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Bargaining Updates
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 
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.