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“Contract flipping” protections among recommendations to change Labour Code
Working people employed in low-paid, precarious jobs will benefit from changes proposed by the BC Labour Relations Code review panel. The labour code is the main legislation governing employment standards  in the province’s unionized workplaces. Labour Minister Harry Bains convened the independent panel of experts to recommend improvements to BC’s labour code, which had not been reviewed  since 2003. According to the government, the objective was to ensure BC’s ...read more 
In Memorium of Peggy Schima, trailblazer & union organizer
One of the key organizers responsible for unionizing home care workers in British Columbia has died at 89. Home support worker Peggy Schima passed away in her home of Powell River earlier this month. In 1987, Peggy was one of the last remaining members of the Service, Office and Retail Workers Union of Canada (SORWUC), a tiny but fierce feminist union that organized Canada’s chartered banks. SORWUC was struggling ...read more 
Posties on strike! How to support CUPW members
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) began a series rotating 24-hour strikes this week in locations across Canada, including Victoria BC. CUPW represents 50,000 postal workers who are striking for improved health and safety, gender equality and good, full-time jobs. The union is asking fellow workers to support their fight for fairness by posting encouraging messages on social media and writing supportive letters to the editor. CUPW is ...read more 
UFCW 1518 members win big in municipal election
Four UFCW 1518 members tossed their hat in the ring during the recent municipal election and came up winners. While they ran different campaigns and represent communities with unique challenges, they all share a similar motivation for running for election: a strong sense of civic duty. “My motivation for stepping forward was a wish to give back to my community,” explained Jennifer Hoar, a shop steward and cashier at ...read more 
Legalization of cannabis brings changes to workplace
The legalization of cannabis in Canada this month will necessarily have an impact on the workplace. Although it is new territory with many unknowns, there are important things UFCW 1518 members should know. Marijuana legalization does not mean members can consume marijuana  while working. Employers have policies relating to impairment while working, as they do now for alcohol and other legal substances, and these remain in effect. Even without ...read more