Contract talks: where are we headed?

Contract talks continue almost nine months after the end of our collective agreement. These negotiations were always going to be challenging, and COVID-19 made them even more complex. Between Zoom conferences and meetings at the Treasury Board, we caught two members of the APTS executive committee and asked them to tell us what’s happening. Emmanuel Breton is in charge of contract talks and Véronic Lapalme is in charge of mobilization.

How to protect your mental health

You’re indispensable. But that doesn’t mean you’re immune to stress, anxiety or depression. The incidence of these conditions is on the rise, especially now that the pandemic has been gaining strength. Protecting your mental health is crucial—and it’s a shared responsibility between you, your employer and your union.

Vital professions: in your own words

While the APTS ad describing the variety and value of the professions it represents was being aired, we contacted some of the members featured in the ad to talk about why they agreed to be part of the project and how the pandemic has affected their professional life.

CNESST vs. disability insurance claims

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the APTS has noticed that physical and mental health problems are on the rise among our members. Unfortunately, people often forget that if their injury or illness is directly attributable to their work, they should submit a claim to the CNESST (Labour standards, pay equity and occupational health and safety commission).

Can you protect yourself from work-related stress?

“Take care of yourself” – we’ve heard that a lot over the past months. Easy enough to say, but not so easy to do. In this particularly stressful period for people working in health care and social services, we asked Manon Truchon, professor of psychology at Laval University, to talk to us about the field she specializes in: stress in the workplace.

Participating in the Laurent Commission without fear of reprisals

The special commission on children’s rights and youth protection that began its work on October 22 in Montréal is taking a break over the holidays. It will resume its work on January 8 and continue until May 28. The chair of the Commission, Régine Laurent, called for conditions to be set in place so that youth workers can testify at the hearings without fear of reprisal.

An impassioned activist

The woman we elected president of the APTS at our Convention last November is very determined to boost our union’s visibility and influence, and is proud to do so. “I want the APTS to have the means to realize our goals, fully engage in public debates and take the initiative without hesitation. We have to create ties with other organizations and join forces to serve our common causes,” Andrée Poirier declared.

Lower group insurance premiums for 2020

Insurance premiums have been lowered following a call for bids in the spring of 2019. The reduced premiums will be effective as of January 1, 2020. More information on the new premiums and applicable changes is provided in the tables below.

Rectifying the Pay Equity Act

On February 12, the government introduced a bill to amend the Pay Equity Act. It was forced to do so after a federal Supreme Court ruling quashed certain amendments to the act that were introduced in 2009, including those that removed any possibility of retroactive compensation in cases of discrimination.

Revising the Pay Equity Act

Following a decision by the Supreme Court of Canada, the Québec government was forced to amend the Pay Equity Act to guarantee equality between men and women. The APTS had an initial meeting with government representatives to let them know what its members expect, especially in terms of retroactive payment.