AC Director’s Report from the February 21-22 2014 Board of Directors Meeting
1) The main issues discussed at the February Board meeting were: 1) 2014 Institute Strategic Objectives; 2) New Brunswick Shared Risk Pension Plan and; 3) the selection of 2014 Committee (of the Board) Memberships.
2) 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 Advisory Council (AC) reviewed the 2014 annual priorities at its February 8, 2013 meeting. As tasked by the AC, I reminded the Board of the importance of evergreen business continuity and risk management plans in handling contingencies.
3) As requested by the Board, Eddie Gillis (Chief Operating Officer) presented the 2014 Strategic Objectives to implement the strategic directions approved at the 2014 Board Strategic Planning session. The Board approved the strategic directions.
4) The 2014 Federal Government budget doubles the premiums of retirees while limiting their access to the health-care plan. Board members expressed solidarity with our retired members and discussed measures to challenge these draconian budget measures.
5) The Board approved memberships for the following committees: Bylaws and Policies (BLPC); Professional Recognition and Qualifications (PRQC); Finance; Membership Services (MSC); and Information Technology Services and Projects (ITSPC). The membership of the Science Advisory Committee (SAC) and Human Rights in the Workplace (HRWC) committees will be approved at the March meeting.
6) Denis Bourguignon, Chief Financial Officer presented the Policy on Purchase of Promotional and Visibility Items. Denis had presented the policy at the February 8 AC meeting for review and comment. The Board approved the policy.
7) Isabelle Roy, PIPSC General Counsel, presented a legal update
8) I presented a briefing note on the AC resolution requesting the Board to allocate appropriate resources to support the New Brunswick Groups impacted by the New Brunswick Shared Risk Plan. The motion carried.
9) I also presented a briefing note on the AC resolution on PSLRA Group meetings. The motion carried.
10) The triennial convention of the Canadian Labour Congress will be held on May 5-9 in Montreal. The Board discussed the appropriate delegation to represent the Institute at the convention.
11) Don Burns, Part-time VP, provided a status update on bargaining with the staff unions (PIREA, OEM and UNIFOR Local 3011)
12) Shannon Bittman, Full-time VP, presented a briefing note on Treasury Board’s new Directive on Performance Management due to come into effect on April 1, 2014.
13) Meetings Dates:
a) Next Board meeting – March 21-22, 2014.
b) Next AC meeting – May 3, 2014.
Kofi Crentsil, AC Director
1) AC webpage
2) Board webpage