Retail workers at Mountain Equipment Co-op join the union – UFCW 1518

Victoria, B.C. – November 25, 2019 – Retail workers at Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) in Victoria, British Columbia are the newest members of UFCW Local 1518 after recently voting “Yes!” to joining the union.  They join workers at MEC’s Vancouver flagship store on West Broadway, who became 1518 members in April of this year.

“In fighting for fairness, we organize workers because everyone deserves safe and respectful working conditions, higher wages, better benefits, job security, and fair treatment,” says UFCW 1518 President Kim Novak. “We welcome the new members from MEC and look forward to providing them with the highest level of representation. We will work hard to engage them in the important tasks ahead to help build a strong foundation for new working conditions.”

UFCW Local 1518 has a strong history of working productively with co-ops to ensure they are successful in the communities in which they operate while also providing effective representation for workers.

“Workers are their strongest when they stand together to fight for fairness, and that is the power that a union can bring,” Novak adds. “We look forward to building a collaborative working relationship with the employer and negotiating a strong first contract for workers. Welcome to your union!”

UFCW Local 1518 represents 24,000 members working in the community health, service, retail, industrial, and professional sectors across British Columbia. To learn more about UFCW 1518 and its outstanding work, visit the Local Union’s website.

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