Systemic racism: a shared responsibility

Leading Indigenous rights advocate Michèle Audette travelled to Joliette with her step-daughter to support Joyce Echaquan’s family, who were in a state of shock the day after the Atikamekw mother of seven died in hospital. We asked Michèle what message she wanted to give to health and social services workers who are deeply concerned and shaken by the systemic racism exposed by Joyce shortly before her death.

After the pay gap, the pandemic gap

Our current health crisis is putting the spotlight on social and economic inequalities throughout the world, and gender inequalities are also in evidence.

Making history through electoral change

The APTS supports the Mouvement Démocratie Nouvelle’s campaign urging the Québec government to keep its promise to reform the electoral system. We asked the APTS’s political officer responsible for feminist action to provide an overview of the feminist vision behind our support.

These negotiations are vital!

On the provincial APTS executive committee, Mélanie Bernier is our national bargaining and pay equity co-officer. In the current public-sector contract talks with the Treasury Board, she’s right there in the thick of the discussions.

Advice from a champion

Being a union activist is about exercising leadership and influence. But because of sexist socialization, too many women underestimate their ability to take on the decision-making, mobilizing and representation roles that are part and parcel of union responsibilities.

New proof of wage discrimination against women

A recent study reveals a 23% pay discrepancy between personnel in the public service (i.e., the civil service, education, and health and social services), 72% of whom are women, and personnel in Crown corporations like Hydro-Québec, Loto-Québec and the Société des alcools du Québec, a majority of whom are men.

Women really needed new labour standards

The kind of in-depth reform of the Labour Standards Act that women’s groups and unions had been hoping for didn’t happen. Still, there are a number of changes that constitute progress for women who aren’t protected by a collective agreement [1], as well as for APTS members.