Social services contract ratified

$600,000 fund will assist in retraining
By Gordon Sova
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 10/31/2011

A significant hurdle was overcome when British Columbia’s 15,000 community social services workers voted in favour of a new contract with no wage increases.

The unit had voted in favour of striking in May and was the final major health-care union to accept a “net-zero” collective agreement.

Job security is improved through giving current employees priority when contracts are re-tendered and allows those employees to carry their seniority and benefits to the new employer.