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Safeway members to qualify for benefits faster
UFCW 1518 members working at Safeway will now qualify for MSP, extended health benefits and dental after six months of employment! Trustees on the UFCW Health and Welfare Trust met last October and passed a motion to reduce the eligibility timeline for the Grid B benefit plan, subject to funding. After review, it was determined that there is sufficient funding to reduce the qualification period from 12 to six months. ...read more 
BC Budget 2019 continues improvements for working people
The BC NDP budget announced this week contains important gains for working families and will make life more affordable for everyone living in the province. Poverty reduction and climate action are two new areas of investment, with continued social spending on child care, housing and public infrastructure, as well as health care and the opioid crisis. Key for working families is a the BC Child Opportunity Benefit for children ...read more 
Government brings private home care in-house
UFCW 1518 is applauding a decision by the BC NDP to bring privately-run home support services back into the government fold, a change that will improve quality of care for British Columbians and increase job security for community health workers. “As one of the first unions to organize home support workers, we understand very clearly the challenges our members face in providing top notch care to some of the ...read more 
Low Wage Redress funding coming soon!
About $40 million dollars in funding to address low wages will soon be distributed to community health workers, including about 2000 UFCW 1518 members. The money was gained during negotiations for their new collective agreement, which takes effect April 1. “Finally, we are working with a cooperative Minister of Health,” said President Kim Novak. “It helps that Minister Dix is determined to fix 16 years of neglect our members and ...read more 
Menstrual products should be free. Period.
Nobody should have to choose between feeding their family and affording basic hygiene products but that’s a choice many British Columbians have to make every month. Periods are a fact of life but the cost of menstrual products is prohibitive to many: street-affected girls and women, and those living in poverty; transwomen experiencing social stigma; and single mothers struggling to feed their children. That’s why UFCW 1518 has joined ...read more