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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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One of the most outstanding collaborative initiatives developed by the CRD Le Virage is with the Charles-Le Moyne family medicine group (GMF), which hired a multidisciplinary team devoted to treating people who suffer from an addiction problem.

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