Welcome to CUPE 389

People depend on public services; services depend on people to deliver them. City workers touch every part of life: they fix roads, provide emergency care, test drinking water, connect us with library resources, run ice rinks, work at daycares, lead community workshops, and much more. We’re facing tough economic times, and that’s when we need affordable, reliable public services most.


Locked out Qualicum Beach workers accept LRB proposal

QUALICUM BEACH – Locked out municipal workers in Qualicum Beach have voted to accept a mediator’s recommendations for a new contract. The vote was held this afternoon by members of CUPE 401.

The BC Labour Relations Board mediator’s recommendations were made after a meeting with the town and its union employees this week. The Qualicum Beach Town Council says it plans to discuss the recommendations at a special in-camera meeting early next week.

The 65 workers were locked out of their jobs a month ago and have been without a contract since 2013.

Vote Childcare 2015

Families deserve quality, affordable child care they can rely on. Yet too many families pay more for their monthly child care than they do for housing – up to $2,000 a month.

Like and share this video from CUPE and make a point to #votechildcare2015


Labour Landscapes: A Storytelling Walk

Saturday August 1, 2015

2 PM-4 PM

 With featured storytellers: Audrey Kobayashi, Audrey Siegel, Doris Chow, Herb Varley, Jean Swanson, Kate Milberry, Lorene Oikawa, Naveen Girn, and Tom Delvecchio.


A collaboration between Right to Remain/Revitalizing Japantown? and Centre A

In association with the Powell Street Festival, with support from Gallery Gachet.

Come walk between past and present, through labour landscapes of the Downtown Eastside (DTES) and Chinatown, and listen to stories of intercultural presence, solidarity and resistance. This walk will re-claim, enliven and connect some of the labour histories of the neighbourhood, those which have been erased from dominant histories, by the forces of colonization, racism, and gender and class prejudice. It will illuminate and prioritize present-day inhabitants and labourers “Right to Remain” amidst rapid social and environmental change. This walk is a special collaboration between Right to Remain/Revitalizing Japantown? and Centre A, with support from Gallery Gachet and the Powell Street Festival.


Saturday August 1, 2015, 2 PM-4 PM


Starting Point: 2PM – Meet in front of the Vancouver Buddhist Temple. 220 Jackson Avenue (corner of Jackson Ave and Powell Street).

Ending Point: 4PM – Centre A. 229 E. Georgia St. Refreshments and tour of Goonj: Being Brown in Chinatown with curator Naveen Girn.

More Info: During the Powell Street Festival, visit the Nikkei National Museum booth at the Vancouver Buddhist Temple, 220 Jackson Avenue.


Facebook Event:https://www.facebook.com/events/1013528785348183/





Support COPE 378 members locked out by BCAA!

On July 21st, 2015, CUPE Local 389 showed their support by attending the rally for the COPE 378 BCAA locked out members in Burnaby.

The B.C. Automobile Association locked out approximately 70 tow truck dispatchers on June 8th, after contract negotiations between the company and the dispatchers’ union fell apart. The primary issue between the two parties is compensation. According to the union, employees of BCAA’s car sharing company, who do similar tasks, work 35 hours a week and are paid the same wages as the COPE 378 members, who work 40 hours a week. But the company feels the compensation it is offering is adequate.

‘Solidarity forever, for the Union makes us strong!’

If you’re a BCAA member, please call their Corporate Communications number at 604-268-5339 and tell them you aren’t happy with being put in the middle and want them to negotiate a fair deal for the COPE 378 members!


Rainbow Flag to Fly at City Hall

1st VP Kathy McMahon, RS Carol Nordby and Youth Workers from Cap College 1st VP Kathy McMahon and the Pride Flag CNV Pride Flag! CNV Library member Chris! Jane Watkins, Kathy McMahon and Leslie Mackenzie CNV Pride Flag


The City of North Vancouver raised the Rainbow Flag at City Hall for the duration of Pride Week from July 27th to August 2nd. Mayor Darrell Mussatto has taken this opportunity  to “[create] a welcome and supportive community for all citizens that is free from discrimination of any kind.” CUPE Local 389 invites all it’s members to celebrate the start of a great tradition and support the flag raising each year during Pride Week.

Your Union Dues at Work

 June’s Additional Deduction

As a member of CUPE Local 389, you are the controlling force behind our Union. You determine what the Local does, how it operates, what stands to take on issues and what goals the Local has for the future. Your monthly union dues help to:

                – Invest in the future

               – Create retirement security

               – Support fellow Union workers

               – Protect health and safety

               – Unite people for equality and justice

               – Take political action

In accordance with our Collective Agreements and as tradition for the past 50 years, CUPE Local 389 has deducted an additional $5.00 in dues from each member during the month of June. The Local uses these funds to encourage higher learning and support graduates with their post secondary education. For the last half century, we have awarded over ten $1,000 scholarships to applicants seeking further learning opportunities, in order to invest in our future generations. We encourage the recipients to keep the union après with their progress in achieving their goals and certifications and wish them the best of luck in their endeavors. This is an example of your union dues at work. We thank the Union members for their continued support!

Here are just a few of the organizations CUPE Local 389 has donated to in 2015…

CUPE Local 7000 – Locked out Rail workers

CUPE Legal Defense Fund

Norgate Community Elementary School

Lynnmour Elementary School

Queen May Community Elementary School

Lynn Valley Elementary School

Westview Elementary School

Ridgeway Elementary School

Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives

Mountainside Secondary School Garden *Pictures to be posted soon*

CUPE BC donates $20,000 to North Shore Search & Rescue

North shore

NORTH VANCOUVER—A donation of $20,000 from CUPE BC will help the North Shore Search and Rescue Society (NSR) develop a new rope rescue catwalk training facility that will provide additional training capacity for the Society.

CUPE BC President Mark Hancock and Secretary-Treasurer Paul Faoro presented the donation to NSR Team Leader Mike Danks and Society members at the NSR headquarters.

“The catwalk will allow members to practice their life-saving skills in a controlled environment,” said Danks. “This will decrease wear and tear on equipment, reduce the time involved in driving to training sites, and allow for increased safety for our members. On behalf of all NSR members we want to thank CUPE BC for this donation.”

“We started talking about making a significant donation last year when the Society had equipment stolen from its bases in the mountains,” said Hancock. “But when we approached NSR about making a donation, they told us that the rope rescue training equipment was a real priority.

“We’re really pleased to be able to make this donation that will allow NSR to complete this facility, which will ensure that the next generations of NSR volunteers are trained to provide these incredibly important services that have saved so many lives.”

Camp Jubilee Children’s Summer Camp Sponsorship


Free Opportunity to send your child to Camp Jubilee Children’s Summer Camp for one week in July 2015.

For several years, Local 389 has been a member of the Camp Jubilee Children’s Summer Camp Society. The Camp was established in 1936 and is located north of Deep Cove on Indian Arm.

At a recent Local 389 membership meeting, it was agreed to sponsor three children to the camp this summer. One of the children will be selected by the Camp Jubilee Committee, and the other two will be selected from among our own membership.

The intent is to assist those members of Local 389 who are in a difficult financial situation and who otherwise could not afford to send a child to camp this year.

 Applicants are to submit a brief letter explaining their situation and why we should consider their child. By submitting the following application form, you will be assured that this will be handled in a discreet manner, and that your name and the child’s name will be kept strictly confidential.

 The application form must be in the Union Office no later than 4:30 p.m. Friday June 19th, 2015. Click here to download an application form: Camp Jubilee Children’s Summer Camp

For more information on Camp Jubilee, click here