Successorship rights imperative in community social services - #10

Bargaining bulletin

Campbell River, Nanaimo members rally, demand return to bargaining table

Successorship rights are one of the two main bargaining demands in community social services and circumstances affecting nine HEU Yuculta local members who work in a group home in Campbell River clearly illustrate the reason. Dysa Services, the agency contracted to provide services at that group home, is not renewing its contract with the Ministry of Children and Families, so the ministry is interviewing other interested agencies. Without successorship protection, a new contractor could mean that the workers will lose their jobs, and the clients the continuity of care they deserve.

In order to protect the care-providers and their clients at Dysa, HEU is in discussions with ministry officials for interim successorship.

This week, frustrated members staged rallies in Campbell River and Nanaimo to highlight bargaining demands, and to pressure employers to return to the table.

In the meantime, work on essential services levels continues. Local work site essential services levels’ negotiations begin Feb. 22 and should be completed by Feb. 26. Any unresolved issues will be brought to the LRB March 1 and 2 for binding recommendations.

HEU and the Community Social Services Employers Association are at the board again this week to settle outstanding issues related to global orders for essential services levels.