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Workers at River’s Reach Pub vote YES to unionize!
About 35 workers at River’s Reach Pub voted overwhelmingly in favour of joining UFCW 1518 last month. A neighbourhood pub in New Westminster, River’s Reach has been serving up burgers and beer since 2000. “For these workers, bringing in the union was about fairness and respect. They got in touch with us because they knew we could help,” said Secretary-Treasurer Patrick Johnson. The hospitality industry is notoriously precarious and ...read more 
Mountain Equipment Co-op workers join UFCW 1518!
About 170 workers employed at Mountain Equipment Co-op are the newest members of UFCW 1518, voting to join the union by an overwhelming majority last week. The YES vote follows a successful organizing drive led by MEC employees at the Broadway location who wanted to bring positive change to their workplace. UFCW 1518 represents 22,000 members working in the retail, community health, industrial and professional sectors across British Columbia. ...read more 
Community health workers move closer to wage parity
After months of talks, the Low Wage Redress Committee announced the allocation of $40 million in additional funding negotiated in the last round of bargaining between the Community Bargaining Association (CBA) and the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC). The funding is intended to address wage discrepancies between community health workers and their counterparts who work in facilities such as hospitals. The multi-union CBA represents about 16,000 community health ...read more 
Government brings private home care in-house
UFCW 1518 is applauding a decision by the BC NDP to bring privately-run home support services back into the government fold, a change that will improve quality of care for British Columbians and increase job security for community health workers. “As one of the first unions to organize home support workers, we understand very clearly the challenges our members face in providing top notch care to some of the ...read more 
Union to Sobeys: invest in wages to help retention
Empire, parent company of Sobeys, announced strong third quarter financial results this week as the company prepares to pay out about $35 million in buyouts for its Safeway employees. Sobeys owns 50 Safeway stores in British Columbia. In the past year, it has closed another 10 Safeway locations that it plans to convert to FreshCo, the company’s discount banner. “Clearly Sobeys was ready to pay significant money to reduce ...read more