March 2, 2012

March is Community Social Services Awareness Month!

Take Action: Show the BC Government that Community Social Services matter to you!

BURNABY—Frontline community social service workers and agencies help build safe, healthy, and caring communities across B.C. During difficult periods, or when a crisis arises, community-based social services are available to help individuals and families deal with life’s challenges.

December 19, 2011

BC Liberal jobs strategy to cut employment service for 14,000 DTES residents

VITAL SERVICE--Pathways member Doug Elliott (centre) and CUPE 1936-04 member Tony St-Pierre (right), an employment counsellor and case manager, in the Pathways Information Centre computer room. More than 200 Downtown Eastside residents a day use Pathways’ services to help them seek or find employment.

VANCOUVER—Thanks to a short-sighted business model of the BC Liberals, a valuable service that provides job training, employment opportunities and communication resources for up to 14,000 Downtown Eastside (DTES) residents may be forced to close its doors as of March 31st.

November 21, 2011

CLBC Stop the Cuts – Coming to your town!

BURNABY—A coalition of activists supporting persons with disabilities is planning a series of rallies as part of its campaign to stop the cuts and restore services to Community Living BC.

In addition to joining a Facebook page (you can become a Friend by going to Kimberley Yanko clbcfailspwd) and signing a Google online petition (clbcstopthecuts

October 18, 2011

Rick Mowles dismissed as CEO of Community Living BC

BURNABY—CEO of Community Living BC (CLBC), Rick Mowles, has had his last day on the job.

CLBC announced October 14, that Mowles had been dismissed from his position at CLBC effective immediately.

October 17, 2011

New agreement ratified

New contract improves job security and fair work practices

BURNABY—Community-based social service workers from the nine unions in the sector have approved their new collective agreements. The vote was 88 per cent in favour for General Services and 79 per cent in favour for Community Living Services.

The agreement improves job security and fair work practices for workers, such as bumping, job selection language and bullying.

October 17, 2011

CSS workers approve new contracts

New agreement improves job security, work practices in community-based social services sector

BURNABY—British Columbia’s frontline community-based social service workers have approved their new collective agreements.

August 24, 2011

Details of Tentative Settlement in Community Living Services and General Services

BURNABY—The Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) today released the Comprehensive Report and the detailed language changes in the tentative settlement.

August 15, 2011

Tentative agreement

Strike averted as deal improves job security and fair work practices

VANCOUVER—A tentative agreement has been reached for British Columbia’s 15,000 community-based social service workers, thereby averting a strike. Talks went into the weekend to avert looming job action. 

Key bargaining demands were met, as the tentative agreement improves job security and fair work practices for workers, such as bumping, job selection language and bullying.

August 12, 2011

Final bargaining push

VANCOUVER—Last ditch community social services bargaining talks resumed August 9, and lasted through the week. Talks are set to continue on Monday.

Your bargaining committee has been clear that any agreement must focus on your
key demands – namely job security, fair work practices, and dealing with the
continuing bleeding of jobs and decimation of services in the sector.

On May 30, you gave your bargaining committee an 82-per-cent strike mandate,
which expires on August 30. Any agreement must be reached before that date.

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.