The Alliance du personnel professionnel et technique de la santé et des services sociaux (APTS) has ratified the agreement in principle reached in November with the provincial government by 53 per cent.
According to a press release, this ends more than two years of contract negotiations between about 60,000 members of the health and social services network and the government. It was also approved by 59 per cent of the members at the CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS.
“Although this negotiation was long and arduous, we can leave with our heads held high. We fought until the end so that our members could have the best possible collective agreement,” said Danny Roulx, National Representative for the Eastern Townships.
The APTS believes it has come out of the negotiation strong than ever, even though the tentative agreement is not fully satisfactory. They gained crucial bonuses for psychiatrists, full time psychologists, and financial recognition for laboratory staff and trainee supervision.
“We had the courage to resume discussions when everything seemed to be closed on the government side. We came out of these negotiations exhausted, but we came out winners,” said Roulx, crediting the professional and technical staff of the CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS.