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At a crossroads: union direction and a personal journey of activism

May 1, 1999
The Report: May / June 1999 vol.19 num.7 by KELLY FINLAYSON In contemplating what to write for my report as Director for Region 1, mythoughts cross many boundaries. There are many things I want to communicate to and aboutmy members, the people who work in our 41 HSA sites on Vancouver Island from Duncan north,the Sechelt Peninsula including Powell River, and the Squamish to Pemberton area.

Unions optimistic of settlement in community social services talks

April 23, 1999
The four unions representing striking community social services workers around the province are optimistic that a settlement can be reached by the end of next week. "Yesterday, the employers' bargaining agent, the Community Social Services Employers' Association, tabled a framework for negotiations, sending a signal that a settlement is possible," said Cliff Andstein, chief negotiator for the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU). "The unions have agreed to bargain all weekend and into next week in an effort to reach a fair settlement."

Community social services workers return to bargaining table today

April 22, 1999
The four unions representing striking community social services workers around the province have agreed to return to the bargaining table today, April 22 in an effort to reach a contract settlement. "We have been advised by the employers' bargaining agent, the Community Social Services Employers' Association, that they intend to table a new financial mandate when we meet today," said Cliff Andstein, chief negotiator for the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU).

Bargaining to resume Thursday in community social services sector

April 20, 1999
The four unions representing striking community social services workers around the province have agreed to return to the bargaining table this Thursday, April 22 in an effort to reach a contract settlement. "We have been advised by the employers' bargaining agent, the Community Social Services Employers' Association, that they intend to table a new financial mandate when we meet on Thursday," said Cliff Andstein, chief negotiator for the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU).

Community social services workers hope premier's comments mean progress at bargaining table

April 15, 1999
Community social services workers are hoping that statements made earlier this week by the premier will result in new proposals from government negotiators at the bargaining table. At a news conference Tuesday in Vancouver, the premier restated his government's commitment to low wage redress for community social services workers and expressed optimism that a settlement could be reached.

Community social services providers call on government to end wage discrimination against workers who provide services to women

March 28, 1999
Community social services workers will escalate their job action on Monday, March 29, setting up picket lines at various sites across the province, including several transition houses, a sexual assault centre and other agencies that provide services to women.

Striking community social services workers deliver message to MLAs

March 15, 1999
Community social services workers resume job action this week, and will focus on delivering their message to provincial politicians that it's time to end wage and benefit discrimination for workers in this sector. Today, striking care-providers in the Lower Mainland will rally at Finance Minister Joy MacPhail's community office at 3:00 p.m. (2365 East Hastings, Vancouver).

Community social services workers resume strike Monday

March 12, 1999
Workers in the community social services sector will resume strikeaction on Monday, March 15. Pickets will go up at selected worksites inthe Lower Mainland and Prince George. The four unions representing workers in this sector -- B.C. Governmentand Service Employees' Union, Canadian Union of Public Employees,Hospital Employees' Union and Health Sciences Association - say thegovernment's refusal to address wage and benefit discrimination despitea two-day province-wide strike earlier this week leaves the unions withno other choice but to escalate job action.

HSA paramedical professionals vote 94 per cent in favour of Foley report

March 1, 1999
Paramedical professionals represented by the Health Sciences Association of BC have voted 94 per cent in favour of the contract recommended by Mediator Brian Foley. HSA represents more than 90 per cent of paramedical professionals across the province. "This contract is good news for HSA and for all paramedical professionals," says Chief Negotiator Rick Lampshire. "Given the current political and economic climate, we feel that this collective agreement is fair and equitable."

Community social services workers to commence strike on International Women's Day over wage discrimination

February 25, 1999
Ten thousand workers in the community social services sector will commence a province-wide strike on International Women's Day, March 8, in an effort to end wage and benefit discrimination for women in the sector. Negotiators for the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU), Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Hospital Employees' Union (HEU) and Health Sciences Association (HSA) outlined the strike strategy at a joint meeting of the bargaining committees in Richmond today.