New CSS agreements ratified

Community-based social service workers from the nine unions in the sector have approved their new collective agreements. The vote was 88% in favour for General Services and 79% in favour for Community Living Services.

The agreement improves job security and fair work practices for workers, such as bumping, job selection language and bullying. In addition, the government has approved a $600,000 retraining grant for workers in the sector.

The new agreement was ratified effective October 14, 2011 and runs until March 31, 2012. The provisions of your new collective agreement are now in force.

Highlights of the new collective agreement can be found here.

The bargaining association unanimously recommended the settlement. 

Union members showed tremendous patience and solidarity throughout a very lengthy and often frustrating process. Members returned an 82% strike mandate on 30 May to back-up their bargaining demands.

Bargaining continues for members in the Aboriginal Services sector.

The BCGEU is the largest union in the community social services sector, representing about two-thirds of workers. CUPE, HEU, HSA are the next largest followed by CLAC, UFCW, USW, CSWU and BCNU. There are 220 employers represented by the Community Social Services Employers’ Association.

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