News
Feb 06, 2013

Nearly 500 family service workers on strike

Nearly 500 family service workers on strike


Proper government funding needed for programs that support vulnerable families. Picketing will occur in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Kamloops, Nelson, Castlegar, Trail, Cranbrook and Vernon on Wednesday and Thursday


Nearly 500 family service workers across British Columbia, including more than 150 CUPE members in North Vancouver and Vernon, will be striking on Wednesday (February 6) and Thursday (February 7).  


“Striking workers want to send a clear message to the B.C. government: stop putting the squeeze on family services and other community-based social services,” says CUPE’s community social services coordinator Cheryl Colborne. “Proper government funding is needed for programs for vulnerable families and the workers who support them.


“Our members enjoy helping families participate in their community and enjoy the best quality of life possible,” says Colborne, “but many of these workers can’t make ends meet. Starting wages are $15 an hour, a dollar less than 10 years ago. Many of them have had to take on second jobs or are having to leave the work they love.”


Family service workers work with vulnerable families. They intervene when children or youth are at risk. They help with substance addictions. They work with teenage or single parents trying to make ends meet. They provide family counselling, vocational and life skills training, job placement services, assessment, therapy, infant and supported child development, and autism intervention.


This family services strike follows last week’s strike by 3,400 community living workers across British Columbia.


 


The following agencies will be on strike, but essential services will be maintained:


 


Wednesday, February 6, 2013


 









































Community



Agency



Picket location & time



Union



Members impacted



Vancouver



WestCoast  Family Centres



8am-5pm
2780 East Broadway (at Kaslo St.)



BCGEU



55



Vancouver



WestCoast Child Care Resource Centre



8am-5pm
2780 East Broadway (at Kaslo St.)



BCGEU



19



North Vancouver



North Shore Crisis Services Society



8:30am-12:30pm
145 East 15th Street (at Lonsdale)



BCGEU



35



North Vancouver



North Shore Disability Resource Centre Associations



8:30am-12:30pm
145 East 15th Street (at Lonsdale)



CUPE



108



 


 


Thursday, February 7, 2013


 









































































Community



Agency



Picket location & time



Union



Members impacted



Kamloops



Interior Community Services (ICS)



8:30am- 4:30pm


396 & 765 Tranquille Rd.


12-1 pm: action on the Overlander bridge



BCGEU/UFCW



90+26



Nelson



Kootenay Kids



9am-4pm 312 Silica St.



BCGEU



35



Castlegar



Castlegar & District Community Services



8:30am – 4:30pm


1007-2nd Street



BCGEU



15



Trail



Canadian Mental Health Association for the Kootenays



7am - 7 pm
1200 Hospital Bench



BCGEU



5



Trail



Trail Family & Individual Resource Centre Society (FAIR)



8am-8pm
2079 Columbia Avenue



BCGEU



35



Cranbrook



Canadian Mental Health Association for the Kootenays



9am-1pm
39-13th Avenue South



BCGEU



10



Cranbrook



Community Connections of Southeast BC (including Cranbrook Women’s Resource Centre)



9am-1pm
39-13th Avenue South



BCGEU



5



Vernon



North Okanagan Youth & Family Services



8:30am-1pm
3100-32 Avenue



CUPE



50



Total members impacted



488



 


BCGEU, CUPE, HEU, HSA and six other unions, which together make up the Community Social Services Bargaining Association, represent family service workers. There are 15,000 unionized community social service workers, and about one-third of them work in general services, which includes family services.


 


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