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Bargaining Updates
Voting on SOF agreement begins Monday
Ratification of the settlement agreement reached between UFCW 1518 and Overwaitea will begin Monday, with polling stations set up across the province. The union bargaining committee unanimously recommended the agreement and wholeheartedly supports it. Bargaining committee members, along with leadership and union representatives, were in Save-On-Foods stores today to distribute the settlement agreement and answer questions. They will meet with members throughout the weekend in order to prepare them ...read more 
Agreement Reached in Save-On-Foods Reopener
An agreement in the Save-On-Foods contract reopener has been reached between the union and the employer after a marathon bargaining session that lasted through the weekend. The agreement is unanimously supported and recommended by the union negotiating committee. More information will follow shortly.
Community Health bargaining seeks to end neglect
UFCW 1518 met this week with the Health Employers Association of British Columbia (HEABC) in Vancouver to review priorities and begin negotiations. Bargaining proposals were tabled Thursday morning to achieve a new collective agreement with about 2000 members in working community health. “I’m cautiously optimistic,” said Secretary-Treasurer Kim Novak. “After 16 years of neglect of the community health services that are so core to British Columbia’s health care system, ...read more 
Mediation with Special Officer set for May
UFCW 1518 had its first meeting with Vince Ready, the Special Officer appointed by the provincial government after negotiations with Sobeys stalled last month. The purpose of the April 24 meeting was for both the union and the employer to identify and prioritize the outstanding issues. “We proposed that the Special Officer first mediate, and if necessary arbitrate, our First Right of Refusal grievance,” said President Ivan Limpright. “In ...read more 
Safeway: Where we are (and how we got there)
UFCW 1518 continues to prepare for its upcoming meetings with Special Officer Vince Ready to deal with the union’s appeal for assistance in negotiations with Sobeys. President Ivan Limpright appealed to the Minister of Labour to intervene when negotiations with the company stalled in March. ‘”Our goal remains the same: to negotiate a fair and reasonable contract that protects our members’ job security, entitlements and rights. It’s really simple,” said President ...read more