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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 
Raises for all Safeway members beginning January 1, 2021
As of January 1, 2021, all UFCW 1518 members at Safeway will be receiving a well-deserved raise. The wage increases resulted from a re-opener decision issued by Arbitrator Vince Ready in December 2018. As of January 1, 2021, top-rate employees (Grid A and Grid B) will receive an hourly wage increase of 35 cents. Effective the same date, January 1, 2021, Safeway employees who are NOT at the top ...read more 
2020: A Year of Solidarity in Review
2020 has been a year none of us will ever forget! The work our members have, and continue to do on the frontlines has been remarkable. As we wrap up an incredibly challenging year, we wanted to provide you with an overview of the work your union has done as well as to give you insight into what you can expect from us as we move into 2021: Life ...read more