Contract talks on the local provisions of the collective agreement are drawing to a close. Very recently, the Abitibi-Témiscamingue laboratory unit reached a tentative agreement with its Montréal-based employer, the MUHC. That’s the first agreement for our regional units created as part of the OPTILAB reorganization. The other laboratory units are: Laval-Laurentides-Lanaudière, which comes under the CISSS de Laval; the Gaspé lab unit, affiliated with the Bas-St-Laurent; and the Côte-Nord lab unit, affiliated with Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.
Before that, we settled in Estrie and Laval, just before arbitration was set to begin. The APTS unit at the CIUSSS West-Central Montreal, for its part, was unable to avoid arbitration, which resulted in the arbitrator deciding in favour of the employer. There are still three cases not yet settled, in Bas-Saint-Laurent, Montérégie-Centre and Outaouais. As for negotiations in institutions that are outside the health and social services sector, only the Unité de santé animale du CHU de Québec still hasn’t settled; employees at the Pointe St. Charles Community Clinic have ratified an agreement.