Minutes of the Executive Council

June 8-10, 2015

MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2015
MORNING SESSION

1.  CALL TO ORDER OF THE REGULAR MEETING

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 hours.  President Bob Campbell was in the Chair. In attendance: Marc Brière, Madonna Gardiner, Wayne Little, Bob Carpenter, Gary Esslinger,  Adam Jackson, Jamie vanSydenborgh, Doug Gaetz, Ken Bye, Bill Blair, Daniel Camara, Denis Lalancette, Annette Melanson and Pierrette Labrie.

Brother Sabri Khayat was absent with permission.

2.  HOURS OF SESSION OF THE REGULAR MEETING

m/s       Bill Blair / Bob Carpenter

That the hours of session be as follows:

Monday:       9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.; 1:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
                     4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Open Discussion
Tuesday:      9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.; 1:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday:  9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.; 1:15 p.m. - 5:00

  • MOTION CARRIED.

3. ADOPTION OF AGENDA

m/s      Gary Esslinger / Doug Gaetz

That the agenda be adopted as printed with the following additions:

New Business

16.       Donation Request (B. Blair)

Open discussion

6.         Letter sent to Grievor by HR/CRA (G. Esslinger)

  • Recorded Vote #1.  MOTION CARRIED.

4. ADOPTION OF MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING

m/s      Wayne Little / Doug Gaetz

That the minutes of the Executive Council Meeting of March 2015 be adopted.

  • Recorded Vote #2.  MOTION CARRIED.

m/s      Daniel Camara / Bill Blair

That the minutes from an Executive Council meeting held at PSAC Convention be adopted.

  • Recorded Vote #3.  MOTION CARRIED

President Campbell turned the Chair over to Brother Brière, First National Vice-President.

5. PRESIDENT’S FOLLOW UP ITEMS

m/s      Bob Campbell / Madonna Gardiner

That the follow up items of the President be adopted.

  • Recorded Vote #4.  MOTION CARRIED.

6.  REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT

m/s      Bob Campbell / Madonna Gardiner

That the report of the President be adopted.

  • Recorded Vote #5.  MOTION CARRIED.

President Campbell resumed the Chair.

7. REPORT OF THE 1st NATIONAL VICE-PRESIDENT

m/s      Marc Brière / Madonna Gardiner

That the report of the 1st National Vice-President be adopted.

  • Recorded Vote #6.  MOTION CARRIED.

8. REPORT OF THE 2nd NATIONAL VICE-PRESIDENT

m/s      Madonna Gardiner / Marc Brière

That the report of the 2nd National Vice-President be adopted.

  • Recorded Vote #7.  MOTION CARRIED.

9. REPORT OF THE REGIONAL VICE-PRESIDENTS / ALTERNATES

m/s      Bill Blair / Wayne Little

That the activity reports of the RVPs and ARVPs be adopted.

  • Recorded Vote #8.  MOTION CARRIED.

President Campbell turned the Chair over to Brother Brière, First National Vice-President.

10. REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

m/s      Bob Campbell / Madonna Gardiner

That the report of the Executive Committee be adopted.

  • Recorded Vote #9.  MOTION CARRIED.

President Campbell resumed the Chair.

11 a)   REPORT OF THE STAFFING COMMITTEE

m/s      Bob Carpenter / Madonna Gardiner

That the report of the Staffing Committee be adopted.

  • Recorded Vote #10.  MOTION CARRIED.

11 b)   REPORT OF THE BY-LAWS COMMITTEE

m/s      Daniel Camara / Ken Bye  

That the report of the By-Laws Committee be adopted.

The proposed amendments are as follows:

  • All Investigation Committee members must have completed the PSAC Internal Investigation Training;
  • Reiterated that Locals have the authority to “remove Local Officers from office”;
  • Appeals should be done by an Appeals Officer and not a Tribunal;
  • All references to “accusations” are changed to “allegations”;
  • Previous duplications within the current UTE Regulation 26 were removed.

After reviewing the proposed amendments, the Committee made a few changes as follows:

  • At 26.3.1 (4) We include a time line for completion. If not done within 3 months of the committee being set up, then the committee provides reasons to the member making the allegation and the member whom the allegations are against as to why the report has not been completed.
  • At 26.3.1 (6) the word allegation is struck out and it should remain.
  • At 26.4 we are taking out “one so” and replace it with the word process and then remove the word it.  So it would read…  The appeal process is an informal process that is accessible to all members and shall allow the parties involved to be heard.
  • At 26.4.3 (2) Second sentence doesn’t read well.  It sounds like the Officer has to be agreeable to all parties when it should be the other way around.  So, it would read … the Appeals officer must be agreed upon by all parties.  Same for 26.4.1 (2).
  • At 26.4.1 (12) it could state… Appeals officers may ask questions of clarification… Same for 26.4.3 (12).

m/        Denis Lalancette /

            That the recommendations be dealt with separately.
            The motion is lost for a lack of a seconder.

m/s      Wayne Little / Jamie vanSydenborgh

That the report of the By-Laws Committee be referred back to the committee with instructions.

  • MOTION CARRIED.

Recess for lunch

AFTERNOON SESSION

The meeting was called back to order at 1:15 with Brother Campbell in the Chair. 

11 c)   REPORT OF THE TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE COMMITTEE

m/s      Madonna Gardiner / Doug Gaetz

That the report of the Technological Change Committee be adopted.

  • Recorded Vote #11.  MOTION CARRIED.

11 d)   REPORT OF THE EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM COMMITTEE

m/s      Wayne Little / Bill Blair

That the report of the Employee Assistance Program Committee be adopted.

  • Recorded Vote #12.  MOTION CARRIED.

11 e) REPORT OF THE HEALTH & SAFETY COMMITTEE

m/s      Doug Gaetz / Marc Brière

That the report of the Health & Safety Committee be adopted.

  • Recorded Vote #14.  MOTION CARRIED.

11 f)  REPORT OF THE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES COMMITTEE

m/s      Bob Carpenter / Madonna Gardiner

That the report of the Equal Opportunities be adopted.

  • Recorded Vote #15.  MOTION CARRIED.

President Campbell turned the Chair over to Brother Brière, First National Vice-President.

11 g)   REPORT OF THE HONOURS AND AWARDS COMMITTEE

m/s      Denis Lalancette / Wayne Little

That the report of the Honours and Awards be adopted.

m/s      Denis Lalancette / Wayne Little

Recommendation #1

Be it resolved that Pamela Abbott be awarded the Life Membership Award.

m/s      Bill Blair / Jamie vanSydenborgh

That  Recommendation #1 be amended and that the member be awarded the Godfroy Côté Award.

Point of order – Doug Gaetz

This amendment would change the intent of the recommendation.

Ruling of the chair

The amendment will not change the intent as we will still be giving an award.

  • MOTION TO AMEND WAS LOST FOR A LACK OF MAJORITY.
  • Recorded Vote #16.  MOTION CARRIED.

Recommendation #2

We have received a request for an award of merit in the field of health and safety – Elizabeth (Betty) Bannon for Brother Doug Gaetz.

  • Recorded Vote #13.  MOTION CARRIED.

Recommendation #3

Be it resolved that  the Honorary Member Award be awarded posthumously to Carmen Armstrong.

  • Recorded Vote #17.  MOTION CARRIED.

Recommendation #4

m/s      Gary Esslinger / Doug Gaetz

That Recommendation #4 be divided to deal with the French 5c and 6c separately from the rest of the recommendation.

  • MOTION TO DIVIDE CARRIED.

Be it resolved that  Regulation 23 be amended as follows:

REGULATION  NO. 23 - MARGUERITE STONEHOUSE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS (Labour College of Canada Scholarship)

(5)       For the four (4) week course, the following costs shall be borne by UTE.

(c)       (French only)

            a per diem in accordance with UTE Regulations on expenses for each day while in attendance at the College;

(6)       For the one (1) week course, the following costs shall be borne by UTE;

(c)        (French only) a per diem allowance in accordance with the UTE Regulation on expenses for each day while in attendance at the course.  If not staying in a hotel the meal rate for lunch will be paid;

  • Recorded Vote #18.  MOTION CARRIED.

(e)       the actual transportation costs to the College at the commencement of studies and return home on completion.  This cost shall be limited to first class rail or   Flex Class Airfare travel as per Regulation on expenses;

(f)        when the course is four (4) consecutive weeks, the actual transportation costs of one return trip home during the College session. This cost shall be limited to first class rail or Flex Class Airfare travel  as per Regulation on expenses;

(e)       the actual travel costs to attend the course at the commencement of the course and return home on completion.  This cost shall be limited to first class rail or Flex Class Airfare as per Regulation on expenses;

  • Recorded Vote #19.  MOTION DEFEATED.

Recommendation #5

Be it resolved that  Regulation 24 be amended as follows:

REGULATION  NO. 24 - HONOURS AND AWARDS

24.1    ADMINISTRATION

(1)       Nominations listed in this Regulation must be submitted by a member other than the nominee, except for Scholarships and ICA.

  • Recorded Vote #20.  MOTION CARRIED.

Recommendation #6

Be it resolved that the Certificate of Achievement Al Lough Award be amended as follows:

24.2    CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT (AL Lough Award)

(1) The award of achievement is awarded when a member distinguishes themselves.

(2)  The award shall be a suitably inscribed certificate.

(3) Nominees have:

(a)       demonstrated their commitment to achieving the aims and objectives of UTE and;

(b)       exhibited exemplary service at any level of UTE;

(c)       distinguished themselves in achieving a unique activity in the union or that is memorable or remarkable (example: a presentation during a conference);

m/s      Doug Gaetz / Jamie vanSydenborgh

That Recommendation #6 be tabled.

  • MOTION TO TABLE CARRIED.

Recommendation #7

Be it resolved that the Award of Merit Godfroy Côté be amended as follows:

24.4    AWARD OF MERIT (GODFROY CÔTÉ AWARD)

(1)       The award shall be a suitably inscribed plaque.

(2)       Nominees have:

(a)       demonstrated their commitment to achieving the aims and objectives of UTE;

(b)        exhibited exemplary service at any level of UTE;

            i)          Definition of Exemplary Service:

(1)       outstanding;

(2)       serving as an example;

(3)       admirable, commendable, ideal model, praiseworthy or  exceptionable.

(c)        accumulated service at any level of UTE for a minimum of five (5) years

24.4.1 Presentation

English only

The award shall may be presented at a Local AGM, President Conference, or a National Conference by a Local President, Executive Council Officer or Chairperson of Honours and Awards Committee wherever feasible.

m/s      Doug Gaetz / Gary Esslinger

That Recommendation #7 be divided to deal with the two amendments separately.

  • MOTION TO DIVIDE CARRIED.

(b)        exhibited exemplary service at any level of UTE;

            i)          Definition of Exemplary Service:

(1)       outstanding;

(2)       serving as an example;

(3)       admirable, commendable, ideal model, praiseworthy or exceptionable.

  • Recorded Vote #21.  MOTION CARRIED.

24.4.1 Presentation

English only

The award shall may be presented at a Local AGM, President Conference, or a National Conference by a Local President, Executive Council Officer or Chairperson of Honours and Awards Committee wherever feasible.

  • Recorded Vote #22.  MOTION DEFEATED.

President Campbell resumed the Chair.

OPEN DISCUSSION

The Council members discussed the items under this section.

The meeting recessed at 5:00 p.m.

TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 2015
MORNING SESSION

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. with President Campbell in the Chair.

President Campbell turned the Chair over to Brother Brière, First National Vice-President.

Cont’d 11 g) REPORT OF THE HONOURS AND AWARDS COMMITTEE

m/s      Denis Lalancette / Wayne Little

Recommendation #8

Be it resolved that the UTE Humanitarian Award be amended as follows:

24.6    THE UNION OF TAXATION EMPLOYEES HUMANITARIAN AWARD

(1)       This award is limited to one candidate only per year within the applications received.

Renumber the rest.

  • Recorded Vote #23.  MOTION CARRIED.

Recommendation #9

Be it resolved that the Award of Merit in the Field of Health and Safety – Elizabeth (Betty) Bannon be amended as follows:

24.9    AWARD OF MERIT IN THE FIELD OF HEALTH AND SAFETY - ELIZABETH (BETTY) BANNON

(1)       This award is limited to one candidate only per year within the applications received.

Renumber the rest in the new order as follows.

(2)       All nominations for this award must be received by the Chair of the Honours and Awards Committee by December 15 of each year.

(3)       All nominations for the award shall be submitted to the Chairperson of the Honours and Awards Committee.

(4)       After consultation and collaboration with the UTE National Health and Safety Committee, the recipient will be recommended by the Honours and Awards Committee to the Executive Council.

(5)       The award shall be a suitably inscribed plaque.

(6)       Nominees must:

  • Recorded Vote #24.  MOTION CARRIED.

Recommendation #10

Be it resolved that the Terms of Reference – Honours and Awards Committee be amended as follows:

Terms of Reference - Honours and Awards Committee:

10a)    1.The Committee shall be composed of a chairperson plus two other members, all and one or two Co-Chairs selected by and from Executive Council and a President’s representative selected by the presidents at the September Presidents’ Conference following the UTE Convention every even numbered year.

2.The Committee shall promote, encourage and strive to foster an atmosphere of appreciation and recognition at all levels of the union.

3.The Committee shall review input of the National President, Executive Council and the Membership on an “as required basis”.

4.The Committee shall review the By-Laws and Regulations relating to honours and awards to ensure they are adequate and accurate, and if necessary recommend changes to the Executive Council.

5.The Committee shall address all issues referred to the Committee by the Convention, National President, Executive Committee, Executive Council, or as prescribed by Regulation.

6.The Committee shall implement approved programs and policies relating to Honours and Awards.

7.The Committee shall meet as required with the approval of the National President, to discuss issues relevant to Honours and Awards.

10b)    8. The Committee may propose an application as per Regulation 24.2.1.

m/s      Ken Bye / Gary Esslinger

That the two recommendations, 10a) and 10b) be divided to be dealt separately.

  • MOTION TO DIVIDE CARRIED.

10a)    1.The Committee shall be composed of a chairperson plus two other members, all and one or two Co-Chairs selected by and from Executive Council and a President’s representative selected by the presidents at the September Presidents’ Conference following the UTE Convention every even numbered year.

  • Recorded Vote #25.   MOTION CARRIED.

10b)    8. The Committee may propose an application as per Regulation 24.2.1.

  • Recorded Vote #26.   MOTION DEFEATED.

That the report of the Honours and Awards Committee be adopted as a whole.

  • Recorded Vote #27.   MOTION CARRIED.

President Campbell resumed the Chair.

11 h)   REPORT OF THE WORKFORCE ADJUSTMENT COMMITTEE

m/s      Bill Blair / Adam Jackson

That the report of the Workforce Adjustment Committee be adopted.

  • Recorded Vote #28.   MOTION CARRIED.

11 i)    REPORT OF THE HARASSMENT COMMITTEE

m/s      Ken Bye / Jamie vanSydenborgh

That the report of the Harassment Committee be adopted.

  • Recorded Vote #29.   MOTION CARRIED.

11 j)    REPORT OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE

m/s      Marc Brière / Doug Gaetz

That the report of the Finance Committee be adopted.

m/s      Marc Brière / Gary Esslinger

Recommendation #1:

Be it resolved that the mandate of the Finance Committee be as follows:

TERMS OF REFERENCE

Composition

The committee shall consist of:

  • The 1st National Vice-President, who shall serve as the chairperson

  • Two additional national officers, who shall serve as Co-chairpersons

  • One member elected by Locals at the Presidents’ Conference

Mandate

The mandate of the committee includes:

  • Ongoing review of the UTE’s financial position, financial statements and investments.
  • Recommending changes to our by-laws or regulations regarding financial matters.
  • Detailing guidelines for expenditures on such specific items as conferences, equipment acquisitions, computers, communications, travel, etc.
  • Developing the budget that is presented at each Triennial Convention for approval.

Meetings

The committee shall meet at the call of the chairperson, with the approval of the National President.  Meetings shall normally be held twice per year.

For convenience, you will find below the text of the current Terms of Reference of the Finance Committee.

TERMS OF REFERENCE

As befits a union representing workers at Revenue Canada and its successor Agency, the UTE watches its pennies and takes its finances very seriously.

A National Finance Committee, chaired by the UTE Vice-President responsible for Finance, was established in 1996 to oversee all union expenditures. Two additional members of the Executive Council plus a member elected by the Presidents' Conference and the staff Administrative Service Officer round out the committee’s membership.

The mandate of the committee includes:

  • Ongoing review of the UTE’s financial position.
  • Recommending changes to our by-laws or regulations regarding financial matters.
  • Detailing guidelines for expenditures on such specific items as conferences, equipment acquisitions, computer communication, etc.
  • Developing the Triennial Convention budget that is presented to the Executive Council for approval.

Despite expanded services, prudent financial administration has kept our union in a sound financial position. This has been achieved through wise investments, as well as using fiscal responsibility when dealing with our expenses.

  • Recorded Vote #30.   MOTION CARRIED.

m/s      Marc Brière / Gary Esslinger

Recommendation #2:

Be it resolved that UTE Regulation No. 13 be amended to include a new section 13.10 Top-up  payments for per diem and kilometric rates - PSAC events.

Be it further resolved that the new section 13.10 read as follows:

13.10 Top-up payments for per diems and kilometric rates – PSAC events

Upon request, members of UTE, attending PSAC events, authorized by UTE, shall be entitled to top-up payments.  These events include, but are not limited to, PSAC National and Regional Conventions, PSAC NBoD Retreats, PSAC-UTE Collective bargaining meetings.

The reimbursement for per diems will be the difference between the rate paid by the PSAC and the UTE rate as per Regulation No. 13.

If travel by car has been approved, the reimbursement for the kilometric rate will be the difference between the rate per kilometer paid by the PSAC and the UTE rate per kilometer as per Regulation No. 13.

m/s      Ken Bye / Denis Lalancette

That Recommendation #2 be referred back to the committee with instructions to provide a clearer wording of the first paragraph.

MOTION TO REFER DEFEATED.

  • Recorded Vote #31.   MOTION CARRIED.

m/s      Marc Brière / Gary Esslinger

Recommendation #3:

Be it resolved that UTE purchases 18 Apple “iPad Air” tablets as soon as possible to replace the current tablets being used because some have problems and also because the company Apple will no longer support the iPad tablets of 2nd generation in the near future.

m/s      Ken Bye / Bob Carpenter

That Recommendation #3 be amended to read:

Be it resolved that UTE purchase up to 18 Apple “iPad Air” tablets.

MOTION TO AMEND CARRIED.

  • Recorded Vote #32.   MOTION CARRIED.

m/s      Marc Brière / Gary Esslinger

Recommendation #4:

Be it resolved that the amount of $417,000.00 being budgeted for the year 2016, regarding the holding of the upcoming UTE Health & Safety National Conference, be transferred to the budget of the year 2015 since the said conference will be held in Ottawa from November 6 to 8, 2015.

  • Recorded Vote #33.   MOTION CARRIED.

That the Finance Committee Report be adopted as a whole.

  • Recorded Vote #34.   MOTION CARRIED.

11 k)   REPORT OF THE COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

m/s      Gary Esslinger / Daniel Camara

That the report of the Communications Committee be adopted.

m/s      Gary Esslinger / Daniel Camara

Recommendation

That the UTE Newsletter can be up 10 pages in length, any edition greater than 10 pages must receive prior approval of the National President or, in their absence, the 1st National Vice-President.

  • Recorded Vote #35.  MOTION CARRIED.

That the report of the Communications Committee be adopted as a whole.

  • Recorded Vote #36.  MOTION CARRIED.

11 l)    REPORT OF THE BARGAINING COMMITTEE

m/s      Madonna Gardiner / Doug Gaetz

That the report of the Bargaining Committee be adopted.

  • Recorded Vote #37.  MOTION CARRIED.

11m)   REPORT OF THE POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (PAC)

m/s      Adam Jackson / Jamie vanSydenborgh

That the report of the Political Action Committee be adopted.

Recess for lunch

AFTERNOON SESSION

The meeting was called back to order at 1:15 with Brother Campbell in the Chair. 

CRA Representatives, Marinella Manconi, Sonia Marcotte, and Simon Gascon were invited to give a presentation on the Revised Procedures for Staffing.

President Campbell turned the Chair over to Brother Brière, First National Vice-President.

Cont’d 11m) REPORT OF THE POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (PAC)

That the report of the Political Action Committee be adopted.

  • Recorded Vote #38.  MOTION CARRIED.

President Campbell resumed the Chair.

11 n)   REPORT OF THE CALL CENTRE COMMITTEE

m/s      Jamie vanSydenborgh / Denis Lalancette

That the report of the Call Centre Committee be adopted.

  • Recorded Vote #39.  MOTION CARRIED.

11 o)   REPORT OF THE AD HOC UNION MANAGEMENT APPROACH (UMA) AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION COMMITTEE

m/s      Doug Gaetz / Gary Esslinger

That the report of the Ad-Hoc UMA and Conflict Resolution Committee be adopted.

  • Recorded Vote #40.  MOTION CARRIED.

11 p)   REPORT AD-HOC HARASSMENT / VIOLENCE IN THE WORKPLACE COMMITTEE

m/s      Ken Bye / Doug Gaetz

That the report of the Ad-Hoc Harassment / Violence in the Workplace Committee be adopted.

m/s      Ken Bye / Doug Gaetz

Recommendation

Whereas UTE has adopted a resolution advocating the filing of a complaint under Part XX of the Canada Labour Code Regulations and the concurrent filing of a grievance; and

Whereas in the same resolution, UTE has adopted a position advocating that harassment grievances and/or complaints not be filed when dealing with complaints of violence in the workplace;

Whereas the Federal Court Trial Division in the case of PSAC v. Attorney General of Canada (T-484-14, Citation 2014-FC-7066) has determined that violence in the workplace includes incidents of harassment; and

Whereas Violence in the Workplace has already been assigned to UTE’s National Health and Safety Committee; and

Whereas discussions between the CRA and the National Health and Safety Policy Committee are already ongoing concerning the inclusion of harassment in the CRA Violence in the Workplace Policy and Procedures; and

Whereas in reviewing the terms of reference for UTE’s Harassment Committee, and in light of the aforementioned resolution adopted by Executive Council, there appears to be no significant remaining role for UTE’s Harassment Committee;

Be it resolved that UTE Regulation No. 3 be amended to delete the UTE Harassment Committee; and

Be it further resolved that the Harassment Committee be immediately disbanded; and

Be it further resolved that the UTE Health and Safety Committee be mandated to immediately notify and outline UTE’s position to the CRA concerning the inclusion of harassment in its Violence in the Workplace Policy and Procedures.

m/s      Madonna Gardiner / Bill Blair

That the two (2) First Be it resolved be dealt with separately.

MOTION TO DIVIDE CARRIED.

The meeting recessed at 5:00 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2015
MORNING SESSION

The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m with President Campbell in the Chair.

Cont’d11 p)  REPORT AD-HOC HARASSMENT / VIOLENCE IN THE WORKPLACE COMMITTEE

m/s      Ken Bye / Doug Gaetz

Be it resolved that UTE Regulation No. 3 be amended to delete the UTE Harassment Committee; and

Be it further resolved that the Harassment Committee be immediately disbanded; and

  • Recorded Vote #41.   MOTION CARRIED.

Be it further resolved that the UTE Health and Safety Committee be mandated to immediately notify and outline UTE’s position to the CRA concerning the inclusion of harassment in its Violence in the Workplace Policy and Procedures.

  • Recorded Vote #42.   MOTION CARRIED.

That the report of the Ad-Hoc Harassment / Violence in the Workplace Committee be adopted as a whole.

  • Recorded Vote #43.   MOTION CARRIED.

12. ADOPTION OF FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

m/s      Marc Brière / Gary Esslinger

That the Financial Statements be adopted.

  • Recorded Vote #44.   MOTION CARRIED.

13. EXPENSE CLAIMS OVER 90 DAYS

m/s      Marc Brière / Gary Esslinger

That the expense claim over 90 days be accepted.

  • Recorded Vote #45.  MOTION CARRIED.

14. COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

A lengthy discussion on bargaining took place.

Recess for lunch

AFTERNOON SESSION

The meeting was called back to order at 1:15 with Brother Campbell in the Chair. 

Cont’d 14. COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

A lengthy discussion on bargaining took place.

15.       OVER-EXPENDITURE FOR THE “HEALTH & SAFETY CONFERENCES - NATIONAL” LINE ITEM

m/s      Doug Gaetz / Marc Brière

WHEREAS Health & Safety conferences are very important for the Union of Taxation Employees (UTE) and its membership; and

WHEREAS the Union of Taxation Employees strive to provide meaningful conferences to its activists in order to give them the tools to help out our membership; and

WHEREAS mental health issues are permeating all services and all representations rendered by activists to the members; and

WHEREAS activists are in desperate need of education, training and any kind of assistance in dealing with the mental health issues of their members; and

WHEREAS the Canadian Mental Health Association,(CMHA) provides a full day, six (6) hour workshop, called “Complex Issues- Clear Solutions Workshop for Unions,” and is designed especially for union and mental health concerns and will be a great asset to our representatives and

WHEREAS this  over expenditure was not foreseeable when the budget for the years 2015-2016-2017 was adopted at the last UTE Triennial Convention.

BE IT RESOLVED THAT an over-expenditure for an amount of $20,000.00 be approved for the “Health & Safety Conferences - National” line item for the year 2015 in order to hold a one-day workshop on the topic called, Complex Issues- Clear Solutions Workshop for Unions, on mental health and related issues during the National Health & Safety Conference that will be held in Ottawa in November 2015.

  • Recorded Vote #46.  MOTION CARRIED.

16. DONATION REQUEST

m/s      Bill Blair / Jamie vanSydenborgh

WHEREAS Donna Shalla will be repelling down 20 stories at the Ottawa Tax Services Office for the benefit of Easter Seals; and

WHEREAS she will incorporate the UTE symbol on her super-hero costume and represent the UTE.

BE IT RESOLVED THAT Executive Council donate $1000.00 to help support this worthwhile cause.

m/s      Doug Gaetz / Wayne Little

That  the recommendation be changed to $500.00 as it is not an exceptional circumstance.

  • MOTION CARRIED.
  • Recorded Vote #47.  MOTION CARRIED.

OPEN DISCUSSION

The Council members discussed the items under this section.

The meeting adjourned at 3:30 p.m.

Bob Campbell                                 Marc Brière

National President                           First National Vice-President