Day of Mourning Ceremony: April 28

April 26, 2017


All Islanders are invited to the Day of Mourning Ceremony for workers killed or injured on the job. In Canada hundreds of workers die from workplace injury and illness each year, and hundreds of thousands experience a workplace injury or illness. On April 28 it's important to remember those who have died and to think about the families affected by these tragedies.


Where: Memorial Hall, Confederation Centre, Charlottetown

When: Friday, April 28, 2017

Time: 7:00 pm

Administrative Professionals Day

April 26, 2017


The Union of Public Sector Employees recognizes the support and expertise Administrative Professionals provide in the workplace. On April 26 let's celebrate these hard working, multi-tasking individuals for the important work they do every day. Today we celebrate our admin staff at UPSE who provide excellent service to our members daily!

Pic: (L-R) Jackie McCaughey (UPSE Accounting and Technology Coordinator), Tammy Laybolt (UPSE Membership and Records Coordinator), and Mary MacLean (UPSE Education and Meetings Coordinator).

Moving Toward Bully-Free Workplaces in PEI

April 26, 2017

UPSE President, Karen Jackson, comments on the importance of creating bully-free workplaces in Prince Edward Island. Statistics indicate that 40% of Canadian workers experience bullying on a weekly basis, and 45% of targets suffer stress-related health problems.    

(see article)

The Accent

April 20, 2017

Check out the latest edition of The Accent: UPSE Grass Cutting Tender and Dementia Care Certificate Program for PEI Health professionals (see Accent).

RCW Week: April 16-22

April 20, 2017

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

Karen Jackson
President, UPSE

Subway Sluggers Heading to World Masters

April 13, 2017


The Subway Sluggers is one of two squads from P.E.I. making the journey to the World Masters Games, which take place in Auckland, New Zealand, from April 21 to 30. UPSE members on the team include Wilma Ramsay (OHS Officer), Darlene Hackett (RCW) and Doris MacKinnon (Addictions Worker) See story.

pic (L-R) Wilma Ramsay and Carol Wayne

The second squad heading to New Zealand is the Cheers ladies masters softball team. Dawn Moase is the coach and also a proud UPSE member. Dawn is a Traffic Manager in West Prince. See Story.

Att: healthcare professionals - Dementia Care Certificate Program - 101

April 12, 2017

The Dementia Care Certificate Program is a comprehensive educational program offered by the Alzheimer Society of PEI for healthcare professionals, personal support workers, home care support workers and professional caregivers (read more).

Steward Level II scheduled for April 26th is CANCELLED

April 5, 2017

Steward Level II educational scheduled for April 26, 2017 has been cancelled and will be re-scheduled to a future date.

The Accent

March 27, 2017

Check out the latest edition of The Accent: UPSE Educational (Mental Health and the Workplace), Retirement Planning Workshop, and BridgeFest 2017 (see Accent).

Congratulations to Newly Elected Directors for Locals 1, 14 and 20

March 21, 2017

Elections for locals 1 and 14 are now complete and UPSE would like to Welcome new Local 1 Director, Connie Smallman, and new Local 14 Director, Trevor MacKinnon.

Welcome as well to new Local 20 Director, Don DesRoches, who won by acclamation as he was unopposed.

Announcement: Director Election - Local 14

March 3, 2017

Linda Clarke has withdrawn her nomination form from the Local 14 Director Election, and subsequently is no longer running for the position. Linda's ballot will appear in the election kits in the mail; however, please disregard her ballot. Your choice will be between Jeff MacDonald and Trevor MacKinnon. The deadline to return your ballots to the UPSE office is March 17, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

Lynn Bovyer (Chair, Membership Services and Communications Committee)

International Women’s Day, March 8th: Be Bold for Change

March 3, 2017

Dancing! Resistance! Food and Fun! For International Women's Day 2017, a fabulous committee is organizing an evening of celebration and bold action for equality. There will be demonstrations of group dances from a variety of cultures, which everyone can participate in. There will also be the opportunity to creatively express ideas for acting boldly together to bring about the equality of women everywhere. Quotations from women and art supplies and materials will be provided.

We will boldly sing Bread & Roses together, and Advisory Council Chairperson Mari Basiletti will read her International Women’s Day Opinion piece. And of course there will be refreshments! All ages and genders are very welcome. Festivities from 4:30pm –7:00pm, Wednesday, March 8, 2017at the Jack Blanchard Centre7 Pond Street, Charlottetown This is a wheelchair accessible space.

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

Att Members: MHCSI Preferred Pharmacy Provider Program

March 3, 2017

UPSE is still participating in the Preferred Pharmacy Provider Program offered by MHCSI that delivers enhanced value for our Health Benefit Plans (see more).

The Accent

March 3, 2017

Check out the latest edition of The Accent: CLC Convention, Educational opportunities (Welcome to UPSE, Steward I and II) and pension literacy (see Accent).

Update on "Reasonable Lateness"

February 27, 2017

We all remember how terrible the weather was in the winter of 2015 and the problems it caused for many of us to get to work.  As a result of these challenges, the Union wound up filing a number of grievances with Health PEI to ensure that members were being treated fairly in meeting the challenge of getting to work in a timely manner in spite of adverse weather and storm conditions when travelling to work (read more).

Members Enjoyed Winter Family Fun Day!

February 27, 2017


UPSE members had a great time at the union's Winter Family Fun Day in Mill River recently. There were sleigh rides, tobogganing, skating and a host of fun outdoor activities. The union believes in getting members together for both fun and making PEI a better place to live and work every day.



Pink Shirt Day 2017

February 22, 2017


UPSE's President, Karen Jackson and staff are wearing pink today in support of the victims of bullying so they know they are not alone and that there is help and support available. Pink Shirt Day reminds us that we have the ability to spread kindness and that we can put an end to bullying. The union offers a Bully Free Workplaces Program throughout the year to members across the province. For more information contact Cathy MacKinnon (Program Coordinator) at 902-892-5335 or toll free at 1-800-897-8773.

Picture (Top L-R) Jackie McCaughey, Hans Connor, Tammy Laybolt (Middle L-R) Cathy MacKinnon, Karen Jackson, Mary MacLean (Bottom L-R) Blair Weeks, Mark Barrett. Andrew Jack

Rural Strong

February 21, 2017


Karen Jackson (UPSE President) and Kevin Gotell (UPSE Secretary Treasurer) attended the"We are Rural Strong Walk" in support of rural Islanders and keeping public services available for all.






Extended - Call for Vacant Director Positions: Locals 1, 12, 14 and 20

February 17, 2017

Due to the weather related office closures this week, the Call for Vacant Director Positions for locals 1, 12, 14 and 20 has been extended to Friday February 24, 2017 at 4:00pm.

Nomination forms are available to print on the union’s website (www.peiupse.ca), or call UPSE at 902-892-5335, or toll free at 1-800-897-8773.

To be eligible for nomination as a Director a member must:

• be in good standing for at least the previous twelve months
• be nominated by a member in good standing of the applicable local
• have completed the Welcome to UPSE or equivalent course
A biography must be included with the nomination form (mandatory).

Walk: We Are Rural Strong (Feb 20, 2017)

February 17, 2017















Benefit for Danny Connolly (Local 12) on February 25, 2017

February 15, 2017


There is a benefit party being held for Danny who has recently been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig ’s disease. The diagnosis has significantly impacted Danny and his family physically, emotionally, and financially. Thus, his family and friends have joined together to support Danny and his two daughters Kara, age 17 and Molly-Rose, age 8. On February 25, 2017, a benefit will be held to support Danny and his family through this difficult journey ahead. The benefit will be held at the Murphy Community Center on Richmond Street and will include entertainment and a silent auction. Richie Bulger and his band “The Wannabeez” will be playing starting at 7:00PM. There with be a dance, silent auction and 50/50. If you have any questions or would like to make a donation, please feel free to contact Tara Connolly at connollytara15@yahoo.ca or cell 1-902-786-1108, or Patti-Lynn Jenkins at 1-902-626-6689.

Danny’s friends and family have created this Go Fund Me page for those who wish to lend your support, moral or financial.


UPSE Has a Heart Cheque Presentations scheduled for Tuesday February 14th

February 13, 2017

Please note that cheque presentations are scheduled for Tuesday February 14th from 10am to Noon.

In the event of inclement weather, our office follows with Civil Service Charlottetown Area. Please check weather delays/cancellations for an update as to whether our office is delayed or closed.

You may find this at PEI Government Weather Cancellations or CBC Storm Centre

If our office is delayed or closed Tuesday February 14th, we will re-schedule the cheque presentations.

PEI Family Violence Prevention Week (Feb 12-18, 2017)

February 10, 2017


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 physical or mental ability. Individual history, family history, and current circumstances play a role in family violence.

Communities across the Island are planning events and activities to help raise awareness of family violence including walks in silence, awareness presentations, family activities and more. See the full schedule

Wednesday, February 15 is Wear Purple Day

Weather Cancellations and Re-Scheduling to make note of

February 7, 2017

With the weather forecast for Wednesday, February 8th, please note the following:

UPSE HAS A HEART presentations scheduled for Wednesday February 8th have been re-scheduled to Thursday February 9th at the same time that were scheduled for Wednesday.

If you have a conflict and cannot make the presentation time on Thursday, please call the UPSE office at 902-892-5335

LOCALS 7, 9 and 12 scheduled for Wednesday February 8th have been Cancelled and will be re-scheduled to a future date

UPSE Members Giving Back to Communities

February 7, 2017


Each year the union supports non-profit and community organizations in PEI through the PEI UPSE Has a Heart campaign. Karen Jackson, President of UPSE, says “the campaign is about the membership helping community organizations that make a difference for Islanders. In February organizations will present their proposals to the UPSE PR and Rec committee.

Pic (L-R) Joyce Paynter (UPSE Retiree), Karen Jackson (President, UPSE) and Gwen Taylor (CNIB Volunteer).

Joyce, is a true example of UPSE proud. Once an UPSE member always an UPSE member.

- she continues to belong to local 19

- she looks forward to reading her quarterly publication of The Advocate

- she continues to give back to her community by volunteering at CNIB

Joyce is a fine example of how UPSE members across the Island are giving back to their communities. She is an inspiration to us all!

Kimberly Hagan (Local 8) Wins Dr. J.H. O'Hanley Award

February 3, 2017


Kimberly Hagan, a Social Worker at QEH, has received the Dr. J.H. O'Hanley Award. Kimberly helps families that face financial, emotional and other turmoil as a result of having a sick child. She helps up to 4o sick children and their families each month in her job. Kimberly's compassion and resourcefulness in regard to helping sick children and their families is being recognized through this award (see more).


The Advocate: Winter 2017

February 2, 2017

Check out the latest edition of The Advocate for a report on the union's 55th Annual Convention and more (see more).

Can Work Be Safe, When Home Isn't?

February 1, 2017


Karen Jackson (UPSE President), Dina DesRoches (Co-Chair UPSE Women's Committee) and Cathy MacKinnon (UPSE Resource and Organizing Officer) recently attended the Canadian Labour Congress’ Domestic Violence at Work Facilitator Training session in Nova Scotia. The course trained participants to facilitate workshops on domestic violence at work and the role of unions and the labour movement in addressing it. UPSE will continue to work with the CLC and will develop a two day workshop in the near future. Stay tuned …

Pic (L-R) Cathy MacKinnon (UPSE Resource and Organizing Officer), Barb MacQuarrie (Community Director of the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children at Western U.), Mary MacNeil (PSAC Atlantic Rep), Karen Jackson (UPSE President), Dina DesRoches (Co-Chair UPSE Women's Committee), Vicky Smallman (Director of CLC Women's and Human Rights Department) and Becky Kent (Provincial Coordinator of Transition House Nova Scotia). 

Health PEI: Latest Bargaining Update

January 25, 2017


The bargaining team met with the employer on January 23 and 24 at the union office in Charlottetown.  Parties have not been able to find common ground on key issues such as monetary items (premiums), wages, union business and travel for medical appointments. The union will now move to conciliation to try and reach a deal that is beneficial for the membership and acceptable to the employer. Conciliation is the final step before binding arbitration.

UPSE Supports Members at Mill River

January 25, 2017


Karen Jackson, the President of UPSE, says “with the announcement of the sale of the Mill River complex, the union will support its members in their bid to apply for positions within the new ownership group, and or the public service, and will look into possible successor rights.” President Jackson and Hans Connor (UPSE LRO) met with Mill River employees on January 19, 2017 and assured the membership they will be supported throughout this transition. The union believes that provincial parks should remain open and Mill River should not be a model for other provincial properties in the future. Pic: Karen Jackson, UPSE President, and UPSE members at Mill River.


January 24, 2017

Winter Family Fun Day, Cancer Benefit for Bruce Horne, Call for Vacant Director Positions, and Upcoming UPSE Educationals (see Accent).

Bell Let’s Talk Day is on January 25, 2017

January 24, 2017


On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell will donate 5¢ more towards mental health initiatives in Canada, by counting every text, call, tweet, Instagram post, Facebook video view and Snapchat geofilter.

  • For every text message you send on January 25, Bell will donate 5¢ more to mental health initiatives.
  • For every mobile and long distance call you make on January 25, Bell will donate 5¢ more to mental health initiatives.
  • Each time you tweet on January 25 using #BellLetsTalk, Bell will donate 5¢ more to mental health initiatives.
  • Each time you post on January 25 using #BellLetsTalk, Bell will donate 5¢ more to mental health initiatives.
  • Every time you watch our Bell Let’s Talk video on January 25 we’ll donate 5¢ more to mental health initiatives.
  • Each time you send a snap using the Bell Let’s Talk geofilter on January 25, Bell will donate 5¢ more to mental health initiatives.

UPSE Photos: 55th Annual Convention

January 19, 2017

Check out some of the photos from the union's 55th Annual Convention (see more).

Workplace Violence Survey for Health PEI Employees

January 16, 2017


President Karen Jackson encourages all UPSE health care members to participate in the following important survey about workplace violence. She encourages full participation in the survey as it provides an opportunity for the membership to have their concerns heard.

From Health PEI: Health PEI takes its responsibility for providing a safe workplace seriously, including preventing and reducing violence in the workplace.   You are being invited to take part in this survey so that we can make improvements to our health and safety policies and practices. The results of this survey will help prevent injuries and illnesses at your work site.

This survey will take 15 minutes of your time to complete. Please note that you will not have to provide your name or contact information. All responses will remain anonymous and confidential and no question is mandatory; however, the more accurate and complete the information you provide, the more useful the data.

The survey is currently open until January 27, 2017. Take the survey here: (Survey)

UPSE Supports Members at Mill River

January 12, 2017

President Jackson says "there are 49 employees affected by the sale of Mill River. This includes nine permanent employees, thirty nine casual employees, and one special projects staff. They have been contacted by the employer and informed of the news, and we will be meeting with our members to discuss their options as provided under the collective agreement” (see more).

Cancer Benefit for Bruce Horne (February 22, 2017)

January 11, 2017

A cancer benefit for Bruce Horne (Chief Steward, Local 1) will be held at the Elmsdale Community Centre at 7 p.m. on February 22, 2017. Bruce has undergone chemotherapy and radiation treatments in Charlottetown, and thoracic surgery in Halifax. He has been off work since September 2016 and is expected to return to work in the spring. Any donations or money raised will help Bruce with travel costs and any other costs associated with cancer treatments. The benefit will feature an auction, a 50/50 draw, and tickets will be on sale for a gift basket. There will be a canteen and some great local entertainment.

Donations can be made at the credit union #33004-101.

UPSE Has A Heart

January 9, 2017


Are you a non-profit or charitable organization seeking financial support? If so, the UPSE Has a Heart team is looking for a proposal from your organization.

To present your proposal please call the UPSE office at 902-892-5335 by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 3, 2017 to reserve your time. The presentations will take place on February 7 and 8, 2017.



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