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Out on strike

The Daily Courier (Vernon)

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Gary Nylander, The Vernon Daily Courier / About 70 employees of the Central Okanagan Child Development Centre, who are members of the Health Sciences Association, were off work Wednesday as part of rotating job action in B.C. The strikers were bolstered by students from Okanagan College's early childhood education program, who carried homemade signs as they waved at passing motorists along Bernard Avenue.

Local job action in social services

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Employees at the Central Okanagan Child Development Association walked off the job today as part of rotating strikes in the province's community social services sector.

Strike hits child development centre

The Daily Courier (Kelowna) 

Therapists, counsellors and other workers at Central Okanagan Child Development Centre will be off the job today as part of rotating job action. Essential services will be maintained.

It is a continuation of rotating strikes in the community social services sector across B.C. that began on Oct. 16. More than 20 agencies on Vancouver Island went on strike the week of Dec. 10 seeking a fair deal with employers.

Local job action in social services

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Employees at the Central Okanagan Child Development Association will be walking off the job tomorrow (Jan. 23) as part of rotating strikes in the province's community social services sector.

The COCDA is affiliated with the Health Sciences Association, but they fall under the community services contract. The group has been working without a contract since April of last year and routinely find themselves understaffed.

Professionals at Central Okanagan Child Development Centre on strike Wednesday

Therapists, counsellors, and other workers at Central Okanagan Child Development Centre will be off the job Wednesday, as part of rotating job action in the community social services sector. The workers are represented by the Health Sciences Association.
 
HSA President Reid Johnson said professionals providing these crucial services deserve a fair deal. -Our members at COCDA work with infants, children, and families to provide support, therapy, and counselling," he said.
 

Community social services: strike action to escalate

The multi-union community social services bargaining association is planning for a strategic escalation of job action. Job action in coming weeks will highlight the diversity and scope of crucial services that members provide, including:
 
- assistance, shelter, and counselling for women and children fleeing violence
- infant development consultation and therapy
- counselling and guidance for youth at risk
- residential and other care for developmentally challenged adults
- early childhood education, supported child development, autism intervention

Nominations open for David Bland Memorial Award

In 2005, David Bland -- a vocationalrehabilitation counsellor and HSA member from Richmond Mental Health -- wasmurdered at his workplace by a former client.  His tragic death served asa sombre reminder that more needs to be done to prevent incidents of violencein the workplace and to protect health care and social services workers on thejob. 

Community Social Services: job action rolls out across Vancouver Island

In the largest job actions undertaken since rotating strikes began two months ago, community social services workers at more than 20 agencies rallied support for a fair deal throughout the week of December 10.

As job actions swept across the island ... from Campbell River to Parksville, Courtenay, Nanaimo, and Victoria ... striking workers from HSA, HEU, CUPE, and BCGEU were buoyed by the solidarity and support they received from trade unionists and the general public.

Community social services: Thirteen in Victoria targeted for strike action on Thursday, December 13

Thursday saw the largest strike action undertaken by Community Social Services workers since they began rotating job actions almost two months ago.

Workers from thirteen agencies are off the job December 13, sending a strong message to government: stop putting vulnerable families last, and provide the resources needed to improve wages and working conditions.

A multi-union event took place from 10 am - 2 pm on Douglas Street at Centennial Square, where members served hot food and distributed warm clothing. Supporters joined them at noon.

Community Social Services: helping those in need while on strike

Community social services workers who continue to provide vital services despite being on strike since mid-October are taking their job action to a new level on Wednesday (December 12), holding a public action in Nanaimo aimed at sending a strong message to the provincial government: stop putting vulnerable families last!