COPE LOCAL 225 GROWS - WELCOME MEMBERS WORKING FOR OSSTF D25
Our COPE Ontario family just grew bigger with workers from OSSTF District 25 joining COPE Local 225. Join us in welcoming them!
COPE LOCAL 343 MEMBERS FIGHT FOR SICK DAYS & MATERNITY LEAVE
COPE Local 343 members working for Ironworkers Local 721 have hit an impasse, and are actually beyond the end of the No Board that was filed.
Business Manager Fred MacPherson has only tabled massive concessions, cutting existing sick leave by 90%, a zero cost of living increase in 2020, longer qualification times for maternity leave benefits, removing vacation entitlement, reducing carry over vacation time, reducing time off over Christmas holidays, and reduction of 2 holidays from the Collective Agreement. Staff have tried to return to the negotiation table for a fair contract.
COPE Ontario is asking everyone to help by sending a solidarity letter to Ironworkers asking union values be respected. Values that many have fought for years to achieve and protect. Don't forget to share your message onto your social media.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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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