Psychological distress: who’ll take care of personnel in essential services?

Last March, Health and Social Services Minister Danielle McCann took strict measures to curb the pandemic. However noble the government’s intentions, its actions may come at a steep cost. By modifying the collective agreements of public-sector employees in health and social service facilities, the government upped the powers of managers to offset labour shortages that had been rampant in these facilities for far too long. Managers were given carte-blanche, with practically no safeguards to prevent them from taking shortcuts when implementing such measures in the bureaucratic behemoths that are now our integrated centres (CISSS and CIUSSS).

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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.

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Federal elections: extravagant government spending?

The federal elections are just around the corner, with election day fast approaching on October 21. The electoral campaign comes with its share of promises, commitments and attacks that may or may not be founded. Given that we’re being bombarded with a variety of positions, some issues may escape us.

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A humane healthcare system more attuned to people’s needs

In his inaugural address, Premier Legault alluded to the “demoralizing” effect that successive reforms, budget instability, rigid management and cumbersome administrative practices have had on health and social services personnel. If I’m not mistaken, that’s the first time a politician has acknowledged this.

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