In a judgment made public yesterday, referee Chris Sullivan sided with UFCW 1518 by removing save-on-foods 2219 (ex-IGA – Main St.) from the quarterly audit and re-establishing the full terms of the collective agreement. Eva Prkachin, Press Officer UFCW 1518 604.612.1464 | firstname.lastname@example.org UFCW Local 1518 represents more than 24,000 union members working in the health, hospitality and restaurant, retail, food, industry and professional sectors in British Columbia. UFCW 1518 continues the fight to restore the full terms of the collective agreement to Members of the Save-On-Foods at Main St in Vancouver. The former IGA store underwent a quarterly review shortly after it was acquired by Overwaitea Food Group in April 2016. Regarding the future of Save On stores, the new agreement is limited to six B.C stores that can be converted to Price Smart or an equivalent. Improvements have been made to job security for workers facing branch closures or transformations. “We are confident that the full terms of the collective agreement will be restored,” said Treasurer Novak. “And we`re talking about full terms, including wage increases for 2017 and 2018, the end of the pay stoppage in a future favorable future, the return of ATO to all members who suspended ATO, no vendor deposits and all other terms of the collective agreement.” The decision includes the return to full-time and part-time wages for Grid A employees, the reinstatement of the cumulative downtime (ATO), wage increases in 2017 and 2018, the elimination of supplier warehouses and the elimination of weekly maximization at 15 per cent of the lower part of the schedule. In addition, all vacancy notices and important personnel provisions were attributed to the full terms of the agreement. On March 20, 2020, when the pandemic bonus was first announced, UFCW 1518 commended Save-On-Foods for this important step in identifying their employees for their important work. UFCW 1518 is concerned about the message sent to Save-On-Foods employees as the province enters the next phase of the pandemic.
An increase in the statutory minimum wage replaces the provisions of any collective agreement, so it is not surprising that the provincial government rejected the $10 application. Their supporters, like the Overwaitea group, vehemently oppose it. By signing this agreement, the committee was able to negotiate an independent wage increase of 0.25 $US per hour for all Grid A and Grid B employees prior to the acquisition. This was an important issue because there has been no salary increase for members of this sector for more than five years, as their former employer delayed the terms of negotiation of a new collective agreement prior to the acquisition. Last Friday, members of the Quarterly Review Committee, assisted by fred Scott union representative and Secretary-Treasurer Kim Novak, presented a strong case to arbitrator Chris Sullivan. Sullivan is confiscated in the collective agreement as is all things that arise from the conditions outlined. Now that the store is exceeding the financial objective set out in the agreement, the union took the matter to Sullivan and argued that all members of the store would immediately return completely under the terms of the contract. The collective agreement provides for a worker to switch from network B to Grid A based on seniority and job offers.