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Bargaining Updates
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 
Save-On-Foods bargaining focuses on members’ top priorities
UFCW 1518 and Overwaitea Food Group returned to the bargaining table on Monday and Tuesday this to continue negotiations for the reopener of the collective agreement. Talks broke off April 6 after 40 days of bargaining had failed to advance discussions to monetary items. This week, talks focused on non-monetary issues, including scheduling. “Our members were very clear during the union’s bargaining outreach last fall,” said President Ivan Limpright. “They ...read more 
Save-On-Foods bargaining set to resume
After a week of touring Save-On-Foods stores and talking with members, the UFCW 1518’s negotiating committee is set to return to the bargaining table on Monday. Negotiations for the reopener of the collective agreement were suspended after parent company Overwaitea Food Group failed to meaningfully respond to the union’s proposals. “After 40 days of negotiations, things had not moved even close to where they should be by this point ...read more