CUPE 4500 members withdrawing all services from Coast Mountain Bus Company

BURNABY – CUPE 4500 and Coast Mountain Bus Company concluded mediation today but were unable to reach a tentative agreement. Without a settlement in place, CUPE 4500 members will be withdrawing all services from Coast Mountain Bus Company at 3:00 a.m. PT, Monday, January 22 for 48-hours. 


“With the help of our mediator, CUPE 4500 put in an honest effort to find some common ground with Coast Mountain. But we are still not near where we need to be in addressing our key issues,” says Liam O’Neill, spokesperson for CUPE 4500. “For a fair settlement, CUPE 4500 members need wage discrepancies closed between them and other TransLink supervisors, and we need to tackle critical workload issues.”


Starting Monday morning, CUPE 4500 members will have up picket lines at Coast Mountain Bus Company Transit Centres in Vancouver, Surrey, Richmond, Burnaby, Port Coquitlam, and the SeaBus North Vancouver Terminal. Transit users in the Lower Mainland can expect the suspension of all bus and SeaBus services operated by Coast Mountain Bus Company.


“CUPE 4500 members are proud of the job we do for our passengers. Like them, our families and friends depend on transit too. We regret these disruptions and the challenges this will cause for the people we serve every day,” says O’Neill. “But Coast Mountain could have avoided this. Instead, they put us, and, through their inflexibility, transit users, in this situation.”

Happy New Year from CUPE 389

CUPE Local 389 wishes all of you a wonderful 2024.

Thank you for all the support and positive engagement to help us make Local 389 the best we can be.

We look forward to another year in continuing our amazing achievements!

Correction: Holiday Event

There was a mix up on dates for the CUPE 389 Skating Event on December 23, 2023 – 1130am – 1230pm.  The Social Committee deeply apologizes for any inconvenience it has caused members.

There is availability still for skating on:

December 24  10:00am-11:00am
December 24  11:30am-12:30pm
December 30  10:00am-11:00am
December 30  8:30pm-9:30pm

Again, our deepest apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused.

For any questions, please contact

CUPE voices strong support for Bill S-244 to give workers a stronger voice on Employment Insurance

CUPE’s National President Mark Hancock has written to the leaders of the four caucuses in Canada’s Senate, voicing CUPE’s strong support for Bill S-244. The bill, sponsored by Senator Diane Bellemare, would create a permanent Employment Insurance Council and a stronger voice for workers in how EI is managed in Canada. The advisory council would consist of 12 members: five representing unions and five representing employers, to be chaired by Canada’s two existing EI Commissioners.

With a rapidly shifting economic landscape, Hancock says workers need a meaningful and permanent role in shaping the EI program in Canada to address the challenges they face in the wake of the pandemic and with a much-needed green transition on the horizon.

“CUPE firmly believes that the EI Council will facilitate effective coordination and advocacy for skills training, vocational education, apprenticeships, and continuous learning,” wrote Hancock. “Given Canada’s ambitious transition towards achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and the rapidly evolving digital landscape, this becomes even more imperative.”

CUPE says the bill lays the foundation for an enduring and constructive framework for unions, employers, and government.

“A permanent EI Council goes beyond the current practice of consultation and allows more in-depth information exchanges and negotiations between the three parties,” Hancock noted. “Having all three parties participate in ongoing work on issues of common interest fosters the creation of constructive and long-lasting solutions that better serve all our interests.”

Hancock also noted the strong consensus around Bill S-244 among labour and employer groups, as well as the EI commissioners for both workers and for employers, and urged all Senators to pass the bill swiftly.

Read the full letter here.