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UFCW 1518 votes on October 20!
The municipal election is fast approaching! This October 20, working people across British Columbia will head to the polls to elect new mayors, city councilors, park board commissioners and school board trustees. This is a critically important election! Local governments have a major impact on people’s daily lives, yet municipal elections historically have the lowest voter turnout. Union members need to change that. The labour vote is powerful: there ...read more 
Minister of Finance and BC Fed Prez meet with union leadership, staff
Two leading women power brokers sat down with Secretary-Treasurer Kim Novak in a wide-ranging conversation about the relationship between labour and government today. Finance Minister Carole James and BC Federation of Labour president Irene Lanzinger met with Secretary-Treasurer Novak and UFCW 1518 staff today. Minister James, who is responsible for revitalizing the NDP in the early 2000s, said she was proud of the work her party does to care ...read more 
Sobeys/Safeway bargaining: Special Officer directs Sobeys to discuss FreshCo plans & job security
Special Officer Vince Ready has directed Sobeys to reveal information about its future plans for operations in British Columbia as well as discuss job security and severance related to opening its discount banner FreshCo. This comes two weeks after UFCW 1518 members working at Safeway rejected the Special Officer’s non-binding recommendations made in the ongoing dispute with Sobeys. After a province-wide vote resulted in a 99% NO vote, the union ...read more 
Safeway members vote 99% NO to reject Special Officer recommendations
Safeway members have voted 99 percent against recommendations made by Special Officer Vince Ready in the ongoing dispute between UFCW 1518 and Sobeys. The union held a province-wide vote this week after Mr. Ready tabled a report that alarmed leadership and the bargaining committee, composed of rank and file members. “Our Safeway members have given a very strong mandate to our committee that these recommendations are unacceptable,” said President ...read more 
Last day of voting on Special Officer report
Voting on the recommendations handed down by Special Officer Vince Ready in the ongoing dispute between UFCW 1518 and Sobeys continues until 7:30pm today. Polling stations opened Monday and Safeway members across the province had the opportunity to review the recommendations and ask questions of the Safeway bargaining committee, union representatives and leadership before casting their vote. The recommendations, which deal with the UFCW 1518’s right of first refusal ...read more