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Bargaining Updates
First contract for members at Rossdown Natural Foods!
Members working at Rossdown Natural Foods ratified their first collective agreement last week, securing important gains for about 200 members working at the farm-to-plate producer of organic, certified humane poultry. Although they joined UFCW 1518 more than a year ago, Rossdown members faced a challenging path to their first contract. “There’s no doubt members needed the union. The employer was playing favourites; there was no fairness in scheduling or ...read more 
Members at Snowcrest Foods vote YES
About 65 UFCW 1518 members working at Snowcrest Foods ratified a strong renewal agreement yesterday after five months of bargaining. The four-year deal made significant strides toward achieving wage parity between two pay schedules. About 85 percent of the 63-member bargaining unit are covered by the lower paid Schedule B. Under the renewed agreement, these members will receive a wage hike of between 34-54 percent over four years. The ...read more 
Members at Source Office Furniture ratify second collective agreement
After three months of bargaining, UFCW 1518 members working at Source Office Furniture in Burnaby unanimously ratified a four-year collective agreement. The deal is only the second collective agreement for this 26-member bargaining unit consisting of drivers, machine operators, assemblers and service people and represents significant improvements over their previous non-union wages and working conditions. “Since joining UFCW 1518, these members have made great gains in wages, benefits and ...read more 
Port McNeil IGA members ratify new contract, avoid strike
Members working at IGA in Port McNeil ratified a new collective agreement by a strong majority last week after more than a year of bargaining. The deal comes after a long, uphill battle, including three rounds of mediation at the BC Labour Relations Board. But the 60-member bargaining unit stood their ground, rejecting the employer’s first offer and taking a successful strike vote. “Our members know what they are ...read more 
Union wins for Stong’s members
With an overwhelming YES vote, UFCW 1518 members at Stong’s Market in Dunbar ratified the re-opener of their collective agreement last week. Stong’s Market has a long history in British Columbia, building their original storefront in 1955 on Dunbar St. Buy the 1960s, Stong’s was a five-store grocery chain, with workers represented by UFCW 1518. It was a tough round of bargaining that required assistance from mediator Grant McArthur. “The ...read more