CUPE BC Aubrey Burton/Reg Ford Scholarship – Online Applications Open

CUPE BC is now inviting applications online for the Aubrey Burton/Reg Ford Scholarship.   Scholarships are awarded on both a competitive and lottery basis based on the following criteria:

  1. Parent, Guardian or Spouse of Applicant, or the Applicant her/himself must be a member in good standing of a CUPE Local affiliated to CUPE BC at the time of application.
  2. Applicant must have completed Grade 12 in the current or previous calendar year.
  3. Applicant must be entering the first year of a recognized public post-secondary institution in BC. A copy of the acceptance letter from the admitting institution must be supplied.
  4. Applicant must complete an online application form supported by copies of the Senior Secondary Statement Transcript and letter(s) of reference from the school principal or counsellor.

Online Application Form: Click here

Application Deadline: August 11, 2023 (end of day)

Bargaining Update #2 – District of North Vancouver Bargaining

CUPE 389 Bargaining Update May 12, 2023

We wanted to provide a brief update on bargaining for District of North Vancouver members.

We are pleased to report that in our first meetings we have been able to agree to several non-monetary and fairly straightforward bargaining proposals. We feel that this is a positive start, but there are still several significant items to be discussed.

We continue to pursue collective agreement terms to enshrine job security and improve recruitment and retention and have communicated to the employer that this is a priority for the union.

Our focus, has been and will continue to be, ensuring we have a productive and progressive round of bargaining and working with the District to make sure CUPE 389 members have the supports they need at work to provide quality public services to residents, visitors and businesses in the District of North Vancouver.

We will be meeting again to bargain on May 24, and we expect to have another update following that.

To keep updated on this round of negotiations please make sure CUPE Local 389 has your personal email. Please visit our website here to update your contact info if needed.

If you have any questions, please ensure you attend our membership meetings. We hold them on ZOOM for easy access and you can find all the dates on our website.



CUPE Local 389 will end the practice of paying benefit premiums for employees who have exhausted their sick leave, are awaiting LTD, on LTD beyond 2 years, or any other paid or unpaid leaves from the employer.

In February 2023, the members of CUPE Local 389 passed a motion to end this practice, as it has become cost prohibitive for the practice to continue.

Each employee will be responsible for paying the premiums to your employer to continue with your benefits.  Each employer has their own system of collecting these premiums, and it is recommended that you reach out to your benefit manager at your worksite to set up these payments to avoid any lapse in coverage.

Please note that premiums paid for group benefits are a medical expense which can be claimed on your income tax.