Community Health Services and Support: 86 per cent vote in favour of job action

Union members who work in Community Health Services and Support sector have voted 86 per cent in favour of job action.

HSA President Reid Johnson said this strong mandate is a clear message to employers. "Our members in community health help hold our communities together," he said. "It's time for the Health Employers' Association of BC and the BC government to recognize the invaluable services provided by these members, and to value the needs of their patients and clients."

Johnson said community health workers provide crucial services in many community settings. "They are autism interventionists, child care assistants, and front line advocates for community health centres. They work as preschool teachers, residential care workers, in supported child care, as women's support workers at transition houses, and in mental health and addiction rehabilitation support."

The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) conducted the strike vote following more than six months of negotiations.

HSA is represented at the bargaining table by Kate Meier, a residential care worker at South Peace Child Development Centre, and Senior Labour Relations Officer Dani Demetlika. Bargaining is scheduled to resume October 9.

The Community Bargaining Association represents more than 14,000 members, the majority of whom are represented by the BCGEU. Other unions at the table are HSA, UFCW, HEU, CUPE, and USWA.

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