Before presenting the report on the use of the Solidarity Reserve funds for 2014-2016, we would like to briefly review the main decisions behind its creation and operation.
Twenty-six years ago, at the 2nd convention in 1991, the FIQ created a reserve fund specifically to support issues of solidarity. The delegates agreed to allot $1 per dues-paying member per year to the fund. This amount was transferred directly from the Federation’s union fee revenue. The Executive Committee was given two years to develop the FIQ’s policy on provincial and international solidarity. Although the FIQ was a relatively young organization, it had already begun fostering ties with regional and provincial organizations, as well as with organizations dedicated to education on international solidarity.
And so, the FIQ Policy on Provincial and International Solidarity was adopted in 1993. The policy sets out the objective of the solidarity interventions, which is to “support projects or struggles that are intended to protect or advance rights and freedoms.”
The policy also outlines the intervention priorities and the main groups targeted by the solidarity interventions. The main priorities are workers’ rights, women’s rights and the right to health and social services. The FIQ also intends to continue fostering ties with labour organizations, women’s groups, community groups with similar goals and organizations that work in provincial and international solidarity.
Once the policy was adopted, guidelines were established for the distribution of the reserve’s funds. It was decided that two thirds of the funds would be reserved for provincial solidarity interventions while the remaining third would be earmarked for international solidarity.
In 2001, ten years after the Solidarity Reserve was created, its allocation was doubled. Delegates at the Convention decided to increase the amount allocated to the reserve from $1 to $2 per dues-paying member per year.
Then, nearly ten years ago at the 8th Convention in June 2008, a significant change was made to the Solidarity Reserve Fund after the Federation adopted the New Practices in Solidarity Programme. Since January 1, 2009, in order to develop the new practices, $1 per dues-paying member per year has been transferred from the organization’s regular budget to the Solidarity Reserve Fund, increasing the allocation per dues-paying member per year to $3.
The New Practices in Solidarity Programme focuses on the following five areas:
- Information and education activities on international solidarity;
- International solidarity internships;
- Funding for projects that strengthen solidarity;
- Political actions;
- Special projects.
Please note that the FIQ’s interventions related to the New Practices in Solidarity Programme fall under the Sociopolitical Sector’s responsibility. As such, this report is strictly financial. For more information on the solidarity interventions carried out, please refer to the Activity Report on the sectors and services.
Lastly, we would like to point out that while the Solidarity Reserve Fund is small, it makes a real difference in supporting projects and actions aimed at improving the lives of some of the most impoverished citizens and workers who are deprived of the basics.
Whether it is through supporting an organization like Entraide missionnaire internationale (EMI), which offers ongoing training on international solidarity issues, or by supporting the launch of a microcredit program for underprivileged women in India, it is clear that the Solidarity Reserve Fund significantly helps to improve many people’s lives. It is something we can be proud of.
SOLIDARITY – DONATIONS 2014-2015-2016 (dollars)
|Action travail des Femmes||1,000||1,000|
|Association des juristes progressistes||1,000|
|Association québécoise de lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique||2,500|
|Au bas de l'échelle||1,000||2,000||2,220|
|Centre de santé des femmes de Montréal||1,000||1,000|
|Coalition opposée à tarification et à la privatisation des services publics||3,000|
|Coalition pas de démocratie sans voix||500|
|Comité chômage de Montréal||1,300||300||2200|
|Concertation des luttes contre l'exploitation sexuelle||1,000|
|Conseil national des chômeurs et chômeuses||2,000||2,300|
|Fédération des femmes du Québec||8,500||7,500|
|Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec||475|
|Fédération du Québec pour le planning des naissances||1,250|
|Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec||1,500|
|Fondation Dr Benoît Deshaies||1,000||1,000||1,000|
|Fondation des Auberges du cœur||1,500|
|Fondation des médecins Canado-Haïtiens||160|
|Lea Roback Foundation||1,000||1,000|
|Fondation Léo Cormier||1,000||1,000||1,000|
|Fondation Monique Fitz-Back||1,000||1,000||1,000|
|Fondation pour l'aide aux travailleurs(ses) accidentés||2,500|
|Front d'action populaire en réaménagement urbain||2,000||2,000||2,500|
|L' entraide missionnaire||2,000||2,000|
|La ligue des Noirs du Québec||500||600|
|La Maison d'Haïti||5,000||1,000|
|Les Éditions du remue-ménage||750|
|Lettres en main||5,000||5,000||5,000|
|Ligues des droits et libertés||7,850||6,000||5,300|
|L'R des centres de femmes du Québec||2,000|
|Médecins du Monde||240|
|Mouvement d'éducation populaire et d'action communautaire du Québec||1,000||2,000||2,000|
|Mouvement Autonome et Solidaire des Sans-Emploi||1,000||1,000||1,500|
|Mouvement Action Chômage de Montréal||1,500||1,000|
|Regroupement des groupes de Femmes de la Région de la Capitale-Nationale||1,000||2,000||2,000|
|Regroupement des maisons pour femmes victimes de violence conjugale||1,000||1,500|
|Regroupement des médecins omnipatriciens pour une médecine engagée||1,000|
|Réseau d'action pour l'égalité des femmes immigrées et racisées du Québec||2,000||2,000||2,000|
|Réseau Québécois de l'action communautaire autonome||1,500|
|Réseau Québécois sur l'intégration continentale||3,000||3,500||3,400|
|Réseau solidarité itinérance du Québec||3,000||2,000|
|Société Elizabeth Fry du Québec||1,500||1,500|
|Suicide Action Montréal||500||1,000|
|Table des regroupements provinciaux d'organismes communautaires et bénévoles||2,500||2,500|
|Union des travailleurs et travailleuses accidentés de Montréal||1,500||1,500|
|Medical Aid for Palestine||200|
|Children’s Care International||2,000||2,000|
|Carrefour Tiers Monde||1,000||2,000||3,500|
|Centre international de solidarité ouvrière||10,000||10,000||10,000|
|Collaboration Santé Internationale||1,000|
|World Social Forum 2016||5,000|
|Canadian Red Cross||7,000||3,800|
|Aide sans frontières||2,000|
|Fondation du Carrefour de solidarité internationale||3,500||3,500|
|Peoples’ Social Forum 2014||10,000|
|Infirmières de l'humanité||1,500||2,000||2,000|
|The Council of Canadians||1,500|
|Médecins du Monde||3,000||3,000|
|Doctors Without Borders||1,000||2,000||1,500|
|National Nurses United||575||6,670|
|Regroupement des maisons pour femmes victimes de violence conjugale||500|
|Secrétariat international des infirmiers et infirmières de l'espace francophone||5,000|
|Table de concertation des organismes au service des personnes réfugiées et immigrantes||200|
|Turtle Island Humanitarian AID||500||500|
|NEW PRACTICES COMPONENT||2014||2015||2016|
|NEW PRACTICES SUB-TOTAL||16,653||60,207||73,442|
|Humanitarian aid for unions (PSI) Ecuador||6,454|
|Nursing staff union (SPI Haïti)||3,000|
|Fondation du Cégep du Vieux-Montréal - Sénégal project||3,200|
|CÉGEP de Trois-Rivières internship||2,500|
|Groupe d'entraide internationale Spirale||5,000||19,271||17,763|
|Institut culturel Karl-Lévesque||7,876||10,000|
|Centre International de solidarité ouvrière (CISO) - Haïti project||5,530|
|Paraguay/Dublin solidarity donation (Maria Concepcion Chavez De Peralta)||2,052|
|Solidarity project in Madagascar||9,000|
|Development and Peace project (conference by Richard Simard)||500|
|Sciences infirmières autour du monde (SIAM 2016)||5,600|
|Internship in Palestine||6,408||128|
|Humanitarian internship in Peru||2,500|
|Internship in Nicaragua||453||20,553||22,515|
Union Defence Fund (FDS) Committee Report
The members of the Union Defence Fund Committee (FDS) were elected at the convention in June 2014 and met nine times. The committee has the mandate to:
- Assess requests for financial assistance;
- Authorize disbursements;
- Ensure all amounts owed to the FDS are collected.
The FIQ’s new models campaign
At the 2014 Convention, new care models were developed to strengthen the public health network and stop the commodification of services. The new care models are supplemental to the network and compete with the for-profit private sector in services that the government continues to back out of.
One of the projects the FDS committee financed was the SABSA clinic. Following a recommendation from the FIQ’s Executive Committee, the FDS granted the clinic $300,000 between 2014 and 2016. The funds covered, in particular, the specialty nurse practitioner’s salary and the research project with Université Laval and Université de Montréal.
In 2016, a second not-for-profit clinic was opened in Petite-Nation, in the Outaouais region. The CISSS supported the clinic by providing the services of a part-time specialty nurse practitioner. To help alleviate their need for computer equipment and to facilitate clinic management, the FDS contributed $5,000 toward buying equipment, renewed in 2017.
During the raiding period, we brought in 500 new members, including the Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Lanaudière, the CSSS des Sommets, the Canadian-Polish Welfare Institute (now the CHSLD Polonais Marie-Curie-Sklodowska) and the CHSLD Sainte-Monique.
The FIQ provided human resources assistance by way of ten union reps, three consultants, two secretaries and one coordinator. The FDS also contributed material resources by renting an office or room, lending computer equipment, providing a cell phone, renting a leisure vehicle, purchasing promotional materials and conducting an ad campaign, for a total of $2,109,504.21.
Vote related to Bill 10
The overall communication plan for the 2017 voting period, related to Bill 10, was presented to the FDS committee. Following a request from the Executive Committee, the FDS funded the action plan. As of December 31, most of the amounts allocated to the plan had been defrayed for this period.
The FIQ also made contributions by providing access to a team of union reps, consultants and a coordinator. In addition, the FIQ contributed material resources which included renting a room or office, renting trucks, purchasing promotional items, conducting an ad campaign and launching the new website, for a total of $3,397,458.00, as at December 31, 2016.
The FDS processed and approved the following requests for mobilization support:
- Request for funding from the Syndicat régional des professionnelles en soins du Québec for mobilization at the CHSLD Age 3, on October 23, 2013. The goal of the demonstration was to protest poor management and deterioration of the work atmosphere. 53 members received compensation.
- Request from the Alliance Interprofessionnelle de Montréal union for the mobilization on March 11, 2014, at the CSSS Champlain-Charles-Lemoyne to protest poor management and work conditions. 1,495 members received compensation.
- Request from the Syndicat des professionnelles de la santé Haut-Richelieu-Rouville for the mobilization on September 8, 2014. They were protesting the elimination of 80 class-1 positions. 1,298 members received compensation.
- Request for funding from the Syndicat régional des professionnelles en soins du Québec for mobilization at the CSSS de la Valée-de-l’Or on September 24, 2014. The purpose was to protest the poor management and reduction of care offered to the public, to point out how illogical the budget cuts are and to raise public awareness about the major impact the cuts have on health care services. 394 members received compensation.
To support members following local work stoppage actions protesting the unacceptable situations healthcare professionals face and poor management by employers, the following unions turned to the FDS for help on 12 occasions:
- Syndicat des Professionnelles et Professionnels en soins de santé du Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (FIQ)
- Alliance Interprofessionnelle de Montréal (AIM) (FIQ)
- Syndicat interprofessionnel de santé de Lanaudière Sud (FIQ)
- Syndicat des professionnelles en soins de Saint Jérôme (FIQ)
These unions turned to the FDS to request compensation for a healthcare professional work stoppage. As such, the Federation supported 94 members from various activity centres (emergency, intensive care, hemodialysis, mother-baby unit, neurosurgery, medicine), under article 9.02 of the FDS bylaws.
The FDS granted funding to the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) in January 2015 to support a strike of 3,000 healthcare professionals, working in Community Care Access Centres and home care. Upon the Executive Committee’s request, the FDS donated $10,000 to the ONA, which had given the FIIQ financial support during the strike in 1999.
Following the 2014 raiding period, a union requested a loan from the FDS in order to start a new union. In August 2015 the FDS granted a $2,000 loan and then another $5,000 in October. These loans were both repaid in 2015.
UNION DEFENCE FUND
|2014||FIQ||Salaries and travel expenses|
Period for changing union allegiance
|2014||All unions||Leaves and travel expenses - team for union reps for recruitment and consolidation||Organization||674,495|
|2014||All unions||Leaves and travel expenses - other union reps||Organization||47,921|
|2014||All unions||Expense policy for witnesses||Organization||2,230|
|2014||All unions||Consolidation action plan||Organization||1,564|
|2014||All unions||Change of allegiance - disputes||Organization||2,100|
|2014||All unions||External services - lawyers, bailiffs, graphic design||Organization||14,722|
|2014||All unions||Resource material - rooms, vehicles, telecommunication, copies, electricity||Organization||18,598|
|2014||All unions||Promotional material||Organization||250,817|
|2014||All unions||Campaigns related to a change of allegiance||Organization||56,982|
|2014||2 motions to quash||Professional fees||Disbursement||1,056|
|2014||All unions||SABSA protocol||Organization||50,000|
|2014||All unions||Liability insurance||Disbursement||17,979|
|2014||4 unions||Financial assistance-work stoppage||Disbursement||834|
|2014||4 unions||Financial assistance for mobilization||Disbursement||16,200|
|2015||FIQ||Salaries and travel expenses-period for changing union allegiance||Organization||90,287|
|2015||All unions||Union rep team||Organization||3,465|
|2015||All unions||Voting campaign||Organization||25,004|
|2015||All unions||Promotional material||Organization||4,503|
|2015||All unions||SABSA protocol||Organization||150,000|
|2015||All unions||Liability insurance||Disbursement||17,466|
|2015||2 unions||Financial assistance-work stoppage||Disbursement||176|
|2015||FIQ||Strike financial assistance/Ontario Nurses Association||Disbursement||10,000|
|2016||FIQ||Salaries and travel expenses - period for changing union allegiance||Organization||566,180|
|2016||All unions||Union rep team||Organization||54,700|
|2016||All unions||Positioning campaign||Organization||1,368,681|
|2016||All unions||Voting campaign||Organization||256,562|
|2016||All unions||Toujours là pour vous||Organization||456,682|
|2016||All unions||Here, we understand health care||Organization||10,014|
|2016||All unions||New website||Organization||107,309|
|2016||All unions||Raiding consultation - Repère||Organization||89,157|
|2016||All unions||Promotional material/Vote||Organization||205,607|
|2016||All unions||SABSA protocol||Organization||100,000|
|2016||FIQ||Bill 10 legal research||Organization||8,897|
|2016||All unions||Liability insurance||Disbursement||17,479|
|2016||1 union||Financial assistance-work stoppage||Disbursement||180|
Report on Equalization
The amendments to the rules of the Equalization Policy adopted at the Special Convention in March 2017 came into effect in April. As such, the Federation underscored the importance of ensuring all of its affiliated unions develop an active, engaging and mobilizing union life, even if their members work at sites that are several kilometres apart.
Equalization allows unions with certifications that include several sites to benefit from a redistribution of funds. It’s a collective act of solidarity enabling activists from Montreal, Quebec City, Sherbrooke or the Far North to have equal opportunities to get involved in the organization, attend meetings and training sessions and thus help to foster a strong, dynamic union life.
The FIQ uses two types of equalization: indirect and direct.
Indirect equalization covers delegates’ expenses for attending FIQ Federal Councils and Conventions and for attending Networks and FIQ training sessions, as stipulated in the expense policies in effect.
Direct equalization is a rebate on dues paid to unions which meet the following conditions:
A union that represents a small number of members
A union is entitled to equalization if the average of dues-paying members per site is:
- 1 to 25 members: $124/member/year, minimum $1,000/year;
- 26 to 50 members: $100/member/year;
- 51 to 100 members: $75/member/year.
These amounts are paid to regional unions for small certifications and local unions that have a small number of members. The average is calculated based on the number of members per site.
A site is a place with healthcare professionals and which has a CH, CHSLD, CLSC or CR mission. And for reference purposes, a point of service, an intermediate resource (IR) and a non-institutional resource (NIR) are not sites.
A union with members scattered in remote areas
A union receives a $7,000 rebate for every site where members are more than 150 km from the employer’s head office, for a local union, or from the head office of a regional union.
A local union in a northern region with members scattered in remote areas
A local union receives a rebate of $124/member/year when its members are scattered over a vast territory, making it impossible to hold local assemblies with members from each clinic.
A union that must pay for additional days of union leave for union reps attending Federal Councils or Conventions and training sessions
When participants take additional days of union leave because they must travel 275 km or more, or because of the type of transportation available for attending Federal Councils, Conventions and FIQ training sessions and Networks, the union is reimbursed for these days after each meeting, training session or Network upon receipt of supporting documentation.
Additional days of union leave taken due to the participant’s work shift are not included.
Cost of delegates’ expenses for FIQ Federal Councils and Conventions:
Cost of training expenses:
|TOTAL COST OF INDIRECT EQUALIZATION||$2,496,825||$2,745,180||$1,373,835|
Cost of additional leaves:
|Reimbursed union leaves||$11,021||$10,893||$17,555|
|Paid union leaves||-||-||-|
Cost of equalization rebate:
|TOTAL COST OF DIRECT EQUALIZATION||$799,946||$805,197||$809,641|
COST OF DIRECT AND INDIRECT EQUALIZATION