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Bargaining Updates
Save-On-Foods bargaining focuses on members’ top priorities
UFCW 1518 and Overwaitea Food Group returned to the bargaining table on Monday and Tuesday this to continue negotiations for the reopener of the collective agreement. Talks broke off April 6 after 40 days of bargaining had failed to advance discussions to monetary items. This week, talks focused on non-monetary issues, including scheduling. “Our members were very clear during the union’s bargaining outreach last fall,” said President Ivan Limpright. “They ...read more 
Save-On-Foods bargaining set to resume
After a week of touring Save-On-Foods stores and talking with members, the UFCW 1518’s negotiating committee is set to return to the bargaining table on Monday. Negotiations for the reopener of the collective agreement were suspended after parent company Overwaitea Food Group failed to meaningfully respond to the union’s proposals. “After 40 days of negotiations, things had not moved even close to where they should be by this point ...read more 
Bargaining for community health announced
UFCW 1518 will begin bargaining with the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) in order to conclude a new collective agreement with members in community health. The Community Bargaining Association is the bargaining agent for 16,000 community health workers across British Columbia. UFCW 1518 bargains collectively as part of that association, along with BCGEU, HEU, UFCW 1518, CUPE, HSA and USWA. The existing contract between UFCW 1518 and HEABC ...read more 
Special officer orders Safeway stores to remain open until July 5
Vince Ready, special officer in the dispute between UFCW 1518 and Sobeys, has ordered the company to keep nine Safeway stores open until July 5. Sobeys had slated the stores for closure on May 5. The order came after Labour Minister Harry Bains appointed Ready as special officer. President Ivan Limpright asked the government to intervene when negotiations for the reopener of the collective agreement stalled last month. According ...read more 
Community social services to begin early contract talks
The Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) has agreed to begin negotiations with the Community Social Services Employers’ Association of BC (CSSEA) aimed at concluding  renewal collective agreements with members in Community Social Services. The existing contracts between the CSSEA and CSSBA expire on March 31, 2019. “I’m pleased to be getting to the bargaining table early,” said President Ivan Limpright. “It’s no secret that the Community Social Services ...read more