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. 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. 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. 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. 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. “BC is only beginning to relax its response to the pandemic, and the crisis is far from over, especially for front-line staff,” said UFCW 1518 President Kim Novak. “There is still a lot of uncertainty as to what might happen in the coming months. Meanwhile, Save-On-Foods members continue to take risks by getting up every day to get to work. The continued recognition of this commitment is the minimum that these workers deserve. It is simply too early to end the pandemic premium. 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. Last month, Save-On-Foods President Darrell Jones said that “the company`s top priority is always the health and safety of team members […] They are the ones who leave their homes to help their neighbours put food on the table, and it is so important that they are recognized for their commitment to their communities. UFCW 1518 was surprised when Save-On-Foods decided to suddenly resurrect the pandemic bounty in light of its statements about the sacrifices their workers are making. Eva Prkachin, Press Officer UFCW 1518 604.612.1464 | communications@ufcw1518.com. “The work that Save-On-Foods members are doing today is no different from the work they will be doing in a week`s time,” Novak added. “These workers protect everyone`s health and safety by maintaining improved sanitary techniques, observing physical stripping and storing shelves. It is right to extend the pandemic premium while we continue to fight COVID-19. Community Connections Support Services (General Services) Sobeys Capital Inc DBA Safeway Extra Agreement (Langley) The new contract also includes sick periods for non-grid A employees, the short-term disability plan and the reduction in qualification time for the staff benefits program, domestic violence leave, including a paid daily component and key staff employed, will be paid hours of more than 40 hours per week if the licence is not made available to them within the month.