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Bargaining Updates
Colonial Farms Workers Ratify Five Year Agreement with Major Wage Increases
UFCW 1518 members at Colonial Farms in Armstrong, B.C. have ratified a five-year collective agreement that features major wage and workplace improvements. The Bargaining Committee, consisting of workers William Maw and Kelly Burden and lead negotiator Shari Jensen, fought hard for major wage increases and other member-driven bargaining proposals. The new contract has several important changes. Some highlights include: Percentage based wage increases each year. 2021: 3.25% 2022: 2% ...read more 
Clarity Cannabis Budtenders Organized and Won Big
Budtenders at Clarity Cannabis ratified their first collective agreement on February 25 that will usher in major wage and workplace improvements. Clarity Cannabis budtenders became the first private dispensary workers in Canada to unionize when they joined UFCW 1518 in 2019. These workers came together to confront low wages, poor treatment, and a lack of benefits, training, and educational opportunities in the cannabis industry, forming the BCBUD division last ...read more 
Alberni Co-Op Workers Earn Wage Increases and Premiums in New Collective Agreement
Workers at Alberni Co-Op ratified a new collective agreement on January 8, 2021, that will see significant wage increases and several strong improvements to their contract. “The bargaining committee did incredible work during this round of negotiations,” said Lead Negotiator Ashley Campbell. “They fought hard and won an excellent contract that will improve the working conditions for everyone at Alberni Co-Op.” Some highlights of the new contract include: A ...read more 
Arbitration Hearing Held Today – Defining Profitable Year
Today, Secretary-Treasurer Patrick Johnson, UFCW 1518 Executive Board and Safeway member Bob Milan, and President Kim Novak attended a meeting with Arbitrator Mark Brown and representatives from Sobeys. This arbitration meeting was an important next step after mediation meetings between UFCW 1518 and Sobeys stalled in May around the definition of “maintain profitable year” as it pertains to Sobeys locations on Appendix B. In May, UFCW 1518 and senior ...read more 
Cartems Workers Ratify their First Collective Agreement after Organizing for Better Conditions
Workers at Cartems Donuts in Vancouver voted in their first collective agreement on Friday. The contract will bring in exiting improvements to working conditions at the well-loved donut shops and build worker power at the stores. Cartems workers joined UFCW 1518 in June 2020, after starting a worker-led organizing drive and participating in Canada’s first-ever online union certification vote. They worked together through an organizing and bargaining process that ...read more