February 5, 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.

February 5, 2013

Community living strike draws headlines, support for workers

BURNABY—A series of job actions last week by community social services workers in the community living sector garnered positive media coverage and raised much-needed public awareness about the dire consequences of a decade of government cuts and underfunding of B.C.'s community living sector.

More than 200 of the striking workers, all of them CUPE or HEU members, conducted all-day job actions in Tra

January 30, 2013

More than 200 community living workers in the Kootenays and Salmon Arm to go on strike starting on Thursday, January 31

More than 200 community living workers in the Kootenays and Salmon Arm to go on strike starting on Thursday, January 31

Community social services workers from five communities to picket jobsites in all-day actions.

Community Living workers who support people with developmental disabilities at agencies in Trail, Castlegar, Creston, and Salmon Arm will be on strike on Thursday, January 31.

January 29, 2013

More than 3,000 community living workers going on strike

More than 3,000 community living workers going on strike

BURNABY—Nearly 3,400 community living workers who support adults, children and infants with disabilities and their families are going on strike, starting on Wednesday (January 30).

The 24-hour job action will affect Richmond-based Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA) and Burnaby-based PosAbilities, the two largest community social service agencies in British Columbia.

January 25, 2013

Significant Community Living job action taking place next week

Government must commit to improved funding for sector

BURNABY—Significant job action will take place across British Columbia next week for Community Living work sites of the Community Social Services sector, the multi-union bargaining association has announced.

Workers will be contacted directly ahead of time if their agency or workplace is a target for job action. Members are being reminded not to take job action unless directed to do so by their union.

January 16, 2013

Community Social Services to resume strike action at end of January

Actions will highlight the scope and diversity of sector services

VANCOUVER - The Community Social Services Bargaining Association is planning a strategic escalation of job action beginning later in January that will highlight the diversity and scope of CSS services.

Examples include community living services, women’s services, aboriginal services, family services, youth services, and more.

The actions will back CSSBA’s overarching demand that government commit to improved funding for community-based social services programs and a fair and reaso

December 17, 2012

CSS job action rolls out across Vancouver Island

VICTORIA—In the largest job actions undertaken since rotating strikes began two months ago, community social services workers at more than 20 agencies rallied support for a fair deal throughout the week of December 10.

As job actions swept across the island – from Campbell River to Parksville, Courtney, Nanaimo, and Victoria – striking workers from CUPE, BCGEU, HEU and HSA were buoyed by the solidarity and support they received from trade unionists and the general public.

December 12, 2012

Community social services workers brave the cold to help the needy

NANAIMO - Members of CUPE, HEU, and HSA served baked goods, hot chocolate and coffee, and distributed warm clothing to people in need as their community social services locals took a day of strike action out to the general public.

The event, held at Diana Krall Plaza in downtown Nanaimo drew several dozen members of the public who appeared to appreciate the alternate job action to picketing.

Several representatives from local media outlets attended as well, and members of all three unions shared their experiences as front line caring profe

December 11, 2012

Caring professionals to help those in need while on strike

Agency workers to serve hot food, distribute warm clothing in Nanaimo on Wednesday

NANAIMO—Community social services workers who continue to provide vital services despite being on strike since mid-October will take their job action to a new level on Wednesday (December 12), holding a public action in Nanaimo aimed at sending a strong message to the provincial government: stop putting vulnerable families last!

In the multi-union event, to take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

December 5, 2012

Vancouver Island job action next week, none over holidays

Entire B.C. Labour movement rallies in support of a better deal for CSS

BURNABY—There will be no community social services job action between December 17, 2012 and January 6, 2013.

Details will be announced shortly regarding next week’s strike action on Vancouver Island. As always, workers will be contacted directly if their agency or workplace is a target for job action.

From December 17, it’s time to take a break and celebrate the holiday season.