Present: Olga De Melo, Michelle Pagniello, Kelly Green, Solange Scott, Koryn Marshall, Randy Banderob, Peter Mallouh, Richardo Harvey, Sharon Grant, Daniela Melo.
Regrets: Laura Mahoney, Lino DeMedeiros, Karen Littlewood.
The Anti-Harassment statement was read. Richardo Harvey will be the Anti-Harassment Officer for this meeting.
The Land Acknowledgement was read.
Adopt Agenda. Agenda Adopted.
BIRT the Executive adopt proposed agenda.
Moved: Olga De Melo Seconded: Michelle Pagniello
Approve Minutes. Minutes of December 19, 2017 corrected and approved by the Executive.
Business Arising. None
Provincial Office Report. Randy reported that AMPA had been successful again but there were not a lot of motions passed. He also reported that with ESO, CBC, H & S and the Research Ed conferences, it is a very busy time of the year. There are potentially some “extra spaces” for the Research Ed conference. If interested, please email Olga ASAP.
President’s Report. AGM: Olga reminded all Executive members in attendance that our AGM will be held at the Latvian Centre on April 24, 2018. Dinner will be served at 4:45p.m. All information must be submitted 30 days prior according to constitution. AMPA: Executive had a fun time at AMPA. New jackets for Executive members were a hit. H & S Conference: Solange and Sharon both to attend. Sharon is on the Committee. Grievances: Members on sick leave are having to use up sick days when in actuality they are ready to return to work. Olga to attend meeting with board next week. There is the potential for 5 grievances to be on the go by April 24.
received to date.
Vice President’s Report: Gala Committee: There have been 12 nominations for awards Bargaining: Surveys will be sent out to all members in the near future to determine wants/needs for the next round of bargaining. The process is just starting. AGM: A paragraph/report from each committee (PSSP & OSSTF) needs to be submitted 2 weeks prior to the AGM.
Procedural Motions: Three pages of motions were handed out and discussed. It was noted that the Constitution does not have to explain every little detail. Randy noted that in order to avoid heated conversations and/or debates, we need to remember that the constitution is a living document that is usually changed as needed. It was also noted that motions and amendments can also come from the floor at the AGM . Updates and changes will be available at the AGM once Peggy has a chance to fine tune the wording. Changes were Endorsed and carried by the Executive Members in attendance.
Treasurers Report. Richardo presented the Treasurers Report that will be presented at the AGM. The following changes were made to the projected 2018-2019 column: PSSP Committees & Conferences # 5390 changed to read 7500. Bargaining Unit Office Expenses #5531 Building Operations to read 14000. #5730 Office Insurance to read 1500.Koryn requested a description by line (ledger) to clarify. Richardo agreed to take back to finance committee. It was mentioned that a Benevolent Fund is available via Provincial Office. There is also a PSSP D12 Emergency Fund available through line #5760 (donations gifts Presentations). BIRT that the Executive endorse with amended changes. CARRIED.
Committee Reports.Health and Safety: Sharon shared the January and February 2018 Health and Safety Reports. Highlights included: Requirement for Noise Regulation to a maximum of 85dB over an 8 hr shift. Testing is approximately $800 per test. Naloxone Kits to be installed in every secondary school. Training for 2 per school with costs not out of school budget. By end of 2018 school year the Provincial Working Group will have a guideline regarding workplace violence. Complete report is available from Sharon or Kelly (secretary)..
It was discussed that executive officers are having co-workers asking questions about union related issues. It has been recommended that these persons be directed to speak with Olga. If it’s a minor issue that you feel comfortable with, you can help and or advise. More complicated situations can always be directed to Provincial Office (Randy). Olga noted that in past years it was possible for the president and Vice President to attend smaller meetings. The TDSB is now HUGE and therefore, it is difficult to attend department and other staff meetings and attend to the other business that has increased over the years.
Daniela brought up “member engagement” as a concern. She shared a concern about “behavior” outside of our union confines was being represented poorly. It was proposed that we go into Executive Session. Proposed by Daniela and seconded by Richardo and Solange. Out of Executive Session was proposed by Olga and Seconded by Daniela. CARRIED.
Sharon requested a new power cord for the Health and Safety laptop that she has been using. She will purchase the cord and submit receipt for reimbursement.
Gala: Koryn shared that the tentative dates that are being considered are May 9 or 10. There has not been a location selected. Michelle offered to look into the Latvian Centre. TDSB media will be covering this event. The next meeting will be March 26.