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UFCW 1518 Disappointed in BC Government’s Minimal Paid Sick Leave Announcement
UFCW 1518 is disappointed in the minimal paid sick day provisions announced today by the government of British Columbia. Premier John Horgan and Labour Minister Harry Bains announced that employers will now be required to cover three paid sick days at full pay. The paid sick days program is temporary and applies to full-time and part-time workers, but not to contract or gig workers. The government has committed to ...read more 
UFCW 1518 Calls on Provincial Government to Prioritize Vaccines for Grocery Workers Under 18
Today, UFCW 1518 President Kim Novak sent a letter to Health Minister Adrian Dix and Dr. Bonnie Henry asking them to prioritize COVID-19 vaccines for grocery workers under the age of 18. “These workers have bravely continued to work in public throughout this pandemic,” said Novak. “They deserve to feel safer at work and to do their part to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control.” Grocery workers in Vancouver Coastal ...read more 
Grocery Workers in Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health, and Vancouver Island Health to Receive Priority Access to COVID-19 Vaccines
Amazing news: grocery workers in the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions 18 years of age and older are now eligible for early COVID-19 vaccination. UPDATE: grocery workers in the Vancouver Island Health region 18 years of age and older are now eligible for early vaccination. Grocery workers in these health regions, which span the Lower Mainland to Hope and parts of the central coast, will receive special ...read more 
Great news for Grocery Workers: Early Vaccination Clinics Begin in Vancouver Coastal Health. Other Regions to Follow.
Today, Vancouver Coastal Health started targeting early COVID-19 vaccination clinics for grocery workers at select stores. The announcement comes after months of advocacy from UFCW 1518. In January, the union called on the BC government to vaccinate grocery and retail workers early as vaccine doses became more available. The union has also called on the government to guarantee paid leave for workers to receive vaccines, so no worker needs to ...read more 
UFCW 1518 and Save-On-Foods Call on Government to Prioritize Vaccines for Front-Line Workers
Today, in partnership with Save-On-Foods, UFCW 1518 sent a letter to BC Health Minister Adrian Dix asking him to fulfil his early vaccine commitment to grocery workers. Since January, UFCW 1518 has been calling on the government to ensure that grocery workers get early access to COVID-19 vaccines. Shortly after we launched this advocacy campaign, the government announced that grocery workers would be granted early vaccine access as extra doses became ...read more