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).
Mike Penton (Local 5) and his wife Karen have been performing in cover bands over the past fifteen years. However, they have been concentrating lately on original material and are getting ready to release their new album, A Minor Conspiracy, on December 14, 2018.
The name of their band is Soul Filter and they are playing on December 14 at Hunter's Ale House in Charlottetown (see full story).
PEI UPSE donated $1,000 to the CBC Feed a Family Campaign for a total of 34 turkeys. Karen Jackson, (UPSE President), said "this time of year can be difficult for some people. We believe in giving back to our communities and supporting this great Feed a Family campaign."
Pic L-R: Karen Jackson (UPSE President), Jay Scotland (CBC)
Morell and Area Early Learning Centre has signed a new collective agreement. Bargaining commenced in August, 2018, and a tentative agreement was reached in October of 2018. The agreement was ratified in November with unanimous support from the membership.
Pic: Karen Jackson (UPSE President), Crystal Palmer (Board Chair, Morell and Area Early Learning Centre), and Hans Connor (UPSE Labour Relations Officer).
Check out the latest copy of The Accent. Karen Jackson (UPSE President) wishes all members a safe and happy holiday season (See Accent)!
As a member of PEI UPSE, an Atlantic Canada Health Care Coalition Society (ACHCCS) participating group, you are eligible for the MHCSI Preferred Supplementary Pharmacy Benefits Program. This program offers a great savings opportunity for participating members (learn more).
Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year, Human Rights Day marks the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being -- regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status (www.un.org).
Karen Jackson, President of the Union of Public Sector Employees lights a candle in memory of Mary Waite (2000) at the Montreal Massacre Memorial Service in Charlottetown. The memorial service is coordinated by the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women as part of the Purple Ribbon Campaign Against Violence. The campaign was initiated in 1991 to remember the 14 women who were murdered at L’École Polytechnique in Montreal in December 1989, and to raise awareness about violence against women. Karen Jackson said "we must continue to say their names and remember all these women who no longer have a voice."
UPSE members attend the latest educational offered by your union called Harmony and Understanding in the Multi-Generational Workplace. The course presents the profiles of a number of generations in the modern workforce from Baby Boomers (51-70 years), to Generation X (36-50 years), Millennials (22-35 years), and Mature Generation Z (17-21 years). Members learn and discuss the best ways for the generations to work together in the many worksites in which UPSE members are employed.
A tentative collective agreement between UPSE and Community Connections was agreed upon in May of 2018. Ratification kits were distributed, however, some outstanding issues arose that needed to be resolved before the ratification vote could be taken on December 4, 2018. UPSE members voted strongly in favour of a new three year collective agreement.
The Purple Ribbon Campaign Against Violence was initiated by the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women in 1991 to remember the 14 women who were murdered at L’École Polytechnique in Montreal in December 1989, and to raise awareness about violence against women. Please attend the memorial service in memory of the victims of violence on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 12:00 noon in Memorial Hall, Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown.
UPSE attended the Canada Wide Day of Action in Charlottetown on December 1 along with other unions in support of CUPW members who have been legislated back to work by the Liberal government after five weeks of rotating strikes. CUPW members who work for Canada Post are asking for safer work conditions and an end to forced overtime. They are also rallying against being forced back to work and being kept from negotiating a fair contract with the employer.
There is a Canada wide Day of Action to show solidarity and support for Canada Post workers in Charlottetown on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 12:00 pm in Charlottetown. The Day of Action will take place in front of Sean Casey's, MPs office, at 75 Fitzroy Street. Everyone is encouraged to attend and show your support. Please share with your members.
Check out the latest copy of The Accent. Upse supports the 2018-19 Purple Ribbon Campaign Against Violence. See information on both the Summerside and Charlottetown Montreal Massacre Memorial Service coming up on December 6, 2018 (See Accent).
Members participate in the Voting Delegates Course in preparation for UPSE's 57th Annual Convention which takes place on November 23 and 24, 2018. The course is open to members who have not taken the course previously or who have not been a delegate at convention in recent years and would like a refresher. Mike Butler, former President of UPSE, teaches the course each year prior to convention.
Former UPSE member and 93 year old Veteran, Joyce Paynter, helped raise $2,000 by singing at a fundraising dinner for The Nichola Goddard Fund on Saturday night in Cornwall, P.E.I. It was the final fundraising dinner for the Nichola Goddard Fund, and was attended by many well known Canadians including Peter Mansbridge (see story). The Captain Nichola Goddard Fund provides national funding to directly benefit community programs that support servicewomen, female Veterans, and their families, which help address the unique challenges related to military life.
UPSE's Voting Delegates Course is scheduled to get underway Friday, November 23 at 9:00 a.m. at the UPSE office in Charlottetown. If the course should be cancelled due to inclement weather, a notice will be sent to CFCY and Ocean 100.
Check out the latest copy of The Accent. Contact UPSE to register for the upcoming Kids Christmas Parties in O'Leary and Charlottetown (See Accent). Register for the O'Leary party by December 3, 2018 (party is on December 9), and register for the Charlottetown party by December 13, 2018 (party is on December 16).
Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLIFF) returns to PEI for a tenth anniversary showing on Monday, December 3rd at 7:00 pm at CUPE's Donalda MacDonald Boardroom at 26 Paramount Drive, Charlottetown. This Festival brings the best of labour themed documentaries and animated features to locations across Canada. This year's films include the following (see films).
CLIFF 2018 is co-sponsored by CUPE PEI, PEI UPSE and PEI Federation of Labour. In honour of tenth anniversary - there are door prizes. Free and open to the public. For more information contact Leo Cheverie at 902-940-5635 or firstname.lastname@example.org
UPSE salutes the men and women of our armed forces who through the generations have represented our country with pride and honour. Thank you to our veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice and those who continue to fight for our freedoms - lest we forget.
UPSE members attended the Steward Level 1 training session at the UPSE office in Charlottetown. The course is designed for members interested in becoming a Steward or who have been elected to the position.
Members learn about 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.
Check out the latest copy of The Advocate. See information in this edition on UPSE's upcoming 57th Annual Convention including resolutions, UPSE's budget and this year's executive elections. Also see an update on bargaining / grievances and educational opportunities (See Advocate).
UPSE supports the two hundred P.E.I. postal workers who were picketing as part of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers' (CUPW) rotating strikes around the country. The President of UPSE, Karen Jackson, says she is offering support for the workers who are without a contract. Jackson says "it's important for Canada Post to return to the table and negotiate a fair contract with CUPW."
The job action is causing delays within the system and is adding to the Island's backlog (see story).
Both of UPSE's upcoming edcuationals will be held at the union office in Charlottetown at 4 Enman Crescent. Register for Steward Level 1 by November 2, 2018 (here) or contact the union office at 902-892-5335, or toll free at 1-800-897-8773. The course will take place on November 8, 2018 from 9-4 p.m. (Prerequisite: Welcome to UPSE).
Register for Harmony and Understanding in the Multi-Generational Workplace by November 30, 2018 (here) or contact the union office at 902-892-5335, or toll free at 1-800-897-8773. The course will take place on December 5, 2018 from 9-4 p.m.
Please submit tenders for a seasonal contract agreement for the 2018/19 Winter Season. The services will include snow removal from UPSE’s upper and lower parking lots by 7:30 a.m., as well as shoveling, sanding and salting of entrance areas. Return visits may be required on the same day depending on conditions. Preference will be given to members and the lowest tender may not necessarily be accepted.
Please send tenders by November 16/2018 to:
Union of Public Sector Employees
c/o Kevin Gotell, Secretary Treasurer
4 Enman Crescent
Check out the latest copy of The Accent. Register for the Steward Level 1 course by November 2, 2018 (course runs on November 8); Register for the Harmony and Understanding in the Multi-Generational Workplace course by November 30, 2018 (course runs on December 5) (See Accent).
The People's Forum on Just Trade and Development will take place on Saturday, November 3rd from 1:30 to 4:30 pm at the PEI Farm Centre. Trade Justice PEI is hosting the event with guest speakers Pam Palmater and Gavin Fridell.
Pam Palmater is Associate Professor and Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University. She is a member of the Eel River First Nation, New Brunswick, and one of the organizers of Idle No More. Pam specializes in laws that have an impact on First Nations, and has a 25-year history of activism on social, political and legal issues. Pam’s topic will be The Impact of International Trade Agreements on Indigenous Peoples.Gavin Fridell is an author and Associate Professor of International Development Studies at St Mary’s University and a Canada Research Chair. His specialty is examining the political economy of fair trade, free trade, global trade governance and how trade issues play out among social movements and states. Gavin’s topic will be Alternative Trade; Lessons for the Future.
This forum is an interactive event. Participants will have a chance to share their ideas about international trade, trade justice, and especially about what a new and more just system of trade would look like. There is no admission fee but please pre-register online at Eventbrite. If you would like more information, please call 894-4573.
Trade Justice PEI is a coalition of 20 groups and individuals who are concerned about Canada’s current international trade agenda and who believe that it’s time for trade that is more democratic and environmentally sustainable, more supportive of a transition to a carbon neutral economy in which workers receive their fair share of the benefits, and more respectful of the rights of Indigenous Peoples.
This is the 21st year that UPSE and Community and Correctional Services Division has co-sponsored attendance at the Police and Peace Officer Memorial Service in Ottawa. This service provides an opportunity for professional development, networking, and honouring fallen colleagues.
In 1998, the federal government officially proclaimed the last Sunday of each September as Police and Peace Officers' National Memorial Day. This service gives Canadians an opportunity to express their appreciation for the ultimate dedication of these police and peace officers.
See full story (NUPGE Peace Officers join annual memorial)
Pic (L-R) Chris Oatway, Sarah Coulson-Gillespie, Jeff MacDonald, and Brendon Ellsworth.
Check out the latest copy of The Accent. Register for the Welcome to UPSE course by October 17, 2018 (course runs on October 19); check out important information on the UPSE Bursary Program (See Accent).
Union members, spouses or dependents who are in full-time attendance at an accredited College or University are invited to submit an application for one of the ten bursaries that UPSE awards annually. Nine of the bursaries are $500 and one, the Laurie Jenkins Memorial, is valued at $1000 (see more information).
Lynn Bovyer, Chair of the Presidential Election Committee, reported the results of the 2018 UPSE Presidential Election. She said “Karen Jackson remains the President of UPSE with a final vote of 830 to 310.” Lynn expressed her thanks to the election committee for their hard work. Karen Jackson thanked the members of UPSE for supporting her and said she “looks forward to addressing the many challenges that face the membership.” She also thanked Bryan Burt for participating in the election and for running a good campaign.
Pic: Karen Jackson, UPSE President
Check out the latest copy of The Accent. UPSE's 57th Annual Convention will take place on November 23 and 24, 2018; express interest in the voting delegates course for annual convention by November 9, 2018; and nominations for member of the year are due on November 2, 2018 (See Accent).
2018 Member of the Year Nomination Form
The PEI Federation of Labour is hosting its 54th Annual Convention on Friday (evening) October 26 and Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, 75 Kent Street, Charlottetown.
UPSE is entitled to send 44 members. Mileage and meals will be paid. Hotel rooms will be provided to those who reside over 40 km away from Charlottetown. Please advise the UPSE office if you require a hotel room. Please contact the UPSE office by October 4, 2018 to express interest in attending the Federation of Labour’s Annual Convention.
Call 902-892-5335 or toll free 1-800-897-8773, or e-mail email@example.com.
Congratulations to all our members who put their names forward in the recent election for Directors in even numbered locals. Trevor MacKinnon was the successful candidate in local 14 and all other Directors in even numbered locals remain the same with the exception of the following changes: Shirly MacDonald (local 6) and Craig Abbot (local 18) will serve as Acting Directors in their respective locals until they are officially sworn in at the first board meeting after convention; and Doris MacKinnon, who did not reoffer, will serve as Director in local 16 until Lyn Higginbotham is officially sworn in.
I want to thank all our members for participating in the democratic process. I look forward to working with the Board of Directors as we continue to meet the challenges and opportunities ahead for the membership.
The Labour School will run from October 14-19, 2018 and will be held at the NSGEU office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Interested members in good standing may print an application via the link on the UPSE website and submit the application to the UPSE office by September 28, 2018. If you are interested in more than one course please rank them in order of preference. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. UPSE travel and wage repayment policies will be in effect. Successful applicants will be expected to carpool.
Course Descriptions & Eligibility
Leadership: this course develops the skills necessary for today’s leaders in the labour movement. It reviews labour issues and works on strategic planning, team building, self assessment, decision
making and critical analysis (this course is open to those who are already in a leadership position within the union. To be eligible you cannot have previously attended this course).
Communications - Public Speaking: this course will help activists and leaders improve their public speaking and writing skills. You will be expected to research and write appropriate speeches and letters, make presentations, and speak on camera during this course (this course is open to those who have demonstrated an interest in communications within the local or the union. Preference will be given to those with a track record of involvement in union activity, and/or who currently hold union leadership positions).
Advanced Steward: this course will develop the knowledge and skills of Stewards and includes role playing to build your confidence. The course covers key issues and develops techniques for
investigating grievances, meeting with management and more (this course is open to stewards who have completed Steward level II. Preference will be given to Chief Stewards and those with a track record of recent
activity as a steward / involvement in the union. To be eligible you cannot have previously attended this course).
Talking Mobilizing Among Generations: the purpose of this course is to increase your awareness of the needs and realities of the members of different generations in the union and workplace. This course will build your level of comfort and skill to engage in meaningful cross-generational dialogue, in order to make and ensure our workplaces are safe and healthy for all (this course is open to those who have demonstrated some interest or aptitude for membership mobilizing, political action, public speaking or organizing within the union or the Local. Preference will be given to those with a track record of involvement in union activity).
For more information call 902-892-5335 or toll free 1-800-897-8773, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new collective agreement between the Prince Edward Island Union of Public Sector Employees and Garden Home was signed on September 11, 2018 at the UPSE office in Charlottetown. This is a three year collective agreement. Details of the agreement was distributed to the membership in August and the ratification vote was taken on August 20, 2018.
Pic: Top (L-R) Jason Lee (HR Director) and Andrew Jack (UPSE LRO). Bottom (L-R) Kevin Gotell (UPSE Secretary Treasurer), Karen Jackson (UPSE President) and Bob Nutbrown (Owner / Operator Garden Home).
A new collective agreement between the Prince Edward Island Union of Public Sector Employees and Whisperwood Villa was signed on September 11, 2018 at the UPSE office in Charlottetown. This is a four year collective agreement. Details of the agreement was distributed to the membership in August and the ratification vote was taken on August 20, 2018.
Pic: Top (L-R) Andrew Jack (UPSE LRO) and Jason Lee (HR Director). Bottom (L-R) Kevin Gotell (UPSE Secretary Treasurer), Karen Jackson (UPSE President) and Bob Nutbrown (Owner / Operator Whisperwood Villa).
Check out the latest copy of The Accent. Convention Call - Federation of Labour Annual Convention; NSGEU Weeklong Labour School; Results of Director Elections and more (See Accent)
2018 Weeklong Labour School
Check out the latest copy of The Advocate. UPSE Presidential Election, Collective Bargaining updates, Staff Retirements, Promoting Early Childhood Educators and Welcoming New UPSE Staff Members. See Advocate
UPSE extends Labour Day greetings to the membership and all Islanders. Let’s work together to improve our workplaces, strengthen our economy, and build greater social and economic well being for our province.
In 1872 union members gathered to support the Toronto Typographical Union’s strike for a nine-hour work day. Union leaders were arrested and another protest was organized on September 3 in Ottawa. As a result of this action Canadian Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald, responded by legalizing unions in Canada. Not only had unions successfully led the way to a limited work day for all Canadians but their hard work also led to a national holiday. Happy Labour Day!
UPSE thanks the brave firefighters who have been (or are still) deployed in Ontario this summer battling wildfires. Some of the fires are huge. The Parry Sound 33 fire covered over 11,000 hectares. Karen Jackson, UPSE President, congratulates the firefighters for joining the Ontario crews and lending a helping hand.
Pic: P.E.I. firefighters battling wildfires in Northern Onario.
The 5,000 member union, with its office in Charlottetown PEI, is inviting separate tenders for (1) interior painting and (2) exterior painting. Please note the successful bidder will be required to sign a confidentiality clause / agreement and be bondable. Bidders must be willing to provide a recent police security check and references. The lowest and / or any tender will not necessarily be accepted. For more information or to arrange a site visit, please call 902-892-5335. Sealed tenders will be accepted until 4:00 pm on August 24, 2018. If bidding on both tenders, please provide separate envelopes for each.
Send or deliver sealed tenders to:
PEI Union of Public Sector Employees,
4 Enman Crescent, Charlottetown, PE C1E 1E6
Attention: Kevin Gotell, Secretary Treasurer
Check out the latest edition of The Accent: UPSE Presidential Election, 2018 - Karen Jackson re-offers for the position as UPSE President. Bryan Burt (Director, Local 13) offers for the position of UPSE President. Ballots will be mailed to all UPSE members in good standing on August 27, 2018. Members are required to mail back their ballots so that they are received by September 26, 2018. To ensure that you receive a ballot, please ensure your current contact information (home address) is up-to-date with the union (call 902-892-5335 or toll free at 1-800-897-8773) (see more).
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 30 degrees Celsius this week and into the weekend. 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.”
See the Guide to Workplace Protocol in Hot Weather that the province is using as a guideline during hot and humid weather conditions (ref: Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers Inc.)
The PEI Federation of Labour's 18th Annual Labour Day Picnic and Barbecue will be held on September 3, 2018 at the Joseph Ghiz Memorial Park in Charlottetown. There will be face painting, a magician and a bouncy house for children. Hot Dogs, Corn, French Fries and more will be served.
For further information contact the PEI Federation of Labour at (902) 368-3068 or email@example.com
Karen Jackson, UPSE President (left) and Lynn Bovyer, Chairperson Membership Services and Communications Committee (right) marched in the Pride parade on July 28, 2018. UPSE was out in full colour supporting fellow Islanders at the annual parade in Charlottetown. This was the largest Pride parade in PEI history with more than 160 groups registered.
UPSE's annual golf tournament is now full. This first twelve teams to contact the union have received bookings. This year golfers will be playing at the beautiful Brudenell River Golf Course.
Check out the latest edition of The Accent: Register for UPSE's Golf Tournament, attend the Pride Parade and see the latest from your Women's Committee (see more).
President Jackson invites UPSE members to take part in the Pride Parade on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 12:00 pm on Terry Fox Drive in Victoria Park. The parade is not only about Pride in your community, but celebrating diversity and life in PEI while respecting differences amongst its citizens and visitors, and creating an inclusive experience for all.
I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Canada Day; and special thanks to all UPSE members working over the Canada Day weekend for your dedication and service to Islanders.
Karen Jackson (President, UPSE)
Note: the UPSE office will be closed on Monday, July 2 because of July 1st falling on a Sunday (so the statutory holiday is moved to Monday).
Check out the latest edition of The Accent: See the application process for attending the 2018 Police & Peace Officers Memorial Service. Applications are due by July 27, 2018 (see more).
Please see the link to follow for information about the 2018 National Union Scholarships for the children / grandchildren of current / retired members. The application deadline is July 6, 2018.
National Union Scholarships
Check out the latest edition of The Accent: UPSE is hosting a retirement open house on Wednesday, June 27 from 2- 4 pm at the UPSE office for staff members Tammy Laybolt and Cathy MacKinnon. All members are welcome to drop by and wish the girls well on their new journey. Also, UPSE has released a call for nominations for the Second-Vice President and the Secretary Treasurer. Nominations are due by August 27, 2018 (see details).
Mark Arsenault, UPSE's Second Vice President and a Habitat/Wildlife Technician with Communities, Land and Environment, has received the 2018 Douglas McMaster Memorial OHS Award. The award is presented each year during national public service week and celebrates individual or team achievements by government employees in the promotion and development of health and safety.
Pic (L-R): Karen Jackson (President, UPSE), and Mark Arsenault (UPSE Second Vice President)
All pizza sales on June 12 were donated by Dominoes to two families with children battling cancer (Kara MacRae and Emmalee Gosby). Everyone was encouraged to order pizza and UPSE participated knowing that proceeds would be divided evenly between the MacRae and Gosby families.
Pic (L-R): Blair Weeks, Karen Jackson, Cathy MacKinnon, Hans Connor, Tammy Laybolt, and Norma Burns.
Check out the latest edition of The Accent: Family Fun Day is July 29, 2018. Tickets are $8 each and will be available beginning on June 25 at the UPSE office or through your Local Director. Tickets cannot be reserved or held for pick-up. UPSE has issued a call for nominations for Directors in even numbered locals. All nominations are due on August 1, 2018 (see Accent).
The Department of Family and Human Services will begin the rollout of the Positive Workplace Initiative in June of 2018. The intent of this two year initiative is to promote positive workplace practices that contribute to well being and engagement as well as to empower employees to have a voice to make positive changes at their workplaces.
Staff participation in the two key components of this initiative include a survey to identify areas of strength and opportunities, and the development of action plans. The survey will take place during the week of June 18 and the development of action plans will follow in September of 2018 (see more).
This year's recipient of the John R. Picketts Distinguished Contribution Award is Rhonda Craig (Correctional Officer). Rhonda received the award and recognition for her 25 years of service at the Community and Correctional Services Employee Recognition Reception. Other members also received recognition for years of service including UPSE Director (Local 5), Steve Mollins for 30 years of service. Congratulations to all recipients.
Pic (Left, L-R) Karen MacDonald (Director, Community and Correctional Services), Steve Mollins (Youth Justice Worker), and Jordan Brown (Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General).
Pic (Right, L-R) Karen MacDonald (Director, Community and Correctional Services), Rhonda Craig (Correctional Officer), John Picketts and Jordan Brown (Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General).
In recognition of Public Service Week 2018, I want to thank all provincial government employees for your valuable service. Public services improve quality of life for everyone and make PEI a better place to live and work every day. They reduce social and economic inequality and provide our communities with public infrastructure, a skilled and healthy workforce, and a safe, clean environment.
As President of the Prince Edward Island Union of Public Sector Employees, I am proud to recognize your contribution, both at work and in your communities, to the health, safety and well being of all Islanders.
Check out the latest edition of The Accent: UPSE has issued a call for nominations for the upcoming Presidential election. Nomination forms can be picked up at the union office and are due on July 30, 2018 (see Accent).
UPSE held a course for members (Steward Level II) in Charlottetown today. The Steward Level II offering focuses on the roles and responsibilities of Stewards as leaders, educators, communicators, and organizers. Participants touched on the purpose of stewards, grievance preparation and concepts such as work now-grieve later, and fair representation. UPSE encourages members to participate in the many courses offered throughout the year.
Check out the latest edition of The Advocate: Bargaining and Grievance update; Homecare - Keep it Public; Updating the Liquor Control Act; Why Unions are Great; and much more (see Advocate).
UPSE held its annual Stewards' Conference on June 1, 2018 in Charlottetown. It's important for our Stewards to network and to receive ongoing education in regard to the latest workplace issues. Stewards are vital contributors to our union. They help co-workers deal with difficult situations, ensure the collective agreement is being followed, improve democracy in the workplace, and provide a bridge between supervisors and employees.
This year's conference was a great success. Presenters Kim Turner, Q.C. and Andrew Nielsen (Pink Larkin) touched on several key issues including violence in the workplace; socia media use, cannabis legalization and demonstrated equivalency. Mike Lyriotokis' (Co-chair, Stewards Council) contributions to UPSE were also highlighted in lieu of his upcoming retirement.
The Prince Edward Island Union of Public Sector Employees' summer hours are Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
UPSE President Karen Jackson was pleased to see the unanimous endorsement of Bill 116 (private members bill introduced by Steven Myers, MLA) in the provincial legislature. The Bill amends the Employment Standards Act to include three paid and seven unpaid days leave for Islanders who are experiencing domestic violence, intimate partner violence, or sexual violence in their personal relationships. "We have been lobbying government for the past three years along with other labour groups to make these vital changes to the Employment Standards Act. It’s important for employees across the province to have financial and job security if they want to leave a domestic violence situation. This legislation could possibly save lives. It’s so nice to see how good things can happen when everyone works together for the good of all Islanders" (See article).
Pic: (L-R) Karen Jackson (President, UPSE), Theo Fleury (Former NHL Player), and Steven Myers (Georgetown-St. Peters MLA)
Check out the latest edition of The Accent: There is an upcoming educational for Holland College members (Welcome to UPSE). Please register by June 14, 2018 (see Accent).
The Prince Edward Island Nurses’ Union (PEINU) and the Prince Edward Island Union of Public Sector Employees (UPSE) collectively represent over 240 employees who currently provide Home Care services to Islanders across PEI.
Both Unions are concerned with the provincial government’s recent decision to engage paramedics employed by a private company in the delivery of home care services (see more).
Pic: (L-R) Mona O’Shea, RN and President of PEINU, and Karen Jackson, LPN and President of UPSE.
The PEI Nurses’ Union and the Prince Edward Island Union of Public Sector Employees have collaborated to send a strong message to government – Home Care is a valued Public Service – Keep it Public!
CBC is airing 3 different “Home Care - Keep It Public” television commercials featuring PEI NU and PEI UPSE members delivering Island wide Home Care (see more).
Check out the latest edition of The Accent: Register for upcoming courses at UPSE: Welcome to UPSE, Mental Health/Stress in the Workplace and Harmony and Understanding in the Multi-Generational Workplace (see Accent).
The 5000 member union with its head office in Charlottetown, PEI is seeking to fill the permanent position of Resource and Organizing Officer. This position is responsible for identifying and maintaining new and existing bargaining units as well as acting as the first resource to the membership for contract inquiries. This position plays a lead role in recruiting, developing and providing educational support to leaders in member bargaining units.
Deadline for Applications is Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 4:30 pm (see details)
I would like to take the opportunity to recognize our Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Registered Nurses (RNs) as they celebrate National Nursing Week. UPSE congratulates and recognizes the importance of Island Nurses for their essential contribution to the health and well being of Islanders. LPNs and RNs provide dedicated and professional service in our hospitals, nursing homes and in the community. You personify Excellence in Care.
UPSE represents public service employees who work on our public roads year-round. These workers keep our roads safe, clear and in good repair so we can get from point "a" to point "b" safely, every day.
Keep in mind while driving that road crews are vulnerable. Their workplace is our public roads. Make sure to slow down, use caution, obey signage, and put safety first.
Safety First: drive cautiously when approaching
road crews this spring and summer.
UPSE filed a grievance on April 9, 2018 with Health PEI in regard to staff at Prince Edward Home having their time in lieu banks paid out completely without notice. Health PEI recognizes that they had inconsistently applied a process over time at Prince Edward Home. The process involved notifying employees about the need to complete a carry-over request form in order to carry over time in lieu hours (up to the allowable 37.5 hours).
Because of this, the employer is offering employees at Prince Edward Home the option to reinstate their time in lieu banks up to the allowable 37.5 hours. Employees can contact Human Resources to have this completed. Basically, the process involves arranging to pay back the money paid out to them (in one payment) by May 18, 2018.
The employer also reiterates that in the future employees must submit a carry-over request form in order to carry time in lieu hours forward (at the end of the benefit balance year).
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. The Day of Mourning is April 28.
Let's remember those who have died and think about the families affected by these tragedies.
Where: St. Paul's Anglican Church, Charlottetown
When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm
The Union of Public Sector Employees recognizes the support and expertise Administrative Professionals provide in the workplace.
On April 25 let’s celebrate these hard working, multi-tasking individuals for the important work they do every day.
Karen Jackson, UPSE President
Pic: (L-R) Tammy Laybolt (UPSE Membership and Records Coordinator), Jackie McCaughey (UPSE Accounting and Technology Coordinator), and Mary MacLean (UPSE Education and Mtgs. Coordinator).
Check out the latest edition of The Accent: Grass cutting tender, RCW Week and a chance to win one of three prizes valued at $5,000 (see Accent).
The provincial government is offering 3 upcoming retirement planning sessions (2 in Charlottetown and 1 in Summerside) to be held this Spring.
1) May 9, 2018 - 8:30am to 4:00pm (Sage Room, 40 C Burns Avenue, Charlottetown)
2) May 23, 2018 - 8:30am to 4:00pm (Holman Building 2nd Floor, Room 208 A+B 250 Water Street, Summerside)
3) June 5, 2018 - 8:30am to 4:00pm (Sage Room, 40 C Burns Avenue, Charlottetown
To register, please complete a registration form and follow the instructions at the bottom of the form to confirm attendance (http://www.gov.pe.ca/forms/pdf/3000.pdf).
I would like to take the opportunity to recognize our Resident Care Workers, Patient Care Workers, and Home Support Workers as they celebrate RCW Week. You all play an essential role in the delivery of health care in many areas, and are integral members of nursing teams in both the public and private sectors. The work you do has a positive impact on people’s lives and health outcomes every single day. You personify Excellence in Care.
Check out the latest edition of The Accent: Grass cutting tender, RCW Week and a chance to win one of three prizes valued at $5,000 (see Accent).
A court case in British Columbia could potentially end up overturning the ban on private for-profit health care. This case will likely end up in the Supreme Court of Canada and threaten our entire public health care system.
Brian Day, CEO of a private for-profit clinic is seeking to have health care legislation overturned so that he can charge additional fees for private service. He wants access to health care to change from care based on medical need to one where care is based on the ability to pay.
The Canadian Health Coalition is launching a national response to pressure Day to drop the case, but we need your help. Can you add your voice and help protect health care based on need, not greed?
Sign the open letter to Brian Day here.
Don’t think you’ve ever benefited from a union? Think again. Learn how unions have contributed to your life and enter our contest to win one of three $5,000 prizes (www.unionsyeah.ca).
See how Unions are Great! (here)
UPSE is seeking to fill the upcoming position of Membership Records Coordinator. Click here for complete details
Congratulations to Kathryn Livingstone-Devine (Access PEI) and Claire Doucette (Dep of Education) on winning four tickets each to the upcoming Charlottetown Police Association Annual Benefit Hockey Game taking place on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 7p.m. at the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown. This benefit game is starring former professional hockey players from the Island.
March 29, 2018
I am encouraging all health members to fill out the following survey. The 2018 Health and Safety Survey for Health PEI is currently active. Similar to last year, the majority of the survey is focused on assessing violence in the workplace - data and information that is a priority for the employer to obtain to inform their and build upon their health and safety practices as an organization. As front line employees, we know what a crisis our members are facing in the worksites, so it is imperative for your message to be loud and clear about what you are dealing with. Please spread the word, the survey has been extended until April 6th.
Please see the links below.
Karen Jackson (UPSE President)
2018 Health PEI Employee Health and Safety Survey (click here)
Sondage sur la santé et la sécurité des employés de Santé Î.-P.-É. 2018 (cliquez ici)
PEI UPSE is giving away 4 tickets each to TWO (2) lucky PEI UPSE Members for the Charlottetown Police Association Annual Benefit Hockey Game to be held on Thursday April 5, 2018 at 7pm at the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown.
This benefit game is starring former professional hockey players from the Island.
Submit your name by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 902-892-5335.
Deadline to submit your name is Tuesday April 3, 2018 by 4pm. Winners will be contacted on Wednesday April 4th
The Welcome to UPSE Educational that was cancelled on March 23rd has now been rescheduled to Friday April 13, 2018 (9:00 a.m.) at the O'Leary Town Hall.
All participants who were on the list to attend previously, please contact Mary at the UPSE Office to confirm your attendance if you haven't already done so.
Congratulations to UPSE member Heather Rogers (IT Services) for winning five tickets to the upcoming NHL Legends All Star Hockey game on March 29, 2018!
The Welcome to UPSE educational scheduled for March 23, 2018 in O'Leary has been cancelled due to the poor weather forecast and the uncertainty of the conditions on Friday. For members who already have scheduled shifts replaced, UPSE will provide reimbursement. A new date will be selected for O'Leary and UPSE will be in touch with this information.
View and redeem savings from a variety of merchants available on your smart phone.
Powered by Endless Savings & More (ESM), this program is available to PEI UPSE members and their families (see more).
Wages have been adjusted and should be reflective on this current pay period. If your rate of pay has not changed please advise your payroll person. Weekend premiums are retroactive until April 1st 2017 and will be paid at the same time as the retroactive salary adjustments on the April 19th payroll date. Weekend premiums should appear up-to-date with the new rate as of March 11, 2018.
The office of the Worker Advisor (OWA) is a free service available to employees (unionized and non-unionized) who are injured in the course of their work and who are not satisfied with the decisions the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) has made regarding their claims.
To contact the Office of the Workers Advisor call: Toll Free: 1-800-658-1806 Tel: 902-368-6460 Fax: 902-368-5476 E-mail: email@example.com
PEI UPSE is giving away 5 tickets to a lucky PEI UPSE Member! All you have to do is call the UPSE office at 902-892-5335 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your name to be put on a ballot to win.
The game will take place on Thursday March 29, 2018 at 7pm at the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown.
Submit your name by 4pm Monday March 26th in order to be in for the draw. The winner will be contacted on Tuesday March 27th.
The PEI Union of Public Sector Employees recently donated $11,500 to non-profit community organizations across Prince Edward Island through the PEI UPSE Has a Heart campaign. UPSE members contribute 10 cents per pay to a social fund that makes the campaign possible (read more).
Pic (L-R) Chris MacPherson (Special Olympics), Karen Jackson (UPSE President), and Jordan Koughan (Special Olympics). Karen presents Chris and Jordan with a cheque for $500 in support of the Special Olympics.
Due to the weather forecast for today, March 13, 2018, the Local 9 meeting scheduled for 5pm is cancelled and rescheduled to March 21, 2018 at 5pm.
UPSE members from the City of Charlottetown took part in a Steward Training workshop on March 8, 2018. Members learned about providing support for co-workers as a Steward and about the tools required to act effectively in the role of Steward.
Pic L-R: Amy Doyle, Vada Fernandez and Cindy Merritt.
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 (President, UPSE)
The Union of Public Sector Employees and Health PEI have signed a new collective agreement that will be in place until March 31, 2020. The new contract was signed on March 5, 2018.
Pic L-R: Kevin Gotell (UPSE, Secretary Treasurer), Tanya Tynski (Executive Director, HR, Health PEI), Karen Jackson (President, UPSE) and Andrew Jack (UPSE, LRO).
The Health contract is now available on our website. Click here to access contract or go to Collective Bargaining page.
Printed copies will be available soon.
The negotiation proposal forms deadline has been extended for all bargaining unit members (Holland College Administrative and Support).
Please fill out and return your form by March 19, 2018 at 3pm. Your input will be used to assist and guide the negotiating team. Please see attached form if you have misplaced the one sent to you.
You may drop off your form directly or mail to the UPSE Office, 4 Enman Crescent Charlottetown, PE C1E 1E6, drop them off to Scott Compton at the front desk in Integrated Support Services , CAST Building Rm 25 , Charlottetown Centre or Fax to 902-569-8186
“UPSE gives back to communities by proudly supporting many non-profit organizations in Prince Edward Island that make a difference for Islanders. We are UPSE Proud!”
Karen Jackson (President, UPSE)
(See UPSE Has A Heart pics)
The Welcome to UPSE course scheduled for March 16 in O'Leary has been rescheduled for March 23 in O'Leary. The course location is the O'Leary Town Hall on Community Street and runs from 9-4 pm in the Boardroom.
The Steward Level II course scheduled for June 1, 2018 has been rescheduled to June 7. The course location is the union office in Charlottetown (4 Enman Crescent).
The Union of Public Sector Employees and Holland College have signed a new collective agreement that will be in place until March 31, 2020. The ratification vote which approved the new agreement took place on February 1, 2018.
Pic Top L-R: Jill Cameron (Holland College, HR Manager), Ken Heckbert (Holland College, CFO) and Hans Connor (UPSE LRO).
Pic Bottom L-R: Brian MacMillan (President, Holland College) and Karen Jackson (President, UPSE).
The Union of Public Sector Employees and Grain Elevators Corporation have signed a new collective agreement that will be in place until March 31, 2020. The ratification vote which approved the new agreement took place on January 19, 2018.
Pic Top: Troy Warren (UPSE LRO).
Pic Bottom L-R: Alvin Keenan (President, Grain Elevators), Karen Jackson (President, UPSE) and Neil Campbell (General Manager, Grain Elevators).
Check out the latest edition of The Accent: Winter Fun Day in Summerside and Charlottetown, date change for Steward Level II, and bargaining update (see Accent).
UPSE is looking to fill two (2) upcoming positions.
Check out our Job Opportunities at UPSE page for complete details.
Bullying is a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes, and over the Internet. Each year, on Pink T-Shirt Day, wear something pink to symbolize that we as a society will not tolerate bullying anywhere. Take the message and remember it all year long (read more).
Pic: Bottom L-R (Jackie McCaughey, Hans Connor, Blair Weeks and Andrew Jack. Top L-R (Tammy Laybolt, President Karen Jackson, Mary MacLean, Troy Warren, Cathy MacKinnon, and Mark Barrett).
Karen Jackson, president of UPSE, is hoping more will be done when it comes to preventing violence in the workplace for health-care workers. She says health-care workers are assaulted on a daily basis and would like to see more conversations happen with Health P.E.I. to create a safer workplace environment (read more).
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. Please see attached form if you have misplaced the one sent to you.
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.
UPSE is concerned with government’s recent move to increase the role that paramedics play in the home care system in Prince Edward Island. There is nothing wrong with enhancing home care services; however, it’s important that these enhancements remain in the sphere of public health care (see more).
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.
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
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.
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).
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).
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).
Check out the latest edition of The Advocate: Report on the union's 56th Annual Convention (Advocate).
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.
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.
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.
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."
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).
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).
Due to the weather, tonight's meetings for Local 11 and 18 have been cancelled.
Karen Jackson, UPSE President, is raising awareness about how violence in the workplace is affecting UPSE members in health care (see more).
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 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)
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.
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.
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 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.