OSSTF AMPA 2017 #ClimateAction Motions

The following motions have been submitted to AMPA by OSSTF District 27. The Educators Climate Alliance thanks District 27 for agreeing to bring the divestment discussion once again to OSSTF’s annual meeting. We appreciate everyone for taking time to consider these motions.

  1. Moved that AMPA direct the Provincial Executive and the OTF Governors to request the OTPP and OMERS Board of Directors to direct asset managers to stop any new investment in fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds within 2 years, as determined by the ‘Carbon Underground 200’.
  2. Moved that Policy 10.7 be amended by the addition of a new subsection that reads: “It is the policy of OSSTF that the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) and the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) should not invest in fossil fuel companies. Specifically, the OTPP and OMERS should stop any new investments in fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds as determined by the ‘Carbon Underground 200’ and should promote divestment until it is achieved.”
  3. Moved that Bylaw 9.5.2 be amended by the addition of a new subsection that reads:  “9.5.2.x  No part of the Internal Investment Fund shall be invested in fossil fuel companies.   9.5.2.x.1  Notwithstanding 9.5.2.x, the Internal Investment Fund shall divest from public equities and corporate bonds that contain fossil fuel companies, as determined by ‘The Carbon Underground 200’, by July 1, 2019.”

Last year a motion regarding supporting refugees failed to pass. In the last few weeks, the refugee issue has become very significant. We hope that OSSTF and affiliate unions will find a way to lead on this issue that will seriously impact the frontline workers in education in Ontario. Find our blog post from AMPA 2016 here arguing that OSSTF needs to take action. Below is the AMPA 2016 motion:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT AMPA establish a work group that will investigate ways to support the education and community needs of refugees in Ontario.

The work group will be composed of the following: a) three bargaining unit presidents/leaders, with an interest in human rights, as selected by the Provincial Executive from applications; b) one Provincial CPAC member; c) one Provincial Executive member, assigned by the President; d) the Secretariat Liaisons assigned to CPAC.

The Work Group will report to Provincial Council, as appropriate, and submit an interim report with recommendations to AMPA 2017 and a final report with recommendations to AMPA 2018.

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