WHO IS COPE ONTARIO? 

We are a membership-driven organization representing workers in various public and private sectors such as Health Care, Education, Financial Services, Labour Organizations, Non-Profit and Government agencies. With 20 locals and approximately 7,000 members across the province, we are a diverse and wide reaching union. We are affiliated to the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) giving us strength in millions, allowing our members to have a voice in all issues affecting working people. It is also the purpose and aim of the Council to inform, advise and educate workers in the principles and policies of this Union and of the benefits and gains which they may achieve through organizing and collective bargaining.

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Ontario Court of Appeals confirms Bill 124 is unconstitutional

Ontario Court of Appeals confirms Bill 124 is unconstitutional.

On 12 February 2024, the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld a decision that the wage-restraint legislation known as Bill 124 was unconstitutional. In a majority decision, the court affirmed a 2022 ruling which found that Bill 124 interfered with the freedom of association guarantee under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Ontario Court of Appeal also found that, as a result of Bill 124, “organized public sector workers, many of whom are women, racialized and/or low-income earners, have lost the ability to negotiate for better compensation or even better work conditions that do not have a monetary value.”

MENTORSHIP PROGRAM 2024-2026 GUIDELINE AND STEPS

This program is designed to enable skill development for COPE Ontario members that will prove useful in the various sectors that COPE Ontario represents. Participants will gain knowledge and experience to ensure they grow and learn how best to strengthen our union while serving its members. Successful applicants chosen for the Mentorship Program will be trained in various positions including but not limited to becoming: a Labour Relations Specialist to cover all sectors, or a specialist in Healthcare or Education; Benefits Representative; or Organizer. Opportunities will also be available to become Instructors/Facilitators specializing in a variety of topics and areas of labour priorities. Locals of COPE Ontario will be responsible for ensuring all necessary arrangements are made for their member’s lost time. It is expected that the cost of lost time will be shared by all three parties: the Local Union, COPE Ontario, and the participating member.

COPE Ontario 2024 Annual General Meeting

Dear COPE Members:

The 2024 Annual General Meeting of COPE Ontario will be held on Saturday, May 4th and Sunday, May 5th, 2024, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Saturday and will conclude at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. The location of the meeting is as follows:  Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

A block of guestrooms has been negotiated with the Lord Elgin Hotel, 100 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario at the rates of $239.00 (single)/$249.00 (double) plus taxes and fees per night.  The direct link to book the hotel is: https://reservations.travelclick.com/12200?groupID=4213228. Delegates may contact the hotel directly to make their reservation by calling 613-235-3333. The group block number is 5134734.

The cutoff date for reservations is Wednesday, March 27th, 2024. 

Celebrating Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month 

 

As we embark on the month of February, COPE Ontario proudly joins the nation in celebrating Black History Month—a time to recognize, honor, and amplify the extraordinary contributions of Black individuals throughout history. This year, we are especially focused on highlighting the invaluable impact Black leaders have made within the labour movement, shaping a more just and equitable society for all.

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