75th Ontario Regional Council - Toronto West Branch Activity Report
Number of members: 621 Regular 36 Retired 1 Rand
Current Executive Members
Frank Wong Branch President
Nivin Fouad Branch Vice President
Lorne Woodhouse Treasurer
Renu Goenka Branch Secretary
Shelton Chu Member-at-Large
Wendell Cole Member-at-Large
Steve Rosa Member-at-Large
Vito Trentadue Member-at-Large
Mebs Najak Member-at-Large
Jennifer Myles Member-at-Large
Previous AGM date: November 21, 2018
Next AGM date: November 2019
Branch Executive Meetings
Last Meeting Date: February 4, 2019
Next Meeting Date: March 18, 2019
Number of meetings held since last Regional Council: 11
2018 Branch Activities
Feb. 19 Co-sponsored with UTE and Management Black History Month Event
May 1 Emailed reminder of International Workers Day (May Day)
May 8 Co-sponsored with UTE and EAP Committee TW’s Mental Health Fair
May 22 Sponsored Youth Professional Network career boot camp networking fair
June 6 Better Together campaign re: Ontario Election Poster Distribution and Pizza Giveaway
June 13 Ice cream give away celebrating National Public Service Week
Oct 10 Sponsored World Awareness for Mental Health Day put on by the Helping Our Wellness Committee
Dec 15 Subsidized gifts for children of members at the TW Kids’ Christmas Party
Dec 24 Annual Christmas Coffee offered to Toronto West staff snacks and beverages to celebrate the holidays and meet and greet the TW Branch and Subgroup Executives
All but one of the TW Branch Executive members are also AFS TW Subgroup Executive members. Because of the commonality, we hold monthly meetings to discuss both branch and subgroup issues.
The Branch Executive continues to educate members about the Institute and Institute policies and initiatives, members’ work environment, and members’ rights and benefits being employees of the Public Service through emails and informal meetings.
The Branch believes that members should know their rights and obligations as employees in a Federal Unionized Environment. Knowledge is power. We empower members by giving them tools to use to address issues in the workplace.
TW Branch also helps promote ideals and causes supported by the Institute by providing funding for Physical and Mental Health Awareness and Diversity in the Workplace, and celebrating and acknowledging the hard work performed by our members.
Issues and Concerns:
- Lack of transparency in staffing processes, including the Expo Job Fair/Inventory and “taps on the shoulder” and the de-emphasizing use of internal staffing processes.
- Confusion on the Institute’s support of the Employee Wellness Support Plan, whether the sick leave regime has been eliminated, loss of sick leave credits.
- New reporting structuring commencing April 1, 2019, resulting from the implementation of the Greater Toronto Area Services Modernization Plan.
- High cost of living in the GTA.
- Pay issues with the Phoenix Pay System.
Submitted by: Frank Wong