Community Social Services: Monetary and other items outstanding, strike action likely

Bargaining bulletin
Bargaining Bulletins

Strike action in Community Social Services is likely in the coming weeks, unless the government mandate regarding monetary issues changes significantly.

On September 17 and 18, the multi-union bargaining committee met with the employer – the Community Social Services Employers Association (CSSEA). Progress was made on non-monetary issues, and the committee was able to fight off some employer concession demands.

CSSEA has not presented any monetary offer as a result of the government’s negotiating mandate. Monetary items such as wages, benefits and employment security, identified as priorities by the membership, remain outstanding.

B.C.’s finance minister recently said that the province would be reviewing the negotiating mandate in view of a recent downturn in government revenue projections.

HEU and its union bargaining partners have established a strike coordinating committee for the sector that is preparing for job action and planning other actions in support of a fair deal.

One recent action, the September 13 rally in support of community social service workers, was a great success. Photos of the event can be seen on the BC Community Social Service Workers Facebook page.

CSS members should stay posted for future actions.