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New Contract at Sointula Co-Op!

Workers at Sointula Co-Op sent in a ringing endorsement of a new collective agreement that will bring major improvements to their workplace.

Workers celebrate the new contract at Sointula Co-Op!
Workers celebrate the new contract at Sointula Co-Op!

100% of voters said “yes” to the new contract. These retail workers came together and bargained hard for important contract gains, including:

  • Wage increases between 8.3% and 30% over the life of the 4-year agreement
  • For the first year, wage increases range as high as $4.25. The majority of the members will be earning at least $2/hr above the living wage for the area
  • Retroactive pay on all wage increases to May 31, 2021
  • Minimum wage adjustment so that no member ever falls to a minimum wage again
  • Increased hours restriction, up to twice per year
  • Easier access to educational leave (down to 2 years)
  • New Shop Steward Orientation on paid employer time

“The bargaining committee at Sointula worked hard to get major improvements that will help with the increasing cost of living,” said UFCW 1518 Negotiator Stephen Portman. “They showed what workers are capable of achieving when they stand together and demand better.”

Congratulations to workers at Sointula on their new contract and a big thank you to Bargaining Committee members Janet Pohto and Monty Hals.

If you work in retail and are interested in improving your workplace, learn more at ufcw1518.com/join-us.

Wage Increases and Contract Improvements for Workers at NPF Comox

UFCW 1518 members at Non-Public Fund Employees Comox (NPF Comox) voted in favour of a new contract featuring wage increases, flexible work week schedule, and new leave of absence.

Blair Grinde, a member of the UFCW 1518 bargaining committee, worked closely with coworkers and union negotiators to craft a robust new collective bargaining agreement that tackles a number of workplace concerns. The new NPF Comox contract will raise wages for all members and provide more improvements to workers.

Some of the highlights of the new agreement include:

  1. 7% wage increase over 4 years
  2. Changes to overtime pay for a compressed workweek
  3. Flexible workweek schedule where applicable
  4. Added online job postings
  5. Added a 12th statutory holiday (September 30 for National Truth and Reconciliation Day)
  6. Maternity Leave Of Absence allowance (not indebted) if worker’s spouse is transferred to another location
  7. New Domestic Violence Leave Of Absence

The contract is being finalized by the employer and union negotiators, and when it is finished, it will be shared with NPF Comox members. Members will also be able to find a copy of their contract at memberresourcecentre.com.

Congratulations to the members at NPF Comox on your new contract!

At ufcw1518.com/join-us, non-unionized workers can learn more about the advantages of being a part of a union.

Workers at Bulkley Valley Wholesale Ratified New Contract

Workers at Bulkley Valley Wholesale in Smithers, British Columbia, recently ratified their new contract containing major improvements.

Bulkley Valley Wholesale workers won: 

  1. lump sums as well as off-scale increases for anyone not on the food clerk wage scale
  2. new wage scale for food clerk with significant increases
  3. improvement in vacation entitlement and receiving pay at time of vacation for PT

Members of the bargaining committee, Brian Arnot and Dave Higgins, did outstanding work on this agreement. They achieved great results for the members thanks to the workers’ collective voices and the work of the bargaining committee.

The full terms of the new contract will be available at memberresourcecentre.com/knowledge-base/collective-agreements as soon as the contract is finalized.

Congratulations to the workers at Bulkley Valley Wholesale on their new contract!

Learn more at ufcw1518.com/join-us if you’re interested in joining a union and fighting for improved wages and working conditions.