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Social service workers reach tentative deal

Times Colonist (Victoria) 

Workers who care for some of the province's most vulnerable citizens have reached a tentative two-year deal with the B.C. government.

The agreement calls for community social service workers to receive 1.5 per cent wage increases on April 1 and Jan. 1, 2014.

In response to one of the unions' key demands, entry-level workers will get an additional 1.5 per cent hike on April 1.

Union officials had complained that the starting wage in the sector had declined over the past decade to $15.54 an hour from $16.83 in 2002.

Community social services: Tentative deal reached

After a marathon bargaining session of 13 days, the multi-union Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) has reached a tentative collective agreement with the employer.

The two-year proposed agreement includes an across the board wage increase while protecting health and welfare benefits.

Highlights include:

Community social services: Bargaining underway

There has been some progress at the bargaining table over the last week, and discussions continued through the weekend.

The community social services bargaining committee hopes to reach a fair and reasonable agreement, including a wage increase. Your multi-union bargaining committee remains focused on the issues that were identified as priorities by our members.

HSA will continue to provide updates once bargaining concludes.

Community Health collective agreement ratified

Workers in Community Health have voted 86% per cent in favour of a two-year contract that provides an across-the-board wage increase, and improved workplace and scheduling provisions.

The agreement comes after one year of difficult negotiations with the Health Employers' Association of BC (HEABC). Ratification votes were held across the province over the past four weeks.

Highlights include:

Community social services return to bargaining table

Talks restart after two successful weeks of large-scale job action

Last Friday, after two successful weeks of large-scale job action in community living and family services, the employer invited the multi-union bargaining association back to the bargaining table.

The job action last week by nearly 3,400 community living workers affected the two largest community social service agencies in the province -- the Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA) and PosAbilities -- but also agencies in Victoria, Prince George, the Kootenays, Coquitlam, Surrey and Vancouver.

HSP tentative agreement details now available

Ratification vote meetings planned, details coming soon

Details of the tentative agreement for health science professionals reached last week between the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association and Health Employers Association of BC are now available for members' review:

Nearly 500 family service workers on strike

Nearly 500 family service workers across British Columbia are striking on Wednesday, February 6 and Thursday, February 7.

Family service workers work with vulnerable families. They intervene when children or youth are at risk. They help with substance addictions. They work with teenage or single parents trying to make ends meet. They provide family counselling, vocational and life skills training, job placement services, assessment, therapy, infant and supported child development, and autism intervention.

Making it right

Prince George Citizen

The tentative deal between the Health Sciences Association of BC and the provincial government is set to run until March 2014, an incorrect date appeared in a story in Friday's Citizen.

Also the union represents a number of medical professionals including lab and radiation technologists.

An incorrect description of their job title appeared in the story.

Striking disability staff walk out; Community service workers getting paid a dollar per hour less than 11 years ago

Richmond News 

Dozens of community social services workers, many from the Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA), went on a one-day strike Wednesday morning outside the DDA head office on Shell Road.

DDA executive director Alanna Hendren was present and spoke to media and workers about the starting wages that are $15.54 an hour, down from $16.83 in 2002.

"During a time when the cost of living has increased by 18 per cent, this has to change," said Hendren who added her and the board of directors have no input into pay levels.