We write to update you on our most recent round of bargaining dates, which happened this past week with your Bargaining Committee on February 14 and 16.
Our focus is still on non-monetary issues, including language clarification, scheduling proposals, transferability (movement between locations) and preliminary discussions on unionized-management structure. We have made good progress to date and our focus on the items we have agreed to and those we are still working on is to make the language clearer and worker friendly.
We’ll continue to push for more non-monetary improvements when we return to the bargaining table, based on the feedback that members provided in the bargaining surveys, focus groups and conversations with us.
Your Union is committed to renewing your collective agreement as quickly as possible. The earliest next dates we were able to secure are March 21 – 23 and we are awaiting confirmation from the employer on several more dates that we are available. We will continue to keep you updated as bargaining progresses and more dates are confirmed, the contract expires March 31 2023, but the current terms will stay in effect while we continue negotiating.
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The Save-On-Foods 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
UFCW 1518 Staff negotiators: Stephen Portman and Ronda Melbourne