PEI UPSE 2012: News and Announcements Archive

Year: 2012

New Accent — UPSE Employment Opportunity

Posted: December 20, 2012

The 5000 member union with its head office in Charlottetown, PEI is seeking to fill the position of Temporary Resource and Organizing Officer (read more)

New Accent — Christmas Message

Posted: December 18, 2012

On behalf of the PEI UPSE Executive, Board of Directors and Staff, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy and safe holiday season. As members of PEI UPSE, you make PEI a better place to live and work every day. I thank you for your hard work and dedication (see Accent).

Deborah Bovyer,

President, PEI UPSE

New Accent - The Purple Ribbon Campaign Against Violence

Posted: November 28, 2012

The Purple Ribbon Campaign Against Violence was initiated by the Advisory Council on the Status of Women in 1991 to remember the 14 women who were murdered at L’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal on December 6, 1989, and to raise awareness about violence against women. Memorial services for victims of violence on December 6 (Read More)

Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLIFF), December 3, UPEI

Posted: November 28, 2012

The Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLIFF) returns to PEI for its 4th year. This year the films will be shown at AVC Lecture Theatre C , UPEI at 7 pm on Monday, December 3rd and is hosted by CUPE Local 1870, CUPE PEI and PEI Federation of Labour and other unions on PEI. Admission is free.(read more)

Mental Health and Addictions Survey

Posted: November 23, 2012

Please consider completing the electronic survey on mental health and addiction services on Prince Edward Island.

The provincial government recognizes that mental health and addiction problems on Prince Edward Island are a common occurrence and greatly affect the well being of Island families. In fact, one in five Canadians are being diagnosed with mental illness — including children, youth, adults and seniors. In addressing this problem, the provincial government has launched a review of services and supports within government and the community to help better care for Islanders affected by addictions and or mental health issues.

The survey is part of the review process to gain important feedback from Islanders on mental health and addiction services. Government would like to hear about your experience “...if you, or someone you are close to, is living with a mental illness, mental health problem, and/or addiction. Your participation in this survey is voluntary. All of your answers to the questions are confidential. It should take 10 to 15 minutes to complete the survey.” Click here to fill out the survey online

PEI UPSE Christmas Parties

Posted: November 14, 2012

Please see that latest Accent for information about PEI UPSE’s upcoming Christmas Parties scheduled for December 2, 2012. Read More.....

Pension Discussion Updates

Posted: November 14, 2012

The Provincial Government approached the following unions (PEI UPSE, PEI Teachers’Federation, CUPE, IUOE and the PEI Nurses Union) in the Spring of 2012 to advise of a significant funding shortfall in the Civil Service Superannuation Fund (CSSF), and to seek their cooperation and input in exploring ways to address and assure its future stability.(Read More...)

Attention Health PEI Employees

Posted: November 07, 2012

The Development and Training Fund has been depleted for this fiscal year. Applications will no longer be accepted for any courses which begin before April 1, 2013. If you have an application on file waiting to be processed you will be notified as to whether or not it was able to be processed before the fund was depleted - the majority on file will not be able to be processed. The fund received over 700 applications this year and was able to process 678 of them. We received 215 of these 700 in September/October alone with requests for Making the Connection reimbursements making up the bulk of the applications. Applicants were informed at the end of September that there was a possibility their applications may not get processed due to the high volume of applications - we had to reconcile the account before we could be sure were the fund stood, and as it turns out we had more cheques and salary replacement costs outstanding than we estimated. All applicants who will not be able to be reimbursed will be informed immediately.

Debbie Bovyer

PEI UPSE New President

Posted: November 05, 2012

PEI UPSE’s new President, Debbie Bovyer, assumed office at the closing of the 51st Annual Convention held on Saturday, November 3, 2012. At Convention, Debbie pledged to represent all members in a fair, open and accountable fashion.

Debbie worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse for the past twenty-five years at the Prince Edward Home in Charlottetown and has been an active member of PEI UPSE for the past twenty-five years performing in a wide range of capacities from Chief Steward and Director of her local, to being the union’s Second Vice President and Secretary Treasurer. Debbie’s sustained involvement and experience in the union has prepared her to meet the challenges and opportunities that face the membership as a whole.

I would like to thank the membership for placing their trust in me to represent their interests as President. I also want to thank all the delegates at Convention for their kind support, and the PEI UPSE staff for bringing me up-to-date on key issues. I believe that open communication is key to fostering productive relationships and that we must focus on building solidarity within the house of labour as we move forward.

Rally to Protest EI Changes

Posted: October 24, 2012

The rally will take place this Saturday, Oct 27th, at 1:00 p.m. in Summerside outside of Gail Shea’s (Minister of National Revenue) office. The rally is about changes to the Employment Insurance system - changes that are hurting Islanders. It’s important that we get as many members as possible out to the rally. We need to send a message to Prime Minister Harper that cuts to this region and province are hurting the economy. There is strong community support for this rally and it would be great to have a large union presence. Please show your support. If you would like to travel by bus, please contact Jennifer at the Federation of Labour (368-3068, PEI Federation of Labour) by 4:00 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday, October 25,2012). Please see the bus schedule for reference (bus schedule)

2012 PEI UPSE Bursary Program

Posted: October 12, 2012

PEI UPSE pleased to announce applications for the 2012 Bursary Program are now available. Applications will be accepted from October, 12, 2012 until November 23, 2012... Information and Application forms

New Advocate

Posted: October 9, 2012

Please see the latest edition of The Advocate featuring an article on the on the CSSF (pension plan) talks; a welcome to the new President taking office in November; information about the union’s upcoming 51st Annual Convention; and an update on grievances and bargaining...Read More

Attention to PEI UPSE Members employed with Health PEI

Posted: September 27, 2012

The Health Development and Training Fund has been extremely busy this past month, and funds are depleting quickly. As of October 1st, 2012 all qualifying applications will be held in queue until the account is reconciled for September. These applications will then be processed in the order received as long as funding is available...Program Information here

Tribute – Ed Gillis

Posted: September 24, 2012

PEI UPSE pays tribute to Edward J. Gillis, C.D., who passed away on September 20, 2012 at the age of 90 years. Brother Gillis served as President of the Public Service Association (now PEI UPSE), from 1980-1982. During his Presidency the Civil Service signed a two-year contract agreement with wage increases of 7.8% in the first year and 8% in the second year. The “PSA News” – the union's news publication became known as “The Advocate” during Brother Gillis' term as President. Brother Gillis was honoured with a lifelong membership to PEI UPSE.PEI UPSE has lost a dear friend and a true gentleman who had the respect of all those he came in contact with. Everyone enjoyed Ed’s wonderful sense of humor and quick wit. He often shared his lighthearted stories and jokes at PEI UPSE’s Annual Convention even after retirement when he became a member of Local 19. PEI UPSE would like to extend our sincere condolences to Brother Gillis’ wife Eileen, his children Margo, Edward, Geraldine, Christine and their families...Read More

Voting Delegates Course

Posted: September 21, 2012

It’s almost that time of year again – Convention!

There will be a Voting Delegates course held on October 18, 2012 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at the PEI UPSE office. This course is open to members who have not taken the course previously, or who have not been a delegate in recent years and wish a refresher. To register, please contact Mary MacLean by October 11, 2012 at (902-892-5335) or by email PEI UPSE Office

Win PEI Rocket Tickets with UPSE

(Posted: September, 12 2012)

Your union is once again holding regular draws on PEI Rocket regular season home games. Members have the opportunity to win a pair of tickets at each draw. Watch the PEI UPSE website regularly for announcements on draw dates. The first draw will take place on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. PEI UPSE will contact winners and hold tickets at the union office for pick-up...(read more)

Election Results: Director Positions for Locals 12 and 14

Posted: September 05, 2012

The deadline for the receipt of ballots for the Directors’ election in Locals 12 and 14 was August 30, 2012. Three nominations were received prior to the deadline in Local 12. The nominees were Donalda Docherty, Leo Dowling and Robert Taylor. Donalda Docherty was re-elected and Leo Dowling was also elected as a Director in Local 12.

Three nominees were also received prior to the deadline in Local 14. The nominees were Mark Arsenault, Linda Clark and Chris Oatway. Mark Arsenault was elected as Director for Local 14. PEI UPSE congratulates all of the aforementioned members for their involvement in the union and for participating in the democratic process.

Debbie Bovyer wins the 2012 PEI UPSE Presidential Election

Posted: August 31, 2012

The PEI UPSE Presidential Election results are now official. The election was conducted via a mail in ⁄ mail out process between August 1 and August 29, 2012. The total number of ballots sent out was 4,725. The total number of ballots returned was 1,429. The Presidential Nominations Committee counted the returned ballots on August 30, 2012. Debbie Bovyer, a Licensed Practical Nurse with Health PEI at Prince Edward Home received 899 votes. Terry Gauthier, the union’s Third Vice-President and a Tree Improvement Supervisor in the Civil Service received 530 votes.

The PEI Union of Public Sector Employees congratulates Debbie Bovyer on winning the 2012 PEI UPSE Presidential Election. The union also congratulates both candidates for their involvement in the union and for participating in the democratic process.(read more)

Tribute - Greg Blanchard

(Posted: August 29, 2012)

A long-time friend of PEI UPSE has recently passed on. Greg Blanchard, former president of the Nova Scotia General Employees Union (NSGEU), died on August 25th.

Brother Blanchard served as NSGEU president for more than 14 years from 1980 to 1994 and as a union member for more than 40. He is credited with leading NSGEU through a key part of its history, a period in which the union transformed from a civil service association to a union with a diverse membership across the public sector. Greg Blanchard was a resident of Dartmouth, but was also a long time resident of Cape Breton. He began teaching at what is now known as Cape Breton University in 1970. He was an instructor of business at the institution for ten years.

Brother Blanchard was also a good friend of PEI UPSE, an association which saw him attending our union’s Annual Convention on PEI. While in attendance at the Convention, Blanchard assisted with elections for union executive positions. PEI UPSE would like to extend condolences to Brother Blanchard’s family and to the NSGEU membership.(read more)

New Accent

(Posted: August 29, 2012)

PEI UPSE issues call for nominations for member of the year. Also, the union is now accepting applications for bursaries...(read more)

Presidential Election 2012

(Posted: August 13, 2012)

Election ballots for the 2012 Presidential Election were mailed out to all PEI UPSE members on August 1, 2012. The deadline for the return of ballots to the PEI UPSE office is August, 29, 2012 by 4:00 p.m. For more information about the election process and candidates please (read more)

New Accent

(Posted: August 9, 2012)

Call for member to sit on Health Sector Council , UPSE Golf Tournament, Federation of Labour Barbecue and another successful Family Fun Day (read more)

Bargaining Update

(Posted: August 1, 2012)

Negotiations between the PEI UPSE Health bargaining unit and Health PEI moved to conciliation on July 23 and 24, 2012. (read more)

Press Release

(Posted: July 27, 2012)

The Liberal government is moving the Agriculture Insurance Corporation (AIC) from Charlottetown to Kensington. The AIC employs 44 PEI UPSE members and the union does not support government's decision to relocate the workers. (read more)

New Accent

(Posted: July 18, 2012)

The union received two nominations for the position of President by the nomination deadline on July 10, 2012. Terry Gauthier and Debbie Bovyer are the candidates. Terry Gauthier is PEI UPSE’s Third Vice-President and a Tree Improvement Supervisor in the Civil Service; Debbie Bovyer is a Licensed Practical Nurse with Health PEI at Prince Edward Home. (read more)

The Advocate-latest edition

(Posted: July 04, 2012)

The latest edition of The Advocate includes information on PEI UPSE's public action campaign, the Civil Service Superannuation Fund, the upcoming Presidential election, the latest updates on grievances and bargaining, and more...(read more)

New Accent

(Posted: June 29, 2012)

Concerned about public health care? PEI UPSE seeks members to attend a rally in Halifax from July 24-26,2012. Halifax is hosting the Council of the Federation this summer (Premiers' meeting),and health care innovation is a key topic on their agenda. If you are interested in joining members from unions across the country at this event... (read more)

President Shelley Ward Thanks Membership for Support

(Posted: June 27, 2012)

Shelley Ward is stepping down from her role as President after serving the union in the position for six years.(read more)

Membership Discount at Provincial Golf Courses

(Posted: June 22, 2012)

Okay all you golfers, your union has a great deal for you. We have received a golf discount for our members to receive a 35% discount to play at our beautiful provincial golf courses and at the same time supporting our public service brothers and sisters. Please read below for further details. On behalf of the Membership Services committee we wish you happy golfing for the 2012 season and have fun. (read more)

New Accent

(Posted: June 21, 2012)

The union's Presidential Nominations Committee has issued a call for nominations for the upcoming Presidential election. Presidential terms are for three years. A new term will begin following Convention in the fall. Nomination forms can be picked up at the union office and will include an up-to-date copy of the policies and procedures for the election... (read more)

Press Release

(Posted: June 11, 2012)

Discussions to determine a collective agreement between PEI UPSE Health bargaining unit and Health PEI have stalled.(read more)

Letter to the Editor

(Posted: June 06, 2012)

The union strongly opposes the government's decision to expand the privatization of liquor sales in Prince Edward Island.(read more)

Public Service Week

(June 11 - 15, 2012)

The PEI Union of Public Sector Employees congratulates all provincial public service employees, and all PEI UPSE members, for their continued hard work and dedication in serving Islanders, especially in these challenging times.

Public service employees provide Islanders quality services that create a better life for everyone. Our communities are safer, more productive and more enjoyable places to live because of your commitment to the public service.

The island benefits from both your community involvement and your paid employment. Your teamwork and joint action have made you a key ingredient in making PEI what it is today.

Shelly Ward,

President, PEIUPSE

Press Release

(Posted: June 06, 2012)

The PEI Union of Public Sector Employees is launching a public action campaign to defend the public service from ongoing attacks leveled by the current provincial government. The campaign is called Wave Goodbye to PEI and the website is www.wavegoodbyetopei.ca (read more)

Letter to the Editor

(Posted: June 06, 2012)

The union strongly opposes the government's decision to expand the privatization of liquor sales in Prince Edward Island.(read more)

Press Release

(Posted: May 24, 2012)

The Union of Public Sector Employees strongly opposes government's plan to close the provincial liquor store in Wood Islands in favour of peddling alcohol out of convenience stores. The union strongly believes that the move to privatize the sale of alcohol in PEI is problematic on several levels and the decision should be reversed immediately. (read more)

New Accent

(Posted: May 23, 2012)

The Presidential Election is fast approaching. A call for nominations will be issued by the union in June, 2011. Please stay tuned! Also, members invited to submit tenders for grass cutting services at union ... (read more)

Bargaining Update

(Posted: May 14, 2012)

Negotiations between PEI UPSE and Health PEI began on May 8, 9 an 10, 2012 - significant progress was made ...(read more)

Bargaining Update

(Posted: May 9, 2012)

Congratulations to Gillis Lodge for ratifying their first collective agreement on February 13, 2012. Gillis Lodge joined the PEI UPSE family on April 4, 2011. The union is proud to represent Gillis Lodge's approximately eighty members. Negotiations for Gillis Lodge's first collective agreement took place between October 2011 and January 2012 with teams meeting on five separate occasions. The agreement was reached on January 10, 2012. Key issues were pay equity, clarity on vacation, group benefits, overtime and benefits for casuals. (read more)

Letter to the editor

(Posted: May 7, 2012)

Introducing privatized agency liquor stores will mean easy access to alcohol for our young people and those who abuse the substance. Is this the "Gentle Island" we know and love? Are these the actions of a just and compassionate government? (read more)

New Accent

(Posted: May 2, 2012)

Mental Health Week is May 7-13. Mental Health Week is a designated week created by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) to talk, reflect, engage and celebrate mental health for all. The theme of Mental Health For All represents the right of every Canadian to enjoy and have the best possible mental health. (read more)

Press Release

(Posted: May 1, 2012)

The Union of Public Sector Employees is arguing that recent cuts to youth and family support workers in the Family Ties program will result in few savings for government that will come at a major social cost. "We can't afford not to invest in our social programs for youth on Prince Edward Island," says President Shelley Ward of the PEI Union of Public Sector Employees. (read more)

National Day of Mourning

(Posted: April 25, 2012)

In recognition of the upcoming National Day of Mourning, PEI UPSE commemorates workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness due to workplace related hazards and incidents. April 28 is the Day of Mourning. In honour of those who have fallen, President Shelley Ward has posted a poem composed by David Sturge, Occupational Health and Safety Officer, Government of Newfoundland (read more)

New Accent

(Posted: April 23, 2012)

PEI UPSE wants to increase voter participation in its next Presidential Election. The union requests that members ensure their current contact information is up-to-date in order to receive ballots. April 28 is the Day of Mourning. PEI UPSE asks members to remember workers injured or killed on the job and to attend the Day of Mourning Ceremony at Province House. (read more)

President Ward addresses membership on job cuts.

(Posted: April 20, 2012)

The job cuts in the public service are detrimental to all. They directly affect the families of those who have lost their jobs and they also affect those who are left behind to do more work with less resources. (read more)

Provincial government delivers Harper style budget

(Press Release: Posted April 19, 2012)

The Union of Public Sector Employees is calling yesterday’s provincial budget the worst budget to emerge since the Callbeck years.“ It is a budget that appeases the private sector and corporations at the expense of front line public service employees and the vital services they provide to Islanders‚” says President Shelley Ward. (read more)

Cutting public service jobs not the answer

(Posted: April 17, 2012)

President Shelley Ward argues that cutting public services Islanders depend on is no way to address the deficit. Government can save millions by tightening restrictions on loans and grants to private business. Let banks administer business loans and assume the risk for companies that go under – not Islanders! Government’s priority should be investing in public services like healthcare, education, safe roads and the environment. (read more)

Press Release

(Posted: April 13, 2012)

The President of the PEI Union of Public Sector Employees, Shelley Ward, says the Ghiz government should not have fired twenty-one property guards at three important locations in Prince Edward Island as this creates security and safety issues. (read more)

Press Release

(Posted: April 6, 2012)

The President of the Prince Edward Island Union of Public Sector Employees, Shelley Ward, says that "the provincial government's Speech from the Throne made no mention of the public service cuts that will negatively affect more than 10% of civil service employees. This is not good news for Islanders and the public services they depend on every day." (read more)

Press Release

(Posted: March 28, 2012)

The President of the Prince Edward Island Union of Public Sector Employees (PEI UPSE) Union is disappointed with proposed changes to the PEI Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Highway Maintenance Summer Program that will result in over 200 workers across the province not returning to their seasonal jobs. (read more)

New Accent

(Posted: March 16, 2012)

PEI UPSE is holding a Steward's Conference on April 11, 2012. The theme is a "day in the life of a steward" (read more)

Press Release

(Posted: March 12, 2012)

Premier Ghiz promised Islanders that there would be no cuts to health care in a speech to the Rotary club in January 2012. However, the government is now going back on its word by saying that vital health care services will be cut in Prince Edward Island. (read full release)

Press Release

(Posted: March 9, 2012)

PEI UPSE had an open and frank discussion with government about the province's ongoing fiscal challenges and the fact that spending needs to be reduced in order to reduce the deficit. The union presented a number of cost-saving suggestions for the government's consideration at the meeting and emphasized that cutting services was not a viable option. (read full release)

New Accent

(Posted: March 1, 2012)

Roughly two-hundred PEI UPSE members attended the union's First Winter "Island Family Fun Day" event at the Rodd Mill River Resort in Bloomfield ... (read more)

Press Release

(Posted: February 21, 2012)

The Prince Edward Island Union of Public Sector Employees has donated $15,000 to local non-profit groups and charitable organizations through its annual PEI UPSE Has a Heart campaign. (read more)

New Accent

(Posted: February 21, 2012)

PEI UPSE has issued a call for members to sit on Holland College's Pension Advisory Committee and the Joint Benefits Advisory Committee. Also, check out the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women's Stand With Us poster campaign featuring Islanders pledging their commitment to help end violence against women and children (read more). (read more)

President's Comments from Spring Advocate

Posted: Feb. 21, 2012

2011 was a year in which the PEI UPSE had much to celebrate not to mention making history. read more


(Posted: February 21, 2012)

Please see PEI UPSE's latest Advocate containing the President's perspective, a report on the 50th Annual Convention, grievances and bargaining updates, member discounts and more... (see Advocate)

New Accent

(Posted: February 11, 2012)

The PEI Union of Public Sector Employees currently has two job opportunities available. The Information Technology Coordinator is to be responsible, with the President, for the programming of the Union's technology including the troubleshooting and maintenance of all IT equipment (read more). The Senior Staff Officer is to be responsible, with the President, for the direction of the operational affairs of the union including, labour relations, communications and administration (read more).

PEI UPSE's latest Accent

(Posted: February 2, 2012)

PEI UPSE's latest Accent includes an upcoming Steward level II educational opportunity, a call for names for the Civil Service & WCB Classification and Appeals Committees, and the PSGIP Board of Trustees, as well as an update on vacant Director positions that have been filled (read more)

Canadian Values Under Attack

(Posted: January 16, 2012)

Stephen Harper is catering to the 39% of voters who turned out to vote for him. The values, programs and services that Islanders and Canadians cherish are under attack. (read more)

Family Fun Day

(Posted: January 13, 2012)

PEI UPSE is holding a Family Fun Day at the Rodd Mill River Resort in Bloomfield,PEI on Sunday, February 19, 2012. Read More

Union Says Staffing Shortages Common for All Nurses

(Posted: January 9, 2012)

The President of PEI UPSE, Shelley Ward, says Mona O'Shea's recent comments have not been productive and have served only to instill fear among the public, demean trained professionals, and create dissension among nurses... (read full release)

Call For Vacant Director Positions

(Posted: January 6, 2012)

PEI UPSE's Membership Services Committee has issued a call for nominations for vacant Board of Director positions in locals 5, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19 and 20. The nomination deadline is January 26,2012. View Accent