CUPE 391 Election Results

Monday, April 26, 2010
CUPE 391 Election Results

Thank you, CUPE 391!

Our annual general meeting had much to celebrate last night.  There are some sad moments, too, as the Executive says good-bye (temporarily) to sisters Inder Pannu and Kathy Juszco, and brothers Jacob Breen and Ed Dickson.  All of these members have raised awareness of the important work of library workers in the community.  They have also helped build coalitions with other community-building groups.  We can still ask advice and support from these wonderful unionists, but must respect that sometimes a period of renewal through other endeavours is a benefit to all.  These members will be continuing on union committees.

CUPE 391 had the pleasure of having our acting Staff Representative, Jeff Lawson, preside over our elections. Jeff has already been helpful with grievances.  He was gracious and efficient in his role last night, also.  Thank you, Jeff.

Here are the results of last night’s election:

Recording Secretary: Mike DePaoli
Secretary-Treasurer: Steven Turner was re-elected as keeping us accountable.  Yay Steven!

Four members-at-large:

Jane Curry
Randy Gatley
Gary Jarvis
Laurin Shadforth

President: Alex Youngberg
First Vice-President: Mark Whittam
Second Vice-President: Gerard Batty was elected to a two year term.

The Secretary-Treasurer and two Vice-President positions are two year terms. Two VP positions are staggered

Our three trustees soldier on, keeping Steven accountable (not that he needs it):
Todd Wong for a three year term
Maureen Bubis for a two year term (replacing Gerard Batty)
Aili Muetzner has one year left to serve in her term as trustee.

Our trustee positions are also 3 years each and staggered; so that currently one trustee has one year left to serve of a 3 year term, one trustee is filling two years of a position that was vacated after one year and the third trustee is beginning to fill a 3 year term.

Thank you to the talented, smart and creative people that are on our committees.  Your support keeps public service thriving as a public good.  In these tough economic times the libraries free services: job search, help with research, collections with ESOL materials, popular fiction, DVDs, games, and much, much more, will be necessary than ever.

Bike to Work week is May 31-June 6, 2010. Jodi will be starting a Pedal-Pushers blog on the CUPE 391 website

Watch our website for further information on Iran Solidarity.  Thank you to Suzy for bringing this to CUPE 391’s attention.  The story of these very brave women’s continued resistance to an extremely misogynistic regime brings tears of pride and concern to this member’s heart. See – Email:
Iran Solidarity – Vancouver’s Hang out place (Patog) – Every Sunday 5 to 7 PM
Location: 672 East Broadyway Vancouver, BC
The CUPE 391 information address is

Please become more familiar with your CUPE 391 website.  Chris Jang won yet another CUPE BC award for best website for locals over 500 members.  Thank you, Eric, for our excellent and comprehensive CUPE 391 e-email service. (see, top left hand corner of web page for log in).  All members now have an address.  Union contacts should email for instructions on how to initially log in, then share the information with their respective worksites.

The Union has elected an excellent group of members to protect the collective agreement and work for the public’s interest.  You can be proud that you showed up and voted in good numbers for representation.

in solidarity