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Bargaining Updates
Only unionized Buckerfield’s becomes Living Wage employer
Members working in Buckerfield’s in Duncan, BC ratified a new collective agreement that contains a living wage scale – the first of its kind for UFCW 1518. A living wage is a regional calculation that assesses the amount of money a family of four needs to earn to meet their expenses. The living wage includes costs like rent and groceries as well as items like extended health care and ...read more 
New contract makes Sunrise workers highest paid in industry
About 450 UFCW 1518 members working for Sunrise Poultry ratified a new collective agreement with substantial gains, making it the strongest contract in British Columbia’s poultry industry. “Without question, these members are now the highest paid poultry workers in BC – if not North America,” comments director Kim Balmer. Sunrise is a processor and distributor of fresh chicken, meat and non-meat products. Founded in Surrey in 1983, the company ...read more 
Unionized Shoppers Drug Mart workers ratify contract
Precarious labour – work that is insecure, non-unionized and low-paying – is the hallmark of today’s workforce, both a product and casualty of neoliberal globalization. Workers are told they will hold multiple jobs over time and often more than one job at the same time. Unionization is a bulwark against employment precarity. Collectively bargained contracts enshrine job protection, seniority, benefits and wage progression – none of which are guaranteed ...read more 
First & only unionized Canadian Tire in BC wins big in bargaining
UFCW 1518 members at Canadian Tire in Prince George know what it means to fight for fairness. When they tried to bargain their first contract, shortly after organizing in 1983, the employer’s demand for an open shop led to a bitter and lengthy strike. But members of the Retail Clerks Union, as UFCW 1518 was called then, knew what was right, and didn’t give up their goal of a ...read more 
Solid new agreement for Grand & Toy members
UFCW 1518 members at Grand & Toy ratified a strong new collective agreement on April 22, 2017. The warehouse workers voted 93 percent in favour of the four year agreement, which contains many significant gains. “We were really pleased with how negotiations went. The employer was respectful and our bargaining committee was really focused on what members said they wanted,” explains union representative Ravi Dhindsa. The contract earned members ...read more