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Bargaining Updates
Members at the Sointula Co-op gain a new store and a better contract
With a 100 percent YES vote, UFCW 1518 members at the Sointula Co-op on Malcolm Island ratified a new collective agreement last month. The Sointula Co-op is the oldest unionized co-op in Canada and is an essential part of the Sointula community. This latest round of bargaining dovetailed with something workers had been advocating for years: building a new store in place of the current one, which is over ...read more 
Special Officer delivers recommendations
Special Officer Vince Ready has submitted his non-binding recommendations to the union as part of the Section 106 proceedings that have been ongoing since negotiations for the reopener of the collective agreement with Sobeys faltered in March. The provincial government appointed Mr. Ready as Special Officer after President Ivan Limpright appealed to Labour Minister Harry Bains for assistance. Las month, Special Officer Ready asked both union and employer to ...read more 
Community health workers ratify contract
Community health workers represented by UFCW 1518 voted in favour of a tentative agreement reached with health employers. UFCW 1518 represents about 2,000 of the 16,000 home support workers who ratified the three-year contract, which takes effect April 1, 2019. The new collective agreement brings in yearly wage increases of two percent in each of the next three years in addition to enhanced benefits, provisions for improved scheduling and steps ...read more 
What’s up with Section 106? An FAQ for Safeway members
The labour minister has invoked Section 106 of the BC Labour Relations Code less than a handful of times in the last 30 years. It is thus the extraordinary labour dispute that commands the appointment of a Special Officer under the Code. We have compiled an FAQ for members who want to inform themselves about the Section 106 proceedings between UFCW 1518 and Sobeys and how this process relates ...read more 
Safeway bargaining update
Despite allegations from Sobeys that the union has delayed bargaining, UFCW 1518 continues to responsibly challenge the employer’s major concessionary demands. The union bargaining committee received and has reviewed Sobeys’ position, submitted to Special Officer Vince Ready as part of the Section 106 proceedings. Mr. Ready was appointed as Special Officer by Labour Minister Harry Bains when President Ivan Limpright appealed to the government for help after negotiations for ...read more 
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