UPSE Supports Pink Shirt Day!

February 24, 2021


UPSE's President and staff are supporting Pink Shirt Day!

Let's “lift each other up" and treat everyone with dignity and respect!




Welcome to UPSE!

February 23, 2021


UPSE is very excited to have its in person educational courses up and running. UPSE held two Welcome to UPSE workshops last week and had a great group of members in attendance.

The course has a refreshed curriculum focusing on the services UPSE provides for members. COVID precautionary measures are in place. Stay tuned for further course offerings!

(See pics)

UPSE President Responds to Canadian Taxpayers Federation

February 22, 2021

dUPSE President, Karen Jackson, responded to the Canadian Taxpayers' Federation suggestion that government should consider a 15 per cent compensation rollback for public service workers in P.E.I.

The Federation's mean-spirited notion also suggests cutting jobs and, therefore, public services that Islanders rely on every day (see article).


UPSE Has a Heart!

February 19, 2021









L-R: Karen Jackson (UPSE President), Laura MacWilliams (Alzheimer Society) and Chrissy Murphy (UPSE Public Relations Committee).

See all pics (here).

UPSE has proudly donated $14,000 to non-profit community organizations across PEI through the UPSE Has a Heart campaign. UPSE President, Karen Jackson, says “the annual campaign is about our union supporting community organizations that make a difference for Islanders across the province. Unions have a strong role to play in helping others and strengthening our communities.”

Recipients not included in the pictures are: North River Women's Institute ($500); Community Income Tax ($500); Friends of the Confederation Centre Library ($500); Kensington Meals on Wheels ($500); Kensington Lions Club ($500); Hernwood Intermediate School ($500); PEI Chapter, Parkinson Canada ($500) and the Hillsborough Youth Program ($300).

Bargaining Update

February 17, 2021

New dates for Health negotiations are February 26th, March 11th and 12th.
Grain Elevators negotiations on February 25th with employer.
Strait Crossing negotiations on March 3rd and 5th with employer.
Community Connections waiting on new dates.
City of Charlottetown waiting on new dates.
Holland College Admin and Support in process of electing team in preparations for negotiations.
Stay tuned!

UPSE Closing at 11:30 due to Inclement Weather Conditions

February 16, 2021

UPSE is closing at 11:30 a.m. due to inclement winter weather conditions.

Wear Purple on February 17, 2021

February 16, 2021

dWear purple on February 17th to support family violence prevention in PEI.

"Family violence affects everyone in a community. Everyone has a role to play in ending violence." (see more info.)



The Accent

February 11, 2021

dCheck out the latest edition of The Accent. February 14-20, 2021 is Family Violence Prevention Week in PEI.

Check out how to get involved and see a list of the scheduled events for the week (see Accent).



Attention UPSE Members: You may be eligible to claim an income tax deduction for home office expenses if you worked from home due to COVID-19.

February 9, 2021


If you worked from home in 2020 due to COVID-19 you may be eligible to claim a deduction for home office expenses for the 2020 tax year. Home office expenses can include workspace in the home, office supplies, and certain phone expenses.

This deduction is claimed on your personal income tax return and reduces the amount of income you pay tax on. See more information about the eligibility requirements and a simplified process for claiming home expense deductions for employees who had to work at home in 2020 (here).

Holland College Faculty Ratifies New Collective Agreement

February 9, 2021


UPSE members with Holland College Faculty have ratified a one-year deal and have agreed to return to the table and begin negotiating a new agreement in the Fall of 2021.  

UPSE members were 97% in favour of ratifying the new agreement which had previously expired in March of 2020.

Celebrate Black History Month (February, 2021)

February 4, 2021


February is Black History Month and is a time to create more awareness about the different cultures that make up the Island’s black community. Together, let’s celebrate black heritage and culture! See Events here


For more information contact the Black Cultural Society of Prince Edward Island.

Phone: 902-388-5652
Email: info@bcspei.ca

Welcome to UPSE (date change)

February 4, 2021


The Welcome to UPSE course originally scheduled for February 12 has been rescheduled to February 19, 2021 from 9:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the UPSE office in Charlottetown.
Welcome to UPSE will help you:

• Learn more about your union.
• Learn about UPSE’s History and Evolution in PEI.

• Learn about UPSE’s structure and how it works for you.
• Learn about the tools you need to carry out your role in UPSE.
• Gain access to a host of other UPSE course offerings.

To register, please contact the UPSE office by 4:30 p.m. on February 12 (space is limited). Register online at (www.peiupse.ca) or contact the
union office at 902-892-5335, toll free 1-800-897-8773, or e-mail peiupse@peiupse.ca

Note: COVID-19 Restrictions will be in place (please wear a mask). Please bring your own coffee and snacks as lunch is not provided.

The Accent

January 29, 2021

Check out the latest edition of The Accent. UPSE is offering its flagship course Welcome to UPSE on February 12 and 18, 2021 at the UPSE office. Also, check out the latest member discounts (see Accent).

Bell Let's Talk Day!

January 28, 2021


This year’s Bell Let’s Talk Day campaign shines a light on the actions that we can all take, because now more than ever, mental health matters. Whether you’re staying virtually connected with a family member, working directly with patients in recovery, investing in access to care or even just taking care of your own mental health, every Canadian can play a part in their communities, workplaces, schools and at home.

That’s why we’re joining in the 11th annual Bell Let’s Talk Day to help create positive change.  When it comes to mental health, now more than ever, every action counts. #mentalhealth #BellLetsTalk

Provinces Sitting on Billions in Unspent Emergency Funds for COVID-19

January 26, 2021


A new report released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says the provinces are sitting on billions in unspent emergency funds for COVID-19. This includes money for health care, long-term care, housing and essential worker supports.

See the full report (here).

Activity Professionals Week (January 24 - 30, 2021)

January 22, 2021

rActivity staff are vital to the health and well being of residents in Long Term Care facilities in Prince Edward Island. UPSE congratulates and recognizes the importance of activity professionals for their contribution each and every day!

Karen Jackson,

UPSE President

LPN Reclassification

January 20, 2021

The LPN reclassification has been completed and the results were shared with Michelle Stevenson LPN and Matt Speight LPN who have worked tirelessly on behalf of all LPNs in Health PEI on the reclass.

LPNs will be moving from Level 10 to Level 13 which is wonderful news for our nurses who have been waiting for the outcome of this reclassification. We will update information as we receive it. Many thanks to Michelle and Matt for all your time and dedication and to all those LPNs who participated initially, ensuring all the duties our LPNs perform in all the various worksites were identified.

Karen Jackson,

UPSE President

UPSE Has A Heart!

January 19, 2021

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 5, 2021 to reserve your time.

Presentations will be made on February 10 and 11 (storm dates Feb 11 and 12).

Note: Ask UPSE about COVID precautionary measures when booking your presentation time. Administrative funding will not be considered.

Congratulations to UPSE's Bursary Winners for 2020!

January 12, 2021


UPSE is proud to offer bursaries to students attending college or university each year. Your union believes in the power of education to transform lives and recognizes students working toward a degree or professional designation. UPSE’s bursary and scholarship program helps students achieve their dreams and better society for all. Hannah Coles is the winner of the Laurie Jenkins Scholarship valued at $1000, and John Clark is the winner of the Julie MacKay Bursary valued at $500.

UPSE recently expanded the program to include three extra bursaries worth $500 and one extra bursary worth $1,000. Congratulations to the winners!

See pictures of all the winners (here)!



The Advocate

December 31, 2020

Check out the latest edition of The Advocate (see Advocate).


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