Staff at HMECU Ratify New Agreement!


Workers at the Healthcare & Municipal Employees Credit Union (HMECU) have ratified a new Collective Agreement! 

These workers, represented by the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union (COPE Local 343), have proudly served our
municipal, healthcare and emergency services workers for over 85 years.

No Space For Hate

Statement from COPE Ontario in Support of the LGBTQ+ Community and Against #1MillionMarch4Children

COPE Ontario stands firmly in support of the LGBTQ+ community and their rights, and we unequivocally condemn any form of hate or discrimination. It has come to our attention that the #1MillionMarch4Children event has been associated with anti-LGBTQ+ sentiments, which runs counter to our principles of inclusion, diversity, and equality.

COPE 527 and HWDSB announce local agreement!

Hamilton, Ontario – September 12, 2023:
 Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) is pleased to jointly announce a local agreement with the Canadian Office & Professional Employees Union (COPE Local 527). COPE Local 527 represents over 1100 HWDSB Educational Assistants, Child and Youth Care Practitioners, Communication Disorders Assistants, Deaf and Blind Intervenors and Language Acquisition Support Staff.

HWDSB’s Board of Trustees approved the local agreement at a Board meeting on September 11, 2023. COPE Local 527 members ratified the agreement on September 11, 2023.

One of a kind Language!

One of a kind Language!

For many of us, when we think of taking bereavement leave for a loved one, we think of parents, grand-parents, siblings or immediate relatives. But what about some of the other cherished loved ones in our lives? For folks who require a service animal, that animal can be an extension of who they consider their family, a beloved part of their everyday life.

COPE Day 2023


Celebrate COPE Day!

In June of 2004, several Canadian members of the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) presented their American labour leaders with a shocking letter. It stated that 74% of OPEIU’s 24,000 Canadian members had voted in support of forming their own autonomous union.


Pride Month


Demand Equity for All 

During the month of June, we celebrate Pride Month by honouring, uplifting and recognizing the vibrant and diverse 2SLGBTQIA+ community. The 2SLGBTQIA+ community has fought for acceptance, inclusion, and civil rights for decades. Pride began in the 1970s as a protest and will continue to be a protest until equal rights and justice are received for all. In solidarity with the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, COPE Ontario will continue to support future protests, movements and fights for justice and equity. 


Indigenous History Month 2023

June marks Indigenous History Month in Canada. It is an opportunity for Canadians to recognize and honour the rich history, heritage and diversity of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit (FNMI) peoples in Canada who continue to flourish despite past and ongoing oppression.


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