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Tentative settlement reached in community social services sector

May 29, 1999
A plan to end wage and benefit discrimination, employment security and protection of contracts through successorship are key elements of a tentative settlement reached late last night between the four unions representing 10,000 community social services workers and the Community Social Services Employers' Association.

Talks resume Monday

May 14, 1999
The four unions representing 10,000 striking community social services workers have agreed to return to the bargaining table on Monday, May 17, 1999 in an effort to reach a contract settlement. The unions agreed to resume bargaining at the request of mediator/facilitator Don Munroe, who advised them that he has had extensive discussions with the unions and the employers' bargaining representative over the last two weeks and believes the conditions are right for both sides to re-engage in the process of collective bargaining.

Striking community social services workers demand government action

May 13, 1999
Over 1,000 angry community social services workers rallied in downtown Vancouver today, demanding the government make good on its promises to end wage and benefit discrimination against 10,000 workers in this sector.

Striking community social services workers to rally in Vancouver

May 12, 1999
MEDIA ADVISORY Striking community social services workers, angry and frustrated at the government's continued refusal to end wage and benefit discrimination in the sector, will hold a noon-hour rally tomorrow, May 13, in Vancouver. The rally will be held:12 noonThursday, May 13, 1999Library Square (southwest corner at Homer and Robson)

Unions charge CSSEA with unfair labour practice for withholding costing information

May 7, 1999
The four unions representing 10,000 striking community social services workers are charging the employers' bargaining representatives with bargaining in bad faith for withholding costing information. The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Hospital Employees' Union and Health Sciences Association filed an unfair labour practice complaint today with the Labour Relations Board against the Public Sector Employers' Council (PSEC) and Community Social Services Employers' Association (CSSEA).

National Union pledges $5 million strike fund to striking community social services workers

May 5, 1999
Striking community social services workers belonging to the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union and Health Sciences Association got a boost from their national union yesterday. The 320,000-member National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is putting its $5 million strike fund at the disposal of the striking workers, should they need it. The BCGEU and HSA are components of NUPGE.

Community social services workers to picket Ministry for Children and Families office

May 4, 1999
Workers at Fraserside Community Services will set up a picket line tomorrow (May 5) at the Ministry for Children and Families office at 237 E. Columbia Street in New Westminster, a worksite they share with the Ministry. Also tomorrow, community social services workers in Victoria will hold a rally outside the office of the Public Sector Employers' Council located at 468 Belleville Street.

Social services workers call on Premier Clark to follow through on commitment

May 3, 1999
Unions representing striking community social services workers today called on Premier Glen Clark to follow through on the government's commitment to end wage and benefit discrimination against the workers. "There seems to be a communications problem in Victoria," CUPE negotiator Bill Harper said at a strike co-ordination meeting in Burnaby today. "The government's commitment to equity is not being reflected at the bargaining table."

What are my rights if I have a substance addiction?

May 1, 1999
The Report: May / June 1999 vol.19 num.7 by JUDITH McCORMACK In BC, the law is clear on workers who have asubstance addiction: the employer must make every reasonable effort to accommodate aworkers disabilities by either allowing her to take time to get treatment for aproblem, or by providing some alternate form of employment at the worksite.

Training, dedication to help union members

May 1, 1999
The Report: May / June 1999 vol.19 num.7 by LYN BLENKINSOP Over the last three years it has been my very great privilege to have receivedHSA scholarships to train as a Union Counsellor. This has been one of the most valuableand rewarding experiences of my twenty-one years as an HSA member. The Union Counselling program is mainly taught at the CLC WinterSchool at Harrison Hot Springs, BC. It is sponsored by the Canadian Labour Congress andtaught by the Labour Participation Department of the United Way of the Lower Mainland.