The Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union Local 343 has a long history of representing its membership through collective bargaining, grievances, arbitrations and other legal proceedings.
Stirred by the growth of the Labour movement in the 1920’s, office employees, many of whom worked for other Labour Unions, struggled to form a Union dedicated to the representation of office, clerical, technical and professional employees. Local 343 obtained its Charter in September 1956 to the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU).
On June 20, 2004, Canadian members voted to separate from OPEIU and to form the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union (COPE). Thereby establishing a vibrant Canadian Union, which had been in operation for nearly 50 years prior to this restructuring.
COPE Local 343 consists of 1600 members and 93 collective agreements across Canada and is part of this dynamic and growing organization. COPE Local 343 is an autonomous local and the largest COPE Local in Ontario. As such, Local 343 has two seats on the Executive Board of COPE Ontario, which is the servicing body for COPE Locals in Ontario.
Our structure is democratic and allows Local 343 members to have a voice by attending our Annual General meetings and Convention, which is held every two years. As well, the bargaining units within Local 343 elect representatives to participate in the Annual General Meetings and Convention.
We are a Local that upholds and recognizes Human Rights and Women’s issues. As well, the Executive Board of Local 343 has two seats for Equity seeking groups and one for Young Workers.