MONTREAL, June 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Participants at the Second Canadian
Convention of the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union (COPE)
enthusiastically elected their National Executive with Serge Cadieux as
President and Gwenne Farrell as Secretary-Treasurer. Over 200 delegates and
observers discussed constitutional amendments and voted new policy resolutions
at this convention that took place in Québec City.
Serge Cadieux, a trained lawyer and one of COPE's founding Officers,
filled the position of National Secretary-Treasurer since 2004. He also serves
the union as SEPB-Québec's Director and sits on the Executive Board of the
Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ) as a Vice
President. "We've worked hard to make our Union the success it is today. I am
confident that, together the National Executive we will continue to build on
our achievements of the past three years," commented Serge Cadieux.
COPE 378 BC Hydro Group's Vice President Gwenne Farrell is a leader in
B.C.'s labour movement and has much relevant experience as a Financial Analyst
with BC Hydro. She will confidently fill the role of National
Secretary-Treasurer. "I look forward to working with the National Executive
and building and growing our organization in every province and territory.
Serge will be a great leader for COPE-SEPB and will prove an enormous asset in
moving the union forward," said Farrell.
Tribute to First National President
During the convention delegates paid tribute to outgoing National
President Jerri New by naming her Honourary President for Life. Jerri New lead
the drive to establish COPE as a national union and filled the role of the
union's first National President over the past three years. The convention's
participants vocalized their strong desire for Jerri New to remain active in
COPE; to which she agreed and proceeded to remind fellow members that
"together we can make a difference."
The Second Canadian Convention of COPE was an enormous success, leaving
its membership charged and confident for the next three years. With
Serge Cadieux and Gwenne Farrell as motivating national leaders and with a
strong national focus on organizing COPE is sure to "Progress through action",
living up to the convention's theme. Serge Cadieux, National President,
concluded this Convention with these words "Don't forget that our priority for
the next three years is union organizing. I hope to see you all at our next
Convention in greater numbers."
The Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union (COPE) is a young
and dynamic union representing over 34,000 members across Canada. COPE
democratically separated from the Office and Professional Employees
International Union (OPIEU) in 2004. Since then COPE continues to represent a
variety of workers from both public and private sectors, such as members in:
- BC Hydro
- Insurance Corporation of British Colombia (ICBC)
- Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI)
- Desjardins Credit Union
- Laurentian Bank of Canada
- Various School Boards
COPE is affiliated with the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and the
Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ). The office of
the National President is located in Montréal, Québec, and the office of the
National Secretary-Treasurer is in Burnaby, British Colombia.
For further information:
For further information: Serge Cadieux, (514) 894-0258