The APTS is a labour union representing 65,000 professionals and technicians working in the vast majority of public health and social services institutions across Québec.
Our union brings together expertise that is both extensive and varied: APTS members, 86% of whom are women, hold over one hundred different job titles. The APTS is the only union exclusively representing professionals and technicians in Québec’s public health and social services system, and it is the union representing the great majority of people in this group.
APTS members work in facilities with a variety of missions: hospitals, CLSCs, CHSLDs, youth centres, and rehabilitation centres for people with physical needs, intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorder, or addiction issues. In relation to the health and social services system, this means the APTS is in a position to see both the forest and the trees.
APTS national spokesperson
Robert Comeau, interim president
Robert Comeau worked as a medical imaging technologist at the Centre de santé et de services sociaux de Trois-Rivières from 1992 until 2004 when he was elected as a political liaison officer in the newly formed APTS. He was re-elected twice and held this position until 2010. During that period, Robert helped organize the founding APTS convention in 2006 and was active on the steering committee for the conventions in 2008 and 2010.
Even before the APTS was created, Robert served as a local union representative, board member and vice-president of the Syndicat des technologues en radiologie du Québec (STRQ), which was affiliated with the Centrale des professionnelles et professionnels de la santé (CPS). The CPS was one of the founding unions of the APTS.
Before taking the plunge in early 2002 to devote himself to full-time union work and be released from his regular duties, he was also a member of the Ordre des technologues en imagerie médicale et en radio-oncologie et en électrophysiologie médicale du Québec from 1995 to 1999.
Robert first joined the APTS executive committee in 2010. He was initially elected 4th vice-president, then 3rd vice-president, then 2nd vice-president at the 2016 convention. He became 1st vice-president at the convention in 2019. After serving for several months as provincial representative for the Montérégie-Centre region, he returned to the executive committee to support the team. He was appointed interim president by the Provincial Council when the current president went on leave.
With years of experience in decision-making positions at the APTS and a keen awareness of issues involving union democracy, Robert’s contribution when it comes to union organizing, raiding, contract talks and other core issues is invaluable.
Robert’s commitment over the years has always been driven by the desire to improve the working conditions of professionals and technicians and build a broad consensus on the best ways to accomplish that.
National | Mathieu Le Blanc
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