Media Advisory: Ministry of Children and Family Development workers demand implementation of Plecas report recommendations at rally outside MLA Sam Sullivan’s constituency office - BCGEU


What: Rally to support B.C.’s Children and Youth

Who: Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) workers

When: Tuesday April 4 at 12pm

Where: MLA Sam Sullivan’s Constituency Office, 201-1168 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, B.C.

Why: The B.C. Government has refused to fund and implement several recommendations from Bob Plecas’ review (the Plecas report) of child welfare in B.C. including wage increases, adequate backfill, and proper training for social workers in MCFD, putting children and youth at risk and greater strain on frontline services.

MCFD workers in Vancouver are coming together at noon on Tuesday April 4th to call on the B.C. Government to take serious steps in implementing the recommendations in the Plecas report and protect children and youth.

Employees’ main demands are that the government address wage concerns in MCFD, which are 11% lower than the national average, and develop proper accreditation for child and youth group homes.

“Low wage rates, lack of training and accreditation, and low staffing levels are putting children and youth at risk.” said Doug Kinna, Vice President - Social, Information and Health Component of the BCGEU. “If the government is serious about protecting youth, they have the start implementing and funding the Plecas recommendations immediately.”

The Plecas report reviewed B.C.’s child welfare system, finding that it lacks accountability, proper staffing levels, training, and funding. The report included a series of recommendations to be implemented over 4 years, most of which have been ignored by government.

Media and photo opportunities available during the event

For more information, contact Doug Kinna at 250-715-6003

 

Local 467/MoveUp

What: Rally to support B.C.’s Children and Youth

Who: Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) workers

When: Tuesday April 4 at 12pm

Where: MLA Sam Sullivan’s Constituency Office, 201-1168 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, B.C.

Why: The B.C. Government has refused to fund and implement several recommendations from Bob Plecas’ review (the Plecas report) of child welfare in B.C. including wage increases, adequate backfill, and proper training for social workers in MCFD, putting children and youth at risk and greater strain on frontline services.

MCFD workers in Vancouver are coming together at noon on Tuesday April 4th to call on the B.C. Government to take serious steps in implementing the recommendations in the Plecas report and protect children and youth.

Employees’ main demands are that the government address wage concerns in MCFD, which are 11% lower than the national average, and develop proper accreditation for child and youth group homes.

“Low wage rates, lack of training and accreditation, and low staffing levels are putting children and youth at risk.” said Doug Kinna, Vice President - Social, Information and Health Component of the BCGEU. “If the government is serious about protecting youth, they have the start implementing and funding the Plecas recommendations immediately.”

The Plecas report reviewed B.C.’s child welfare system, finding that it lacks accountability, proper staffing levels, training, and funding. The report included a series of recommendations to be implemented over 4 years, most of which have been ignored by government.

Media and photo opportunities available during the event

For more information, contact Doug Kinna at 250-715-6003

 

Local 467/MoveUp