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.


April 28, 2016 Day of Mourning

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April 28, 2016 – National Day of Mourning




We pause every April 28 to remember workers killed and those who still suffer from a work-related injury or illness, their lives and livelihoods forever compromised.

But we can never pause our prevention efforts.

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 Day of Mourning Crying Moon Take time to remember:

·        Attend a Day of Mourning ceremony in your community.    Encourage others to attend an event Link

·        Draft a message for your organization’s publication or web site

·        Coordinate a Day of Mourning event in your workplace Link

·        Work with local media to promote and cover the Day’s significance and events

·        Convince employers and public institutions to among other things lower flags to half-mast

·        Share the stories of workers injured and killed on the job – ensure they are not forgotten

·        History of the Day of Mourning  Link

·        BCFED OH&S Centre DOM Poster Link

·        Day of Mourning in Schools Project Link


·        Day of Mourning OpEd (Canadian Labour Congress)

·        Day of Mourning Statement (Canadian Labour Congress)

·        Day of Mourning Talking Points (Canadian Labour Congress)


Every day of the year:

·        Educate others about health and safety rights, responsibilities and prevention measures

·        Insist on effective workplace prevention programs developed with full worker participation

·        Insist on training that supports the identification, assessment and control of workplace hazards

·        Encourage local media to report on health, safety and environmental issues

·        Press elected officials to support stronger regulations and better enforcement of existing laws

·        Create monuments to promote public awareness of workplace health and safety


Make time for prevention:

·        Demand high quality training that promotes a hazard-based approach

·        Become a workplace health & safety representative

·        Identify and report workplace hazards



The BCFED Health & Safety Centre can help.  We take the time to ensure everyone gets the proper training – hazard-based, prevention-focused, worker-to-worker – where and when you need it.



North Vancouver Public Employees Society – Meeting Notice April 2016






Note: All Local 389 Members are automatically members of the Society


Monday, April 25, 2016


Immediately following the Membership Meeting of CUPE 389 AT 5:15 pm


Mountainside Secondary School

(In the South Meeting Room)

3365 Mahon Avenue

North Vancouver




  • Directors Elections if a Quorum is achieved.


                    Directors Elections:


                    President                                               2 Year Term

                    1st Vice President                                 1 Year Term

                    2nd Vice President                               1 Year Term

                    Recording Secretary                          1 Year Term

                    Secretary Treasurer                           1 Year Term

                    (2) Members-At-Large                       1 Year Terms


We look forward to your support and hope to see you at the meeting.


General Membership Meeting – April 25, 2015




Monday, April 25, 2016

AT 5:15 PM


Mountainside Secondary School

(In the South Meeting Room)

3365 Mahon Avenue

North Vancouver




  • Regular Business as per Article 10.3 of the Constitution and By-laws


  • ½ Hour meeting concept. Due to the lack of quorums to conduct the business of the local, a motion will be moved at the beginning of each meeting to amend the agenda moving all important business of the Local to the beginning of the meeting. Once all important business is dealt with, you will be given a chance to leave before unit reports are to be given.


5 Door Prizes of $10.00 will be given away!


Also, at every membership meeting you attend, you can enter your name for our draw at next year’s Annual General Meeting where three $389 prizes will be given away! The more meetings you attend, the better the odds are that you will win!



We look forward to your support and hope to see you at the meeting.






Camp Jubilee Opportunity for Members




Free Opportunity to send your child to Camp Jubilee Children’s Summer Camp for one week in July 2016.


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.




This form must be in the Union Office no later than 4:30 p.m. Friday June 17th, 2016.


Name of Member:                                                                                             

Name of Child:                                                                                                                    

Home address:                                                                                                 


Home or Cellular Phone Number:                                                                     

Please check age group program requested:

_____ Discovery Camp – Ages 7 – 9

_____ Adventure Camp – Ages 10 – 12

_____ Teen Camp – Ages 13 – 16

Feel free to scan and email the above to cupe_local389@telus.net



2016 Scholarship Application




Applications for the 2016 Scholarship program are now available from your Union Representative or by contacting the CUPE Local 389 office at (604) 987-1231 or by email at cupe_local389@telus.net.


There are 10 Student Scholarships available at $1,000.00.

There is also 1 Scholarship for $1,000.00 for a CUPE Local 389 Member for Higher Learning purposes and the advancement of higher education.

SOME RULES AND CONDITIONS APPLY and further information is available within the Scholarship package.









WorkSafeBC Tips!

Things to Remember When Dealing with WorkSafeBC

By Sarah O’Leary, Rush Crane Guenther, Barristers & Solicitors , 300 – 111 Water Street Vancouver BC V6B 1A7 Tel: 604.687.5611/Fax: 604.681.0912


Report Report Report

You may be tired of hearing it but I’ll say it again: if you have an injury at work or if you start to develop pain or symptoms that you think are from your work activities, you MUST report it to first aid and you should also file a WCB claim. Too often we hear workers say, “Well I had two weeks vacation coming up” or “I thought if I just iced and rested it over the weekend, it would get better on its own.”

If you have not reported it and it develops into something serious later on, you may not be able to prove how it happened or when the symptoms started, or you may be out of time. You do not have to miss time from work in order to file a claim. When in doubt, report! I have seen literally hundreds of workers who lost out on benefits, healthcare and pensions because they didn’t report their injury.


The WCB (also known as WorkSafeBC) has a system that allows injured workers to call a toll-free number and talk to a WCB employee who fills out the claim form for you. All too commonly we see Teleclaim forms which have been improperly filled out and which do NOT reflect what the worker says she/he told the Teleclaim clerk. If you want to fill out your own claim form you can get the Form 6, Application for Compensation online at:


If you have questions about filling out the form or what to expect once you’ve filed a claim, you may want to call your union or the Workers Advisors Office which can be reached tollfree at: 1 800 663-4261

Back Strains / Repetitive Strain Injuries / Soft Tissue Injuries

 A large percentage of injuries appear to be small or insignificant at the time they occur. It’s not usually the catastrophic injuries, resulting in crushed limbs or amputations that have the problems early on. The WCB can hardly deny that you’ve lost your leg! But they can, and often will deny that your bad back pain, tendonitis or sore neck or foot or elbow etc., is related to anything that happened on the job.

For soft tissue injuries the most common problem in getting the claim accepted is where a worker has had previous or ongoing problems with, for example, her back, shoulder or elbow, etc. but a particular incident has made the pain much worse. For example: reaching out to grab something away from your body, slipping and almost falling but twisting your back or a limb, lifting and turning at the same time, or having a piece of equipment that is malfunctioning and causing you to use more force than normal. Even just having extra volume that day that made you work harder and faster can be enough. Any of these situations can be considered a “specific incident” for the purposes of getting a claim accepted by the WCB.

It is much simpler to get a claim accepted if there was a “specific incident” that caused the pain (or made it worse). In these cases, it is vital to tell the WCB about the specific incident that caused the pain or made it worse even if you had previous pain in the same region. The WCB will ask you whether there was anything “different” about your job or the way you were doing your job at the time of the injury. Any change in your working conditions may have been enough to turn those pre-existing symptoms in to a disability. Think carefully about what you say to your doctor as well. If you mention to your family physician or the Emergency Department doctor that “maybe this comes from playing hockey with the boys on the weekend”, this will go down in the doctor’s notes and believe me when I say that the WCB will tag you with a “hockey injury” for the rest of your life, even if you were just thinking aloud when you mentioned it. Think carefully about what you say.

Create a Paper Trail

Always think in terms of what you will need in the worst case scenario, that is: if your claim is denied and you end up having to do a WCB appeal. Filing reports, seeing your doctor, making notes to yourself, keeping a calendar of doctor’s visits, shifts worked and days when your symptoms were particularly bad. This will help document your claim and will also help refresh your memory when it is time to give evidence in your appeal. Evidence made at the time of the injury and symptoms (such as your calendar or diary notes) have much greater weight than your evidence a year later when you are just trying to remember.

Don’t Work if you are Injured

In this system, stoic people, and workers with a very strong work ethic, who just keep going to work in pain, always fare worse. Going to work injured packs a double-whammy. Not only may your condition continue to get worse if you don’t take the time to get proper treatment, but the WCB will take your attendance at work as proof that there is nothing wrong with you. The WCB does not believe that people work when they are injured.

Take Your Injury Seriously.

Go and see a doctor right away. If treatment is recommended or if your doctor tells you to take time off work, do it! Don’t wait so long that by the time you get treatment it is just too late and you will never fully recover. We see this happening to injured workers all the time.

Continue to see your doctor regularly. If the employer tells the WCB that there are appropriate light duties available for you and you don’t feel they are suitable given your restrictions and limitations, see your doctor. Make SURE he or she knows the particulars of the light duties offered and documents that you have been told to take time off work. Get your doctor to send regular reports to the WCB.

If Your Claim is Denied, APPEAL


CUPE 389 does not do appeals however, we have a representative designated to assist you with filling out the forms.

 If you have a work-related injury or occupational disease and the WCB denies your claim, you have the right to appeal. If you don’t appeal, you may live to regret it.

All too frequently we hear the same story: “I only missed a day or two of work so I didn’t think it was important enough to bother appealing.”

It is always important enough to appeal. If you do not appeal and then start to have similar problems later on, you will be considered to have a “non-work-related pre-existing condition.” If, for example, you had tendonitis in your right wrist and filed a claim, which the WCB denied. You may find that the symptoms are minor – although you have to protect that wrist now when doing your work. During a particularly heavy shift your wrist flares-up again, this time disabling you for several weeks. If you did not appeal the prior denial of your right wrist claim, the WCB is likely to simply say that your pre-existing condition has flared-up and that it is not likely related to your work duties. That will mean another appeal and one that may be harder to win.

Do not underestimate the importance of appealing that WCB letter which denies your claim, or cuts you off benefits or refuses to give you a pension. It is all appealable.

Always err on the side of caution when dealing with the WCB. If you question what they tell you, talk to your union or the Workers’ Advisors Office. It may save you a lot of grief later on.


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/