AC Director’s Report from the February 17-18 2012 Board of Directors Meeting
1) The regular Board meeting was preceded by discussions on Dispute Resolution and Directors’ issues. Robert Bowie-Reed (NCR Director) and I presented an overview of our report on Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution.
2) The Board approved the 3 strategic objectives crafted at the January 2012 strategic planning session: 1) Protect members’ jobs and terms and conditions of employment while ensuring our rights as a union; 2) Build strong relationships with partners (unions, media and government) so as to have improved public perception of professional public servants and the functions they perform for the public good; 3) Nurture and foster a culture of financial accountability at all levels of the organization.
3) As per By-Law 10.4.2 (“The Advisory Council shall review PIPSC Annual Priorities and make recommendations to the Board of Directors prior to the second Board of Directors meeting of the calendar year), the Advisor Council had reviewed the 2012 strategic objectives at its February meeting. I presented the AC’s recommendations regarding the initiatives to support the three strategic objectives.
4) Gary Corbett (President) has established a Task Force on Governance. This is a follow up on previous Board discussions and the January 2012 presentation on governance. The Task Force will present recommendations to the Board.
5) Debi Daviau (Vice-President) presented a proposal for training on Work Force Adjustment (WFA) in order to prepare stewards for Budget 2012. The proposal was approved by the Board. Also, WFA kits will be sent to all stewards.
6) Eddie Gillis (Chief Operating Officer) presented a progress report on the “Professional Serving Canadians” campaign. This is a coordinated campaign against impending cuts to the public service in collaboration with other public service unions [Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE), and the Association of Canadian Financial Officers (ACFO), Association of Justice Counsel (AJC), Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) and the Canadian Federal Pilots Association (CFPA)].
7) Michel Rodrigue (Chief Information Officer) presented a proposal from a consulting firm for conducting a membership survey. Although the Board agreed in principle with the proposal, it was tabled until later. The last time the Institute carried out a member survey was in 2005.
8) Isabelle Roy (General Counsel) presented a legal update.
9) The Board selected members of committees of the Board. The Chairs of the Committees are:
- By-Laws & Policy (BLPC) – John Courtney
- Elections – Scott McConaghy
- Executive Compensation (ECC) – Marilyn Best
- Finance – Del Dickson
- Human Rights in the Workplace – Bonnie Pratt
- Member Services (MSC) – Paul Godin
- Science Advisory (SAC) – Kofi Crentsil
- Working Group on Consultation (WGC) – Glenn Maxwell
10) I presented the February AC motion recommending that the Board reconsider its recent decision to suspend the work of the Professional Recognition and Qualifications Committee (PRQC) for 2012. The motion was defeated.
11) I also presented updates on the Science Advisory Committee (SAC) and the Working Group on Consultation (WGC). PIPSC provided a webcast presenting a Canadian view in a session of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) entitled "Unmuzzling Government Scientists: How to Re-Open the Discourse" held in Vancouver in February 2012.
12) Del Dickson (Chair of the Finance Committee) presented the financial statement for November 2011. The statement was received and approved. Del also led a discussion on nurturing and fostering a culture of financial accountability at all levels of the organization (as per 2012 Strategic Objective #3).
13) The Board discussed the potential implications of Bill C-377 (An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (requirements for labour organizations).
14) David Gray led a discussion on pension strategy. A working group of staff and elected officials will meet to further develop strategy on how to counteract the media campaign against the Public Service Pension Plan.
15) I presented the February AC resolution on electoral reform. An amended version of it was approved: “Moved & seconded that all Regional Councils hold consultations on the subject of Electoral Reform at their 2012 Councils and that these consultations be performed by Regional Directors who will provide reports back to the Board before the end of June 2012.”
16) Meetings Dates:
a) Next Board meeting – March 23-24, 2012.
b) Next AC Steering Committee meeting – March 17, 2012.
c) Next AC meeting – April 21, 2012.
Kofi Crentsil, AC Director
1) AC webpage
2) Board webpage
3) 2011 Board Portfolio Assignment