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Minister of Finance and BC Fed Prez meet with union leadership, staff
Two leading women power brokers sat down with Secretary-Treasurer Kim Novak in a wide-ranging conversation about the relationship between labour and government today. Finance Minister Carole James and BC Federation of Labour president Irene Lanzinger met with Secretary-Treasurer Novak and UFCW 1518 staff today. Minister James, who is responsible for revitalizing the NDP in the early 2000s, said she was proud of the work her party does to care ...read more 
Sobeys/Safeway bargaining: Special Officer directs Sobeys to discuss FreshCo plans & job security
Special Officer Vince Ready has directed Sobeys to reveal information about its future plans for operations in British Columbia as well as discuss job security and severance related to opening its discount banner FreshCo. This comes two weeks after UFCW 1518 members working at Safeway rejected the Special Officer’s non-binding recommendations made in the ongoing dispute with Sobeys. After a province-wide vote resulted in a 99% NO vote, the union ...read more 
Safeway members vote 99% NO to reject Special Officer recommendations
Safeway members have voted 99 percent against recommendations made by Special Officer Vince Ready in the ongoing dispute between UFCW 1518 and Sobeys. The union held a province-wide vote this week after Mr. Ready tabled a report that alarmed leadership and the bargaining committee, composed of rank and file members. “Our Safeway members have given a very strong mandate to our committee that these recommendations are unacceptable,” said President ...read more 
Last day of voting on Special Officer report
Voting on the recommendations handed down by Special Officer Vince Ready in the ongoing dispute between UFCW 1518 and Sobeys continues until 7:30pm today. Polling stations opened Monday and Safeway members across the province had the opportunity to review the recommendations and ask questions of the Safeway bargaining committee, union representatives and leadership before casting their vote. The recommendations, which deal with the UFCW 1518’s right of first refusal ...read more 
Sobeys censors union communication in Safeway stores
In the midst of an ongoing labour dispute with UFCW 1518, Sobeys has begun censoring union communication to members in stores. The union has confirmed that Sobeys is directing their managers at Safeway stores in British Columbia to remove a meeting notice that had been posted on the union bulletin board. The meeting notice alerts members to a province-wide vote being held for all Safeway members this week. The ...read more