Better Scheduling.
Job Security. Transparent Tipping.

You have a right to form a union – and the process is confidential. As a member of UFCW 1518, we’ll fight to get the working conditions you deserve in a new union contract.

Interested in organizing a union at Tap & Barrel? Enter your details in this form or scroll down to learn more about the process. If you’re ready to get started, you can sign a union card online right now!

Why do we need a union?

How do I join a union?

Connect with us confidentially

Use our Contact form or call us at 1-888-581-1518. We will get back to you as soon as possible to answer your questions about joining a union. Know that once you start the process of unionizing, your job is protected by the BC Labour Relations Board.

Sign union cards

Working with staff from our union, you and your co-workers will sign support cards indicating that you want to join UFCW 1518. When enough of you sign a card, you will win your union!

This process is confidential. Your employer will never have the right to know who did or did not sign. Your employer cannot legally take action against anyone for signing a card.

We give notice to the employer

When the BC Labour Relations Board certifies you and your coworkers as members of UFCW 1518, union staff will contact your employer to begin the bargaining process. You will elect coworkers to represent you in bargaining.

Bargaining begins

You and your co-workers submit proposals for your new contract/collective agreement in your workplace. Your new contract will spell out wages, benefits, respect and job security. We will help guide you through the bargaining process.


Will Management know if I’ve signed a union card?

Management will never know who signed cards – the process is 100% confidential. We will never tolerate retaliation against workers who are in favour of unionizing.

What are the main benefits of joining a union?

Collective bargaining means workers stick together to win better treatment at work through a union contract built on your suggestions and negotiated with the employer. 

Successfully unionized workplaces have won improved pay and benefits, scheduling, fair tipping policies and improved job security.

How much are union dues?

Union dues are no more than 2% of your wages and are 100% tax-deductible. You won’t pay one cent until you vote in your first collective agreement. No benefits, no dues.

Does unionizing mean we’ll go on strike?

Strikes are very rare. You have control over strikes through a vote – a majority of your co-workers must be in favour to launch a strike. If that happens, we will provide you with strike pay.

More questions? Get in touch