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Community social services: Agencies in Terrace and the Kootenays striking this week

Last week, HSA members at SHARE Family and Community Services were joined by HSA President Reid Johnson at a successful protest at MLA Douglas Hornes constituency office in Port Moody. You can see photos and share your comments at facebook.com/hsabc.org.

Community social service workers at agencies that support children and adults with developmental disabilities and provide numerous other community services will be on strike this week in Terrace and the Kootenays. Their message to the BC Liberal government:  stop putting vulnerable families last!

UPDATED: Community social services: three agencies striking in Tri-Cities on November 1

Community social services professionals at three agencies that support children and adults with developmental disabilities and provide numerous other community services will be on strike tomorrow in Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam.  Striking workers will be protesting outside BC MLA Douglas Hornes office at 130 Brew Street, Port Moody on Thursday, November 1 from 10:30am to 1pm. Their message to the BC Liberal government: stop putting vulnerable families last!

Community Social Services job action a success; continues this week

Summary

  • High profile targeted strike action by community social service workers took place in Vancouver, Kamloops and Prince George last week, with considerable public support and excellent media coverage;
  • Political action also took place today at Social Development Minister Moira Stillwells office in Vancouver;
  • Further targeted job action will take place late this week, with details to be announced.

Last week

Community social service workers on strike; vulnerable families last on BC governments priority list

Fifteen thousand community-based social service workers across BC are in a position to strike as of today, and rotating job action begins with a rally at Christy Clarks MLA office in Kitsilano today starting at 10am.

HSA President Reid Johnson says the BC government has put vulnerable families last on its priority list, slashing $300 million in funding since 2004 for programs that support the developmentally disabled, vulnerable women, at-risk youth, and children and infants in community-based programs across the province.

Community Social Services: Job action starts next week

Members will be contacted directly if their workplace is a target for job action
 
Targeted job action in community social services will start next week with a protest at BC Liberal Premier Christy Clarks constituency office in Vancouver on October 16.
 

Community Social Services: Job action likely even as CSSBA returns to bargaining table

Public rally on Sept. 13 in support of community social services

With a strong strike mandate backing members demands for a fair deal in General Services and Community Living Services, the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) will meet with employers on September 17 and 18.

Potential job action is likely without a change in governments restrictive so-called -cooperative gains" bargaining approach. It dictates that all public sector workers must find -savings" in their collective agreement to fund any wage increase.