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LOCAL 1518

WINTER 2010

UPDATE U N I T E D F O O D A N D C O M M E R C I A L WO R K E R S U N I O N LO C A L 1 5 1 8

EDUCATION WEEK

Ivan Limpright, President Frank Pozzobon, Secretary-Treasurer

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President Ivan Limpright Secretary-Treasurer Frank Pozzobon Union Representatives: Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Squamish John Autin Darrell Causey Michelle Fedosoff Denise Gibson Dawn Green Brian Nasu Kim Novak Paul Sanghera Bruce Temple Donna Tremblay Cherene Groundwater Kamloops Shari Jensen Kootenays Don Wilson Okanagan Dave Archibald Ed Cabral Northern British Columbia Jason Frank Dayna Nicoll Vancouver Island Kerry Brewster Dionne Crusher Assistant to the President/Member Benefits Kim Balmer Communications & Education Andy Neufeld Cara Johnson Compensation Appeals Natalia Mikiciuk Lynn Khng Health and Safety Larry Stoffman Fred Scott Health Care Sector Teresa Cairns (Director, Vancouver Island) Penny Alyward (Okanagan) Connie Buckner Industrial Sector Tony Evangelista Larry Turner Phil Bargen Member Services Brian McHaffie Monica Staff Negotiations & Contracts/Grievances & Arbitrations James Raposo Organizing Jason Mann design by talkingdog.ca

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Your Local 1518 Executive Board Members: Ivan Limpright, President Local 1518, Abbotsford Frank Pozzobon, Secretary-Treasurer Local 1518, Coquitlam Nan Fredericks, (Recorder) Mackenzie Co-op, Mackenzie Karen Palmer, (V.P. 1) Safeway, Surrey Lenore Peck, (V.P. 2) Save-On Foods, Port Coquitlam Connie Buckner, (V.P. 3) Cowichan Home Support, Duncan Don Fordyce, (V.P. 4) Overwaitea, Penticton Kari-Anne Neave, (V.P. 5) Overwaitea, Burns Lake Ken Bellows, (V.P. 6) Colonial Farms, Armstrong Kassandra Cordero, (V.P. 7) IGA, Vancouver Dionne Crusher, (V.P. 8) Safeway, West Vancouver Jennifer Vecchio, (V.P. 9) Nelson Home Support, Nelson Darrell Causey, (V.P. 11) Safeway, Surrey Larry Ransom, (V.P. 12) Safeway, Port Alberni John Howarth, (V.P. 13) Coopers, Kamloops Lorraine Ausman (V.P. 15) Cranbrook Home Support, Cranbrook Susan Bayly, (V.P. 16) Safeway, Victoria Michelle Metcalfe, (V.P. 17) Shoppers Drug Mart, Coquitlam Eleanor Smith, (V.P. 18) Penticton Home Support, Penticton Karen Belcourt, (V.P. 19) Save-On Foods, Surrey Dave Diamond, (V.P. 20) Save-On Foods, Kelowna Sherry Earl, (V.P. 21) Overwaitea, Fernie Lucas Brunner, (V.P. 22) Safeway, Coquitlam Wally Chan, (V.P. 23) Safeway, Vancouver Ravi Dhindsa, (V.P. 24) Sunrise Poultry, Surrey Dave Wilson, (V.P. 25) WE Insurance, Vancouver

LOCAL 1518 SERVICE DIRECTORY ALL MEMBERSHIP SERVICES – UNION HEADQUARTERS 350 Columbia Street, New Westminster, B.C., V3L 1A6 Phone: 604-526-1518 | Fax: 604-540-1520 Toll Free 1-800-661-3708 ALL MEMBERSHIP SERVICES – REGIONAL AREA OFFICES Victoria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(250) 384-4761 Kelowna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(250) 765-6969 Cranbrook . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(250) 489-5253 Prince George . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(250) 563-9328 Nanaimo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(250) 753-0321 Kamloops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(250) 377-0116 HEALTH CARE MEMBERS 1-800-367-8111 DENTAL PLAN 1-888-818-3368 EDUCATION 604-526-1518 ORGANIZING 604-250-3704 1-800-661-3708 PENSION 1-888-345-8329 WEBSITE www.ufcw1518.com

HEALTH AND WELFARE TRUST Safeway Members 1-888-310-1318 ext. 3381 Overwaitea Food Group Members Ph. 604-882-7828 T.F. 1-877-643-7200


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Extra Foods Strikers are fighting for everyone!

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100+ members and Shop Stewards come together for Education Week

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Members meet with Ivan and Frank during Education Week Have you changed your mailing address? Please let UFCW 1518 know! Extra Foods strikes in Maple Ridge and Prince Rupert continue

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Urban Fare negotiations Union wins $2,700.00 for member Union wins Cooper’s member 6 hour payout Safeway Gas Bar Negotiating Committee elected Union victory at Saskatchewan Walmart Safeway messes up member’s mortgage

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Extra Foods Strikers are fighting for everyone! As we enjoy the holiday season, I want to make a special point of thanking the members in Maple Ridge and Prince Rupert for what they are doing on behalf of all of us. Strikes and lockouts, if they occur at all, are normally over in days or weeks, but for the workers at the Loblawsowned Extra Foods store in Maple Ridge, B.C., their dispute will be two years old on December 15. For two years these members have been fighting to protect their collective agreement from rollbacks that would see them go from being among the best-paid grocery workers in BC to among the poorest! Not only is Loblaws demanding that workers give up wages, virtually all of their benefits, including pension, are on the employer’s chopping block too. Prince Rupert Extra Foods members joined the fight and put up picket lines even though Loblaws used the ultimate threat and closed the doors on their store. These disputes are a deliberate attempt by Canada’s largest and wealthiest grocery retailer to destroy the livelihoods of its employees in order to make even more money to send back to their Toronto headquarters. Difficult as it may seem at times, members in Maple Ridge and Prince Rupert are making a tremendous difference, and on behalf of all UFCW 1518 members across the province, thank-you!


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100+ members and Shop Stewards come together for Education Week! Over 100 UFCW 1518 members and Shop Stewards from across BC gathered at the union’s New Westminster office to take part in the Union’s October “Education Week”.

doing is providing training and information that UFCW 1518 members need to be Stewards and leaders in their workplace.”

Education Week provides training to members and Shop Stewards that gives them an opportunity to become better educated and aware of the resources available to them as they deal with issues in their workplace.

Members and Shop Stewards spent the week participating in numerous activities. They have spent time addressing issues that occur in their workplaces, including role plays dealing with grievance handling and investigation, and most importantly, explored in greater detail the rights to which all members are entitled.

“Education Week is about providing an opportunity for Shop Stewards and union activists to learn new skills,” says Ivan Limpright, President of UFCW 1518. “What we’re

Top, left page: Ivan Limpright UFCW 1518 President. Bottom right: Darrell Causey (Union Representative).

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EDUCATION WEEK “If Local 1518 members are going to continue to have the best contracts anywhere for retail food workers, industrial, commercial, and Community Health Care workers, we need to have an active and informed membership,” says Limpright. “That happens with a good education program, and a terrific group of committed Shop Stewards and union activists.”

For more information about Education Week, the courses offered, and for registration information please visit the ‘Education Section’ of the union’s website: www.ufcw1518.com Top, L-R: Don Wilson (Union Representative) and Executive Board member Lorraine Ausman (standing) with Health Care sector members. Top, right: Bob Milan of Safeway 7 (Kelowna). Bottom left: Dave Bollen of Safeway 58 (New Westminster). Bottom right: Robert Reid of Shoppers Wholesale (Prince George)


MEMBERS MEET with Ivan & Frank during Education Week

Carol Ritcher, of Kitimat Supervalu 7062. Bottom left, Ivan Limpright (L) with Frank Pozzoban at the centre of the drop-in session with union members. Bottom right, Arun Chatterjee, of White Rock Pricesmart 2235

many topics discussed was the Living Wage campaign, and the efforts, rewards, and challenges faced in organizing new members into the union.

The union’s October “Education Week” saw over 100 UFCW 1518 members from across the province actively participating in Shop Steward training at the union’s New Westminster headquarters.

A considerable amount of time was spent discussing the threat of the “No Frills” contract and the related Extra Foods strikes in Maple Ridge and Prince Rupert. Members were vocal in expressing their support for the member’s concerns about the on-going Extra Foods/No Frills fight, and were very clear about not tolerating attacks on their wages and benefits, now or in the future.

On October 27th the sessions ended a bit early so members could gather in the UFCW 1518 Members’ Hall at the union office for a drop-in session with Ivan Limpright, President of Local 1518, and Frank Pozzobon, Secretary Treasurer. Members had the opportunity to ask Ivan and Frank any questions they wanted, and there was a wide range of questions and comments from members. A Community Health Care worker kicked off the session, and among the

Please visit the union’s website for more information on Education Week and the union education opportunities for UFCW 1518 members.

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Thank-you letter from Julia Parker, Nanaimo Home Support

Have you changed your mailing address? Please let UFCW 1518 know! Please let UFCW 1518 know if you have recently moved, or changed your mailing address. The employer does not automatically forward the union changes to your contact information, so it’s important you contact the union so we can keep your information up to date. Please visit www.ufcw1518.com to update your information online. If you prefer, you can contact your Union Representative, or the union head office at 604.526.1518, or toll -free at 1.800.661.3708 to change your address.

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Extra Foods strikes in Maple Ridge and Prince Rupert continue

This winter brings about an anniversary no one wants to see, as December 15 marks two years on the picket line for Extra Foods members in Maple Ridge who have been on strike against Loblaws, the Toronto based grocery giant. Joining members in Maple Ridge are Extra Foods members in Prince Rupert who are now into their seventh month on the picket line.

UFCW 1518 members at Prince Rupert Extra Foods have been on the picket line since June 4, 2010. Loblaws closed their Extra Foods store after the members refused to accept seeing their wages and benefits go through the slash-andburn rollbacks of Loblaws proposed No Frills contract. Because there remains the very real possibility that Loblaws could re-occupy the Extra Foods store space, members in Prince Rupert have diligently kept up their picket line. The store’s closure in June followed an earlier Labour Relation Board ruling that found Loblaws guilty of engaging in an illegal lockout by drastically cutting members’ hours. The LRB ordered Loblaws to pay its employees full wage recovery for the period of the illegal lockout, with approximately $50,000 being paid to the Prince Rupert Extra Foods workers.

Members remain dedicated to this fight against Loblaws and their demands to significantly roll back members’ wages and benefits under a “No Frills” contract. “Members in Maple Ridge and Prince Rupert understand that they have been caught in the centre of a fundamentally important fight for all retail food workers who are being paid a decent wage,” says Ivan Limpright, President of Local 1518. “UFCW 1518 is very proud of these workers, who with tremendous commitment continue to stand strong.”

“This has been an incredibly difficult time for our members at these locations,” says Secretary-Treasurer Frank Pozzobon, “and we will continue to do what it takes to support them as they take this fight on for not only themselves, but every other member of our union working in the retail food industry. It’s clear that this employer can afford to pay a living wage and still make a good profit, and there remains no justification whatsoever for Loblaws to demand wage and benefits rollbacks.”

Despite the lengthy span of the strike in both areas, members continue to put their hours in at the picket line. “Yes, we are tired and we are frustrated…but our morale is good,” says Joanne Prawdzik, member of Local 1518, Maple Ridge. “Our community supports us…they wish us good luck,” she says. “Support offered from the residents of Maple Ridge over the past two years is a constant reminder, not only for Extra Foods members, but for the entire union, that standing up for our right to earn a living wage gives us a powerful voice that has the respect of the communities we live in,” says Limpright.

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“With the holiday season here, on behalf of the union’s members and Executive Board, I want to wish our members in Maple Ridge and Prince Rupert all the best,” says Ivan Limpright. “Our members have held their heads up high through a tough, tough fight with one of the biggest corporations in Canada, and I want to personally thank them for doing so. It hasn’t been easy, but they’re sticking to it and determined, and we hope that sometime soon saner heads will prevail and we’ll end this dispute on terms that make sense both for us, and the employer.”

Maple Ridge’s Extra Foods has been closed since December 15, 2008, the date picket lines went up. The Maple Ridge strikers were recognized and honoured last year at the BC Federation of Labour convention for the principled fight they have taken on for retail workers across B.C.

Raj Chouhan (NDP MLA and Official Opposition Critic for Labour) with Maple Ridge Extra Foods strikers. Among the many supporters across the province for the Extra Foods strikers in their fight against the wage-busting “No Frills” contract are BC’s NDP Members of the Legislature and NDP Members of Parliament.

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6 OUT OF 10 CANADIANS live payday to payday

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Mackenzine Co-op members get ready for negotiations Mackenzine Co-op members were polled by their union for improvements they would like to see in their new contract (wages, benefits, working conditions). Once the polling information was gathered a meeting was to be held with members to review and ratify proposals. A negotiating date with the employer has been scheduled for January 24, 2011.

Non-Public Fund (NPF) members develop proposals November 15 was the last day of polling for contract proposals to be submitted by NPF members in Esquimalt and Comox. A meeting was to follow to ratify final proposals and elect a negotiating committee.

Why we organize… by NUPGE/CALM SIX IN 10 Canadians are surviving from paycheque to paycheque, and younger workers are feeling the pressure most of all, says a new national poll of 2,766 citizens by the Canadian Payroll Association. Among those surveyed, 59 per cent said they would be in financial trouble if their paycheque were delayed by just one week. This is the same level as a year earlier. Younger workers are having the greatest trouble meeting their expenses. Two thirds of those aged 18–34 say they would have great difficulty coping if they missed even a single pay day. The situation is most precarious for single parents, 75 per cent saying they would have some trouble making ends meet. Top economic concerns among Canadian workers are rising interest rates, not being able to save enough to retire, inflation and falling back into recession. The poll also found that:

• 62 per cent expect a salary increase this year but 83 per cent expect their cost of living to rise as well • 47 per cent save five per cent or less of their net pay while 40 per cent are no longer even trying to save • 60 per cent feel the economy will improve in the next year, a decline from 67 per cent in 2009. The survey was taken between late June and mid-July, 2010.

UFCW 1518’s organizing department received an anonymous letter in the mail from a B.C. worker without a union. It captures the feelings and fears of the workers we speak to every day, and is reprinted here with identifying information removed: “I am writing on behalf of the people I work with, we need your help but are afraid for our jobs. Another year has just finished for us and again we got very little in way of a pay increase, it is the same every year. The only way we get benefits is if we are full time but they don’t hire full time people, only part time so how are you supposed to get benefits? We don’t get enough hours because we are part time yet they are hiring more people in the store. We have no job security and the warehouse is very unsafe, they expect us to unload huge semi trailers and get all the stuff done by the

end of the day, if we don’t we get written up for it. The other thing we have noticed in the last year is they keep changing the policies, they want us to do more and more with less money and time. We have talked to other places like Safeway and they said with a union this would not happen. We are not sure how to get this fixed without losing our jobs and there is not a lot of jobs right now to change to. Besides, the company won’t give you a reference if you leave. I think if someone from your union came to the stores and talked to employees we might feel more comfortable to proceed. We DON’T want to lose our jobs. We hope you can help us out. Thanks from many of the employees throughout BC. Name withheld by union.”

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Save-On/Overwaitea retro money paid Retroactive money owed to Overwaitea/Save-On members as a result of September’s arbitration ruling by Mr. Vince Ready was paid this past fall to both Grid A and Grid B members. Members received retroactive pay, as well as wage increases stemming from the Ready ruling. The Ready award can been seen on the union’s website. The relevant parts of Mr. Ready’s ruling regarding wage increases and retroactive pay are excerpted from the union’s report on Mr. Readys’ ruling below:

GRID A OFF-SCALE WAGE INCREASES Mr. Ready ruled that members on Grid A off-scale rates of pay will only have to work 520 hours for their next wage increase. Cheques for retroactive pay were paid to these members, and their wage rates were to be adjusted. The result was approximately 170 Grid A members will receive retroactive pay, with many also receiving wage rate adjustments. In addition, anyone promoted or who goes to Grid A in the future will only have to work 520 hours to get their next wage increase.

GRID B OFF-SCALE INCREASES The union’s interpretation of the contract on this issue was correct, and Mr. Ready stated in his ruling that the “union’s interpretation must prevail….the union negotiated significant financial improvements to the major grocery Collective Agreements: improvements that were and remain unprecedented in Canada.” However, Mr Ready, in using his discretionary powers as an arbitrator, ruled that the “extraordinary economic circumstances” since the signing of the collective agreement will result in Grid B members “not at the top rate will receive the increase and be placed off-scale until their experience hours allow them to progress to the next on-scale rate in the classification”. Mr. Ready also required that the employer make retroactive pay adjustments and recognize new rates of pay for affected Grid B members. This means that approximately 2000 Grid B members received retroactive pay and some would have their wage rates adjusted.

Negotiations for Pricesmart contract underway Negotiations between the Union Negotiating Committee and Pricesmart Foods (PSF) have been taking place this fall. Modest progress was made during negotiations. During the October 15th negotiations the union felt that the monetary offer presented by the employer lacked substance. As this issue of Update is finalized, negotiations were scheduled to continue on November 29th through December 3rd.

The Union Negotiating Committee is: Arun Chatterjee – PSF # 2235 (White Rock), Debbie Enns – PSF # 2240 (Vancouver), Don French – PSF #2242 (Langley), Chris MacDonald – PSF #2215 Surrey, Wes Schellenberg – PSF #2208 (Clearbrook), assisted by Monica Staff – Director, UFCW 1518 and Frank Pozzobon – Secretary-Treasurer, UFCW 1518.


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Members at Bulkley Valley Wholesale ratify mediator’s recommended settlement

Overwaitea management seeks long-term contracts with no wage increases Mediation continued on October 22nd for the renewal of the Urban Fare Collective Agreement that expired at the end of March 2010. The Union Negotiating Committee and Overwaitea management are still very far apart, with Overwaitea management offering no wage increases while seeking a 5 year contract term for the Yaletown Store, as well a 10 year term for Coal Harbour and Alberni Street locations. Making matters worse are the employer’s proposals that would allow more union members’ work to be performed by non-union personnel like vendors, demonstrators and third party companies - all of which would take away a substantial number of working hours from members. The employer’s demands pull in precisely the opposite direction of the mandate given to the Union Negotiating Committee by the Urban Fare membership last spring. The Union Negotiating Committee spent the last several months in pursuit of the members’ proposals for wage and benefit improvements. These improvements are necessary to bring the Urban Fare contract up to a standard that is appropriate for Overwaitea’s elite food banner.

Since the inception of the Urban Fare banner over 10 years ago, most Local 1518 members who work there have earned less than their co-workers in SaveOn Foods and Overwaitea stores. During this time, Urban Fare members have worked hard in these “high end” food stores serving customers in some of Vancouver’s wealthiest neighborhoods, all the while earning wages and benefits that fall short of industry standards. Local 1518 members at Urban Fare need to have this long standing disparity fairly addressed in this round of negotiations. Mediated negotiations were scheduled to resume again on November 17th. In the meantime, members of the Union Negotiating Committee were going to be consulting with Local 1518 members who work in Urban Fare stores. They will be discussing the state of these negotiations and what steps may be necessary to achieve a fair settlement before the upcoming holiday season. The Union Negotiating Committee is Jason Buckle and Nash Huntley of Urban Fare Yaletown, Bev Bednarz and Alli Brown of Urban Fare Coal Harbour, Colin Russell and Shelley Stieler of Alberni St. Urban Fare, with alternate Carrol Ann Thomas of Urban Fare Yaletown. The Union Committee is assisted by James Raposo (Director of Negotiations, UFCW 1518), and Monica Staff (Director, Member Services, UFCW 1518).

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Approximately 50 Local 1518 members work at the retail/cash and carry warehouse store in Smithers which is operated by the Overwaitea Food Group. Their Union Negotiating Committee is Cheryl Johnson and Otto Kemper, assisted by James Raposo (UFCW 1518 Director of Negotiations).

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The settlement includes a first year 40 cent per hour increase to the start rate and 30 cent per hour increases in each year of a contract term that will run from July of 2009 to July of 2014. In addition to over a year of retroactive pay, the mediator’s recommendations include $250 lump sums in each of the last four years of the agreement.

The settlement also includes annual increases to the Employer’s contributions to the UFCW Pension Plan. The increases were modeled on those won by the Union in 2008 negotiations for Save On Foods and Overwaitea.

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On October 19th, UFCW 1518 members employed at Bulkley Valley Wholesale in Smithers voted 93% in favour of a new settlement recommended by Mediator Vince Ready.


Union wins $2,700.00 for member With help from the union, a UFCW 1518 member has been granted compensation of $2,700.00, along with a $1.40 per hour wage increase.

when it’s the right thing to do, too often they don’t do the right thing. The union is here to help members in their dealings with management, and especially to

This win comes after the member brought to the union’s attention that their employer, Save on Foods, had failed to give them credit for their previous work experience. Shortly after the union filed a grievance under Section 7.07 of the Collective Agreement.

“This is another good and important win by the union on behalf of not just this member, but other members in the future who may be in similar circumstances,”

“This is another good and important win by the union on behalf of not just this member, but other members in the future who may be in similar circumstances,” Ivan Limpright, President says Ivan Limpright, President of UFCW 1518. “When the member was hired at Save-On Foods they clearly stated on both their application and resume that they had comparable working experience, but since this member’s hire date, the employer has been benefiting from their experience, without any proper compensation to the member.”

make sure their rights are protected and that they get everything they are entitled to under the terms of the contract.”

“This is the difference having a union makes in a workplace,” he says. “Non-union workers have to rely on the good will of the boss, and as we’ve all seen, if that good will means it costs the boss money, even

If your employer has failed to give you the proper credit for your previous work experience please contact your Union Representative.

Union wins Cooper’s member 6 hour payout R E TA I L

After the union intervened, a member from Coopers was awarded 6 hours of pay because their hours were not being maximized. After attending a servicing meeting, this member approached their Union Representative with scheduling concerns that their hours were not being maximized (see contract language below).

Once this conversation was finished the Union Representative reviewed the schedules for this store, and concluded that this member was not receiving the hours that were rightfully theirs. Any members with concerns over scheduling or any other issue are urged to contact their Shop Steward and/or Union Representative for assistance. 12

Cooper’s contract: Section 12 Seniority 12.01 Seniority Hours: On a weekly basis the employer will schedule the required number of hours per classification and employees will be assigned shifts on a seniority basis with the most senior employees receiving the most hours.

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GRAND & TOY NEGOTIATIONS UNDERWAY Negotiations between the Union Negotiating Committee and Grand & Toy continued during the first week of November. Non-monetary issues were agreed on November 3rd. The Committees are at a critical stage of negotiating monetary issues. Further updates will be

Safeway Gas Bar Negotiating Committee elected

posted to www.ufcw1518.com. The Union Negotiating Committee are Paul Ramos, Ed Bunagan, and Mike Otter, assisted by UFCW 1518 Staff Negotiator Donna Tremblay. (L-R) Paul Ramos, Donna Tremblay, Ed Bunagan, Mike Otter

Negotiations preparations for a new Safeway Gas Bar contract are underway, and the ballots were counted for the election of the Safeway Gas Bar Union Negotiating Committee on October 29th. Elected to the Committee are Randy Cairns of Mission Gas Bar and Michelle Craig of Courtenay Gas Bar. Members will be advised when dates are confirmed for negotiations and this information and future negotiations updates will be posted on the union website.

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Union victory at Saskatchewan Walmart The highest court in Saskatchewan has upheld a decision to certify a union at a Walmart in Weyburn, Saskatchewan.

1400 first applied to the Saskatchewan Labour Board to represent the Weyburn workers. A series of Walmart legal maneuvers stalled the process until 2008, including a failed bid by Walmart to have the Supreme Court of Canada intervene.

In a unanimous decision on October 14th the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal upheld the certification of a UFCW Canada Local 1400 bargaining unit at the Weyburn store. The certification had originally been issued by the Saskatchewan Labour Board in December 2008. Walmart had successfully challenged that certificate in a lower court but that court’s decision was struck down by the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal, and the store’s union certification upheld.

“The Supreme Court has said ‘No’ to them. The Court of Appeal has now said ‘No” to them, and ‘Yes’ to the rights of the Weyburn workers to bargain collectively,” said Neault.

“This is a victory for workers rights and the principle that no company is above the law...”

“This is a victory for workers rights and the principle that no company is above the law,” said Norm Neault, the President of UFCW Canada Local 1400. “Walmart has done everything it could to prevent the workers from getting a collective agreement. It has even prevented us from communicating with the workers at the store. But the time for stalling is over. Let’s get back to the bargaining table and start talking.”

“We look forward to the opportunity to get these members an agreement, and hope that Walmart’s history of thwarting the process isn’t repeated again.” Just two days prior to the Saskatchewan ruling, the Quebec Superior Court upheld an arbitrator’s decision that Walmart had acted illegally when it shut a store in Jonquiere, Quebec shortly after workers there formed a union.

Meanwhile, UFCW Canada members at a Walmart in Gatineau, Quebec recently achieved a first contract. UFCW Canada members at a store in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec also have a contract in place.

The Court of Appeal’s ruling is the latest chapter in legal process Walmart has dragged out since 2004, when Local

Overwaitea Gas Bar negotiations update

SEEDS negotiations resume SEEDS (Self Employment Entrepreneurial Development Society) negotiations resumed October 27th for their first Collective Agreement.

Negotiations for a new contract for UFCW 1518 members employed at Overwaitea Gas Bars resumed on November 10 - 11. Some progress was made, but there remain several very important issues outstanding that will need to be addressed before a new agreement can be reached.

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Further dates for negotiations have been scheduled for early January.

During their first day of bargaining on October 5th the union presented their proposals to the Employer, and on October 27th the employer provided a response. A few minor non-monetary items were agreed to, however a number of items remain outstanding. The employer assured the union they would provide counter proposals for the Union Committee with regards to these outstanding items prior to the next date of bargaining. As is customary, the Committees are dealing with nonmonetary items first before moving into the monetary items. Further negotiation dates will be posted on the union website. The Negotiating Committee is David Day assisted by Staff Negotiator Donna Tremblay.

The Union Negotiating Committee is Suzy Smith of Parksville and Chris Melanson of Mission, assisted by UFCW 1518 staff negotiator Donna Tremblay.

SEEDS is a registered non-profit society that has supported more than 1,800 people since 1997 in entering the self-employment and entrepreneur domain.

The Union Negotiating Committee has proposed better job security language, including closure language and severance pay. In addition, the Union Committee has proposed better vacation language, wage increases, improved Shop Steward recognition language, harassment language, and duty to accommodate language.

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Safeway messes up member’s mortgage On September 2, a member employed at Safeway advised her store manager that she had not been paid, and that her mortgage payment was due the following day. She went on to explain to the manager that without her paycheque, her mortgage payment would bounce. The manager assured her that he would e-mail Canada Safeway’s head office, sort out the problem, and get back to her.

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It’s bad enough when your employer forgets to pay you, but when you get penalized and charged serious money because of your employer’s error, it’s a whole lot worse.

Rather than contact Safeway’s Alberta office, the Union Rep contacted the Vancouver Safeway office. Direction was immediately given to pay the member $117.50 in cash at her store.

Instead, he did nothing.

Safeway wasn’t going to take responsibility on their own for their error – it took eight weeks, and union involvement for them to do the right thing.

The next day the member had still not been paid by Safeway, and her mortgage payment came back as ‘non sufficient funds’ (NSF). Her bank withdrew a $75.00 NSF fee, and another $42.50 fee, leaving the member owing a total of $117.50.

Why Alberta could not make the same sensible decision only lends further credibility to the idea that the Rockies were put there for a reason.

Realizing these problems were not going to be fixed with her store manager’s help, she decided to approach her assistant manager. The assistant manager e-mailed Safeway’s Calgary office and an answer did finally come back: “Sorry, I discussed this with my Director, and she said that there is nothing we can do”. The assistant tried, on two separate occasions, to explain that it was the employer’s error. Again the message came back from Calgary, and this time quoting a Safeway Director as saying there was nothing they could do. The employer did offer the member $117.50 in the form of a gift card which she respectfully declined. Of course the obvious question is if this was not an employer error, why did Safeway offer the gift card? Finally, on October 20, after a full seven weeks had passed, the member contacted her Union Representative.


H E A LT H C A R E

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Union contacting Health Care members

Criminal record check issue goes to arbitration

Ivan Limpright, President of Local 1518 has launched a “Telephone CallOut” initiative for Health Care members. Since this project began, Union Representative Connie Buckner has been calling Health Care members to touch base about any questions or concerns members may have about their Collective Agreement. During these calls Connie is also updating member contact information. When Connie calls, if necessary, please advise her of any changes to your contact information, or visit www.ufcw1518.com to update your information online.

On November 8, an arbitration hearing regarding the Criminal Record Check grievances was scheduled to be conducted by Arbitrator Mr. Chris Sullivan.

Telephone CallOut is an important initiative, one that both members and the union will benefit from. If you receive a voice-mail from Connie, we ask that you please call her back so that she can speak with you.

Criminal Record Checks have become a hot issue since Health Care workers were told they must have a Record Check completed if they want to continue working. Most, if not all employers are insisting these Checks be done through them and paid for by payroll deduction.

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Since June, the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General have been requiring a mandatory Criminal Record Check every five years for anyone who works with, or who is in contact with children (anyone under 19 years old) at work.

UFCW 1518 files grievance with Kelowna Home Support and IHA

The union will advise Health Care members of the outcome of the arbitrations hearing as soon as a decision is reached.

UFCW 1518 has filed a grievance with Kelowna Home Support and the Interior Health Authority over the vacation memo sent out by these employers in October.

If you have any questions or concerns about your Criminal Record Check, please contact your Union Representative, or call the union’s Health Care member’s line at 1.800.367.8111.

The memo discussed the pro-ration of vacation and LOA (leaves of absence) days for those working in less than 40-hour per week positions. The union believes the employers’ interpretation is incorrect, and that it is contrary to the way the employer had interpreted this article for more than 20 years.

Health Care 2011 Daily Calendar

The initial conversation with the employer and the Health Employers Association of British Columbia (HEABC) regarding this matter took place on October 22nd while other outstanding grievances were being discussed.

Have you looked through your 2011 daily calendar? We have, and unfortunately some calendars were printed with an error in the month of December 2011 - specifically, on left-facing pages for December 2011, it reads “2010”. It should read “2011 “. Our apologies and thanks for your understanding!

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Community Social Services negotiations continue this Fall

Employers continue to embrace the provincial Liberal government’s “zero-zero mandate” and refused to discuss any proposals they claim have possible monetary implications. Besides addressing low wages and inferior benefits in the sector, the Union Bargaining Association’s mandate includes employment security during a time of layoffs; safe, healthy and respectful workplaces; and fair work practices. The Employers’ Committee continues to take negotiations lightly and as this issue of Update was finalized negotiations were scheduled to resume in December.

The Community Social Services Bargaining Association of Unions met with the Employers’ Association on November 4th for a preliminary meeting to discuss essential services in the event of a strike or lockout. Members are invited to visit www.ufcw1518.com for up to date information on these issues. The Community Social Services Bargaining Association of Unions collectively represents nearly 15,000 frontline workers in the sector who are members of the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Hospital Employees’ Union, Health Sciences Association of BC, Construction and Specialized Workers’ Union, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union 1518, United Steelworkers of America (Canada), BC Nurses’ Union, and the Christian Labour Association of Canada.

Hours investigation results in $1,600.00 pay for Health Care member A member employed by the Northern Health Authority was recently awarded more than $1,600.00 as a result of an hours investigation that took over eight months to conduct. This amount represents payment for 96 hours (minus deductions) that belonged to the member in the first place. “Congratulations to this member who realized that something wasn’t quite right with their scheduling, and followed the proper procedures to have an hours investigation conducted,” says Ivan Limpright, President of Local 1518. “This win stands as an important reminder for all Health Care members that if you think there is something wrong with your scheduling, then there probably is, and that’s why there’s nothing wrong with questioning your scheduled hours.” This is how an hours investigation works – if you are a Health Care member and do not feel you are being scheduled properly or your hours aren’t being maximized, you need to fill out an ‘hours investigation form’. After filling out a form it’s best to make two copies, one for personal reference, and the other to hand in to your employer.

If you get a response from the employer that you are not comfortable with, you should then contact a Shop Steward or your Union Representative, who then investigates all schedules for workers junior to you on the day(s) in question. If a worker with less seniority has been scheduled hours when you were available to work, then you should be paid for those hours. This of course is providing that there were no refusals or ‘valid’ reasons for the employer not scheduling the worker who is questioning their hours. Also, if the employee is not paid in a timely fashion, it is pursued until they are.

“there’s nothing wrong with questioning your scheduled hours...”

Please remember that your Shop Steward can help you fill out these forms, and answer questions or concerns.

H E A LT H C A R E

October 28th marked the one-year anniversary of the commencement of negotiations for new Collective Agreements in the Community Social Services sector. Negotiations continued the week of October 25th, the first meeting since the employers returned from a fiveweek break.


INDUSTRIAL

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“I Was Born In Mexico When My Dad Was Working In Canada” On November 4th Ernesto Nunez, Gerardo Hernadez, and Salvador Enriquez, three agricultural workers from Mexico, presented George Peary, Mayor of Abbotsford, with a very special banner.

(L-R) Lucy Luna (Coordinator, Agriculture Workers Alliance, AWA), Gerardo Hernadez, Ernesto Nunez, George Peary (Mayor of Abbotsford), Salvador Enriquez

the year in Canada, working in conditions that many Canadians simply wouldn’t put up with.

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Migrant workers come back year after year for work because of the scarcity of jobs in their home country. Because of a signed agreement, these workers come to Canada knowing they will never be allowed to apply for citizenship, they will never get to bring their families to Canada, and once they leave, they will be back again in four months to start work again.

This banner is a graphic piece of art that is meant to speak to your heart in a way words can’t. “The banner was made on Father’s day,” says Ivan Limpright, President of 1518, “and represents a small number of the more than 1,000 parental benefit applications that the Abbotsford Agriculture Workers Alliance (AWA) office has put in behalf of Guatemalan & Mexican workers.”

This banner signifies a need for change. There is something wrong when a child is born, and their father is overseas not because they want to be, but because they have no choice.

“Each foot print represents a baby that was born in Mexico when their father was working in Canada,” he says.

Agriculture Workers Alliance (AWA) offers services that include updates on agriculture workers working conditions, help and assistance on tax filing, assistance on CPP & QPP applications, EI benefits, workers compensation benefits and other issues that migrant workers face while working in Canada.

“Each foot print represents a baby that was born in Mexico when their father was working in Canada...”

Negotiations begin at Sunwest Foods Negotiations for the renewal of the Collective Agreement with Sunwest Foods began October 21. The meeting opened with the Union Negotiating Committee presenting and explaining the member’s proposals. The employer did not come to the table with specific proposals, but was to do so at the next scheduled meeting in November. The negotiations affect approximately 160 members at the employer’s facility in Abbotsford. The Negotiating Committee is Aron Miles, Glenn Cox and Brett Franklin assisted by James Raposo, Director of Negotiations for UFCW Local 1518.

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Another victory for Migrant Farm Workers; precedent-setting Collective Agreement reached in BC

The Sidhu & Sons workers are here under the federal government’s Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (CSAWP), and a unique feature of their new collective agreement is that it is specifically for the migrant agriculture workers at Sidhu & Sons, rather than the entire workforce. “Because of UFCW Canada’s perseverance in the fight for justice and dignity for migrant agricultural workers, we have successfully achieved the first contract specifically for migrant farm workers,” said Ivan Limpright, President of UFCW Canada 1518. “This did not come easy,” said Limpright. “While workers at Sidhu & Sons had long ago expressed interest in the union and joined the union, it took almost three years of hard work to get this agreement in place. There were many challenges and hearings at the B.C. Labour Relations Board, and ultimately we were able to win a precedent-setting decision granting migrant workers

bargaining recognition under the provincial labour code, and we finally concluded negotiations with a mediated settlement for the new Collective Agreement.”

“This is another good step forward, and another positive signal to other farm workers, domestic and migrant alike, that joining UFCW Canada makes sense.” Under the new collective agreement, UFCW Canada Local 1518 will be representing workers from Mexico and Jamaica who come to Canada each year under SAWP program to work for Sidhu & Sons Nursery. The new collective agreement provides the workers at Sidhu and Sons Nursery with a grievance procedure, seniority rights, recall rights, paid breaks, increased vacation pay, a wage increase, and much more.

“I want to congratulate the members at Sidhu & Sons,” said Limpright, “and we are really pleased this agreement has been reached. This is another good step forward, and another positive signal to other farm workers, domestic and migrant alike, that joining UFCW Canada makes sense.” “This is a great victory for the workers at Sidhu & Sons, who exercised their Charter rights to join a union and bargain collectively,” said UFCW Canada National President Wayne Hanley. “The Charter is not stopped by provincial borders,” said Hanley, “so it is shameful that Ontario and Alberta continue to trample the human rights of agricultural workers by blocking their access to unionize.” UFCW Canada in association with the Agriculture Workers Alliance (AWA) operates a number of support centres across Canada for agriculture workers. UFCW Canada is also Canada’s largest private-sector union with over 250,000 members across the country working in every sector of the food industry from field to table.

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Migrant farm workers at Abbotsford’s Sidhu & Sons Nursery, members of UFCW Canada Local 1518, are the latest to successfully negotiate a collective agreement with their employer.

Maple Leaf Foods prepare for proposals

Colonial Farms negotiations get underway

Maple Leaf Foods members in Coquitlam are preparing for negotiations with their employer.

Negotiations for the renewal of the Collective Agreement with Colonial Farms in Armstrong were to begin on November 25 and 26.

The Negotiating Committee is Leonard Anderson and Kevin Bruhm, elected by union members in October. They will be assisted at the bargaining table by James Raposo, Director of Negotiations for UFCW Local 1518.

The Negotiating Committee is Dave Tettamente and Kelly Burden assisted by James Raposo, Director of Negotiations for UFCW Local 1518.


H E A LT H & S A F E T Y

UFCW 1518

Does your workplace have monthly Health & Safety meetings? It has come to the union’s attention that monthly Health & Safety meetings are not being held consistently.

HEALTH & SAFETY

Health & Safety meetings are mandatory, and three months of meeting minutes must be posted on the bulletin board.

co-chair is unable to attend must be rescheduled. Monthly meetings play a vital role in notifying members of any safety and health concerns within their workplace. Meetings also provide members with the opportunity to voice personal concerns, and discuss any potential issues.

Members should also be aware that monthly Health & Safety meetings MUST be scheduled when the worker co-chair is available, and any meeting that the worker

If your store does not have monthly meetings, or if you have any other concerns or questions about Health & Safety meetings please contact your Union Representative.

Cattle are trucked more safely than workers The B.C. government rejected that recommendation, and the sighting of farm workers being transported in unsafe, substandard vehicles remains too common an occurrence.

Five agriculture workers were injured near Surrey, B.C. on October 5th, after a pickup truck crashed into a flatbed wagon being towed behind a tractor. The workers, who were employed by Greenway Farms near Surrey, were riding in the wagon while perched on a stack of produce boxes.

“It’s shameful that the B.C. government continues to turn a blind eye to the coroner’s recommendations,” says Wayne Hanley, the National President of UFCW Canada, which in cooperation with the Agriculture Workers Alliance (AWA) operates farm worker support centres in Abbotsford, Kelowna and Surrey, B.C.

The driver of the pickup truck was arrested, but so far no charges have been laid against the employer for transporting workers unsafely. In 2007, three farm workers near Abbottsford, B.C. were killed, and 14 others injured when a ten-person van jammed with the 17 workers flipped and crashed. A coroner’s inquest that followed made recommendations to regulate the safe transportation of farm workers, including strict inspection standards by a third party.

“The way the system is working now, cattle are trucked more safely than agriculture workers. How many more workers have to be killed or injured before the authorities in British Columbia, and Alberta and Ontario stop treating agriculture workers like disposable commodities, and start ensuring that the health and safety of the workers who put food on our tables is properly protected?”

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What to do with the WCB (Worksafe BC)

If you have been injured at work, filed a claim, and now have a WCB decision letter you do not agree with and wish to appeal, it is vital you contact us right away, as there are very strict appeal deadlines. An appeal of a WCB decision must be filed within 90 days of the date of the letter, so the sooner you contact us, the better we can assist you. All UFCW 1518 members have access to this service, which gives members the right as a worker to appeal WCB decisions, or to question decisions made by WCB. Workers who don’t have a union providing this type of representation typically have to go to the expense of hiring a lawyer to take on the WCB for them – as a UFCW 1518 member, you get this service free. Remember - we’re here to help, but can only help with the appeal once a decision has been made and you have something concrete from the WCB to show us. For example, the Compensation Appeals Department will assist members when:

• you receive a letter from WCB that states a claim is denied; • WCB stops paying you wage loss; • WCB refuses to pay for certain medical treatments; • WCB has accepted a claim, but refused to reimburse the member after they sent in a receipt; • you get something in the mail from WCB you don’t understand; • you have a claim accepted by WCB, but the employer has appealed the decision on the claim - we assist members in responding to the appeal.

Basically, in order to act on your behalf, the Compensation Appeals Department needs a letter of some kind that you have received from WCB before we can get involved. Once you have the letter from WCB and have contacted the department (preferably well before the 90 day deadline), the file will be reviewed. The union’s Compensation Appeals Department lawyer reviews the decision letter, a file is created, and you are then sent an information package about the appeal process. Once the member has contacted the Compensation Appeals Department, we take care of filing the appeal by the deadline. We write letters and any submissions needed to be made on your behalf. Members are kept informed at all times and copied on all correspondence. We also represent members at WCB hearings whenever necessary. UFCW 1518 members can take advantage of this service by calling 604-526-1518 or toll-free 1-800-661-3708. The union’s Compensation Appeals Department works from the New Westminster office, and provides this service and assistance to members right across B.C. “It is crucial that all members report their injuries immediately and seek medical attention if required,” says UFCW 1518 President Ivan Limpright. “Having all of this information properly documented will go a long way to ensure you are protected from unforeseen circumstances.” “Please consult your Union Compensation Department if you have any concerns with any WCB issues,” says Limpright. “One simple phone call to the union can prevent members from having to endure a long appeal process before members get what they deserve.” Lynn Khng (L) UFCW 1518 Barrister & Solicitor, Natalia Mikiciuk, UFCW 1518 Barrister & Solicitor

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The union’s Compensation Appeals Department is here to assist UFCW 1518 members with their WCB (Worksafe BC) appeals.


TIPS FOR MEMBERS WHO HAVE filed a disability claim NO ONE EVER EXPECTS TO BE ILL OR INJURED HEALTH & SAFETY

Listed below are comments from transcripts that have been pulled from conversations that insurance carriers have had with UFCW 1518 members. These comments are some of the reasons why union members’ claims have been denied. Insurance carriers have recorded that members: • were not tearful, or emotional • didn’t mention any pain • aren’t taking pain killers (medication) • are not well enough to go to work, yet state that they will be taking a vacation out of town • volunteer details about their daily activities yet continue to remain unable to return to work in any capacity • don’t want to go to that doctor because they don’t know them • are diagnosed with clinical depression, yet volunteer how they are able to resolve problems and conflict - this is not normally the case with a diagnosis of depression • describe activities that fall outside of what their diagnosis would allow them to perform, although they are unable to perform any duties at work

and have to miss work. But if we are sick or injured and need time off work, the union has negotiated with employers to provide short and long-term sick pay for eligible union members. “Weekly Indemnity” (short-term disability benefits) and “Long-term Disability” are administered and paid through insurance companies. It is important members are aware these insurance companies sometimes rigidly apply the policies of the plans text at the detriment of union members. UFCW 1518 would like to remind members to be cautious when speaking with any insurance company. All conversations you have with insurance representatives are recorded, and anything that is said, whether by accident, or even if meant as a joke, can be, and will be, used against you.

When you are speaking with any insurance company, it is best to remain focused on your condition, and answer all questions directly. It is best not to offer any unnecessary information that is irrelevant to your claim.

You only need to be honest and direct when you are speaking with insurance companies about your condition. However, members do need to be aware that insurance companies are only concerned about determining the legitimacy of your claim. Saying the wrong thing, or offering irrelevant information could only help them deny your claim.

If you have any further questions about how to deal with insurance companies regarding your sick benefits, please contact your Union Representative.

Health & Safety Centre launches new website The BC Federation of Labour’s Health & Safety Centre launched the new

www.healthandsafetybc.ca This site is a useful resource with information about Health & Safety classes created to help meet members’ occupational health and safety training needs. Please visit the site to see which classes are happening near you! All members are encouraged to visit this new site, and Health & Safety Committee members may find this site especially helpful in staying informed about upcoming classes in their region. See ad next page for more info on the Health & Safety Centre. 22

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EDUCATION & SCHOLARSHIPS

Meat Cutter’s Scholarship Winners Announced! Timothy Lawson, Save –On, Nanaimo Michael MacNeill, Cooper’s Foods, Revelstoke Catalin Hogg, Urban Fare, Vancouver

These UFCW 1518 members have been awarded full tuition and a partial living allowance while at TRU in Kamloops. “This is a great opportunity for our union’s members interested in a meat-cutting career,” says Frank Pozzobon, Secretary-Treasurer of UFCW 1518, “and we’re pleased to be partnered with Thompson Rivers University in this program.”

UFCW LOCAL 1518 Scholarship Winners 16 UFCW 1518 scholarships of $1,000 each were awarded to students attending universities and colleges in B.C. Ten scholarships went to students entering college from grade 12, and six went to those continuing their studies. The 2010 winners of UFCW Local 1518 Scholarships are…

Alexander Shkuratoff, Save-On 935, Maple Ridge Andrew Boss, Safeway 93, Port Coquitlam Ashley Ross, Shoppers Drug Mart 251, Coquitlam Benson Wong, Safeway 189, Vancouver Cody Hedman, Save-On 959, Vancouver Colton Schock, Safeway 44 & 48, Burnaby Courtney Burrell, Save-On 948, Nanaimo Eric Kam, Sunrise Poultry, Vancouver Jared Allman, Safeway 114, Vancouver Katelyn Moores, Safeway 140, North Vancouver Kendra Ashton, Save-On 993, Vancouver Laura Ng, IGA 7, Burnaby Manpreet Thandi, COOPERS 143, Merritt Miranda Bella, Extra Foods 8572, Trail Preston Cooper, Coopers 148, Vernon Steven Bell, Safeway 191, Richmond

EDUCATION

Three UFCW Local 1518 members have won $10,000 scholarships to attend the Thompson Rivers University (TRU) training program to become certified Retail Meat Cutters. Congratulations to…


UFCW Local 1518 held two Education Weeks in 2010 and is planning more union education for members in 2011. The courses are free of charge and open to all union members.

Advanced I training involves discussion, class exercises, and role-playing as you explore in greater detail the steps of the grievance handling procedure, and deal with procedures leading up to the process of arbitration.

“We know members will find these courses rewarding,” says Ivan Limpright, President of UFCW 1518. “Pretty much every Local 1518 member who has taken our union education courses in the past has commented on what a positive experience it was for them. The skills you learn and the experiences you gain in union education courses are tools that can empower you and your co-workers, both on the job and off.”

This course will develop the skills and confidence of members when facing management, assisting union members, and addressing issues in the workplace. Bring your collective agreement with you; knowledge of the first stages of the grievance procedure will be assumed.

Shop Steward - Advanced II

For more information about UFCW 1518’s union education program and for course registration information, please visit the ‘Education Section’ of the union’s website: www. ufcw1518.com

This two-day course is offered to UFCW 1518 members who have previously completed UFCW 1518’s Basic Shop Steward & Shop Steward Advanced I courses.

All UFCW Local 1518 members can take courses that suit their interests at absolutely no cost, and all members are welcome and encouraged to do so…this is YOUR union!!

Advanced Shop Steward training involves discussion, class exercises, and role-playing as you prepare a grievance for arbitration and take part in a mock arbitration hearing.

Shop Steward - Basic

This course will develop the skills and confidence of members when facing management, assisting union members, and addressing issues in the workplace.

This two-day course is open to all UFCW 1518 members. Discussion and class exercises will assist you in handling issues in your workplace, explain the grievance procedure, and help develop the skills necessary for a Shop Steward to be an effective leader in the workplace. This course builds the skills, confidence, and knowledge a Shop Steward needs to represent their members. All members are invited to attend, regardless of whether they wish to be a Shop Steward!

Dealing with “difficult” people

This one-day course teaches tactics for dealing with difficult customers and difficult people. It is open to all UFCW Local 1518 members, and will provide a tool kit that will allow you to manage conflict and stay cool when under pressure. You’ll learn strategies, and skills to resolve conflict with individuals, as well as conflict in the workplace.

Shop Steward - Advanced I

The course focuses on mastering coaching and communication skills, personal awareness skills, and recognizing “triggers” in yourself and others. Members will develop their problem solving strategies and identify techniques to deal with interpersonal conflict.

This two-day course is offered to UFCW 1518 members who have previously completed UFCW 1518’s Basic Shop Steward course.

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Women in Leadership

This two-day course offers union women an opportunity to develop and enhance their leadership skills and knowledge in a variety of current and emerging labour issues. The course will cover communication and motivational skills that are important for women, and you will leave this course ready to take an active role in your union.

Human Rights Issues: Our diverse world

This one-day course is open to all members, and is a good follow-up for members who have completed the Basic Shop Steward course. British Columbia is one of the most culturally rich areas of the world, and this course will look at how cultural differences are experienced in the workplace, and discuss strategies for cultural inclusion. Race, gender, sexual orientation, and disabilities are among the themes discussed, and this course will provide Shop Stewards and union members with new knowledge, new understandings, and new skills and actions that can be used directly in the workplace, as well as the community.

Beyond the Workplace: Workers, Power, and Politics

This one-day course is open to all members, and addresses how politics impacts us – whether we like it or not! Members will discuss how politics affects them in their home and their communities, consider the role that governments and politics play every day in our lives, talk about how politics affects workers and their families, examine the role of the trade union movement in politics, and take a critical look at politics, power, and our political system.

Effective Leadership & Communication

This two-day course is open to all members, and especially recommended for members who have completed the Basic Shop Steward course. Many of the greatest, most progressive accomplishments in our society over the last 100 years have come from

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workers and their leadership, and Effective Leadership and Communication examines ideas and techniques that all successful leaders have. In an open, friendly environment, you will discuss and debate issues concerning workers, the labour movement, and politics. Along the way, you will develop skills and learn tactics to become a more effective leader in not just your workplace, but your life outside work.

Public Speaking

This one-day course is open to all members, and members who are taking Shop Steward Advanced I are especially encouraged to take the course designed to help you overcome the most common phobia in the world – Public Speaking! This course will help you develop ideas and provide practical tools that will allow you to communicate effectively in public, no matter who the audience is. It will allow you to enjoy public speaking, whether in your personal life or your role as a union member.

New Member Orientation

This 2 hour seminar is open to “new” members (see below), where you will be provided with good information (not boring) about YOUR union, and why belonging to it matters. You will learn about your union and your contract, your rights and benefits, scholarships, education courses, and other benefits of getting involved in your union… and just for attending, you will receive $50.00 towards reimbursement of the union initiation fee.

Eligibility requirements for $50.00: • UFCW Local 1518 member • Past Probation (4 months or more since you started) • Have not attended New Member Orientation before. • Hired after January 1, 2000 To register for courses please visit the ‘Education’ section of the union website:

www.ufcw1518.com

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Rules and regulations for UFCW International Scholarships

Scholarships for UFCW 1518 members

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UFCW Local 1518 is pleased to make available a number of scholarships for members and their families. Members attending or planning to attend post-secondary schools in B.C. are encouraged to apply. Scholarships available include:

The following rules and regulations are established so that each applicant may clearly understand the requirements that must be met to qualify for the competition and, if selected as an award winner, the conditions that must be met to secure release of the award payment.

UFCW LOCAL 1518 SCHOLARSHIPS 16 scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded to students attending postsecondary colleges in B.C. Ten scholarships will go to students entering college from grade 12, and six will go to those continuing their studies.

The scholarships are limited to members who have been in good standing since January 14, 2010, or their unmarried children. The next scholarship application will be available Jan. 15 - Mar. 15, 2011.

To obtain an application for UFCW Local 1518 scholarships, contact your nearest high school, college, or university, OR UBC Office of Awards and Financial Aid Suite 500 - 5950 University Boulevard, Vancouver, B.C., V6T 1Z3 phone: (604) 822-5111; fax: (604) 822-6929; e-mail: awards.enquiry@ubc.ca

In addition to qualifying as an eligible applicant as outlined above, applicants must be less than twenty years of age on March 15, 2011, the closing date of the competition. The competition is open to otherwise eligible applicants (Items one and two above) who will graduate from high school in 2011.

UFCW CANADA BEGGS, DOWLING, AND MATHIEU SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarship winners will receive $1,000 in each of four years. Annual payments will be made upon evidence of enrollment in an accredited college or university as a nonprobationary, full-time student.

5 scholarships of $500 each will be awarded by the UFCW National Office to eligible members or their children in Western Canada. These scholarships are for full-time undergraduate studies at recognized post-secondary institutions.

• Payment of the first $1,000 is dependent on written evidence of enrollment in an accredited college or university. • Payment of subsequent stipends is dependent on the recipient’s continued eligibility as outlined in the Scholarship Acceptance Agreement. • Payment of benefits to award winners may be temporarily suspended upon written request of the recipient provided that he/she complies with the applicable provision of the Scholarship Acceptance Agreement.

To find out more about the UFCW Canada Beggs, Dowling and Mathieu scholarships, please visit the UFCW Canada website www.ufcw.ca and click on “union benefits/ scholarships”, or contact the UFCW Canada office via e-mail at ufcw@ufcw.ca. Deadline for application at the National Office is September 30, each year. Due to the nature of some of the documentation required (signatures and supporting documentation), the UFCW Canada Office of Education is NOT able to receive e-mail submissions at this time.

How do I apply?

Read the Rules and Regulations thoroughly. To apply for the UFCW International Scholarships, or for more information, please go to http://www.ufcw.org/ scholarship/scholarship_rules.cfm

UFCW INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS The UFCW International annually awards scholarships to members and their dependents. For the 2010 UFCW Scholarship Program, the UFCW will award seven scholarships worth $4,000 each ($1,000 per year). 2010 winners were to be notified by April 30, 2010.

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Dennis McGann Bursary

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Lifelong Learning Scholarships

The Columbia Foundation, the Canadian Union of Public Employees British Columbia (CUPE BC), Canadian Association of Labour Media (CALM), NOW Communications, and the McGann family have established the Dennis McGann Bursary. This exciting new bursary program is designed for those studying or planning to study Communications who demonstrate a commitment to the issues and actions affecting working people.

he Columbia Institute is committed to lifelong learning that benefits all segments of society, and has scholarships for which UFCW 1518 members are eligible. For scholarship/bursary applications and information, please go to www.columbiainstitute.ca/scholarships

One $1000 bursary will be awarded to a Canadian Citizen or Landed Immigrant who is enrolling or enrolled in full or part time Communications studies at an accredited public post-secondary institution in Canada. Financial need must be demonstrated. This bursary also considers community service. Deadline August 1st.

The Columbia Institute Awards program is one of the few scholarship programs designed to support the financial needs of adult learners interested in re-training and skills development, and is now accepting applications for our Awards Program. You may be eligible to receive one of 14 scholarships valued at $1000 each. Qualifying applicants may renew their award up to four years! In order to accommodate varying school schedules, we will be awarding seven scholarships twice a year. Term 1 will be from July 1st to December 31st and Term 2 will be from January 1st to June 30th.

CCOS Dick Martin Scholarships

Three scholarships worth $1000.00 each, offered by Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety available annually to post-secondary students who are enrolled in an Occupational Health and Safety related course or program at any Canadian college or university, leading to an occupational health and safety certificate, diploma or degree. To apply for the award, post-secondary students are invited to submit an essay on a topic that best fits their aspirations in the field of OH&S. Entries will be judged on their knowledge of the subject matter, understanding the principles and values of Dick Martin, and understanding the role of CCOHS. A copy of the application form is posted on the CCOHS Website, www.ccohs.ca and submissions may be made electronically. For more information, contact the Canadian Centre for Occupation and Health and Safety at 1-800-263-8466 or email scholarship@ccohs.ca. Deadline for the Dick Martin Scholarship Award is January 31.

Columbia Foundation Scholarships

To be eligible, you must be: • • • •

24 or older BC resident Canadian citizen or landed immigrant Not currently enrolled in a training or academic program (pre-requisite courses do not count as enrollment)

How to apply: Email awards@columbiainstitute.ca or phone (604) 408-2500

Mail your applications to: Awards Program Columbia Institute 1200 - 1166 Alberni St. Vancouver, BC V6E 3Z3

Fax your applications to: Attn: Awards (604) 408-2525

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