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Save-On-Foods bargaining moves toward monetary
UFCW 1518 met with Overwaitea Food Group last week as negotiations for the reopener of the collective agreement continued. The contract renewal deadline is March 31, midway through a 10-year deal. “We had further discussions about management structure, pharmacy-related matters, steward recognition, probationary period, and scheduling,” said President Ivan Limpright. “We’ve made some progress, but we need to see more.” UFCW 1518 represents about 10,000 members working at Save-On-Foods ...read more 
Union appeals to Minister of Labour as Sobeys bargaining falters
Talks between UFCW 1518 and Sobeys in the midterm reopener faltered last week as the company stated that the parties were too far apart. The union represents about 4500 members who work at 60 Safeway stores across the province. Sobeys purchased Canada Safeway in 2014, in what many industry experts call a botched acquisition. The negotiating committees for both sides met on March 14 and 15, during which the ...read more 
Employer must pay ICBC fee: Arbitrator
About 15,000 workers in the community social services sector scored a win last month as the Labour Relations Board of BC ruled that the employer must continue to pay $75 for the renewal of employees’ Class 5 driver’s licences. “This is an important victory,” said President Ivan Limpright. “Our members working in community social services are some of the hardest working, most caring people you’ll ever meet. They give ...read more 
Union presents solutions, Sobeys offers no response
UFCW 1518 presented its comprehensive, evidence-based proposal package March 5, only to have Sobeys return to the bargaining table March 6 with no response. This followed several days of reviewing and discussing Sobeys’ financial and operational situation. “Thousands of hours went into our proposal package,” said President Ivan Limpright. “Last summer, the Action Team conducted an extensive fact finding tour of every store  in the province, gathering data and ...read more 
Sobeys bows to union pressure as bargaining continues
Bowing to union pressure, Sobeys finally produced financial information the union had been requesting for many months as bargaining headed into its third week. UFCW 1518, which represents about 4500 Safeway workers and Sobeys, which owns 60 Safeway stores across British Columbia, are currently negotiating the reopener of a 10-year deal. Negotiations began on February 7, when Sobeys declared war on the collective agreement by tabling a concessionary set ...read more