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Community Social Services job action a success; continues this week


  • 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.

Community Social Services: CLBC executive bonuses expose government's double standard; vote YES for a strong strike mandate

The provincial government has given community social services workers another strong motivation to attend strike vote meetings being held around BC. 

Inflation is driving up the cost of living. The price of a litre of gas has climbed by 43 per cent since the last pay raise for community social services workers. Bread is up more than 11 per cent and milk more than 10 per cent.

However, these are not the only double digit increases.

Community Social Services: Reminder to attend info meeting and cast your ballot

Strike vote meetings for all unionized workers in the sector continue next week.

In addition to local info meetings, two thousand union members from across the province participated in a telephone town hall on Tuesday.

HSA President Reid Johnson told the town hall about his background working in community social services as a family counsellor, and in community living providing vocational rehab.  ‎"I know first hand how challenging and rewarding these jobs are," he said.