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

June 8, 2012
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. 

Psychiatric Nurses: Bargaining update

June 7, 2012
Negotiators for the Nurses Bargaining Association worked hard to resolve several issues with health employers in bargaining sessions that took place last week (May 28 ... June 1). Bargaining between the Nurses Bargaining Association and the Health Employers Association of BC will resume the last week of June. The issues discussed pertained to casual employees, health authority-wide seniority, scheduling of union time off, and improvements to the Professional Responsibility Form (PRF) process.

Community Health bargaining continues at very slow pace

June 7, 2012
The Community Bargaining Association (CBA) met last week and over the weekend in Vancouver to exchange and discuss proposals with the Health Employers' Association of British Columbia (HEABC). Last week the two parties discussed issues and exchanged amendments to previously tabled proposals. The CBA tabled counter proposals related to casuals, job postings and classifications. HEABC and CBA tabled and discussed counter proposals to the grievance and arbitration procedures and continued to discuss the scheduling provisions.

HSA Blacks Out to Speak Out June 4

June 4, 2012
Monday June 4, Health Sciences Association of BC is participating in Black Out, Speak Out by blacking out our websites. We are joining Canada's major environmental organizations, and leading charities, unions, bloggers, and others in darkening our website in defence of two core Canadian values: nature and democracy.

Community Social Services: Monetary proposals tabled... awaiting employer response

June 1, 2012
The multi-union bargaining committee for community social service workers presented its monetary proposals to the employer during the latest week of bargaining, including wage and benefit demands The employer will table their wage and benefit proposals and respond to unions when bargaining resumes the week of June 4.

Bargaining: what it means for you

May 22, 2012
WHAT IS THE HSA CONTRACT? Collective agreements that govern the working conditions and compensation for HSA members working in the public sector expired on March 31, 2011. The union is working now on behalf of HSA members to negotiate new collective agreements. Until new collective agreements are reached, the terms and conditions of the expired agreements continue. In the public health care and social services sectors, HSA represents members covered by four collective agreements.

Bargaining update: Negotiations continue at all four tables where HSA members are represented

May 19, 2012
Negotiations continue at the Health Science Professionals, Nursing, Community Health, and Community Social Services bargaining tables, but there is limited progress to report.

May 20: Vancouver International AIDS Candlelight Memorial

May 16, 2012
AIDS Vancouver has announced details for this years International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, one of the worlds oldest and largest grassroots mobilization campaigns for HIV awareness in the world. Date: Sunday May 20th, 8 PMPlace: Alexandra Park, 1755 Beach Avenue (at Bidwell)

Community Social Services: Limited progress at bargaining table

May 15, 2012
Community Social Services bargaining resumed for the week of April 30, with limited progress. The union bargaining committee ... the Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) ... is continuing to make the case for a fair and reasonable deal at the bargaining table, including a wage increase. The committee is also pushing back on concessionary demands by the employer.

Conference focuses on women making change

May 4, 2012