Community support workers in the Okanagan and Cariboo on strike

Caring professionals from agencies that support children and adults with developmental disabilities and provide numerous other community services will be on strike this week in the Okanagan (Vernon, Armstrong) and the Cariboo (Quesnel, Williams Lake).

Striking workers want to send a message to the B.C. Liberal government: stop putting vulnerable families last!

Since 2004, the B.C. Liberal government has slashed $300 million in funding for programs that support the developmentally disabled, vulnerable women, at-risk youth, and children and infants in community-based programs across the province.

The following not-for-profit community agencies will be on strike and behind picket lines for on the following dates and locations:

Tuesday November 13, 2012 - Penticton, Okanagan

Penticton and District Society for Community Living

  • 180 Industrial Avenue West, Penticton, B.C.
  • 453 Winnipeg Street, Penticton, B.C.

 

Wednesday November 14, 2012 – Okanagan and Cariboo

Williams Lake

Williams Lake Association for Community Living

  • Supported, Living, Community Connections and Employment – 51 S 14th Avenue, Williams Lake, B.C.
  • Summit Opportunity Centre - #203 – N 5th Avenue, Williams Lake, B.C.

Quesnel

Quesnel Community Living Association, 611 Anderson Drive, Quesnel, B.C.

Prima Enterprises Day Program – 2391 Hydraulic Road, Quesnel, B.C.

Dengarry Professional Services - Day Program – 391 Johnston Avenue, Quesnel, B.C.

Armstrong

Kindale Developmental Association

  • Independent Generations: #15 – 3300 Smith Drive, Armstrong, B.C.
  • Bechtold Centre: #3 – 2860 Smith Drive, Armstrong, B.C.

Vernon

Kindale Developmental Association

  • Main Street Connections: 3315 – 30th Avenue, Vernon, B.C.
  • Seaton Centre: 1340 Polson Drive, Vernon, B.C.

Each strike will last 24 hours.

Community social service workers are on strike for better wages, which have declined over the last decade. The current starting wage for a residential care worker is $15.54 an hour. In 2002, it was $16.83. Factoring in inflation, that’s a 22 percent wage cut. 

The government is insisting that any wage increases be funded though cuts elsewhere in the collective agreement.

Since October 16, rotating strike action in community social services has impacted agencies across British Columbia.

There are 15,000 unionized workers in the community social services sector, represented by BCGEU, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, HEU, HSA and five other unions, which together make up the Community Social Services Bargaining Association.

Essential services levels are being maintained.

Further job actions will target agencies in the Lower Mainland later this week.

 

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