At UFCW 1518, we believe that we are stronger together. Everyone deserves safe and respectful working conditions and a healthy community. By continuing to win fights for fairness, organize workers in diverse industries, and support causes that benefit communities, we can improve quality of life for all British Columbians.
We improve quality of life for our members and their communities by standing together to fight for fairness. We are a democratic, member-led union that is built on a foundation of integrity and respect. We work hard for our members, fighting for higher wages, better benefits, job security and fair treatment. We also use our voice to speak up on issues that impact our communities, such as implementing a living wage and standing against discrimination.
We trace our roots to 1899, when a group of retail clerks in Vancouver met to discuss how they could improve their working conditions. Since then, we have established a track record of winning key battles for our members. We are known as the leading experts on worker’s rights in the retail food and industrial food processing industries. Today, we represent over 20,000 workers in a diverse range of industries, including community health, seasonal agriculture, and professional services. Learn more about our history here.
UFCW 1518 Elected Executives
For Kim Novak, the heart of the union is its members. She is a passionate advocate for social justice who draws upon her experience as a Safeway clerk in fighting for what’s right for members. Although she once considered a future in the legal profession, Kim’s job as a summer student for UFCW 1518 showed her the power of organized labour to make a real difference in workers’ lives.
After graduating with a degree in history from the University of British Columbia in 2007, Kim worked at the union in various positions, including communication representative, union representative, director and Secretary-Treasurer. She was unanimously elected President by the Executive Board in 2018. Kim is committed to bringing about positive change on issues that matter to members. Her long term goal is to continue building member power in the workplace and for UFCW 1518 to become a leader in human rights and equity, fighting for fairness one member at a time.
Executive Board Members
UFCW 1518 believes that by being a member-led and democratic union we are stronger in standing together in our fight for fairness. Our Executive Board consists of rank and file members from across the province, elected by our membership.
Christine Holowka – Save-On Foods, Prince George
Connie Buckner – Cowichan Home Support, Duncan
Danette Lankmayr – Safeway, Surrey
Dave Diamond – Save-On-Foods, Kelowna
Dave Wilson – WE Insurance, Burnaby
David Gutierrez – Save-On-Foods, Surrey
Eleanor Smith – Penticton Home Support, Penticton
Erin Moore – Safeway, Coquitlam
Jennifer Vecchio – Nelson Home Support, Nelson
Kari-Anne Neave – Overwaitea, Burns Lake
Ken Bellows – Colonial Farms, Armstrong
Kevin Sparkes – Sunrise Poultry, Maple Ridge
Laura Cipolato – Save-On-Foods, North Vancouver
Lazina Sahib – Save-On-Foods, Langley
Linda Wilson – Port Alberni Home Support, Port Alberni
Matt Rose – Safeway, Cranbrook
Michelle Metcalfe – Shoppers Drug Mart, Coquitlam
Nanette Fredericks – Mackenzie Co-op, Mackenzie
Peter Dombrowski – Safeway, Chilliwack
Robert Milan – Safeway, Kelowna
Ronda Melbourne – Save-On-Foods, Vernon
Sherry Earl – Overwaitea, Fernie
Stefan Nielsen – Safeway, Vancouver
Susan Bayly – Save-On-Foods, Victoria
Virgilio Encarnacion – Sofina Foods, Port Coquitlam
Wes Schellenberg – Save-On-Foods, Clearbrook
UFCW 1518 Represents Workplaces like:
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