/SEFPO Letter of Understanding.

Roll Call #23

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed    for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley  —

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 20 for 0 against

PLC Update – HOOP

Executive Board Member, Janel Perron, provided an update.

Executive Committee (Officers) Update

Recommendation from the May 25, 2021 Executive Committee Meeting

Muskoka Paramedic Services – New Local 397 Assignment

Moved by Perron/Usher

Whereas the former members of UFCW Muskoka Paramedic Services voted to join switch to OPSEU/SEFPO; and

Whereas the members of Muskoka Paramedic Services have an existing stand-alone Collective Agreement and activist base;

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board adopt the recommendation from the Executive Committee to approve the former members of UFCW Muskoka Paramedic Services to be assigned a stand-alone Local, and;

Be it further resolved that the Muskoka Paramedic Services shall be assigned Local 397.

Roll Call #24

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed    for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley  —

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 20 for 0 against

New Business

Reconsideration of the June 26, 2019 Executive Board motion:

Committee re: Equity Seats on Board

Whereas the 2011 OPSEU Social Mapping Project identified that women make up 69% of the OPSEU membership; and

Whereas an analysis of that same survey indicates that women and racialized groups are currently under-represented in leadership positions; and

Whereas OPSEU members, in growing numbers, are engaging in the difficult work of confronting, challenging, and overcoming the systemic racism that permeates all of our institutions and society, and which contributes to the ongoing inequality of racialized workers in our communities and in our Union; and

Whereas the OPSEU Social Mapping Project recommended to establish demographic-based seats elected by the members of focus;

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board strike an Executive Board committee to look at Constitutional change that would be required to have equity seats on the Board.

Reconsideration motion withdrawn and will be brought back to the Executive Committee (Officers) meeting for discussion.

Executive Board member Kingsley Kwok’s Motions (3)

Motion #1

Whereas at this time OPSEU/SEFPO members have no means of submitting resolutions due to the Executive Board’s decision to cancel the 2021 Annual Convention, while the OFL, CLC and other unions are holding their elections and annual conventions electronically;

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board reconsiders the motion to extend the terms of previously elected officers and holds Regional elections and a Convention before November 1, 2021.

To be brought back to the Executive Committee meeting so that the Executive Committee reports back to the Executive Board in June 2021.

Motion #2

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO needs to attract, develop and nurture activists, leaders and staff to represent our members and do all of the challenging and complex work of this Union, now and far into the future; and

Whereas the use of institutional and administrative tools can be used to silence and disempower members, particularly those from traditionally disenfranchised groups and those seeking equity;

Therefore be it resolved that behaviours such as yelling, belittling, personal insults, undermining elected leaders, threats to discipline or terminate OPSEU/SEFPO staff; threats of frivolous legal actions; abusing Robert’s Rules of Order to shut down debate be renounced and actively censored by our Executive Board and at all meetings and activities, by meeting Chairs.

To be brought back to the Executive Committee meeting so that the Executive Committee reports back to the Executive Board in June 2021.

Motion #3

Whereas we care about the individual and collective health and safety of OPSEU/SEFPO Staff, Members and Activists, and want our Union to remain a leader in psychological safety;

Therefore be it resolved that the President and Vice President, all Executive Board Members (EBMs), and Senior Managers in OPSEU, attend mandatory training on Psychological Harassment, Sensitivity Training and Respect in the Workplace training, through an external trainer recommended by OPSEU/SEFPO’s Equity Committees; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO participate in the Mental Injury Tools process, and create working committees that include OPSEU/SEFPO Staff (elected by OPSSU Members), Divisions and Sectors (elected by Local Presidents), Equity Committees (elected by Regional Equity Committees and Caucuses), the Executive Board (elected by the Executive Board) and Senior Management; with a mandate to identify and remove psychological hazards and harassment from leadership behaviors, policies, practices and structures; and to develop focus groups and training for elected leaders and activists on working together in psychologically safe, respectful and inclusive spaces, with an external trainer recommended by OPSEU’s Equity Committees.

To be brought back to the Executive Committee meeting so that the Executive Committee reports back to the Executive Board in June 2021.

Palestine Solidarity

Moved by Arscott/Usher

Whereas ongoing Israel state violence inflicted on the Palestinian people demands a public statement by OPSEU/SEFPO in defense of the Palestinian people. To date, the grossly unequal death toll is over 200 Palestinians, among them over 58 children; and

Whereas the Canadian Labour Congress and the Public Service Alliance of Canada issued public statements in support of the Palestinian people and against the apartheid state of Israel. Unions such as UNIFOR, CUPW, CUPE Ontario, the Ontario branch of the Canadian Federation of Students, Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN) / Confederation of National Trade Unions, Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ) / Quebec Federation of Labour, and the Green Party of Canada, have all publicly expressed their support for the BDS campaign; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO should actively campaign in support of Palestinian unions, civil society and unions across Canada and around the world which call for boycott, divestment and sanctions until Israel dismantles the apartheid wall, allows refugees to return home, ends the destruction of Palestinian homes and olive groves, lifts the siege of Gaza, ends the occupation of Palestinian lands and terminates its apartheid practices; and

Whereas at the recent federal NDP convention, 85% of delegates stood up to the anti-Palestinian lobby and passed a resolution calling for “Ending all trade and economic cooperation with illegal settlements in Israel-Palestine” and “Suspending the bilateral trade of all arms and related materials with the State of Israel until Palestinian rights are upheld”; and

Whereas OPSEU has a long and proud record of contributing to the fight against South African Apartheid through its active boycott of South African goods;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO condemn the attack by Israeli forces at Al-Aqsa Mosque, preceded by Israel’s support for right wing settlers’ confiscation of Palestinian homes in Sheikh Jarrah, in Occupied East Jerusalem. We stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine and call on the Canadian government to condemn Israeli actions. We demand that the federal government permanently halt the sale of weapons to Israel. We endorse the international peaceful Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign and also express our solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel who are participating in general strike action, which began on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

Vice-President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair.

Roll Call #25

Almeida, Eddy   against

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed   against

Cain, Geoff  against

Doran, Dave   against

Finucane, Drew  against

Kwok, Kingsley   —

Labelle, Sara  against

Langford, Tara  against

Maclam, Kenneth    against

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  against

Morton, Lucy   against

Nancekivell, Laurie    against

Perron, Janel    against

Smith-Rice, Erin   against

Steinbrunner, Ken   against

Strachan, Edie   against

Thomas, Warren    against

Usher, Joel   against

Van Zetten, Jennifer  against

Wakeford, Maggie against

Defeated 1 for 19 against

Julius Arscott filed a minority report.

President Thomas in the Chair.

Presidential Assignment (PA) Days

Discussion.

Moved by Thomas/Almeida – move into Committee of the whole.

Roll Call #26

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed    for

Cain, Geoff  for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley  —

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Board Member Education for Complaints

Discussion.

Communication to the Board

Discussion.

No Safe Distance

Discussion.

L5108 Update

Executive Board Member, Edie Strachan provided an update.

OPS Bargaining Meetings

Discussion.

Business Arising

Referral from the March 24-25, 2021 Executive Board Meeting:

Timed Presentation

Jason Prenger from Urban Bee Company gave a presentation to the Board on the Bee Research Partnership.

Afternoon

The meeting resumed at 1:51p.m

Moved by Thomas/Almeida – move out of Committee of the whole.

Roll Call #27

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff   for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth  for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy   for

Nancekivell, Laurie  for

Perron, Janel     —

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken          —

Strachan, Edie  for

Thomas, Warren  for

Usher, Joel  for

Van Zetten, Jennifer  for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Referral from the March 24-25, 2021 Executive Board meeting:

Bee Research Partnership

Referral to the First Vice-President/Treasurer’s office to return to the next Executive Board meeting with the individual who is seeking partnership so we can resolve some of the questions.

Moved by Almeida/Thomas

Whereas Bees are an important part of our ecosystem and supporting life on our planet; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO has partnered with Bee Keepers in providing space at some of our sites to house Bee Hives and Bees; and

Whereas Bee populations continue to drop, thus threatening today and future generations; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO has been promoting and encouraging members and the Public to do what they can to protect and grow the Honey Bee population; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO has been asked to partner with Urban Bee Company, in conjunction to name a few others; Guelph University, Ministry Of Agriculture and the Ontario Beekeepers Association

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO support via funds and volunteers the Honeybee Technology Research project; and

Be it further resolved that the funds be drawn from contingency.

Roll Call #28

Almeida, Eddy   for

Arscott, Julius against

Arvelin, Ed  against

Cain, Geoff  against

Doran, Dave  against

Finucane, Drew  against

Kwok, Kingsley against

Labelle, Sara    against

Langford, Tara   against

Maclam, Kenneth   for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara   against

Morton, Lucy   against

Nancekivell, Laurie  against

Perron, Janel  —

Smith-Rice, Erin    against

Steinbrunner, Ken —

Strachan, Edie   against

Thomas, Warren  for

Usher, Joel   against

Van Zetten, Jennifer   against

Wakeford, Maggie against

Defeated 3 for 16 against

Committee Reports

Coalition of Racialized Workers

Black Lives Matter Sudbury

Moved by Kwok / Maszczakiewicz

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO recognizes that racialized workers exist in Northern Ontario; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO has taken a public position in support of the Black Lives Matter movement; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is a social justice and member driven union; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO offers, when it can, financial support the mental health project of Black Lives Matter Sudbury to support marginalized communities in organizing and advocating for social justice through their projects;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO donates $4,000 as outlined in the attached proposal as a one-time donation; and

Be it further resolved that these funds be drawn from the Provincial Coalition of Racialized Workers funds.

Moved by Almeida/Thomas – Amendment:

The last resolve be amended to read “that the funds be drawn from the Contingency Fund”

Roll Call #29

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff   for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth  for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy   for

Nancekivell, Laurie  for

Perron, Janel     —

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken          —

Strachan, Edie  for

Thomas, Warren  for

Usher, Joel  for

Van Zetten, Jennifer  for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 19 for 0 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO recognizes that racialized workers exist in Northern Ontario; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO has taken a public position in support of the Black Lives Matter movement; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is a social justice and member driven union; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO offers, when it can, financial support the mental health project of Black Lives Matter Sudbury to support marginalized communities in organizing and advocating for social justice through their projects;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO donates $4,000 as outlined in the attached proposal as a one-time donation; and

Be it further resolved that the funds be drawn from the Contingency Fund

Moved by Nancekivell/Almeida – Amendment:

In the first resolve, strike out the “$4,000” and replace with “the amount”.

Roll Call #30

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff   for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth  for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy   for

Nancekivell, Laurie  for

Perron, Janel     —

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken          —

Strachan, Edie  for

Thomas, Warren  for

Usher, Joel  for

Van Zetten, Jennifer  for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 19 for 0 against

The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO recognizes that racialized workers exist in Northern Ontario; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO has taken a public position in support of the Black Lives Matter movement; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is a social justice and member driven union; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO offers, when it can, financial support the mental health project of Black Lives Matter Sudbury to support marginalized communities in organizing and advocating for social justice through their projects;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO donates the amount as outlined in the attached proposal as a one-time donation; and

Be it further resolved that the funds be drawn from the Contingency Fund

Roll Call #31

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff   for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth  for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy   for

Nancekivell, Laurie  for

Perron, Janel     —

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken          —

Strachan, Edie  for

Thomas, Warren  for

Usher, Joel  for

Van Zetten, Jennifer  for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Black Creek Community Farm

Moved by Kwok/Strachan

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO recognizes that racialized workers exist in Toronto; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is a social justice and member driven union; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO offers, when it can, financial support to marginalized communities in organizing and advocating for social justice through their projects such as that to improve food security and reduce social isolation by Black Creek Community Farm in Toronto;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO donates the amount noted in the proposal to the Black Creek Community Farm; and

Be it further resolved that these funds be drawn from the Contingency Fund

Roll Call #32

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff   for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth  for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy   for

Nancekivell, Laurie  for

Perron, Janel     for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken    for

Strachan, Edie  for

Thomas, Warren  for

Usher, Joel  for

Van Zetten, Jennifer  for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Jane-Finch Housing Coalition

Moved by Kwok/Arscott

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO recognizes that racialized workers exist in Toronto; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is a social justice and member driven union; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO offers, when it can, financial support to marginalized communities in organizing and advocating for social justice through their projects such as that to improve housing justice and fight for affordable housing by Jane-Finch Housing Coalition in Toronto;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU/SEFPO donates the amount as outlined in the proposal to the Jane-Finch Housing Coalition; and

Be it further resolved that these funds be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

Roll Call #33

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff   for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth  for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy   for

Nancekivell, Laurie  for

Perron, Janel     for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken    for

Strachan, Edie  for

Thomas, Warren  for

Usher, Joel  for

Van Zetten, Jennifer  for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 21 for 0 against

South Asian Forum

Moved by Kwok/Strachan

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO recognizes that racialized workers exist in Toronto; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is a social justice and member driven union; and

Whereas May is Asian Heritage Month; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO supports OPSEU/SEFPO Coalition of Racialized Workers to organize a forum of South Asian workers as part of Asian Heritage Month;

Therefore be it resolved that the amount noted in the proposal be drawn from the Contingency Fund to cover expenses involved in the forum of South Asian workers.

Roll Call #34

Almeida, Eddy  for

Arscott, Julius for

Arvelin, Ed for

Cain, Geoff   for

Doran, Dave  for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara  for

Langford, Tara  for

Maclam, Kenneth  for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara  for

Morton, Lucy   for

Nancekivell, Laurie  for

Perron, Janel     for

Smith-Rice, Erin  for

Steinbrunner, Ken    for

Strachan, Edie  for

Thomas, Warren  for

Usher, Joel  for

Van Zetten, Jennifer  for

Wakeford, Maggie for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Executive Board Member, Kingsley Kwok, provided an update on CoRW meetings.

Adjournment

The Executive Board meeting adjourned at 2.29 p.m. All members were present.

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