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UFCW 1518 calls for front-line workers to have time off to receive COVID-19 vaccines
As vaccination efforts ramp up in British Columbia, UFCW 1518 is calling on the provincial government to ensure that front-line workers have the right to take four uninterrupted hours off work when they receive a vaccination appointment. The proposal is based on the four hours that workers are entitled to take off in order to vote on election day or in advanced polls. This law helps to preserve free ...read more 
Save On Foods Members Vote YES For New Contract!
Thousands of UFCW 1518 members at Save-On-Foods across BC voted overwhelmingly YES to ratify their new contract, bringing in many important improvements for thousands of workers. “Our members have told us that these wage increases are life-changing,” said UFCW 1518 President Kim Novak. “With this new contract, Save-On-Foods members are helping to set a new standard for the grocery industry in British Columbia, bringing thousands of workers closer to ...read more 
UFCW 1518 President Kim Novak asks that Front Line Workers Receive Early Access to Vaccines
Today, the Government of British Columbia announced a four-phased plan for administering COVID-19 vaccines to everyone in the province who wants to be vaccinated. Under the current plan, workers in community home support and nursing services for seniors will be included in Phase 2 of the vaccine plan. These workers will be eligible to be vaccinated between February and March. Workers in grocery, retail, and industrial jobs may become ...read more 
Tentative Contract Agreement Reached with Save-On-Foods
On Monday, January 18, UFCW 1518 and Save-On-Foods reached a tentative agreement on a new contract for union members. The tentative agreement came after the union and employer agreed to more job security provisions in addition to wage increases, lump-sum payouts, and many other improvements. Previously, contract negotiations had reached an impasse, and both parties had agreed to send the matter to final offer arbitration. “We are very pleased ...read more 
Retail Shop Steward Elections are Coming. Here’s What You Need to Know
Over the coming months, UFCW 1518 will be holding elections for Shop Steward positions in retail units throughout the Okanagan and northern British Columbia. Members at these worksites will receive information about running and voting for Shop Steward positions via email. UFCW 1518 will be rolling out regular two-year Shop Steward election cycles in retail units over 2021 and 2022. All Shop Steward elections will take place every two ...read more