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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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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Update on Collective Agreement

Bargaining
We have had members asking what the status of the new Collective Agreement is.  Currently, the Bargaining Committee has the draft copy and is in the process of reviewing it to make sure there are no errors or omissions.   They are working on getting it finalized as soon as possible.
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Ratification Vote Results

Bargaining
The results of the ratification vote are in.  The Memorandum of Agreement has been passed by the membership.   Please click the link below to see the results page from Big Pulse. Report date: Monday 24 December 2018 14:27 EST Memorandum of Settlement - expiry - December 31, 2021 Poll ID: 148049 As at Poll close: Saturday 22 December 2018 11:59 EST Number of voters: 185 · Group size: 257 · Percentage voted: 71.98 Vote counting method: V1 FPTP Ranked by votes Rank    Candidate ID    Candidate    Votes       % 1           15963747         Yes          140        75.68 2           15963748          No            45        24.32 CLICK FOR…
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Tentative Settlement – Further Information

Bargaining
As you should have all received the settlement document earlier today, this is a follow up with more information you need to know. The bargaining committee will be taking questions/comments and answering questions as soon as possible as the emails come in to them.  Please try to get your questions in quickly, to ensure there is time for the committee to respond. Starting on December 15, 2018, the vote to ratify the settlement will commence.  Please ensure your RVP has your correct email address.  According to our bylaws, the ratification vote will be open for 7 days.  The vote is currently scheduled to run from December 15 to December 22, 2018.  If you do not receive your election ballot from Big Pulse on December 15th, please contact your RVP as…
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Tentative Settlement Document

Bargaining
As you have all heard by now, we have reached a tentative settlement with our Employer.  The Bargaining Committee is pleased to present the settlement to you all for your review.  Please click the link below to access the document. Memorandum of Settlement - November 2018 If you have any questions or comments, please send an email to the bargaining committee directly at: cope_bargaining_committee@hotmail.com In Solidarity, YOUR COPE491 BARGAINING COMMITTEE Abigail Managan, Colette Calvelli, Lindsay Mills, Karri Patterson, Trish Sinclair
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Bargaining Update #7

Bargaining
To date we, the Bargaining Committee, have met face to face with the Employer four (4) days for the purpose of renewing our CA.  Discussions during these meetings continue to be respectful, informative and progressive.  We have confirmed our next meeting will take place on November 28, 2018. We will continue to provide updates as quickly as possible. In Solidarity, Your COPE Local 491 Bargaining Committee Trish Sinclair, Karri Patterson, Lindsay Mills, Collette Calvelli, Abigail Managan
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Bargaining Update #6

Bargaining
Today your Bargaining Team concluded two days of negotiations with CUPE. A variety of discussions took place that were very productive and informative, and will continue on October 25, 2018. We will continue to update you as bargaining progresses.
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