Community Social Services: Talks break down in bargaining, strike vote begins next week | UPDATE: meeting dates

Talks broke down yesterday between the provincial government, employers and the ten unions representing BC's 15,000 community social services workers. As a result, there will be a strike vote for all unionized workers in the sector.

Outstanding issues include: wages, benefits, sick leave, reimbursable expenses and concessionary demands by the employer, including revisiting improvements gained in the last round of bargaining. 

-Our members in this sector are asking for a fair and reasonable deal," said HSA President Reid Johnson. -We are asking members to support collective bargaining demands with a strike vote," he said.

-Please attend your strike vote meeting, and vote. HSAs Board of Directors strongly urges HSAs community social services workers to vote in favour of a strike. We need your voice to be heard by the provincial government.

-Workers in this sector are among the lowest paid in the public service. These are the professionals who care for BCs most vulnerable people. Community social service workers deserve fairness and respect," he said.

In light of the breakdown in talks, the unions involved in the talks have organized strike votes at worksites around the province. Strike vote meetings will begin next week, and meeting notices will be sent by separate notice. Information regarding the telephone town halls will follow.

The schedule of information briefings and balloting information will be posted on your union website. For more information and resources regarding Community Social Services bargaining, please visit

The Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) is the multi-union bargaining committee for BC's unionized community social service workers. The CSSBA includes ten unions with a combined membership of about 15,000. HSA members are represented at the negotiating table by Jody Moore (parent support counsellor, Cameray Counselling Centre) and Sharon Geoghegan (labour relations officer).

The BCGEU is the largest union in the community social services sector. The bargaining association also includes HSA, CUPE, HEU, UFCW, and other unions.

The provincial government's Community Social Services Employers Association (CSSEA) represents 220 agencies in the sector.


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Tuesday, June 12 SHARE Family & Community Services Tri Cities
(Port Coq/ Port Moody/Coquitlam
Best Western
319 North Road  Coquitlam
1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:00pm 11AM - 8PM
Wednesday, June 13 South Okanagan Women In Need Society Penticton Penticton Lakeside Resort 12 Lakeshore Drive W 11:00am, 1:30, 4:30, 7:00pm 11AM - 8PM
Thursday, June 14 Central Okanagan Child Development Association Kelowna Delta Grand Hotel 1310 Water Street, Kelowna 11:00am, 1:30, 4:30, 7:00pm 11AM - 8PM
Friday, June 15 Langley CDC Langley Sheraton Guilford  15269 - 104th Avenue  Surrey 11:00am, 1:30, 4:30, 7:00pm 11AM - 8PM
Monday, June 18 Cameray Counselling New Westminster Centennial Community Ctr    65 East 6th Ave   New Westminster 11:00am, 1:30, 4:30, 7:00pm 11AM - 8PM
 Monday, June 18 Deltassist / Sources Surrey / North Delta Compass Point Inn    9850 King George Hwy   Surrey 11:00am, 1:30, 4:30, 7:00pm 11AM - 8PM
Tuesday, June 19 Cameray Counselling Burnaby Holiday Inn  4405 Central Blvd   Burnaby 11:00am, 1:30, 4:30, 7:00pm 11AM - 8PM
Wednesday, June 20 Sources Ladner / South Delta Delta Town & Country   Highway 17 & 99      Delta 11:00am, 1:30, 4:30, 7:00pm 11AM - 8PM
Monday, June 25 John Howard    
FutureFocus                    CR Family Services        CR Transition
Campbell River Coast Discovery Inn 975 Shoppers Row 12:00noon, 2:00pm, 5:00pm, 7:00pm 12AM - 8PM
Tuesday, June 26 John Howard    
FutureFocus                            CV Transition
Courtenay Westerly Hotel   1590 Cliffe Ave Courtenay 12:00noon, 2:00pm, 5:00pm, 7:00pm 12AM - 8PM
Wednesday, June 27 Haven Society      
John Howard
Nanaimo Beban Park Community           2300 Bowen Road      Nanaimo 11:00am, 1:30, 4:30, 7:00pm 11AM - 8PM
Thursday, June 28 Victoria Women's Transition Victoria St. Joseph's Hall   753 Burnside Rd. W 11:00am, 1:30, 4:30, 7:00pm 11AM - 8PM
Friday, June 29 Powell River Transition Powell River Town Centre Inn            
4660 Joyce Street  Powell River
12noon & 3pm 12 NOON - 4PM
TBA Robson Valley Home Support McBride TBA TBA TBA
TBA Nechako Valley Family Svcs Vanderhoof TBA TBA TBA


HSA's Community Social Service members are encouraged to contact the office by email at  @email if you have any questions or difficulty getting to the polls.