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CEO Update - December 2017

Public Sector Employers’ Council Meeting

Minister of Finance Carol James recently chaired the first meeting of the Public Sector Employers’ Council in almost a decade, hosting all employers associations’ Board chairs, Ministers and Deputy Ministers from across the public sector. The government emphasized its three priorities of affordability; improving services; and the building of a sustainable economy for all British Columbians. CSSEA was represented by Vice Chair Fernando Coelho and myself, and we outlined the major challenges and opportunities facing the social services sector including recruitment and retention, the wage gap with other public sectors, occupational health and safety, non-provincially funded programs and the challenges that different funding methodologies present to our members. Minister James also focused on the province’s economic outlook and what it means for the next round of collective bargaining. Union representatives from across the public sector joined the group for the last part of the meeting. 

Funders Meeting

CSSEA recently hosted the 2018/19 Collective Agreement Funders Meeting in Vancouver, attended by representatives from the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, Ministry of Child and Family Development, Community Living BC, Public Sector Employers’ Council, BC Housing and the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General (the Ministry of Health was not in attendance and will receive a copy of our presentation). The meeting focused on upcoming Collective Agreement cost increases, including health and statutory benefits and pension and wage increases. In addition, we provided feedback on the funding challenges a number of members face, particularly with delays in the flow of annual funding increases and the lack of new funding for excluded and non-union employees. We also updated the group on various projects and initiatives that are being undertaken by the sector to mitigate the increasing costs of benefits and WorkSafeBC rates. A copy of the presentation is available on the CSSEA website. 

New Wage Grids Released

CSSEA recently released updated wage grids for Aboriginal Services, Community Living Services and General Services divisions, as well as Aboriginal Services Delegated Programs. The wage grids incorporate the recently announced 0.4% Economic Stability Dividend (ESD) and 1% general wage increase, which will come into effect on February 1, 2018 for AS, GS and CLS bargaining unit employees and February 4, 2018 for AS delegated positions. Members with questions on applying the increases are asked to contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

HR Practitioners Meeting

We were pleased to host approximately 90 attendees at our Vancouver office for the final HR Practitioners Meeting of 2017. Some of the topics discussed included employee expression on social media, probationary employment, Article 11.7 and 2019 bargaining. We thank all attendees and presenters for their contributions and will release details on 2018 meeting dates once they are finalized in the New Year. 

Season’s Greetings

As members start to wind down for the holidays, I would - on behalf of CSSEA’s staff - like to extend warm wishes for a restful remainder of 2017 and the best in the year to come.

Communications Contact

Doris Sun
Manager of Communications
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