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CANCELLED: Fair Deal Rally June 16

Community social services workers and their supporters are taking their call for a fair collective agreement into the streets of Vancouver on Thursday, June 16.

The early morning rally outside the offices of the Community Social Services Employers' Association (CSSEA) will draw public attention to the ongoing crisis in community-based services and what needs to be done to improve working and caring conditions throughout the sector.

Community social service workers vote in favour of strike to back demands

Unions call on B.C. government and employers to protect community jobs and services

Frontline community social services workers across British Columbia have given their bargaining committees a strike mandate of 85% in Community Living and 77% in General Services. The vote follows more than 18 months of protracted contract talks that broke down on March 30.

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Strike votes scheduled for HSA members working in community social services

Following more than a year and a half of negotiations, members of the community social services bargaining committee have been unable to reach a tentative collective agreement.

Members gave the unions bargaining representatives direction to negotiate improvements in layoff and bumping language, and improved job security.   The committee made heroic efforts to negotiate improvements that protect members against job loss, and work within the governments "zero mandate".

Talks break down in community social services: strike vote called

The Community Social Services Bargaining Associations last push to achieve a contract ended this week, with talks breaking off Wednesday after 18 months at the bargaining table.

HSAs board of directors has approved a recommendation by HSAs representatives in the multi-union bargaining association to take a strike vote.

March 26 - Community Social Services Walk in Victoria

Members on Vancouver Island are invited to participate in a walk and rally for community social services planned for Victoria on March 26.

The walk is an all-inclusive celebration to raise awareness about the vital role of community social services. The walk will commence & end at Centennial Square.

Date: Saturday, March 26, 2011
Place: Centennial Square, Victoria
Start Time: 11:00 am

Welcoming remarks: Michael "Mickey" Cook, Namgis First Nation (Alert Bay Region)

Final bargaining push to avoid labour dispute in community social services sector

Members of the community social services bargaining committee will be returning to the bargaining table next week, in a last ditch effort to avoid a labour dispute and reach new collective agreements for the sector. Bargaining will resume on Monday, March 21. 

Key demands remain job security for our members and to guarantee continuity of care for the clients they work with. Better language in the contracts covering fair work practices and safe and healthy work places is also needed.