COPE SEPB mourns the passing of long-time activist Opal Skilling

Monday, December 8, 2014

We deeply regret to announce the death of Sister Opal Skilling, a
long-time activist who made an incredible impact on our union’s
history.

In 1962, Opal Skilling started out with OPEIU Local 15, later to
become COPE 15 before merging with COPE 378 in 2010. Local 15 was
created by fifteen brave women who worked for trade unions in
British Columbia.

“Local 15 was instrumental in increasing respect for women’s
labour, at a time when it was far from accepted in the labour
movement at large”, said COPE 378 President David Black.

Sister Opal Skilling’s absence will be deeply felt in our union and
the labour movement as a whole. We are grateful to still have the
memory of her generosity and warmth of spirit, as well as her
incredible dedication and drive for equality and social justice.