Motions for Climate Action at AMPA 2018

Below are the motions being brought to AMPA by District 27, including the motion numbers. If you are an OSSTF Member and you support these motions, please let your local President know or post a comment below.

We expect MAC 245 to be debated Saturday or Sunday since it will be a cost motion and must be done before the budget is determined. The others may not make it to debate, but we remain hopeful that AMPA delegates will think about these motions and perhaps take ideas back to their districts. Climate change is marching on and we hope OSSTF and the affiliate unions can be part of the solutions!

In District 27, we are working on moving our local funds out of the big banks and our investments out of fossil fuels. We have heard other districts are thinking about the same. Solidarity!

MAC 214-18

BIRT the Provincial Executive lobby the Provincial government to implement OSSTF Policy and Procedure 8.10.5.

Policies and Procedures 8.10.5

“It is the policy of OSSTF that all new school buildings and board of education facilities should be carbon neutral, and that existing schools should be provided funding by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to retrofit buildings to ensure that they operate at optimal efficiency.”

MAC 242-18

BE IT RESOLVED THAT AMPA direct the Provincial Executive and OTF Governors to request the OTPP Board of directors to direct asset managers to stop future investments in fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds and actively invest in renewable and clean energy based securities.

MAC 243-18

BE IT RESOLVED THAT AMPA direct the Provincial Executive and OTF Governors to request the OMERS Board of directors to direct asset managers to stop future investments in fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds and actively invest in renewable and clean energy-based securities.

MAC 244-18

BE IT RESOLVED THAT AMPA direct the Treasurer and managers of the Internal Investment Fund to stop future investments in fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds and actively invest in renewable and clean energy-based securities.

MAC 245-18   (Cost estimate: $8750)

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Provincial Executive ask the FNMI Advisory Workgroup, in conjunction with the Provincial Human Rights Committee, to make recommendations to AMPA 2019 regarding OSSTF investments, pension plan holdings, and financial dealings in light of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

MAC 246-18

BE IT RESOLVED THAT AMPA direct the OTF Governors to request the OTPP Board of Directors to:

  1. disclose the fossil fuel and other climate-related holdings in the Pension Plan in accordance with the recommendations of the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures and to submit a written report to the delegates at AMPA 2019;
  2. provide opportunities for Plan members across the province to discuss this report in open forum to promote understanding of the steps being taken by the Fund Managers to address the risks and opportunities related to fossil fuel holdings, including, but not limited to, the written report to the delegates at AMPA 2019.

MAC 247-18

BIRT AMPA 2018 direct the Provincial Executive to lobby the Provincial Government to sue the fossil fuel companies for their contribution to the damage related to climate change.

Support this year’s fossil-free motions at OSSTF’s Annual Meeting!

For the fourth year, educator activists from the Educators Climate Alliance are putting forward motions to divest the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System from fossil fuels.  Each year we have faced resistance, but we still believe that divestment is a crucial piece of the puzzle in helping push momentum for real climate action forward.  The following is an open letter by ECA teacher activist Kevin Bowers supporting the motions, which are attached to this post.

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Teaching is a fulfilling career because we get to be explicit about the best parts us. We teach young people to be kind, thoughtful, and honest because we know it is the best way to build a life.  The Educators Climate Alliance knows that teachers take the privilege of mentoring young people seriously.  We also know that we are invested in an energy system that science tells us will lead to 4-6 degrees of warming by the end of this century.  That means that students entering our schools today will experience unfathomable hardships.  Scientists predict unprecedented refugee crisis, floods, food shortages, and diseases.  

Mentoring kindness, thoughtfulness and honesty is problematic when the pensions we earn in the pursuit of building better lives for our students is invested in a system that will bring deep and lasting hardship to our students.  

Teachers don’t want to be hypocrites.  We know that kindness and honesty require that we be thoughtful about our investments. We need to protect our students as we lead them towards a better, safer, and happier future. 

Divesting the OTPP and OMERS is an important step we can take in the right direction.  Please support this year’s motions at OSSTF’s AMPA to divest from fossil fuels.

Thanks!

-Kevin Bowers, Teacher, OSSTF District 27 (Limestone)

File Attachment:  AMPA motions 2018 – Climate related