About UFCW 1518
At UFCW 1518, we believe that we are stronger together. We are a member-driven union that fights for fair wages and benefits, job security, and workplace safety and respect. We are the leading experts on workers’ rights in the retail and industrial food industries, and we leverage our experience and worker solidarity to negotiate strong contracts that make a positive impact for our members.
As an affiliate member of UFCW Canada and UFCW International, we are part of a movement 1.3 million members strong that represents workers in diverse units, from small businesses to large companies. We use our voice and the power of our membership to speak up on issues that impact our communities, advocating for a living wage, standing up against discrimination, and fighting for strong workplace protections.
Our Members Work At
As a union member, you will gain the power of collective bargaining! With the assistance of union staff, workers bargain with employers to negotiate fair employment contracts. Bargaining proposals around wages, benefits, scheduling, and other issues come from the membership, who decide what they will fight for together. You will have strength in numbers – rather than negotiating on your own, you will have the power of the union behind you.
Once you have voted to ratify your first contract, your union’s job is to help you enforce that agreement. We will help you set up a Joint Labour-Management committee so you will have a say in how your workplace is run. We will train your Shop Stewards and Health and Safety Committee Members to solve problems in the workplace and prevent them from escalating. If necessary, we will engage our legal team to protect the integrity of your collective agreement and ensure your employer is following all labour laws.
Securing what you have today into a legally binding contract ensures that what you like about your job stays that way even if there is a change of management and even ownership. Belonging to a union also creates a support network: stewards, union representatives, negotiators and lawyers will be there to ensure you get fair treatment at work.
Every British Columbian has the right to join a union. The unionizing process is designed by the government to be 100% confidential. Here's what you need to do to join UFCW 1518:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
There is no cost to join until you vote in your first collective agreement. Once that happens, your dues will be no more than 2% of your earnings. Since unions are non-profit organizations, your dues are 100% tax deductible. The higher wages, rights and benefits that come with unionization are well worth the small cost associated with participating!
No. It is illegal to fire workers for supporting a union. However, in the unlikely event that a supporter is unfairly terminated because of their support for joining UFCW 1518, we will hire a lawyer to represent supporters at no cost to them. We will not tolerate any employer violating workers’ rights to form a union.
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Have more questions about joining a union? Need support at work? Send us a message! Any information you share with us is kept 100% confidential.