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Vacation Statements

Miscellaneous
As many of you are starting to receive the vacation statements from HR, COPE is asking that you do NOT sign or return the statement yet.  There have been numerous issues reported with vacation banks and payouts.  We have filed a policy grievance on vacation issues.  Please do not sign the statement and send in until we have the opportunity to address the vacation issues with the Employer.  Please contact Sandra Lenuik, NVP (sandral@telus.net) if you have signed the form and submitted already OR if you have any issues with vacation that you have not reported to her yet.  Thank you for your cooperation.  ~COPE491 EXECUTIVE~  
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Coronavirus (COV)

COPE Ontario
Ontario’s first presumptive confirmed case of the coronavirus is stable and remains hospitalized. Public Health Officials have now reported as second case of the coronavirus in Toronto.  Dr. David Williams the Chief Medical Officer of Health has said that “the risk to Ontarians remains low”.  Ontario’s health system today is in a position to respond to the coronavirus and have mechanisms in place for responding to emerging health care situations. Healthcare workers should follow the recommendations as put in place by their healthcare agency. COPE is closely following all developments regarding (COV). Should any COPE Ontario member have any concerns, please contact Maureen O’Halloran at mohalloran@copeontario.ca and Patty Clancy at pclancy@copeontario.ca  
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More Questions about Vacation Pay Out

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Thank you to all that answered our first set of questions.  If you have not yet, please see the original email below and forward your answers.  For everyone, even if you answered the first set, please answer the following questions:  Vacation Accruals: If you were not paid out any vacation days but did carry some over to 2020 please answer the following:   Balance of vacation as of December 31, 2018.Amount of vacation allotted in 2019 (in days please)Amount of vacation used in 2019Amount of vacation paid out in 2019 (that was requested by you)If you asked for your vacation to be carried over, when and did you get a response? How many days are you carrying over in 2020?What is your allotment for 2020?   Please send your answers directly to Sandra Lenuik at sandral@telus.net
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Questions about Vacation Pay Out

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Many members recently received notice regarding pay out of vacation credits. In order to ensure we have as much information as possible to discuss this matter properly and fully, we need information in what has happened, and who has been affected.   Where you paid out any vacation days in January 2020 that you were not expecting; if so, please answer the following questions and send your answers directly to Sandra Lenuik at sandral@telus.net How many days did you have left in 2018 that carried over into 2019? How many days did you use in 2019?Did you request to be paid out anytime at all in 2019? If so, how many days?How many days did you receive as your vacation allotment in 2019?How many days in 2019 where you expecting to carry over to 2020?Did you request to carry…
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Trustee Election Results

Elections
Election Results are in Good morning, The results are in for the Trustee election that just closed.  Congratulations to Carolyn Layfield!  Click the link below to see the official Big Pulse results page.  ********************************************************************************* Poll Result   COPE491 Election Report date: Tuesday 17 December 2019 09:25 ESTTrustee (3 Year Term) Poll ID: 155119 As at Poll close: Monday 16 December 2019 23:59 EST Number of voters: 130 · Group size: 250 · Percentage voted: 52.00 Vote counting method: V1 FPTPRanked by votes Rank Candidate ID Candidate Votes % 1 16025393 Carolyn Layfield 68 52.31 2 16025394 Sonia Argatoff 48 36.92 3 16025392 Mary Elizabeth Archer 14 10.77CLICK TO SEE OFFICIAL RESULTS
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Elections are Underway!

Elections
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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