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Retail Shop Steward Elections are Coming. Here’s What You Need to Know
Over the coming months, UFCW 1518 will be holding elections for Shop Steward positions in retail units throughout the Okanagan and northern British Columbia. Members at these worksites will receive information about running and voting for Shop Steward positions via email. UFCW 1518 will be rolling out regular two-year Shop Steward election cycles in retail units over 2021 and 2022. All Shop Steward elections will take place every two ...read more 
Raises for all Safeway members beginning January 1, 2021
As of January 1, 2021, all UFCW 1518 members at Safeway will be receiving a well-deserved raise. The wage increases resulted from a re-opener decision issued by Arbitrator Vince Ready in December 2018. As of January 1, 2021, top-rate employees (Grid A and Grid B) will receive an hourly wage increase of 35 cents. Effective the same date, January 1, 2021, Safeway employees who are NOT at the top ...read more 
2020: A Year of Solidarity in Review
2020 has been a year none of us will ever forget! The work our members have, and continue to do on the frontlines has been remarkable. As we wrap up an incredibly challenging year, we wanted to provide you with an overview of the work your union has done as well as to give you insight into what you can expect from us as we move into 2021: Life ...read more 
Clarity Cannabis, first in BC to bring back pandemic pay
We’re thrilled to share that Clarity Cannabis will be reinstating pandemic pay for their employees. This announcement makes Clarity Cannabis the first retail outlet in BC to reinstate pandemic pay since the province ended its full lockdown back in May. UFCW 1518 became the first union to unionize private cannabis dispensary workers in Canada last February, when Clarity Cannabis workers voted to join the union. In March, while still ...read more 
UFCW 1518 President Kim Novak calls on Dr. Bonnie Henry, the Minister of Health, and the Minister of Labour to mandate mask wearing for anyone interacting with an in-home care worker
UFCW 1518 members in Community Health, Social Services, and home support have been sounding alarm bells over conditions in in-home care during the COVID-19 pandemic. These workers always wear masks when they enter their clients’ homes to provide care. However, they often encounter members of the household and visitors who do not wear masks while the workers are administering care to their clients. “This situation puts the workers, their ...read more