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Posties on strike! How to support CUPW members
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) began a series rotating 24-hour strikes this week in locations across Canada, including Victoria BC. CUPW represents 50,000 postal workers who are striking for improved health and safety, gender equality and good, full-time jobs. The union is asking fellow workers to support their fight for fairness by posting encouraging messages on social media and writing supportive letters to the editor. CUPW is ...read more 
Two UFCW scholarships pave the way to medical school
Mark McDonagh is a longtime union member, having worked for 33 years at the Save-On-Foods in Brooks Landing. He’s also the proud father of Erin McDonagh, recent winner of two UFCW education scholarships: the prestigious UFCW Charity Foundation Scholarship and the UFCW 1518/Save-On-Foods Joint Diversity Scholarship. Mark learned about the scholarships the old fashioned way – through posters on the union board at work – and encouraged Erin to ...read more 
Union wins big for Safeway members; Sobeys forced to pay $90K
UFCW 1518 members working at Safeway have had a tough year. In January, parent company Sobeys announced 10 store closures. The following month, Sobeys tabled a concessions-only set of proposals at the start of negotiations for the reopener of the collective agreement, which is five years into a 10-year deal. But thanks to the hard work of union representatives, Sobeys had to pay out more than $90,000 in fines ...read more 
Sobeys/Safeway bargaining: Union submits proposals in 106 proceedings
UFCW 1518 has filed its proposals with Special Officer Vince Ready as the Section 106 proceedings continue. President Limpright appealed to the provincial government to intervene after negotiations between the union and Sobeys, parent company of Safeway, stalled last March. Minister of Labour Harry Bains invoked a little used section of the BC Labour Relations Code to appoint a Special Officer to assist in resolving the dispute. Under Section ...read more 
Save-On-Foods members qualify for benefits faster
UFCW 1518 members working at Save-On-Foods will now be eligible for health benefits after working for six months, reducing the qualification period significantly. “The wait time for benefits is now cut in half. It’s a major win for our members,” said Secretary-Treasurer Kim Novak. “It acknowledges the reality that workers need benefits in order to be healthy and live well. Every employer should want that for their employees.” The ...read more