As many of you are aware, there have been ongoing discussions between our Union and YP management throughout 2015 about the Retention Group. From it’s original inception, as a trial project in Advantage Sales, your Union has supported the goals, work, and people involved in this endeavour. We are pleased to announce that as of Jan 14, 2016 the members of the Retention Group are now part of COPE Local 131.
We would like to thank all those individuals involved in the discussions and negotiations, both from our local, and from YP management. We firmly believe that an effective Retention strategy is a key component to the future success of the organization and of our membership.
Please join me, along with our Union Council, in welcoming the members of the Retention Group to COPE Local 131!
To the inside sales groups of YP,
Come out and join your COPE representatives for an hour of questions, answers, general discussion, and definitely pizza. Steve Reeves, president of Local 131 and Rick Miller VP & Director of Ops will be there.
325 Milner 8th Floor assembly room:
ADVANTAGE: 12-1pm Thursday Dec 3, 2015
CCA (Call Centre Acquisition) 12-1 Wednesday Dec 9, 2015
Looking forward to seeing you
It is with much shock and sadness that we pass along the news that we lost a great friend and colleague, Greg Tufts, this past weekend.
Greg worked for many years in our Advantage sales department, and also volunteered his time and efforts as a steward in our union local, representing our membership.
For those of you who were lucky enough to know Greg, you know he was a consummate professional who always had time to help and advocate for his co-workers. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family. He will be truly missed.
There is a FB page set up for friends of Greg to share information, including times and location for visitation and funeral services: Facebook Page for Greg Tufts
For those of you who would like to make a donation to Greg’s memorial fund, the link to the information is here: Greg Tufts Memorial Fund
Just this past week, representatives from COPE Local 131 met with Union leadership from IBEW local 2228, and COPE locals 378 and 574 as part of our ongoing National Joint Unions Council representing YPG sales employees. The meetings were held in Calgary and graciously organized by our colleagues from IBEW who represent Yellow Pages employees in Alberta. Our thanks to them for hosting and organizing the meetings, as it can be quite challenging trying to coordinate with everyone across the country.
The council continued it’s commitment to review and discuss issues of common interest to our membership, and discussed strategies and concerns regarding upcoming collective bargaining which will involve all our our membership across the country over the next 12-18 months.
Your unions as always are committed to co-operating through the council to achieve fair and reasonable collective agreements for all our YP members.
COPE Local 131
COPE Local 378
COPE Local 574
IBEW Local 2228
With the recent announcement of increased acquisition targets in the premise sales channel, many of our members have asked for a clarification on the Union’s position on these initiatives. Please follow this link for more information regarding our position on acquisition duties in both the Premise and Advantage channels.
Union Council Vote
Thank you to all the members who took the time to vote to confirm the re-election of our Union Executive as well as confirming the new members of our Union Council. We had a terrific response, and your support is greatly appreciated.
Returning as our Union Executive:
Andre Grandchamp, Steward for Northern Ontario
Rick Miller, VP and Director of Operations
Steve Reeves, President, COPE Local 131.
The following members have been acclaimed to form the Union Council:
Karen Anhang, Sylvia Blanco, Natalie D’souza, Greg Tufts, Jacob Wakileh, Miao Yang.
Those of us returning look forward to working with our new Council to continue to represent our members.