Community social services employers threaten lock out - #7

Bargaining bulletin

HEU members to plan creative job actions at regional meetings

Community social services employers have voted 100 per cent in favour of locking out HEU care-providers in the Lower Mainland, the Kootenays and on Vancouver Island. The employers notified the union, and registered the lockout vote with the Labour Relations Board last Friday. No lockout date has been announced by employers.

And essential services levels negotiations between HEU and the Community Social Services Employers’Association broke down and are headed for mediation at the LRB Feb 2. The union opposed CSSEA’s unreasonable bid to re-open the global orders or to allow employers to approach individual units at the local level without the participation of a union representative to set essential services levels.

In order to develop action plans to counter the employers’ latest moves, meetings for HEU community social services members have been scheduled in affected regions. Confirmed meeting dates are:

Feb. 3, 7:00 p.m. Richmond Inn Feb. 8, 7:00 p.m. Coast Bastion Inn, Nanaimo Feb. 9, 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Pro Patria Legion, Victoria

Arrangements for meetings in Cranbrook, Duncan and Maple Ridge are being finalized and will be announced as soon as details are available. Call the HEU Bargaining Hotline for the latest information on meeting dates.

“We’ll be working hard to publicly unmask the employers’ lockout strategy, and to dispel employers’ claims at HEU work sites that fair treatment of our members comes at the expense of their clients,” says HEU secretary-business manager Chris Allnutt. “Nothing could be further from the truth.”

HEU community social services workers cast a resounding 97 per cent yes-to-job-action vote last December. Talks between HEU’s 700 community social service care-providers and CSSEA began in April, 1998 and collapsed in mid-November.