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Bargaining Updates
Tentative deals reached in community health & social services
The bargaining associations for 2200 UFCW 1518 members working in community health and social services have both reached tentative agreements after entering early contract talks. After four weeks of negotiations and a 95-hour push over the last six days for a deal without concessions, the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) reached a tentative agreement with the Community Social Services Employers’ Association (CSSEA). The CSSBA is composed of 10 ...read more 
SOF reopener ratified in province-wide vote
Voting on the Save-On-Foods final settlement agreement concluded today, and was ratified by 83 percent. The new terms will be in effect as of Sunday, June 10, 2018. The vote was held in 45 locations across BC throughout the week. Bargaining committee members, staff and leadership were at polling locations to explain the agreement and answer questions. “We want to thank all of the members who came out to ...read more 
Special Officer hears arguments on FreshCo
UFCW 1518 and Sobeys met with Special Officer Vince Ready, who heard arguments regarding the company’s request to negotiate a FreshCo collective agreement. Mr. Ready was appointed by the government to intervene in the dispute between the union and Sobeys, which affects upwards of Safeway 1000 workers. The parties met on June 1. “Sobeys believes it has the right to use the new banner language in the Safeway collective ...read more 
Safeway store closure update: transfers now complete
The transfer process for UFCW 1518 members working in the 10 Safeway stores closing across the lower mainland and Mission was finally completed this week. On June 8, members in closure stores will receive their placement letters alerting them as to their new location. The process was a frustrating one, acknowledged President Ivan Limpright, with members waiting for months to hear where they would be placed and how the transfer ...read more 
Special Officer meets with union as Section 106 proceedings get underway
UFCW 1518 met with  Vince Ready last week to begin proceedings under Section 106 of the Labour Relations Code. Labour Minister Harry Bains appointed Mr. Ready as Special Officer when talks between the union and Sobeys faltered in April. “We needed the government to intervene. Sobeys announced 10 store closures, tabled a concessions-only set of proposals and then refused to respond to the union’s proposals,” explained President Ivan Limpright. ...read more