Bargaining Committee Candidates

Brett Copathorne – Paramedic Services

I am running for one of the two negotiating committee positions.

I have been with the Region since 2004. I work in Paramedic Services as an Advanced Care Paramedic. I have been active in the Local for three years now. I currently sit on the local’s executive as the EMS Board Member.  I am also a Steward and a member of the Joint Job Evaluation Committee.

I have experience in dealing with complex and challenging grievances. I have participated and helped negotiate several settlements in mediations and arbitrations.

I have dealt with a number of member-on-member issues and represented members through employer investigations. Through my experience as a union rep I have developed an excellent working relationship with the current Table Officer group, representatives of HR, management and CUPE National.

I believe the negotiating committee needs to be well prepared to successfully negotiate a contract that is fair for all members of the local. I think my attention to detail, attitude, and thorough preparation will be a valuable asset to the negotiating committee. I have spent a large part of the last three years educating myself with regards to union activism, collective bargaining and labour relations. I strongly believe in this union and am optimistic that with hard work and a strong team, we will negotiate a fair contract for all of us.
Please take the time out of your day on September 7th to go and vote for me as one of your representatives in bargaining.

In Solidarity,

Brett Copithorne


James Booth – Union Communications

I am running this year for one of the two bargaining committee positions as elected by you, the membership. I have been employed by the Region of Durham since 2006, whereby I was hired by the Planning & Economic Development Department as a GIS & Mapping Technician. I was subsequently promoted as a GIS & Data Specialist within the department. Early this year I was hired as a GIS Analyst in the CS-IT Department within the GIS Services team.

I have been involved in our union in some form or another since 2009, where I was elected as the representative on the union executive board for the Planning Department. I have also been an active steward for the local, learning how to research, gather important facts, listen attentively to the affected member, and successfully settle grievances with management.

I have also been selected by the membership as the Union Communications Chair, which involves coordinating with office staff, managing social media accounts, troubleshooting email issues, and communicating notices with executive board members and the entire membership.

Recently I was selected by the CUPE National education department to participate in the Member Facilitator training, which I attended this summer. This will now allow me to facilitate CUPE educational courses for our union membership.

I have an excellent relationship with the Region’s HR department, I have proved that I can work effectively in solving problems with management, and I work extremely well with the current executive and table officers of our local union.

I believe that my dedication to research, ability to effectively negotiate, remaining calm but confident, along with my union education background and experience, I would be an excellent choice as one of the two elected bargaining committee positions. I am a dedicated union activist and truly believe in representing the entire membership equally. I also believe we have an excellent table officer group, who will be members of the bargaining committee and I look forward to the opportunity of working with them and negotiating a contract that is fair and just for everyone. Please lend me your support on September 7th and vote for me as one of your bargaining committee members. Thank you!

In Solidarity,


James Booth

Current Position:

Union Communications Chair

Previous Positions held:

  • Planning & Economic Development / CAO Executive Board Member
  • Steward
  • Bargaining Committee

Union Education:

Introduction to Stewarding (CUPE)

Stewarding – What’s our Duty (CUPE)

Representing Members in Front of Management (CUPE)

Handling Grievances (CUPE)

Stewarding & Notetaking (CUPE)

Member Facilitator training (CUPE)

Collective Bargaining (Canadian Labour Congress)

Facing Management (Canadian Labour Congress)

More Candidate Bio’s to come.

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