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Health care conference takes the pulse
UFCW 1518 will hold a conference for members working in the community health and social services sector May 6-9 at the Sheraton Guilford in Surrey, BC. About 90 activists and stewards will attend the conference, which will take the pulse of our membership in terms of issues, challenges and future vision. Through panels and workshops, the conference will focus on building solidarity, providing learning opportunities and preparing for bargaining ...read more 
Government appoints special officer in Sobeys dispute
British Columbia’s Minister of Labour Harry Bains has appointed Vince Ready as special officer in the dispute between UFCW 1518 and Sobeys, owner of about 60 Safeway stores across the province. Minister Bains made the appointment after President Ivan Limpright requested the government’s assistance when negotiations for the reopener of the collective agreement stalled last month. “We came fully prepared to negotiate improvements to the collective agreement. We tabled ...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 
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