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Bargaining Updates
Bargaining for community health announced
UFCW 1518 will begin bargaining with the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) in order to conclude a new collective agreement with members in community health. The Community Bargaining Association is the bargaining agent for 16,000 community health workers across British Columbia. UFCW 1518 bargains collectively as part of that association, along with BCGEU, HEU, UFCW 1518, CUPE, HSA and USWA. The existing contract between UFCW 1518 and HEABC ...read more 
Special officer orders Safeway stores to remain open until July 5
Vince Ready, special officer in the dispute between UFCW 1518 and Sobeys, has ordered the company to keep nine Safeway stores open until July 5. Sobeys had slated the stores for closure on May 5. The order came after Labour Minister Harry Bains appointed Ready as special officer. President Ivan Limpright asked the government to intervene when negotiations for the reopener of the collective agreement stalled last month. According ...read more 
Community social services to begin early contract talks
The Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) has agreed to begin negotiations with the Community Social Services Employers’ Association of BC (CSSEA) aimed at concluding  renewal collective agreements with members in Community Social Services. The existing contracts between the CSSEA and CSSBA expire on March 31, 2019. “I’m pleased to be getting to the bargaining table early,” said President Ivan Limpright. “It’s no secret that the Community Social Services ...read more 
Talks breaking down at Save-On-Foods bargaining table
For the last several months, the union negotiating committee has been hard at work at the bargaining table for the reopener of the Save-On-Foods collective agreement. With 40 days at the table, there has been some progress on non-monetary issues; however, when it comes to the issues that our members overwhelmingly told us mattered most to them, the employer is using delay tactics and refusing to take the needs ...read more 
Members ratify first contract at Island Pharmacy!
Following a grueling six-month organizing campaign and eight months of bargaining, 50 members working at Island Pharmacy ratified their first collective agreement. The front store clerks, pharmacy technicians and pharmacists at nine locations on Vancouver Island voted overwhelmingly in favour of joining UFCW 1518 last May. Prior to joining the union, rate of pay was often determined by favouritism. Some workers received minimum wage while others had worked at ...read more