Elections are Underway!

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The Election for the Trustee (3 year) position is now underway. Everyone should have received a ballot to their home email address. If you haven't, please contact your RVP immediately. The election for RVP - Region 4 (Manitoba) is also underway. If you are a member in Manitoba and have not received a ballot, please contact your current RVP immediately. Good luck to all those running!
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UNION SAVINGS PROGRAM

Miscellaneous
COPE Local 491 is registered with the Union Savings Program.  This program helps to save union members money when shopping and traveling and more.  Union Savings is Canada’s only not-for-profit, union-run, members’ benefit program. By working with almost 2 million members across Canada and using economies of scale, discounts are negotiated for union members, retirees and their families.  How it works: 1. Go to www.unionsavings.ca 2. Find your Union on the list 3. Create your free account 4. Start Saving! To learn more, check out the guide to the discounts and savings CLICK TO VIEW GUIDE   During the Ontario Federation of Labour convention, COPE was able to confirm our local's registration in the program and secure a place in the program for all of our members.  The program is…
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ELECTION ARTICLES – December 10-16, 2019

Elections
UPDATED (December 6, 2019): There are elections taking place for RVP - Region 4 (Manitoba); and Trustee - 3 year. Below is the list of nominees (alphabetic by last name) with the articles they have prepared linked to their name. REGION 4 (Manitoba) Alex Hernandez Pamela Nowosad-Federowich TRUSTEE (3 year) Mary Elizabeth Archer (Alberta Regional Office)Sonia Argatoff (National Office)Carolyn Layfield (Kingston Area Office)
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UPDATED: Nominations and Acclaimations – November 2019

Elections
The nomination period for the upcoming elections is now closed.  Thank you to all who participated in the process and either nominated someone or allowed their names to stand for election.  The following is the list of acclaimations:PRESIDENT Trish Sinclair (Manitoba Regional Office) - acclaimed TREASURER Karri Patterson (Atlantic Regional Office) - acclaimed REGIONAL VICE-PRESIDENTS Region 1 (BC) Connie Taylor (Prince George Area Office) - acclaimed Region 2 (AB) Patty Kinahan (AB Regional Office) - acclaimed Region 3 (SK) Heather Dillabaugh (Saskatoon Area Office) - acclaimed Region 5A (ON Area Offices) Brandi Kehoe (Hamilton Area Office) - acclaimed REGION 5B (ON Regional Office) Daniela Greco (ON Regional Office) - acclaimed REGION 7 (Maritimes) Kelli Lawrence (Charlottetown Area Office) - acclaimed REGION 8 (Atlantic) Jessica Scott (Atlantic Regional Office) - acclaimed…
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Nomination Forms – Elections December 2019

Elections, Uncategorized
Nominations for the upcoming elections open on November 5, 2019.  Click below to access the nomination form for each position up for election. The attached nomination forms are in pdf format as well as word version.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Returning Officer. Nomination-Form - President (Word)  Nomination-Form - President (pdf)  Nomination-Form - Treasurer (Word) Nomination-Form - Treasurer (pdf) Nomination-Form - RVP Region blank (Word) Nomination-Form - RVP Region blank (pdf) Nomination-Form - Trustee - Three Year (Word) Nomination-Form - Trustee - Three Year (pdf)  
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Nomination Forms sent by email

Elections, Uncategorized
Nominations for the upcoming elections open on November 5, 2019.  To access the nomination forms for each position up for election, please see your personal email; as they were emailed out today. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Returning Officer.
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Election Call – December 2019

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Between December 10 and December 16, 2019 members will elect two (2) Table Officers; eleven (11) RVP's; and one (1) Trustees in accordance with the COPE 491 Bylaws.Officer Positions: President TreasurerElected by a vote of the full membership.Regional Vice-President Positions: Region 1 - British Columbia Region 2 - Alberta Region 3 - Saskatchewan Region 4 - Manitoba Region 5A - Ontario Region 5B - Ontario Regional Office Region 6A - National Office/OAO Region 6B - National Office/OAO Region 6C - National Office/OAO Region 7 - Maritimes Region 8 - AtlanticElected by a vote of the membership in their respective regionsTrustee Positions: 3-year TrusteeElected by a vote of the full membership. Nominations will open November 5, 2019 and must be submitted to the Returning Officer by 4:00 P.M. on November 18,…
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Bargaining Committee Update

Bargaining
Greetings: The Bargaining Committee has been working with the Employer in order to get the new Collective Agreement out as quickly as possible.  Unfortunately, we have come to a disagreement with the Employer on changes that the Union believed were going to be made to the pension language in Article 19.04 when we signed off on the Pension MOA in September 2018. The Employer’s position is that we did not bargain this language in the MOA, therefore, it cannot be changed in the Collective Agreement  As such, the language that will be in the Collective Agreement regarding the bridge benefit will still reference the 15 years instead of the 10 years, which contradicts the plan text of the pension plan.  The Bargaining Committee has tried on several occasions to have this…
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Canadian Equity Council Delegate – COPE National

Miscellaneous
We are happy to announce that Sister Rachel Roberts has put her name forward to COPE National and has been chosen as one of the delegates to sit on the Canadian Equity Council. She will be one of four (4) delegates representing Region 2 (which Local 491 is part of).  Congratulations to Sister Rachel, we look forward to hearing from you when the CEC has news or events that can be shared. In solidarity, Trish Sinclair President COPE Local 491
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Collective Agreement Update

Bargaining
We are sure that many of you are wondering about the status of our new Collective Agreement.  This process is taking longer than expected, but rest assured the bargaining committee is actively working with the Employer to finalize the document.  In the meantime, please continue to use the last Collective Agreement in conjunction with the signed Memorandum of Settlement.  Those two documents together contain all the clauses that are in effect.  Your new fully proofread and signed Collective Agreement will be prepared and distributed as soon as possible and we appreciate our members continued patience as we work through this process.  We are working to ensure this process continues to move forward.  In Solidarity,  COPE491 Bargaining Committee
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