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.



Municipal Bargaining Survey 2015 – Deadline Extended


Attention Members of the City of North Vancouver and Public Library, District of North Vancouver and Public Library, Northlands Golf Course, Village of Lions Bay and North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission:

The 2015 Bargaining Survey deadline has been extended to July 13th, 2015.

Please return your complete survey by post, fax or scan/email. We appreciate your support!

Click here for the online electronic form: Bargaining Survey Online

Municipal Bargaining Surveys 2015

We will be entering negotiations for 2015/2016 and we need support and input from our members!

 Dear members of the City of North Vancouver and Public Library, District of North Vancouver and Public Library, Northlands Golf Course, Village of Lions Bay and North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission:

We have mailed out this year’s Bargaining Survey but have also created an electronic copy to help avoid the rising cost of postage for your convenience, as well as the Local’s. Please scan and email us the copy you receive via post or fill out this form: Bargaining Survey Online and submit it to cupe_local389@telus.net

**Note: To use the electronic survey, please “Save As”  after you have competed your form and email it to us as an attachment. Using the option supplied by Acrobat.com will cause you to create an account and will require more information and time.**

We look forward to your response!

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


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.

School District No. 44 Memorandum of Agreement

On November 3rd, 2014 the Board of Education for School District No. 44 and CUPE Local 389 agreed to the following Memorandum of Settlement:

Memorandum of Settlement 2014-2019

BC Public School Employers’ Association and the K-12 Presidents’ Council and Support Staff Unions formulated the following framework for inclusion on the collective agreement:

Provincial Framework Agreement