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Sobeys goes to Labour Board instead of working with members
Flying in the face of UFCW 1518’s extensive efforts to prepare for the reopening of the collective agreement, including conducting its biggest ever bargaining outreach campaign, Sobeys has claimed that UFCW 1518 is not negotiating in good faith. Only two weeks after the #MembersFirst bargaining conference in late November, where about 200 members, stewards, and activists hammered out priorities for the upcoming negotiations, Sobeys filed a complaint against UFCW ...read more 
Sobeys violates contract and loses at arbitration – twice
UFCW 1518 has won two recent arbitrations against Sobeys, signaling that the company must follow the collective agreement. Sobeys failed to respect the collective agreement when it improperly bumped members from the Safeway locations at Austin Road and Davie Street. These two stores are closed for redevelopment and Sobeys used an incorrect bumping method, leading to members with more seniority being dropped to part time status. Sobeys’ claimed that ...read more 
Workers at Donald’s Fine Foods join UFCW family!
About 85 workers at Donald’s Fine Foods voted to join UFCW 1518 this week, severing their association with the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC). CLAC is an anti-union organization that purports to be a union but undercuts industry-standard wages and working conditions that the labour movement has fought to improve. In British Columbia, CLAC has helped employers circumvent the Employment Standards Act by “negotiating collective agreement provisions that ...read more 
‘Tis the season! 1500 members attend holiday party
About 1500 members attended this year’s Children’s Holiday Party, held at the historic Burnaby Village Museum. Attendees enjoyed a magic and juggling show, free seasonal treats and gifts for children. Burnaby Village itself was decked out in its holiday finest, with festive displays all around the open-air museum. Now in its 22nd year, this annual tradition is hosted in collaboration with UFCW 247. It brings together members and their ...read more 
#MembersFirst conference focuses on solutions
About 200 activists, stewards and members from Safeway and Save-On-Foods gathered at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster this month for the #MembersFirst bargaining conference. Indigenous ensemble M’Girl opened the event with an acapella percussive performance that acknowledged traditional Coast Salish territory and drew on their experiences as First Nations women on Turtle Island. Secretary-Treasurer Kim Novak welcomed members to UFCW 1518’s first bargaining conference in 10 years. She ...read more