Everything you need to know about the strike on June 7, 8, 21 and 22
At special general assemblies held from late March to early May, the APTS asked you for a mandate to go on strike for a maximum of 10 days. Your response was clear: 92.4% voted in favour of the strike mandate. On May 19 and 20, the General Council decided to use the mandate on June 7, 8, 21 and 22. There will be an APTS general strike on those days, meaning that throughout Québec, APTS members will stop working for a period that will vary according to assignment and institution.
Financial compensation: who gets it, and how?
In the health and social services system, strike action is subject to agreements ensuring that essential services are maintained. The law has changed in this regard since the last time APTS members exercised their right to strike. The union is now required to reach an agreement with all of the institutions in which its members are employed; this agreement identifies the services that have to be maintained in order to guarantee the health and safety of Quebecers throughout the strike.
Depending on your assignment and the institution for which you work, between 50% and 100% of services will be maintained throughout the strike. This means that those of you who go on strike will stop working for a period varying between 10% and 50% of your shift.
To avoid financial impacts that would have a disproportionate effect on some of you, the APTS General Council has decided to provide financial compensation for up to 80% of the salary you lose because of strike action. This means that you’ll be eligible for compensation if you go on strike for more than 20% of your regular work schedule. There will also be compensation for partial loss of COVID rising scale premiums and psychologists’ retention premiums due to the strike.
To receive compensation, you must participate in the various activities organized by local executives (demonstrations, picket lines, and other mobilization activities). Your local APTS team can tell you how to sign up for compensation.
We encourage you to join in mobilization activities while you’re on strike. Sheer numbers are the best way for us to demonstrate that our claims are legitimate!
After the strike, the APTS will compile all the information and send you the amount to which you’re entitled.
A large-scale strike such as this one, with constraints related to essential services, is highly demanding in terms of logistics. Delays and problems may occur, which is why we’re asking for your understanding and cooperation. If you run in to a problem affecting your compensation payment, don’t hesitate to contact your local APTS team.
The other major challenge currently being handled by your local APTS team is to produce the schedules that will enable you to exercise your right to strike.
Once a strike notice has been sent, the employer has to provide the APTS with information within a time frame that will allow the union to make its members’ strike schedules known 48 hours before the strike begins.
Since the strike will start at 12:01 a.m. on June 7, this means that strike schedules must be sent to the employer no later than 12:01 a.m. on June 5. We hope to be able to send you your schedule no later than June 4, before the weekend preceding the two first days of strike action. Keep an eye on your emails during the week of May 31.
The same scenario will be played out for the strike days on June 21 and 22, if we reach that point. We continue to hope for a negotiated settlement with the government.
In some institutions, we don’t expect employers to collaborate fully, given their current behaviour. They’ll probably try to find ways of justifying the fact that they won’t send the information needed to establish strike schedules in time, or they’ll claim that there are specific circumstances that should prevent the strike. Your local teams will keep you informed of developments.
We’re preparing an FAQ section that you’ll be able to consult on the negoapts.com website, and we’ll communicate with you again as need be between now and June 7. Until then, you can show your support for the strike by adding this frame to your Facebook profile picture.