August 31, 2012

Rally to support Community Social Services – September 13

STOP PUTTING THE SQUEEZE ON COMMUNITY SOCIAL SERVICES
AND THE WORKERS WHO PROVIDE THEM!

In the past decade, the BC Liberal government has taken millions out of the community social services sector – cutting programs, closing group homes and allowing waitlists to grow at an alarming rate.

Enough is enough. It’s time to put badly-needed resources back into the services we all rely on in times of need, especially our most vulnerable community members.

August 28, 2012

Job action likely even as CSSBA returns to bargaining table

Public rally to be held on September 13 in support of community social services

BURNABY—With a strong strike mandate backing members’ demands for a fair deal in General Services and Community Living Services; the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) will meet with employers on September 17 and 18.

July 23, 2012

Community social services workers overwhelmingly endorse strike action

BURNABY—Community social services workers around the province have voted strongly in favour of job action to back their bargaining proposals.  Members in General Services have voted 85 per cent in favour of strike action. Members in Community Living Services voted 90 per cent in favour.

“This sends a clear message to the provincial government that a fair and reasonable settlement is long overdue. Our members deserve a fair deal and these results show that they’re prepared to stand up and fight for it,” says CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill.

July 16, 2012

Training cost reimbursement available for CSS workers

Apply to the joint CSS labour adjustment and education fund by Aug 29

BURNABY—If you are a CUPE community social services worker who was laid off as of April 1, 2011 or later, or have had a reduction in hours and are currently a union member covered by a CSS bargaining association collective agreement, you may be eligible for reimbursement of training costs.

June 29, 2012

Still time to vote Yes! CSS Strike Vote continues next week

VANCOUVER - There is still time to vote yes for a fair and reasonable deal for the Community Social Service sector. It’s time to stand up for an agreement that includes better wages and benefits, job security, improved reimbursable expenses and restored sick leave.

There is one more chance to vote in Vancouver on July 5th, at the BC Federation of Labour offices #200 – 5118 Joyce Street. Meetings run at 11:00 am, 1:30 pm, 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm. You do not have to attend the full meeting, just come on down and vote.

June 27, 2012

CLBC executive bonuses expose government's double standard

Vote YES for a strong strike mandate

VANCOUVER - The provincial government has given community social services workers another strong motivation to attend strike vote meetings being held around BC. 

We all know that inflation is driving up the cost of living. The price of a litre of gas has climbed by 43 per cent since our last pay raise. Bread is up more than 11 per cent and milk more than 10 per cent.

These are not the only double digit increases though.

June 15, 2012

Community Social Services: Strike vote meetings continue; invitation to telephone town hall meeting June 19

Community Social Services members represented by CUPE are continuing to participate across the province at multi-union information and strike vote meetings. A complete list of strike vote meetings this week is attached

June 8, 2012

Schedule of Information Meeting and Strike Votes

VANCOUVER - In light of yesterday’s breakdown in talks, CUPE and other unions involved in the Community Social Services Bargaining Association have organized strike votes at worksites around the province. Strike vote meetings will begin next week.

Attached is the schedule of meetings and votes for the first week of the process. Stay tuned for further updates, and a schedule of meetings and townhalls in the coming week.


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June 8, 2012

Talks break down in community social services bargaining, strike vote to be taken: Strike vote meetings to start next week

VANCOUVER - Talks broke down yesterday between the provincial government, employers and the ten unions representing B.C.'s 15,000 community social services workers. As a result, there will be a strike vote for all unionized workers in the sector.

Outstanding issues include: wages, benefits, sick leave, reimbursable expenses and concessionary demands by the employer, including revisiting improvements gained in the last round of bargaining. 

June 8, 2012

Talks break down in community social services bargaining, strike vote to be taken

VANCOUVER - Talks broke down yesterday between the provincial government, employers and the ten unions representing B.C.'s 15,000 community social services workers. The parties have been in negotiations since February to try and reach a collective agreement.

Wages, benefits and concessionary demands by the employer, including revisiting improvements gained in the last round of bargaining are the outstanding issues.