April 6, 2011

NDP leadership candidates weigh in on community social services issues

BURNABY—CUPE BC today released the results of a questionnaire about community social services that the union sent earlier this year to the leadership candidates of both the BC Liberals and the BC New Democratic Party.

The questionnaire, which sought the candidates’ responses to various issues affecting the sector, was sent on February 4. None of the BC Liberal candidates submitted answers, but all four sitting MLAs running for the NDP leadership—Adrian Dix, Mike Farnworth, John Horgan, and Nicholas Simons—did respond.

March 30, 2011

CSSBA walks away from table: “We won’t bargain concessions”

BURNABY—The Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) has notified the Community Social Services Employers Association (CSSEA) today that its members are walking away from the negotiating table.

On two key priority language articles, the employer continues to table concessions, and no real employment security has been tabled. Due to the fact that the CSSBA was unable to negotiate a tentative MOA under the mandated subcommittee, all proposals from both parties will revert back to the December 15, 2010 package.

March 23, 2011

Bargaining resumes for Community Social Services

BURNABY— Members of the community social services bargaining committee returned to the bargaining table earlier this week in an attempt to reach a new collective agreement. Despite being subject to the forced mandate of the bargaining sub-committee, CUPE remains actively involved in representing its members’ rights at the table.

The bargaining sub-committee resumed negotiations on Monday (March 21) with talks scheduled until Friday (March 25). An update will be provided at that time.

March 11, 2011

BCGEU forces vote to reconstruct negotiating committee

BURNABY— The community social services bargaining committee for the BCGEU today tabled and passed a proposal for a special negotiating subcommittee which sets minimal limits on bargaining member representation.

Under the GEU’s proposal, which passed under the endorsement of the Health Sciences Association, UFCW and CLAC, the negotiating subcommittee would be comprised of four members from the BCGEU and only one member from each of the other unions.

The GEU tabled the proposal “for the purpose of bringing back to the Negotiating Committee for approval a recommendation for ten

March 11, 2011

Municipal proclamations piling up for Community Social Services month

BURNABY—To date, 40 municipal councils from across British Columbia have proclaimed March as Community Social Services Awareness Month, or recognized community social services in some fashion.

This includes the city councils of Victoria, Vancouver, Prince George, Trail, Whistler, Kelowna and Richmond. The province of British Columbia has also proclaimed March 2011 “Community Social Services Month.”

Take a look at the proclamations.

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December 15, 2010

Talks break off as employer plays Grinch

Talks between the unions representing BC's community social services workers and the employers association have broken off a little more than a week away from Christmas. The employers seem intent on playing the role of Grinch.

The lost year

Negotiations have dragged on for over 13 months.

November 1, 2010

After one year, no deal in sight

Last Thursday marked the one year anniversary of the commencement of negotiations for new collective agreements in the community social services sector. Bargaining resumed this week after the employers took a five week break.

Your union bargaining committee was optimistic at the start of the week as a number of very minor issues were agreed to.

September 24, 2010

Employers drop the ball in negotiations

BURNABY— This week, the Community Social Services bargaining committee offered employers an opportunity to finally get serious about negotiations for a new collective agreement - and they promptly dropped the ball.

“They just don't get it,” says Michael Lanier, President of CUPE Local 1936 and a member of the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA). “Our members need to see real gains after years of concessions and crumbs.

June 15, 2010

Bargaining update for CUPE members of CSSEA employers

BURNABY— The Community Social Services Bargaining Association committee tasked with negotiating a new collective agreement for members met twice during the week of June 7th with the employers’ group, CSSEA (Community Social Services Employers’ Association).

The parties exchanged responses to the proposals tabled in late May. CSSEA’s package offers no monetary gains. It insists it’s being held to the B.C. Liberal government’s net ‘zero’ financial mandate.

We have not responded to the employers’ request that we remove all monetary proposals from the table.

June 9, 2010

Bargaining update for CUPE Community Social Service members

BURNABY— The Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) bargaining committee tasked with negotiating a new collective agreement for Social Services members met with the employers’ group (CSSEA -Community Social Services Employers' Association) on June 1, 2010.

The parties exchanged feedback on the proposals tabled last week. The government’s CSSEA has tabled a concessionary package that offers no monetary gains.

CSSEA insists it’s being held to the B.C.