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Minutes of the October 28-29, 2015 Executive Board Meeting – Web Conference

Minutes of the October 28-29, 2015 Executive Board Meeting – Web Conference

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October 28, 2015

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

Agenda

The agenda was amended to add:

  • Timed presentation tomorrow at 9:00a.m.
  • Gender wage gap strategy

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  absent
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Consent Agenda

Minutes of the Previous Meeting

The minutes of September 16-17, 2015 were adopted.

Business Arising

Harassment and Discrimination Policy

The updated policy was approved to go back to the Equity Unit to finalize and bring to the December Board for final approval.

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
  • Delta East Hotel – Executive Board and Committee guestrooms/meetings 2016
  • Summary Report

President’s Report

  • Internal Issues
    • Equity Committees/Caucuses Terms of Reference
      • Provincial Women’s Committee
  • Staffing Issues – In Camera
  • Central Labour Updates (OFL/NUPGE/CLC)

Internal Issues

  • Equity Committees/Caucuses Terms of Reference
    • Provincial Women’s Committee

WHEREAS OPSEU is a member driven union and strives for transparency and greater involvement from its members; and

WHEREAS OPSEU recognizes and celebrates the diversity of its membership; and  

WHEREAS Resolution K2 from Convention 2012 was passed by the Board and required that the Terms of Reference for all equity committees and caucuses be posted on the OPSEU website to assist members with their understanding of equity and also encourages for greater participation within the union;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the contents of the Terms of Reference for the Provincial Women’s Committee be approved as part of the OPSEU Policy. 

Moved by Almeida/Elliott L

Referral to the President’s and First Vice President’s office to review number of meetings per year and come back to December Board.

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      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  absent
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Central Labour Updates (OFL/NUPGE/CLC)

President Thomas provided an update

Committee Reports

Standing Committee Reports:

  • Aboriginal Circle
  • Audit
  • Convention
    • Resolutions
    • Constitutional
    • Credentials (reports at Convention)
    • Planning
  • Disability Rights Caucus
  • Excluded Staff Hiring
  • Francophone
  • In Solidarity
  • OPSEU Resource/Enterprises

CAA Program

Moved by Platt/Fahey

WHEREAS CAA has offered a discount program to all members and after review of the program the enterprise committee believes the program is of great benefit and members will take advantage of the CAA program.
 
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Executive Board adopt the CAA PROGRAM under OPSEU enterprises.

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      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  absent
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 20 for 0 against

  • 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.

New Business

Recommendations from October 15th, 2015 Executive Committee Meeting: Recommendation #1: Local 517 Charter

Moved by Magner/Almeida

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the OPSEU Executive Board approve that the Charter of Local 517 be dissolved; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT any funds remaining in the account of Local 517 be moved to Local 5112 and the account of Local 517 be closed.

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      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  absent
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Recommendation #2: New Local 5115 – Regent Park Community Health Centre

Moved by Magner/Almeida

WHEREAS approximately 123 health care workers at the Regent Park Community Health Centre have voted to join OPSEU and will be certified as a new OPSEU bargaining unit on August 26, 2015;

AND WHEREAS, with a strong group of activists led the organizing drive supported by a united membership with a strong community of interest, the new unit is well positioned to form a strong new single-unit local within OPSEU;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the OPSEU Executive Board approve that the newly certified bargaining unit at the Regent Park Community Health Centre be chartered as a new local, to be designated as Local 5115.

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  absent
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Recommendation #3: Merger/Transfer – Local 202, 208, 254

Moved by Tungatt/Almeida

WHEREAS the Employer has relocated a number of MPAC members to the Hamilton location creating what is referred to as the Hamilton Hub

WHEREAS the Locals affected (Local 202, 208, 254) have voted and approved that they create one larger MPAC Local in Hamilton

WHEREAS one of the Locals (Local 202) also has OPS members who wish to merge with another OPS Local

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the OPSEU Executive Board approve that the Locals affected be divided in the following way:

Local 202 will retain its MPAC members, the OPS members will join Local 201

Local 208 MPAC members will join Local 202. Local 208's Charter will be dissolved

Local 254 Hamilton MPAC members will join Local 202.  Brantford MPAC members will remain with Local 254. 

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  absent
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Gender Wage Gap Strategy

Discussion

Moved by Thomas/Almeida – In Camera

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  absent
Thomas, Warren  for
Tremblay, Chrisy  for
Tungatt, Debbie  for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Recess

The Executive Board recessed at 11:25 a.m. All members were present except Carl Thibodeau.

October 29, 2015

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:10 a.m. President Thomas was in the Chair. Members in the meeting room introduced themselves.

Timed Presentation

Ron Elliot gave a presentation to the Board

Ballot for Corrections

Moved by Elliot R./Tungatt

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Ballot for the Correctional Bargaining Unit be as follows;

I support a stand-alone collective agreement for the current Correctional Bargaining Unit, separate from the rest of the Ontario Public Service.

I request that OPSEU undertake the negotiations and other actions that are necessary to achieve a stand-alone collective agreement as a priority for the Corrections Division.

_ Yes

_ No

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       —
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

Ballot for Unified

Moved by Elliot R./Jones

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Ballot for Members of the Unified Bargaining Unit working at Corrections worksites be as follows;

If the Corrections Bargaining Unit successfully achieves a stand-alone collective agreement, separate from the rest of the Ontario Public Service, then I would be interested to have my position transferred out of the Unified Bargaining Unit and into the Correctional Bargaining Unit under that stand-alone collective agreement.

_ Yes

_ No

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

FAQ & Proposal to expand bargaining unit

Moved by Elliot R/Arbus

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the “Frequently Asked Questions, Proposals to Expand the Corrections Bargaining Unit” document, be sent to all members in good standing in the Corrections Bargaining Unit and Members of the Unified Bargaining Unit working at Corrections worksites.

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

Third Party

Moved by Elliot R/Magner

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the above two Ballot Questions be conducted by a Third Party.

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       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

CCAP – Ontario Hydro Not For Sale – Mobilizer Extension

Waiver Motion:
Moved by Thomas/Almeida

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the OPSEU Executive Board waive the 30 day notice for expenditures in excess of $20,000.

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

Enabling Motion:
Moved by Thomas/Almeida

WHEREAS the Ontario Provincial Liberal Government continues to move on the privatization of Hydro One, and;

WHEREAS the OPSEU Hydro member mobilizers have been effective in creating dialog with this issue in many communities, and;

WHEREAS there are still funds remaining in this budget;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the OPSEU Board endorse an extension for the Hydro member mobilizers for a period of one month from the existing budget out of the contingency fund.

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

Adjournment

The Executive Board adjourned at 9:30 a.m. All members were present.

Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President

Nicole Glass, A/Corporate Secretary