Delegate and President, Ruth reports: The emergency resolution brought to the convention floor today [April 15] was to ask OPSEU delegates to consider the creation of an ad hoc task force including "an external independent consultant to conduct a review of OPSEU's harassment and discrimination policies, complaint reporting processes, and workplace culture..."
This resolution was brought to the floor as a result of some members making allegations of a "toxic work environment" existing in the Union "including allegations of systematic sexual harassment experienced by staff, culminating in sexual assault charges against one former staff member." This article references these allegations.
This resolution was passed by the delegates by 98.7%.
We will never be silent about harassment and discrimination of any kind.
With the establishment of our Local Equity Committee we ensure that we are responsible to upholding our Statement of Respect and addressing any concerns that may come forward from our members.