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.


March 2, 2011

HSPBA ratifies collective agreement

BURNABY—Members of the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) have voted to accept the terms of the collective agreement reached in late December.

“Our members expressed loud disapproval of this deal and we’re disappointed it was ratified,” said CUPE bargaining committee member, Frank De Waard, “However, we look forward to working with the other unions in our bargaining association in the next round of bargaining to negotiate a deal that we can all endorse and that Health Science Professionals can be proud of.”

The agreement passed with 57 per cent of al

February 24, 2011

Come out and walk for community social services!

VICTORIA—This month’s annual community social services awareness events will culminate with B.C.’s biggest public event of the campaign, the walk for community social services, on March 26.

The walk, which begins and ends at Centennial Square in Victoria, is a fun-filled event featuring a barbeque and live entertainment aimed at raising awareness about the vital role that community social services play in our communities.

February 22, 2011

March is Community Social Services Awareness Month

BURNABY—For the fourth year running, CUPE’s community social services workers are shining a light on our work and our services during the month of March.

February 16, 2011

CSS members planning next steps to secure a fair deal

BURNABY—In recent weeks, CUPE members working in community social services have been attending membership meetings across the province to discuss next steps in their efforts to secure a fair collective agreement.

The meetings were scheduled by the multi-union Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) in response to the current impasse at the bargaining table, where employers have refused to consider solutions to a range of problems affecting workers and the critical services they provide.

“It’s been more than a year since we entered into negotiations with the

February 3, 2011

Community Social Services workers to Bloy: Give us a fair deal!

BURNABY—British Columbia’s 15,000 community social service workers—including 2,500 CUPE members—are asking their supporters to contact their MLA, and Social Development minister Harry Bloy, to demand a fair deal.

Unionized CSS workers provide important services to women, children and families, youth, people with physical or developmental disabilities and First Nations in towns across British Columbia.

December 1, 2010

Fairness, respect ‘long overdue’ for community social services workers

VANCOUVER—The thousands of community social services workers who make British Columbia a better place to live have waited long enough to achieve justice in the workplace, a mass labour rally was told here today.

“We need to see employment security, and seniority rights for lay-off and recall, as opposed to the employer’s idea of handpicking their favourites,” Patsy, a transition ho

November 5, 2010

Support Community Social Service Workers Appreciation Day

BURNABY—Community social service workers make a difference in our communities – every day. November 6, 2010, is an opportunity to stop and say thank you for that important work as communities across Canada celebrate Community Social Services Appreciation Day.

CSS workers provide the supports and frontline services that maintain our social safety net.