Cowichan Tribes

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Why Join UFCW 1518?

Cowichan Tribes workers deserve fairness at work through improved wages and benefits, job security and a strong voice at work. Workers of the Ts'ewulhtum Health Centre (TWT) have already joined the union, and now you can join them too! Joining UFCW 1518 puts the power of a union behind you, fighting for what you deserve. 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. As your co-workers at TWT begin to negotiate their first unionized contract, now is the perfect time to unite to achieve better working conditions, together.

Being a member of UFCW 1518 will:

  1. Secure the working conditions you have today to prevent any unwanted changes
  2. Ensure your fair treatment and payment for all hours worked, including overtime pay.
  3. Provide you with a support system made up of union representatives, lawyers, health and safety accommodations reps and tens of thousands of UFCW 1518 union members.

The Union Advantage

Unionized Workers
Non-Unionized Workers
You know when you will get a raise and how much it will be.
Raises are not predictable or guaranteed.
You have a legal contract that protects your wages, benefits and working conditions.
Your employer can make changes to wages, benefits or working conditions without your consent or input.
You can raise workplace concerns without fear for job security.
Speaking up can have consequences.
You and your co-workers have a say about your contract.
Management calls all the shots and makes all decisions.
You have the support of professional advocates and legal counsel.
You must plead your own case.
You have fairness and respect at work.
Respect depends on if you have a good manager.
You have security through a formal process to dispute unjust or arbitrary discipline.
You can be unfairly disciplined or fired, for any reason, at any time.

Your Rights

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

The Canada Labour 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.

Our Commitments Toward Upholding Indigenous Title and Rights

UFCW 1518 is committed to upholding and respecting Indigenous Title and Rights, to working from a decolonizing perspective, and to making our union inclusive and culturally safe for Indigenous members. We also uphold the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as THE framework for reconciliation, as articulated by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

UFCW 1518 respects the values and knowledge of the Cowichan Nation. We believe in the importance of being truthful and respecting the rights of one another. As your union, UFCW 1518 will work respectfully with Cowichan Tribes to ensure that every union member is treated fairly and with dignity and respect.

UFCW Canada has a national Indigenous subcommittee to strengthen relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in our union. We use our voice as a union to advance causes of justice and reconciliation, pressuring the government to live up to their commitments toward Indigenous peoples, including implementing the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, and the National Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry Calls for Justice.

We acknowledge that our office is located on the traditional, unceded territory of the Qayqayt First Nation and we are grateful to be able to carry out our business on their territories. On May 31, 2019, UFCW Canada Local 1518 celebrated the completion of “Salmon Arrows,” a newly installed mural by artist Ronnie Dean Harris, a Stō:lo/St’át’imc/Nlaka’pamux multimedia artist based in New Westminster, BC at the union’s headquarters.


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Phone: 604.345.2800

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Phone: 604.349.7960