The Association of Professionals and Supervisors of CBC/Radio-Canada (APS) represents all first-line supervisory staff and professional employees of CBC/Radio-Canada, and all employees who perform similar or comparable functions, excluding certain specific areas of activity. Members may be permanent, contractual or temporary employees. More than 900 employees spread across the country are included in APS, from St. John’s to Vancouver, with a large concentration of members in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa.
The fundamental objective of APS is to support its members. First, the Association represents its members in negotiations with CBC/Radio-Canada on numerous matters, including wages, staff benefits, insurance and many others. As well, it comes to the defense of any member who may become the victim of an injustice, abuse or discrimination. It also promotes integration and the development of ties among employees through various social activities. Finally, the Association, viewing transparency as a value to be defended, keeps its members informed, in a timely fashion, of everything concerning the above.
The Importance of Active Membership
APS is one, of very few unions, in the industrial relations picture of Canada, that represents corporate managers. It is also one of two associations at CBC/Radio-Canada not affiliated to a large union group, giving it greater flexibility and latitude regarding the advantages and gains it can offer its members. The best way to preserve this independence is to maintain a high level of active membership.
Each employee of the APS unit is automatically a member of the Association. However, a one-time contribution of $5 is required by law in order to become an active member. Click here to fill out the form. It’s quick and easy.
APS is an organization certified by the Canada Industrial Relations Board (formerly the Canada Labour Relations Board) since 1995. But it was born from the transformation of the ACMA (l’Association des Cadres – Manager’s Association) which was itself established in 1978. The restructuring of the CBC/Radio-Canada trade union scene in fact came about in 1991, ending with the reduction of the number of units at the English network to three and to four at the French network. The Board then recognized that a new unit should be created for those employees not included in the remaining units.
In 1993, the ACMA decided to cease its activities and make way for a new association with official status as a union, in order to have access to real powers. Following a lengthy process involving the employer and the other labour unions and a vote in 1995 with an acceptance rate of over 70%, the APS finally could represent all first-line supervisory staff and professional employees of CBC/Radio-Canada and all employees who perform similar or comparable functions.