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Staying safe in the workplace: New OH&S course for community health
After centuries of advocacy and activism, workers have strong rights that allow them to remain healthy and safe in the workplace. But not everyone knows their rights, and many workers unknowingly perform dangerous or unsafe work. This is particularly true of community health workers whose job site is the client’s private home. “Our care aides and community health workers face innumerable hazards in the home that their colleagues working ...read more 
UFCW International Convention election results!
Members voted to send 21 delegates to the UFCW International Convention, including Secretary-Treasurer Kim Novak, who will attend along with President Ivan Limpright. Just under 18,000 members were eligible to vote, and ballots were mailed out late last year, with the election concluding on Tuesday. There were 49 nominees from the membership – a record for the union. “As a democratic, member-led union, it’s important that we practice democracy, ...read more 
A message from the President: We will fight Sobeys
Like you, yesterday I woke up to learn of the bombshell news dropped by Sobeys. With no advance notice to the union, Sobeys announced that it would begin an aggressive introduction of its Eastern Canadian FreshCo banner into Western Canada. Sobeys suggested that it would be converting many of its Safeway stores to the FreshCo banner. Those stores would be operated as franchisees. It also stated that it would ...read more 
UFCW 1518 wins against Sobeys at the LRB – again
The BC Labour Relations Board has ruled that Sobeys must pay about $300,000 in vacation entitlements to more than 500 UFCW 1518 members, confirming the union’s interpretation of the collective agreement was correct. Previously, Grid B employees working at Safeway received vacation pay according to the Employment Standards Act. But in the last round of collective bargaining, the union negotiated superior language that substantially increased the vacation pay these ...read more 
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