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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".

The employer provided the bargaining committee with a glimmer of hope during the bargaining committee's most recent efforts at the end of March, offering improvements to harassment language, selection disputes, and removing some concessions.

That hope ended March 30, 2011 when the employer's final proposal did not meet the bargaining association's needs regarding key language provisions for posting, layoff, and job security.

The Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) recommended a strike vote to back bargaining demands; and HSAs board of directors last week approved a recommendation by HSAs representatives in the multi-union bargaining association to take a strike vote.

Details of proposals from the employer will be available on HSA's website at www.hsabc.org, and will be discussed at  HSA's strike vote meetings over the coming weeks.  Members are encouraged to attend any of the strike vote meetings to receive information and cast a ballot.

HSA members covered by the CSSBA collective agreement are urged to contact the office by email at contract@hsabc.org if you have any questions or difficulty getting to the polls.

 Date  Worksite  Vote Location  Polls open  Presentation times
 Monday April 11  Sources IDP and Archway House  Fraser Downs 17755 60th Avenue, Surrey  Noon - 7:30 p.m.  Noon, 4 p.m., 6 p.m.
 Tuesday April 12  Cameray Counselling  HSA Office - Ground Floor 5118 Joyce Street, Vancouver  Noon - 7:30 p.m.  Noon, 4 p.m., 6 p.m.
 Wednesday April 13  SHARE Family and Community Services  Coquitlam Inn, 319 North Road, Coquitlam  Noon - 7:30 p.m.  Noon, 4 p.m., 6 p.m.
 Thursday April 14  Langley CDC  Langley Golf Centre 21550 44th Avenue, Langley  Noon - 7:30 p.m.  Noon, 4 p.m., 6 p.m.
 Friday April 15  Victoria Women's Transition  Coast Victoria Harbourside 146 Kingston Street, Victoria  Noon - 7:30 p.m.  Noon, 4 p.m., 6 p.m.
 Monday April 18

 John Howard Society, Future Forcus, Campbell River Family Services, Campbell River Transition

 Discovery Inn 975 Shoppers Row, Campbell River  Noon - 7:30 p.m.  Noon, 4 p.m., 6 p.m.
 Tuesday April 19  John Howard, Future Focus, Comox Valley Transition  Westerly Hotel 1590 Cliffe Ave., Courtenay  Noon - 7:30 p.m.  Noon, 4 p.m., 6 p.m.
 Wednesday April 20  Powell River Transition  Town Centre Hotel 4660 Joyce Ave., Powell River  Noon - 4:30 p.m.  Noon and 3 p.m.
 Thursday April 21  Haven Society, JHSNI (Outreach)  Coast Bastion 11 Bastion St., Nanaimo  Noon - 7:30 p.m.  Noon, 4 p.m., 6 p.m.
 Tuesday April 26  Central Okanagan Child Development Association  Coast Capri 1171 Harvey Ave., Kelowna  Noon - 7:30 p.m.  Noon, 4 p.m., 6 p.m.
 Wednesday April 27  South Okanagan Women in Need Society  Penticton Lakeside Resort 21 Lakeshore Drive W.  Noon - 7:30 p.m.  Noon, 4 p.m., 6 p.m.
 Thursday April 28  Deltassist  Compass Point Inn 9850 King George Highway Noon - 7:30 p.m.   Noon, 4 p.m., 6 p.m.
 TBA  Robson Valley Home Support  McBride  TBA  TBA
 TBA  Nechako Valley Family Services  Vanderhoof  TBA  TBA

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