COVID and WCB Benefits

January 18, 2022

In Prince Edward Island Public Health has confirmed COVID-19 workplace exposures. If you have tested positive as a result of a workplace exposure you may be eligible for WCB benefits:

Click here for more information



Virtual Health Care Privatization

January 14, 2022

A new report from the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) looks at how the failure to make virtual health care part of the public health care system is leading to health care being privatized.
Unless governments ensure that virtual health care services are part of the public system, the growth of virtual health care will lead to more of our health care system being privatized. If that is allowed to happen, instead of improving the quality of care Canadians receive, virtual health care could end up undermining it.

See report (here)

Survey: Female Workers and PPE

January 13, 2022

CSA Group is conducting a research project entitled "Investigating the Challenges Canadian Women Face Regarding Work Mandated PPE", and as part of that research they are conducting a direct survey of female workers to better understand how PPE is suited to, and meeting the needs of, Canadian women.

This is a confidential online survey (all responses will remain confidential - any reporting or references to survey results will be presented in aggregate form only), that should take approximately 12 minutes to complete.
An independent research firm is managing survey responses to ensure complete anonymity and confidentiality.

Survey Link


Pride PEI Board Elections

January 11, 2022

Pride PEI is seeking Directors to represent the organization for the remainder of the 2022 Operational Year. Directors will be elected at a Special General Meeting on January 19, 2022, and their term will run until Pride PEI's 2022 AGM, which will be held no later than Oct. 31, 2022.
Directors must come from the current Membership and must fulfil the qualifications, requirements, and obligations set out in the Constitution and Bylaws of the organization, which can be accessed online at https://bit.ly/bylaws-public.


FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2022.  
More info (here)


UPSE President: More Staffing Needed in Long Term Care

January 11, 2022

Karen Jackson, UPSE President, says "long-term care has been underfunded for so many years that we are now in a critical state with staffing."
She said "UPSE members are working to ensure the health and safety of Islanders during the pandemic. However, they are doing so while having to deal with acute and chronic vacancies in Long Term Care. The shortage has been apparent for years and the pandemic is exacerbating the issue."Jackson has asked the province for increased funding for Long Term Care and a focus on recruitment and retention efforts."

See story (here)

Wealth Inequality Widens Through Pandemic

January 10, 2022

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues with its devastating effects on workers across Canada the country's 100 highest-paid CEOs recorded their second best year ever for compensation in 2020.
These executives got paid an average of $10.9 million in 2020. They now make 191 times more than the average worker wage in Canada.
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' latest report recommends a range of policy solutions to tackle extreme wealth inequality.

See full report here


Employment Opportunity at PEI UPSE

January 10, 2022

Senior Staffing Officer employment opportunity at PEI UPSE. Please click on the following link for more details.

Senior Staffing Officer leadership opportunity

**NEW** COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination Policy for PEI UPSE - Effective Immediately

January 4, 2022

The Prince Edward Island Union of Public Sector Employees (PEI UPSE) is committed to adhering to guidance from the PEI Chief Public Health Office in relation to measures intended to minimize the risk of and cope with the Covid-19 Pandemic. 

Union events, functions or activities at other buildings or facilities will follow the guidelines appropriate for such locations. 

This policy, approved by our Board of Directors, applies to all activities at and all persons seeking entry to the PEI UPSE office at 4 Enman Crescent with the exception of children under the age of 12, until such time as the CPHO includes them in the vaccination guidance. 

Anyone wishing to enter the PEI UPSE office will now have to:

- Provide Proof of Vaccination before entering the office (An official vaccination record of a person’s COVID-19 immunization issued by the provincial government, state, territory, or country in which they were immunized)

- Wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose at all times while at the Union premises (no matter if seated in a meeting setting)

- Follow all relevant protocols and guidelines of the provincial CPHO including physical distancing and other measures that may arise from time to time.

- For those persons who can not comply with the policy, PEIUPSE will ensure that meetings will be made available by telephone or internet-based electronic communications (such as Zoom). The Union will make reasonable efforts to arrange to hold meetings virtually. 

Thank You for your Cooperation


UPSE Holiday Hours

December 23, 2021

The union office remains closed to the public due to the current COVID-19 situation. Members can schedule meetings with UPSE staff by calling in advance to schedule an appointment.  The union office will close on Thursday, December 23, 2021, at noon (12 pm) and will reopen on December 29, 30, and 31 (8:30-4:30 pm), and then back to regular hours on January 4, 2022 (8:00-4:30 pm).

Note to members: When you arrive for your scheduled meeting, please park in the back parking lot and use the Boardroom entrance at the University Avenue side of the building. Call our office when you arrive (902-892-5335), and a staff member will open the door for you at the scheduled meeting time. Please make sure to wear your mask before entering the Union office.




Effective December 23, 2021, PEI UPSE is closed to the public due to COVID-19

December 22, 2021

Due to the COVID situation, we are once again closing our office to the general public.

We will be open for member meetings and they are to be pre-scheduled with one of our staff members.

When you arrive for your scheduled meeting, please park in the back parking lot and use the Boardroom entrance at the University Avenue side of the building. Call our office when you arrive (902-892-5335) and a staff member will open the door for you at the scheduled meeting time. Please make sure to wear your mask before entering the Union office.

2021 Bursary Winners

December 21, 2021

UPSE believes in the power of education to transform lives and help create a better society for all.   The UPSE Bursary and Scholarship Program offers financial assistance to students who are attending a college or university.  The program helps reduce some of the economic burden that students face. Hailey Brake is this year’s winner of the Laurie Jenkins Scholarship valued at $1000, and Keanna Ryan is the winner of the Julie MacKay Bursary valued at $500.  

Congratulations to this year’s winners! 

See the rest of successful applicants below for 2021:

Robyn MacDonald, $1,000
Abigail Dugay, $500
Anne Taha, $500
Abby Matheson, $500
Liam Kelly, $500
Eryn Hustler, $500
Jeannie A’Hearn, $500
Disen Pamuduwe Gedara, $500
Adelle Breau, $500
Keegan McCardle, $500
Kelsee Gallant, $500
Molly Madore, $500

Note: UPSE did not take pictures of this year’s winners due to COVID-19 precautions.

UPSE Partners with Cooke Insurance to Fund Nonprofits across PEI

December 21, 2021

UPSE is pleased to partner each year with Cooke Insurance to fund donations for Island non-profit groups across Prince Edward Island.
Missing from pics are donations to Don DesRoches for $500 (Sponsoring three families for Christmas).

Click on picture to see all other pictures of donations made





UPSE Supports Local Family

December 21, 2021

UPSE staff and President Karen Jackson are supporting a family this Christmas with some presents for around the tree. Best wishes to everyone and have a very merry Christmas and a safe holiday season.





Contract Update (Pay): UPSE Health PEI Members

December 16, 2021

Health PEI has advised the Union that UPSE Health PEI members’ new rates will be on the pay on December 23, 2021.  The retro pay will be on the January 20, 2022 pay.

UPSE Donates $1500 to Feed a Family

December 15, 2021

Karen Jackson (UPSE President) at the Belmont Street Food Bank this morning in Charlottetown talking with Mitch Cormier (CBC, Island Morning). UPSE has donated $1,500 to the CBC Feed a Family Campaign for a total of thirty-three turkeys which will go to families in need across PEI.






UPSE Holiday Season Ads

December 13, 2021

Check out the new Holiday Season Ads featuring UPSE members.  Thanks again to all members for sending in your pics.
UPSE uses the pictures in our Union publications, the website, social media and Ad campaigns.  We are UPSE Proud!

Christmas Commercial 1

Christmas Commercial 2

Christmas Commercial 3

Human Rights Day (December 10, 2021)

December 10, 2021

The theme of Human Rights Day 2021 is Reducing inequalities, advancing human rights! The goal is about promoting equality for all people because “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” We need to work together to overcome discrimination, and promote equality and inclusion. “Societies that protect and promote human rights for everyone are more resilient societies, and they are better equipped through human rights to weather unexpected crises such as pandemics and the impacts of the climate crisis.” However, “when certain people or groups are excluded or face discrimination, the inequality will drive the cycle of conflict and crisis.” (United Nations)


A Safe and Happy Holiday Season to All (The Accent)

December 9, 2021

On behalf of the UPSE Executive, Board of Directors and Staff, I wish our members a Merry Christmas and a happy and safe holiday season. UPSE members in both the public and private sectors are working to improve the lives of all Islanders. A heartfelt thank you to the membership and all those working over the holidays and missing time with family and friends. Thank you for your dedication in these challenging times.  (See Accent here)

Karen Jackson,
UPSE President




UPSE Donates to CBC Feed a Family Campaign

December 8, 2021

UPSE has donated $1,500 to the CBC Feed a Family Campaign for a total of thirty-three turkeys which will go to families in need across PEI.
Karen Jackson, (UPSE President), said “the holiday season can be a challenging time for many Islanders.
Unions are here to strengthen the fabric of our communities and that is why UPSE is proud to support the Feed a Family Campaign each year.”

Make the Season Kind 2021: In support of Feed a Family P.E.I. | CBC News

Congratulations to our Winners

December 7, 2021

UPSE thanks the membership for sending in their selfies ... way to go everyone! Congratulations to Aaron Rogers, Shalene Roach and Ellen Faye Catane for taking home the UPSE Swag! The Union loves to highlight the membership and all the incredible work you do every day to make Prince Edward Island a great place to live and work. UPSE uses the pictures in Union publications, the website, social media and ad campaigns. We are UPSE Proud!






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