Save-On-Foods Bargaining Update Feb. 13

Non-Monetary Proposals Exchanged

We are pleased to report that bargaining is well underway. Your Bargaining Committee continued negotiations last week, meeting with your Employer for three days, between February 8 and 10. We’ve now completed the initial exchange of proposals and are working through the non-monetary phase of the process.

Both sides are reviewing each other’s proposals and will present responses next week when we meet to continue bargaining on February 14 and 16.

Our goal in this early phase of negotiations is to improve retention by modifying the existing language in the collective agreement while making gains on flexibility and work-life balance provisions.

For more information on our bargaining priorities you can check out the Save-On-Foods negotiation information page here.

We know how important this contract renewal is for each and everyone of you. We understand the pressure that you and your loved ones face from crushing costs and high inflation. That is why we are pulling out all the stops to negotiate a fair contract that helps ease today’s burdens and secures gains for the future.

What we need right now to build momentum is your support in engaging the membership. Knowledge is power and we need to be sure that everyone has the information that they need. Please share this email with your co-workers and if they have not been receiving emails from the union, please tell them to send their full name, store name and number, employee ID, email address, and cell number to

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If you are a Shop Steward, please consider printing this update off and posting it to your union board! The more workers who engage in the bargaining process the better chance we have of securing an agreement that reflects everyone’s needs and voice.

In Solidarity,

The Bargaining Committee:

Jaime Emerson – Abbotsford – Pharmacy Assistant
Jimbo Grant  – Maple Ridge  – Cross Classified 
Dave Diamond  – Kelowna – Cross Classified 
Erica Jones  – Pitt Meadows – Cross Classified  
Josephine Bustin  – Tsawwassen – Post-2013 Dept Manager and former Restaurant 
Chris Holowka – Prince George – Cross Classified 
Anita Letendre – North Van – Cross Classified 
Marylou Fonda – Ft St James – Cross Classified 
Joel Simmons – Nanaimo – Post 2013 Dept Manager
Katie Guerin – Kamloops – Cross Classified 
David Gutierrez – Surrey – Cross Classified 
(liaison to the committee for Pharmacy discussions) Cheryl Vincenzi – Central Fill 

Your UFCW 1518 Staff negotiators: Stephen Portman and Ronda Melbourne