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Minutes of the September 25-26, 2019 Executive Board Meeting

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September 25, 2019

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:30 a.m. President Thomas was in the Chair. All members were present except Kingsley Kwok, the reason was acceptable to the Chair. Clarke Eaton, Advisor to the President, was also in attendance.

Agenda

The agenda was amended to add:

  • Strike Prep Ad-hoc committee
  • Corrections de-cert movement
  • OFL Awards
  • Recommendation from Officers
    • L4108
    • L170
  • Membership rights removal
  • NUPGE – 64th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women
  • 60km rule for BPS Conference
  • Wages for precarious workers
  • Violation of 9.9 of policy manual
  • OPSEU Hierarchy
  • Coalition of Racialized Workers budget
  • Candidates for the OFL elections
  • Consent Agenda

Minutes of the Previous Meeting

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board adopt the OPSEU Executive Board Minutes June 26-27, 2019 and the July 24, 2019 – 2019 LBED Shop LCBO Campaign, E-poll.

Roll Call #1

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len 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

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against

July 24, 2019 – 2019 LBED Shop LCBO Campaign

Be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board waive the 30-day notice for expenditures in excess of $20,000

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len 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 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Whereas recent actions by the Ford government will lead to the continued erosion of LBED members’ work; and

Whereas the impacts of further privatization could lead to the loss of business for LCBO stores, warehouses and Head Office, the loss of hours for casual employees, and the loss of profits for the LCBO; and

Whereas the public trusts the LCBO and its staff to keep alcohol sales out of the hands of underage youth;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the funds as outlined in the attached proposal from the LBED Anti-Privatization Account, to enable the Division to campaign in our communities against privatization.

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len 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 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Business Arising

Referral from the June 26-27, 2019 Executive Board meeting:

OPSEU Childcare Policy – Alcohol Consumption

referral to the President’s office to come back to the September Board with the whole childcare policy including change.

Whereas OPSEU provides childcare annually at convention; and

Whereas the purpose of childcare at convention is to provide a safe space for children allowing members to participate fully in convention business; and

Whereas alcohol and drugs are dangerous substances for children and should not be brought into any childcare centre; and

Whereas the health and safety of our children should be paramount;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU childcare policy be amended to include notice to all parents that alcohol is strictly prohibited from being brought into proximity of any child care activities; and

Be it further resolved that failure to abide by this policy will result in the offending parties’ children being removed from childcare and asked to leave event pending investigation.

Motion was withdrawn


Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas OPSEU provides childcare at various OPSEU events; and

Whereas the purpose of childcare is to provide a safe space for children, allowing members to participate fully in union business; and

Whereas the health and safety of our children should be paramount; and

Whereas alcohol and drugs are dangerous substances for children to consume and should not be brought into any childcare centre;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU childcare policy be amended to include notice to all parents that open alcohol and/or easily accessible substances such as cannabis, prescription or non-prescription drugs are strictly prohibited from being brought into proximity of any child care rooms/activities; and

Be it further resolved that failure to abide by this policy will result in the offending member or parties being immediately restricted from having access to the childcare room(s); and

Be it further resolved that pending investigation, the offending member or parties may be permanently banned from the use of OPSEU childcare services for their dependents as criminal charges could be laid against them; and

Be it further resolved that this policy will not interfere with the Duty to Report obligations that exist under the Child, Youth and Family Services Act.


Moved by Nancekivell/Labelle -Amendment:

strike the second last resolve

Roll Call #2

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len 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

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against


The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas OPSEU provides childcare at various OPSEU events; and

Whereas the purpose of childcare is to provide a safe space for children, allowing members to participate fully in union business; and

Whereas the health and safety of our children should be paramount; and

Whereas alcohol and drugs are dangerous substances for children to consume and should not be brought into any childcare centre;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU childcare policy be amended to include notice to all parents that open alcohol and/or easily accessible substances such as cannabis, prescription or non-prescription drugs are strictly prohibited from being brought into proximity of any child care rooms/activities; and

Be it further resolved that failure to abide by this policy will result in the offending member or parties being immediately restricted from having access to the childcare room(s); and

Be it further resolved that this policy will not interfere with the Duty to Report obligations that exist under the Child, Youth and Family Services Act.

Roll Call #3

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len 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

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Referral from the June 26-27, 2019 Executive Board meeting:

2019 Convention Resolution C1

referral of Resolution C1 to the First Vice President/Treasurer’s office for costing and to be brought back to the Board.

Whereas bargaining team alternates frequently have to step in at the last minute and sit on the actual bargaining team; and

Whereas some alternates have been denied bargaining team training which leaves them ill prepared to then be a bargaining delegate; and

Whereas Social Mapping Recommendation #59 suggests developing innovative strategies for supporting workers in the equity groups and contingent workers to participate in the bargaining process and on bargaining teams; and

Whereas Social Mapping Recommendation #22 c) (iii) states that alternates attend some meetings with the delegate/officer or serve as alternate when there are temporary absences; and

Whereas some alternates are currently receiving training while others are not;

Therefore be it resolved that effective immediately all members elected to bargaining teams, including alternates receive bargaining team training, to be paid for by central OPSEU

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Resolution C1 was referred back for costing and the OPSEU Executive Board supports to resolutions committee’s recommendation to be left under against.

Roll Call #4

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len 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

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against

2019 Convention Resolution B4

Referral of Resolution B4 to First Vice President/Treasurer’s office to come back to the Board with costing

Whereas currently during the OPSEU convention time available for Ministry Employee Relations Committee (MERC), OPS, BPS, CAAT-A, CAAT-S Equity Committee meetings and Caucus meetings are limited to lunchtime breaks and other inconvenient meeting times; and

Whereas meetings with Ministry Employee Relations Committee (MERC), OPS, BPS, CAAT-A, CAAT-S Equity Committee meetings and Caucus’ occurs on an annual basis, in person during OPSEU Convention;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU add a half day prior to Convention to be exclusively used for the meetings of the Ministry Employee Relations Committee (MERC), Ontario Public Service (OPS), Broader Public Service (BPS), Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology – Academic ( CAAT-A), Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology – Support (CAAT-S), Equity Committees and Caucus’. The money for these meetings is to be drawn from the Convention budget line.

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

The OPSEU Executive Board recommends against the resolutions committee’s recommendation and moves resolution B4 under against.

Roll Call #5

Ainsworth, Anna against

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley —

Labelle, Sara against

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 against

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer —

Carried 16 for 3 against

Edie Strachan filed a minority report

2019 Convention Resolution B2

Referral of Resolution B2 to the First Vice-President/Treasurer’s office to figure out accurately what staffing and resource needs are in order to implement the actual completion of pay equity.

Whereas pay equity is the law; and

Whereas OPSEU has a large number of back logged pay equity plans in maintenance and development; and

Whereas a large percentage of OPSEU members are female and working in female dominant careers; and

Whereas attaining and maintaining pay equity plans increases the dues OPSEU receives; these positions will effectively pay for themselves;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU will fund one additional full time Pay Equity Officer positions; and
Be it further resolved
that these positions remain in place until every bargaining unit has completed their pay equity plans including maintenance.

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

The OPSEU Executive Board supports the resolutions committee’s recommendation and will leave Resolution B2 under against

Moved by Labelle/Strachan – Referral to have discussions on Resolution B2 at the OPSEU Executive Board budget meeting.

Moved by Nancekivell/Strachan – Amendment to Referral:

That not only financial info but also current process with regards to staffing and responsibility be brought with it.

Roll Call #6

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len 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

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against

The question was called on the referral as amended:

Referral of resolution B2 for discussion to the OPSEU Executive Board budget meeting and to bring financial info and also current process with regards to staffing and responsibility with it

Roll Call #7

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len 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

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against

2019 Convention Resolution C2

Referral of Resolution C2 to First Vice-President/Treasurer’s office for cost analysis

Whereas the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) continues to face aggressive governmental attacks on the hard-won Collective Agreement benefits and support for its members; and

Whereas the Doug Ford Government has already clearly indicated its position to further attack and reduce the Ontario Public Service (OPS); and

Whereas the members of the Ontario Public Service provide valuable, professional, and affordable services to the people of Ontario;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU send a clear message to the current and future provincial governments on its resolve to support all members in labour disputes by increasing the current strike pay by $2.50 per hour and dependent care by $5.00 per week to the following:

– $12.50/hr (from $10.00) for the first 3 weeks totaling $250.00 per week and to $17.50/hr. (from $15.00) totaling $350.00 per week for the 4 th week onwards.

*Based on 4hrs. per day and 20 hrs. per week minimum of recorded strike line activity.

– $55.00/week (from $50.00) dependent care.

Moved by Almeida/Strachan – referral to be brought back to discuss tomorrow

Roll Call #8

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley —

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth against

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken against

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren against

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 17 for 3 against

2019 Convention Resolution B1

Referral of Resolution B1 to the First Vice-President/Treasurer’s office to come back to the September Board with costing.

Whereas locals with large numbers of unsigned members still require time to represent and sign bargaining unit members during business hours, and can benefit from sending their fair share of delegates to Conventions of the Union; and

Therefore be it resolved that Local Time Off and paid Local President release time under OPSEU policy be based on the number of bargaining unit members, not the number of signed members in good standing of a Local.

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

The OPSEU Executive Board support the resolutions committee’s recommendation and leave Resolution B1 under against

Moved by Labelle/Ainsworth – referral to the policy review committee with instructions that they bring back an amendment to current policy to deal with help for signing up large groups, interim assistance for those types of groups while being signed up, to bring back to the October Board.

Roll Call #9

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy against

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave against

Elliott, Len against

Finucane, Drew against

Kwok, Kingsley —

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara against

Maclam, Kenneth against

Maszczakiewicz, Tara against

Morton, Lucy against

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie against

Smith-Rice, Erin against

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren against

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer against

DEFEATED 8 for 12 against


The question was called on the motion:

The OPSEU Executive Board support the resolutions committee’s recommendation and leave Resolution B1 under against

Roll Call #10

Ainsworth, Anna against

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len 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

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 21 for 0 against

2019 Convention Resolution B3

Referral of Resolution B3 to the First Vice-President/ Treasurer’s office to report back to the September board with what actions have been taken around this resolution

Whereas there have never been as many bilingual Canadians in Canada’s history. Proud, conscientious and eager to improve the equity and quality of their services; and

Whereas English and French are recognized in the Canadian Charter of Rights, and since 2016 the province of Ontario has been a participant to many international French functions; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO is not only a service model union but is a strong voice for social justice that reflects the diversity that exists within the labour movement and our various communities; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO strives to serve its members in both official languages, French and English; and

Whereas OPSEU/SEFPO make great effort to provide inclusive services to all of its members; and

Whereas recently, the provincial government now refuses to honor its promise to maintain the opening of a French University in Toronto, Ontario, and eliminated the French Service Commissioner, which represents a direct threat to “la Francophonie” in our province;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU be officially designated as a bilingual union where members can be served in either official language of English or French within the next five (5) years. An additional budget line be allocated at a sum of $125,000 per year to transition materials (forms, websites, member portal, educational, collective agreements, printed documentation) to a bilingual format.

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

The OPSEU Executive Board move Resolution B3 to against

Len Elliott in the Chair

Roll Call #11

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len 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

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against

President Thomas in the Chair

2019 Convention Resolution EB17

Referral of Resolution EB17 to the President’s office with instruction to investigate if we would be supporting private enterprise with the restoration of Ontario’s green energy act.

Whereas Research shows that climate change is a significant threat to the well-being of people in Canada and across the globe, in terms of health, environment, and resources; and

Whereas a recent United Nations IPCC report indicates a 12-year timeline to reverse the major impacts of climate change by moving away from fossil fuel dependence, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 45% below 2010 emission levels and net zero emissions by 2050; and

Whereas Youth in Canada see climate change as one of the most important issues affecting their lives moving into the future; and

Whereas OPSEU is committed to values of social justice and community activism;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU advocate for a transition to a low-carbon or carbon-neutral economy provincially and federally; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU advocate for the restoration of Ontario’s Green Energy Act, which provided good jobs to Ontarians and expanded Ontario’s solar and wind energy supply; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU provide support to grassroots community groups organizing around a transition to a low-carbon economy.

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

The OPSEU Executive Board move Resolution EB17 to against

Roll Call #12

Ainsworth, Anna against

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len 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 for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 19 for 2 against

2019 Convention Resolution P1

Referral of Resolution P1 to the President’s office to come back with some information on plantex and sponsors agreement

Whereas the majority of Correctional Officers and members of various other categories within and beyond the Corrections Division have for long years derived a substantial portion of their income from overtime hours worked; and

Whereas benefits in retirement are no longer covered for Corrections staff; and

Whereas a Correctional Officer, whose base salary is just over $70,000/year may earn up to $175,000/year by working most available shifts; and

Whereas that same Officer with 20 years of service will retire with a pension of $28,000/year, with 25 years’ service, $35,000/year and with 30 years’ service, $42,000/year; and

Whereas the poverty line for life in Toronto and area has been estimated to be approximately a $17/hr wage, which translates to $35,360/year, and a living wage in the region is estimated to be as much as $21.75/hour ($45,240/yr);
Therefore be it resolved
that non-voluntary overtime earnings be made pensionable under the OPTrust as soon as reasonably possible but before the beginning of fiscal 2020.

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

The OPSEU Executive Board supports the resolutions committee’s recommendation and to leave resolution P1 under AGAINST

Roll Call #13

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len 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

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against

2019 Convention Resolution M16

Referral of Resolution M16 to the President’s office to get legal advice and make sure we are not breaking any laws and be brought back to the next board

Whereas new members often want their union number quickly for enterprise discounts, and locals need to be able to add members who sign cards electronically, to their email lists for communications;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU release to Local Presidents the private email address and union number, on the membership list available through Member portal; and further, that the list be available by download as an Excel spreadsheet as needed.

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

The OPSEU Executive Board supports the committee’s recommendation and to leave resolution M16 under against

Moved by Nancekivell/Labelle – Referral of Resolution M16 to the October board meeting for discussion with our lawyer for further information.

Roll Call #14

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed against

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len against

Finucane, Drew against

Kwok, Kingsley —

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth against

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy against

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken against

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren against

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 13 for 7 against

2019 Convention Resolution M7

Referral of Resolution M7 to the President’s office with instructions to address the issues that the resolutions committee has brought up in order to ensure we have a plan in place for attendees at different events to have mental health support.

Whereas OPSEU is a member driven union; and

Whereas OPSEU thrives on engaged membership; and

Whereas difficult topics addressed at OPSEU functions may trigger or overwhelm activists; and

Whereas hurt and burned out members disengage; and

Whereas triggered and overwhelmed members need to process information in a safe place and perhaps with an unbiased individual;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU provide mental health first aid to interested activists; and

Be it further resolved that there be mental health workers available at OPSEU educationals, conferences and at Convention.

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

The OPSEU Executive Board supports the resolutions committee’s recommendation to leave resolution M7 under AGAINST

Roll Call #15

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len 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

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Afternoon

The meeting resumed at 1:17p.m.

Shift Action for Pension Wealth and Planet Health

Miranda Black, Organizational Coordinator and Adam Scott, Direction gave a presentation to the board.

2019 Convention Resolution J1

Whereas Airline discount fares no longer cover the cost of baggage, seat selection or in some cases carry-on luggage until you have reached incremental level of their loyalty programs; and

Whereas OPSEU pays more expensive regular airfare that includes baggage and seat selection; and

Whereas if you purchase a discount flight on some airlines, without pre-paying for your seat, your seat is not secured in the case of overbookings; and

Whereas some airlines require that you must pre-book your seat at one of three or four loyalty price levels;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU amend the current Policy language (Section 10 – Expense Guidelines 10.1 – General) to indicate that members who fly to OPSEU activities and functions, may submit seat assignment and luggage cost, up to one checked bag and one carry on, for refund on their expense claims.

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Resolution J1 be moved to against

Moved by Nancekivell/Maclam – Amendment:

In the last resolve replace “indicate” with “add”

Replace “and luggage cost, up to one checked bag and one carry on” with “to a max of $30 per flight”

Roll Call #16

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley —

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 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 19 for 0 against


The question was called on the motion as amended:

Resolution J1 be moved to against

Whereas Airline discount fares no longer cover the cost of baggage, seat selection or in some cases carry-on luggage until you have reached incremental level of their loyalty programs; and

Whereas OPSEU pays more expensive regular airfare that includes baggage and seat selection; and

Whereas if you purchase a discount flight on some airlines, without pre-paying for your seat, your seat is not secured in the case of overbookings; and

Whereas some airlines require that you must pre-book your seat at one of three or four loyalty price levels;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU amend the current Policy language (Section 10 – Expense Guidelines 10.1 – General) to add that members who fly to OPSEU activities and functions, may submit seat assignment to a max of $30 per flight, for refund on their expense claims.

Roll Call #17

Ainsworth, Anna against

Almeida, Eddy against

Arvelin, Ed against

Doran, Dave against

Elliott, Len 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

Rondeau, Nathalie against

Smith-Rice, Erin against

Steinbrunner, Ken against

Strachan, Edie against

Thomas, Warren against

Usher, Joel against

Van Zetten, Jennifer against

DEFEATED 0 for 20 against

2019 Convention Resolution J5

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas OPSEU recognizes that rank and file activists give up considerable amounts of their free time to attend OPSEU functions to conduct the business of the union and spend considerable time away from family for this purpose; and

Whereas OPSEU recognizes that such business of union travel is stressful enough without adding a layer of potential stress and wishes to provide our union members with the respect they deserve; and

Whereas OPSEU members who travel for OPSEU business to benefit our union should be treated with the respect and regard that they deserve, including privacy, a place for downtime away from others and the opportunity to relax without having to worry about the opinions, feelings, habits of a fellow activist; and

Whereas removing the shared room policy could protect the union from liability;

Therefore be it resolved that the shared room policy be rescinded so that rank and file activists have a private room to retire to for breaks and in the evening; to call home without an audience, to consume food and beverages without a disapproving observer, work until the wee hours of the morning, or call it an early night without worrying about the needs of a fellow activist and to have a safe sleep space during these events.

Moved by Strachan/Nancekivell – Referral to discuss this during the upcoming budget meetings for consideration

Roll Call #18

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy against

Arvelin, Ed against

Doran, Dave against

Elliott, Len against

Finucane, Drew against

Kwok, Kingsley —

Labelle, Sara against

Langford, Tara against

Maclam, Kenneth against

Maszczakiewicz, Tara against

Morton, Lucy against

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel against

Rondeau, Nathalie against

Smith-Rice, Erin against

Steinbrunner, Ken against

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren against

Usher, Joel against

Van Zetten, Jennifer against

DEFEATED 3 for 17 against


The question was called on resolution J5:

Whereas OPSEU recognizes that rank and file activists give up considerable amounts of their free time to attend OPSEU functions to conduct the business of the union and spend considerable time away from family for this purpose; and

Whereas OPSEU recognizes that such business of union travel is stressful enough without adding a layer of potential stress and wishes to provide our union members with the respect they deserve; and

Whereas OPSEU members who travel for OPSEU business to benefit our union should be treated with the respect and regard that they deserve, including privacy, a place for downtime away from others and the opportunity to relax without having to worry about the opinions, feelings, habits of a fellow activist; and

Whereas removing the shared room policy could protect the union from liability;

Therefore be it resolved that the shared room policy be rescinded so that rank and file activists have a private room to retire to for breaks and in the evening; to call home without an audience, to consume food and beverages without a disapproving observer, work until the wee hours of the morning, or call it an early night without worrying about the needs of a fellow activist and to have a safe sleep space during these events.

Roll Call #19

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy against

Arvelin, Ed against

Doran, Dave against

Elliott, Len 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

Rondeau, Nathalie against

Smith-Rice, Erin against

Steinbrunner, Ken against

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren against

Usher, Joel against

Van Zetten, Jennifer against

DEFEATED 2 for 18 against

2019 Convention Resolution L5

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the Ontario Pay Equity Act was a key victory in both acknowledging the underfunding of women’s work and in bringing in measures to ensure a process by which to achieve pay equity; and

Whereas The Ontario Federation of Labour and its many affiliates came together for a Pay Equity Symposium, dedicated to reviewing and strategizing long-fought-for established legislative measures to ensure economic justice; and

Whereas under the provision of Bill 148 Pay Transparency Act was legislated to take effect as of January 1, 2019 as passed by the Liberal Government. This decision was made after hearing from the Gender Pay Gap affiliates at the Legislature at one of its many presentations earlier in 2018; and

Whereas Pay Transparency was seen as a major win for all working women in Ontario and the purpose of the act are:

(a) to promote gender equality and equal opportunity in employment and in the workplace, including equality of compensation between women and men, through increased transparency of pay and workforce composition;

(b) to increase disclosure of inequities related to employment and compensation that women and other Ontarians may experience in the workplace to encourage the removal of such inequities to promote the full and equal participation of women and other groups in the workplace;

(c) to promote, amongst employers, the elimination of gender and other biases in hiring, promotion, employment status and pay practices;

(d) to support open dialogue and workplace consultation between employers and employees on issues concerning employment, compensation and equal opportunity; and

(e) to support economic growth through the advancement of equity in employment and in the workplace for women and other groups.

Whereas the Pay Transparency Act mandates that every employer with 100 or more employees and every prescribed employer shall collect the prescribed information for the purposes of preparing, no later than May 15 each year, a pay transparency report that complies with the requirements in the regulations and that contains the prescribed information relating to the employer, the employer’s workforce composition and differences in compensation in the employer’s workforce with respect to gender and other prescribed characteristics; and

Whereas the Pay Transparency Act requires that an employer with 250 or more employees shall submit the first pay transparency report no later than May 15, 2020 and employers with 100 or more employees but fewer than 250 employees shall submit the first pay transparency report no later than May 15, 2021; and

Whereas the Anti-reprisal provisions state, “No employer or person acting on behalf of an employer shall intimidate, dismiss or otherwise penalize an employee or threaten to do so because the employee has, (a) made inquiries to the employer about the employee’s compensation; disclosed the employee’s compensation to another employee; made inquiries about a pay transparency report made under section 7, or about information contained in such a report; given information about the employer’s compliance or non-compliance with the requirements of this Act or the regulations to the Ministry; or asked the employer to comply with this Act or the regulation.”;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU continue to fully support the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), in fighting the Provincial Government in recognizing the changes to Pay Transparency that directly impact women. OPSEU Staff and the Provincial Women’s Committee (PWC) will prepare tool kits (education/training on gender parity, pay transparency, overall pay equity) which will be distributed and facilitated by each regional PWC rep; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU hold an annual symposium combined with a lobby day at the Legislature starting no later than 4 months after Convention 2019, to be ready for Pay Equity Day 2020;

Be it further resolved that OPSEU continue to support the Pay Equity campaigns by the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) in combating gender wage discrimination, ensuring that women throughout unions have the knowledge on pay equity. The PWC will mobilize OPSEU members to actively participate in Equal Pay Day annually.

Roll Call #20

Ainsworth, Anna against

Almeida, Eddy against

Arvelin, Ed against

Doran, Dave against

Elliott, Len against

Finucane, Drew against

Kwok, Kingsley against

Labelle, Sara against

Langford, Tara against

Maclam, Kenneth against

Maszczakiewicz, Tara against

Morton, Lucy against

Nancekivell, Laurie against

Perron, Janel against

Rondeau, Nathalie against

Smith-Rice, Erin against

Steinbrunner, Ken against

Strachan, Edie against

Thomas, Warren against

Usher, Joel against

Van Zetten, Jennifer against

DEFEATED 0 for 20 against

L7

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the pilot program, of Universal Basic Income was launched last year by the province’s Liberal government, and was intended to last three years; and

Whereas the Government ended the program on March 31, 2019, and the recipients have received their last payment. Approximately 4,000 people in Ontario began getting a supplement in October 2017 to bring them to at least 75 percent off the poverty line. That translates to a minimum annual income of $17,000 in Canadian dollars, approximately $13,000 for single people, and $24,000 for married couples; and

Whereas the Basic Income pilot was not in existence long enough to collect any data. Lisa MacLeod, Ontario’s Minister in charge of social services cited the high costs of the project, $150 million in Canadian dollars, as the reason for the cuts and said it was “clearly not the answer for Ontario families.” Data from the experiment was not provided to back up that statement. She went on to make a promise of a better plan within 100 days of the end of program. However, Jagmeet Singh stated, “the premature end of the pilot will make it impossible to amass enough data to determine how effective a basic income program could be in lifting Canadians out of poverty.” Furthermore, it was an incentive towards empowering and motivating people who already had 50 cents clawed back for every dollar earned from a job. Singh also called on the Federal Government to step in and fund the remainder of the basic income pilot project in Ontario to have a wholesome data set, examine some of the challenges and some of the benefits that are raised from the basic income program, and gather evidence to make a decision as opposed to scrapping the program;

Be it further resolved OPSEU will continue to advocate to preserve the Basic Income Project and will petition and lobby the Ontario Government to reinstate and expand the Basic Income Project.

Roll Call #21

Ainsworth, Anna against

Almeida, Eddy against

Arvelin, Ed against

Doran, Dave against

Elliott, Len 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

Rondeau, Nathalie against

Smith-Rice, Erin against

Steinbrunner, Ken against

Strachan, Edie against

Thomas, Warren against

Usher, Joel against

Van Zetten, Jennifer against

DEFEATED 0 for 20 against

2019 Convention Resolution L9

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas only 72% of workplaces in Ontario are covered by workers’ compensation, which is among the lowest coverage rates of any province in Canada; and

Whereas a lack of workers’ compensation coverage means workers who are injured on the job are left with little or no support system and are more likely to fall into poverty is a union that has a significant percentage of women members; and

Whereas the sectors that are not covered are disproportionately made up of women, newcomers, and racialized workers; and

Whereas the new economy has brought forward more precarious jobs, industries, and working conditions precarious that are often also not covered by workers’ compensation; and

Whereas most women who work outside the home still bear the brunt of housework and child care responsibilities thus resulting in double duties; and

Whereas women who work in gendered industries, such as caretaking and hospitality, are at a particularly high risk of injuries; and

Whereas these sectors pay relatively low wages and are largely staffed by women of colour, poor working class women and women of colour who are disproportionately affected by workers’ compensation denials;

Therefore be it resolved OPSEU embarks on a lobbying campaign to bring full Universal workers compensation Coverage to all workers in Ontario; and

Be it further resolved OPSEU work to support the campaigns by the Women of Inspiration Injured Worker Group and its affiliates to eliminate gender discrimination within the Workers’ Compensation System, including through contributing $1000 in financial support.

Roll Call #22

Ainsworth, Anna against

Almeida, Eddy against

Arvelin, Ed against

Doran, Dave against

Elliott, Len 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

Rondeau, Nathalie against

Smith-Rice, Erin against

Steinbrunner, Ken against

Strachan, Edie against

Thomas, Warren against

Usher, Joel against

Van Zetten, Jennifer against

DEFEATED 0 for 20 against

2019 Convention Resolution M8

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas active membership in the union is the key to building strong activists and a strong union; and

Whereas misconceptions about the labour movement can negatively affect new hires when they enter a unionized workplace; and

Whereas the OPSEU membership application form may be the first and only personal contact members have with the union; and

Whereas seeing your identities reflected in the in the organization has the ability to speak to members in an increasingly diverse workforce;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU membership application form is updated to include a brief description of the individual equity caucuses and committees, including an option to receive information on a specific equity group(s); and

Be it further resolved that these changes be phased in over the next 12 months, to allow for the existing forms to be used up, and for staff and the equity groups to prepare an introductory document that will be sent to new members along with their membership card.

Roll Call #23

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len 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

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie —

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 19 for 0 against

2019 Convention Resolution M11

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas Area Councils are vital to the political life of OPSEU and regional activities; and

Whereas there is no mechanism for area councils to caucus with each other; and

Whereas Area Councils can move motions at convention but there is no mechanism to provide representation as delegates to motivate such motions;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU commit to providing time and space at Convention for an open caucus for all OPSEU Area Council executives to meet, strategize and build solidarity.

Moved by Nancekivell /Strachan- Amendment:

add at end of resolve “OPSEU will supply the cost of the room only”

Moved by Strachan/Ainsworth – Amendment to amendment:

after “OPSEU” add “will schedule a time and”

Roll Call #24

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy against

Arvelin, Ed against

Doran, Dave against

Elliott, Len against

Finucane, Drew against

Kwok, Kingsley —

Labelle, Sara against

Langford, Tara against

Maclam, Kenneth against

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy against

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel against

Rondeau, Nathalie against

Smith-Rice, Erin against

Steinbrunner, Ken against

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren against

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

DEFEATED 6 for 14 against


The question was called on the amendment:

add at end of resolve “OPSEU will supply the cost of the room only”

Roll Call #25

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy against

Arvelin, Ed against

Doran, Dave against

Elliott, Len against

Finucane, Drew against

Kwok, Kingsley —

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara against

Maclam, Kenneth against

Maszczakiewicz, Tara against

Morton, Lucy against

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie against

Smith-Rice, Erin against

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren against

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

DEFEATED 8 for 12 against


The question called on the Resolution:

Whereas Area Councils are vital to the political life of OPSEU and regional activities; and

Whereas there is no mechanism for area councils to caucus with each other; and

Whereas Area Councils can move motions at convention but there is no mechanism to provide representation as delegates to motivate such motions;
Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU commit to providing time and space at Convention for an open caucus for all OPSEU Area Council executives to meet, strategize and build solidarity.

Moved by Nancekivell/Strachan – Amendment:

After “providing” remove “time and”

Roll Call #26

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed against

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley —

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth against

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie —

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren against

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for


Carried 16 for 3 against

The question was called on the resolution as amended:

Whereas Area Councils are vital to the political life of OPSEU and regional activities; and

Whereas there is no mechanism for area councils to caucus with each other; and

Whereas Area Councils can move motions at convention but there is no mechanism to provide representation as delegates to motivate such motions;
Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU commit to providing space at Convention for an open caucus for all OPSEU Area Council executives to meet, strategize and build solidarity.

Roll Call #27

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy against

Arvelin, Ed against

Doran, Dave against

Elliott, Len against

Finucane, Drew against

Kwok, Kingsley —

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara against

Maclam, Kenneth against

Maszczakiewicz, Tara against

Morton, Lucy against

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel against

Rondeau, Nathalie —

Smith-Rice, Erin against

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren against

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer against

DEFEATED 6 for 13 against

Anna Ainsworth, Sara Labelle, Laurie Nancekivell, Ken Steinbrunner, Edie Strachan and Joel Usher filed minority reports

2019 Convention Resolution E6

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the membership Development program has been created to recruit, train and develop people within the union structure. As our union changes, the need to train and develop people becomes increasingly critical; and

Whereas the overall goal of the membership Development program is to provide learning and development opportunities relative to the work of the professional level staff at OPSEU; and

Whereas the Membership Development Trainees will participate in a variety of activities including the following:

•On the job shadowing

•Regular discussions with Assigned staff mentor

•Self-directed learning activities

•Reflective journaling

Whereas the Membership Development Trainee (MDT) program was created to provide opportunities for OPSEU members from all sectors to experience what working with OPSEU would be like. It’s also meant to develop a pool of qualified and experienced applicants for a variety of staff vacancies that come up from time to time at OPSEU; and

Whereas , OPSEU supports employment equity. Racialized workers, women, Indigenous workers, LGBTQTS workers, young workers, francophone workers, and workers with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For the purpose of statistical data collection, applicants are strongly encouraged to voluntarily self-identify;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU creates a Membership Development Program that is exclusively for the Equity Groups. This program initiative should be completed by September 2020.

Roll Call #28

Ainsworth, Anna against

Almeida, Eddy against

Arvelin, Ed against

Doran, Dave against

Elliott, Len 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

Rondeau, Nathalie against

Smith-Rice, Erin against

Steinbrunner, Ken against

Strachan, Edie against

Thomas, Warren against

Usher, Joel against

Van Zetten, Jennifer against

DEFEATED 0 for 20 against

2019 Convention Resolution L6

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the United Nations ranks Canada as having the 8th highest gender wage gap and this gendered income disparity continues to victimize women. As the former women’s critic for London West, New Democrat MPP Peggy Sattler points out that for women escaping violence, “if her job is insecure and doesn’t pay enough to lift her out of poverty, she may feel forced to stay in the abusive relationship.” For example, while Bill 47 maintains provisions brought in by the previous Liberal government providing up to 17 weeks of leave for victims of sexual assault or domestic violence. Those provisions include five days of paid leave, but the bill repeals 10 days of job-protected leave for personal and family illness; and

Whereas research from the Gender Pay Gap and Centre for Research shows that women are far more likely to fall into poverty after leaving a relationship as compared to men. Too often women are afraid to leave or are forced to return to their abusers because they can’t afford rent, child care, food, clothing and other basic necessities, especially with the new changes to the basic income supplement. Most women’s shelters are presently operating over capacity due to a lack of affordable transitional and permanent housing. In addition, the burden of insufficient income makes it all the more difficult for women to leave and remain out of abusive relationships. Now this Government has set in motion changes that will significantly add to the financial stress women are presently faced; and

Whereas a panel of experts known as the Roundtable on Violence against Women was established in 2015 by the Liberal government – experts who work with specific populations on the subject matter and who came from approximately two dozen organizations, most of whom were volunteers; and who provide strategic advice to the Province on emerging issues related to, and including Indigenous women, immigrants, older women, LGBTQ people, and sex workers. The roundtable provided advice on campaign language and policies relating to domestic violence. For example, when the government was considering introducing new family-court fees in custody, access or child-support cases in 2015, the roundtable pointed out that this could be prohibitive to women fleeing domestic violence. The government ultimately decided to scrap the fee increases from their proposal. The roundtable also advocated for paid leave for people experiencing domestic or sexual violence or the threat of violence; and

Whereas according to a Pan-Canadian research study conducted at Western University in 2014, domestic violence impacts one in three workers in their lifetimes. A significant majority of those workers also reported that their work also suffered. Half of those we surveyed said the abuse occurred near or at the workplace. Ignoring this issue won’t make it go away; not only will people continue to suffer while fearing the loss of their income if they make a move, but the costs to employers will continue to accumulate. Recent estimates show Canadian employers lose $77.9 million annually due to the direct and indirect impacts of domestic violence. This includes that women are often forced to choose between one’s job and one’s own well-being, or that of their children. Women, predominately racialized and Indigenous, are more likely to be employed in precarious, low-wage work and are potentially more likely to lose out on the repeal of this bill. How callous is it to send a further signal that this Province doesn’t care much about their safety or well-being?; and

Whereas OPSEU passed a motion in 2018 to further the commitment to an education program, and campaign on domestic and sexual violence;

Therefore be it resolved OPSEU will continue its commitment, and dedication to all women within the OPSEU membership and to create stronger centralized language that directly addresses domestic violence within workplaces; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU will make funds available so OPSEU staff and the Provincial Women’s Committee (PWC) can bring awareness, education programs and campaigns on domestic and sexual violence to increase the knowledge of the general membership; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU continues its commitment and dedication to fighting the Ontario Government in making the issue of Domestic Violence as one of its primary priorities. OPSEU and the PWC will work continuously with Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) and like-minded community partners; and

Be it further resolved that OPSEU will support creating a Roundtable Forum on sexual and domestic violence, to undertake the discussion, education and training regarding domestic violence. This round table would consist of no more than 25 members from OPSEU and community. OPSEU will fully fund all OPSEU members expenses related to all activities/events related to the domestic violence campaign. This roundtable will take place immediately following Convention 2019.

Roll Call #29

Ainsworth, Anna against

Almeida, Eddy against

Arvelin, Ed against

Doran, Dave against

Elliott, Len 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

Rondeau, Nathalie against

Smith-Rice, Erin against

Steinbrunner, Ken against

Strachan, Edie against

Thomas, Warren against

Usher, Joel against

Van Zetten, Jennifer against

DEFEATED 0 for 20 against

Violation of 9.9 of policy manual

Moved by Smith-Rice/Langford

Whereas OPSEU adheres to the code of conduct as per article 9.1 of the OPSEU policy manual; and

Whereas decisions and actions taken by each Executive Board Member should be taken with integrity, objectivity, impartiality, and the best interest of OPSEU; and

Whereas this applies to all union situations as well as all other situations in which the Executive Board Member’s status within OPSEU becomes relevant; and

Whereas Executive Board Member’s must always ensure their conduct meets the standards of these ethical principle’s honesty, sincerity, fairness, confidentiality, responsibility, trust, and integrity; and

Whereas the code of conduct and principles of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union have been violated by Sara Labelle, Regional Vice-President Region 3, in her actions by distributing slanderous and vexatious material by distributing information presented to the board of the Ontario health coalition to members of OPSEU; and

Whereas this information will cause harm to the members of OPSEU or potential new members to OPSEU, including those entering into mergers and or organizing drives;

Therefore be it resolved that censures be placed on Sara Labelle Regional Vice-President Region 3; and

Therefore be it further resolved that Sara Labelle immediately step down from her liaison/ treasurer position with the Ontario Health Coalition; and

Therefore be it further resolved that Sara Labelle issue a written apology to OPSEU Executive Board; and

Therefore be it further resolved that failure to adhere to any of the above, may lead to further action by the OPSEU Executive Board up to and including additional censures.

Moved by Nancekivell/Strachan – object to consideration

Roll Call #30

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy against

Arvelin, Ed against

Doran, Dave against

Elliott, Len against

Finucane, Drew against

Kwok, Kingsley —

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara against

Maclam, Kenneth against

Maszczakiewicz, Tara against

Morton, Lucy against

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel against

Rondeau, Nathalie against

Smith-Rice, Erin against

Steinbrunner, Ken against

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren against

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer against

DEFEATED 5 for 15 against

The motion will be considered

Whereas OPSEU adheres to the code of conduct as per article 9.1 of the OPSEU policy manual; and

Whereas decisions and actions taken by each Executive Board Member should be taken with integrity, objectivity, impartiality, and the best interest of OPSEU; and

Whereas this applies to all union situations as well as all other situations in which the Executive Board Member’s status within OPSEU becomes relevant; and

Whereas Executive Board Member’s must always ensure their conduct meets the standards of these ethical principle’s honesty, sincerity, fairness, confidentiality, responsibility, trust, and integrity; and

Whereas the code of conduct and principles of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union have been violated by Sara Labelle, Regional Vice-President Region 3, in her actions by distributing slanderous and vexatious material by distributing information presented to the board of the Ontario health coalition to members of OPSEU; and

Whereas this information will cause harm to the members of OPSEU or potential new members to OPSEU, including those entering into mergers and or organizing drives;

Therefore be it resolved that censures be placed on Sara Labelle Regional Vice-President Region 3; and

Therefore be it further resolved that Sara Labelle immediately step down from her liaison/ treasurer position with the Ontario Health Coalition; and

Therefore be it further resolved that Sara Labelle issue a written apology to OPSEU Executive Board; and

Therefore be it further resolved that failure to adhere to any of the above, may lead to further action by the OPSEU Executive Board up to and including additional censures.

Moved by Steinbrunner/Nancekivell – Amendment:

Strike the last 3 resolve

Roll Call #31

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len against

Finucane, Drew against

Kwok, Kingsley —

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 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 17 for 2 against


The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas OPSEU adheres to the code of conduct as per article 9.1 of the OPSEU policy manual; and

Whereas decisions and actions taken by each Executive Board Member should be taken with integrity, objectivity, impartiality, and the best interest of OPSEU; and

Whereas this applies to all union situations as well as all other situations in which the Executive Board Member’s status within OPSEU becomes relevant; and

Whereas Executive Board Member’s must always ensure their conduct meets the standards of these ethical principle’s honesty, sincerity, fairness, confidentiality, responsibility, trust, and integrity; and

Whereas the code of conduct and principles of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union have been violated by Sara Labelle, Regional Vice-President Region 3, in her actions by distributing slanderous and vexatious material by distributing information presented to the board of the Ontario health coalition to members of OPSEU; and

Whereas this information will cause harm to the members of OPSEU or potential new members to OPSEU, including those entering into mergers and or organizing drives;

Therefore be it resolved that censures be placed on Sara Labelle Regional Vice-President Region 3

Roll Call #32

Ainsworth, Anna against

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley —

Labelle, Sara —

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie against

Perron, Janel against

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie against

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel against

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 14 for 5 against

Janel Perron, Laurie Nancekivell, Edie Strachan, Anna Ainsworth and Joel Usher filed a minority report

Recess

The Executive Board recessed at 5:20 p.m. All members were present except Kingsley Kwok, the reason was acceptable to the Chair.

September 26, 2019

The Executive Board was called to order at 9:00 a.m. First Vice President Almeida was in the Chair. All members were present except President Thomas, the reason was acceptable to the Chair.

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
  • Alcohol Policy on OPSEU Property
  • Equity Committee/Caucuses Board motion
  • OHC Funding/Sponsorship Discussion
  • Summary Report
  • Other Business

Alcohol Policy on OPSEU Property

Moved by Almeida/Finucane

Whereas OPSEU locals or any number of members or community partners may request approval to hold social events at OPSEU properties; and

Whereas members making these requests, would be an LEC member or designated leader/highest ranking member of group making request; and

Whereas it is understood that events on OPSEU properties, particularly those that include service of alcohol, may create a risk of personal legal liability for the Organizer and those members involved in an event, as well as in some cases for the OPSEU Local or group that plans the event and OPSEU.

Therefore be it resolved that the following policy be approved and placed in the policy manual.

Alcohol Policy on OPSEU Property

1) If being held at a regional office, the request for use of space will be sent to the Regional Vice President and Regional Supervisor for consideration, with rationale.

2) The Office of the First Vice-President/Treasurer will then review and may approve requests, and may require further information or documentation prior to possible approval. Decisions concerning denied approvals are subject to an appeal to the Executive Committee

3) All requests must be forwarded to the Office of the First Vice President/Treasurer no later than 10 working days prior to the event. In the request it must identify who will act as Organizer of the event, and include a description of the nature of the event, proposed date, and number of members and non-members invited/attending

4) All requests must also confirm whether alcohol will be served and whether at no cost, at cost, or for fundraising purposes.

5) Once approval is received from the Office of the First Vice-President/Treasurer the Organizer of the event must ensure that the event is conducted in a reasonable and responsible manner that protects the safety of all people involved. As examples, for any social event that includes service of alcohol, OPSEU requires that:

a) The Organizer must comply with all requirements of the Liquor License Act, and must obtain a license in advance, if required.

b) The Organizer must attend the event from start to finish, and remain responsible for all arrangements during the event.

c) The Organizer must arrange for security for the event as appropriate, and contact police if needed during the event.

d) Alcohol at the event must be served by trained individuals who hold a Smart-Serve license. The Servers must ensure that guests are of legal drinking age, not intoxicated, etc.

e) A copy of each Server’s Smart Serve license must be provided to the Office of the First Vice-President/Treasurer 48 hours prior to the event.

f) Activities or games that encourage consumption of alcohol are not permitted.

g) Food, water and non-alcoholic drinks must be provided in addition to any alcohol.

h) The Organizer must ensure that any guests who become intoxicated are removed safely from the event and provided with safe transportation home, such as by taxi.

I) The Organizer will provide information or details after the event concerning any arrangements or concerns to the Office of the First Vice-President/Treasurer within 48 hours after the event.

Moved by Nancekivell/Strachan – Amendment:

Strike the 2nd Whereas

In the 3rd Whereas replace “local or group” with “member”

In 1) replace “regional office” with “membership centre”

In 2) after “committee” add “and after a further appeal to the Executive Board”

In 5) replace “once” with “if” and strike “As examples,”

In 5) d) replace “not intoxicated” with “and not served if intoxicated”

Moved by Strachan/Nancekivell – Amendment to the amendment:

Under 2) add “Such appeals be dealt with at the next Officers or Executive Board meeting.” at the end

Under d) replace “guests” with “those consuming alcohol”

Roll Call #33

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len 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 —

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against


The question is called on the amendment as amended:

Delete the 2nd Whereas

In the 3rd Whereas replace “local or group” with “member”

In 1) replace “regional office” with “membership centre”

In 2) after “committee” add “and after a further appeal to the Executive Board”

In 5) replace “once” with “if” and strike “As examples,”

In 5) d) replace “not intoxicated” with “and not served if intoxicated”

Under 2) add “Such appeals be dealt with at the next Officers or Executive Board meeting.” at the end

Under d) replace “guests” with “those consuming alcohol”

Roll Call #34

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len 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 —

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against


The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas OPSEU locals or any number of members or community partners may request approval to hold social events at OPSEU properties; and

Whereas it is understood that events on OPSEU properties, particularly those that include service of alcohol, may create a risk of personal legal liability for the Organizer and those members involved in an event, as well as in some cases for the OPSEU member that plans the event and OPSEU.

Therefore be it resolved that the following policy be approved and placed in the policy manual.

Alcohol Policy on OPSEU Property

1) If being held at a membership centre, the request for use of space will be sent to the Regional Vice President and Regional Supervisor for consideration, with rationale.

2) The Office of the First Vice-President/Treasurer will then review and may approve requests, and may require further information or documentation prior to possible approval. Decisions concerning denied approvals are subject to an appeal to the Executive Committee and a further appeal to the Executive Board. Such appeals be dealt with at the next Officers or Executive Board meeting.

3) All requests must be forwarded to the Office of the First Vice President/Treasurer no later than 10 working days prior to the event. In the request it must identify who will act as Organizer of the event, and include a description of the nature of the event, proposed date, and number of members and non-members invited/attending

4) All requests must also confirm whether alcohol will be served and whether at no cost, at cost, or for fundraising purposes.

5) If approval is received from the Office of the First Vice-President/Treasurer the Organizer of the event must ensure that the event is conducted in a reasonable and responsible manner that protects the safety of all people involved. For any social event that includes service of alcohol, OPSEU requires that:

a) The Organizer must comply with all requirements of the Liquor License Act, and must obtain a license in advance, if required.

b) The Organizer must attend the event from start to finish, and remain responsible for all arrangements during the event.

c) The Organizer must arrange for security for the event as appropriate, and contact police if needed during the event.

d) Alcohol at the event must be served by trained individuals who hold a Smart-Serve license. The Servers must ensure that those consuming alcohol are of legal drinking age, and not served if intoxicated, etc.

e) A copy of each Server’s Smart Serve license must be provided to the Office of the First Vice-President/Treasurer 48 hours prior to the event.

f) Activities or games that encourage consumption of alcohol are not permitted.

g) Food, water and non-alcoholic drinks must be provided in addition to any alcohol.

h) The Organizer must ensure that any guests who become intoxicated are removed safely from the event and provided with safe transportation home, such as by taxi.

I) The Organizer will provide information or details after the event concerning any arrangements or concerns to the Office of the First Vice-President/Treasurer within 48 hours after the event.

Move by Steinbrunner/Maclam -Amendment:

Under 1) replace “Regional Vice President” with 3 Executive Board members

Remove “Regional Supervisor”

After “consideration” add “by consensus”

Moved by Strachan/Nancekivell – Amendment to amendment:

strike “by consensus”

Roll Call #35

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy against

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken against

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren —

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 18 for 2 against


The question is called on the amendment as amended:

1) If being held at a membership centre, the request for use of space will be sent to the 3 Executive board members for consideration, with rationale.

Roll Call #36

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len 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 —

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against


The question is called on the motion as amended:

Whereas OPSEU locals or any number of members or community partners may request approval to hold social events at OPSEU properties; and

Whereas it is understood that events on OPSEU properties, particularly those that include service of alcohol, may create a risk of personal legal liability for the Organizer and those members involved in an event, as well as in some cases for the OPSEU member that plans the event and OPSEU.

Therefore be it resolved that the following policy be approved and placed in the policy manual.

Alcohol Policy on OPSEU Property

1) If being held at a membership centre, the request for use of space will be sent to the 3 Executive board members for consideration, with rationale.

2) The Office of the First Vice-President/Treasurer will then review and may approve requests, and may require further information or documentation prior to possible approval. Decisions concerning denied approvals are subject to an appeal to the Executive Committee and a further appeal to the Executive Board. Such appeals be dealt with at the next Officers or Executive Board meeting.

3) All requests must be forwarded to the Office of the First Vice President/Treasurer no later than 10 working days prior to the event. In the request it must identify who will act as Organizer of the event, and include a description of the nature of the event, proposed date, and number of members and non-members invited/attending

4) All requests must also confirm whether alcohol will be served and whether at no cost, at cost, or for fundraising purposes.

5) If approval is received from the Office of the First Vice-President/Treasurer the Organizer of the event must ensure that the event is conducted in a reasonable and responsible manner that protects the safety of all people involved. For any social event that includes service of alcohol, OPSEU requires that:

a) The Organizer must comply with all requirements of the Liquor License Act, and must obtain a license in advance, if required.

b) The Organizer must attend the event from start to finish, and remain responsible for all arrangements during the event.

c) The Organizer must arrange for security for the event as appropriate, and contact police if needed during the event.

d) Alcohol at the event must be served by trained individuals who hold a Smart-Serve license. The Servers must ensure that those consuming alcohol are of legal drinking age, and not served if intoxicated, etc.

e) A copy of each Server’s Smart Serve license must be provided to the Office of the First Vice-President/Treasurer 48 hours prior to the event.

f) Activities or games that encourage consumption of alcohol are not permitted.

g) Food, water and non-alcoholic drinks must be provided in addition to any alcohol.

h) The Organizer must ensure that any guests who become intoxicated are removed safely from the event and provided with safe transportation home, such as by taxi.

I) The Organizer will provide information or details after the event concerning any arrangements or concerns to the Office of the First Vice-President/Treasurer within 48 hours after the event.

Moved by Van Zetten/Ainsworth – Amendment:

Under a) delete “if required”

Under e) change “prior” to “before”

Add “as well as the liquor license” after “event”

Moved by Maclam/Maszczakiewicz – Amendment to the amendment:

Move “as well as the liquor license” after “servers smart serve license”

Roll Call #37

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len 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 —

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against


The question was called on the amendment as amended:

e) A copy of each Server’s Smart Serve license as well as the liquor license must be provided to the Office of the First Vice-President/Treasurer 48 hours before to the event.

Moved by Rondeau/Morton: Amendment to the amendment:

After “liquor license” add “and insurance documents if required”

Roll Call #38

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len 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 —

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against


The question was called on amendment as amended:

e) A copy of each Server’s Smart Serve license as well as the liquor license and insurance documents if required must be provided to the Office of the First Vice-President/Treasurer 48 hours before to the event.

Roll Call #39

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len 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 —

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against


The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas OPSEU locals or any number of members or community partners may request approval to hold social events at OPSEU properties; and

Whereas it is understood that events on OPSEU properties, particularly those that include service of alcohol, may create a risk of personal legal liability for the Organizer and those members involved in an event, as well as in some cases for the OPSEU member that plans the event and OPSEU.

Therefore be it resolved that the following policy be approved and placed in the policy manual.

Alcohol Policy on OPSEU Property

1) If being held at a membership centre, the request for use of space will be sent to the 3 Executive board members for consideration, with rationale.

2) The Office of the First Vice-President/Treasurer will then review and may approve requests, and may require further information or documentation prior to possible approval. Decisions concerning denied approvals are subject to an appeal to the Executive Committee and a further appeal to the Executive Board. Such appeals be dealt with at the next Officers or Executive Board meeting.

3) All requests must be forwarded to the Office of the First Vice President/Treasurer no later than 10 working days prior to the event. In the request it must identify who will act as Organizer of the event, and include a description of the nature of the event, proposed date, and number of members and non-members invited/attending

4) All requests must also confirm whether alcohol will be served and whether at no cost, at cost, or for fundraising purposes.

5) If approval is received from the Office of the First Vice-President/Treasurer the Organizer of the event must ensure that the event is conducted in a reasonable and responsible manner that protects the safety of all people involved. For any social event that includes service of alcohol, OPSEU requires that:

a) The Organizer must comply with all requirements of the Liquor License Act, and must obtain a license in advance.

b) The Organizer must attend the event from start to finish, and remain responsible for all arrangements during the event.

c) The Organizer must arrange for security for the event as appropriate, and contact police if needed during the event.

d) Alcohol at the event must be served by trained individuals who hold a Smart-Serve license. The Servers must ensure that those consuming alcohol are of legal drinking age, and not served if intoxicated, etc.

e) A copy of each Server’s Smart Serve license as well as the liquor license and insurance documents if required must be provided to the Office of the First Vice-President/Treasurer 48 hours before to the event.

f) Activities or games that encourage consumption of alcohol are not permitted.

g) Food, water and non-alcoholic drinks must be provided in addition to any alcohol.

h) The Organizer must ensure that any guests who become intoxicated are removed safely from the event and provided with safe transportation home, such as by taxi.

I) The Organizer will provide information or details after the event concerning any arrangements or concerns to the Office of the First Vice-President/Treasurer within 48 hours after the event.

Moved by Elliott/Finucane – Amendment:

Under h) after “taxi” add “to be paid for by the event organizer not central opseu”

Moved by Nanckivell/Strachan – Amendment to the amendment:

strike “to be paid for by the event organizer not”

Roll Call #40

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len 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 —

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against


The question was called on the amendment as amended:

h) The Organizer must ensure that any guests who become intoxicated are removed safely from the event and provided with safe transportation home, such as by taxi, not to be paid by central OPSEU.

Roll Call #41

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len 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 —

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against


The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas OPSEU locals or any number of members or community partners may request approval to hold social events at OPSEU properties; and

Whereas it is understood that events on OPSEU properties, particularly those that include service of alcohol, may create a risk of personal legal liability for the Organizer and those members involved in an event, as well as in some cases for the OPSEU member that plans the event and OPSEU.

Therefore be it resolved that the following policy be approved and placed in the policy manual.

Alcohol Policy on OPSEU Property

1) If being held at a membership centre, the request for use of space will be sent to the 3 Executive board members for consideration, with rationale.

2) The Office of the First Vice-President/Treasurer will then review and may approve requests, and may require further information or documentation prior to possible approval. Decisions concerning denied approvals are subject to an appeal to the Executive Committee and a further appeal to the Executive Board. Such appeals be dealt with at the next Officers or Executive Board meeting.

3) All requests must be forwarded to the Office of the First Vice President/Treasurer no later than 10 working days prior to the event. In the request it must identify who will act as Organizer of the event, and include a description of the nature of the event, proposed date, and number of members and non-members invited/attending

4) All requests must also confirm whether alcohol will be served and whether at no cost, at cost, or for fundraising purposes.

5) If approval is received from the Office of the First Vice-President/Treasurer the Organizer of the event must ensure that the event is conducted in a reasonable and responsible manner that protects the safety of all people involved. For any social event that includes service of alcohol, OPSEU requires that:

a) The Organizer must comply with all requirements of the Liquor License Act, and must obtain a license in advance.

b) The Organizer must attend the event from start to finish, and remain responsible for all arrangements during the event.

c) The Organizer must arrange for security for the event as appropriate, and contact police if needed during the event.

d) Alcohol at the event must be served by trained individuals who hold a Smart-Serve license. The Servers must ensure that those consuming alcohol are of legal drinking age, and not served if intoxicated, etc.

e) A copy of each Server’s Smart Serve license as well as the liquor license and insurance documents if required must be provided to the Office of the First Vice-President/Treasurer 48 hours before to the event.

f) Activities or games that encourage consumption of alcohol are not permitted.

g) Food, water and non-alcoholic drinks must be provided in addition to any alcohol.

h) The Organizer must ensure that any guests who become intoxicated are removed safely from the event and provided with safe transportation home, such as by taxi, not to be paid by central OPSEU.

I) The Organizer will provide information or details after the event concerning any arrangements or concerns to the Office of the First Vice-President/Treasurer within 48 hours after the event.

Roll Call #42

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len 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 —

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against

President Thomas in the Chair

President’s Report

Timed presentation: CAAT-Support JCC Committee Training Proposal

Naz Binck, Chair of CAAT-S JCC & Bob Holder, JCC Vice-Chair gave a presentation to the Board

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board waive the 30-day notice for expenditure in excess of $20,000.

Roll Call #43

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len 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 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 21 for 0 against


Moved by Thomas/Ainsworth

Whereas the CAAT Support Joint Classification Committee has designed two educationals (JCC Level 1 Beginner and Level 2 Advanced) that will enable our members to challenge their job evaluation and rate of pay, resulting in higher pay for our members and higher dues being paid to OPSEU; and

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the funding for the planning and delivery of the JCC training to the locals in the regions in accordance with the details outlined in this proposal and that the funds be drawn from the contingency fund.

Roll Call #44

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len 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 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Sector 13 Municipalities Bargaining Conference 2020

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 #45

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len 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 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Moved by Thomas/Langford

Whereas the Sector 13 Municipalities Divisional Executive have made it a priority to hold a bargaining conference and put together a document outlining the superior provisions within each of the 34 Collective Agreements within the Sector; and

Whereas the Sector would like to look at a coordinated approach to bargaining with the units in the Sector to gain greater strength at the bargaining table; and

Whereas the Divisional Executive have implemented cost savings in their Divisional Executive meetings by meeting as follows: Two (2) face to face meetings per year (2 day meetings). Two (2) conference calls per year (1 day meeting); in order to provide a cost savings measure to help fund a bargaining conference; and

Whereas a bargaining conference will give the unit delegates from the Sector the tools, knowledge and information to negotiate better Collective Agreements for the members in the Sector;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve funding for a Sector 13 Municipalities Bargaining Conference in accordance with the details outlined in this proposal, with funding to be drawn from the Contingency Fund.

Roll Call #46

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara —

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 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 0 against

Treasurer’s Report

Equity Committee/Caucuses Board Motion

Moved by Almeida/ Thomas

Whereas the OPSEU Equity Committees and Caucuses were created to educate, organize and mobilize members of equity seeking groups to achieve equity in the workplace and in the broader community; and

Whereas the OPSEU Executive Board includes an annual budget for each of its equity committees and caucuses to enable this mandate; and

Whereas annual budget monies being spent by OPSEU Equity Committees and Causes must be in keeping with OPSEU Policy; and

Whereas the OPSEU Executive Board has a fiscal duty to ensure the best use of all funds appropriated and to be accountable to the larger membership; and

Whereas the OPSEU Executive Officers and Board is the only Standing Committee of OPSEU that can make motions regarding central Funds; and

Whereas OPSEU is incorporated, audited and must follow laws including what governs expenditures; and

Whereas the First Vice President and Treasurer’s office approves expenditures based on Budget, Officer or Executive Board Approvals.

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Equity Committees and Caucuses reaffirm their commitment to follow OPSEU Policy;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the OPSEU Equity Committees and Caucuses will not use money from their annual budgets to make donations on behalf of OPSEU, supplement expenditures already guided by OPSEU Policy, or vote on decisions which would otherwise violate OPSEU Policy.

Moved by Nancekivell/Strachan – Amendment:

strike the first resolve

Roll Call #47

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len 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 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 21 for 0 against


The question was called on motion as amended:

Whereas the OPSEU Equity Committees and Caucuses were created to educate, organize and mobilize members of equity seeking groups to achieve equity in the workplace and in the broader community; and

Whereas the OPSEU Executive Board includes an annual budget for each of its equity committees and caucuses to enable this mandate; and

Whereas annual budget monies being spent by OPSEU Equity Committees and Causes must be in keeping with OPSEU Policy; and

Whereas the OPSEU Executive Board has a fiscal duty to ensure the best use of all funds appropriated and to be accountable to the larger membership; and

Whereas the OPSEU Executive Officers and Board is the only Standing Committee of OPSEU that can make motions regarding central Funds; and

Whereas OPSEU is incorporated, audited and must follow laws including what governs expenditures; and

Whereas the First Vice President and Treasurer’s office approves expenditures based on Budget, Officer or Executive Board Approvals; and

Therefore be it resolved that that the OPSEU Equity Committees and Caucuses will not use money from their annual budgets to make donations on behalf of OPSEU, supplement expenditures already guided by OPSEU Policy, or vote on decisions which would otherwise violate OPSEU Policy.

Moved by Steinbrunner/Ainsworth- Amendment:

In the 4th whereas change “fiscal” to “fiduciary”

Roll Call #48

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len 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 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 21 for 0 against


The question was called on motion as amended:

Whereas the OPSEU Equity Committees and Caucuses were created to educate, organize and mobilize members of equity seeking groups to achieve equity in the workplace and in the broader community; and

Whereas the OPSEU Executive Board includes an annual budget for each of its equity committees and caucuses to enable this mandate; and

Whereas annual budget monies being spent by OPSEU Equity Committees and Causes must be in keeping with OPSEU Policy; and

Whereas the OPSEU Executive Board has a fiduciary duty to ensure the best use of all funds appropriated and to be accountable to the larger membership; and

Whereas the OPSEU Executive Officers and Board is the only Standing Committee of OPSEU that can make motions regarding central Funds; and

Whereas OPSEU is incorporated, audited and must follow laws including what governs expenditures; and

Whereas the First Vice President and Treasurer’s office approves expenditures based on Budget, Officer or Executive Board Approvals; and

Therefore be it resolved that that the OPSEU Equity Committees and Caucuses will not use money from their annual budgets to make donations on behalf of OPSEU, supplement expenditures already guided by OPSEU Policy, or vote on decisions which would otherwise violate OPSEU Policy.

Moved by Perron/Morton – Amendment:

In the resolve deletesupplement expenditures already guided by OPSEU Policy”

Roll Call #49

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len 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 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 21 for 0 against


The question was called on motion as amended:

Whereas the OPSEU Equity Committees and Caucuses were created to educate, organize and mobilize members of equity seeking groups to achieve equity in the workplace and in the broader community; and

Whereas the OPSEU Executive Board includes an annual budget for each of its equity committees and caucuses to enable this mandate; and

Whereas annual budget monies being spent by OPSEU Equity Committees and Causes must be in keeping with OPSEU Policy; and

Whereas the OPSEU Executive Board has a fiduciary duty to ensure the best use of all funds appropriated and to be accountable to the larger membership; and

Whereas the OPSEU Executive Officers and Board is the only Standing Committee of OPSEU that can make motions regarding central Funds; and

Whereas OPSEU is incorporated, audited and must follow laws including what governs expenditures; and

Whereas the First Vice President and Treasurer’s office approves expenditures based on Budget, Officer or Executive Board Approvals; and

Therefore be it resolved that that the OPSEU Equity Committees and Caucuses will not use money from their annual budgets to make donations on behalf of OPSEU, or vote on decisions which would otherwise violate OPSEU Policy.

Moved by Strachan/Nancekivell – Amendment:

In the resolve strikeor vote on decisions which would otherwise violate OPSEU Policy”

Roll Call #50

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy against

Arvelin, Ed against

Doran, Dave against

Elliott, Len against

Finucane, Drew against

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara against

Langford, Tara against

Maclam, Kenneth against

Maszczakiewicz, Tara against

Morton, Lucy against

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel against

Rondeau, Nathalie against

Smith-Rice, Erin against

Steinbrunner, Ken against

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren against

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer against

DEFEATED 5 for 16 against


The question was called on motion:

Whereas the OPSEU Equity Committees and Caucuses were created to educate, organize and mobilize members of equity seeking groups to achieve equity in the workplace and in the broader community; and

Whereas the OPSEU Executive Board includes an annual budget for each of its equity committees and caucuses to enable this mandate; and

Whereas annual budget monies being spent by OPSEU Equity Committees and Causes must be in keeping with OPSEU Policy; and

Whereas the OPSEU Executive Board has a fiduciary duty to ensure the best use of all funds appropriated and to be accountable to the larger membership; and

Whereas the OPSEU Executive Officers and Board is the only Standing Committee of OPSEU that can make motions regarding central Funds; and

Whereas OPSEU is incorporated, audited and must follow laws including what governs expenditures; and

Whereas the First Vice President and Treasurer’s office approves expenditures based on Budget, Officer or Executive Board Approvals; and

Therefore be it resolved that that the OPSEU Equity Committees and Caucuses will not use money from their annual budgets to make donations on behalf of OPSEU, or vote on decisions which would otherwise violate OPSEU Policy.

Moved by Perron/Ainsworth – Amendment:

In the resolve after “or” add “knowingly”

Moved by Steinbrunner/Almeida – Amendment to amendment:

In the resolve change “decisions” to “matters”

Roll Call #51

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len 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 for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 20 for 1 against


The question was called on the Amendment as amended:

Therefore be it resolved that that the OPSEU Equity Committees and Caucuses will not use money from their annual budgets to make donations on behalf of OPSEU, or knowingly vote on matters which would otherwise violate OPSEU Policy.

Roll Call #52

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley against

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth against

Maszczakiewicz, Tara against

Morton, Lucy against

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken against

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren against

Usher, Joel against

Van Zetten, Jennifer against

Carried 13 for 8 against


The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas the OPSEU Equity Committees and Caucuses were created to educate, organize and mobilize members of equity seeking groups to achieve equity in the workplace and in the broader community; and

Whereas the OPSEU Executive Board includes an annual budget for each of its equity committees and caucuses to enable this mandate; and

Whereas annual budget monies being spent by OPSEU Equity Committees and Causes must be in keeping with OPSEU Policy; and

Whereas the OPSEU Executive Board has a fiduciary duty to ensure the best use of all funds appropriated and to be accountable to the larger membership; and

Whereas the OPSEU Executive Officers and Board is the only Standing Committee of OPSEU that can make motions regarding central Funds; and

Whereas OPSEU is incorporated, audited and must follow laws including what governs expenditures; and

Whereas the First Vice President and Treasurer’s office approves expenditures based on Budget, Officer or Executive Board Approvals; and

Therefore be it resolved that that the OPSEU Equity Committees and Caucuses will not use money from their annual budgets to make donations on behalf of OPSEU, or knowingly vote on matters which would otherwise violate OPSEU Policy.

Roll Call #53

Ainsworth, Anna against

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley against

Labelle, Sara against

Langford, Tara for

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy for

Nancekivell, Laurie against

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin against

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie against

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel against

Van Zetten, Jennifer against

Carried 13 for 8 against

Anna Ainsworth, Kingsley Kwok, Sara Labelle, Laurie Nancekivell, Erin Smith-Rice, Edie Strachan, Joel Usher and Jennifer Van Zetten filed minority reports

Afternoon

The meeting resumed at 1:15p.m.

Treasurer’s Report

OHC Funding/Sponsorship

Discussion

Moved by Almeida/Steinbrunner – Move into committee of the whole

Roll Call #54

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len 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 for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 21 for 0 against

Nomination of Chair for Committee of the whole

President Thomas was nominated and acclaimed as Chair

Ken Steinbrunner declined the nomination

Family Care

Discussion

MOB Room Activities D

Discussion

Summary Report

Moved by Almeida/Maclam – move out of Committee of the whole

Roll Call #55

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 19 for 0 against

President’s Report

Internal Issues

2020 proposed schedule of meetings for Executive Committee and Executive Board

Board: January 22-23 web conference

March 25-26 Coopers

April 29-30 Coopers

May 20 T.O Convention Centre

June 24-25 Coopers

September 23-24 Coopers

October 28-29 web conference

November 25-26 budget only – Coopers

December 16-17 Coopers

Officers: January 16 web conference

March 19 web conference

April 23 web conference

May 19 T.O Convention Centre

June 18 web conference

September 17 web conference

October 22 web conference

November 19 & 24 budget only – Coopers

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the 2020 meeting dates for the Executive Committee and Executive Board.

Roll Call #56

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 19 for 0 against

2019 Women’s Conference costing

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 #57

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 19 for 0 against


Moved by Thomas/Van Zetten

Whereas the Provincial Women’s Committee (PWC) has a commitment to develop and promote programs to encourage member participation and increase awareness of workplace, community, national and international human rights and equity issues; and

Whereas the OPSEU Women’s Committee will be holding it’s biennial conference on October 25,26,27, 2019 in Toronto; and

Whereas this conference undertakes to build on the OPSEU fight back on the Ford agenda by concentrating on issues specifically effecting women and girls in our communities; and

Whereas this conference will provide significant leadership development and training opportunities for members across the union; and

Whereas topics covered will prepare and encourage, in an urgent manner, the necessity to come together as a collective; and

Whereas the applications to the 2019 Conference can be seen as a strong interest from members to be engaged and to get involved in the fight.

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board approve the expenses of up to 50 (fifty) additional members, to be selected from the regional wait listed applications. 7(seven) members per region will be selected for a total of 49 (forty nine), with the remaining 1(one) selected by committee consensuses. These additional members will attend the upcoming OPSEU Women’s Conference with the associated costs, up to a maximum of what is indicated in the proposal, be drawn from the Contingency Fund

Moved by Strachan/ Ainsworth – Amendment:

That the 60 km rule be waived for any of the sisters within the geographic area

Roll Call #58

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 19 for 0 against


The question was called on the motion as amended:

Whereas the Provincial Women’s Committee (PWC) has a commitment to develop and promote programs to encourage member participation and increase awareness of workplace, community, national and international human rights and equity issues; and

Whereas the OPSEU Women’s Committee will be holding it’s biennial conference on October 25,26,27, 2019 in Toronto; and

Whereas this conference undertakes to build on the OPSEU fight back on the Ford agenda by concentrating on issues specifically effecting women and girls in our communities; and

Whereas this conference will provide significant leadership development and training opportunities for members across the union; and

Whereas topics covered will prepare and encourage, in an urgent manner, the necessity to come together as a collective; and

Whereas the applications to the 2019 Conference can be seen as a strong interest from members to be engaged and to get involved in the fight;

Therefore be it resolved that the Executive Board approve the expenses of up to 50 (fifty) additional members, to be selected from the regional wait listed applications. 7(seven) members per region will be selected for a total of 49 (forty nine), with the remaining 1(one) selected by committee consensuses. These additional members will attend the upcoming OPSEU Women’s Conference with the associated costs, up to a maximum of what is indicated in the proposal, be drawn from the Contingency Fund; and

Be it further resolved that the 60 km rule be waived for any of the sisters within the geographic area.

Roll Call #59

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 19 for 0 against

OPS bylaws

Moved by Thomas/Almeida

Whereas the OPSEU Constitution in Article 21 sets out that the OPS is a Division of OPSEU; and

Whereas Bylaws will provide structure and guidance for the operation of the OPS Division and election of members of the CERC and MERC teams; and

Whereas the proposed OPS Bylaws have been unanimously adopted at a meeting of the Chairs of the OPS MERC teams in May 2019;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Exec Board shall approve the newly created OPS Divisional Bylaws for use by the OPS Division.

Roll Call #60

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Election Financing Rules

Discussion

*Kingsley Kwok declared a conflict of interest

Committee Reports

Pension Liaison

HOOPP Pension Plan Amendments

Moved by Elliott/Perron

Whereas in February 2019, The Executive Board approved the discussions for the PLC to engage with HOOPP Sponsors regarding remuneration for Trustees and addition of Observers to the HOOPP Pension Trustees Board;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the proposed amendments to the HOOPP Pension Plan as detailed in the HOOPP Pension Plan Amendment proposal attached.

Roll Call #61

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 19 for 0 against

New Business

BPS Conference – 60 km

Moved by Labelle/Nancekivell

Be it resolved that the 60km rule be waived for the BPS Conference

Moved by Arvelin/Steinbrunner – referral to the First Vice-President/Treasurer’s Office for costing and to be done by e-poll

Roll Call #62

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Committee Reports

Recommendation from the September 19, 2019 Executive Committee meeting:

New Local 4108

Moved by Doran/Thomas

Whereas employees from VON Kingston voted in favour of joining OPSEU; and

Whereas employees from Village Green Retirement Napanee voted in favour of joining OPSEU; and

Whereas the work performed by the employees of VON Kingston and Village Green Retirement Napanee are similar in nature;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the creation of a new local #4108 for the employees of VON Kingston and Village Green Retirement Napanee

Roll Call #63

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 19 for 0 against

New Local 170

Moved by Elliott/Nancekivell

Whereas employees from John McGivney Children’s Centre voted in favour of joining OPSEU;

Therefore be it resolved that the OPSEU Executive Board approve the creation of a new local #170 for the employees of John McGivney Children’s Centre

Roll Call #64

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 19 for 0 against

President’s Report

Women’s March 2020

Discussion

Ad-Hoc committee – Strikes

Moved by Almeida/Labelle

Be it resolved that an ad-hoc committee be struck to consider and bring back recommendations to the OPSEU executive board regarding OPSEU strike’s, potential strikes and anything to do with strikes and lockouts; and

Be it further resolved that the committee will also look at activity within the membership that leads to potential job actions; and

Be it further resolved that this ad-hoc committee consists of 2 officers and 2 non officers.

First Vice-President/Treasurer Almeida in the Chair

Moved by Thomas/Steinbrunner – Amendment:

Change “2 non officers” to “3 non officers”

Roll Call #65

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 19 for 0 against


The question was called on the motion as amended:

Be it resolved that an ad-hoc committee be struck to consider and bring back recommendations to the OPSEU executive board regarding OPSEU strike’s, potential strikes and anything to do with strikes and lockouts; and

Be it further resolved that the committee will also look at activity within the membership that leads to potential job actions; and

Be it further resolved that this ad-hoc committee consists of 2 officers and 3 non officers.

Roll Call #66

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 19 for 0 against

President Thomas in the Chair

Nominations for non officers:

Anna Ainsworth, Jennifer Van Zetten, Drew Finucane were acclaimed to the Strikes Ad-hoc committee. Erin Smith-Rice and Ken Maclam declined the nomination

Nominations for officers:

Tara Maszczakiewicz, Sara Labelle were acclaimed to the Strikes Ad-hoc committee. Len Elliott and Edie Strachan declined the nomination.

Strikes ad-hoc committee:

Tara Maszczakiewicz, Sara Labelle, Anna Ainsworth, Jennifer Van Zetten, Drew Finucane

Referral from September 26, 2019:

Referral to be brought back to discuss tomorrow

Referral from the June 26-27, 2019 Executive Board meeting:

C2

Referral of Resolution C2 to First Vice-President/Treasurer’s office for cost analysis

Whereas the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) continues to face aggressive governmental attacks on the hard-won Collective Agreement benefits and support for its members; and

Whereas the Doug Ford Government has already clearly indicated its position to further attack and reduce the Ontario Public Service (OPS); and

Whereas the members of the Ontario Public Service provide valuable, professional, and affordable services to the people of Ontario;

Therefore be it resolved that OPSEU send a clear message to the current and future provincial governments on its resolve to support all members in labour disputes by increasing the current strike pay by $2.50 per hour and dependent care by $5.00 per week to the following:

– $12.50/hr (from $10.00) for the first 3 weeks totaling $250.00 per week and to $17.50/hr. (from $15.00) totaling $350.00 per week for the 4 th week onwards.

*Based on 4hrs. per day and 20 hrs. per week minimum of recorded strike line activity.

– $55.00/week (from $50.00) dependent care.

Moved by Thomas/Almeida – referral of Resolution C2 to the ad-hoc committee

Roll Call #67

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 19 for 0 against

OFL Awards

Discussion

Staffing Issues – In Camera

Central Labour Updates (OFL/NUPGE/CLC)

President Thomas provided an update

OPT Pension Trustee

Moved by Elliott/Perron

Whereas Michael Grimaldi’s appointment as a trustee to the OPSEU Pension Trust is ending on September 30, 2019. The PLC is unanimously recommending Brother Grimaldi’s reappointment from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020;

Therefore be it resolved that Michael Grimaldi, be reappointed as a pension trustee for the OPT from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020 provided Brother Grimaldi signs the Letter of Understanding provided by OPSEU.

Roll Call #68

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Canadian Blood Services Pension Trustee

Moved by Perron/Elliott

Whereas Cheri Hearty’s appointment as a trustee to the OPSEU Pension Trust is ending on December 31, 2019; and

Whereas the Executive Board has directed that wherever possible that member trustees should replace OPSEU staff trustees; and

Whereas the PLC has identified Geoff Cain as the successful applicant for the posted position of CBS Pension trustee.

Therefore be it resolved that Cheri Hearty’s current term be terminated as of September 30, 2019 and Geoff Cain, be appointed as a pension trustee for the CBS Pension Plan from October 1st, 2019 to September 30, 2020 provided Brother Cain signs the Letter of Understanding provided by OPSEU.

Roll Call #69

Ainsworth, Anna for

Almeida, Eddy for

Arvelin, Ed for

Doran, Dave for

Elliott, Len for

Finucane, Drew for

Kwok, Kingsley for

Labelle, Sara for

Langford, Tara —

Maclam, Kenneth for

Maszczakiewicz, Tara for

Morton, Lucy —

Nancekivell, Laurie for

Perron, Janel for

Rondeau, Nathalie for

Smith-Rice, Erin for

Steinbrunner, Ken for

Strachan, Edie for

Thomas, Warren for

Usher, Joel for

Van Zetten, Jennifer for

Carried 19 for 0 against

Coalition of Racialized Workers budget

Discussion

Adjournment

The Executive Board adjourned at 4:30p.m. All members were present except for Lucy Morton and Tara Langford, the reasons were acceptable to the Chair.

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