Peace, love and agreements in principle: NDP + COPE Local = Love

And they all lived happily ever after, pending official seal of approval from the Quebec Labour Relations Commission:

Legal Counsel representing the interests of COPE Local 225 met this morning with a representative of La Commission des relations du travail in Montreal to determine whether it would ratify an agreement in principle reached between the parties last Friday.

Should La Commission des relations du travail ratify the agreement, it will then postpone sine die the September 16th hearing (into our application to declare the New Democratic Association of Canada the successor employer for bargaining unit members employed by the NDP Quebec Section) until the Local has the opportunity to review and sign off on original documentation, including an appendix to the collective agreement.

While agreement in this matter will resolve the employment status and protect the jobs of the NDP Quebec Section employees, it remains to be seen how quickly and successfully the NDP resolves other labour relations difficulties that have ensued.

As we now anticipate successful conclusion to this chapter and this may be the last posting to this page, we would take this opportunity to thank those parties within organized labour who lent their voices of support. We would also like to thank those voices within the NDP that expressed their chagrin with NDP actions in this matter.

For those readers who are not Local members but interested in learning more, please note that all agreement documents become a matter of public record once la Commission des relations du travail renders judgment. As well, collective agreements are a matter of public record in all Provinces.

In solidarity.

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