Nearly 30 employees at the Quadra Village location of Cascadia Liquor applied for union certification early last week with an overwhelming majority supporting unionization.Read More
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Retail Liquor Store Workers
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As private retail liquor store workers in British Columbia, we face numerous challenges. The cost of living keeps going up, wages are low, and raises are rare. Making matters worse, many of us are not allowed to accept or keep tips.
It often seems we don’t have a voice at our workplaces: safety concerns go unaddressed, we have no say in how tips are managed, and scheduling is often decided on the whim of management.
There’s a way forward. We’re coming together through the Beverage Workers Rising campaign to overcome these and other challenges by forming a Union with SEIU Local 2.
“We need a way to ensure we get raises every year especially with the cost of living continuing to rise. We can accomplish that through a union contract.”
Suvim Abraham Cherian
Victoria BC Liquor Express
“Hours matter, it’s important that scheduling be done fairly. With a Union, we can work towards fairness and making sure our years of service are respected.”
Surrey BC Wheelhouse Liquor (Berezan)
“The sale of alcohol is unique in terms of ensuring workplace safety. While most customers are great, some can get aggressive towards staff, posing a threat to our well-being. Joining together as a union allows us to advocate for a safer workplace.”
Port Moody BC (Berezan)
“Everyone needs job security. The peace of mind that comes with a Union contract is invaluable to me.”
Granville Island Brewery (Retail store)
“As Union members we’ll have a seat at the bargaining table and a voice over how important things like tips work. It could be the difference between having a say versus allowing management to make all the decisions.”
Safeyway Liquor Coquitlam BC
The union advantage
Learn more about the difference being a member of a Union can make, what we can accomplish together, and what it takes to win.
Does a union provide us job security? What legal protections do we have during our union drive? What are union dues? The answers to these and other questions can be found in our FAQ section.