November 12, 2009

Free public forum on child care

VANCOUVER—The verdict has long been in – a public system blending early childhood education and child care (ECEC) delivers high quality programs for children and families. What would that system look like? What can we do to push governments to act?

Canada’s private approach to child care has produced a patchwork of unplanned programs that vary in quality affordability and availability.

June 16, 2009

Community social services workers win settlement

BURNABY—CUPE is part of a four-union settlement with the BC government that provides compensation for community social services workers who lost job security provisions under the Liberal government’s 2002 contract-breaking legislation known as Bill 29. The settlement amounts to $425,000 divided among four unions.

April 2, 2009

Exploring Recruitment and Retention issues for BC’s community social service sector employers

A report by SPARC BC March 2008

There is strong anecdotal evidence that community social service employers in British Columbia are having trouble recruiting and retaining workers.

On behalf of the community social service unions, the British Columbia Government and Service Employees’ Union commissioned the Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia (SPARC BC) to conduct an independent study of recruitment and retention issues.

March 31, 2009

Community Social Services walk full of warmth and support

VICTORIA—An upbeat crowd gathered to rally and walk in support of community social services in Victoria on March 28. The event, which saw participation from about 250 people, included a broad cross-section of people with disabilities, workers, and community social services activists.

CUPE 1936’s Sheryl Burns and Michael Lanier say that the commitment of those present was not hampered by the cold and rainy weather, which prompted organizers to trim the length of the walk from 5 km to 2 km.

March 19, 2009

Community Social Services Awareness Month proclaimed across B.C.

BURNABY—The campaign to raise awareness of the importance of community-based social services is being supported by municipal councils across B.C. To date, 30 city councils have passed resolutions declaring March as Community Social Services Awareness Month.

Councils have recognized that community social services "help improve the quality of life for everyone" and that "greater recognition and understanding of the critical role these services play in our communities is needed to ensure their continued availability and improvement."

March 3, 2009

March is Community Social Services Awareness month

BURNABY—For the second year running, CUPE’s community social services workers are shining a light on our work and our services during the month of March. We know that every community, and many families and individuals in B.C., rely on the services we provide.

January 21, 2009

Stand up for seniors’ care

BURNABY—A new campaign by the Hospital Employees’ Union asks us to take a few seconds to stand up for seniors’ care by visiting

Have you had trouble finding a long-term care bed for a frail parent who requires 24/7 care? Can you afford extra fees and charges? Has someone in your family had their surgery cancelled because a shortage of long-term care beds left seniors waiting in hard-to-get hospital beds?

January 8, 2009

End waitlists for community living services

BURNABY—CUPE’s Community Social Services Presidents’ Council has endorsed an important campaign to end waitlists for community living supports and services for children, youth and adults.

The campaign was launched in December by a number of organizations including the BC Association for Community Living (BCACL), the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD) and BC Family Net Society.