COPE Ontario Office Closure

COPE Staff continue to work remotely to ensure our members are represented and workplace issues are addressed.  Virtual meetings are held with our members and employers, including negotiations, arbitrations, bargaining unit meetings, etc., to ensure the safety of our staff and members.  We continue to work to ensure the safety of our members in their workplaces, including the ability to work remotely where possible. To ensure the ongoing access to training for members, we will be launching online workshops this month. 

In the event of a workplace emergency or you have questions about your rights and responsibilities during the provincial response to COVID-19, please email A staff member of COPE Ontario will ensure that you receive a response promptly.

Stay safe, practice proactive isolation and remember to wash your hands. Connect with us online, Facebook or Twitter for updates.

The COPE Ontario Team


The educational workers of COPE Local 527 (Hamilton Wentworth District School Board) have reached a tentative agreement after a summer long bargaining conducted entirely online, in compliance with COVID-19 precautions. The members will shortly be reviewing the agreement at multiple online information sessions prior to the ratification vote. The members, all of whom are frontline educational workers are back to work in schools across the Hamilton region, working hard to ensure student success and battling shortages of PPE and complex delivery of curriculum and supports both in person and online.


Susan Lucek of COPE Local 527 has been elected by the Executive Board as the new Interim President for COPE Ontario. She is an active member of COPE Local 527 for several decades, representing Educational Workers with the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board. During her union tenure she has held many offices and is the current President of her local. She takes over from Vanitha Ethiraju of COPE Local 343, who we thank for all her hard work, dedication and advocacy of our members worker rights. 



A message to Doug Ford for Labour Day 2020 – Try one simple thing to flatten the curve: Make health and safety of workplaces and communities a top priority in our province.

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COPE Ontario Joins Bill124 Charter Challenge

COPE Ontario Joins Bill124 Charter Challenge

COPE Ontario joined nine other unions, together representing more than 250,000 thousand affected broader public sector employees, and announced their intention to launch a coordinated Charter challenge against Bill 124. As well, the Ontario Labour movement, with the Power of Many, will be initiating an aggressive campaign to repeal Bill 124, legislation introduced by the Ford government that allows the government to impose compensation caps, including for pension and health care improvements, on a variety of unionized and non-unionized public sector workplaces. Click to read the press release - Bill124 charter challenge


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