Contract talks | APTS will submit proposed deal to its General Council
June 25, 2021
Montréal – After 18 months of contract talks and four days of a general strike on June 7, 8, 21 and 22, the APTS says that it has received from the Treasury Board a comprehensive offer dealing with pay and working conditions – an offer that does not meet the union’s expectations. The APTS represents most of the professionals and technicians working in public health and social services.
“In these bargaining talks, our prime objective is to achieve working conditions for our members, 86% of whom are women, that actually reflect their expertise as professionals and technicians. This is what we need to do if we want to eliminate work overload and the labour shortage,” says APTS interim president Robert Comeau. “The proposed settlement does provide some gains, but it doesn’t answer the needs of the health and social services system. It won’t solve the issue of lack of personnel, particularly in youth protection, which is supposed to be a government priority. At this stage of the negotiation, there’s only one thing we can do: report to our General Council and recommend that this offer be rejected, and keep on working to improve the quality and accessibility of services provided to Quebecers.”
Details of the government offer will be presented to APTS General Council delegates over the next weeks. The council will then determine if this offer should be submitted to the vote of 60,000 APTS members at special general assemblies. Until then, the APTS will not comment on the terms of the offer.
The APTS (Alliance du personnel professionnel et technique de la santé et des services sociaux) represents a total of 60,000 members who play a key role in ensuring that health and social services institutions run smoothly. Our members provide a wide range of services for the population as a whole, including diagnostic, rehabilitation, nutrition, psychosocial intervention, clinical support, and prevention services.