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Striking community social services workers to rally in Vancouver

MEDIA ADVISORY

Striking community social services workers, angry and frustrated at the government's continued refusal to end wage and benefit discrimination in the sector, will hold a noon-hour rally tomorrow, May 13, in Vancouver.

The rally will be held:
12 noon
Thursday, May 13, 1999
Library Square (southwest corner at Homer and Robson)

Unions charge CSSEA with unfair labour practice for withholding costing information

The four unions representing 10,000 striking community social services workers are charging the employers' bargaining representatives with bargaining in bad faith for withholding costing information.

The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Hospital Employees' Union and Health Sciences Association filed an unfair labour practice complaint today with the Labour Relations Board against the Public Sector Employers' Council (PSEC) and Community Social Services Employers' Association (CSSEA).

National Union pledges $5 million strike fund to striking community social services workers

Striking community social services workers belonging to the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union and Health Sciences Association got a boost from their national union yesterday.

The 320,000-member National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is putting its $5 million strike fund at the disposal of the striking workers, should they need it. The BCGEU and HSA are components of NUPGE.

Community social services workers to picket Ministry for Children and Families office

Workers at Fraserside Community Services will set up a picket line tomorrow (May 5) at the Ministry for Children and Families office at 237 E. Columbia Street in New Westminster, a worksite they share with the Ministry.

Also tomorrow, community social services workers in Victoria will hold a rally outside the office of the Public Sector Employers' Council located at 468 Belleville Street.

Social services workers call on Premier Clark to follow through on commitment

Unions representing striking community social services workers today called on Premier Glen Clark to follow through on the government's commitment to end wage and benefit discrimination against the workers.

"There seems to be a communications problem in Victoria," CUPE negotiator Bill Harper said at a strike co-ordination meeting in Burnaby today. "The government's commitment to equity is not being reflected at the bargaining table."

Unions optimistic of settlement in community social services talks

The four unions representing striking community social services workers around the province are optimistic that a settlement can be reached by the end of next week.

"Yesterday, the employers' bargaining agent, the Community Social Services Employers' Association, tabled a framework for negotiations, sending a signal that a settlement is possible," said Cliff Andstein, chief negotiator for the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU).

"The unions have agreed to bargain all weekend and into next week in an effort to reach a fair settlement."

Community social services workers return to bargaining table today

The four unions representing striking community social services workers around the province have agreed to return to the bargaining table today, April 22 in an effort to reach a contract settlement.

"We have been advised by the employers' bargaining agent, the Community Social Services Employers' Association, that they intend to table a new financial mandate when we meet today," said Cliff Andstein, chief negotiator for the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU).

Bargaining to resume Thursday in community social services sector

The four unions representing striking community social services workers around the province have agreed to return to the bargaining table this Thursday, April 22 in an effort to reach a contract settlement.

"We have been advised by the employers' bargaining agent, the Community Social Services Employers' Association, that they intend to table a new financial mandate when we meet on Thursday," said Cliff Andstein, chief negotiator for the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU).

Community social services workers hope premier's comments mean progress at bargaining table

Community social services workers are hoping that statements made earlier this week by the premier will result in new proposals from government negotiators at the bargaining table.

At a news conference Tuesday in Vancouver, the premier restated his government's commitment to low wage redress for community social services workers and expressed optimism that a settlement could be reached.