As many of you may have heard by now, Steve Reeves, our President of COPE Local 131, has retired from his active role as a YP representative. But before I go on, I would like to make it clear (as many of you have asked!!) that Steve will remain on in his role as President of the Union for the foreseeable future.
Steve started his with YP in 1989 in the Advantage channel, and after several years was promoted to the Premise sales channel where he was awarded as a Member of the President’s Gold Circle, and where he remained for the rest of his 28 year career.
Steve started his work with our Union in 1992 as a back-up steward for the Advantage “West” group with OPEIU (the predecessor to COPE). In 1995 he became part of the bargaining and labour relations committee and has been involved in negotiating each of our agreements since that time. He was elected to the position of Deputy Chief steward in 1999, and helped negotiate the very challenging move to home-based premise reps in 2000.
In 2001 he was elected Chief Steward and in 2004 was elected to the position of President Local 131, and has remained in that position since that time.
Without a doubt, there has been no other single individual in our organization that has had a more lasting and profound impact on the success and longevity of our Union than Steve Reeves.
On behalf of all of the members of COPE Local 131 (past and present),
I want to wish Steve all the best in a well deserved retirement from active YP duties and thank him for his longstanding dedication and advocacy on behalf of all of our members.
Rick Miller VP & Director of Operations