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Statement: MEC Sold to Investment Firm, Union Members Continue to be Protected with Contract
Mountain Equipment Co-Op advised UFCW 1518 today that it intends to sell the member-owned co-operative to an American investment firm. MEC has operated as a member-owned co-operative for nearly fifty years and built a reputation over that time for upholding community values. We are saddened that MEC’s 5.1 million members were not consulted about the sale and sad to see a well-loved co-operative business change to private ownership. The ...read more 
Statement: UFCW 1518 Office Temporarily Closed due to New Westminster Pier Park Fire
UFCW 1518 is saddened by the news that a fire has likely destroyed much of New Westminster’s historic pier park. Our office, which is located next to the park, is undamaged but will be closed until the smoke clears. Our staff will be working remotely until then, so it may take us a bit more time than usual to get back to you. We appreciate your understanding! Thank you ...read more 
Eight MORE Stores to Be Removed From Appendix B
UFCW 1518 is excited to announce that eight Safeway locations will be moving off of Appendix B on September 27, 2020. In July 2020, the Union won a key arbitration on the definition of profitability at Safeway – if a store has made money over a rolling 12 months the arbitrator ruled it is profitable. The decision ordered the parties to meet to do a financial review as a ...read more 
UFCW 1518 Calls on Uber and Passenger Transportation Board to Recognize Drivers as Employees as Company Seeks to Expand Services to Victoria and Kelowna
Today, Uber announced that they will seek approval to expand into Victoria and Kelowna. The ride hailing company has put in an application to the Passenger Transportation Board for the right to operate in the two cities. “As Uber continues to expand its services, we renew our call for the company to respect workers’ rights to join a union and to grant them the basic protections that all employees ...read more 
A Labour Day Message from President Kim Novak
This year’s Labour Day is more meaningful than ever The COVID-19 crisis has exposed the essential role of all workers and revealed dangerous inequalities in our society. While the value of every worker has never come as a surprise to our union, that message has resonated across headlines this year and entered the conversation in a new and powerful way. And it should, but not just because we are ...read more