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Employer-initiated contract talks in community social services collapse

Talks initiated by the Community Social Services Employer's Association aimed at reaching an early collective agreement ended late last week without any deal.

Employers offered no improvements to wages, sick leave, transportation allowance (mileage) and shift premiums. They refused to continue the current language on employment security and protection from contracting (continuity of service and employment memorandum ). They offered no significant improvements in collective agreement language, and nothing on job selection (Article 24).

Education Fund available for HSA members in CSSBA Agreement

(This information applies to HSA members of the Community Social Services Bargaining Association.)

On April 2, 2009, the constituent unions of the CSSBA entered into a Settlement Agreement with the Provincial Government to resolve litigation related to the Health and Social Services Delivery Improvement Act (Bill 29).

Health Sciences Association celebrates Community Social Services Workers Appreciation Day

November 6 marks the second annual Community Social Service Workers Appreciation Day, an event to acknowledge and celebrate the vital role that these workers play in making communities better places to live.

Community social service workers represented by the Health Sciences Association work in child development centres, transition houses, infant development programs, community counselling centres, agencies for youths at risk, and various other crucial community service organizations.

HSA members encouraged to participate in H1N1 vaccination program

Following the protocol issued by BCs Medical Health Officer, beginning next week health care workers will be offered vaccination against the H1N1 virus. This includes all HSA members who work with vulnerable populations.

HSA encourages members to participate in the H1N1 vaccination program.

When you receive your H1N1 vaccination, you will also be offered vaccination against seasonal flu.

Rallies planned to oppose termination of autism programs

Families are planning rallies in the coming weeks to fight the cut in funding for autism services for children.
HSA President Reid Johnson will join the Kelowna rally Sunday October 18 at 11 a.m.
  • Date: Sunday, October 18th
  • Time: 11 am - 1 pm
  • Place: Kerry Park/The Sails (downtown Kelowna on Bernard Avenue)

Why are the BC Liberals picking on our children?

Fresh on the heels of cutting funding for children with autism, the Ministry for Children and Family Development has abruptly cut off funding to the Infant Development Programs provincial office.

-Why are the BC Liberals picking on kids with disabilities?" asked Reid Johnson, President of the Health Sciences Association of BC.

BC government compensates workers for broken community social services agreements

Four unions have reached a settlement with the BC government that provides compensation for community social services workers who lost job security provisions under the Liberal governments 2002 contract-breaking legislation known as Bill 29.

The settlement amounts to $425,000 divided among four unions, including Health Sciences Association of BC. The other unions are the BC Government and Service Employees Union which represents approximately 70 per cent of workers in the sector, along with the Canadian Union of Public Employees and Hospital Employees Union.

Community Social Services Awareness Month proclaimed across BC

The campaign to raise awareness of the importance of community-based social services is being supported by municipal councils across BC. To date, 31 city councils have passed resolutions declaring March as Community Social Services Awareness Month, following presentations by local workers in the sector.