COPE Local 343 consists of more than 1,600 members and 93 collective agreements across Canada. Local 343 is a self-contained space and the largest LOCAL COPE in Ontario. As such, Local 343 has two seats on the board of directors of COPE Ontario, the service arm of COPE Locals in Ontario. These employment improvements are achieved through the collective bargaining process, which ends with a legally binding collective agreement signed between the union and the employer. You are the union — you and the majority of your employees in the workplace. The basic idea of a union is that by working with your colleagues, you have the ability to be more effective in collectively improving working conditions. The Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union Local 343 has a long history of representing membership through collective bargaining, complaints, arbitrations and other court proceedings. Their freedom to join a union is guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which is protected by provincial labour relations. If you work in federally regulated sectors such as communications and transportation, the Canadian Labour Code applies. The legal agency that manages these laws is called the Labour Relations Board (the board of directors).
When organizing a union, it is important to follow the right process, as employers often hire lawyers to challenge your legal right to join a union. An established union has the know-how and resources to ensure that you avoid legal barriers that your employer may try to put you in your path and ensure that your employer respects your right to join a union. On June 20, 2004, Canadian members voted in favour of the secession of OPEIU and the creation of the Canadian Union of Workers (COPE). This milestone led to the creation of a dynamic and dynamic Canadian Union, which was in service for nearly 50 years before the restructuring as part of an International Union. For more information: Rick Miller, [email protected] The structure of our premises is democratic and allows 343 local members to have a voice by participating in our annual general meetings and conventions – the latter is held every two years with a general meeting during the non-congress year. The negotiating units within the 343 locals are empowered to elect their representatives to participate in general assemblies and the Convention. If you are considering starting a union in your workplace, you should be aware of the fundamental steps in the legal process. The biggest concession on the table is a 90% reduction in sick leave. As the Labour movement fights for sick time for all workers, this so-called union shamefully deprives this group of female workers of 90% of its sick days.
Working men and women have the right to be unionized. Labour relations and the Canadian Labour Code guarantee and protect this right. While the “big boss” agrees to massive wage increases, he leaves this group of employees with a 0% pay increase in 2020. We ask that Business Manager Fred MacPherson and Iron Workers Local 721 come back to the table and now negotiate a fair contract! The Ironworkers Local 721 is not only interested in self-service antiques, it also degrades the work of our members. They are not interested in agreeing on a fair contract, but only in dismantling the union, harassing and intimidating 343 members.