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Community Social Services: More than 3000 workers going on strike

January 29, 2013
Nearly 3,400 community living workers who support adults, children and infants with disabilities and their families are going on strike, starting Wednesday, January 30. The 24-hour job action will affect Richmond-based Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA) and Burnaby-based PosAbilities, the two largest community social service agencies in British Columbia. Agencies in Vancouver, Victoria, Prince George, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Kamloops, Vanderhoof, Trail, Salmon Arm, Castlegar, Creston and Cranbrook will also be picketed.

Community Social Services: More than 3000 community living workers going on strike

January 29, 2013
Nearly 3,400 community living workers who support adults, children and infants with disabilities and their families are going on strike, starting Wednesday, January 30.  The 24-hour job action will affect Richmond-based Developmental Disabilities Association (DDA) and Burnaby-based PosAbilities, the two largest community social service agencies in British Columbia. Agencies in Vancouver, Victoria, Prince George, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Kamloops, Vanderhoof, Trail, Salmon Arm, Castlegar, Creston and Cranbrook will also be picketed.

Community Living job action taking place next week

January 25, 2013
Significant job action will take place in Community Living next week across British Columbia. The Community Social Services Bargaining Association is strategically escalating job action to continuepressuring the BC government. After nearly a year of bargaining, the employer - the Community SocialServices Employers Association - has not even made a monetary offer at the bargaining table.

Out on strike

January 24, 2013
The Daily Courier (Vernon) FRONT PAGE PHOTO Gary Nylander, The Vernon Daily Courier / About 70 employees of the Central Okanagan Child Development Centre, who are members of the Health Sciences Association, were off work Wednesday as part of rotating job action in B.C. The strikers were bolstered by students from Okanagan College's early childhood education program, who carried homemade signs as they waved at passing motorists along Bernard Avenue.

Health authority ordered to stop punishing sick staff; Arbitrator orders end to overtime bans, reduced hours and threats to fire workers who call in sick

January 24, 2013
Vancouver Sun The Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, which advises people to stay home if they think they have the flu, has been told to stop punishing its own workers for calling in sick. In response to a grievance launched last year by the Hospital Employees' Union and other health unions, arbitrator Vince Ready has ruled that the health authority must end the practice of denying overtime, reducing hours or threatening to fire workers for illness or injury.

Out on strike

January 24, 2013
The Daily Courier (Kelowna)  FRONT PAGE PHOTO Gary Nylander, The Daily Courier / About 70 employees of the Central Okanagan Child Development Centre, who are members of the Health Sciences Association, were off work Wednesday as part of rotating job action in B.C. The strikers were bolstered by students from Okanagan College's early childhood education program, who carried homemade signs as they waved at passing motorists along Bernard Avenue.

Health science professionals resume bargaining as membership survey on governments proposal continues

January 23, 2013
Mediator Vince Ready facilitated resumption of discussions between the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) this week. HSPBA Chief Negotiator Jeanne Meyers said the two days of discussion on Monday and Tuesday were productive.

Strike hits child development centre

January 23, 2013
The Daily Courier (Kelowna)  Therapists, counsellors and other workers at Central Okanagan Child Development Centre will be off the job today as part of rotating job action. Essential services will be maintained. It is a continuation of rotating strikes in the community social services sector across B.C. that began on Oct. 16. More than 20 agencies on Vancouver Island went on strike the week of Dec. 10 seeking a fair deal with employers.

Local job action in social services

January 23, 2013
castanet.net  Employees at the Central Okanagan Child Development Association walked off the job today as part of rotating strikes in the province's community social services sector.

Local job action in social services

January 22, 2013
castanet.net  Employees at the Central Okanagan Child Development Association will be walking off the job tomorrow (Jan. 23) as part of rotating strikes in the province's community social services sector. The COCDA is affiliated with the Health Sciences Association, but they fall under the community services contract. The group has been working without a contract since April of last year and routinely find themselves understaffed.