The Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) is pleased to announce that a tentative agreement has been reached with the Community Social Services Employers Association (CSSEA). This includes agreements for workers in the Community Living Services, General Services, and Indigenous Services sub-sectors.
The tentative agreement was negotiated with ten unions who represent members in the agreement: BCGEU, CUPE, HEU, HSA, CSWU Local 1611, CLAC, USW 1-417, UFCW and BCNU.
CUPE has been at the bargaining table since February 2022, working hard to bring forward the priorities our members identified. These priorities include fair and equitable wages to address rising costs of living, meaningful recognition and rights for Indigenous workers, and the ability to address members’ health needs including mental health supports.
The tentative agreement has a three-year term and includes the following highlights:
- Low-wage redress* increases, retroactive for all employees past and present to April 1, 2022
- $0.25/hour increase to all wage grids, retroactive for all employees past and present to April 1, 2022
- 3.24% increase to all wage grids, retroactive for all employees past and present to April 1, 2022
- At least a 5.5% general wage increase, effective first pay period after April 1, 2023
- At least a 2% general wage increase, effective first pay period after April 1, 2024
- Additional wage comparability increases for all classifications
- Increase to transportation allowance, effective date of ratification
- 100% paid sick leave, effective April 1, 2024
- Improvements to health and welfare benefits, leave provisions, health and safety, layoff and recall, bullying and harassment language.
In addition, the following are highlights on the gains achieved specifically for Indigenous Services:
- Wage parity for all classifications with Main Public Service collective agreement
- Retention incentive payment for all classifications
- Commitment to continue discussions on parity with Main Public Service agreement for recruitment and retention, compensatory recognition for cultural competency and further Indigenization of the collective agreement
The CSSBA negotiating committee unanimously supports the tentative agreement and isencouraging all members to vote in favour of ratification.
* Low-wage redress (LWR) refers to funds that are meant to help reduce long-term inequalities in compensation in both community social services and health care sectors.