Community Living and General Services deal includes pay increase, labour
VANCOUVER, March 4, 2013 /CNW/ - After a marathon bargaining session of
13 days, the multi-union Community Social Services Bargaining
Association (CSSBA) has reached a tentative collective agreement with
The two-year proposed agreement is fair and reasonable and achieves our
members' key priorities, including an across the board wage increase
while protecting health and welfare benefits. Highlights include:
A wage increase for all employees:
1.5% on April 1, 2013;
1.5% on January 1, 2014;
An extra 1% wage increase for all step 1 employees on April 1, 2013;
A labour market adjustment review for all General Service and Community
Further details will be announced shortly. The proposed agreement covers
community-based social services workers in community living and general
services only. Aboriginal Service workers remain at the bargaining
"Despite the government's restrictive mandate, your bargaining committee
fought to get the best agreement possible for the caring professionals
that support vulnerable BC families in our sector," says CSSBA Chair
The bargaining committee is recommending that members vote in favour of
the proposed settlement.
"We continue to believe that the government must provide proper funding
for the programs that support vulnerable families in BC, and the
workers that provide them," says Harmston.
"Our three months of rotating strike action sent a clear message to
government. We want to express our gratitude and thanks to all the
workers who took to the picket lines in support of our sector and our
The multi-union bargaining association will now seek ratification by
members in the month ahead.
Members will receive detailed information about the tentative agreement
and the ratification vote process in due course. The full ratification
bulletin will also be posted to your union's website and at www.cssfairdeal.ca. Information about the ratification process will be posted and sent to
members at the same time.
Workers in community social services were without a contract since March
31, 2012 and are the lowest paid in the broad public service.
Community living workers are represented by BCGEU, CUPE, HEU, HSA and
six other unions, which together make up the Community Social Services
Bargaining Association. There are 15,000 unionized community social
services workers, and two-thirds of them work in community living.
SOURCE: B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union
For further information:
Oliver Rohlfs, BCGEU Communications Officer, 778-318-9164