Employees at Sephora in Kamloops today applied to join the United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 1518 (UFCW 1518), which will make them the first unionized Sephora beauty advisors and sales staff in Canada.
UFCW 1518 President Kim Novak says this win highlights a growing movement of retail workers who are standing together to build better workplaces. “It goes to show that no matter what the job, workers need a voice, and we’re so excited for the opportunity to represent the hardworking staff at Sephora. This is especially exciting just days before Labour Day!”
One beauty advisor says that speaking up has been nerve-wracking but exhilarating, and they’re excited to keep the momentum going. “Sephora touts ‘teamwork, initiative, innovation, and passion’…we’re showing them how powerful those values are when we use them together,” they said.
Staff at the Kamloops Sephora are standing together to win wage and benefit improvements, so they can nurture their health while enjoying flexible schedules.
“The workers at Sephora are ready to build an even stronger workplace with great jobs that pay the bills and provide them work-life balance,” says Novak. “We look forward to working with them to make it happen!”
UFCW 1518 represents over 26,000 British Columbians in many sectors who are pushing for fairness in the workplace.