While in mediation on Monday April 3, 2017, the COPE 225 bargaining team reached a tentative agreement with CAUT management. The agreement was ratified by the bargaining unit on April 13,2017.
We are very grateful to our friends and allies for your support and solidarity during our labour dispute.
COPE 225, CAUT unit
While in mediation on Monday, April 3rd, COPE 225 reached an agreement in principle with CAUT. Today, we reached a tentative agreement. We expect to present that tentative agreement to our membership for a ratification vote within the coming week.
We thank our many friends and allies for your continuing support.
CAUT management has rejected the invitation of Ontario’s senior mediator to return to the bargaining table with COPE 225.
On March 7, Ontario’s Ministry of Labour appointed a senior mediator to bring the parties together in an effort to reach a settlement of the labour dispute that began on January 20. COPE 225’s bargaining team told the mediator that we were ready to meet with her and CAUT management's bargaining team at her earliest convenience.
Management rejected this invitation with no explanation.Read more
On February 13th, COPE 225, CAUT Unit, filed an unfair labour practice complaint against CAUT.
Our complaint alleges that CAUT has bargained in bad faith in two ways. First, CAUT has bargained to impasse on a serious family illness leave proposal they characterize as a “clarification”. Second, CAUT has bargained to impasse on an overtime/time-in-lieu provision that is illegal.Read more
By Aalya Ahmad, co-president of CUPE Local 1979
Workers at unions are strangely situated in the labour movement. On the one hand, many are in the enviable position of being paid to be union activists working full-time to broadly advance the interests of union members and, by extension, all workers. Because they work for unions, staffers often enjoy good pay, benefits and working conditions compared to other workers, including the rank-and-file members whom they serve.Read more
By Herman Rosenfeld
With great sadness, I learned of the death of Bob White. In 1978, he became the leader of the Canadian section of the UAW about a year and half after I started working on the line at GM. Little did I know what an amazing leader and pioneer in working class history he would turn out to be.
White, a youthful immigrant from Northern Ireland, came from the shop floor to become the plant chairperson, working his way through the ranks to becoming an organizer, assistant to then leader Dennis McDermott and head of the Canadian section when McDermott retired.Read more
On January 26, 2017, the COPE 225 CAUT Unit proposed to refer all outstanding matters to mediation-arbitration. This would end the labour dispute that began on January 20, 2017 and restore full services to CAUT members immediately.
We did not take this decision lightly. Like most unions, we prefer to settle contracts at the table. Mediation-arbitration carries risks for both parties. But in light of the employer's continued demands for clawbacks and its refusal to consider our our attempts at compromise or to propose an acceptable solution of its own, this would be the best way to bring the dispute to a fair and speedy resolution and to avoid further damage to the work and reputation of the organization.Read more
On Friday, January 20, the parties met at the invitation of the COPE 225 bargaining team.
While the employer did not come to the table prepared with any new offers, we indicated a willingness to discuss a number of possibilities on a without-prejudice basis in an attempt to end the impasse. Discussions continued for 7 hours and we were hopeful of finding a solution.
Unfortunately, talks broke down in the evening when the employer indicated that it had not changed its positions on leave for serious family illness and hours of work. The employer’s last offer was not meaningfully different from what was unanimously rejected in June or from what provoked a 96% strike vote in September.Read more