In February 2017, after months of quarterly interviews, store members who were elected to the quarterly audit committee made the difficult decision to sign an agreement for other quarterly audit decisions, freezing salaries and suspending cumulative claims (ATO) until the store achieved the goal of improving financial performance. United Food and Commercial Workers Canada (UFCW), Local 1518 Members working at 45 Save-On-Foods rentals across British Columbia, ratified on June 16 a new collective agreement that provides better job security and domestic violence. Since the quarterly audit agreement came into effect on March 26, 2017, the site`s members have worked tirelessly to improve the store`s position and subsequently there has been an excellent financial performance that exceeded the objectives set out in the quarterly audit agreement. 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. Immediately after the discovery that the premium would end, UFCW 1518 asked Save-On-Foods to reinstate the pandemic premium. Today, the union launched a letter campaign asking union members and members of the public to send a letter of support (ufcw1518.com/covid-19-save-on-foods) to Darrell Jones asking him to extend the pandemic premium. “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.” 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. 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.
Other significant benefits of the contract are 17 branches that are removed from the quarterly audit and are again fully included in the collective agreement. combination of lump sum payments and extra-rewarding wage increases for A-rate employees and non-grid-A workers, For Network A employees who have been suspending operations for years, where these employees have gone below 1,450 hours of work and where all non-grid A workers move to a pay scale with an improved peak rate, and all non-grid A employees receive a pay increase after ratification, according to UFCW. The new agreement strengthens the quarterly audit language by limiting the number of existing branches that can be audited to a maximum of five existing branches in 2020, 2021 and 2022, without a quarterly audit in 2018 or 2019. This means a long-term improvement in job security – in addition to maintaining wages and benefits for members, according to the union. 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. 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.