Cartems Donuts

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Online voting will happen on Tuesday, June 16 between 10 AM and 1 PM. Scroll down to learn more about how you can vote for your union!

Why Join UFCW 1518?

Cartems Donuts workers deserve fairness at work through improved wages and benefits, job security and a strong voice at work. Joining UFCW 1518 puts the power of a union behind you, protecting your rights in the workplace. We will work together to create long-lasting improvements to your job, using the collective agreement to protect your rights and outline a process for ensuring you are treated with respect & dignity. UFCW 1518 members work alongside with business owners to create positive changes in the workplace.

Your Rights

The most important thing to know is that every British Columbian has the right to join a union.

The BC Labour Relations Code ensures you have the following legal rights:

  • You are free to decide to join or not join a union.
  • Your employer cannot fire you, suspend you, transfer you, lay you off, refuse to continue employing you or otherwise discriminate against you for being involved with the process of forming a union.
  • You are free to express your views on unionization without reprisal.



Get the facts about joining a union

Union dues are expensive.
Union dues are no more than 2% of your wages and are 100% tax deductible. You also won’t pay a cent until your first collective agreement is voted in!

Across Canada, unionized employees earn better wages than non-unionized workers. The higher wages, benefits and improved working conditions are well-worth the small cost associated with participating.
I’ll lose the benefits I have now if we unionize.
The union will always fight to keep what you have and add whatever is important to you. Unionizing does not make you lose the benefits and perks you have now - rather you will be able to negotiate for more!
Unions will make our schedules less flexible.
Scheduling does not have to change if you don’t want it to. Having a union allows you to have a say at work. You are able to negotiate scheduling flexibility in a legally binding contract that will not change with new managers or ownership.
One of the stores will close because of a union.
There are rumours of the Broadway location closing that have circulated for months. Nobody will shut down a successful business because of workers unionizing, as this is illegal.
You won’t be able to speak directly to management without someone from the union stepping in.
This is not true. A union emphasizes the importance of a good management-worker relationship. The union will only step in when requested by a worker. Unions allow for workers to have a stronger voice and ensure their concerns are heard.
The union will go on strike.
Strikes are very rare, especially when negotiating your first contract.

You have control over strikes through a vote. For a strike to happen, 66% of your co-workers at Cartems would have to vote in favour of going on strike.

In the highly unlikely event of a strike, the union will provide you with strike pay.
Management will know how I vote.
Your vote is 100% confidential. Your employer and the union will never find out how you voted.
Unions cannot guarantee job security.
Unions can guarantee you will not be fired without a just cause.



1. Union Support Cards
  • Working with staff from our union, you and the majority of your co-workers (45%) sign a support card indicating you would like the BC Labour Relations Board to hold a unionization vote at your workplace.
  • This process is confidential. Your employer will never have the right to know who did or did not sign. Your employer cannot legally take action against anyone for signing a card.
2. Secret Ballot Vote
  • When a majority of your co-workers have signed a union card, the BC Labour Relations Board will hold a secret ballot vote to form a union at your workplace.
  • Vote “Yes” to join the union.
3. Collective Agreement Proposals
  • You and your co-workers submit proposals as to what should be the new collective agreement in your workplace.
  • Your new contract will spell out wages, benefits, respect and job security.


You have questions, we have answers:

Contact us in confidence

Any information you share with us is kept 100% confidential.
Your employer will never know that you contacted our union.



More questions? Concerns? Get in touch with our union organizer, Sartaj Birring, at [email protected] or call 604-345-5581. You can also contact us using the form below.