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NEW short term disability plan for Save-On-Foods members!
A new short term disability plan for UFCW 1518 members working at Save-On-Foods has now been implemented, after being negotiated by the union during the recentĀ  round of bargaining. “There’s no doubt this is a very important benefit for our members to have access to and quite frankly it was long overdue. I’m proud we were finally able to achieve it,” said President Kim Novak. The new disability plan ...read more 
Deadline for Safeway closure stores extended
The deadline for Safeway members working at the five stores recently announced for closure and conversion to FreshCo to select their option of buyout, buy down or bumping has been extended to February 28. Last week, parent company Sobeys announced the closure of Safeway stores in Abbotsford, Aldergrove, downtown Chilliwack, Ladner and Maple Ridge for several months of renovations before reopening as FreshCo. UFCW 1518 members in those stores ...read more 
New Q&A on Special Officer Vince Ready’s decision & Sobeys buyout offer
UFCW 1518 released a new Q&A document today for Safeway members in response to questions raised at the information sessions being held across BC to address Special Officer Vince Ready’s decision. In consultation with legal counsel, UFCW 1518 prepared this Q&A document with all of the information the union has been able to gather to date. “We’re also holding information sessions across the province to meet directly with members, ...read more 
Sobeys announces 10 FreshCo conversions, delivers buyout offers
This morning, Sobeys advised UFCW 1518 of their plans to convert 10 Safeway locations to its discount banner FreshCo. Five of the locations have been closed since July 2018; the other five locations are set to close in coming months. The company also began making personalized buyout offers to all employees as ordered by Special Officer Vince Ready, who was appointed by the provincial government in 2018. Sobeys will ...read more 
Union holds Safeway information sessions across BC
Over the next month, meetings will be held in various communities across British Columbia to connect with Safeway members regarding the recent decision issued by Special Officer Vince Ready. President Kim Novak and Secretary-Treasurer Patrick Johnson will attend special information meetings set up around the province to connect with members and discuss the Ready decision. Additionally, every Safeway store outside the meeting areas will receive a special one-hour visit ...read more