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    Historic Step for Workers Around the World!

    June 24, 2019

    nada’s unions join workers everywhere in celebrating the historic adoption of a new International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention and Recommendation addressing violence and harassment in the world of work. The Convention promotes and realizes the right of everyone to a world of work free from violence and harassment (see more).

    UPSE President Attends National Convention

    June 21, 2019

    UPSE President, Karen Jackson, attends the NUPGE Triennial Convention in Winnipeg with delegates from all components.

    Together they will discuss key issues and set the course for the nadian labour movement over the next three years.

     

    Tax avoidance costing nada up to $25B a year: PBO

    June 21, 2019

    For the second time this week, experts are sounding the alarm on the multi-billion-dollar cost of tax dodging. The Parliamentary Budget Officer’s report suggests nada is losing up to $25 billion or more a year in tax revenues from multinational corporations avoiding taxes through tax havens (see more).


    NUPGE Convention Begins on June 21, 2019

    June 20, 2019

    This national Convention marks a 43 year milestone for the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE). 2019 also marks the 100 year anniversary of the Winnipeg General Strike. The Triennial Convention, with delegates from all components including UPSE, is the supreme governing body of NUPGE. Between conventions, the National Union's governing body is the National Executive Board, which comes from the leadership of all the components (see more).

    Town Hall on the Green New Deal: June 26, 2019

    June 19, 2019

    Trade Justice PEI is a sponsor of the Town Hall on the Green New Deal which will take place on Wednesday, June 26th at Trinity United Church (Gym) at 7 p.m.
    A truly transformative Green New Deal will require changes in trade rules, how we support international development and how we respect Indigenous Rights.  These changes align directly with the alternative model for trade and international cooperation promoted by Trade Justice PEI.

    The Town Hall is an initiative of the Council of nadians and they are looking for volunteers to act as table facilitators. Please contact Nouhad Mourad of the Council of nadians if you are interested (mouradnm@gmail.com).

    Please see the Facebook event page (here).

    UPSE Member Receives Award for Votional Rehabilitation

    June 18, 2019

    Congratulations to Ann Maxwell (Lol 18) on receiving an award from the Votional Rehabilitation Association of nada (VRA) for her dedition, commitment and hard work in the field of Votional Rehabilitation.

    Ann has been a member of VRA since 1999 and has served on the national Board of Directors and the Atlantic Society Board of Directors. She has also been elected President of the VRA nada - Atlantic Society for four terms.

     

     

    Member Discount: Maritime Fun Group Store

    June 18, 2019

    Maritime Fun Group is pleased to offer UPSE members a special corporate offer of 10% off the entire Maritime Fun Group store (see details).

     

     

    Congratulations UPSE Stewards!

    June 14, 2019

    Congratulations to our UPSE Stewards who just completed their Advanced Steward training. Our members' issues are in good hands with our pable Stewards. Thank you to our sister union, NBU, for sending Terry Richard and Norm Bourque to facilitate this course. This is another great example of solidarity and collaboration with our maritime unions.

    Pic (L-R) Norm Bourque (Board member, NBU), Karen Jackson (President, UPSE) and Terry Richard (Board member, NBU).

     

     

    Public Service Week: Children's Wish Foundation Barbecue

    June 13, 2019

    UPSE President, Karen Jackson, attended the Children's Wish Foundation barbecue at the PAB Courtyard in Charlottetown in celebration of National Public Service Week. Jackson thanked the membership and all public service employees for their continued help in making our communities safe, secure and healthy. She also congratulated Clarence Brown (Lol 1) for winning the Douglas McMaster Memorial OHS Award. The award is presented each year during national public service week and celebrates individual or team achievements by government employees in the promotion and development of health and safety.

     

    Pic: (Bottom, L-R) Karen Jackson (UPSE President) and Clarence Brown (Douglas McMaster Memorial OHS Award Winner)

    UPSE Edution: Advanced Steward

    June 13, 2019

     

    UPSE is holding its Advanced Steward course at the union office in Charlottetown. The course is for experienced stewards who have completed level I and II training. Topics include but are not limited to the following: progressive discipline, duty of fair representation, duty to accommodate, harassment, insubordination, absenteeism and unfair discipline.

    We Want Universal Pharmare!

    June 12, 2019

    The Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmare has released its final report and it recommends a universal pharmare program for all nadians. Our elected officials now need to support this recommendation and provide a universal pharmare program for all nadians (Write your MP).

    World Day Against Child Labour: June 12, 2019

    June 12, 2019

    June 12, 2019 is World Day Against Child Labour. The day, launched in 2002, is an International Labour Organization (ILO) sanctioned holiday about creating awareness and building the worldwide movement against child labour in its many forms.  nada recently ratified the ILO's Minimum Age Convention which requires countries to establish a minimum employment age of 15 years and protect young workers from hazardous work. In the Atlantic Provinces, both Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island do not stipulate a minimum age.

    UPSE Retirees (Lol 19) Enjoy Potluck!

    June 11, 2019

    UPSE retirees, who are part of Lol 19, hold a meeting at the UPSE office in Charlottetown to discuss issues and enjoy a lovely potluck meal together!

     

     

    The Accent

    June 11, 2019

    Check out the latest edition of The Accent. Summer Family Fun Day is July 21, 2019; see ll for nominations for Directors in odd numbered lols and for the UPSE Executive - First Vice-President and Third Vice-President (see Accent).

    UPSE Edution: Steward Level II

    June 7, 2019

    UPSE held its Steward Level II course at the office in Charlottetown. The course is an informative follow-up to the Level 1 offering.

    Topics such as knowing your membership, working with your union executive, grievance preparation, problem solving and conflict resolution are covered.

     

     

    Public Services Deserve Recognition

    June 7, 2019

    National Public Service Week is June 9-15, 2019.  This is a week to recognize the value of public services in all our lives and to acknowledge the contributions of public service workers. We sometimes take our public services for granted but try to imagine our lives without them. The truth is, we depend on our public services every day – and if we really think about it, public services are about being part of something bigger than ourselves (see more).

    The Accent

    June 7, 2019

    Check out the latest edition of The Accent. The union's Welcome to UPSE course for Holland College members will run on June 26, 2019 (see Accent).

    Bargaining Update: UPSE and Civil Service Reach Tentative Agreement

    June 6, 2019

    The Union of Public Sector Employees and the Civil Service have reached a tentative agreement after the latest round of negotiations on June 5 and 6, 2019. Negotiations took place over a six month period and included nine separate sessions. Teams worked very hard to reach a tentative deal. Once both sides finalize the wording, ratifition kits will be mailed to all members. UPSE President, Karen Jackson wants to thank Troy Warren (UPSE Lead Negotiator), Steve Mollins (Co-Chair), and the rest of the bargaining team - Bryan Burt, Susan Harris, Brian Bruce, Mike Penton, Craig Abbott, and Kurt Taylor for their time and dedition in protecting your existing benefits and ensuring a fair wage and benefit package.

    Stay tuned for further updates.

    National Public Service Week: June 9-15, 2019

    June 6, 2019

    In recognition of Public Service Week 2019, I would like to thank our members and all public service employees for their continued help in making our communities safe, secure and healthy. This is a week to recognize the value of public services in all our lives and to acknowledge the contribution of public service workers. Our public services are tied directly to the quality of life we experience as Islanders and nadians.

    UPSE thanks you for your dedited service. Karen Jackson, President, UPSE

    President Jackson Thanks Members!

    June 6, 2019

    My heartfelt Thanks to all our Health re members who participated in the recent Violence in the Workplace Survey for their valuable input. The information gathered from our frontline members is crucial in addressing this serious issue and strongly supports and confirms what I have been telling the employer for the past 3 years.  I would like to personally Thank You for your valuable service and dedition to Islanders, despite the many challenges you face daily.  We are currently reviewing the information and will be creating a report that we will be sharing in the near future.  We look forward to surveying all of UPSE's membership to identify any issues that our members may be experiencing in their worksites.  These surveys, I believe, give a voice to our members to communite their concerns.  Thank You once again for your participation.

    Karen Jackson
    President, UPSE

    Happy World Environment Day!

    June 5, 2019

    June 5 is World Environment Day or the "people's day" for doing something positive for our environment. The theme for 2019 is "Air Polution." This year's host country is China. Each year a different country hosts World Environment Day in order to highlight the specific challenges the host country is facing, and how through worldwide efforts these challenges n be addressed. To decide what action you might take to help #BeatAirPollution (click here).

    The Accent

    June 5, 2019

    Check out the latest edition of The Accent. June 9-15 is National Public Service Week. This is a week to recognize the value of public services in all our lives and to acknowledge the contributions of public service workers (see Accent).

    Follow UPSE President on Twitter!

    June 3, 2019

    Follow UPSE President, Karen Jackson, on Twitter @kjacksonupse for the latest on UPSE news, events, labour and social issues.

     

    Annual Stewards' Conference

    May 29, 2019

     

     

     

     

    UPSE held its annual Stewards Conference on May 29, 2019 in Charlottetown. Stewards help members deal with difficult situations at work. They make sure members are protected by their collective agreements and they provide a bridge between management and employees. Key topics covered at the conference included grievances, post-traumatic stress, meras in the workplace, the role of the steward, domestic violence, impairment policies, the right to refuse unsafe work, and a panel discussion.

    Workplace Violence Survey: Now Closed

    May 28, 2019

    UPSE thanks all members for participating in the workplace violence survey. Stay tuned for survey results and an upcoming mpaign that will raise awareness about violence in the workplace.

    Please note that all survey responses were completely anonymous.

    UPSE Supports Members Fighting Wildfires

    May 27, 2019

    The Prince Edward Island Union of Public Sector Employees wishes members the best of luck as they head out to Alberta to fight wildfires (see story).

    PEI's forest fighting staff are recognized nationally and helped fight fires in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario last year.

    New Collective Agreement: Holland College Administrative and Support

    May 27, 2019

    PEI UPSE and Holland College Administrative and Support have ratified a new three - year collective agreement with strong support from the membership.  Karen Jackson, UPSE President, thanked the bargaining team (Corey Marchbank, Jean Lykow, Jennifer MacEachern, Richie Judson, Tyler Holmes, and Steve Hagen) and UPSE LRO (Andrew Jack) for their time and effort in negotiating a new contract.  Jackson also thanked the membership for their participation in the ratifition process.    

    UPSE Summer Hours

    May 27, 2019

    The Prince Edward Island Union of Public Sector Employees' summer hours are Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Global Day of Workplace Action: Climate Proof our Work

    May 23, 2019

    Global warming is real. The evidence is everywhere: spring flooding that has ravaged communities across nada; irregular weather patterns that are disrupting the way we live. It’s time for bold action – the plans we make at work n have an important impact.

    Are you ready to join the Global Day of Workplace Action this June 26? All workers n take part! (more info)

    UPSE Member Discounts

    May 21, 2019

    Check out UPSE's discount list! Save money at businesses which offer discounts to UPSE members upon presentation of your Union Membership rd. If you don't have a membership rd or lost your rd, print a form (here) and email it or fax it to UPSE.

    In June and July, Dulux Paints is offering their premiere paint (Dulux Diamond) for both inside and out for $41.50/gal (plus tax).

    What the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike teaches every working person

    May 16, 2019

    On May 15, 1919, more than 35,000 Winnipeg public and private workers united to send a clear message to employers and governments: they would strike in order to win better wages and the right to collective bargaining (see full story).

    Pic: Crowds during the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919. (L.B. Foote / Library and Archives nada)

    May is Speech and Hearing Month in nada

    May 15, 2019

    May is Speech and Hearing Month in nada. Let's raise public awareness about communition health and the importance of treating communition disorders. Speech Language Pathologists help people overcome a variety of delays and disorders including, but not limited to, improving our speaking, hearing, and quality of life.

    UPSE thanks you for your dedited service. Karen Jackson, President, UPSE

    Reminder: Register for UPSE Women's Committee Bowling Event

    May 15, 2019

    The UPSE Women's Committee is lling all Women of the Union to join in on a fun-filled evening with fellow Women Union Members on May 24th at 6 PM at Credit Union Place in Summerside.

    There will be bowling and door prizes. Please contact the UPSE office by May 15 to register for this event.

    Bargaining Update: Civil Service

    May 7, 2019

    All April and May dates for bargaining were ncelled due to the provincial election.

    New dates are now in place and bargaining will commence once again on June 3, 4, 5, and 6, 2019.

     

    UPSE Edution: Mental Health/Stress in the Workplace

    May 7, 2019

    May 6-12, 2019 is Mental Health Week and UPSE held its course on Mental Health / Stress in the Workplace at the office in Charlottetown. The course looks at understanding mental health conditions; the nature of stress (particularly stress in the workplace), and the ways people n help themselves cope with the aftermath of dangerous or traumatic situations at work so they n minimize the risk of suffering longer term impacts on their mental health.

    National Nursing Week: May 6-12, 2019

    May 3, 2019

    National Nursing Week celebrates nadian nurses and their dedition to patient re and the healthre system.
    UPSE congratulates and recognizes the importance of Island Nurses for their essential contribution to the health and well-being of Islanders. UPSE especially thanks the LPNs and RNs we represent who provide dedited and professional service in our hospitals, nursing homes and in the community.

    UPSE thanks you for your dedited service. Karen Jackson, President, UPSE

    Accent: Mental Health Week

    May 2, 2019

    Check out the latest edition of The Accent. Monday is the official start to the nadian Mental Health Association’s National Mental Health Week. One in five nadians live with mental health problems, mental illnesses or addiction. To kick off Mental Health Week on May 6, UPSE asks all members to wear green and #GetLoud4MH!

    May Day/International Workers Day

    May 1, 2019

    May Day or International Workers Day originated through the struggle of 19th century workers fighting to achieve the eight-hour work day. Today, May Day is a day to celebrate all workers struggling to gain better working conditions. UPSE supports all workers in their fight for a living wage, a safe workplace, benefits, retirement security and expanded labour rights!

    UPSE Edution: Steward Level I

    April 30, 2019

    UPSE held its Steward Level I course at the office in Charlottetown. The course is designed for members interested in becoming a Steward or have been elected to the position. Learners focus on the important role Stewards play in the union, what makes unions strong, and the tools that are required to act effectively in the role of Steward.

    Day of Mourning: April 28

    April 26, 2019

    The National Day of Mourning is not only a day to remember and honour those lives lost or injured due to a workplace tragedy, but also a day to collectively renew our commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace and prevent further injuries, illnesses and deaths.

    Day of Mourning Ceremony: St. Paul's Anglin Church Hall, 101 Prince Street, Charlottetown (Sunday, April 28 at 2 pm).

    Administrative Professionals Day: April 24, 2019

    April 24, 2019

    Thank you Jackie, Mary and Norma for all you do for UPSE!

    Karen Jackson, President

    Pic: (L-R) Jackie Mcughey (UPSE Accounting and Technology Coordinator), Mary MacLean (UPSE Edution and Meetings Coordinator) and Norma Burns (UPSE Membership and Records Coordinator).

     

     

     

    UPSE Hours: Closing at 3:30 on April 23

    April 23, 2019

    UPSE is closing on April 23 at 3:30 p.m. in accordance with the Election Act and will resume regular operating hours on April 24 from 8:00 - 4:30 p.m.

    Administrative Professionals Day: April 24, 2019

    April 23, 2019

    The Union of Public Sector Employees recognizes the support and expertise Administrative Professionals provide in the workplace. On April 24 let’s celebrate these hard working, multi-tasking individuals for the important work they do every day.

    UPSE thanks you for your dedited service. Karen Jackson, President, UPSE

    UPSE Hours: Easter Weekend

    April 18, 2019

    The Union of Public Sector Employees wishes all a Happy Easter!

    UPSE will be closed on Friday, April 19 and will reopen on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.

    Welcome to UPSE

    April 17, 2019

    UPSE members attended the Welcome to UPSE training session at the UPSE office in Charlottetown. The course is designed for members interested in learning about how UPSE works, its history and evolution in PEI. The course also provides members tools to rry out their roles within the union effectively.

    RCW Week: April 15-21

    April 15, 2019

    Resident re Workers (RCWs), Patient re Workers (PCWs), and Home Support Workers (HSWs) are an integral part of the health re team in PEI. They improve our quality of life and provide first rate re for our loved ones. UPSE thanks RCWs, PCWs and HSWs for their commitment and valuable contribution to health re in Prince Edward Island.

    UPSE thanks you for your dedited service. Karen Jackson, President, UPSE

    Date Change: Steward Level II

    April 10, 2019

    The Steward Level II course scheduled for June 6, 2019 has been moved to June 7, 2019. This course is an informative follow up to the Level I offering and covers topics such as knowing your membership, working with your union executive, and grievance preparation. Please contact UPSE by May 31, 2019 to register. ll 902-892-5335 (toll free 1-800-897-8773), e-mail peiupse@ or register online.

    The Accent

    April 9, 2019

    Check out the latest edition of The Accent. Take part in the UPSE Women's Bowling Event; Members are invited to submit a tender for grass cutting services, and Holland College Early Learning Centre signs new collective agreement (The Accent).

    New Collective Agreement: Holland College Early Learning Centre

    April 8, 2019

    UPSE and Holland College Early Learning Centre have signed a new three year collective agreement. The collective agreement includes increased wage premiums, maternity benefits, and reflects the province's new wage grid.

    Pic (Top L-R): Sandra Gass (Early Childhood Edutor), Andrew Jack (UPSE LRO), Jill meron (HR, Holland College), and Ken Heckbert (CFO, Holland College). Bottom (L-R): Karen Jackson (UPSE President) and Dr. Sandy MacDonald (Holland College President)

    The Advote: Election Edition

    April 8, 2019

    Check out the latest edition of The Advote. In this edition we asked PEI’s politil parties to comment on key issues affecting the membership and all Islanders. We asked each party (Progressive Conservative, New Democratic, Liberal and the Green Party) specific questions in the following tegories: collective bargaining, health re, privatization, workplace issues, social issues and the environment. UPSE hopes this special election issue will help inform you, the membership, about the positions our politil parties are taking on issues that affect us all (see The Advote).

    UPSE: No Further Privatization of Liquor Sales

    April 8, 2019

    The Union of Public Sector Employees has responded to the PC Party election promise to open up beer and wine sales in grocery/convenience stores in PEI. UPSE is opposed to the privatization of liquor sales in the province (read more).

    UPSE Women's Committee Sponsors Women's Bowling Evening at Credit Union Place in Summerside

    April 8, 2019

    The UPSE Women's Committee is lling all Women of the Union to join in on a fun-filled evening with fellow Women Union Members on May 24th at 6 PM at Credit Union Place in Summerside.

    There will be bowling and door prizes. Please contact the UPSE office by May 15th to register for this event.

     

    Tender: Union Requires Grass Cutting Services

    April 3, 2019

    UPSE is lling for tenders regarding grass cutting services for the union office loted at 4 Enman Crescent, Charlottetown. Services are required from May 13 to October 31, 2019. Grass should be cut once per week or as needed (also includes weeding, edging and maintaining flower beds).

    Please submit tenders by April 26, 2019 marked Grass cutting tender to:

    Union of Public Sector Employees
    c/o Kevin Gotell, Secretary Treasurer
    4 Enman Crescent, Charlottetown
    PE, C1E 1E6

    The Accent

    April 3, 2019

    Check out the latest edition of The Accent. UPSE is offering a host of spring edutionals including Welcome to UPSE, Mental Health/Stress in the Workplace, Steward I and II, and Advanced Steward. UPSE is also conducting a series of membership surveys beginning in May and continuing throughout the year (see The Accent).

    New Study on Increased Access to Alcohol

    April 3, 2019

    A new study released in Ontario asserts that access to alcohol is linked to the number of people who end up in hospital emergency departments for alcohol-related uses (see more).

    National Dietitians Day: March 20

    March 19, 2019

    March 20, 2019 marks the tenth anniversary of National Dietitians Day. This important day celebrates dietitians and their contribution to the health and wellbeing of Islanders and nadians. The Union of Public Sector Employees recognizes the valuable services dietitians provide in PEI every day.

    UPSE thanks you for your dedited service. Karen Jackson, President, UPSE

    Social Work Month

    March 14, 2019

    The Union of Public Sector Employees recognizes the important contribution Social Workers make in PEI every day. Social Workers provide support, healing, and advocy to individuals, families and communities. They manage risk and uncertainty working in community based settings as they help people improve the quality of their lives and achieve their goals.

    UPSE thanks you for your dedited service. Karen Jackson, President, UPSE

    International Women's Day: March 8

    March 8, 2019

    PEI UPSE supports equality and believes that women and girls should have equal access to opportunity whether that applies to edution, training, reer opportunities or pay levels.

    On March 8 and throughout the year let’s do our part to promote equality for women and girls. (Karen Jackson, UPSE President)

    French Classes for Civil Service/Health PEI Members (Free)

    March 8, 2019

    DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: April 10, 2019 The Public Service Commission (PSC) has partnered with Collège de l'Île, the province's French post-secondary institution, in offering French evening conversational classes FREE OF CHARGE for the following groups: Classified and sual Civil Service employees and Health PEI employees.

    If you fall into another tegory and would like to know if you are eligible to take a class, please contact the PSC. Program information n be found in the attached document or you n email frenchlanguagetraining@gov.pe. or ll 902-368-6175 for more information. Registration form: https://psc.gpei.ca/french-language-training-program

    Notice to Civil Service Employees

    March 7, 2019

    Provincial civil service employees intending to seek nomination as a ndidate in a federal or provincial election must follow the legislative requirements of the Civil Service Act as noted (here).

    PEI Federation of Labour: Temporary Opportunity

    March 7, 2019

    The PEI Federation of Labour is seeking applitions from qualified individuals to provide administrative/financial support to its organization. This is a temporary position with a tentative start date of April 1, 2019 until March 2020 with the possibility of extension.  The successful applint will be a member of CUPE Lol 1770-7 (see more).

    Event: Celebrate International Women's Day on March 8

    March 7, 2019

    All are welcome to attend. Come celebrate International Women’s Day, March 8th 2019. International Women's Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and politil achievements of women. It also marks a ll to action for accelerating gender parity worldwide. The 2019 theme is Balance for Better! In Charlottetown, we will be singing, sharing women's success stories, and of course DANCING! There will be a kids station and lots of opportunity for everyone to be playful.

    This is a FREE event that is open to every age and gender. Refreshments will be provided.

    For details contact Michelle at info@peistatusofwomen. or 902-368-4510.

    Did You Know?

    March 6, 2019

    Health PEI: Did you know that in addition to designated holidays, employees also receive one day of paid leave for a floating holiday each year.  The floating holiday is in lieu of the civic holiday and must be used before November 30 each year on a day mutually agreed upon by the employee and the employer.

    Note: new employees are also eligible for the floating holiday as long as they started their employment before August 15 of the lendar year.        

    Steward Level II Edutional

    February 27, 2019

    UPSE held its Steward Level II course at the office in Charlottetown. The Steward Level II course is an informative follow-up to the Level I offering. Learners focus on representation issues including: knowing your membership, working with your union executive, as well as grievance preparation, problem solving and conflict resolution.

    Pink T-Shirt Day is February 27

    February 27, 2019

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    February 27, 2019 is Pink T-Shirt Day. Wearing pink sends a strong message of support to victims of bullying so that they know they are not alone, and that bullying will not be tolerated anywhere.  UPSE is committed to creating bully-free workplaces in Prince Edward Island and in partnership with government offers the bully-free workplaces program. Contact UPSE for more information: 902-892-5335, toll free 1-800-897-8773, or email peiupse@        

    The Advote

    February 26, 2019

    Check out the latest edition of The Advote, UPSE's quarterly news publition. See a full report on convention, grievance and bargaining updates, union issues and events (The Advote).

    Steward Level II Edutional Moved to February 27, 2019

    February 22, 2019

    The Steward Level II course which was scheduled for February 13, 2019 has been rescheduled for February 27, 2019. You n register online or ll 902-892-5335, toll free at 1-800-897-8773 or email peiupse@.

    The Steward Level II course is an informative follow-up to the Level I offering. Learners will focus on representation issues including:

    - knowing your membership

    - working with your union executive

    - grievance preparation, problem solving and conflict resolution

    Workplace Health & Safety Conference: April 25, 2019

    February 21, 2019

    The 2019 WCB Workplace Health & Safety Conference is being held on April 25, 2019 (8 - 4 pm) at the Delta Prince Edward Hotel in Charlottetown. The conference features workshops on a wide range of workplace safety topics, as well as a comprehensive trade show of products and services of interest to the region's health and safety community (see more info).

    (Register here) Cost: $175 per person (includes lunch)

    Chief Stewards' Meeting

    February 20, 2019

    UPSE held its Chief Stewards' Meeting on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at the UPSE office in Charlottetown. There was a full agenda as Stewards were provided updates from UPSE's staff and participated in presentations on Steward Mentoring Initiatives and Duty to Accommodate and Safe Return to Work.

    Pic L-R: Dianne McSweeney and Brendon Ellsworth attend UPSE's Chief Stewards' Meeting.

    UPSE Has a Heart!

    February 14, 2019

    The PEI Union of Public Sector Employees has donated $15,000 to non-profit community organizations in Prince Edward Island through the PEI UPSE Has a Heart mpaign. Karen Jackson, President of PEI UPSE, said “the annual mpaign is about our union supporting community organizations that make a difference for Islanders across the province” (read more).

     

    Pic L-R: Karen Jackson (UPSE President), Mel Gallant (Treasurer, Joyriders), Chrissy Murphy (Chair, UPSE Public Relations Committee)

    February 13 is Wear Purple Day: Family Violence Prevention Week

    February12, 2019

    Islanders across the province are asked to wear purple on February 13 to remember victims of violence and their families. As a neighbour, friend, family member or coworker, you n help prevent and respond to abuse in our community. Family Violence Prevention Week is February 10-16. Family violence affects, or will affect, all people in Prince Edward Island. Family violence is connected to abuse of power and control, and to injustice based on sex, race, age, class, sexual orientation, and physil or mental ability.

    National Union's Scholarship Program for 2019

    February 11, 2019

    Each year, the 390,000-member National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) offers 6 scholarships of $1,500 each that reflect its pursuit of equal opportunity for workers. Entrants must be the children or grandchildren, or the foster children or the foster grandchildren, of members or retirees of the National Union's Component unions or its affiliates and who are planning to enter the 1st year of a nadian public, post-secondary edutional institution on a full-time basis in 2019.  

    All scholarships awarded will be based on the best 750 — 1,000 word essay (see topics and more info). Essays will be marked on the basis of content and style. The deadline for applitions and essays is July 4, 2019. There may be additional requirements for each scholarship.

    The Accent

    February 6, 2019

    Check out the latest copy of The Accent. Family Violence Prevention Week is February 10-16, 2019. Family violence affects, or will affect, all people in Prince Edward Island. See dates for Walks in Silence across PEI (See Accent).

    UPSE's Board of Directors Support Bell Let's Talk Day

    January 30, 2019

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    UPSE's Board of Directors support Bell Let's Talk Day and encourages everyone to join the converstation on January 30, 2019. What does mental health mean to you? Today, Bell will donate more towards mental health initiatives in nada by contributing 5¢ for every applible text, ll, tweet, social media video view and use of Facebook frame or Snapchat filter (for every text message sent by Bell nada, Bell Aliant and Bell MTS customers).

    According to the mental heatlh commission, on any given week, more than 500,000 nadians are unable to go to work due to mental health problems. We need to create a working environment that supports the overall mental well being of employees.

    Community Connections Signs New Contract

    January 29, 2019

    Community Connections Inc. has signed a new collective agreement. The new contract is for three years and replaces the former contract which expired on March 31, 2017.

    Top L-R: Frank Costa (Executive Director, Community Connections), Karen mpbell (Lawyer, Cox & Palmer), Angie Mallett (Day Services employee), Troy Warren (UPSE Labour Relations Officer), thy Aylward (Residential Services employee).

    Bottom L-R: Karen Jackson (UPSE President), Pam Montgomery (President, Board of Directors, Community Connections).

    Bell Let's Talk Day is January 30, 2019

    January 22, 2019

    On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell will donate more towards mental health initiatives in nada by contributing 5¢ for every applible text, ll, tweet, social media video view and use of Facebook frame or Snapchat filter (for every text message sent by Bell nada, Bell Aliant and Bell MTS customers).

    Bell Let's Talk promotes mental health awareness, acceptance and action built on 4 key pillars: fighting stigma, improving access to re, supporting world-class research and leading by example in workplace mental health.

    According to the Mental Health Commission, on any given week, more than 500,000 nadians are unable to go to work due to mental health problems.

    Lol 1 meeting is ncelled for this evening, January 21st

    January 21, 2019

    The Lol 1 meeting scheduled for this evening is ncelled and will be re-scheduled to a later date.

    The Accent

    January 17, 2019

    Check out the latest copy of The Accent. The Steward Level II course which was scheduled for January 31, 2019 (at the UPSE office in Charlottetown) has been moved to February 13, 2019; Winter Family Fun Day is February 17, 2019; and update your personal contact information with UPSE (See Accent)!

    Women's March for Equality: January 19, 2019

    January 14, 2019

    The Women's March for Equality is both a lol and an international event. All are invited to partake in the march on Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 12:00 - 1:30 pm beginning at the Coles Building (Grafton Street) in Charlottetown. The march will cross Grafton to Queen, up Queen to Euston, across Euston to Great George and finish up at The Confederation Court Mall with a rally and entertainment. 

      ~ A woman working full time in nada earns about 88 cents for every dollar of hourly wages earned by a man. It noted that nada ranks 15th out of 29 OECD countries based on the hourly gender wage gap.  ~

    The theme for the 2019 Women's Marches around the world is ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN.

    Steward Level II Course: New Date - February 13, 2019

    January 10, 2019

    The Steward Level II course which was scheduled for January 31, 2019 (at the UPSE office in Charlottetown) has been moved to February 13, 2019. To register please contact the UPSE office by February 8, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. You n register online or ll 902-892-5335, toll free at 1-800-897-8773 or email peiupse@.

    The Steward Level II course is an informative follow-up to the Level I offering. Learners will focus on representation issues including:

    - knowing your membership

    - working with your union executive

    - grievance preparation, problem solving and conflict resolution

    Join the mpaign to Support Universal Pharmare

    January 8, 2019

    The Globe and Mail has come out in full support of a universal prescription plan. In an editorial published this week, the Globe’s editors conclude that pharmare is the unfinished business of Medire.
    “nada has the opportunity to do better; to improve the average nadian’s access to necessary medicines while lowering the bill for businesses, taxpayers and citizens,” write the editors. Read the first of a series on the topic linked (here). Decision makers across the country read the Globe and Mail every day. It influences politics and lawmaking. This milestone comes at a critil moment. The Advisory Council is currently drafting a report to Parliament on the issue. Let’s amplify the Globe and Mail’s strong support for universal pharmare. Join the mpaign at www.aplanforeveryone..

    Hassan Yussuff, President
    nadian Labour Congress

    Did You Know?

    January 8, 2019

    Did you know that UPSE members in Civil Service / IRAC / WCB and Health PEI are granted one day paid leave (on a day mutually agreed) on the 25th anniversary of employment. Members are also granted one day paid leave every 5 years after the 25th anniversary. This provision is in recognition of a member's long standing service.

    Bargaining Update: Civil Service

    January 8, 2019

    Negotiations began in December with bargaining teams meeting on three separate ocsions. UPSE is awaiting confirmation on dates for further meetings in January and will provide bargaining updates as they become available.

     

    Complete Union Survey for a Chance to Win and IPAD

    January 8, 2019

    Dear UPSE member, below is a link to an online survey to help UPSE and our national federation, the National Union of Public Employees (NUPGE), better address generational differences in the workplace and in our union. The survey is intended to explore similarities and differences between generations, and to also look specifilly at how the generational divide impacts women in our union. The results of this survey will be used to develop a communition strategy to help UPSE frame issues in a way that builds member unity and defends against potential divisions both within the workplace and within the union. There are 18 questions in this survey, and it takes roughly 10 minutes to complete.

    At the end of the survey, you may choose to opt-in to a draw for a chance to win an iPad. Should you choose to opt-in to the draw, your information will stay confidential and separate from your survey responses. To access the survey, click on the following link: https://.surveygizmo.com/s3/50038842/c2174bb239    

    Thank you for helping UPSE and NUPGE better serve you.

    UPSE Has a Heart

    January 4, 2019

    Are you a non-profit or charitable organization seeking financial support? The UPSE Has A Heart team is looking for a proposal from your organization! To present your proposal (5 minutes max.) please ll the UPSE office at 902-892-5335 by 4:00 pm on Friday, February 1, 2019 to reserve your time (proposals will be made on February 5 and 6, 2019).

    Note: Administrative funding will not be considered.

    CEO Pay in nada

    January 2, 2019

    nada’s 100 highest paid CEOs netted 197 times more than the average worker made in 2017, earning the average yearly wage ($50,759) before lunch on January 2. The country’s 100 highest paid CEOs on the S&P/TSX Composite index made an average of $10 million in 2017 (See the full CCPA Report).

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from UPSE!

    December 25, 2018

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    UPSE Holiday Hours: The union office will close on Friday, December 21, 2018 at noon (12 pm) and will reopen on December 27, 28, and 31 (8:30-4:30 pm), and then back to regular hours on January 2, 2019 (8:00-4:30 pm).

    UPSE Expands Bursary Program in 2018

    December 20, 2018

    UPSE knows how important it is to offer bursaries to students attending college or university each year. Your union encourages edution and recognizes students working toward a degree or professional designation. UPSE’s bursary and scholarship program helps reduce some of the economic burden that students face. Supporting edution is good for our students and good for our society as a whole. Sydney Ford is this year’s winner of the Laurie Jenkins Scholarship valued at $1000, and Julie Daniels is the winner of the Julie MacKay Bursary valued at $500. UPSE expanded the program this year to include three extra bursaries worth $500 and one extra bursary worth $1,000. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

    (L-R) Julie Daniels, Jacob MacDonald, Amber Hill, Brook Smallman, Chrissy Murphy (Chair, Public Relations and Recreation / Convention Committee), Sydney Ford, Jared Nendarto and Nickolas Ramsay.

    Winners not in the picture are: Abdallah Taha, Marry Taha, David Miller, Katelyn Anthony, Amanda Myers, Ellen MacLean and Maxwell Jefferson.

    Highlights: 57th Annual Convention

    December 13, 2018

    Check out the highlights from UPSE's 57th Annual Convention including key issues facing the membership, guest speaker presentations, resolutions, member of the year, executive election results, UPSE giving back and more (see highlights).

     


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