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Statement on a Positive COVID-19 Case at Sofina Foods in Port Coquitlam
We have recently been informed that one of our members at the Sofina Foods poultry plant in Port Coquitlam has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Since March 12, the union has been working closely on improving safety standards at the plant in light of COVID-19 and Sofina has provided all employees with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including a mask and gloves, installed plexiglass barriers on production lines and ...read more 
Safe spaces for people leaving domestic abuse and violence during COVID-19
In response to the rise of domestic violence against women, children, and non-binary people during COVID-19, the provincial government is providing additional safe spaces across the province for people who are leaving unstable homes. On Wednesday, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity Mitzi Dean announced that the province had created these additional spaces for people leaving violent or unstable home situations. MLA Dean also promised the government would be creating ...read more 
April 28th, National Day of Mourning
On April 28, we take time to reflect and remember those who became sick or lost their lives due to something that happened at work. We think about the family members, friends, and coworkers whose lives forever changed. We take this day to remember the dead and fight for the living. This National Day of Mourning is observed from coast to coast to coast across Canada, and is an ...read more 
UFCW 1518 Calls on All Employers to Provide Paid Sick Leave to Stop the Spread of COVID-19
The message from BC’s top doctor Bonnie Henry and other health authorities could not be clearer: stay home if you are sick. To flatten the curve on COVID-19 and get back to the way life was before the crisis, anyone who might be infected has been told to self-isolate so others can be protected from getting the sometimes-deadly virus. But workers without sick pay have been confronted with an ...read more 
Budtenders Become Essential Service Workers During COVID-19
In a remarkable departure from how the cannabis industry was treated in the past, British Columbia’s cannabis workers have been deemed essential service workers during the COVID-19 crisis. This means that BC’s cannabis stores are encouraged to keep operating as long as they maintain physical distancing measures and put enhanced sanitation procedures in place. According to the Ministry of Public Safety, essential services are those businesses and services that ...read more