October 22, 2010

Community Social Services - Keeping up the pressure on BC government

BURNABY—Community social services workers and the unions that represent them, including CUPE, are working with coalition partners to build and maintain pressure on the BC Liberal government to stop the closures of group homes and to properly fund the sector.

Earlier this week, a coalition of advocates and unions wrote to Jane Holland, BC’s Advocate for Service Quality see letter here asking her to work with the Ministry and Community Living BC to stop the cost-driven closures and

October 8, 2010

Rally for a fair deal sends a strong message to community social services employers

BURNABY—Wednesday’s rally in Kelowna by community social services workers and their supporters outside a provincial meeting of the Community Social Services Employers' Association (CSSEA) sent a strong message to the employer that CSS workers deserve fairness and respect, and they need a settlement after a full year of contract negotiations.

"A fair deal from our employers isn’t too much to ask," said Michael Lanier, president of CUPE 1936 and a member of the Community Social Services Bargaining Association.

October 6, 2010

Community Social Service workers issue open letter to Employers

Community Social Services workers from across BC have issued an open letter to their employers asking for a fair and equitable collective agreement.

October 6, 2010

Community Social Services workers to rally today at Employer meeting in Kelowna

BURNABY - Unionized community social service workers will rally today in Kelowna at the annual convention of their employer bargaining association, CSSEA (the Community Social Services Employers Association.)

Throughout negotiations, CSSEA has insisted that community social services workers accept their “zero mandate.”

Employers have so far offered only two more years of:

• No wage increases

• No net benefit improvements

• No employment security during a time of lay-offs

• No significant collective agreements changes to create a fairer workpla

October 5, 2010

Summerland municipal workers ratify agreement

SUMMERLAND – CUPE 1136 members have ratified a Collective Agreement with the District of Summerland. The three-year deal runs from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2012.

“This agreement shows the pride our members take in working for the District,” says Bargaining Committee chair David Scott. “We work in Summerland and care about the services we provide residents.”

The agreement includes a 1.5 per cent increase in the second year and 1.75 per cent in the third year with improvement to benefits.

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.

September 17, 2010

Future of Community Social Services negotiations on the line

BURNABY— The Community Social Services bargaining committee is meeting this week to prepare to resume negotiations next week with the provincial government's Community Social Services Employers’ Association (CSSEA) and its member employers.

We're looking forward to working with employers to reach a fair settlement that improves the working life and conditions of our members.

September 14, 2010

Quesnel municipal workers’ contract ratified

QUESNEL—Members of CUPE 1050, Quesnel municipal workers, have a three-year contract that was ratified by Mayor and Council yesterday.

“We are pleased to be able to continue providing quality services to Quesnel residents,” said CUPE 1050 president Dan Weiman.

September 9, 2010

From lock-out threat to ratification

QUESNEL—CUPE 1050 members ratified a mediated agreement with the City of Quesnel yesterday. Both parties have agreed not to discuss details of the agreement, pending ratification. Council was expected to ratify the agreement when they met on Tuesday but they have asked for another week.

“We’re waiting for the employer to finalize the process,” says CUPE 1050 president Dan Weiman.

August 23, 2010

Union welcomes mediation

QUESNEL–CUPE 1050, Quesnel municipal workers, are pleased that the City has agreed to engage the services of a mediator. The union applied for mediation on Wednesday to the Labour Relations Board and the employer has accepted.

“This is a positive step forward,” says CUPE 1050 president Dan Weiman. “We are looking forward to getting back to the table.”

Members of CUPE 1050 met on Sunday afternoon and voted to renew their strike mandate that expires at the end of August.