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CSS Bargaining Update – Agreements Expire and Negotiations Continue

The Community Social Services bargaining committee is currently back at the table with the Community Social Services Employers’ Association (CSSEA) this week for scheduled negotiations until April 8th.
 
April 1st, 2022, marked the expiry of the collective agreements for the General Services, Indigenous Services and Community Living Services. The collective agreement is a negotiated contract that spells out your terms and conditions of your employment and your rights as a union member.
 

CSS Bargaining Update – Looking to tell your stories

The Community Social Services Bargaining Association is continuing to meet with the employers’ association.
 
The Bargaining Committee is pushing to achieve the non-monetary priorities that members identified as important measures to address the challenges in the community social services sector.
 
By the end of last week, the Committee had tabled all non-monetary topics and interests for consideration. In-depth discussions of these critical issues will continue this week on these critical issues and there are several days of negotiations scheduled.
 

CSS Bargaining Update – Five Weeks in

Last week was week five of negotiations between the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) and the Community Social Services Employers' Association (CSSEA).
 
Negotiations opened on Tuesday, March 1st by recognizing that March is Community Social Services Month, a time to honour and reflect on the important work that community social service professionals do for our social safety net and for communities.
 

CSSBA Bargaining Update – Bargaining Begins

CSSBA BARGAINING UPDATE – BARGAINING BEGINS
 

Bargaining for the new Community Social Services collective agreement has begun.
 
Last week the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) Committee finalized the unions’ priorities and proposals and on February 2 initiated talks with the Community Social Services Employers Association (CSSEA) Bargaining Committee. The parties were able to agree on bargaining protocols on February 3.
 

CMHA and Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions team up to offer Workplace CARE certificate program; registration for self-paced foundations course closes November 21

Do you work in the community social services sector? Are you looking for opportunities for training in mental health and addictions issues?
 
The Canadian Mental Health Association and BC Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions have teamed up to offer the free Workplace CARE certificate program. The program is free, and consists of two self-paced virtual courses which can be completed in any order. You’ll be able to check in with a learning coach when you have questions.
 

A Different Sort of Labour Day

A message from HSA President Kane Tse

Labour Day is usually a time spent reflecting on the past. We remember the contributions of working people, celebrate the many victories, and remind ourselves and the world of the importance of collective action.

But this has been a very different year. We don’t have to recall the distant past to see the remarkable commitment of working people in BC. We’re seeing history being made, all around us, in real time.

New Statutory Holiday to Mark Legacy of Residential Schools on September 30

All HSA members covered by the Health Science Professionals, Community Health, Community Social Services and Nurses Bargaining Associations are now entitled to a statutory holiday held annually on September 30.
 
This date marks National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a moment to commemorate the tragic legacy of residential schools in Canada. The establishment of the national holiday is in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action, and was instituted by the federal government with legislation that passed in June.
 

Your input needed for member survey on contract issues

Health Sciences Association of BC has contracted Viewpoints Research to conduct an on line survey to explore members' priorities and concerns as your union begins negotiations for your next contract. Viewpoints Research an industry leader with 30 years of experience conducting research for unions and other progressive organizations. Using an experienced third-party professional research firm for this membership survey ensures confidentiality and the highest quality of data.

Classification updates deliver improvements to pay

Changes effective first pay period after April 1

Upcoming changes to classifications in the Health Science Professionals collective agreement will provide significant pay increases for some Early Child Educators and increased pay for more than 30 different health science professions when they work without general supervision.

As part of the 2019-2022 Health Science Professionals Provincial Agreement, a $10 million fund over three years was established to address decades-old inequities in job categories through restructuring of the classification system.