Employees at MEC`s Vancouver site voted last August to join UFCW 1518, and while negotiating a first collective agreement, workers at the Victoria site also voted to join the union. This resulted in a better outcome for all employees at the bargaining table, treasurer Johnson commented. “We are very proud of the work of our bargaining committee and the commitment and solidarity of MEC workers,” said President Novak. And this isn`t the first time the union`s intercession has paid off for all MEC employees – not just those who belong to UFCW 1518, she added. “Just two weeks after employees at Vancouver`s flagship site voted to join our union, MEC announced wage increases for all MEC employees across Canada. It is power. CONTACT Kate Milberry Spokesperson UFCW Local 1518-604-526-1518 email@example.com www.ufcw1518.com “With MEC employees in Vancouver and Victoria voting to join a union, workers at all BC sites are now receiving a further pay raise,” said KIM Novak, President of UFCW 1518. UFCW 1518 Secretary-Treasurers Patrick Johnson said the union was pleased to have a first contract in place for the Victoria and Vancouver sites. “Not only have our members retained the benefits they have had, but they have also achieved solid improvements. And MEC has implemented many of the same improvements, including a salary increase, at all MEC sites in BC, despite relentless public statements shouting the financial blues. UFCW Local 1518 represents 24,000 members working in the healthcare, service and hospitality, retail, industrial and professional sectors across the BC. After negotiations for a first collective agreement between UFCW 1518 and the MEC were halted at the end of last year, the parties entered into mediation.
Yesterday, the Mediator imposed a first collective agreement that included a wage increase for all employees, up to 6% in most cases. “The numbers are strong. And MEC certainly took note of that when a second site voted to join our union – that`s why our members received the pay raise they made,” he said. “We look forward to the opportunity to represent MEC employees at all BC sites, so that employees can make more profit in addition to MEC`s continued success in our province!” Community Connections Support Services (Corporate Services) Sobeys Capital Inc DBA Extra Secure Agreement (Langley). . . .