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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 
Union files another complaint against Sobeys as transfer process stalls
UFCW 1518 has filed another complaint against Sobeys at the BC Labour Board, this time for failing to provide information needed to assist members affected by the Safeway closures. On January 23, Sobeys announced it would shutter 10 stores across the Lower Mainland and Mission. The complaint follows the union’s repeated requests for information about Sobeys’ plans for all Safeway stores, including redevelopment plans, as well as  financial information ...read more 
Sobeys declares war on Safeway workers, collective agreement
Sobeys declared war on the collective agreement and its Safeway workers by tabling nothing but drastic concessions for a workforce already plagued by poverty wages and poor working conditions. This follows Sobeys’ announcement last week of the closure of 10 Safeway locations across the lower mainland, and UFCW 1518’s subsequent illegal lockout complaint to the BC Labour Relations Board. Negotiations for the re-opener of the 10-year agreement between UFCW 1518 ...read more 
Let the bargaining begin! Union & SOF meet to hammer out deal
UFCW 1518 met with Save-On-Foods as negotiations for the re-opener of the collective agreement got underway Friday. Bargaining committees for the union and the company met at UFCW 1518’s main office in New Westminster for the first of two dozen scheduled bargaining dates. The parties have committed to engage in interest-based collective bargaining, an approach that saw both sides make strides in the 2013 round of negotiations. Interest-based bargaining, ...read more 
Sobeys begins illegal lockout of hundreds of workers: union
Sobeys has begun an illegal lockout of more than 600 Safeway workers, according to a complaint filed by UFCW 1518 at the BC Labour Relations Board today. The complaint comes in the wake of Sobeys’ announcement that it will close 10 Safeway stores across the lower mainland. Sobeys further stated that it would consider re-opening five of those locations if the company received an “appropriate” collective agreement for FreshCo, ...read more