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Clarity Cannabis, first in BC to bring back pandemic pay
We’re thrilled to share that Clarity Cannabis will be reinstating pandemic pay for their employees. This announcement makes Clarity Cannabis the first retail outlet in BC to reinstate pandemic pay since the province ended its full lockdown back in May. UFCW 1518 became the first union to unionize private cannabis dispensary workers in Canada last February, when Clarity Cannabis workers voted to join the union. In March, while still ...read more 
UFCW 1518 President Kim Novak calls on Dr. Bonnie Henry, the Minister of Health, and the Minister of Labour to mandate mask wearing for anyone interacting with an in-home care worker
UFCW 1518 members in Community Health, Social Services, and home support have been sounding alarm bells over conditions in in-home care during the COVID-19 pandemic. These workers always wear masks when they enter their clients’ homes to provide care. However, they often encounter members of the household and visitors who do not wear masks while the workers are administering care to their clients. “This situation puts the workers, their ...read more 
Statement from UFCW 1518 President Kim Novak on Mask Mandate
UFCW 1518 would like to thank Dr. Bonnie Henry for instituting a mandatory mask policy for anyone entering a grocery store, coffee shop or retail location in British Columbia. This much needed public safety measure, which Minister of Public Safety Mike Farnworth will roll out in the coming week, will go a long way towards keeping frontline grocery and retail workers safe. These workers are doing an incredible service ...read more 
After Months of Union Advocacy, Dr. Bonnie Henry Issues a Mask Mandate for Anyone Entering a Retail or Grocery Store
In a win for workers, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced today that anyone entering a grocery or retail store must wear a mask if they are medically able to do so. In late October, nearly 2,000 members sent letters of support to Dr. Henry asking for a mask mandate for anyone entering a grocery or retail store. The union continued pouring pressure on the Public Health Office, ...read more 
COVID-19: Majority of Workers Feel Unsafe at Work, Reveals Survey
The majority of UFCW 1518 workers do not feel safe at work during the COVID-19 pandemic and want to see mandatory mask mandates for all people entering grocery and retail stores in British Columbia. UFCW 1518 sent a survey out to members on Monday, November 9, that asked several questions about member health and safety and their experiences working through the pandemic. The survey found that 61% of nearly ...read more