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August 10, 2011

Still at the table—but ready for job action

BURNABY—B.C.’s community social services workers have moved closer to job action this week, with essential service levels now complete and an agreement reached on Tuesday regarding the outstanding issue of regional strike headquarters.

July 8, 2011

Deadline extended for setting CSS Essential Services levels

Completion date bumped to July 30

BURNABY —The BC Labour Relations Board (LRB) has extended the July 22 deadline for determining all essential services levels for Community Social Service workers in B.C. The new deadline is July 30.

Community Social Services workers are prevented from taking strike action until all essential service levels have been set at every worksite across the province.

June 23, 2011

Community Social Services - Steady progress to job action

Essential service levels to be set by July 22

BURNABY—We are making steady progress in moving towards job action following the May 30 strike vote. 

Community Social Service workers are prevented from taking strike action until essential service levels have been set at every worksite across the province. For several months, your unions have been working to negotiate those essential service levels, and employers have stalled and delayed.

May 30, 2011

Community social service workers return strong strike mandate

Unions call on province and employers to protect community jobs and services

BURNABY—Frontline community social service workers across British Columbia have given their bargaining committee a strike mandate of 85 per cent in Community Living and 77 per cent in General Services.  The vote follows more than 18 months of protracted contract talks that broke down on March 30.

“This strike vote comes at a time of deepening crisis in community social services,” says bargaining committee member Michael Lanier.  “We are seeing group h

May 18, 2011

Community Social Services strike votes adding up

BURNABY — CUPE’s community social services workers have completed their strike votes and added them to the CSS Bargaining Association sector-wide vote.

The Community Social Services Bargaining Association Negotiating Committee is scheduled to meet to tabulate the votes on May 27-28. The committee will also be discussing strike actions, campaigns and member involvement. The committee expects to notify the Labour Relations Board (LRB) of the results of the strike vote on Monday, May 30. 

Meanwhile, the Unions continue working on setting essential services levels.

April 18, 2011

Community social services workers ‘owed so much more’

VANCOUVER — CUPE National President Paul Moist was just in Vancouver to speak at the CUPE BC annual convention. He has a strong message for community social services workers and for the employers’ association:

 “Community social service workers provide support and frontline services that maintain our social safety net. They are the people who are in daily and direct contact with children, people living with disabilities, the homeless, those with addictions, new Canadians, families in crisis, women experiencing abuse and others facing traumatic situations.

April 6, 2011

Strike votes begin for CUPE’s community social services

BURNABY— CUPE members in the community social services sector will begin taking strike votes throughout B.C. tomorrow (April 7), a process made inevitable by the last proposal tabled by the Community Social Services Employers Association on March 30.

All nine member unions in the Community Social Services Bargaining Association walked away from the bargaining table last week when CSSEA proposed concessions on bumping and promotions/transfers and failed to include real employment security.

March 30, 2011

CSSBA walks away from table: “We won’t bargain concessions”

BURNABY—The Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) has notified the Community Social Services Employers Association (CSSEA) today that its members are walking away from the negotiating table.

On two key priority language articles, the employer continues to table concessions, and no real employment security has been tabled. Due to the fact that the CSSBA was unable to negotiate a tentative MOA under the mandated subcommittee, all proposals from both parties will revert back to the December 15, 2010 package.

March 23, 2011

Bargaining resumes for Community Social Services

BURNABY— Members of the community social services bargaining committee returned to the bargaining table earlier this week in an attempt to reach a new collective agreement. Despite being subject to the forced mandate of the bargaining sub-committee, CUPE remains actively involved in representing its members’ rights at the table.

The bargaining sub-committee resumed negotiations on Monday (March 21) with talks scheduled until Friday (March 25). An update will be provided at that time.

March 11, 2011

BCGEU forces vote to reconstruct negotiating committee

BURNABY— The community social services bargaining committee for the BCGEU today tabled and passed a proposal for a special negotiating subcommittee which sets minimal limits on bargaining member representation.

Under the GEU’s proposal, which passed under the endorsement of the Health Sciences Association, UFCW and CLAC, the negotiating subcommittee would be comprised of four members from the BCGEU and only one member from each of the other unions.

The GEU tabled the proposal “for the purpose of bringing back to the Negotiating Committee for approval a recommendation for ten

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