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UPSE Wishes Melissa Bruce All the Best in Her New Position!

June 11, 2021

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Congratulations to Melissa Bruce who is headed to work at the PEI Public Service Commission. Melissa started with UPSE in July of 2018 assuming the role of Resource and Organizing Officer.

Melissa said she wanted to “thank UPSE President, Karen Jackson, and the Executive, and staff of UPSE for the past three years.” UPSE wishes Melissa all the best in her new roll.

Public Service Week: June 13-19, 2021

June 11, 2021

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In recognition of the Public Service in 2021, thank you to all public service employees, and especially to UPSE members, for your exceptional efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. I want to recognize the extraordinary resilience our members have shown in assuming the many diverse roles needed to keep Islanders safe. Islanders rely on the essential services you provide every day, without exception, without fail. Your contribution to society during these challenging times is immeasurable, and the value of public services are stronger than ever thanks to you.

As President of the Prince Edward Island Union of Public Sector Employees, I am proud to recognize your achievement, both at work and in your communities, to the health, safety, and well-being of all Islanders. You truly make Prince Edward Island a better place to live and work every day.

Karen Jackson, President
PEI Union of Public Sector Employees

UPSE Steward Level I Course

June 9, 2021

UPSE members attend the Steward Level I course at the UPSE office in Charlottetown. This course is designed for members interested in becoming a Steward or have been elected to the position.

The course covers the important role Stewards play in the union, what makes unions strong, and what tools are required to act effectively in the role of Steward.

 

UPSE Issues Call for Directors and Executive Positions (The Accent)

June 9, 2021

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Check out the latest edition of The Accent. UPSE has issued a call for nominations for all Directors and for the Executive.

Check out all the details here (see Accent).

 

 

Local 19 (Retirees)

June 8, 2021

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LOCAL 19 (RETIREES) met at the UPSE office in Charlottetown today. Local 19 meetings are typically held on the second Tuesday of the month in April, May, June, September, October, and November. Bob Fitz, of local 19, crafted a beautiful cutting board to be awarded to a lucky local 19 member. If you are interested in attending the local 19 meetings, please contact UPSE for further information.

Heat Warning!

June 7, 2021

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UPSE reminds members and all Islanders to take precautions during hot and humid weather. Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Prince Edward Island as temperatures are expected to reach 31 degrees Celsius today, and 30 degrees tomorrow. Workers (both indoor and outdoor) are at risk for illness due to the conditions.  Heat related disorders include sunburn, heat rash, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

For more information on the signs and symptoms, treatment and prevention of the above see WCB’s Guide to Prevention of Heat Stress at Work. It is the employer’s duty (OHS Act, section 12) to ensure “that every reasonable precaution is taken to protect the occupational health and safety of persons at or near the workplace.” 

Attention UPSE Members: National Union Scholarships!

June 3, 2021

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The National Union is offering eight scholarships this year including a new Scholarship for Black Students. The applications are now online, and they can be accessed and filled in (here). Your application will include completing an original 750-1000 word essay. Each scholarship has a unique essay topic that changes every year. Emailed, mailed, or faxed applications will not be accepted. Please note that the cut-off date for applications is July 5, 2021.

To apply you must be a child or grandchild (including foster child or foster grandchild) or a legal ward of a current or retired member of a Component or a Component's affiliate of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE). Note that, the Young Worker Scholarship is also open to members of NUPGE's Components and their affiliates.

This brings the total number of annual scholarships to 8 as follows:

• Brian Fudge Memorial Scholarship

• Scholarship for Black Students

• Scholarship for Indigenous Students

• Scholarship for LGBTQI2S Students

• Scholarship for Students of Colour

• Terry Fox Memorial Scholarship

• Tommy Douglas Scholarship

• Young Worker Scholarship - 2 to be awarded

Bargaining Update: Garden Home Inc.

June 2, 2021

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The collective agreement between UPSE and Garden Home expired on June 30, 2020. Negotiations began in February of 2021. The most recent round of bargaining took place from May 19-20, and from May 26-27. The sessions were productive. Both sides are engaged in working toward a successful agreement. Monetary issues continue to be addressed, and there will be further sessions held in the coming months.

The bargaining team is confident that with the memberships’ continued support they will be able to negotiate a strong agreement that reflects the members dedication to the workplace, and its residents.

Celebrate Pride Month!

June 1, 2021

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June is Pride Month! UPSE supports and celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and two spirit (LGBTQI2S) communities.

Let’s show our pride together, and work to eliminate discrimination against LGBTQI2S people everywhere!

 

Check Out The Accent

May 31, 2021

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Check out the latest edition of The Accent. UPSE has issued a call for nominations for the position of President.

Presidential terms are for three years. Nomination forms can be picked up at the UPSE office.

Check out all the details here (see Accent).

 

Advanced Steward Education for June 24-25th is now FULL

May 31, 2021

Please be advised that the Advanced Steward educational scheduled for June 24-25th is now full. We are still taking names for a fall session of the Advanced Steward if numbers allow so please contact Mary at the UPSE office to put your name forward for that one.

UPSE Lowers Flag in Remembrance of First Nation's Children

May 31, 2021

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UPSE is lowering the flag to half-mast in memory of 215 First Nation children discovered in a mass grave in Kamloops British Columbia. The flag will remain lowered – one hour for each of the children found at the former Kamloops Residential School.

 

Paramedic Services Week: May 23-29, 2021

May 25, 2021

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Happy Paramedics Service Week! This week is a time to recognize the vital services paramedics provide Islanders every day. Thanks to all Island paramedics.

 

 

Bargaining Update: Health PEI

May 20, 2021

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The collective agreement between UPSE and Health PEI expired on March 31, 2020. UPSE exchanged packages with Health PEI on October 6, 2020. Negotiations took place in October and November 2020, and again in February, March, and April 2021. The last round of negotiations took place on May 18, and teams will be back at the table on May 28, 2021.

ATT: Watch Out for Road Crews this Spring and Summer

May 17, 2021

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UPSE represents public service employees who work on our roads year-round. These workers keep our roads safe, clear and in good repair.

Keep in mind while driving that road crews are vulnerable. Their workplace is our public roads. Make sure to slow down, use caution, obey signs, and put safety first.

International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 2021

May 17, 2021

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On May 17 we celebrate the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB). The theme for IDAHOTB 2021 is “Together: Resisting, Supporting, Healing!”

See more info (here).

 

UPSE Steward Level II Course

May 13, 2021

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Energetic members attend the Steward Level II course at the UPSE office. This course is an informative follow-up to the Level 1 offering and looks at knowing your membership, working with your union executive, problem solving and conflict resolution. UPSE will be offering an Advanced Steward course on June 24 and 25. For more information please see (here).

UPSE Contest Winners

May 13, 2021

dCongratulations to the draw winners! Enjoy your UPSE swag!

Danielle Gaudry-MacFadyen
Thomas LeClair
Shannon Gallant

Thank you to the UPSE members who updated their contact information with us.

 

 

New Collective Agreement: PEI Grain Elevators Corporation

May 10, 2021

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UPSE and the PEI Grain Elevators Corporation have signed a new four - year collective agreement with strong support from the membership. Karen Jackson, UPSE President, thanks the bargaining team for their work in negotiating a fair wage and benefit package for the membership.

L-R top: Roy Artz (Elevator Operator, Grain Elevators) and Troy Warren (UPSE Labour Relations Officer)

L-R bottom: Alvin Keenan, (President, Grain Elevators), Karen Jackson (UPSE President), and Neil Campbell (General Manager, Grain Elevators).

Check Out The Accent

May 10, 2021

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Check out the latest edition of The Accent. The Welcome to UPSE course for Holland College members scheduled to take place on May 11, 2021 has been postponed. A new date for this course is pending. Contact UPSE to express interest. Also, sign up for upcoming courses: Steward Level 1, Mental Health, and Advanced Steward.

Check out all the details here (see Accent).

National Nursing Week: May 10-16, 2021

May 10, 2021

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National Nursing Week is a time to celebrate nurses and their dedication to patient care and to our healthcare system. This year’s
theme is #WeAnswerTheCall.

I would like to personally Thank the LPNs and RNs we proudly represent, and all nurses, for your extraordinary efforts during this
pandemic.

You improve our quality of life and provide first rate care for our loved ones. UPSE thanks you for your commitment and valuable contribution to health care in Prince Edward Island.

Karen Jackson,
UPSE President

Local 19 (Retirees) Meeting: May 12, 2021

May 7, 2021

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Local 19 (Retirees) will meet next on May 12, 2021 at the UPSE office from 2-4 p.m. One of the items on the agenda will be the election of voting delegates for Convention.

Due to COVID-19 regulations, all members interested in coming to the meeting must call the union office at 902-892-5335 to confirm they will be attending.

 

Win UPSE Swag!

May 6, 2021

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To communicate with our members, it is important to us that your UPSE Member Contact Information (home mailing address, contact number, and worksite) is current and updated on a regular basis. To do so, please take a minute and fill out the UPSE Contact Information Change form (here) and submit it electronically.

If you have not filled out your UPSE Membership Card, and wish to, please do so (here). You will need to print off this form and return it to the UPSE Office.

Every UPSE member that submits their updated contact information or returns their signed membership card / form to UPSE, will have their names entered into a draw for some UPSE swag!

The draw date will be the week of May 3, 2021. Please reach out to us at the UPSE Office at (902) 892-5335 or email peiupse@peiupse.ca with any questions/inquires.

UPSE Delivers Course on Mental Health in the Workplace

May 5, 2021

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#MentalHealthWeek

During Mental Health Week each year UPSE offers the Mental Health / Stress in the Workplace course to the membership. With another great turnout this year, members discussed the importance of maintaining mental health, and learned about the nature of stress in the workplace.

Karen Jackson, UPSE President, thanks all UPSE members for their commitment in these challenging times. The pandemic has created extra stress in the workplace and many of us have quite naturally felt afraid, uneasy, or anxious at times. During mental health week we are being encouraged to name and express our emotions because it’s good for our mental health.

So, this week, and every week after, let’s #GetReal about how we feel. Let’s name it, don’t numb it.

Please see UPSE's other upcoming course options (here).

New Collective Agreements: Holland College Faculty and Atlantic Tourism and Hospitality Institute

May 4, 2021

ddPEI UPSE and the Atlantic Tourism and Hospitality Institute (ATHI) have signed a new three - year collective agreement with strong support from the membership. This is ATHI’s first collective agreement. UPSE and Holland College Faculty signed a one-year agreement also with strong membership support.

Karen Jackson, UPSE President, thanks the bargaining teams for their work in negotiating fair wages and benefits for the membership, and she welcomes ATHI to the UPSE family.

L-R top: Hans Connor (UPSE Labour Relations Officer), Jill Cameron (HR Manager, Holland College), and Ken Heckbert (CFO, Holland College)

L-R bottom: Kevin Gotell (Secretary Treasurer, UPSE), Karen Jackson (UPSE President) and Dr. Sandy MacDonald (President, Holland College).

North American Occupational Safety and Health Week: May 2-8, 2021

May 3, 2021

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#SafetyAndHealthWeek

The goal during Safety and Health Week is to focus employers, workers, partners and the public on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home, and in the community.

See the event website for more info (here).

 

Mental Health Week: May 3-9, 2021

May 3, 2021

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May 3-9 is CMHA’s 70th Mental Health Week. The MHW 2021 campaign’s core objective is mental health promotion. The “#GetReal about how you feel” campaign started in 2020 and will continue again this year. For 2021, the Mental Health Week theme will focus on understanding our emotions – recognizing, labelling and accepting our feelings are all part of protecting and promoting good mental health for everyone (CMHA).

To see how you can partake in this year’s virtual Mental Health Week see (here).

Let's Celebrate May Day / International Workers Day (May 1, 2021)

April 30, 2021

dMay 1, 2021 is International Workers Day or May Day. UPSE stands together with workers around the world in support of workplace safety, fair wages and benefits, and quality public services for everyone. We are living in challenging times and the importance and value of workers is shining through.

Workers are the heroes of the pandemic. They are taking care of the sick, protecting us against the spread of the virus, ensuring we have food on the table, and delivering our essential public services. On May Day, let’s thank workers for the incredible job they are doing, and uphold their true value in the post-pandemic world.

The Accent

April 29, 2021

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Check out the latest edition of The Accent. May 3-9, 2021 is Mental Health Week. The focus this year is about how naming, expressing and dealing with our emotions is key for our mental health.

Check out all the details here (see Accent).

 

Steps for Life: Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy (May 8, 2021)

April 29, 2021

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Event Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021
Virtual Opening Ceremonies: 10-11 am
Event Location: Virtual Event Only

Steps for Life - Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy - is a fun 5 km fundraising walk to help support families affected by life-altering workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths.

This year, Steps for Life 2021 - Charlottetown will be a virtual event. What's really exciting about a virtual Steps for Life 2021 - Charlottetown is the versatility! Plan your own walk with your household, or in any manner that respects local public health guidelines. Safety is always first with Steps for Life.

Walk to Win. Register today for your chance at prizes (here)!

Steps for Life 2021 - Charlottetown (website: here).

National Day of Mourning: April 28, 2021

April 28, 2021

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Today, April 28, is the National Day of Mourning. It is a time for us to remember and honour workers who have lost their lives or were injured in the workplace. I want to extend my sympathies to the workers, families, and individuals who have lost loved ones. The Day of Mourning is about remembering and reaffirming our commitment to improved workplace health and safety. Every worker has a right to a safe and healthy workplace, and a right to refuse unsafe work.

We need to create a workplace safety culture in Prince Edward Island and across the country. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on workers and their families. The virus has spread in the workplace and many workers have had to fight for access to personal protective equipment and necessary benefits such as paid sick leave. We can’t go back to the way things were before the pandemic. We need to forge ahead with COVID-safe work practices, a renewed respect for the importance of all workers, and a commitment to strengthen workplace safety legislation, education, and enforcement.

Karen Jackson,
UPSE President

Engaged Members Attend UPSE's Flagship Course: Welcome to UPSE

April 28, 2021

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Engaged members attend the Welcome to UPSE course today at UPSE. The Welcome to UPSE course is a perfect introduction for getting to know your union better. 

Members learn about UPSE’s history and evolution in PEI, the union’s structure, how it works, and how to carry out their role within the union effectively.

Please see upcoming course offerings at UPSE (here).

 

Upcoming UPSE Course Offering Now Full: Mental Health / Stress in the Workplace

April 28, 2021

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UPSE's upcoming course (Mental Health / Stress in the Workplace) on May 4, 2021 is now full.

Please see UPSE's other upcoming course options (here).

 

 

CLC National Day of Mourning Virtual Ceremony: April 28, 2021

April 27, 2021

dThe Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) is holding this year’s National Day of Mourning as a virtual ceremony due to the global pandemic.

Preregistration is required for this event that is being held at 1:30 pm Atlantic Daylight Time on April 28, 2021.

To register please click on the link here: https://us02web.zoom.us/.../reg.../WN_N9ZFmUnNRUC72frli7inXg

This year, the CLC is focused on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on workers under the following theme: The Human Cost of COVID-19 (https://bit.ly/2QrSimN).

National Day of Action: Canadians United for Long Term Care Standards

April 27, 2021

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#LTCstandardsNow

Islanders will join with music and speakers focusing on the call for national standards in long term care on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 12 p.m.

The event will be livestreamed on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100057280936172

The entire day of events (Canada-wide) will be livestreamed on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Canadians4LTC
(from 12 to 4 p.m. Eastern Time).

For more information, please see (here).

"With national standards in place we can ensure consistency of care in each and every long-term care facility across the country."

Karen Jackson (President, UPSE)

UPSE Members Attend the Harmony and Understanding in the Multi-Generational Workplace Course

April 22, 2021

dEnthusiastic members are in attendance at the Harmony and Understanding in the Multi-Generational Workplace course today at UPSE. This course looks at profiles of several generations in the modern workforce from Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials to Mature Generation Z, and participants discuss how the generations can most effectively work together.

Please see upcoming course offerings at UPSE (here).

The Accent

April 22, 2021

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Check out the latest edition of The Accent. UPSE is calling for tenders for grass cutting services; has launched a contest to win UPSE Swag; and is sharing information about the National Union's Scholarships.

Check out all the details here (see Accent).

 

Celebrate Earth Day!

April 22, 2021

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#RestoreOurEarth #EarthDay

Earth Day is celebrated around the world each year on April 22 in support of environmental protection. This year's theme is "Restore Our Earth" and encourages humanity to move in the right direction by focusing on green technologies that can restore the world's ecosystems. Let’s work together to create a more sustainable world for ourselves and future generations!

UPSE's Wonderful Administrative Professionals!

April 21, 2021

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#AdminProfessionalsDay

Celebrating Administrative Professionals Day here at UPSE. Thank You Mary MacLean, Jackie McCaughey and Norma Jarvis for everything you do for staff and the membership of UPSE. You guys are the BEST! ❤️

Karen Jackson,

UPSE President

UPSE's New Young Workers Committee!

April 21, 2021

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UPSE’s new Ad Hoc Young Workers Committee met today for the first time. The committee will encourage the participation of young workers in the union and promote the awareness of young worker issues within UPSE and the community.

Pic (L-R) Mitch Myers (Local 10), Kathleen Smallman (NUPGE Young Worker Rep., Local 5), and Darcy Sock (Local 7).

Administrative Professionals Day!

April 21, 2021

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The PEI Union of Public Sector Employees recognizes the valuable work Administrative Professionals do every day.

On April 21, let’s celebrate the important role Administrative Professionals play in keeping our workplaces organized, efficient,
and running smoothly.

Karen Jackson,
UPSE President

RCW/PCW/HSW Week: April 19-25, 2021

April 19, 2021

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I would like to recognize our Resident Care Workers, Patient Care Workers and Home Support Workers as we celebrate RCW Week. Never has the role of our RCWs, PCWs and HSWs been more vital. I would like to personally Thank each and everyone of you that continue to go over and above in providing excellent care to so many Islanders. There are no words that can Thank You enough for the many things you are doing that may go unseen to the public, but we know are making a huge difference to our vulnerable Islanders.

We have been through a year of so many changes and uncertainties and continue to face the challenges of this pandemic and I am so proud of how our members have responded in keeping Islanders safe. You all play such an essential role in the delivery of health care in many areas and are essential members of Nursing teams in both the Public and Private sectors. The work you do has such a positive impact on people’s lives and healthy outcomes every single day. You personify Excellence in Care despite the many challenges you face daily!!! Thank You for everything you do for your patients, residents, and clients ❤️

Karen Jackson
President UPSE

Advance Care Planning Day: April 16, 2021

April 15, 2021

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#ACPDay2021 #ACPinCanada

April 16 is National Advance Care Planning (ACP) Day in Canada. This year’s theme is Advance Care Planning: An Essential Conversation for Everyone.

Advance Care Planning (ACP) is about having conversations with your close family, friends and health care provider(s) so that they know the health care treatment you wish to have, or refuse, if you become incapable of expressing your own decisions.

See more information (here).

 

Day of Pink: April 14, 2021

April 13, 2021

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PEI UPSE and the National Union of Public and General Employees encourages all members to wear pink on April 14, and reminds our LGBTQI2S+ friends, family, co-workers, and community members that we are with them in the fight for equality (see more).

 

 

Upcoming UPSE Course Offering Now Full: Harmony and Understanding in the Multi-Generational Workplace

April 12, 2021

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UPSE's upcoming course (Harmony and Understanding in the Multi-Generational Workplace) on April 22, 2021 is now full.

Please see UPSE's other upcoming course options (here).

 

Attention UPSE Members: National Union Scholarships!

April 12, 2021

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The National Union is offering eight scholarships this year including a new Scholarship for Black Students. The applications are now online, and they can be accessed and filled in (here). Your application will include completing an original 750-1000 word essay. Each scholarship has a unique essay topic that changes every year. Emailed, mailed, or faxed applications will not be accepted. Please note that the cut-off date for applications is July 5, 2021.

To apply you must be a child or grandchild (including foster child or foster grandchild) or a legal ward of a current or retired member of a Component or a Component's affiliate of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE). Note that, the Young Worker Scholarship is also open to members of NUPGE's Components and their affiliates.

This brings the total number of annual scholarships to 8 as follows:

• Brian Fudge Memorial Scholarship

• Scholarship for Black Students

• Scholarship for Indigenous Students

• Scholarship for LGBTQI2S Students

• Scholarship for Students of Colour

• Terry Fox Memorial Scholarship

• Tommy Douglas Scholarship

• Young Worker Scholarship - 2 to be awarded

Canada Lagging on Panama Papers Investigations

April 9, 2021

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There have been concerns for many years that the CRA does not have the resources to go after wealthy individuals and companies using tax havens. Given that it is 5 years since the Panama Papers leak, and that 160 audits have still to be completed, those concerns seem justified (see more).

Bargaining Update: Grain Elevators Corporation

April 7, 2021

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UPSE and the Grain Elevators Corporation have ratified a new collective agreement. Negotiations took place on four occasions in February and March.

UPSE President, Karen Jackson, thanks the bargaining team for their work in negotiating a fair wage and benefit package for the membership.

 

 

The Advocate

April 6, 2021

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

 

 

 

 

UPSE Hours: Easter Weekend!

April 1, 2021

The PEI Union of Public Sector Employees wishes all a Happy Easter!

UPSE will be closed on Friday, April 2 and will reopen on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.

 

 

 

PEI Conservation Officers receive COVID Warrior Challenge Coins

April 1, 2021

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The Honourable Bloyce Thompson, Minister of Justice & Public Safety, presented COVID Warrior Challenge Coins to provincial Conservation Officers for their important role during the COVID-19 pandemic. Conservation Officers have been tasked as the primary enforcement agency for COVID compliance in Prince Edward Island in addition to their regular duties. They have done an exceptional job under these challenging circumstances by responding to 643 complaints, attending 754 residences, and 8 businesses since the pandemic started. They also have performed 1,145 random isolation checks across the province since mid December 2020.

Read complete story here

The Accent

April 1, 2021

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Check out the latest edition of The Accent. UPSE is offering a host of courses this spring including the Multi-Generational Workplace; Mental Health in the Workplace; Welcome to UPSE for Holland College members; Steward Level II and Advanced Steward.

Check out all the details here (see Accent).

 

UPSE Members Attend the Steward Level 1 Course

March 30, 2021

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UPSE delivered its Steward Level 1 course today at the office. This introductory course is designed for members interested in becoming a Steward. Learners focused on the important role Stewards play in the union, what makes unions strong, and the tools that are required to act effectively in representing UPSE members in the worksites.

Thank you for participating! Looking forward to seeing more members attend our upcoming courses on a variety of issues. Watch the website and social media for dates and times!

UPSE President, Karen Jackson

UPSE not Consulted on Management of Mobile Mental Health

March 26, 2021

PEIUPSE was not consulted by the employer as per the collective agreement on the management of the province's new mobile mental health units. We have worked closely with PEINU and CUPE local 3324 over the past month, supporting our members who have been dedicated to get this much needed service up and running. We are still unsure how the service will be delivered with conflicting statements over the management of the mobile response team being reported in the media.

Our members have already moved to Island EMS, so it is difficult to imagine that some type of agreement has not already been reached. The lack of consultation and transparency raises many questions. PEIUPSE is not only concerned with yet another health care service being privatized with Medavie, but the safety of our members is paramount and ensuring the necessary safeguards are in place when this program does eventually roll out.

Karen Jackson
UPSE President

See article "Health minister, department contradict each other over management of mobile mental health."

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21, 2021)

March 19, 2021

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March 21, 2021 is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This year’s theme is Youth Standing up against Racism!

Together, we need to build a culture of equality and tolerance. We must fight against prejudice and division and create a world that includes everyone. Unions have an important role to play - let’s build a fairer society for all and win the fight against racism together!

Karen Jackson,
UPSE President

Dietitians Day!

March 17, 2021

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Pharmacy Appreciation Month!

March 12, 2021

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The pandemic has brought into clear focus the essential role pharmacists play in our health-care system. Pharmacists are health-care leaders. They play a leading role in helping to find solutions to some of the key challenges facing our health-care system, such as addressing the opioid crisis, improving mental health care, and increasing immunization rates.

This March we are celebrating the extraordinary role #pharmacists play in health care, especially during the #COVID19 pandemic. Join the #PAM2021 celebration this month!

March is Social Work Month!

March 11, 2021

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UPSE recognizes the important contribution Social Workers make in PEI every day. They provide essential services to Islanders year-round and are meeting the extra challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Social Workers provide support, healing and advocacy to individuals, families, and communities and help Islanders improve their quality of life.

UPSE thanks you for your dedicated service.

 

UPSE Women's Committee Supports International Women's Day!

March 9, 2021

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Dina DesRoches, Chairperson, UPSE Women's Committee (on right) presents a cheque for $1,000 to Ainsley Kendrick of Women's Network PEI.

The money helped support the creation of podcasts called "Choose to Challenge" for the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women to help celebrate International Women's Day!

(See podcasts)

 

International Women's Day!

March 5, 2021

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Attention UPSE Members: Working from Home Survey.

February 26, 2021

dUPSE is a member of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE). We are inviting members to take a survey about “working from home.”

NUPGE is conducting the online member survey and invites UPSE members to anonymously share their experiences with, and opinions on, working from home during the pandemic, as well as what types of options they hope to see for the future.

Take the survey online at https://wfh.nupge.ca/. The survey will be open until April 16, 2021.

UPSE Supports CUBGW, Local 325.

February 26, 2021

dUPSE stands in support with the members of the Canadian Union of Brewery and General Workers (CUBGW) Local 325. CUBGW is an affiliate of UPSE’s national union (NUPGE).

CUBGW workers were locked out by their employer (Molson-Coors Beverage Company) after workers recently rejected the company’s latest contract offer. CUBGW has been working to phase out a two-tier wage system and is trying to protect their pension plan against proposed cuts.

Let’s support CUBGW workers who want to return to bargaining and negotiate a fair deal.

 

UPSE Supports Pink Shirt Day!

February 24, 2021

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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