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UFCW 1518 calls on BC Government and Retail Employers to Protect Worker Health against COVID-19
Yesterday, UFCW 1518 sent urgent letters to BC Premier John Horgan, Minister of Health Adrian Dix, and Labour Minister Harry Bains and to the retail outlets where our members work. The letters call for mandatory mask policies in retail stores and for the re-introduction of other health and safety measures critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19. “Retail workers remain on the front lines of this pandemic and deserve ...read more 
Workers at Lifestyle Markets Win Big!
Workers at Lifestyle Markets in Victoria achieved a huge victory last week after voting in their first collective agreement. The ratification vote comes after the staff spent months organizing, negotiating, and taking bold action to build worker power at the store. The workers first began looking for solutions to problems at their workplace in late 2019. They contacted the Retail Action Network (RAN) in Victoria for help, a community ...read more 
BREAKING NEWS: Mark Brown Rules in Favour of UFCW 1518 in First Stage of Arbitration with Sobeys
We have good news to share with Safeway members: Arbitrator Mark Brown ruled in favour of UFCW 1518 in the first stage of the arbitration case with Sobeys. Arbitrator Brown agreed with UFCW 1518 that Sobeys only has to make a profit over a 12 month period, paving the way for more stores in Appendix B to move to Appendix A. This ruling is a crucial step to getting ...read more 
Huge Step Forward for Workers as Supreme Court Rules Uber Drivers can Raise Labour Issues in Courts
In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court ruled today that Uber drivers can raise legal issues with their employers in Canadian courts. This ruling paves the way for Uber drivers and other gig economy workers to become recognized as employees and given the rights and protections of the Employment Standards Act. In the lead-up to today’s decision, Uber and other ride-sharing apps argued that their workers were independent contractors ...read more 
Statement on National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21)
Today, on National Indigenous Peoples Day and all year, we celebrate and acknowledge Indigenous peoples as the original peoples of this country and hold our hands up for their incredible leadership and resilience, and their contributions to the labour movement. First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples continue to implement their rights, practice their culture, and protect their land in a country that has not yet adequately addressed the destructive ...read more