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Support community social service workers!

Strike vote meetings for members in the community social service sector are wrapping up in the next week.

Heres what you can do to support the people who work in this sector, as well as the families in your community who rely on the important services they deliver: send a quick email to the Premier through www.cssfairdeal.ca ... in one click.

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.

HSA celebrates Community Social Services Month

To celebrate Community Social Services Month in BC, unions representing workers in the community social services sector have developed a poster, leaflet, and website.

These materials highlight the importance of the wide spectrum of crucial services provided by our members ... services for women, youths at risk, infants and children, as well as advocacy, rehabilitation, support and counselling services for the community. The website can be viewed at www.communitysocialservicesmatter.ca

Additional member meetings in Campbell River and Courtenay

As you are aware, negotiations with community social service employers broke off in December.

At this time of uncertainty, job cuts, and layoffs, employment security demands are the best opportunity we have to protect jobs and vital public community services. Yet the Community Social Services Employers Association (CSSEA) is asking for concessions at the bargaining table and refuse to discuss employment security or improvements to your working conditions. There is no money for wages or benefits improvements.