The BC Government and Service Employees` Union (BCGEU) said that on August 26, workers in the community social services (CSS) sector voted 85.7 percent in favor of ratifying a new collective agreement. „After 16 years of wage cuts and moderation that have led the sector into crisis, this agreement with a government that wants to put people first provides a foundation on which it can build,“ said Stephanie Smith, President of BCGEU. „We welcome significant increases to support the important work of CSS staff. However, the low level of member support for the Aboriginal Services Treaty shows how much more needs to be done. Over the next 3 years, the union will continue to work with CSS members to further strengthen support for the sector. » Note: If you have problems downloading one of these documents, try the PDF list below or send bronwen.barnett@bcgeu.ca an email to get an email copy. As part of the implementation of a better B.C for all, the provincial government has set out three key priorities in its strategic plan for the next three years: making life more affordable; provide services that people can rely on; and building a strong and sustainable economy. The new collective agreement we are negotiating for CSS workers can help the government achieve these important goals. See: Provincial Strategic Plan BC 2018/19 – 2021/22 The new collective agreement will apply from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2022. „After 16 years of wage cuts and moderation that have led the sector to crisis, this agreement with a government that wants to put people first provides a foundation on which to build.“ – Stephanie Smith, PRESIDENT OF THE BCGEU The ratified agreement is the result of negotiations between the 10-Community Social Services Bargaining Association (CSSBA) and the Community Services Employers` Association (CSSEA). Vancouver (August 29, 2018) – members of the B.C.

The Union of Government and Service Employees (BCGEU/NUPGE) in the field of community social services (CSS) voted 85.7% in favour of ratifying a new collective agreement. The 3-year contract provides for significant compensation increases for workers while fulfilling the government`s mandate to improve the services British Columbians rely on. The CSS is composed of 3 collective agreements: Community Living Workers have ratified their agreement with 82.3 percent; General Services of 95.8 per cent ratified; and ratified Indigenous services by 50.9 per cent. The weighted average ratification vote for the three subsectors was 85.7 per cent. The BCGEU/NUPGE is the leading union in this sector and represents two-thirds of unionized social workers in British Columbia. . . .