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Island Pharmacy wins union drive, joins UFCW 1518!
Workers at Island Pharmacy on Vancouver Island cast their ballots decidedly in favour of fairness when they organized with UFCW 1518 last week. About 50 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy assistants and POS receivers joined more than 21,000 British Columbians represented by UFCW 1518, the union of choice for workers in the community health, professional, retail and industrial sectors. “This is a significant win for these workers,” comments organizer Keith ...read more 
Cereal drive fills “empty cupboard” at local school
In a province of such wealth, it’s hard to believe that anyone goes hungry, let alone British Columbia’s kids. But despite BC’s apparent rosy economic outlook, nearly one in five children live in poverty, according to the 2016 BC Child Poverty Report Card.  That number skyrockets to nearly 50 percent for single parent households, most of which are headed by mothers. Food insecurity, a serious public health problem in ...read more 
New steward course teaches contracts, confidence
How do I talk to management? When should I refuse unsafe work? What constitutes a grievance? Stewards from around the Lower Mainland learned the answer to these questions and more at Shop Steward Fundamentals, a new course offered by UFCW 1518. The two-day beginner course focuses on the essential skills every steward needs to advocate for members and help the union in its fight for fairness in the workplace. ...read more 
UFCW 1518 puts members’ safety on a podium
Sobeys has halted the controversial Podium cash handling procedure after UFCW 1518 alerted WorksafeBC of the danger it posed to members. Sobeys had been trialing Podium in four Safeway locations, causing great concern amongst members and the union. According to union representative Fred Scott, installing Podium put members’ lives at risk. “Podium lacks several key risk controls,” says Scott. “Our members were fearful for their physical well-being, because once ...read more 
UFCW 1518 Votes!
UFCW 1518 has launched a campaign to encourage members to vote in the upcoming provincial election. UFCW 1518 Votes aims to raise awareness among our members about the importance of voting and to encourage them to vote for workers’ issues. British Columbians head to the polls on May 9 and stakes for workers are high. After 16 years of Liberal rule, things like a living wage, affordable housing and ...read more