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AMAPCEO Delegates gather online for productive Annual Delegates’ Conference

Publish date: Wednesday, December 08, 2021 update

Photo of Dave Bulmer, Cynthia Watt, Glynn Robinson and Angela Freeman

Last week, AMAPCEO Delegates, staff, speakers, and guests gathered virtually for the union’s Annual Delegates’ Conference.

Delegates accomplished a great deal over the course of two busy days, including reviewing and approving the union’s 2022 annual budget and passing amendments to several by-laws:

  • By-laws #4, #9, and #10 were amended to update the AMAPCEO Activist Code of Conduct and the process for resolving conflict between members and violations to the Code of Conduct to place a greater focus on equity, inclusion, and solidarity.
  • Amendments were made to By-law #7 covering leaves affecting AMAPCEO officials to ensure strong, consistent representation for members at the Board level.
  • Delegates also approved an updated constitutional review process (By-law #12) to ensure a healthy union democracy.

In addition to the by-law amendments, Delegates approved improvements to the Activist Committee’s terms of reference to make the committee more representative of AMAPCEO stakeholders.

This year’s conference also featured two rousing, illuminating talks from keynote speakers Andria Babbington and Jesse Wente. In discussing the current labour climate in Ontario, Babbington, President of the Toronto & York Region Labour Council, encouraged AMAPCEO members to “be bold”: “there are thousands willing to take on the fight with you,” she said. “There is solidarity.”

Later in the conference, broadcaster and author Wente provided an insightful look into how to truly live reconciliation by speaking out within our own circles, urging all of us to go “beyond allyship” and be “co-conspirators.”

President Dave Bulmer and Vice-President Cynthia Watt took this opportunity to introduce Delegates to the bargaining teams for the seven units which will be bargaining in 2022, and to outline the bargaining process and broad priorities.

Finally, Delegates also discussed a series of policy and procedure resolutions, some of which will go to the appropriate bargaining teams.

More about AMAPCEO and our Members: Established in 1992, AMAPCEO is a bargaining agent that represents 14,000 professional and supervisory public servants, most of whom work directly for the Government of Ontario in every ministry and in a number of agencies, boards and commissions; in 130 communities throughout Ontario and in 12 cities outside Canada. We also represent employees outside the Ontario Public Service in: the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario; the Ontario Arts Council; Ontario Health (Quality Unit); Public Health Ontario; the Waypoint Mental Health Centre in Penetanguishene; and in the former Offices of the Ontario Child Advocate and the French Language Services Commissioner (now part of the Ontario Ombudsman).