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New steward course teaches contracts, confidence
How do I talk to management? When should I refuse unsafe work? What constitutes a grievance? Stewards from around the Lower Mainland learned the answer to these questions and more at Shop Steward Fundamentals, a new course offered by UFCW 1518. The two-day beginner course focuses on the essential skills every steward needs to advocate for members and help the union in its fight for fairness in the workplace. ...read more 
UFCW 1518 puts members’ safety on a podium
Sobeys has halted the controversial Podium cash handling procedure after UFCW 1518 alerted WorksafeBC of the danger it posed to members. Sobeys had been trialing Podium in four Safeway locations, causing great concern amongst members and the union. According to union representative Fred Scott, installing Podium put members’ lives at risk. “Podium lacks several key risk controls,” says Scott. “Our members were fearful for their physical well-being, because once ...read more 
UFCW 1518 Votes!
UFCW 1518 has launched a campaign to encourage members to vote in the upcoming provincial election. UFCW 1518 Votes aims to raise awareness among our members about the importance of voting and to encourage them to vote for workers’ issues. British Columbians head to the polls on May 9 and stakes for workers are high. After 16 years of Liberal rule, things like a living wage, affordable housing and ...read more 
Katrina Chen: Workers’ values are Canadian values
When Katrina Chen came to Canada as a student 17 years ago, she liked what she saw. “There was so much support for people. I thought, Canada is a beautiful place.” But Chen saw that slowly change over time. Her work as a constituency assistant for NDP MP Peter Julian brought her face to face with some of our society’s most vulnerable: seniors, immigrants, the unemployed, and people lacking ...read more 
Bonnie Chislett organized Aspen Co-op to win respect
Bonnie Chislett was a force to be reckoned with. After months of bullying and poor treatment from management at the Aspen Co-op, she knew there was only one thing to do: unionize. That was in late 2011. Bonnie and her co-worker Lynn Smith had been working at the Co-op since it opened in 2005. “Man, who wasn’t being picked on?” recalls Lynn. “We weren’t going to put up with ...read more