Interviewed by Phil Legg
Ivan Limpright was born and grew up in the Fraser Valley. After working for his father driving truck and front-end loaders, he graduated from high school and started working at the Overwaitea warehouse in Burnaby. Ivan’s union activism began when the company contracted out the warehouse work to Loman. He rose from shop steward to chief shop steward to union executive member and staff of the UFCW, representing members and bargaining contracts on Vancouver Island, the Interior, the Lower Mainland and throughout B.C. Ivan became head of UFCW Local 1518 and retired as President in 2018 after 34 years with the union.
Fraser Valley, Langley, Limpright the Manure King, benefits, Overwaitea Foods, Burnaby, BC Sugar, Redpath Sugar, Brooke Sundin, warehouse, shop steward, collective agreement, Vancouver Island, Nanaimo, Sointula Co-op, Port Hardy, Courtenay, Lower Mainland, Delta-Surrey, Venice Bakery, Loman, contracting out, Farquharson Farms, Canada Bread, Save-On, Safeway, pension plan, paternity leave, maternity leave, birth control, daily seniority, part-time work. Vince Ready, Sobeys, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), migrant farmworkers, Employment Insurance (EI), WorkSafe, temporary foreign workers, citizenship, inequality, New Democratic Party (NDP), Fair Wage Commission, Harry Bains, living wage, farming, B.C., Washington State, minimum wage, Employment Standards, women, Indigenous, COVID, basic social safety net.