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Worker solidarity nets workplace wins
“When workers stand together with a union behind them, good things happen.” That’s what President Kim Novak said about two recent wins for workers spearheaded by UFCW 1518. Just last week, the union was successful in helping workers at Fairmont Chateau Whistler win back $85,000 in gratuities wrongfully withheld by their employer. The luxury hotel had been taking 20 percent of the tips earned by banquet workers and using ...read more 
Union welcomes Uber & Lyft but says they must obey the law
Uber and Lyft were officially welcomed to British Columbia today when the Passenger Transportation Board approved their licenses, prompting UFCW 1518 President Kim Novak to renew the union’s commitment to fighting for the rights of ride hailing drivers. “British Columbians want and deserve safe, convenient and accessible transit. We welcome Uber and Lyft to beautiful BC, but we absolutely expect them to comply with the law – both to ...read more 
Community Health Workers win vacation time grievance
UFCW 1518 members working part time as community health workers can accrue more vacation time as a result of a win at the BC Labour Relations Board. Arbitrator Ken Saunders ruled that Northern Health Authority’s policy capping the vacation time of regular part time employees and preventing them from earning vacation time when they worked casual and temporary assignments violated the collective agreement. The policy allowed regular part time ...read more 
Community Savings trailblazes with paid leave for domestic violence
The credit union for working people in British Columbia has voluntarily given 10 paid days of leave for employees experiencing domestic violence. Community Savings Credit Union, which has staff represented by UFCW 1518, signed a letter of agreement that will be included in the collective agreement providing for the paid leave. The move follows a campaign by the provincial labour movement calling on government to make the paid leave ...read more 
Union gains improvements for MEC workers in first contract!
UFCW 1518 members working at Mountain Equipment Co-op’s Vancouver and Victoria locations have won significant improvements in their first ever collective agreement. The parties entered mediation after negotiations between the union and MEC stalled late last year. Yesterday, the mediator imposed a first collective agreement that includes a wage hike for all employees, in the majority of cases up to six percent by 2021. Following the release of the ...read more