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Why Join UFCW 1518?

All workers deserve to be treated with fairness. You deserve fair wages and benefits, job security and a schedule you can count on. Joining UFCW 1518 means you have the power of a union behind you when fighting for what you deserve. Joining our union means we fight for fairness together, using the collective agreement, which defines your rights and outlines a process for ensuring you are treated with respect and dignity.

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.

What Members Say

I got full-time hours after the union negotiated a contract for us. I’ve learned there are lots of advantages to being a union member.
— Connie, member since 1998
Today I receive dental, medical, and prescriptions covered for myself and my husband because of UFCW 1518.
— Helen, member since 1994
A union brings accountability to the workplace. No more improvisational disciplinary proceedings. Now we expect fairness.
— Stephanie, member since 2016

How do I Join UFCW 1518?

1. Connect with Us Confidentially
  • Use our Contact form or call us at 1-888-581-1518.
  • We will get back to you as soon as possible to answer your questions about joining a union.
  • Know that once you start the process of unionizing, your job is protected by the BC Labour Relations Board.
2. Union Support Cards
  • Working with staff from our union, you and the majority of your co-workers 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.


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 Brochure


What is a union? What are the advantages of joining UFCW 1518? Get more in-depth information about our union in our Unions 101 Brochure, this booklet will give you everything you need to understand what unions do and help you decide if joining UFCW 1518 is right for you.

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