The Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union (COPE), represents approximately 34,000 members across Canada in both the public and private sector. COPE Local 527 is a chartered union under the Canadian Labour Congress and is affiliated with the Ontario Federation of Labour and Hamilton and District Labour Council.
COPE Local 527 represents over 600 Educational Assistants, Child and Youth Workers and Communication Disorders Assistants. Our members support the developmental, social, emotional, physical and educational needs of children with special needs. Our members work at 120 schools throughout the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board.

What is a Union?

What are the benefits of a Union?
Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union Local 527

A Union is an organization of employees, who share concerns about their rights, benefits and working conditions. A union's basic purpose is to protect its members economic security through collective bargaining with employers. The rights of individual employees are limited in the absence of a Union.

Becoming a member of a Union provides employees with a legally enforceable contract. All collective agreements contain grievance procedures to handle disputes and ensure all members are treated fair.

Increased membership in a Union strengthens COPE's ability to negotiate for their members and assists the Union in protecting employees from arbitrary decisions that change employment arrangements.

  • Fair Wages and Benefits

  • in the Workplace

  • Hours of Work

  • Fair Wages and Benefits

Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union Local 527