Please see the President’s message below regarding the newly ratified collective agreement, which is effective from January 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022:
I am pleased to inform you that the contract negotiated between COPE Local 131 and Yellow Pages has been approved by the membership.
As discussed, the contract is retroactively dated to January 1, 2019. The new compensation model will commence on January 28, 2019.
It is our hope that this new agreement assists in bringing stability to the business and success for our members.
I would be remiss if I did not express my thanks, appreciation and admiration for our bargaining team. These people stepped up to participate in the most consequential
negotiations in our history and did so with pragmatism, professionalism and tenacity.
We are better off and stronger because of their commitment to this process.
Thank you to Rick Miller, Julie Shaw, Daniel Hunter, Kerig Ahearn, Jason Ware, Daniel Christie.
Kindest Regards, and In Solidarity,
President, COPE Local 131
VOTING WILL OCCUR TODAY BETWEEN 3PM AND 9PM, RESULTS WILL BE COMMUNICATED TOMORROW MORNING.
Dear Colleagues, over the last few days all members of COPE Local 131 have had the opportunity to meet in-person, or on the phone with members of the bargaining committee to discuss the terms proposed for a new collective agreement. There has been lots of discussion and hopefully we have answered as many questions as possible.
Today, around 3pm, you will receive via email a link to to vote from “Simply Voting”.
Please be mindful that if it does not show up in your regular mail box it may be in your spam, or junk mail folder because the email will delivered as a mass email from an unrecognized sender. If you have any problem voting please inform me asap.
Please take the time to vote, it is important that your voice is heard.
kindest regards, and in solidarity,
The Attached PDF document is a summary of the changes to the COPE 131 Ontario Collective Agreement that the membership will be considering for ratification. Click the link below:
summary of ca changes jan 23, 2019
The vote will take place electronically on Thursday January 24, 2019 between the hours of 3pm and 10pm. You will receive an invitation to vote on the proposed deal to your personal email. Work (YP) emails cannot be used for the purposes of voting, it must be your personal email. If you do not receive and invitation to vote, please check your spam or “junk” folder first before reporting the omission.
Results from the vote will be communicated to the membership on Friday morning.
As many of you are aware from our last update, a tentative agreement has been reached between COPE 131 and YP management. There will be several meetings and dial in opportunities next week to share the changes to our collective agreement and the new compensation plan. This will culminate in an online ratification vote on Thursday January 24, 2019. Please read the entire post to see details of all the events next week.
Monday January 21, 2019 11:00 AM
Four Points by Sheraton
2501 Argentia Rd.
Mississauga ON. L5N 4G8
*note lunch will be provided following the presentation*
YP Management and HR will be presenting the details of the new compensation plan to our members. This will cover the variable or commission and bonus part of your compensation, and will be consistent with the changes that have already occurred or are occurring throughout the rest of the country. It is important to note that the variable/commission-bonus components of your compensation will not be included in the new collective agreement.
Wednesday January 23, 2019 4:00 PM
Four Points by Sheraton
2501 Argentia Rd.
Mississauga ON. L5N 4G8
Same location as the Monday meeting. Wednesday will be a UNION only meeting to go over all the changes to the Collective Agreement prior to the ratification vote which will occur on Thursday.
Thursday January 24, 2019 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Online voting will occur for all COPE 131 members to ratify the proposed new collective agreement. You will receive an email to your personal email address (yp email cannot be used for voting) inviting you to vote on the proposed agreement. The vote will take place in a 6hr window from 3pm to 9pm. For any of you who have not already provided your personal email to the union, please do so as soon as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further updates will follow
A belated happy new year to all of our members.
Your Union executive council has been meeting with representatives of YP management over the last month to review new proposed compensation plans, as well as bargaining a new collective agreement.
This process continued with several very long and challenging bargaining sessions that took place in Toronto over the last 2 days. We are pleased to inform the membership that we have reached a tentative deal between COPE 131 and YP. We will be meeting again next week with YP representatives to iron out some final logistics, and at that point we will be updating the membership on next steps, which will include meeting dates and times where we will convene to review all the information and recommend the ratification of a new Collective Agreement.
As we are sure you are all aware, 2018 was a very challenging year in terms of labour relations, most notably with the lock-out of our brother and sister members in Quebec. COPE/SEPB Local 574 has since ratified a new agreement and returned to work, but it is fair to say that we had great concern about the impact these events would have on our own negotiations. It is important for our members to know that despite the challenging nature of the discussions, both sides conducted bargaining in a respectful and professional manner, which allowed us to reach the tentative agreement we will be sharing with you shortly.
We would like to particularly thank the following members who stepped up to participate in bargaining and whose assistance was invaluable: Kerig Ahearn, Dan Christie, Daniel Hunter, Julia Shaw, and Jason Ware.
An update will follow next week.
Rick Miller, Staff Representative COPE Ontario
Steve Reeves, President, COPE Local 131
The following is a copy of a report on the Quebec lockout as reported in the Ottawa citizen, a link to the original article is here: Ottawa Citizen
MONTREAL — A union official is denouncing the lockout of 130 sales representatives by Yellow Pages Ltd. on Monday night as “disgraceful” and “a complete surprise”.
Christian Leonard, head of the affected unit in the Canadian Office and Professional Employees union, says the move is designed to break the union and try to obtain concessions.
Leonard says Yellow Pages has not presented the union with a final offer and he would not provide details about demands presented by either side.
Seeking a strike mandate is on the agenda of a general assembly on Thursday.
The Montreal-based company said Monday it had no choice but to impose a lockout, accusing the union of being inflexible.
The company announced a plan in January to cut roughly 500 jobs across Canada in an effort to reduce spending and improve its results amid lower digital and print revenues.
COPE Local 131 supports the efforts of our brothers and sisters from COPE/SEPB 574 and encourages the management of Yellow Pages to return to the table in order to bargain a fair and equitable Collective Agreement.