Winnipeg Area Council Draft Annual General Meeting Minutes (March 3, 2021)

WINNIPEG AREA COUNCIL

Annual General Meeting Minutes
Wednesday March 3rd, 2021 @ 7:00 PM

Attendance: Gus Mardli, Nestor Galarnyk, Craig Adolphe, Brett Rainboth, Jennifer Chieh Ho, Carl Gohl, Katie Dover, Christopher Rigaux, Yvonne Hein, Rita Gordon, Tracy Thor (PSAC Rep)

  1. Call to Order at 7:03pm by Br, Gus Mardli
  2. Roundtable introductions
  3. PSAC Statement on Harassment, read by Sr. Jennifer Chieh Ho. Sr. Tracy Thor acting as Anit-Harrassment Coordinator
  4. Br. Gus Mardli presented a land acknowledgment.
  5. Adoption of Agenda; moved by Br. Nestor Galarnyk, seconded by Sr. Jennifer. Passed, non-opposed.
  6. Bill 16: The Labour Relations Amendment Act (Manitoba Federation of Labour President – Br. Kevin Rebeck) Tabled until Br. Kevin is available
    Br. Kevin joined at 7:28pm

    – Explained contents of anti-union Bill 16 being proposed by Conservative Provincial Government
    – MFL will be running advertising campaign to inform public
    – Activist kits will be sent by MFL to members
    – Online petition available to be completed
    – NDP are holding up presentation of the bill until October or November
    – Asking member to register to speak at hearing regarding bill, will most likely be done virtually, information on registration will be sent out in Activist kits. Phone number was provided 204-945-3636

    7. Approval of last AGM Minutes –Jan 28, 2020 (Br. Brett Rainboth); moved by Sr. Yvonne Hein, seconded by Br. Nestor. Passed, non-opposed

    8. President Report written by Br. Gus, Chair to Vice-President Br. Nestor. Report read by Br. Nestor. Moved by Sr. Katie Dover, seconded by Sr. Jennifer. Passed, non-opposed. Chair returned to Br. Gus

    9. Treasurer’s Report – 2020 Financial Statement (Br. Craig Adolphe)
    – Bank balance at the end of 2020: $1122.35
    – Starting balance for 2020: $1240.92
    – No incoming revenue for 2020
    – Expenses (2) were for food for WAC meetings
    – Br. Craig thanks Sr. Tracy Thor for help during transition of Treasurer position
    – Br. Craig moves to accept 2020 financial report, seconded by Br. Carl Gohl. Passed, non-opposed

    10. Election of Winnipeg Area Council Exec as per *WAC Bylaw 6, Sub-Section 2* Chair to Sr. Tracy for Elections
    – President Election: Br. Gus nominated by Sr. Yvonne Hein, seconded by Br. Nestor. Br. Gus Mardli let his name stand, elected.
    – Vice- President: Br. Nestor nominated by Sr. Rita Gordon, seconded by Br. Gus. Br. Nestor Galarnyk let his name stand, elected.
    – Secretary: Br. Brett Rainboth nominated by Br. Nestor, seconded by Br. Gus. Br. Brett let his name stand, elected. — Treasurer: Sr. Jennifer Chieh Ho nominated by Br. Christopher Rigaux, seconded by Br. Nestor. Br. Craig nominated by Br. Brett, seconded by Sr. Yvonne.

-Br. Craig Adolphe will not let his name stand
-Sr. Jennifer Chieh Ho will let her name stand
– Sr. Jennifer elected.
– End of elections, Sr. Tracy returns chair to Br. Gus

10. Bargaining Updates
– Br. Nestor will provide update at a later time
– Sr. Tracy provided some below information:
– PA,TC, SV bargaining conference taking place in April 2021
– Demands are in for this round of bargaining
– Work force adjustment protection one of main concerns
– Components in process of submitting conference delegates
– Parks bargaining conference at end of May/early June 2021
– Most recent Treasury Board President resigned (per Br. Nestor)
– Members need to be ready to mobilize
– Possible Federal election will require mobilization preparation

11. Winnipeg & Area HR Committee Report (Jennifer)
– Sr. Jennifer will send notes to Br. Brett (See Appendix)

12. Stop de-funding public services Campaign (Jennifer)
– Sr. Jennifer will send notes to Br. Brett (See Appendix)
– Br. Gus suggests we take a couple of weeks to come up with ideas
– Br. Gus requests Sr. Jennifer sends a reminder 

12.  Broken Hearts’ Cards Campaign (Jennifer)
– Sr. Jennifer will send notes to Br. Brett (See Appendix)Br.
– Nestor asked if Sr. Jennifer would like to have campaign associated with Bill 16 and “Free Transit” campaign
– Winnipeg Public Works meeting March 11 at 9:30am at city hall, possibility an opportunity

13. New Business
Budget
– Br. Gus explained that as PSAC convention is coming up this summer and as in-person events are basically non-existent that finances are not due until June 2021
– Sr. Tracy advised that if there are proposals to be submitted they can be submitted to REVP Sr. Marianne for her approval

  • CLIFF sponsorship proposal (Jennifer)
    – Sr. Jennifer provided explanation as to what CLIFF is/does
    – Sr. Jennifer proposes that WAC sponsors $500 to CLIFF, would like REVP office to match amount approved
    – Br. Gus asks when donation would need to be provided? Sr. Jennifer advised CLIFF is suppose to send a donation request letter to WAC
    – Br. Gus asks where PSAC Prairies or WAC acknowledgement of sponsorship message be posted? Sr. Jennifer advised it would most likely be posted online
    – Br. Gus advised that if passed we can send off business case to REVP office right away
    – Sr. Jennifer motioned for WAC to sponsor CLIFF for $500 donation, seconded by Br. Carl. Passed, non-opposed
    – Sr. Jennifer motioned for WAC to present to REVP office to match $500 donation, seconded by Br. Nestor. Passed, non-opposed.

    12. Round table
    – Sr. Jennifer requests to work with Br. Craig when completing upcoming budget, Br. Craig agrees
    – Br. Carl provided a reminder that there is a webinar on March 9th coming up on understanding the collective agreement through PSAC
    – Oath of office taken by all elected Executive Officers

    13. Next 3 meeting dates
    – April 28th 7pm, Virtual
    – May 26th 7pm, Virtual
    – June 30th 7pm, Virtual
    – September 2nd 7pm, Virtual

    14. Adjournment motioned by Sr. Jennifer, seconded by Br. Gus. Non-opposed. Adjourned at 8:48pm

Appendix

Below submitted by Sr. Jennifer Chieh Ho

1-    Winnipeg & Area HR Committee Report (Jennifer)

The HRC has not met since the area council met about two weeks ago.  However, the committee had submitted our joint action plan of  meeting at the legislature building on March 7th, to the REVP’s office.  The REVP’s response was that  due to current public health order in Manitoba which in the maximum of 5 people at an outdoor gathering and the fact that it would be difficult  if not impossible to ensure that we keep that limit if the intention is to invite other community allies and labour. Unfortunately. she can’t approve an in person event at this time due to the liability it would place on PSAC to ensure that our members and others all adhere to the Public Health Order. 

I advised REVP that this will be a standing agenda item on the HRC and we hope that AC will do the same.

2-    Stop de-funding public services Campaign (Jennifer)

REVP is in support of fighting back against govt cuts and inaction that put Manitobans at risk is a good idea.  We would have to narrow down our scope to a specific issue and also to have a discussion about what the area council (and HRC) is asking for.  She has offered her availability should the area council and hrc like to organise a call to have that discussion.   It would be ideal if we could come up with an issue.  At our last meeting two weeks ago, I provided a resource from the Canadin Center Policy For Alternatives and I hope you had a chance to review the resource.  Perhaps, also come up with a suggestion of what issue you are considering.

3-    Broken Hearts’ Cards Campaign (Jennifer

Cards have been sent 

4.  Sponsorship of CLiFF 

A little background before the proposal:
The Canadian Labour International Film Festival, CLiFF in short, is a non profit organisation which has been in existence since 2009.  It is a dedicated forum to celebrating  and acknowledging unionised and non unionised workers and acknowledging workers  who seek justice and dignity and labour organizing. 

The festival provides a national and international platform to showcase workers’ stories through films.  The sponsorship is an opportunity for the Area Council and PSAC Prairies to help put the stories of workers and labour movement in the forefront.

I would like to propose that Area Council sponsors $500 and that the Area Council make a proposal to the REVP’s office to match the amount of $500.       

 In Solidarity,

Jennifer Chieh Ho

Chair 2019 – 2021

PSAC Winnipeg & Area Human Rights Committee

https://prairies.psac.com/areas/winnipeg/human-rights-committee