Friday, March 1, 2024

Well being and training unions see progress in weekend contract talks

However members are informed wage points should nonetheless be settled in an effort to keep away from a vast basic strike of the widespread entrance early in 2024.

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Progress was made throughout the weekend in negotiations for the renewal of public-sector collective settlement within the well being and training sectors as a number of unions introduced having arrived at tentative agreements in precept on working circumstances.

L’ Alliance du personnel professionnel et approach de la santé et des companies sociaux (APTS) introduced Sunday morning that, following an evening of intensive negotiations, it had arrived at a tentative agreement-in-principle.

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The APTS represents 65,000 well being and social service employees.

“For a bit greater than a 12 months, we’ve been working tirelessly to acquire an enchancment the observe of pros and technicians who’re members of the APTS in addition to a greater recognition of their experience in a bid to combat the manpower scarcity and the work overload in our public community,” APTS president Robert Comeau stated in an announcement Sunday morning.

“The good points made in the present day would encourage attraction and retention inside our 108 job titles,” Comeau stated. The APTS is a member of the inter-union widespread entrance in present public-sector negotiations.

Moreover, it’s only as soon as tentative settlement is reached on the central negotiating desk that the APTS will determine whether or not to submit an agreement-in-principle to a members’ vote at a basic meeting.

Then Sunday afternoon, it was the flip of the Fédération du personnel de soutien scolaire (FPSS-CSQ) to announce progress on proposals with the federal government for French-speaking college service centres and English-speaking college boards.

“Negotiations are persevering with for the renewal of the collective agreements for college help employees within the Cree and Kativik college boards,” the union stated in a press launch.

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Nonetheless, the FPSS warned they nonetheless must agree on salaries and “different necessities for college help employees” to keep away from a resumption of strain ways in January.

The widespread entrance, made up of the CSN, CSQ, FTQ and APTS, represents about 420,000 Quebec public-sector employees in training, well being and social companies. It negotiates salaries in addition to pension plans at a central desk.

On Saturday, the Fédération de la santé et des companies sociaux, affiliated with the CSN (FSSS-CSN and representing 120,000 health-care employees, introduced having reached “a tentative agreement-in-principle” with Quebec.

The settlement covers 5 years, from 2023 to 2028, and entails practically 40 per cent of the well being and social-service community, stated the workplace of Treasury Board president Sonia LeBel.

At about 9 p.m. Saturday, the Fédération des professionnelles et professionnels de l’éducation du Québec affiliated with the Centrale des syndicats du Québec (FPPE-CSQ), introduced  a proposal for a sectoral regulation for the 578 francophone college service centres it represents.

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“This proposal targets sectoral working circumstances for skilled employees and will probably be offered to the  Federation’s federal council on Dec. 27,” the union stated in a communiqué. That council should endorse this proposal for it to be offered to members.

Yesterday, the CSQ-affiliated Fédération des syndicats de l’enseignement (FSE) and the Affiliation provinciale des enseignantes et enseignants du Québec (APEQ) endorsed a proposal for a sectoral regulation with the Legault authorities of their negotiations for brand spanking new collective agreements.

The FSE-CSQ represents 95,000 lecturers and APEQ represents members of the English-language college community.

A sectoral settlement in precept was additionally introduced Saturday by the Fédération du personnel professionnel des collèges (FPPC-CSQ), with greater than 2,000 members.

And earlier than daybreak Sunday, the negotiating committee of the FEESP-CSN CEGEP help sector confirmed on its Fb web page having “reached a tentative agreement-in-principle with the Comité patronal de négociation des collèges (CPNC) on sector-specific issues regarding working circumstances of CEGEP help personnel.”

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This tentative agreement-in-principle will probably be offered shortly to delegates of the CEGEP help sector shortly, they stated.

Earlier than enterprise the weekend negotiating blitz, the union leaders of the inter-union widespread entrance unions stated they hoped to reach at a complete settlement earlier than Christmas.

All of the unions affiliated with these of the CSN and the CSQ that reached agreements on the sector tables careworn the challenges on the central desk haven’t but been settled.

A number of level out in respective communications with members that wage points should be settled in an effort to keep away from a vast basic strike of the widespread entrance at the start of 2024.

Strain is rising now on the Fédération autonome de l’enseignement (FAE) and on the Fédération inter-professionnelle de la santé du Québec (FIQ), which aren’t a part of the inter-union widespread entrance within the present spherical of negotiations with the federal government of Quebec.

The FIQ stated Saturday evening on its Fb web page “negotiations with the federal government proceed, within the presence of a conciliator, since its nomination final Tuesday.”

The FIQ, which represents 80,000 nurses, auxiliary nurses, inhalation therapists and scientific employees, has informed its members it will hold them “knowledgeable of developments.”

The 66,000 members of the FAE have been out on a vast basic strike since Nov. 23, with no strike fund and, subsequently, no revenue.

In an announcement Friday evening, FAE president Mélanie Hubert stated the limitless basic strike of FAE professionals “would proceed after the vacations” as a result of “topics imposed (by the federal government) wouldn’t allow reaching a passable settlement for the second.”

She assured members, nonetheless, “the Federation and its working groups stay accessible to barter all through the  vacation season, if we have to.”

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