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CEO Update - September 2017

Congratulations to Awards of Excellence Recipients

CSSEA recently announced recipients of the 2017 Awards of Excellence, which will be presented at our AGM and Conference next month at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna. I am delighted to congratulate our four outstanding recipients:

Rising Star - Damian Brennan, Chilliwack Society for Community Living
Hero – Paulina Weslowski, Semiahmoo House Society
Leader – Kelly Kelland, Interior Community Services
Legend – Diane Entwistle, Okanagan Boys & Girls Clubs

We invite you to help us celebrate our nominees, winners and the great work being done in the sector by attending the awards luncheon on October 25 at noon. Registration for the luncheon and conference can be completed online or via telephone at: 604.687.7220 or toll free at: 1.800.377.3340.


Budget Update

The government’s budget update indicates a marked change in direction from the previous government, with its focus on “putting people first.” A number of initiatives were announced that improve affordability and increase benefits for British Columbians accessing social services. We are cautiously optimistic these developments will bode well for our sector as we move towards collective bargaining negotiations in 2019.


New Salary Administration Tool

To provide a salary administration tool and to help our members make informed decisions about salary or salary policy, CSSEA is excited to launch the Salary Lookup, which is now accessible through the Social Services Workforce Information System (WFIS).

The Salary Lookup contains salary information for Non-Union, Management and Excluded positions in the social services sector. Please continue to refer to the posted Wage Grids on the CSSEA website for the current wage rates of Bargaining Unit positions. Users will be able to search for salary information by classification. Salary information can be filtered by year, service division, region and agency size. Average and percentile salary rates are displayed, and the user can also select a measure to produce a graphical comparison.

If you require any assistance about your WFIS access, please contact CSSEA’s Finance, Research and Knowledge Management Department by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CSS WorkSafeBC Pilot

The CSS WorkSafeBC Pilot Project has recently completed a number presentations on anti-bullying and harassment; ergonomics in the workplace; injury prevention (risk assessment); and JOSHC duties and responsibilities. The presentations will be presented to pilot project participants and will be posted online for the general membership in the coming weeks.

The project also completed the Second Year Pilot Report and is in the final stage of completing the CSS Employer’s Health and Safety Handbook and the CSS Injury Management (Recover at Work) Road Map; all will be discussed in further detail at the upcoming CSSEA AGM and Conference. To register for the session, taking place on October 25 at 2:30 pm at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna, go to CSSEA’s conference website.

Pacific Blue Cross

CSSEA has been informed that the labour dispute involving Pacific Blue Cross and CUPE 1816 has recently ended, with member ratification of a new six-year collective agreement. Full operations resumed on September 18. If any member agency’s employees are experiencing challenges in having their claims processed please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Administrative Assistant, who will work with PBC to address the issue promptly.

Compensation and Employee Turnover Survey

Members are reminded to complete their 2017 Compensation and Employee Turnover Survey. The survey is an important data source that will inform the development of employers’ proposals for the next round of collective bargaining. Those with questions on completing the survey are asked to contact the Research and Knowledge Management department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Arbitration Decision – Article 28.12

A recent decision was rendered regarding Article 28.12, specifically whether employers are required to pay for Class 5 driver’s licences when employers require employees to provide proof of licensure or use a vehicle in the course of employment. In his decision, Arbitrator Robert Pekeles sided with the unions and determined employers are required to pay for Class 5 driver’s licenses when employers require proof of licensure. CSSEA is reviewing the decision — including the possibility of filing an appeal — and is discussing the matter with the unions. We ask employers not to act on the ruling until CSSEA can provide further clarity to the sector in the coming week. 

See You at the AGM

We are gearing up for the 2017 AGM and Conference and those who plan on attending are advised to register soon, as many sessions are nearing capacity. We look forward to hosting you in Kelowna from October 24-26!

Communications Contact

Doris Sun
Director of Communications
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