Online Learning

Computing

Internet Safety

The Internet is a great tool and fountain of information, but it can be a dangerous place if you are not careful. There are many reasons that you need to use the highest security measures while on the Internet in order to keep yourself and loved ones safe. It doesn’t matter what age you are, learn what you need to protect yourself, your family and your children from Internet stalkers as well as safeguard your personal information online. Watch a preview of the course. Find more information and register here.

Internet 101

Created for those who want to know just the essentials, this course provides you with enough knowledge to have fun while learning different techniques that will assist you when “surfing the net”. Find more information and register here.

ABC’s of Computing

This course covers the basic concepts of computing, as well as popular applications and typing. Participants will learn about the basic functions of a computer, while gaining a greater knowledge of computer software and hardware. Find more information and register here.

Health & Safety

Health & Safety Level 1 – Part 2

In the pursuit of a healthier and safer work environment, this course covers topics such as: toxic substances, physical states of matter, sound and vibration, principles of control, and various pieces of legislation. You learn that no risk on the job is acceptable. Find more information and register here.

Health & Safety Level 1 – Part 1

Workers expect to stay alive while earning a living, thus there is a need for health and safety in the workplace: it’s what keeps us safe. This course reviews the reporting of accidents, the long-term effects of exposure, and the impact an accident can have on a worker’s life. Find more information and register here.

Labour Relations

Welcome to UFCW

The union movement is the largest arm of the human rights movement. However, this strength is only realized as members understand their value and worth. This course is designed to provide answers to many of the questions people have about unions and democracy at work. Watch a preview of the course. Find more information and register here.

Fear & Intimidation in the Workplace

A workplace can only remain functional when those who operate within it find a way to respect each other. This course alerts us to what a poisoned work environment consists of, what we can do to combat it, the various ways our dignity is harmed and how it affects all those in the workplace. Find more information and register here.

Advanced Stewarding

Unions couldn’t survive without their stewards: they are our advocates in the workplace. But being a union steward is not an easy job. This course provides you with the tools you will need to listen, communicate, educate, and defend your fellow co-workers in dealing with management and during elections, meetings, and collective bargaining. You will learn to identify and resolve grievances, as well as how to police the collective agreement. Find more information and register here.

Pensions and Benefits

Dental Plans

UFCW 1518 Dental Division
Dental Division Coverage Fact Sheet
Phone: 1.888.818.3368

Health Care Dental Plan
Phone: 1.888.275.4672

For all other workplaces, please consult your collective agreement for information on your workplace benefits.

Health Plans

Safeway Members
Health & Welfare Trust Phone: 1.888.310.1318 ext #3381

Overwaitea Food Group Members
Phone: 1.877.643.7200

Health Care Members
Phone: 1.888.275.4672

For all other workplaces, please consult your collective agreement for information on your workplace benefits.

Pension Plans

Current and retired members can find a range of valuable information about their pension or contact the plan at 1.888.345.8329.

Health care members covered by the Municipal Pension Plan (MPP) can access information about their pension here or contact the plan at 1.800.668.6335.

Members covered by the Canadian Commercial Workers Industry Pension Plan (CCWIPP) can access information about their pension or contact the plan at 1.800.387.3181.

SCHOLARSHIPS

UFCW 1518 Affiliation Scholarship #547

The UFCW 1518 Affiliation Scholarship #547 awards 20 scholarships of $1,000 each to students beginning or continuing studies in a full academic program at the University of BC, University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, BC Institute of Technology, or at a college in British Columbia. The scholarship is awarded to students entering from Grade 12 and students continuing with their post-secondary education. The awards are normally made to the applicants with the highest academic standing.

Eligibility:

Applicants must be a member of UFCW 1518 in good standing, or a child or legal ward of a member in good standing, and have earned a minimum grade of 75% in the previous year’s studies.

Required documentation:

  1. Letter of recommendation from UFCW 1518 confirming your or your parent’s membership in good standing. Please email your request to reception@ufcw1518.com with the subject line UFCW 1518 Scholarship 547.
  2. Most recent high school or post-secondary transcripts.
  3. A brief summary of how you meet the requirements.

Apply online:

For more information and to apply online between August 15-September 15, click here.

Retail Meat Program – Thompson Rivers University

In partnership with Thompson Rivers University, UFCW 1518 offers members full tuition and partial living expenses to attend the Retail Meat Cutting Program. This nine-month program trains members to take up employment as a meat cutter and join a thriving industry that is always seeking talented and dedicated workers. For admission information, contact Corey Davison at 250-828-5351 or .

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety Dick Martin Scholarship

This scholarship honours the memory of Dick Martin, a tireless health and safety advocate and a pioneer of workplace health and safety in Canada. Worth $3000, this CCOHS national scholarship is available to any student enrolled full-time or part-time in occupational health and safety-related studies at an accredited post-secondary institution in Canada, including mine safety, occupational or industrial health and safety, industrial hygiene, safety management or other related safety degree program. Find more information and apply here.

Columbia Foundation Lifelong Learning Scholarships

The Columbia Institute is committed to lifelong learning that benefits all segments of society. That’s why it supports adult learners interested in re-training and skills upgrading. The David Podworny Memorial Scholarship, valued at $1,000 per year, is intended for those studying or planning to study telecommunications trades and labour studies at accredited public institutions in British Columbia or Washington State. Find more information and apply here. The Dennis McGann Bursary is a one-time bursary, worth up to $1,000, for those studying or planning to study communications who demonstrate a commitment to the issues affecting working people. Find more information and apply here.

UFCW Charity Foundation Scholarship

Since 1958, the UFCW Charity Foundation has distributed more than $2 million in scholarships to members and their families. Past winners have gone on to make significant contributions to society in areas like the law, public service, medicine, business and teaching. Many have returned to UFCW as staffers, organizers and community activists who advance our values and mission. Six scholarships worth up to $8,000 each are awarded annually to students who have graduated from high school, have their GED, or will be graduating this spring. Find more information hereApply here.

UFCW Canada & Beggs-Dowling-Mathieu Scholarship

Named in honour of three past leaders of UFCW Canada – William Beggs, Fred Dowling, and Roméo Mathieu – this scholarship supports members and their families pursuing full-time studies at an accredited post-secondary institution in Canada. You don’t need to be an A+ student – you just need a passion for learning! Eighteen scholarships worth $1000 each are allocated by region across Canada annually. Find more information hereApply here.

UFCW 1518 & Overwaitea Food Group Diversity Scholarship (non-members)

The Overwaitea Food Group offers this scholarship to all Canadian citizens in communities served by UFCW 1518 members and the OFG, at any stage of their post-secondary education. Successful applicants demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to diversity awareness in their schools and communities. Up to 10 scholarships worth $1000 each are awarded annually. Find examples of past recipientsApply here.

UFCW 1518 & Overwaitea Food Group Diversity Scholarship (members)

Founded on the belief that we are stronger together, this scholarship supports respectful and positive work environments by promoting diversity awareness. Successful applicants demonstrate their commitment to developing strong, healthy and mutually beneficial relationships with the diverse communities we serve. It is open to UFCW 1518 members with at least one year of service with Overwaitea Food Group, and their dependents, who are pursuing a post-secondary program.

Up to 10 scholarships worth $1000 each are awarded annually. Find more information on the Team Member Information Site.

Skills Development

Workplace Math Skills

Almost every sector that UFCW Canada members work in – from food retail to health care to warehousing – requires math skills. This course will help you strengthen your math skills and feel more confident in your ability to perform everyday arithmetic. Find more information and register here.

Pharmacy Assistant – Part 2

This course focuses on the areas foundational to everyday work in most pharmacies. You will learn the difference between important versus urgent, effective versus efficient, the importance of priorities, methods of receiving prescriptions, measuring/converting/calculations, directions/dispensing, and the various drug plans that exist. Watch a preview of the course. Find more information and register here.

Pharmacy Assistant – Part 1

The skills required to be an effective Pharmacy Assistant include a basic knowledge of mathematics, computers and reading comprehension. This course introduces you to the code of ethics, the three drug schedules, and the importance of confidentiality. Watch a preview of the course. Find more information and register here.