The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), Quebec region, was recently granted certification by the Tribunal administratif du travail du Québec to represent a unit comprised of veterinary residents and interns at the Université de Montréal.
This unit will join the Syndicat des étudiant(e)s salarié(e)s de l’Université de Montréal (SÉSUM).
“We had heard about the poor working conditions experienced by veterinary residents and interns", said Samuel-Élie Lesage, responsible for internal affairs at the SÉSUM.
Members of the new unit are seeking solutions to several issues, including pay and working hours, said the union.
PSAC-Quebec applied for certification on June 22 to represent the employees from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Université de Montréal, Saint-Hyacinthe campus. Clinical residents and interns are student workers who have the right to practice while pursuing a specialty in veterinary medicine. The internship period is one year and residency runs for three years.
“For over a decade now, PSAC-Quebec has been committed to organizing student workers in the university sector. We are thrilled to have veterinary residents and interns on board,” said Magali Picard, regional executive vice-president for PSAC-Quebec.
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