News

Covid-19 Update

Miscellaneous
As this is a very difficult and uneasy time for all of us, I wanted to reach out to you, as we have heard some unsettling news regarding another Union that you may hear about in the next while.  We have been told that UNIFOR will be moving to lay off staff in the coming weeks, due to the rise of unemployment in the sectors they represent.  As this is a very troubling decision for UNIFOR to make, I am sure this may bring fear and uncertainty to our members as well.  Just to clarify, this is UNIFOR the Union having to lay off staff, not UNIFOR members that work for CUPE.  We know that all unions, organizations and governments, including CUPE will be impacted by the financial fallout of…
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Covid-19 Questions/Concerns

Miscellaneous
We know this has been a difficult time for COPE members, but please be certain, that we are trying to address questions and concerns as they arise.  One of the concerns that was brought forward, was a question as to how we are going to be paid.  We currently have members working in Payroll to ensure that we are all paid as per our regular scheduled payday.   We would like to thank all of our members, who are working to make sure it is business as usual during these unprecedented times. As previously mentioned, please continue to send any questions or concerns through your RVP's.  If there are any new updates, we will continue to get information to you all in a timely fashion.  Thanking you all for your patience…
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COVID-19 CONCERNS

Miscellaneous
We are aware that members may have some concerns and questions surrounding COVID-19.  COPE has sent a letter to the Employer asking for an urgent meeting/response to our concerns and questions.  We have asked to work with the Employer on direction and policy around this declared pandemic and we will provide information as soon as it is available.  In the meantime, please refer to Canadian Health Organization and/or other credible sources for information on best practices and updates on the pandemic progress.  https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html  
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Returning Officer- Call for Interested Parties

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. We had sent out a request for interest last year and had some responses.  Unfortunately the couple people we chose we unable to continue through and we…
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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

Uncategorized
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

Uncategorized
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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