Nancy Bédard is resigning from her post at the head of the Interprofessional Health Federation (FIQ), after the union was plagued by internal tensions. A new interim president was appointed on Wednesday.
Nancy Bédard decided to retire after a week-long reflection period. The one who had led the FIQ since 2017 had survived a 60% vote of confidence on October 4. The motion referred to “the changing discourse” of Mr.me Bédard and the members’ “growing dissatisfaction” with him, had learned Press. Kathleen Bertrand, who was the FIQ’s vice-president for union organization and education-animation, resigned on October 5.
At the end of an extraordinary national council, Nathalie Lévesque was unanimously appointed interim president. She held the position of Vice-President within the Executive Committee of the FIQ since 2017. Elections will be called in December to fill the position of President and that of Vice-President.
These events come as the trade union organization recently launched a campaign against “compulsory overtime” (OST). The FIQ hopes that the professional orders and the National Directorate will strongly oppose this overtime and that the CEOs of health and social services establishments stop using them so easily.
The FIQ, the largest nursing union in Quebec, represents 76,000 health professionals, including nurses, nursing assistants, respiratory therapists and clinical perfusionists. Members who work in the private sector are represented by the FIQP.
With Ariane Lacoursière, Press