AC Director’s Report from the March 25-26, 2011 Board of Directors Meeting
1) The March Board meeting was preceded by a “Blue Sky” session to discuss Budget 2011 (especially strategic and operating review) and Contracting Out. The Board also discussed strategy for the Federal Election.
2) As part of the Blue Sky, I led a discussion on the labour situation in Wisconsin. How do we counteract attempts to eliminate collective bargaining rights in Canada? This existential threat underlines the need to mobilize, educate and engage members.
3) Vice-President Debi Daviau provided an update on collective bargaining. Debi also presented a communications plan for informing members about the implications of a potential loss of severance. The PSLRA Group presidents will hold their next bargaining meeting on May 6, 2011.
4) Don Burns (Part-time VP) gave an update on the status of negotiations with CEP (formerly PISA), a PIPSC Employee union. The tentative agreement signed by PIPSC and CEP has been ratified.
5) David Gray (Part-time VP) informed Board members of a public panel discussion on pensions (The Public Service Pension Plan: Perspectives for its Professionals) on April 19, 2011. The panel was organized in collaboration with other professional unions, Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE), and the Association of Canadian Financial Officers (ACFO). The panel discussion will be webcast.
6) Marilyn Best, Atlantic Director, presented a progress report on the Steward Development Initiative (SDI). The SDI Task Force (Marilyn Best, Paul Godin, Yvon Brodeur and Dan Jones) is scheduled to present a draft report at the August 2011 Board meeting.
7) Vice-President Shannon Bittman presented a strategy on Disability Management. The Disability Plan administered by Sun Life has accumulated a large surplus, some of which is attributable to Treasury Board’s policy of terminating employees on Disability Insurance form more than two years. She also presented a plan for raising the issue at the National Joint Council. She is preparing a deck for Lunch & Learn sessions.
8) The triennial congress of the Canadian Labour Congress will be held on May 9 – 13, 2011. Board members discussed attendance at the congress; this may help the Board to respond to the 2010 AGM resolution on the topic.
9) Luc Carrière, NCR Director, gave a passionate presentation on workplace organizing and the need for a full-time mobilization officer. This is in the context of the present bargaining round. Four groups (CS, AFS, CFIA-VM and AV) have chosen the conciliation/strike route so far.
10) The December 2010 Financial Statements were approved. The Board also approved the 2010 Independent Auditor’s Report on the Financial Statements of the Institute and the Institute’s Pension Plan.
11) Marilyn Best, Chair of the Executive Compensation Committee (ECC), provided an update on executive compensation matters. The triennial review of compensation for management and excluded non-management staff is scheduled for 2011. http://www.pipsc.ca/portal/page/portal/website/aboutinstitute/governance/committees/ecc
12) Some Board members expressed dissatisfaction with the Institute’s Dispute Resolution and Discipline Policy. Concern was expressed about frivolous and vexatious complaints and the sheer number of complaints. A “subcommittee” will be studying the policy and will propose improvements.
13) Meetings Dates:
a) Next Board meeting – May 13/14, 2011.
b) Next AC Steering Committee meeting – April 9, 2011.
c) Next AC meeting – May 7, 2011.
Kofi Crentsil, AC Director
1) AC webpage: http://www.pipsc.ca/portal/page/portal/website/groups/ac
2) Board webpage: http://www.pipsc.ca/portal/page/portal/website/aboutinstitute/governance/bod
3) Board of Directors - Portfolios and Assignments 2011 http://www.pipsc.ca/portal/page/portal/website/aboutinstitute/governance/bod/portfolios