Out-of-Court settlement between the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union (COPE) and its former International Union (OPEIU) puts an end to all legal challenges contesting Canadian autonomy

    MONTREAL, Oct. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Following intensive negotiations, an
agreement has been reached whereby both sides agree to dismiss all legal
actions against each other and to put an end to a long and costly legal saga
contesting the constitutional legitimacy of our Canadian autonomy. In
addition, all monetary claims arising from the dispute are dropped.
    With this settlement in hand the Canadian Office and Professional
Employees Union COPE SEPB will be able to turn its efforts to the future.
National President Serge Cadieux outlined that "a fair settlement respectful
of the parties was in the best interests of our members allowing us to avoid
spending substantial sums of money on legal disputes."
    In order to play its full role as an autonomous Canadian union, COPE SEPB
at its last convention highlighted the importance of developing fraternal
links with national and international labour organizations.
    Let it be reminded that in June 2004, a vast majority of our members in
Canada expressed their desire to form their own Canadian autonomous union
separate from the International Union. In 2004, during our founding
convention, with the unconditional support of the CLC, the Provincial
Federations and Heads of National Unions, our Canadian union was born and
received full recognition as an autonomous national union.
    Finally, in October 2007, the COPE SEPB National Executive unanimously
endorsed the settlement reached with its former International Union thus
avoiding a trial scheduled to last four weeks in the British Columbia Supreme
    What is most important in this autonomy process is that the will of the
Canadian members was fully recognized and that with the structures that are
now in place we will be able to work towards the development of this

For further information:

For further information: Serge Cadieux, COPE SEPB, (514) 522-6511,
Cell.: (514) 894-0258

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