Workers at Cineplex Richmond Join UFCW 1518

UFCW 1518 welcomed workers at Cineplex Richmond to the union family today!

The workers at the Richmond location voted overwhelmingly to join UFCW 1518 and start building a better, more equitable workplace.

“The young workers at Cineplex Richmond inspired us with their solidarity through this difficult time,” said UFCW 1518 President Kim Novak. “These workers have dealt with nearly two years of non-stop uncertainty as Cineplex closed and reopened with various restrictions. They show the collective power of workers, even in a traditionally precarious workplace.”

Workers at Cineplex Richmond will join fellow union members at Cineplex Coquitlam, who reached out to UFCW 1518 in 2019. Workers at the Coquitlam location have been bargaining throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. They are working on several important bargaining priorities that will improve their working conditions and quality of life.

Across Canada, workers in various customer-service locations have been turning to unions to build their power at work. These workers are coming to realize the power that they wield when they stand together. They are using collective bargaining to fight for significant improvement in wages, benefits, hours, and health and safety conditions.

Cineplex worker Adrian Owen was jubilant at the union win and had this to say about the successful campaign: “It was a long trip but I’m glad it finally worked out in favour of workers’ rights.”

Congratulations to the workers at Cineplex Richmond on your successful union vote, and welcome to UFCW 1518!

If you want to improve your working conditions and fight for fairness, go to our Join Us page and contact an organizer today.