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New Contract: Health PEI

February 16, 2018

Please see the following highlights of the Arbitration Award for the new three year contract between PEI UPSE and Health PEI (April 1, 2017 - April 1, 2020).

Wage Rates: 4.5% over 3 years

1% April 1, 2017
1% October 1, 2017
0.75% April 1, 2018
0.75% October1, 2018
1% April 1, 2019

Weekend Premiums: Effective April 1, 2017 a weekend premium of $1.75 (increase of .25)

Effective April 1, 2019 increase to $2.00 for all hours worked between 2400 hrs Friday and 2400hrs Sunday

Uniform Allowance: Increase from $75 to $100. Now covers all employees employed as Patient/Resident care workers, Licensed practical nurses, and Home support Workers, even if they are not “required” by the employer to wear a uniform

Training and Development Fund: The employer shall make a contribution of $310,000 April 1, 2017, April 1, 2018, and April 1, 2019.

A new letter of understanding on Employee Safety and the inclusion of our Workplace Concern Form as part of the collective agreement, to empower members to report incidents and causes of workplace violence and other concerns.

A No Lay-offs MOA that will be in place for the duration of this collective agreement, expiring 30 days prior to the last day of the contract.

A new MOA for RCW/PCW to complete a PQ for level 8 employees with timelines attached.

Additional language changes in other articles that we will relay to our health members when we do the province wide tour to explain the changes to our members.

Over all I think the team did a great job championing our members' issues especially considering the outcomes in our sister provinces, where they have been facing zeros for wage increases. NAPE just ratified a 4 year wage freeze and a payout end to their retirement allowance, in exchange for a No layoff clause. NSGEU had zeros for the first 2 years then 0.75% and 1.5% for a 4 year deal, the first 2 years legislated, which they are challenging.

The employer has advised UPSE that they will be working on the retroactivity payout in the next couple of weeks and will be advising members when that will occur. The contract will be signed on March 5, 2018 and retroactivity will follow.

I would like to thank our bargaining team for their dedication and great work.

Karen Jackson
President, UPSE 

Holland College Admin & Support - Bargaining Unit Team Selection

Change of Location and Time

February 15, 2018

Brothers and Sisters,

There is a change to the location and time of the meeting scheduled for Wednesday February 21, 2018 to select the negotiating team for Holland College Administrative & Support Bargaining Unit.

PLEASE NOTE:

New location for Charlottetown & area will be Holland College Center - Room  201

Time - 12:15 PM

Teleconferencing will be available at the following locations:

Summerside Waterfront Campus - Room 78
Atlantic Police Academy - Boardroom
Georgetown Center

Please spread the word to your fellow Brothers and Sisters for Holland College Admin & Support to ensure everyone gets the word of the above mentioned changes.

In Solidarity,
PEI UPSE

Paid Leave for Domestic Violence

February 13, 2018

Provinces with paid leave provisions for domestic violence include Ontario and Manitoba. British Columbia has proposed amendments in place for paid leave as well, and New Brunswick is considering similar legislation and will be holding public consultations. Governments are recognizing that the legal establishment of paid leave provisions in their respective Employment Standards Acts will help those who are victimized at home (see more).

The Accent

February 12, 2018

Check out the latest edition of The Accent: Call for directors in locals 6, 12 and 13; Upcoming Educationals ... Welcome to UPSE, Mental Health / Stress in the Workplace, Multi-Generational Workplace, Steward I & II (see Accent).

Family Violence Prevention Week (Feb 11-17th)

February 12, 2018

Every Islander can play a part in preventing and responding to family violence, whether as a neighbour, friend, family member, or co-worker.

Participate in activities across Prince Edward Island to promote family violence prevention and healthy relationships. Activities include community walks, children's storytime at select library branches, school events, Wear Purple Day and distribution of helpful resources.

See more (Family Violence Prevention Week).

The Advocate

February 6, 2018

Check out the latest edition of The Advocate: Report on the union's 56th Annual Convention (Advocate).

Reminder: Proposal Forms (Holland College Admin and Support)

February 2, 2018

This is a reminder that negotiation proposal forms have been mailed to all bargaining unit members (Holland College Administrative and Support). Please fill out and return your form by March 7, 2018. Your input will be used to assist and guide the negotiating team.

Reminder: Proposal Forms (Civil Service, IRAC, WCB)

February 2, 2018

This is a reminder that negotiation proposal forms have been mailed to all bargaining unit members (Civil Service, IRAC, WCB). Please fill out and return your form by March 1, 2018. Your input will be used to assist and guide the negotiating team.

Meeting Cancellations: Local 6

January 30, 2018

Due to the weather, this afternoon's meeting for Local 6 has been cancelled. The meeting has been rescheduled for February 7th at 5:30.

Educational Presentation at Harbourfront Theatre (Feb 11)

January 30, 2018

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The show is called Victoria, and it’s all about the story of a caretaker and an elderly woman living with advanced Alzheimer’s. The focus is on the elderly woman named Victoria, and the play blends elements of theatre, dance, and multimedia to address the subjects of aging, caretaking, Alzheimer’s, and approaching the end of life. Following the performance, there will be a panel discussion by Island experts on the subject matter of the play.

All UPSE members are encouraged to attend and especially those who work with seniors on a daily basis. Because the performance and the following panel discussion will be of benefit to the membership professionally, there is a 10% discount for members. The benefit code is "UPSE."

National Union statement on Unifor and the Canadian Labour Congress

January 30, 2018

The National Executive Board of Unifor announced that Unifor was, effective immediately, disaffiliating from the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is deeply disappointed in this decision and is concerned about the impact that it will have on the labour movement, at both the activist and leadership levels (see more).

National Union's Scholarship Program for 2018

January 29, 2018

Each year, the 370,000-member National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) offers 5 scholarships of $1,500 each that reflect its pursuit of equal opportunity for workers.

Entrants must be the children, grandchildren or foster children or grandchildren of members or retirees of the National Union and who are planning to enter the 1st year of a Canadian public, post-secondary educational institution on a full-time basis in 2018.  All scholarships awarded will be based on the best 750 — 1,000 word essay. The deadline for applications and essays is July 6, 2018. There may be additional requirements for each scholarship (see more info).

Meeting Cancellations: Local 11 and 18

January 23, 2018

Due to the weather, tonight's meetings for Local 11 and 18 have been cancelled.

Violence in the Workplace "Major Challenge"

January 19, 2018

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Karen Jackson, UPSE President, is raising awareness about how violence in the workplace is affecting UPSE members in health care (see more).

 

Accent: Provincial Civil Service Negotiations

January 19, 2018

Check out the latest edition of The Accent: UPSE is encouraging members in the provincial civil service to get involved in upcoming negotiations. See more (Accent).

UPSE Members Keeping Our Roads Clear and Safe!

January 5, 2018

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UPSE thanks our members for clearing the snow from our roads and keeping our roads safe for travel. Our members work hard to ensure the safety of all Islanders and to ensure we can all get to where we are going each and every day! (see article)

 

National Union's Scholarship Program for 2018

January 5, 2018

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Each year, the 370,000-member National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) offers 5 scholarships of $1,500 each that reflect its pursuit of equal opportunity for workers.

Entrants must be the children, grandchildren or foster children or grandchildren of members or retirees of the National Union and who are planning to enter the 1st year of a Canadian public, post-secondary educational institution on a full-time basis in 2018.  All scholarships awarded will be based on the best 750 — 1,000 word essay (see topics and more info).  The deadline for applications and essays is July 6, 2018. There may be additional requirements for each scholarship.

PEI UPSE Bursary Winners for 2017

January 2, 2018

Each year, UPSE proudly awards a scholarship and nine bursaries to students attending college or university. UPSE believes in the power of education, and understands the importance of working towards a degree or professional designation. UPSE’s bursary and scholarship program helps reduce some of the economic burden that students face.  Kristen Strongman is the winner of the Laurie Jenkins Scholarship for 2017 valued at $1000.  Jimmy Rogers is the winner of the Julie MacKay Bursary for 2017 valued at $500.  All other bursaries are valued at $500.

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Pic L-R: Karen Jackson (President, UPSE), David Miller, Kristen Strongman, Kayla Strongman, Joseph Weatherby, Brooke Smallman, Krista Gillis, Miah Donahue and Chrissy Murphy (Chair, Public Relations and Recreation / Convention Committee).

Winners not in the picture are: Iman Taha, Jimmy Rogers and Tara Garnhum-Acorn.  

 

UPSE E-mail Difficulties

January 2, 2018

UPSE is currently not able to view any incoming e-mails because of technical problems. To communicate with UPSE staff in the meanwhile, please call the union office at 902-892-5335 or toll free at 1-800-897-8773.

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2017

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UPSE Holiday Hours

December 21, 2017

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The union office will close on Thursday, December 21 at noon (12 p.m.) and will reopen on December 27, 28 and 29 (8:30 - 4:30 p.m.), and then back to regular hours on January 2, 2017 (8:00 - 4:30 p.m.).


The Accent

December 20, 2017

Check out the latest edition of The Accent: Karen Jackson, on behalf of UPSE's executive, board of directors and staff, wishes all members a happy and safe holiday season (see Accent).

Highlights: UPSE's 56th Annual Convention

December 20, 2017

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Check out the highlights from UPSE's 56th 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).

 

UPSE Supports CBC Feed a Family Campaign

December 13, 2017

dfPEI UPSE donated 34 turkeys to the CBC Feed a Family Campaign. UPSE's Board of Directors set the pace with a $500 donation and the UPSE membership matched this with another $500. Karen Jackson, (UPSE President), said "our union believes in supporting communities and we recognize that this time of year can be hard for a lot of people. If we can help in any way to make things a little bit easier then it is a worthwhile cause."

Pic L-R: Jay Scotland (CBC), Karen Jackson (UPSE President), and Kevin Gotell (UPSE Secretary Treasurer)

2017 Montreal Massacre Service

December 7, 2017

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Karen Jackson (UPSE President) and Eileen LeClair (PEI Silent Witness program), lit a candle in memory of Sonia Pelletier who died in the Montreal Massacre in 1989. The memorial service is coordinated by the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women as part of the Purple Ribbon Campaign Against Violence.

First mourn, then work for change

Please keep your purple ribbons to wear during PEI Family Violence Prevention Week, February 11 to 17, 2018.

 

National Day of Remembrance and Action to End Violence Against Women

December 6, 2017

dThe Prince Edward Island Union of Public Sector Employees commemorates the 14 young women who died because they were women on December 6, 1989 at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. It is important that we remember this tragedy and consider the women and girls for whom violence is a reality. As a community it is paramount that we work together to eliminate violence against women.

 

 


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