Message from Cindy McQueen, President

As we approach Labour Day and reflect on our years of union activism, CUPE Local 389 has come a long way with raising our profile in the community. We support seniors at Silver Harbour, Youth at Risk programs, assist struggling inner city schools not funded by the provincial government and anti-bullying projects by supplying pink t-shirts. We have policies that support food programs, community gardens and many other important initiatives, such as fighting for your rights in the workplace.

Through political action, we have been able to maintain labour friendly relationships with local politicians. We also strive to keep good working relations with all of our employers as we currently proceed with bargaining.

As President, I am thankful that CUPE Local 389 is blessed to have an excellent dedicated team on your Executive Board, Unit Representatives and most important, committed Job Stewards serving your interests.

I wish all of our members a Very Happy Labour Day. I hope you will join us at Swangard Stadium on September 5, 2016 for celebrations. Details will be posted on our website.

In solidarity,

Cindy McQueen

Shame on BCNU!

CUPE Local 389 supports MoveUp workers who were originally locked out by British Columbia Nurse’s Union and are now on strike.

Shame on BCNU!

Their members need to change their leadership. Their actions do not represent the meaning of fairness and solidarity in line with good Union principles.

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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*

International Women’s Day

CUPE Metropolitan Vancouver District Council and CUPE Local 389 celebrated International Women’s Day at the Chief Joe Mathia Centre on March 6th, 2015. Thank you to all who attended and supported the women who live and work in our community. Special thanks to quest speaker Linda Walsoff, Women’s advocate and crisis intervention worker, as well as the Company B Jazz Band for their delightful accompaniment.