UPDATE: Community social services: Urgent bargaining meetings

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 employers are 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.

Your bargaining committee urgently needs to hear members' thoughts about possible options and next steps.

Urgent membership meetings are being organized across BC in the coming weeks for all community based social services workers from all unions in the sector. Please make every effort to attend and advise your co-workers of the meetings.

HSA representatives will be available at these meetings to address your questions. An HSA representative will also contact Nechako and McBride stewards by phone.

 Burnaby Tuesday, January 25 5:30 pm Hilton Hotel Metrotown
6083 McKay Avenue
 Campbell River NEW: February 21, noon Maritime Heritage Centre, 621 Island Highway (Thulin Room, brown bag meeting)

Monday, January 31
4:00pm, 7:00pm

NEW: February 21, 5pm

BCGEU North Island Area Office 201 - 910 Fitzgerald Avenue
 Kelowna Wednesday, Feb 2  1:00 pm, 4:00pm, 7:00pm BCGEU Okanagan Area Office 214 - 3001 Tutt Street
 Langley Thursday, January 27
4:00pm, 7:00pm
BCGEU Fraser Valley Union Centre 8555 - 198A Street
Maple Ridge Thursday, February 17
4:00 pm
5:30 pm
Ridge Meadows Seniors Activity Centre
12150 224th Street
(Maple Ridge near 122nd Avenue)
 Nanaimo Thursday, January 27
4:00pm, 7:00 pm
Coast Bastion Inn
11 Bastion Street
 Penticton Tuesday, February 1
1:00 pm, 4:00pm, 7:00 pm
Penticton Lakeside Resort 21 Lakeshore Drive West
 Powell River Tuesday, Feb 1 3:30pm, 5:30pm Community Living Place
6831 Artaban Street
 Surrey Tuesday, February 8
4:00 pm; 6:00 pm
Compass Point Inn
9850 King George Hwy
 Tri-Cities Wednesday, Feb 9
4:00pm; 6:00 pm
Best Western Coquitlam Inn
319 North Road
 Vancouver Thursday, Feb 10
1pm, 4pm; 6pm
HSA 300 - 5118 Joyce Street, across from Joyce Street SkyTrain Station
 Victoria Thursday, February 3
12:30pm; 4:30pm;
Royal Canadian Legion
Pro Patria Branch
411 Gorge Road East
 Victoria Monday, February 7
4:00pm; 7:00pm
 BCGEU Victoria Area Office / John T. Shields Building
2994 Douglas Street
North of Burnside Road


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