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‘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 
Trailer Party at Safeway!
UFCW 1518 launched a new campaign this month to engage members of the public and to drive business to Safeway. The union trailer and a crew of union members and staff rolled up to various Safeway locations across the lower mainland in November, handing out gift cards to shoppers and walking traffic to encourage them to do their shopping at Safeway. “Since Sobeys purchased Safeway we continue to see ...read more 
President Limpright returns to full duties
President Ivan Limpright announced in an email to members that he will return to full duties beginning this week. He had been on leave since last month in order to deal with a serious family matter. “I am pleased and relieved to report that things have improved to the point where I can resume my full duties,” President Limpright wrote in the email. “I will be gradually returning to ...read more 
UFCW 1518 applauds LRB decision on bakers
Bakers organized by BCTGM 468 have won their bid for jurisdiction at Safeway Extra. The BC Labour Relations Board found in favour of the bakers’ union, ruling that parent company Sobeys had ignored its certification and breached their collective agreement. According to BCTGM 468, Sobeys denied them representational rights at its Langley store, one of several Safeway stores the company has renovated and reopened under the Safeway Extra banner. ...read more