October 30, 2015

New medical forms developed for Community Social Service Workers

BURNABY – Effective today, Community Social Service workers will be using a newly developed medical form for absences from work of more than five days. The new forms were developed during a three-day arbitration regarding a policy grievance filed about the appropriateness of medical leave forms in obtaining medical information from employees.

January 12, 2015

Southern Railway is no victim—David Black

COPE 378 President David Black, in a letter to the editor of the New Westminster Record, takes on Southern Railway’s misleading claim in a January 7 article that they’re a “small, local company” when in fact they’re owned by one of the richest men in the U.S.

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February 4, 2014

Funds available for social services workers

The Community Social Services Labour Adjustment and Education Fund Committee is now taking applications for education funding. 

 The LAEF Fund is designed to help CUPE community social services workers who have been laid off  or had their hours severely cut since April 1, 2011 or who are interested in jobplace skills development. The fund can provide opportunities to upgrade skills in current positions, a related job or other job classification with priority given to training related to the community social services sector.

November 6, 2013

Community Social Service Worker Appreciation Day statement

Wednesday, November 6 is Community Social Service (CSS) Worker Appreciation Day, and in addition to showing gratitude to those workers who provide vital services across British Columbia, we should also reflect on how society treats our most vulnerable citizens and their support workers.

There are more than 10,000 unionized community-based service workers in BC and CUPE BC is proud to represent 2,500 of them.

July 15, 2013

Community living and family service programs may be cut as Liberals fail to provide promised bridge funding

BURNABY - Services for vulnerable families may be cut across B.C. following the government's failure to provide bridge funding for a 1.5% wage increase that was negotiated for frontline workers earlier this year, the Community Social Services Bargaining Association says.

Family service workers provide vital community-based social programs for vulnerable children, struggling youth and families across British Columbia. Community living workers provide programs and supports for people with developmental disabilities.

July 10, 2013

Limited opportunity to buy your past pension service to increase your guaranteed retirement income

Community Social Service members:

Limited opportunity to buy your past pension service to increase your guaranteed retirement income

Summary:

  • Community social service workers can purchase past pensionable service with their employer, to increase guarant

February 8, 2013

CSS unions return to bargaining table after two successful weeks of large-scale job action

After latest strike action impacting 3,900 members, employer invites CSSBA back to the table

After two successful weeks of large-scale job action in community living and family services, the employer has invited the multi-union bargaining association back to the bargaining table.

April 20, 2012

Slow progress at community social services bargaining table

BURNABY—Progress has been frustratingly slow during the second round of contract talks this week between the multi-union bargaining committee, the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA), and the employer group, the Community Social Services Employers Association (CSSEA).

March 30, 2012

Pathways forced to close its doors today: Community and staff celebrate nine years in the DTES with afternoon party

VANCOUVER—This afternoon’s “Party at Pathways,” with community members and local politicians in support of Pathways Information Centre, has turned into a wake. Pathways had secured limited funding from alternative sources, was considering how to maintain services, and was hoping to celebrate this achievement. Instead, Pathways will be closing its doors at day’s end.

March 19, 2012

Unions, employer exchange preliminary proposals during second week of CSS contract talks

BURNABY—The Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) and the Community Social Services Employers Association (CSSEA) exchanged their opening proposals during the first round of contract talks, which began February 27.