VOLUME 11 No. 11 | JUNE 1, 2021

First strike days next week

What will your strike schedule be? Who’s entitled to financial compensation during the strike, and how do they get it? The new issue of Info-Strike, available on negoapts.com, will answer all your questions about the strike on June 7, 8, 21 and 22. You'll also get the latest news from sectoral and central bargaining tables.

Protesting an unacceptable offer

On May 22, approximately one thousand APTS and FIQ members, masked, took to the streets of downtown Montreal and loudly called for the end of being paid a woman’s wage. Like other unions representing the public sector, the APTS-FIQ alliance finds the government’s offer of 5% over 3 years – which rules out any possibility of a catch-up pay increase – completely unacceptable.

More protests

On May 27, members of the APTS-FIQ alliance in the Laurentians gathered at the office of finance minister Éric Girard in Sainte-Thérèse. Their protest was a collective demonstration that they are sick and tired of the government refusing to pay nurses and professional and technical personnel what they’re worth.

MSSS violates collective agreements

In an attempt to halt the exodus of personnel from the youth protection system, Quebec’s health and social services ministry (MSSS) has asked institutions to disregard regulations concerning staffing for various positions. In response, the APTS has created a monitoring system to make sure all vacant positions are advertised and filled according to schedule. If you’ve been hired for a new position and your employer has inappropriately delayed your start date, check Article 7 of your local provisions and contact your local union team so that, where necessary, you can push back and ensure that your rights are upheld.

Web app on workplace harassment

The Help and Information Center on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (GAIHST) has created a web app as an information and awareness-raising tool for anyone wanting to know more about the issue of workplace harassment. The app provides information under four different headings: types of harassment, what to do if you think you’re being harassed, your rights and avenues of recourse, and laws and employer obligations. The app works on smartphones, tablets, and computers, and is available for download and consultation in both English and French at harassment-app.com.

Pushing for better daycare access

Difficulties with access to daycare and the decrease in women’s workplace participation rate are both major concerns at the APTS. For this reason, we support the citizen movement Ma place au travail, which has launched several activist initiatives related to daycare access. You have until June 7 to sign their online petition demanding that the Quebec government…

  • recognize the state of crisis caused by the lack of places in daycares;
  • create a provincial emergency plan;
  • propose a plan to create all of the places that are currently lacking;
  • recognize the full value of childcare professions.

Against vaccine apartheid

The APTS, alongside ten other labour unions, has signed a letter to the Canadian government (in French) demanding the suspension of pharmaceutical companies’ intellectual property rights on COVID-19 vaccines and the immediate distribution of excess doses to countries that still don’t have vaccine access. Today’s grievous inequalities in vaccination levels are an enormous threat to long-term health for all of the world’s population.

Work overload: a recognized risk factor

Work overload is one of the six most significant psychosocial risk factors in the workplace, with negative impacts on both physical and psychological health for health and social services workers. Our info-sheet will help you do your part to act against this serious and all-too-common problem. We invite you to check out both the document and the resources it offers.

Support for rehabilitation

The government has finally decided to invest $21 million in intensive behavioural rehabilitation services for people living with a physical disability, an intellectual disability, or an autism spectrum disorder and who also have a severe behaviour disorder. The APTS welcomes this good news, with the caveat that major improvements to the working conditions of its members are still needed to attract and retain employees. Otherwise, genuine improvements to services for people with disabilities will be impossible.

Do you care about the rights of people living with  a disability? You may want to join in a mobilization activity organized in Montréal by PHAS (Disabled People for Access to Services) on June 10.