COPE Autonomy – The Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union

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COPE SEPB Information:

Canadian Autonomy Documents:

US-Canadian Autonomy Documents:

Jerri New at the CNC workshop, working on choosing a new name
for the Canadian Union

Photo of Jerri New at the CNC workshop

On June 20, 2004, at noon Eastern Time, the Canadian National
Committee, on behalf of Canadian Members of the Office and
Professional Employees International Union served notice on the
International Executive Board, International President Michael
Goodwin and International Secretary-Treasurer Nancy Wohlforth that
Canadians were invoking Canadian Autonomy as per Article 14 of the
International Constitution. Twenty-four thousand, four hundred and
ten members in Canada (74%) provided their authorization for
autonomy over the previous month.

Canadian President, Jerri New (formerly Canadian Director),
along with new Canadian Secretary-Treasurer, Serge Cadieux,
addressed the Canadian Delegates after invoking autonomy. They,
along with the new Canadian Executive Board, were received by
standing ovations by the assembled Canadians. At that time, Jerri
remained as President of Local 378 and Serge Cadieux as Quebec SEPB
(Syndicat des employees et employes professionnels et de bureau –
Quebec) Director.

Photo of the CLC workshop participants

The new name of our Union in
Canada is Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union (COPE),
The Union will still be known as SEPB in Quebec.
The Union
will continue to be affiliated to local labour councils, provincial
federations of labour and the Canadian Labour Congress. Autonomy
will not affect any of our Collective Agreements with our
employers.