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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Nomination Forms – Elections December 2019

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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

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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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COPE491 and Social Media

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In the world of technology and ever changing media platforms, our local has started to create an online social media presence.  COPE Local 491 now has a Facebook group.  This is a place to come and chat with other members, find interesting labour community events and information or share positive experiences and make a connection with your COPE Local 491 Sisters and Brothers.  In order to join the group, you will have to request permission and answer 3 questions; are you a current COPE Local 491 member, which office and region you work in and if you will follow the equality statement in your posts and comments.  Once you have requested permission to join, an administrator or moderator of the group will approve you.  The group will remain a "closed"…
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Retro Pay Information

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As the pay statements were just received today; many members have been asking about the retro pay.  We inquired about it this morning and were advised by the Employer that the retroactive pay is being processed.  It is being worked on and and requires a number of manual calculations that are time consuming.  We do not have information on the exact time frame; however if we find out anything further we will let everyone know. 
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Nominations Close Tomorrow at 4:00pm EST

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Nominations close tomorrow (January 24th) at 4:00pm EST.  Be sure you have the nominations form into the Returning Officer at: returningofficercope491@gmail.com before the nomination period close. Stay tuned on January 28th for a list of candidates nominated for the positions. The list of candidates will be posted to the website and sent out by email.
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Update on OLRB Process

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The hearing dates that were scheduled for January 8/9 have now been concluded. This process was completed in the first day and the second day was cancelled. All parties now await a decision from the Vice-Chair of the OLRB (Ontario Labour Relations Board). We will share that decision once we receive it.
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Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year! The COPE 491 executive wishes to send good wishes for a fantastic year to each and every member. Quick update on the OLRB hearings for the application that was filed in December. The hearing date originally scheduled for December 27 was cancelled and the hearing for January 8 and 9 will be taking place as scheduled. Until the hearings have taken place and a decision is rendered there may not be much information to share. We will continue to provide all information we can to everyone. COPE 491 will be taking time in the first part of January to also welcome our new executive members and will be working together to move forward in a positive manner. The Bargaining Committee is continuing to work compiling proposals from…
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