Current issues

Information about key issues affecting your professional life.

Retroactive QPIP adjustment

You didn’t receive a retroactive QPIP adjustment? Read this:

The APTS was incensed at the claim that the Québec Parental Insurance Plan (QPIP) is unable to pay employees the benefits owed to them, taking into account the retroactive salary paid when the collective agreement was renewed, and the pay equity complaints settlements. The QPIP rules don’t allow for benefits to be recalculated if the recipient’s file is no long active – which means that thousands of you are affected, and the vast majority are women. In our view, this situation is clearly discriminatory. The APTS decided to document this issue so we can contest the QPIP rules and get them changed.


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Youth centres

The APTS represents the overwhelming majority of workers providing youth services. For years, spokespersons for these 10,000 employees have been denouncing their work overload and the poor management practices that make it extraordinarily difficult for them to carry out their mission. In May 2020, the APTS spoke out on behalf of youth workers before the special commission on the rights of children and youth protection.

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Updated on February 9, 2022

Since January 16, the government has introduced measures to recognize the work of technicians and professionals in the health and social services system, who have been grappling with major work overload. These enhanced measures echo the repeated demands made by the APTS and the coalition of healthcare unions to which we belong. To stay posted on the pay incentives, support measures and health and safety programs that you’re entitled to during the pandemic, we invite you to check in regularly to this webpage.

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Crisis in radiation oncology | CISSS de l’Outaouais called to order by APTS

Hopefully, the CISSSO will take immediate action to provide better working conditions for employees who’ve stayed on the job.

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Health and social services | repeat offender government is targeted by new complaints

Labour unions are demanding that the government stop obstructing union activities and that it negotiate any measures taken to end the crisis affecting…

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Crisis in Gaspé labs | The APTS offers solutions to Minister Dubé

The APTS held a press conference this morning with the MNA for the Gaspé, Méganne Perry-Mélançon, where various union representatives and members decr…

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Laurent Report, one year later: still no real push to set the course straight

Now’s the time to innovate and try new ideas. Let’s be ambitious. This is for our children. We need to think big! At this point, what else can we do?

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Health and social services: losing pay over COVID-19 is unacceptable

Labour organizations in the health and social services system vigorously condemn the Québec government’s decision forcing workers to dip into their ba…

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Contract talks in the public and parapublic sectors | Solidarity protocol concluded by the APTS and the FSSS-CSN

In the last round, the government didn’t hesitate to use divisive politics, and in the face of the reforms announced by Minister Christian Dubé, it’s…

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Unions in health and social services call for government to engage in dialogue to plan for a better summer

Hoping to avoid breaks in services, union spokespersons came together at a press briefing to ask Christian Dubé to renounce unilateral measures, once…

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The APTS denounces limitations of the 2021-2026 action plan for long-term care facilities

This reform to improve our seniors’ lives has been eagerly anticipated, and we don’t want to deny its importance. But we have to point out that the pl…

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Estates-General on living conditions for seniors | APTS proudly endorses the joint declaration

The APTS  publicly endorsed the joint declaration issued by the Coalition pour la dignité des aînés at the close of the Estates-General on living cond…

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Pay equity maintenance: why are payments still delayed, and what is the government waiting for?

Thousands of women are still waiting for pay equity maintenance payments. Since 2010 or 2016, they’ve worked for wages that are less what they should…

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5th anniversary of the OPTILAB system | No lab? No hospital!

The APTS demonstrated today at lunchtime in front of the CHUM research centre to commemorate the fifth year of the centralization of Québec’s medical…

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Bill 28 to end the public health emergency | A frontal attack on workers’ rights

Through a pathetic piece of trickery, the minister is in fact maintaining the public health emergency - but only for health and social services employ…

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“COVID premiums” for another month: still on the rollercoaster with no permanent solutions in sight

With some annoyance, labour organizations in the health and social services system nonetheless welcome the government’s decision to extend, at least t…

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Health care reform: cooperation required to rebuild the system

Unions representing employees in the health and social services system are responding with both apprehension and a sense of urgency to Minister Christ…

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2022 Québec budget: Half measures to attract and retain personnel

While recognizing that the Legault government has reinvested in public services, the APTS deplores the fact that finance minister Éric Girard’s budget…

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COVID premium | The APTS demands fair treatment for its members

The anger of thousands of APTS members has been fuelled by ever more frequent examples of injustice over the past months.

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More delays from the government in paying what health and social services workers are owed | Women to pay the price – again

Minister Dubé has said he’s embarrassed by the inefficiency of the various systems used by his ministry, and health and social service institutions, t…

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Job title: biomedical engineering technical coordinator | The APTS gets a favourable ruling from the arbitrator

This decision means that biomedical engineering technical coordinators employed by the health and social services system will get a retroactive pay in…

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Pre-budget consultations | Innovative APTS proposal to improve the health and social services system

By creating a budgetary shield, the government would stabilize funding for the health and social services system and put an end to disruptions caused…

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Public-sector contract talks | APTS signs its new collective agreement

This collective agreement covers the period from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2023.

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Coroner’s inquiry into CHSLD deaths | The APTS presents its final recommendations

The APTS is urging political parties to pledge to follow all the recommendations in coroner Kamel’s report, without waiting for the report to be table…

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Government’s greater openness is welcomed by coalition of health and social service unions

The union coalition urges the government to continue discussions in the same spirit in order to find a way out of the crisis arising from the pandemic…

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Contract talks | Agreement in principle is ratified by 55.3% of APTS members

This decision puts an end to over two years of contract talks that were held to renew the collective agreement of some 60,000 professionals and techni…

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Contract talks | APTS delegates to consider an agreement in principle at a General Council

After suspending its general assemblies and resuming talks with the Treasury Board, the APTS will be presenting an agreement in principle to its deleg…

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Implementing the Laurent Report | APTS calls on MNAs to act now

Today, APTS members working in youth centres handed MNAs a memo to remind them of their responsibilities in youth protection.

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Contract talks | Exasperated APTS delegates stop their Convention to demonstrate

Over 750 delegates attending the Convention of the APTS stopped proceedings at the event in order to demonstrate in the streets of Laval.

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Robert Comeau elected president at the APTS Convention

Robert Comeau was elected by acclamation as president of the APTS before some 750 delegates at the union’s convention, which took place from November…

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APTS participates in hearings on CHSLD deaths during the first wave of the pandemic

The APTS provided the coroner with ten recommendations focusing on prevention, distribution of staff, communications, and psychological support.

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Contract talks | Exasperated by slow-paced talks, the APTS occupies a government building

Some 200 members of the APTS occupied the Ministry of Health and Social Services building in Québec City to denounce the slow pace of discussions with…

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Public-sector contract talks | The APTS is losing patience

The APTS is exasperated with the Treasury Board President’s failure to consider its proposals for attracting professionals and technicians to the heal…

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Contract talks will resume for the APTS

Both Ms. LeBel and the APTS want to reach a settlement, and talks will be resuming shortly with spokespeople from the Treasury Board Secretariat.

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Reform of the Occupational Health and Safety Act | The APTS rejects Bill 59

The APTS rejects Bill 59, An Act to modernize the occupational health and safety regime, and is asking labour minister Jean Boulet to withdraw the pro…

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Labour shortage in the health system | The APTS takes part in estates-general on the future of clinical labs

The union is very pleased that this event led to a consensus on the urgent need to act in order to attract a greater number of qualified employees to…

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Youth protection assessment: another year marked by work overload

The APTS, which represents the vast majority of youth centre workers, is calling attention once again this year to the detrimental effects of insuffic…

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Mandatory vaccination | Breaks in services? The Legault government doesn’t have a plan

Minister Dubé’s intentions may be excellent. But as of October 15, thousands of vaccinated employees will be going through hell because of staff short…

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Mandatory vaccination | When the best is the enemy of the good

Vaccination of the greatest possible number of people against COVID-19 is critical to ensure that we move out of the pandemic, and the APTS continues…

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Federal election campaign | The APTS wants political parties to make clear commitments on its priorities

The federal election campaign is in full swing, and the APTS is asking political parties for clear commitments on the union’s priorities.

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Contract talks | APTS members will be presented the government’s global offer

At the APTS General Council meeting, union delegates decided to present the government’s global offer to all members in special general assemblies, wi…

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APTS pay equity complaints from 2010 are finally settled after a 10-year battle to have the government comply with the law

After a 10-year battle, we’ve finally obtained a settlement putting an end to a discriminatory situation for thousands of workers in the health and so…

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APTS calls on government to lift the public health emergency

The APTS has joined over 60 signatories of a statement by the Ligue des droits et libertés, demanding that government lift the public health emergency…

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Contract talks | APTS will submit proposed deal to its General Council

The proposed settlement does provide some gains, but it doesn’t answer the needs of the health and social services system.

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Contract talks | The APTS steps up the pressure with two more strike days

Members of the APTS are stepping up the pressure with two days of strike action on June 21 and 22. Discussions continue after an intensive negotiating…

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Contract talks | 60,000 APTS members to carry out a general strike on June 7, 8, 21 and 22

The strike will take place on June 7, 8, 21 and 22 in all of the institutions where the APTS represents employees, unless the government responds favo…

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Shortage of lab personnel with a post-secondary diploma | Lab results may not be reliable

Montréal – The APTS is deeply concerned by the lack of personnel with a post-secondary diploma in Québec laboratories.

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The APTS gets a strong mandate for strike action: CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l'île-de-Montréal

With 92.4% voting in favour, the mandate given to the APTS to take strike action for up to 10 days is unequivocal. The union’s consultation of its mem…

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The APTS gets a strong mandate for strike action: CIUSSS du Nord-de-l'île-de-Montréal

With 92.4% voting in favour, the mandate given to the APTS to take strike action for up to 10 days is unequivocal. The union’s consultation of its mem…

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The APTS gets a strong mandate for strike action: CIUSSS West-Central Montreal

With 92.4% voting in favour, the mandate given to the APTS to take strike action for up to 10 days is unequivocal. The union’s consultation of its mem…

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The APTS gets a strong mandate for strike action: CIUSSS Montréal West Island

With 92.4% voting in favour, the mandate given to the APTS to take strike action for up to 10 days is unequivocal. The union’s consultation of its mem…

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The Laurent Commission | The APTS calls on Legault to act without delay to support children and families

The final report of the special commission on children’s rights and youth protection, chaired by Régine Laurent, is welcomed with great satisfaction b…

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Paid a woman's wage ad campaign

A profession is just as valuable as a trade. But for François Legault’s government, the male category will always outweigh the female. Every day, we’r…

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COVID-19 | Québec must recognize the value of the work carried out by lab personnel

Montréal – The APTS (Alliance du personnel professionnel et technique de la santé et des services sociaux) is calling on the government to provide imm…

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Documentary on Québec’s youth protection system | The other side of the coin

The documentary series Au cœur de la DPJ, dealing with Québec’s youth protection system, is coming to an end tonight on the RDI channel. The APTS woul…

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The APTS offers its cooperation to Québec’s new provincial youth protection director

The APTS welcomes Minister Lionel Carmant’s decision to appoint a provincial director of youth protection, and looks forward to cooperating with Ms. C…

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Brutal rent increase in residential facilities | "Penalizing vulnerable people – how is that a good strategy?”

Montréal  – The APTS does not understand how the health and social services minister, Lionel Carmant, can have approved rent increases amounting to hu…

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Private sector contracts for medical imaging | The Legault government is hypocritical

Montréal – The APTS was shocked to learn from the media that the Legault government is once again turning to the private sector, this time to cope wit…

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Death of youth protection workers | The APTS has no words to describe the grief

Montréal – The APTS expresses its support for youth protection workers across Québec following the death, last week, of two youth protection workers e…

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Pandemic shows that privatizing mental health services has been a failure

Montréal – The APTS has sent the health and social services minister, Lionel Carmant, an advisory opinion in the context of consultations about the ne…

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Aerosols | Minister Dubé’s inconsistency continues to jeopardize workers’ health

Montréal – Directives from Québec’s health and social services ministry (MSSS) are being roundly condemned by unions representing employees in the hea…

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Investments in the Douglas Institute: all funds earmarked for buildings made of concrete, none for personnel

Montréal – While the investments announced by the MSSS for the Douglas Mental Health University Institute were favorably received by Danielle McCann,…

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A knife in the back for public sector psychologists

“Basically, Minister Carmant has just stabbed public sector psychologists in the back. At a time when the public sector is finding it extremely diffic…

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APTS initiates mediation to obtain a negotiated settlement

With government negotiators showing little willingness to tackle key issues surrounding work overload and attraction/retention measures for its 60,000…

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Dangerous increase in wage gap between APTS members and Québec employees as a whole

Longueuil – Figures published today by the ISQ (Institut de la statistique du Québec) leave no room for ambiguity: there is a dangerous increase in th…

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CAQ MNAs refuse to meet with spokespersons of professionals and technicians employed in the health and social services system

Members of the APTS demonstrated today in front of the riding offices of four Coalition avenir Québec MNAs in Montréal, Lanaudière, the Laurentians an…

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Mental health | APTS to Minister Carmant: sustained investment is needed to save the public system

The APTS acknowledges that Minister Carmant has again taken a step to increase mental health services. However, the union would like to know that the…

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The APTS welcomes new funding for youth mental health

The APTS welcomes Minister Carmant’s announcement that an extra $25 million will be provided to boost mental health services for young people. At the…

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The Laurent Commission - Now is the time for the Legault government to commit to implementing the commission’s guidelines

Given yesterday’s announcement by Régine Laurent that the special commission on the rights of the child and youth protection had to delay publication…

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COVID-19 | APTS responds to government action plan to tackle second wave

The APTS takes note of the action plan unveiled today by the health and social services minister, Christian Dubé. While the plan includes measures tha…

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COVID 19 | APTS denounces poor management of the pandemic at the Résidence Angelica

APTS employees joined their colleagues from the Alliance Interprofessionnelle de Montréal (AIM) in a demonstration in front of the Résidence Angelica…

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The APTS presents its brief: Children at the heart of our priorities

The APTS is presenting its proposals to improve youth protection services in hearings today with the special commission on the rights of children and…

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COVID-19 | Conference call with Minister McCann

The president of the APTS, Andrée Poirier, will be in a conference call today with the minister of health and social services, Danielle McCann, to den…

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COVID-19 | Code of silence in the health and social services system - Action is needed from Minister McCann

The APTS was not surprised to hear health and social services minister Danielle McCann once again pledge to put an end to the code of silence that pre…

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COVID-19 | APTS calls on Minister McCann to guarantee access to protective equipment  for members being sent into CHSLDs

"I don’t accept that occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists and social workers are being used as cannon fodder in nursing homes hit…

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COVID-19 | Hazard premiums during the pandemic: a first step that needs to be followed by another

Despite some inconsistencies in the choices made by Ministers Christian Dubé and Danielle McCann, the APTS can only applaud the government’s openness…

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COVID-19 | APTS sends SOS to Legault government

"16 days! 16 days that professionals and technicians have been without health equipment or protective materials, issuing SOS calls in every direction…

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COVID-19 | Will someone have to die before measures are taken to ensure the safety of our members?

"We’ve run out of patience. It's been almost 12 days since the Legault government declared a health emergency, and still nothing is being done to ensu…

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COVID-19 | The APTS-FIQ alliance will be right there to negotiate all measures

Members of the APTS-FIQ alliance have reiterated their request for an emergency meeting with the chief negotiator, lawyer Édith Lapointe, to negotiate…

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COVID-19 | The health and safety of all Québecers is the labour unions' priority

Québec City – We are here today representing nearly 500,000 public-service workers, to assure the government of our full co-operation in the face of t…

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A portrait of our members

Our union represents 65,000 technicians and professionals working in the health and social services system. In more than a hundred different job titles, our members provide a wide range of services including diagnostic, rehabilitation, psychosocial intervention, clinical support, and prevention services. Here are the three major activity sectors where you might meet them: