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Safeway announces six FreshCo conversions
Today Sobeys announced that six more Safeway stores in smaller BC communities will convert to Frescho, the company’s discount banner. “This announcement was made earlier this morning to our members in the six locations throughout BC. We have reached out to the employer to discuss how we can mitigate the impact on our members, particularly in communities where there are no other Safeway stores to transfer into,” said President ...read more 
New mural demonstrates commitment to reconciliation
Today UFCW 1518 celebrated the inauguration of “Salmon Arrows,” a newly installed mural at the union’s headquarters in New Westminster. Commissioned in early 2019, the mural serves as an acknowledgement that the building is located on the unceded territory of the Qayqayt First Nation. “We are delighted to present this project to our members and the city of New Westminster,” said President Kim Novak. “Through this artwork, we acknowledge ...read more 
Workers at River’s Reach Pub vote YES to unionize!
About 35 workers at River’s Reach Pub voted overwhelmingly in favour of joining UFCW 1518 last month. A neighbourhood pub in New Westminster, River’s Reach has been serving up burgers and beer since 2000. “For these workers, bringing in the union was about fairness and respect. They got in touch with us because they knew we could help,” said Secretary-Treasurer Patrick Johnson. The hospitality industry is notoriously precarious and ...read more 
Mountain Equipment Co-op workers join UFCW 1518!
About 170 workers employed at Mountain Equipment Co-op are the newest members of UFCW 1518, voting to join the union by an overwhelming majority last week. The YES vote follows a successful organizing drive led by MEC employees at the Broadway location who wanted to bring positive change to their workplace. UFCW 1518 represents 22,000 members working in the retail, community health, industrial and professional sectors across British Columbia. ...read more 
Community health workers move closer to wage parity
After months of talks, the Low Wage Redress Committee announced the allocation of $40 million in additional funding negotiated in the last round of bargaining between the Community Bargaining Association (CBA) and the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC). The funding is intended to address wage discrepancies between community health workers and their counterparts who work in facilities such as hospitals. The multi-union CBA represents about 16,000 community health ...read more