“Because of the care provided by our community health workers, many seniors and other vulnerable people can live independently in their own homes. This is an important service and an essential part of our health care system,” said Chairman Kim Novak. This collective agreement more fairly compensates our members for the important work they do and moves closer to pay equity with other health professionals. UFCW Canada Local 1518 represents more than 20,000 members who work in a wide range of sectors in B.C. and Yukon, including food retail, community health, seasonal agriculture and professional services. The new collective agreement of the Food and Commercial Workers` Union (UFCW), a local 1518-member municipal health worker, came into effect on April 11. UFCW 1518 represents about 2,000 of the 16,000 homeworkers who ratified the three-year contract with health care employers across the province last June. “This is not the first time that the union`s intercession has paid off for all MEC employees, not just those who belong to UFCW 1518,” said Kim Novak, president of UFCW 1518. “Just two weeks after employees at Vancouver`s flagship site voted to join our union, MEC announced wage increases for all MEC employees across Canada. It is power. The new collective agreement for UFCW 1518 members working in community health came into effect this week. The agreement will provide them with annual salary increases of 2 per cent over the next three years, in addition to improved benefits, provisions to improve the schedule and staff retention measures. The agreement brings annual wage increases of 2 percent over the next three years as well as improved social benefits, improved schedules and employee retention measures, the union said. Job security, disability program funding Part of the deal: UFCW This follows last week`s announcement that most of the issues have been resolved about $40 million in low-wage reparation funding, one of the largest gains of the last round of negotiations. According to the Community Health Bargaining Association (CBA), a coordinated multi-union group that includes UFCW 1518, and the Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC), outstanding issues will be dealt with until June 30. The increases come thanks to a mediator who yesterday decreed a first collective agreement between MEC and United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1518.
The deal, however, involved higher wages for all employees, not just those who are unionized, according to the union. Among the strengths of the agreement are: wage increases of 6% over three years for all workers; improving job security provisions; Creation of a task force to study guaranteed hours and other issues, as well as additional resources for the enhanced disability management programme. . The ratification of the treaty follows a recent announcement that most of the problems related to the financing of low-wage aid, one of the most important gains of the last round of negotiations, have been resolved, the union said. Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), which lost nearly $11.5 million in the 2018-19 fiscal year, will provide salary increases to all employees, with the majority of those increases up to 6%. No one at MEC immediately responded to Business in Vancouver`s request for comment. David Gray, a retail analyst and director of DIG 360, told BIV last month that it normally takes about a year or two for new stores to sort themselves and start working like others inside a chain. Employees at the MEC West Broadway store in Vancouver voted in April in favor of unionization, while employees of a Victorian company voted in November for unionization. . . .