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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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Button Campaign

Miscellaneous, Regional Issues
COPE491 is starting a campaign regarding Hours of Work.  Soon you will be receiving buttons to wear at work to stand in support of members who feel pressured to work through lunch hours and work in excess of 6 hours with no overtime as per our collective agreement. We work 6 hours a day.  We have 1 hour for lunch.  We should not have to take calls or direction during our lunch hour.  We should not be working more than 6 hours a day without being paid for overtime.  These issues may not affect you or your workplace, but we want everyone to wear the buttons to show our support and solidarity with our sisters and brothers across the country who are faced with these issues.  If you have any questions…
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Call for Interested Parties – RETURNING OFFICER

Elections
As you are all aware, our elections are done electronically using Big Pulse.  The program that we use requires some training and experience in order to use it efficiently.  In the past, we have had one Returning Officer and have usually used them fairly exclusively, but it would be beneficial to have more than one person to turn to.  We would like to have a couple different members that would be interested in acting as Returning Officer start some training on the program so that our local has more flexibility when coming across the need to appoint a Returning Officer for an election.  If you feel this is something you would be interested in, please advise your RVP by the end of day on May 17th, 2019.  In Solidarity, COPE491…
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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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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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National Vice President Election RESULTS

Elections
Good morning, The results are in for the National Vice-President election that just closed.  Congratulations to Sandra Lenuik!  Click the link below to see the official Big Pulse results page.  ************************************************************************ Poll Result By-Election: National Vice-President Report date: Thursday 14 March 2019 00:53 EDT National Vice-President Number of voters: 142 · Group size: 253 · Percentage voted: 56.13 Ranked by votes RankCandidate IDCandidateVotes%115974803Sandra Lenuik5639.44215974801Tammy Laurin4934.51315974802Lindsay Mills3726.06 Click here for Big Pulse Results Page
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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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