Election Call – December 2019

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:
Elected 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 – Atlantic
Elected by a vote of the membership in their respective regions

Trustee Positions:
3-year Trustee
Elected 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, 2019; the day nominations close.

To be eligible for a nomination and election, a member must be in continuous good standing for twelve (12) consecutive months prior to date of nomination.

No nomination shall be accepted unless the member nominating has signed the nomination form and the member nominated has indicated on the form, or by other means, their willingness to stand for office. Nominations must be sent in during the nomination period. Any nominations received before or after the nomination period will not be accepted. 

A complete list of candidates for office will be posted on the Local Union website on November 19, 2019.

After the closing of nominations all duly nominated candidates will be extended an opportunity to have a maximum of one (1) article included in the electronic voting system and posted on the Local Union website. The article may reference candidate websites but shall not contain any active links to external websites.

Steve Smith will serve as Returning Officer during the election. Voting will be conducted using electronic voting over seven days, December 10 to December 16, 2019.

Your participation as a candidate or as an informed voter in Union elections is crucial because those you elect will help administer the affairs of the Union.

Personal email addresses should be received by the Returning Officer, Steve Smith via your RVP no later than October 29, 2019, in order to ensure receipt of ballots.

In solidarity,
Trish Sinclair
President, COPE Local 491


Campaigning cannot occur during work time.

Use of the Employer’s voice mail or email to circulate election material is not permitted.

Candidates are asked to conduct themselves with dignity at all times.

Any behaviour or material that undermines the dignity or self-esteem of any individual or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment will not be tolerated.

Each duly nomination candidate may submit a maximum of one (1) article to be published on the Local Union Website and included in the electronic voting system.  Website posting of articles begin November 20, 2019.

Steve Smith
Returning Officer, COPE Local 491


October 22, 2019
Election Call

November 5, 2019
Nominations open

November 18, 2019
4:00 p.m. EST

Nominations Close

November 19, 2019
Complete list of candidates
Will be posted on the Union’s

November 20, 2019
Website posting of articles begin

October 29, 2019
Personal email address deadline

December 10 – 16, 2019

See Official Election Call here: http://cope491.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Election-Call-December-2019-2.pdf