CUPE Local 389 New President and Executive Board Elected

On January 28th, at CUPE Local 389’s annual general meeting, the membership elected Tony Volpe as President.

Amir Bagheri was elected 1st Vice-President, and Jacoline Jansen as 2nd Vice-President. Kolton Smith was re-elected as Recording Secretary, and Joyce Griffiths was elected for the 3-year term of trustee.

Tony Volpe is a long-time employee of the District of North Vancouver where he has worked since 1995. He has served in various union capacities over the years of his involvement in the union, including as Vice-President. “My goal is to build great working relationships with our employers so that we can solve problems early, without resorting to expensive and lengthy legal battles. I have done this my entire career, and I believe my reputation speaks for itself.  I will put our members’ interests at the forefront of everything I do, and make our union once again strong and proud, while maintaining respectful and positive relationships with all our employers and contributing to the communities we serve. The members can rest assured that they have a fighter in me and feel confident that I am a person who will treat them with respect and courtesy,” said Volpe.

Amir Bagheri has served in various capacities in our union over the many years of his involvement and comes from the city of North Vancouver unit. He will serve as the first vice president.

Jacoline Jansen comes from the North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission and will serve as the second vice president as she begins her union career.

Kolton Smith comes from the District of North Vancouver and will continue to serve as Recording Secretary.

Joyce Griffiths is a long-time Union activist from the school district unit and has previously served as vice president and will oversee the finances of the local to assure our members’ contributions are being used in the best way possible.

“I am grateful for the trust the members have placed in me and will do my best to be their voice as we work together with our management partners to make our units great places to work and the community, we serve the best they can be” added Volpe.  One of Volpe’s first priorities is introducing working relationship agreements with our units to recommit to, and rebuild, positive working relationships.

“I wish to thank Yvette Mercier for her time as president of the local and wish her the best in the future,” concluded Volpe.


IWD Dinner 2024 – Early Bird Ticket Sales End February 9th!

The VDLC Women and Gender Rights Committee is pleased to announce details of our Annual International Women’s Day dinner.

The dinner will be held Friday March 8, 2024 at Fraserview Hall, 8240 Fraser St. Vancouver. Doors open at 5:30pm. Buffet starts at 5:30pm. Welcome and panel starts at 7:00pm.

The theme for 2024’s event is Leading the Way: Women Shaping the Future of the Labour Movement.

Guests speakers include:

Sussanne Skidmore – President, BC FED
Karen Ranalletta – President, CUPE BC
Barb Nederpel – President, HEU
Louella Vincent – President, NWDLC
Wakenniosta Cooper – IBEW Local 213

Our MC for the event is Joey Hartman, Past President of the VDLC.

Early bird tickets are $90.00 per person until February 9, 2024. After this date, tickets are $100 per person. Tables of up to 10 people. If you wish to purchase a table and be invoiced, please phone Elizabeth at the VDLC office at 604-254-0703. Low-income tickets are available by contacting the office by email or phone 604-254-0703.

TICKETS can be purchased HERE

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IWD 2024 – Dinner

IWD 2024 – Event Speakers