Future of Community Social Services negotiations on the line

BURNABY— The Community Social Services bargaining committee is meeting this week to prepare to resume negotiations next week with the provincial government’s Community Social Services Employers’ Association (CSSEA) and its member employers. We’re looking forward to working with employers to reach a fair settlement that improves the working life and conditions of our members. We hope the […]

Community Social Services workers to rally today at Employer meeting in Kelowna

BURNABY – Unionized community social service workers will rally today in Kelowna at the annual convention of their employer bargaining association, CSSEA (the Community Social Services Employers Association.) Throughout negotiations, CSSEA has insisted that community social services workers accept their “zero mandate.” Employers have so far offered only two more years of: • No wage […]

Community Social Service workers issue open letter to Employers

Community Social Services workers from across BC have issued an open letter to their employers asking for a fair and equitable collective agreement. The letter can be seen here: www.cssfairdeal.ca  CUPE members are encouraged to forward the letter as widely as possible. In addition to the letter, the Community Social Services Bargaining Association has placed an […]

Rally for a fair deal sends a strong message to community social services employers

BURNABY—Wednesday’s rally in Kelowna by community social services workers and their supporters outside a provincial meeting of the Community Social Services Employers’ Association (CSSEA) sent a strong message to the employer that CSS workers deserve fairness and respect, and they need a settlement after a full year of contract negotiations. “A fair deal from our […]

Community Social Services – Keeping up the pressure on BC government

BURNABY—Community social services workers and the unions that represent them, including CUPE, are working with coalition partners to build and maintain pressure on the BC Liberal government to stop the closures of group homes and to properly fund the sector. Earlier this week, a coalition of advocates and unions wrote to Jane Holland, BC’s Advocate […]

Support Community Social Service Workers Appreciation Day

BURNABY—Community social service workers make a difference in our communities – every day. November 6, 2010, is an opportunity to stop and say thank you for that important work as communities across Canada celebrate Community Social Services Appreciation Day. CSS workers provide the supports and frontline services that maintain our social safety net. They are […]

CSS employers delay over essential services discussions

As community social services negotiations are set to resume this week, the employer association has finally responded to a request to discuss essential services. Your unions asked for preliminary discussions in late September after the first negotiating session in nearly three months ended with no progress. The BC Liberal provincial government’s Community Social Services Employers’ […]

Fairness, respect ‘long overdue’ for community social services workers

VANCOUVER—The thousands of community social services workers who make British Columbia a better place to live have waited long enough to achieve justice in the workplace, a mass labour rally was told here today. “We need to see employment security, and seniority rights for lay-off and recall, as opposed to the employer’s idea of handpicking […]

CUPE members unite in rejecting Health Science Professionals agreement

BURNABY — CUPE 1978 members are the final CUPE group to vote on and reject the proposed agreement in the Health Sciences Professionals sector. The two-year deal features no general wage increase and no new money. Members of CUPE Local 1978, representing workers with Vancouver Island Health Authority, voted 97.2 per cent against the proposed […]

March is Community Social Services Awareness Month

BURNABY—For the fourth year running, CUPE’s community social services workers are shining a light on our work and our services during the month of March. We know that every community, and many families and individuals in B.C., rely on the services we provide. Community social services include child care, employment and housing support for people […]