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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 Canadians. The Union of Public Sector Employees recognizes the valuable services dietitians provide in PEI every day.

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

Social Work Month

March 14, 2019

sThe Union of Public Sector Employees recognizes the important contribution Social Workers make in PEI every day. Social Workers provide support, healing, and advocacy 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 dedicated service. Karen Jackson, President, UPSE

International Women's Day: March 8

March 8, 2019

dfPEI UPSE supports equality and believes that women and girls should have equal access to opportunity whether that applies to education, training, career 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 casual Civil Service employees and Health PEI employees.

If you fall into another category and would like to know if you are eligible to take a class, please contact the PSC. Program information can be found in the attached document or you can email frenchlanguagetraining@gov.pe.ca or call 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 candidate 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 applications 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 applicant will be a member of CUPE Local 1770-7 (see more).

Event: Celebrate International Women's Day on March 8

March 7, 2019

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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 political achievements of women. It also marks a call 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.ca or 902-368-4510.

Did You Know?

March 6, 2019

dHealth 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 calendar year.        

Steward Level II Educational

February 27, 2019

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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@peiupse.ca        

The Advocate

February 26, 2019

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

Steward Level II Educational 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 can register online or call 902-892-5335, toll free at 1-800-897-8773 or email peiupse@peiupse.ca.

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

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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

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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

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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 campaign. Karen Jackson, President of PEI UPSE, said “the annual campaign 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

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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 can 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 physical or mental ability.

National Union's Scholarship Program for 2019

February 11, 2019

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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 Canadian public, post-secondary educational 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 applications 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 Canada by contributing 5¢ for every applicable text, call, tweet, social media video view and use of Facebook frame or Snapchat filter (for every text message sent by Bell Canada, Bell Aliant and Bell MTS customers).

According to the mental heatlh commission, on any given week, more than 500,000 Canadians 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

dCommunity 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 Campbell (Lawyer, Cox & Palmer), Angie Mallett (Day Services employee), Troy Warren (UPSE Labour Relations Officer), Cathy 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

ddOn Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell will donate more towards mental health initiatives in Canada by contributing 5¢ for every applicable text, call, tweet, social media video view and use of Facebook frame or Snapchat filter (for every text message sent by Bell Canada, 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 care, 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 Canadians are unable to go to work due to mental health problems.

Local 1 meeting is cancelled for this evening, January 21st

January 21, 2019

The Local 1 meeting scheduled for this evening is cancelled 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

dThe Women's March for Equality is both a local 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 Canada earns about 88 cents for every dollar of hourly wages earned by a man. It noted that Canada 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

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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 can register online or call 902-892-5335, toll free at 1-800-897-8773 or email peiupse@peiupse.ca.

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 Campaign to Support Universal Pharmacare

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 pharmacare is the unfinished business of Medicare.
“Canada has the opportunity to do better; to improve the average Canadian’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 critical 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 pharmacare. Join the campaign at www.aplanforeveryone.ca.

Hassan Yussuff, President
Canadian Labour Congress

Did You Know?

January 8, 2019

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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

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Negotiations began in December with bargaining teams meeting on three separate occasions. 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

dfDear 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 specifically at how the generational divide impacts women in our union. The results of this survey will be used to develop a communication 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://ca.surveygizmo.com/s3/50038842/c2ca174bb239    

Thank you for helping UPSE and NUPGE better serve you.

UPSE Has a Heart

January 4, 2019

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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 call 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 Canada

January 2, 2019

Canada’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

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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 education 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 education 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!

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(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

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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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