1) The May Board was held in conjunction with the 2011 Triennial Convention of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). Board members attended the CLC convention as observers and had a working lunch with CLC representatives from other professional unions. The Board meeting was preceded by a “Blue Sky” discussion on the federal election. During the 2011 Federal Election campaign, the Institute sponsored an election debate. It also launched two new websites: “For the Public Good” and “Shadow Public Service.” It also created a Facebook page, Twitter account and a YouTube channel for videos.
2) Vice-President Debi Daviau provided an update on collective bargaining. She gave a summary of the PSLRA Group meeting held on May 6, 2011. She also presented an action plan for Strategic and Operating Review.
3) Eddie Gillis (COO) and David Gray (Part-time VP) reported on the 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 was also webcast.
4) David Gray (Part-time VP) presented his preliminary plan for countering the anti-Public Service message of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). He will present a formal action plan at a future Board meeting.
5) Eddie Gillis (COO) presented reports from Chief Operating Officer, Chief Negotiations Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Regional Operations. Board members expressed their appreciation for these comprehensive reports.
6) Gary Corbett (President) led a wide-ranging discussion of the emerging conflict culture at the Institute. The number of conflicts between members (especially stewards on Consultation Teams) appears to be increasing. Conflict management and resolution is placing a huge burden on the time and resources of elected officials and the Legal Office. One suggestion is to place a greater emphasis on conflict prevention going forward.
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.
7) The January and February 2011 Financial Statements were approved. The Board also approved the 2012 budget after an animated exchange on the budget preparation process. Denis Bourguignon, PIPSC CFO, explained that the budget was a best estimate. Denis also gave a presentation on the E-Claims project.
8) Marilyn Best, Chair of the Executive Compensation Committee (ECC), provided an update on executive compensation matters.
9) The Board approved the bylaws of various constituent bodies as recommended by Dan Jones, Chair of BLPC. Dan will also be presenting the draft Financial Handbook and the Institute Policy on Groups at a future Board meeting.
10) Meetings Dates:
a) Next Board meeting – June 22/23, 2011.
b) Next AC Steering Committee meeting – July 9, 2011.
c) Next AC meeting – August 13, 2011.