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.
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.
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.
Most of the addictions workers we informally consulted in the days after cannabis was legalized said they didn’t expect their work to significantly change after October 17.
Cannabis use is now legal, but is it compatible with working in health and social services? Can personnel be punished for having smoked a joint? Since October 17, the APTS labour relations department has been responding to questions that are now being posed more openly.
In ruling that compulsory union dues violate the Constitution, the United States Supreme Court handed down a decision that considerably reduces the influence of American public-sector unions. Are Canadian unions protected from that kind of setback?
At the time this article was written, the legally-set deadline for negotiating the local provisions of our collective agreement had passed in 16 of the 19 new APTS union certifications. Here’s an overview of the results so far in talks with employers in the health and social services sector and the prescribed steps for these talks.