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. Since the quarterly audit agreement came into effect on March 26, 2017, the site`s members have worked tirelessly to improve the store`s position and subsequently there has been an excellent financial performance that exceeded the objectives set out in the quarterly audit agreement. 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. “We are confident that the full terms of the collective agreement will be restored,” said Treasurer Novak. “And we`re talking about full terms, including wage increases for 2017 and 2018, the end of the pay stoppage in a future favorable future, the return of ATO to all members who suspended ATO, no vendor deposits and all other terms of the collective agreement.” In February 2017, after months of quarterly interviews, store members who were elected to the quarterly audit committee made the difficult decision to sign an agreement for other quarterly audit decisions, freezing salaries and suspending cumulative claims (ATO) until the store achieved the goal of improving financial performance. Last Friday, members of the Quarterly Review Committee, assisted by fred Scott union representative and Secretary-Treasurer Kim Novak, presented a strong case to arbitrator Chris Sullivan. Sullivan is confiscated in the collective agreement as is all things that arise from the conditions outlined. Now that the store is exceeding the financial objective set out in the agreement, the union took the matter to Sullivan and argued that all members of the store would immediately return completely under the terms of the contract.
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. 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. The quarterly review is a collective agreement process that allows the employer to require temporary concessions to prevent branch closures and save jobs. When the former IGA store was originally audited quarterly, the employer gave financial information showing that the store was in trouble.