Community social services bargaining resumes April 22 - #19

Bargaining bulletin

HEU negotiators hopeful as CSSEA prepares to table new proposal

Bargaining in the community social services sector resumes Thursday, April 22. HEU, along with HSA, CUPE, and the BCGEU together representing 10,000 striking women and men around the province have agreed to return to the bargaining table after the Community Social Services Employers’ Association advised that it intends to table a new proposal.

“The unions are hopeful that a fair settlement can be reached for workers who care for some of our society’s most vulnerable citizens,” says HEU assistant secretary-business manager Zorica Bosancic. “All the unions’ negotiators have cleared their calendars and are prepared to continue bargaining as long as progress is made.”

But workers will keep up the pressure with job actions planned for April 23 and 24 by HEU community social services members on Vancouver Island, in the Lower Mainland and in Cranbrook. Activities will include leafleting neighbourhoods and malls, phoning and faxing politicians, and picketing at various locations.

Community social services workers have been involved in escalating job action throughout B.C. since March 8, 1999 and most have been without a contract since March, 1998. The key issue in the dispute is wage and benefit discrimination.