One amendment, one
resolution passed Saturday
April 21 2012 2:45 p.m.
Convention resumed Saturday
afternoon with debate continuing
on a constitutional amendment
that originally was put on the
floor Thursday morning.
debated and passed an amendment
that gives the Aboriginal Circle
full Committee status. An
emergency resolution was also
passed supporting members of
Local 330, Simcoe County School
Board, in their struggle to
continue using protective
equipment in dealing with
special needs students.
Quorum was lost
at 2:15, and Convention 2012 was
Saturday Morning – Budget finally passed
April 21 2012 12:00 p.m.
For a third straight
day, debate on the OPSEU budget
continued at the 2012 Convention.
Delegates continued to
move motions cutting budget lines to
reduce the overall budget deficit. The
Editors’ Weekend was eliminated for
2012, and the Provincial Women’s
Committee, Provincial Human Rights
Committee and the Provincial Young
Workers Committee’s budgets were capped
at $50,000 each. The Education budget
was also reduced by 10 per cent.
Interest and dividends
from the Strike Fund were directed into
the General Fund for this year. All
other OPSEU committees had their budgets
reduced by 10 per cent; this did not
As a result of the
amendments, the budget moved from a
deficit to showing a small surplus.
Delegates passed the budget just prior
Budget talks continue Friday afternoon
April 20, 2012 5:00 p.m.
Debate on the OPSEU budget
continued Friday afternoon at the 2012
Prior to the restart of the
budget debate, delegates unanimously passed a
motion approving OPSEU’s Action Plan to Fight
for Quality Public Services and Tax Fairness.
The Stanley Knowles Award was also presented to
Ed Broadbent. Andrea Horwath, leader of the
Ontario NDP, accepted the award on behalf of
Delegates continued to debate
the budget, passing motions to reduce the $3
million deficit. Local rebates have been reduced
by 15 per cent for the next four rebates, and
Executive Board Members are now limited to only
being off work for 50 per cent of their total
Convention was disrupted when
most of the members from Regions 4 and 7 walked
off the Convention floor during the budget
debate. However, quorum was maintained and the
A proposal to eliminate the
Local President’s time off fund was defeated.
Convention closed at 5 p.m.
without finishing the budget. Debate will
Budget debate dominates Friday morning
April 20, 2012 12:00 p.m.
Debate on the OPSEU budget dominated
Friday morning of the 2012 Convention.
Friday morning began with a presentation on “The Way
Forward,” an Action Plan for OPSEU to fight for quality public services
and tax fairness. Judy Wasylycia-Leis, Chair of the Public Services
Foundation of Canada, also gave a report on her Commission’s hearings
that were held over the past few months.
For the remainder of Friday morning, delegates debated
the OPSEU budget. A motion to reconsider the dues levy was defeated, as
was a motion to refer the budget back to the Executive Board. The
current budget before the delegates has a deficit of nearly $3 million.
Debate on the budget continues after lunch.
April 19, 2012 4:00 p.m.
After a spirited debate that lasted
nearly two hours, the proposal did not achieve the
two-thirds majority needed to pass.
Debate on the budget has been delayed
while the budget is amended to reflect the change in
A motion to change the Constitution to
allow the use of electronic voting was defeated.
Thursday finishes with the presentation
of the Annual Convention Awards.
April 19, 2012 1:00 p.m.
The 2012 OPSEU Annual Convention is now underway
at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Thursday morning began with welcome speeches
from Marie Clarke Walker from the Canadian Labour Congress,
Toronto City Councillor Janet Davis and Tourism Toronto
representative Denise Wiese. Wiese also presented a cheque to
OPSEU’s Social Justice Fund in the amount of $10,000.
President Smokey Thomas delivered his opening
address to the members, and then delegates received a report on
the union’s audited financial statements. Debate also began on
giving official committee status to the Aboriginal Circle, and
allowing electronic voting for local elections.
After lunch, debate will begin on the proposed
temporary dues levy, and the budget.