Montreal, March 13, 2018 – The Tribunal administratif du travail (administrative labour tribunal) has recently certified the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC-Quebec) as the union representing the Research Centre of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute (Douglas RC). Readers will recall that on December 22, PSAC-Quebec filed an application for certification to represent all Douglas RC employees.
“We could tell this group was enthusiastic from the get-go. We are immensely proud of the outcome and welcome them into the PSAC-Quebec fold. Not to mention that unionizing will increase the strength of workers in hospital research centres,” noted Magali Picard, Regional Executive Vice-President of PSAC-Quebec.
This unit consists of approximately 300 research associates, research assistants, technicians, research coordinators, animal care attendants and administrative staff. The aims of the Douglas employees include improvements to salary conditions, a guaranteed annual cost-of-living adjustment for all employees and a robust job evaluation process.
The Douglas RC workers make up the second group of hospital research centre employees to unionize in Montreal. In 2013, a majority of employees of the Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine research centre decided to join PSAC-Quebec.
PSAC-Quebec has successfully negotiated considerable improvements to the salaries and other working conditions of the professional and support staff it represents in the research sector.
PSAC represents more than 180,000 members across Canada. An FTQ affiliate, PSAC-Quebec has more than 40,000 members in the federal public sector, Quebec universities, the research sector and the private sector.
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