Saanich Fire Collective Agreement
After months of organization and negotiations, Lifestyle Market employees obtained their first collective agreement. RELATED: Employees of the victoria grocery store orchestrate the protest during collective bargaining “We are encouraged to see what can happen if people act collectively,” Keira Zikmanis, a collaborator and member of the bargaining committee, said in a statement. According to a statement from UFCW 1518, negotiations were concluded in July and the collective agreement was put to a vote. The workers unanimously ratified the agreement and “launched a new era of respect in the workplace.” On April 16, protesters staged a “noise demonstration” at the Lifestyle Market on Douglas Street. (Photo by Mike Graeme) The agreement ends months of negotiations amidst pandemic capabilities Community services have been providing support and life for people with autism, Down syndrome, mentally and other different diagnoses since 1998. Our members are employed and provide services in the areas of inclusion, education and training, housing assistance and sustained employment. In February, workers voted to join UFCW 1518, making it the first grocery store to unionize in decades in Victoria. Nearly two months later, nearly two dozen customers and supporters staged a socially distant protest, during which pots and pans hit the store to demand payment of the dangers. Employees in the lifestyle market are now receiving at-risk compensation retroactive to March 8 with their first-ever package of benefits, including health, extended care, prescription drug supplies and dental services. Workers also benefit from paid sick leave, improved paid leave, a pay increase of up to 30% over the life of their contract, a leave bonus and a 20% discount on stores. RELATED: Victoria grocery store employees are looking for payment risks during the COVID-19 crisis “Now that we have a contract in place, workers are paid the risk wage they earn, closer to a living wage, and have the protection we need to make this business a fair and equitable place.” Taps offers people living in Victoria free personal legal assistance for social benefits, disability benefits, employment standards and rents. Taps also runs a tax clinic every Thursday for low-income people, who must file up to 10 years of taxes.
TAPS also offers legal training through seminars and produces a newsletter, TAPROOT, with updated and disseminated legal information throughout Greater Victoria.