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UFCW 1518 Calls on Provincial Government to Protect Essential Workers
Today, the Government of British Columbia announced that anyone entering several types of businesses will need to provide proof of vaccination against the COVID-19 virus. These businesses include indoor ticketed sporting events and concerts, restaurants (patio or inside dining), fitness centers and gyms, and many other locations. UFCW 1518 is concerned that grocery stores, retail environments, and cannabis stores were not included in the government announcement. Workers in these ...read more 
Classified as “Contractors” – Gig Workers Need to be Included in BC’s Paid Sick Leave Program
With the provincial government announcing that it is developing a permanent paid sick leave program for all BC workers, UFCW 1518 wants to ensure that gig workers are able to reap the benefits of the new program. Due to their classification as “independent contractors,” the union is concerned that the new program, which will come into effect on January 1, 2022, will only apply to workers classified as “employees.” ...read more 
Shortage of Home Support Workers Made Worse by Interior Health’s Scheduling Program
UFCW 1518 is calling on Interior Health to re-examine its decision of reducing care times and to change its scheduling program to ensure home support workers can provide the critical care that clients need. After reading an article published on Kamloops This Week about Carrie McAstocker, a 59-year old quadriplegic woman who missed home support visits to help her get to bed and prepare her meals, UFCW 1518 members ...read more 
UFCW 1518 Calls on Provincial Government to Protect Essential Workers
Today, the Government of British Columbia announced that anyone entering several types of businesses will need to provide proof of vaccination against the COVID-19 virus. These businesses include indoor ticketed sporting events and concerts, restaurants (patio or inside dining), fitness centers and gyms, and many other locations. UFCW 1518 is concerned that grocery stores, retail environments, and cannabis stores were not included in the government announcement. Workers in these ...read more 
Workers at Trees Cannabis Vote to Join the BC Budtenders’ Union
Budtenders and Supervisors at the Trees Cannabis retail locations in Victoria, BC (Lekwungen Territory) have voted to join the BC Budtenders’ Union, and UFCW Local 1518. As the cannabis industry adapts to legalization, and the business model changes, this is a critical time to shape how the industry will look for workers. Trees Cannabis has been at the forefront of change in this industry, and we know that improvements ...read more