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