A tentative agreement was reached during the evening on August 7, 2018, after collective negotiations intensified between the FIQ – Syndicat des professionnelles en soins de santé du l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal and the CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal.
“The Union negotiating committee and executive committee are very satisfied with the agreement the parties reached,” said bargaining vice-president Ms. Ridza Cléophat.
The Union will continue its work democratically by presenting the negotiation results at its decision-making meetings in the coming weeks in order to offer a new collective agreement to its members in the fall.
By the end of August, a video explaining the tentative agreement will be available in French and English. The voting period will be held mid-September. Members are asked to regularly check their emails and the union’s bulletin boards and Facebook page. Contact your local union reps to update your email address.
The tentative agreement includes union demands concerning position and work team stability and improvements with respect to filling positions and taking vacation. It also stipulates limitations regarding movement of staff within the new extended territory of the health centre in order to ensure the continuity of care requested by members.
It took nine months of bargaining to reach this agreement, a challenge that the Union undertook enthusiastically, despite the union restructuring following the health institution mergers (Bill 10).
“We did not ask for these mergers, but we didn’t crumble under the restructuring, explained Ms. Johanne Riendeau, president of the union representing nurses, LPNs and respiratory therapists at the CIUSSS. My team and I are very pleased to have maintained the healthcare professionals’ past gains and to have made new gains in standardizing work conditions. Downgrading conditions was out of the question. I am very proud of our members, and of the solid mobilization and solidarity they demonstrated throughout negotiations.”