2016 PEI UPSE News & Announcements Archives

Year: 2016


UPSE Campaign: Support Provincial Liquor Stores

December 22, 2016


Karen Jackson (UPSE President) and Mark Arsenault (UPSE Second Vice President) are supporting provincial liquor stores and employees across PEI. UPSE members have been busy thanking the public for shopping in the provincial liquor stores as part of a campaign that originated at the union's annual convention. Delegates at convention drafted an emergency resolution which directed the union to support public liquor stores and workers in response to the government's proposal to close the Wellington Liquor Store and issue an RFP for a private agency store. The campaign encourages the public to shop at provincial liquor stores for better customer service and selection, and knowing that profits are reinvested into public services like health and education.

UPSE Hours Over the Holidays

December 21, 2016


The union office will close on Thursday, December 22 at noon (12 p.m.) and will reopen on December 28, 29 and 30 (8:30 - 4:30 p.m.), and then back to regular hours on January 3, 2017 (8:00 - 4:30 p.m.).

Karen Jackson, UPSE President, wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year.

UPSE Supports CBC Feed a Family Campaign

December 19, 2016



PEI UPSE donated $1,000 worth of turkeys, 32 in all, to the CBC Feed a Family campaign this year. Your union believes in supporting our communities and helping those in need, especially during the holiday season.




December 19, 2016

PEI UPSE wishes all members and the public a Merry Christmas and a happy and safe holiday season (see Accent).

UPSE Campaign: Support Provincial Liquor Stores

December 15, 2016


The union is launching a campaign in support of public liquor stores and their employees in Prince Edward Island. At the union's annual convention delegates drafted an emergency resolution to support public liquor stores and workers in response to the government's proposal to close the Wellington Liquor Store and issue an RFP for a private agency store. The campaign encourages the public to shop at provincial liquor stores for better customer service and selection, and knowing that profits are reinvested into public services like health and education.

Survey: Educational Opportunity for UPSE Members

December 13, 2016

The Alzheimer Society of PEI has created a survey for UPSE health care workers. The goal of the survey is to help the Alzheimer Society develop and expand on educational opportunities for UPSE members, and to give members the opportunity to provide their opinion on expanding their education and training as they provide care for people living with dementia.  The resulting educational opportunities will assist UPSE caregivers in their efforts to provide the most dementia friendly and person-centred care with their patients/clients and their families.  UPSE is pleased to enter into this partnership with The Alzheimer Society of PEI. If you are a health care provider and would like to provide your input please fill out the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G5BD8D3

UPSE Christmas Parties Lots of Fun!

December 12, 2016









The union hosted Christmas Parties in Summerside and Charlottetown over the weekend. In Summerside there was a swim for the families followed by treats at Pizza Delight. In Charlottetown there was a skate and then pizza and a visit with Santa.

Bargaining Update - Health PEI

December 8, 2016


The UPSE Health Negotiating Team met with representatives from Health PEI on November 29, 30 and December 1st at the UPSE office. A range of topics were discussed and to date bargaining is progressing.  Your PEI UPSE Health Team will meet with the employer again on December 12 and 13 to work through the union’s and the employer’s proposals.  The team appreciates the ongoing support of the membership and they will continue to champion the issues brought forward by you, the membership, at the table.

Pic (L-R): Carolyn Knox (Communtiy Dietittian), Andrew Jack (Negotiator), Dorris MacKinnon (Social Service Worker), Paula Matheson (RCW), Linda Power (Lead Negotiator), Linda MacKinnon (LPN), Doug Ferguson (RCW), and Lynn Bovyer (LPN).

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 6, 2016

ssdsUPSE commemorates the 14 young women who died because they were women on December 6, 1989 at l'Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal. It is important that we remember this tragedy and consider the women and girls for whom violence is a reality. As a community it is paramount that we work together to eliminate violence against women.

Pic: Karen Jackson, (UPSE President) attends the Montreal Massacre Memorial Service in Charlottetown: 14 candles were lit in memory of the 14 women killed at l'Ecole Polytechnique; 10 candles were lit in memory the 10 Island women who were killed by an intimate partner since the Montreal Massacre; 1 candle was lit for all murdered women, all women living with violence or fear of violence, and all survivors; and 1 candle was lit for peace on earth.

RCW Receives Shelley L. Woods Excellence in Person-Centered Care Award

December 2, 2016



Kaelin Fisher is an RCW who works at the Prince Edward Home in Charlottetown. Kaelin has been presented with the Shelley L. Woods Excellence in Person-Centered Care Award. (read more).


Pic: from The Guardian, December 2, 2016

UPSE Annual Convention a Success

November 30, 2016


Your union held its 55th Annual Convention on November 18 and 19, 2016. Guest speakers included Joan Jessome (former NSGEU President) and Elisabeth Ballermann (NUPGE Secretary Treasurer). Executive elections were held and Mark Arsenault is UPSE's new Second Vice President and Kevin Gotell is the union's Secretary Treasurer. Key resolutions were debated and carried including a resolution involving intimate partner violence and violence in the workplace. Several emergency resolutions were also introduced from the floor of convention including a resolution to support MMPR in Prince Edward Island and a resolution to introduce a campaign to defend public liquor stores (see story).

Pic: Joan Jessome, former NSGEU President and currently a facilitator for the NSGEU Bully-Free Workplaces Program.

UPSE Supports MMPR

November 29, 2016




A rally for electoral reform took place November 29 at the Coles Building in Charlottetown. UPSE was there to support the cause.

At the union's Annual Convention a resolution was passed by the membership that directed the union to support the implementation of MMPR.



Pic: Karen Jackson (UPSE President) supports MMPR at the electoral reform rally.

Gift of Jurisdiction Unopened

November 28, 2016

Hans Connor, UPSE Labour Relations Officer / Lawyer asserts that we can build a healthier democracy in Prince Edward Island and that if we work together democratic renewal is within our grasp (read more).

The Accent (Christmas Parties)

November 25, 2016

UPSE Christmas Parties will be held on December 11 in Charlottetown and Summerside. For more info see (The Accent).

Community Inclusions - Alternate Living Program

November 17, 2016

Bloomfield resident Theresa Arsenault is part of the alternate living program through Community Inclusions, an organization that provides services and housing to adults with intellectual challenges in western P.E.I. Theresa has spent her life helping to take care of more than a dozen adults with intellectual challenges. She truly loves her work. A $30,000 provincial grant is helping to fund a revamp of the alternate living program (read more).

The Advocate (Fall 2016)

November 7, 2016

Please see the Fall edition of (The Advocate) for information about the union's upcoming Annual Convention including a schedule of events, the executive elections, resolutions, the latest bargaining and grievance update and more.

2016 Bursary Applications now Available

October 28, 2016

For more information, click here

Tremploy Helps Island Potato Soap Succeed

October 18, 2016

Tremploy is helping White Gables package more Island Potato Soap to keep up with increased demand. The soap has become very popular and White Gables realized they needed extra help to keep up with packaging the soap. Tremploy, is a non-profit organization that provides work training opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities. Read more (Tremploy).

The Accent

October 18, 2016

UPSE's 55th Annual Convention, Voting Delegates course, snow removal tender, Steward level I and II, and organizing information are in the latest edition of The Accent (The Accent).

The Union is Employer's Dream: Edith Perry

October 3, 2016

Edith Perry of Millview argues that the new employee association at the Dr. John M. Gillis Memorial Lodge will be largely ineffective for the workers. She says "no one will challenge management under that system ..." (see article).

Workers Have Right to Organize: UPSE

September 30, 2016

Please see the President's comment about Gillis Lodge electing to form an in-house employee association (comment).

The Accent

September 26, 2016

Please see the latest edition of The Accent. You will find information about the upcoming Federation of Labour Convention, the Take a Break Walk hosted by the UPSE Women's Committee, and how to nominate UPSE's Member of the Year (The Accent).

Take a Break Walk (October 1, 2016)

September 23, 2016


The Women’s Committee is hosting its second “Take a Break” walk on October 1, 2016 (10:00 a.m.) at the Morell Train Station. The walk will proceed on the Confederation Trail toward St. Peters. Snacks and prizes will be provided. All are welcome!



The Accent (Week Long Labour School)

September 21, 2016

Please see the latest edition of The Accent. UPSE is offering union activists the chance to attend labour school in Nova Scotia (see The Accent).

The Advocate

September 19, 2016

Please see the latest edition of The Advocate ... read about UPSE's education efforts, interest based bargaining, and the latest member profiles (see The Adocate).

Let's Help Karen McNally-Sullivan (Local 3)

September 14, 2016


Karen McNally-Sullivan is an UPSE member and a Licensed Practical Nurse at Prince County Hospital. She has been battling cancer for the past three years, and is no longer able to work.  Karen’s coworkers have thoughtfully created a gofundme account for her.  This account allows anyone to make a donation to help Karen. Without being able to work, any extra support to help Karen make ends meet means so much (see more to make a donation).   

AIL Dave Barrett Education Scholarship (Federation of Labour)

September 13, 2016

Five scholarships are available and are worth $500 each. For students graduating from grade 12 in the current school year the application deadline will be September 30, 2016. Applicants must be a member or the son/daughter/ or spouse of a member of a union affiliated with the PEI Federation of Labour; must write an essay from 350 to 500 words on how Unions impact our communities; and must provide proof of enrolment in university or college. For further information contact the PEI Federation of Labour at 902-368-3068.

Stress in the Workplace educational is now FULL for September 16, 2016

September 7, 2016


September 2, 2016

The union is wishing all a safe long weekend and happy Labour Day! UPSE is holding two educationals this month: Welcome to UPSE and Stress in the Workplace; a call for nominations for Directors in Locals 12 and 20 is also in this edition of The Accent (see Accent).

Labour Day Picnic and Barbecue (September 5)

September 1, 2016

The PEI Federation of Labour is holding their 16th Annual Labour Day Picnic on Monday, September 5 from 11:00 am -1 pm at the Joseph Ghiz Memorial Park in Charlottetown. Everyone is invited to attend the picnic and celebrate Labour Day. 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 please contact the Federation of Labour at (902) 368-3068 or peifed@pei.aibn.com.

Casual General Administrative Worker - Job Posting Open to the Public

August 4, 2016

UPSE is creating a list of interested applicants for front office positions on a casual basis not to exceed two months. The list will be used to fill the positions of General Office Clerk, Membership Records Coordinator, Education and Meetings Coordinator and Technology and Accounting Coordinator on an on-call casual basis.

See attached for complete details on posting


August 3, 2016

The union is holding Local Category Meetings to elect Category Representatives in preparation for upcoming negotiations with Health PEI. All UPSE members with Health PEI have been sent information packages in preparation for negotiations, and are encouraged to fill out and return their demand forms to the UPSE office by September 6, 2016 (see Accent).


July 28, 2016

The union is looking for four participants to attend the 2016 Police and Peace Officers Memorial Service in Ottawa. Four participants will be selected from Custody, Probation Officers, and the Sheriff Department to attend the march. UPSE's Annual Golf Tournament will take place on September 24 in Mill River. The first 12 teams to register and pay will be accepted (see Accent).

Pride Parade: Saturday July 30 (1-3 p.m.)

July 26, 2016


The Pride Festival is July 24-30 in PEI. To see the events schedule (click here). The Pride Parade is the culmination of a full week of events celebrating the LBGTQ community in PEI. The Parade takes place (rain or shine) on Saturday, July 30 from 1-3 p.m. in downtown Charlottetown. UPSE is participating in the parade and invites all members to celebrate this important week. Let's show our pride in Islanders of all orientations!


July 21, 2016

The Union is creating a list for a casual Labour Relations Officer and a casual Resource and Organizing Officer (see Accent). The Union is also creating a list for a casual General Administration Worker. The list will be used to fill the positions of General Office Clerk, Membership Records Coordinator, Education and Meetings Coordinator, and Technology and Accounting Coordinator (see Accent).

2016 Police & Peace Officer Memorial Service in Ottawa

July 19, 2016

This is the 19th year that UPSE and Community and Correctional Services Division will co-sponsor attendance at the Police and Peace Officer Memorial Service in Ottawa. This service provides an opportunity for professional development, networking, and honouring fallen colleagues.

This year, a total of 4 will be selected from Custody, Probation Officers, and the Sheriff Department to attend the March. Representatives will be departing September 23rd, 2016 and departing September 25th, 2016 after the March.

See attached for complete details

Application form

Tim Yorke Wins PEI Amateur Golf Championship

June 18, 2016


Congratulations to Tim Yorke on his victory at the PEI Amateur Golf Championship! Tim is a Youth Worker at the PEI Youth Centre in Summerside, and is an UPSE Steward in Local 5 (see story).




UPSE Office Closed on Canada Day

June 30, 2016


The union office will be closed on Canada Day (July 1, 2016). UPSE wishes all members a safe and happy Canada Day!




Larry Brown and Elisabeth Ballerman to lead NUPGE

June 28, 2016


Larry Brown was acclaimed the new President of NUPGE (National Union of Public and General Employees) at the union's recent Convention in Ottawa. Larry served as NUPGE's long standing Secretary Treasurer and was nominated by outgoing NUPGE President James Clancy. Brown said the struggle against rising income inequality is "the struggle of our times." Elisabeth Ballermann was acclaimed Secretary Treasurer at Convention. She previously had been President of Health Sciences Association of Alberta. Ballermann was nominated by the President of OPSEU (Ontario Public Service Employees Union), Warren "Smokey" Thomas. Ballermann said she will fight to uphold quality public services and economic equality in Canada.

UPSE Applauds CPP Enhancement

June 23, 2016

The PEI Union of Public Sector Employees is encouraged by the Finance Ministers’ announcement to expand the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). PEI UPSE has been steadily campaigning for CPP expansion since 2009. 

“More than 60% of Canadians do not have a workplace pension plan and poverty among seniors has been increasing since 1995,” said UPSE President Karen Jackson. She also explained that “debt has become a concern for seniors with those over 65 experiencing increased debt loads; many of these seniors are women who now make up 60% of the low income bracket.” 

Jackson said that “the federal government is following through on promises made during the election to address the issue of seniors’ poverty. UPSE believes in strengthening retirement security for all Canadians so that seniors can retire with security and dignity. An enhanced CPP will ensure that seniors have a reasonable and stable source of income for life, even if they outlive their private savings. 


June 17, 2016

Family Fun Day will take place on Sunday, July 24 at the Shining Waters Family Fun Park in Cavendish (tickets available beginning June 29 through Local Directors or the UPSE office). The union has issued a call for nominations for the UPSE 2nd Vice President and Secretary Treasurer with the deadline for nominations on August 22, 2016 (see Accent).

Public Service Week, June 12-18

June 13, 2016

In recognition of Public Service Week 2016, I want to thank all provincial government employees for your valuable service. Public services are an expression of our common wealth for the common good. 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 want to recognize your contribution, both at work and in your communities, to the health, safety and well being of all Islanders.

Karen Jackson,

President, UPSE

Healthcare Equality Important

June 9, 2016

Reviewing public health in this province is an important task, and one that rightly includes the active participation of all Islanders. Nothing is more important than the health of our families and communities (see more).

UPSE Educational for June 27 Now Full

June 7, 2016

The upcoming educational (June 27) on Attendance Management and Preventing Violence in theWorkplace is now full. Call to have your name added to the waiting list for future course opportunities (902-892-5335), toll free at 1-800-897-8773, or e-mail peiupse@peiupse.ca

Att: UPSE Members with Health PEI

June 7, 2016

Please be advised: recently Stat Holiday banks were paid out in error. All banks are to be monitored by employees to ensure they are scheduling stat holidays within 60 day of the holiday.  If you had prearranged stat days off prior the pay out and now do not have enough stat time to take these days you have two options. 

  1. you may take the day off without pay as it has already been paid to you
  2. you may take the day and elect to take a vacation day on the day that was already approved.

For employees who elected to have stat hours transferred to their red circled hours they may elect to have all or some  these hours transferred back to your stat bank by notifying your payroll supervisor.

Take a Break (Walk on June 11)

June 7, 2016


The UPSE Women's Committee is hosting its first activity which is a walk on June 11 at 10:00 a.m. at the Hunter River Confederation Trail. It is called “Take a Break” and is free and open to UPSE members and their friends and families. The Women’s Committee will be planning activities including but not limited to encouraging the participation of women in the union, introducing family and life/work related issues to bargaining committees, submitting  resolutions to Convention that enhance the lives of women, and partnering with community groups that advocate for women.   

Pic (L-R) Carolyn Knox and Dina DesRoches are Co-Chairs of the union’s first Women’s Committee.


June 3, 2016

Please see the latest edition of The Advocate including UPSE's member profile, an update on grievances and bargaining, the union's first Women's Committee, and more (see The Advocate).

UPSE Summer Hours

May 31, 2016

The union's summer hours are Monday to Friday from 8:00 - 4:00 p.m.


May 26, 2016

The union has issued a call for nominations for Directors in even numbered locals and vacancies, and is offering an upcoming educational on attendance management and preventing violence in the workplace (see Accent).

Community Connections Signs New Collective Agreement

May 25, 2016

gffThe union distributed ratification kits in April 2016 and a vote followed on May 11, 2016. Community Connections' members voted 84% in favour of a new two year collective agreement which provides more security, support and wage increases.

Pic (Top, L-R) Denise MacLean, Gregg MacGillvray, Troy Warren (Bottom, L-R) Krista Murphy, Karen Campbell, Karen Jackson, and Kevin Gotell.

Safe Roads in PEI

May 18, 2016


PEI 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.

Just Say No!

May 17, 2016

The eight women who work part-time in Charlottetown for Canadian Blood Services (CBS) are asking CBS to provide them a guaranteed minimum number of hours of work each week. These women are asking CBS for this guarantee so they can maintain their medical benefits and have a reliable income. In the meanwhile CBS has workers from Nova Scotia operating a mobile clinic in Miscouche on May 16,17 & 18. CBS says the clinics are being held, not because blood is needed, but because it doesn't want to lose connection with donors. The eight women who work for CBS in PEI say they love their donors but hope they will decide not to donate until CBS offers these women a fair contract. For more information please see the following facebook page: Canadian Blood Services NSUPE - Local 19, Charlottetown Workers. Please contact CBS at feedback@blood.ca and tell them it's in them to give a fair offer.

UPSE Welcomes Community Connections

May 13, 2016

I want to welcome Community Connections to the PEI UPSE family.  The bargaining team has worked hard to draft Community Connections’ first ever collective agreement, and the team stuck together throughout a lengthy bargaining process.  Ratification kits were distributed in April 2016 and the ratification meeting and vote followed on May 11, 2016.   Members voted 84% in favour of the new collective agreement which provides staff more security and support in regard to their positions with Community Connections.  I would like to Thank Troy Warren LRO, and the bargaining team for all their hard work.  

Karen Jackson,

PEI UPSE, President

Day of Mourning - April 28

April 28, 2016


Since 1995, over 18,000 workers have died from workplace illness or injury in Canada. In 2014 there were 919 workplace deaths recorded in Canada which averages out to 2.5 deaths per day (these represent the most recent available stats). All Islanders are invited to the Day of Mourning Ceremony for workers killed or injured on the job.

Where: Memorial Hall at the Confederation Centre When: Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.


April 20, 2016

In the latest Accent the union invites members to submit tenders for grass cutting services for the union office located at 4 Enman Crescent in Charlottetown (see Accent).

President Jackson Responds to Budget

April 19, 2016

President Karen Jackson attended the budget lock-down today.  She said “I am pleased with government’s commitment to maintain front line public services to Islanders. This includes an increase in spending in health care that will see an increase in social work positions in rural areas of Prince Edward Island.” She explained that “the membership identified a need for improved access to social services in rural areas.”

She also identified that government’s intention to review the retirement pay benefit was an area of concern. She said “the Finance Minister has assured her that government will consult with the unions in relation to the retirement pay issue, and that these consultations will take place in the future.”  However, she explained that “if government insists on making any changes to this benefit it would ultimately have to be dealt with through the collective bargaining process.” UPSE will continue to monitor any changes or impacts to the membership as a result of the budget.

UPSE Educational for May 17 Now Full

April 18, 2016

The upcoming educational (May 17) on Attendance Management and Preventing Violence in theWorkplace is now full.

Resident Care Worker (RCW) Week: April 17-23

April 18, 2016

Resident Care Workers (RCWs) and Patient Care Workers (PCWs) are an integral part of the health care team in PEI. They improve our quality of life and provide first rate, front line health care for our loved ones. UPSE thanks RCWs and PCWs for their commitment and valuable contribution to health care in Prince Edward Island.

Throne Speech Raises Red Flag Around Retirement Pay

April 13, 2016

President Jackson is concerned about the government's recent throne speech which mentioned "a review of future benefit arrangements in the public service, including service gratuity." She is raising a red flag about government's intentions and whether they plan to reduce or alter retirement pay for public service employees. President Jackson notes that retirement pay provisions are protected by existing collective agreements (see more).

Stewards Conference

April 12, 2016


UPSE's annual Stewards Conference was well attended. Conference presenters, Kim Turner and Andy Nielsen (Pink Larkin) covered a wide range of topics including recent developments in labour law, violence in the workplace, attendance management, reasonable lateness, cell phone use, and discipline and investigation.

(L-R) Fred Affleck (Steward), Karen Jackson (President), Doug Ferguson (1st Vice President)


April 12, 2016

In the latest Accent see the upcoming UPSE educational on Attendance Management and Preventing Violence in the Workplace. Also, the union is calling for activists to attend the NUPGE Triennial Convention in Ottawa this June (see Accent).

The 2016 Census is Coming

April 8, 2016

Canada’s next census will be conducted in May 2016. Early in May, census packages will be delivered to households across Canada, providing residents with the information they need to complete their questionnaire online or on paper. Completed questionnaires will provide valuable information that will be used by all levels of government to make decisions about your neighbourhood and community. Information obtained through the census is needed to plan services such as child care, schooling, family services, housing, public transportation and skills training for employment.

Every person, young and old, must be included in the 2016 Census. For more information about the 2016 Census, visit www.census.gc.ca.

Mental Health Week Long Educational - FULL

March 21, 2016

The 10 seats for the CLC Mental Health Week Long Educational have been filled. The successful candidates will be contacted by the UPSE office to confirm their attendance. UPSE would like to thank the membership for a strong response to this educational.

Bully Free Workplace Program

March 17, 2016


The PEI Union of Public Sector Employees is working in cooperation with the Provincial Government to deliver an internationally recognized Bully Free Workplace Program to Civil Service and Health PEI employees (media release).

Pic (L-R) President Karen Jackson, Hon. Richard Brown Minister, Susan Coldwell / Bully Free Coordinator, Sarah Galaise, Barb Ramsay, Doris MacKinnon, Lyn Higinbotham, Cora Lee Compton, Margo King, Arlene Lewis, Anne Roberts, Blair Weeks, George Weatherbie, Susan Harris and Cathy MacKinnon, UPSE Program Coordinator.


March 16, 2016

In the latest Accent see upcoming UPSE educationals including Welcome to UPSE and Steward I and II. The CLC in conjunction with the PEI Fed is offering a weeklong educational on Mental Health in the Workplace, and UPSE is calling for members to sit on the national union's working group for Corrections Officers and Youth Facility Workers (see Accent).

Community Inclusions Running Cafe in O'Leary

March 9, 2016

Community Inclusions is a nonprofit organization in West Prince that provides supports to adults aged (18-65) with intellectual disabilities. These supports include residential support, employment training and recreation. The organization is now running a cafe in O'Leary called the Maple House Bakery and Cafe (see article).

Panel Discussion: Trans-Pacific Partnership, April 27

March 9, 2016

The TPP is a “trade” agreement between Canada and eleven Pacific Rim countries, including the United States. How will it affect people and communities of Prince Edward Island? The panel discussion will take place on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Provinces Lounge, Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, Charlottetown (more info).

Tribute Night for Sports Legend and UPSE Retiree Trixie Dunn

March 8, 2016


Everyone is welcome to a community gathering for local sports legend and UPSE retiree Trixie Dunn on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at Morell Consolidated (see more). Mr. Dunn, a local baseball legend and community leader is battling health issues. He is a longstanding union activist with PEI UPSE and a familiar face at convention each year. Trixie served on the recreation and convention committee and the credentials committee, was a member of the board of directors (directing locals 15 and later 19), and he continues to serve as a member of local 19 to this day. PEI UPSE salutes Trixie Dunn for his contribution and commitment to the union over the years.

CANNT Atlantic 2016 Conference

March 8, 2016

PEI is proud to be hosting this year's CANNT Atlantic 2016 Conference: Ride the Wave of Excellence in Renal Care. The conference is for LPNs, RNs, Support workers & Technologists and takes place June 3 and 4, 2016 in Charlottetown (see more).

International Women's Day: March 8

March 8, 2016

PEI UPSE supports equality and believes that girls and women should have equal access to opportunity whether that applies to education, training, career opportunities or pay levels. Take the pledge to promote equality for women and girls (see pledge).

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Not a Done Deal

March 7, 2016

The federal government signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement on February 4, 2016. Ratification of the agreement requires a majority vote in parliament and government still has up to two years to study the agreement's implications. Further, at least six of the twelve signatory countries must ratify the agreement before it is finalized, and those six must represent 85% of the combined GDP of all signatories. Many are saying that the 5,000 page deal is largely about shifting power to large corporations and removing power from governments to regulate corporate interests. The TPP gives large corporations the right to sue governments if governments act in ways which hinder profits. Larry Brown, the National Secretary Treasurer for NUPGE points out that "these deals weaken democracy, increase income inequality, endanger our public services, give corporations more rights than the citizenry, further endanger our already stressed environment, and kill jobs." (see The TPP: A Corporate Bill of Rights)

UPSE concerned about Health and Safety of Members after an Armed Standoff

March 3, 2016

UPSE's President, Karen Jackson, expresses her concern for the health and safety of members involved in a standoff that took place in a provincial government office in Charlottetown (see more).


February 26, 2016

The union is holding its annual Stewards Conference on April 1 and is calling for nominations for Directors in Locals 6, 12, 13 and 18. For more information please see The Accent.

PEI UPSE Has a Heart

February 25, 2016

The PEI Union of Public Sector Employees has donated $14,300 to non-profit community organizations across Prince Edward Island through the PEI UPSE Has a Heart campaign (read more).

Pink Shirt Day

February 24, 2016


UPSE's President, Karen Jackson and staff are wearing pink today and spreading the word that “Kindness is one size that fits all.” Pink Shirt Day reminds us that we have the ability to spread kindness each and every day, and that together we can put an end to bullying. The union offers a Bully Free Workplaces Program throughout the year to members across the province. For more information contact Cathy MacKinnon (Program Coordinator) at 902-892-5335 or toll free at 1-800-897-8773.

Picture (L-R) Blair Weeks, Andrew Jack, Karen Jackson, Cathy MacKinnon, Hans Connor, Tammy Laybolt, Troy Warren and Mark Barrett.

Retirement Planning Workshop: Presentations

February 23, 2016

For those who attended or missed UPSE's Retirement Planning Workshops please see presentations to follow for your information:

Canadian Retirement Income System

Employment Insurance System

Financial Planning RBC

Pharmacy Supplementary Benefit Program

Public Sector Group Insurance Plan

Ban Paid Plasma Blood Donations

February 18, 2016

Sisters and Brothers,

Here’s a little reminder of why your efforts as Champions for Change are so important—it’s a short but powerful video about one of the many reasons it’s vital that we protect and expand our public health care system: Why we need to ban paid plasma blood donations

The tainted-blood disaster left tens of thousands of Canadians with deadly infections like HIV and hepatitis C. The Krever Inquiry into that disaster determined that a fully public and donation-based blood system is the best defense against another tainted-blood disaster. But our public and donation-based blood system is in jeopardy. Private companies are lobbying governments to allow paid blood donations. They are the health care equivalent of the payday loan business, and they must be stopped. As the video clearly demonstrates, we must act now. Please share this video broadly with your friends, family members, and co-workers. As Michael McCarthy, a tainted-blood survivor, says in the video: “Canadians need to speak out and let their elected officials know: Not on our watch this time. This is not going to happen.”

In solidarity, 
James Clancy

National President
National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).

Wear Purple Day

February 17, 2016


UPSE's President, Karen Jackson and staff are raising awareness about Family Violence Prevention Week to remember victims of violence and their families, and to show that violence in any relationship is not acceptable.

Picture (L-R) Mark Barrett, Andrew Jack, Mary MacLean, Hans Connor, Cathy MacKinnon, Karen Jackson, Troy Warren

Support CBS Workers

February 11, 2016

On Thursday, February 11, nine women in Charlottetown PEI will be marking 5 months of striking for hours of work that allow them to earn a living wage, to pay their bills, to be entitled to benefits and to have a stable family life. They will be joined by hundreds of supporters from unions across the province. Wherever you happen to be, anywhere across Canada or around the world, you can join in the solidarity. How? It takes just a few seconds. Click HERE and send a prepared solidarity message.

If you've already participated in the campaign, think warm thoughts for the folks walking the line in a PEI winter.  And, as always, please pass this along and encourage all your contacts to join the campaign.

Thank you!

In Solidarity,

Derek Blackadder
LabourStart Canada

Advocate Winter 2016

February 10, 2016

In the latest edition of The Advocate President Jackson talks about membership engagement and the union's new multi-year action plan. Also in this edition see the latest bargaining update, a report on Convention and more.

UPSE Has a Heart Presentations Rescheduled

February 9, 2016

Due to the weather the UPSE Has a Heart presentations scheduled for today are cancelled. Presentations have been rescheduled for February 18 (same times) with a storm date of February 23.

Meeting Cancellations: Locals 7, 8, 9 &10

February 9, 2016

The meetings this evening for locals 7, 8, 9 and 10 are cancelled due to the weather.

Meeting Cancellations: Locals 3 & 5

February 8, 2016

Due to impending weather, meetings this evening for local 3 and 5 are cancelled.


February 8, 2016

The union is calling for Program Facilitators to administer the Bully Free Workplaces Program; UPSE has also issued a call for members to form a Women's Committee. For more details please see the latest Accent.

Red Cross Day with the Island Storm - February 15, 2016

January 27, 2016

The Canadian Red Cross is excited to be hosting a new event, Red Cross Day with the Island Storm on February 15th, Islander Day at 2 p.m. Donate $10 to the PEI Red Cross and receive a ticket for the Islander Day game; which is a savings of $6 per ticket!

Tickets are available: by contacting Ellen Theuerkauf (902-628-6262, Ext. 6248) or visit the Red Cross Office at 29 Paramount Drive, or a Red Cross booth at the Charlottetown Mall (February 13, 9-3 p.m.) or at the Farmer's Market (February 6, 9-2 p.m.).

100% of the proceeds go towards supporting Red Cross programs in PEI!

Canadian Blood Services Rally - January 30, 2016

January 27, 2016

Canadian Blood Services workers (NSUPE, Local 19) invites all to join them for a rally on Saturday, January 30. Everyone will gather at the Best Western Hotel (238 Grafton Street, Charlottetown) in the Cabot Room at 1:00 p.m. and then will march to Province House. Following the rally all are invited to join NSUPE members at the Charlottetown Legion (99 Pownal Street, Charlottetown) for refreshments. NSUPE Local 19 Canadian Blood Services Workers strike is entering week 20.

Wear Purple Day - February 17, 2016

January 26, 2016

Wednesday, February 17 is Wear Purple Day in Prince Edward Island. Islanders are encouraged to wear purple to raise awareness of Family Violence Prevention Week (Feb 14-20), to remember victims of violence and their families; and to show that violence in any relationship is not acceptable.


January 21, 2016

Please see the latest Accent. UPSE is hosting two retirement planning workshops. The first is on February 16 in Charlottetown and the second is on February 19 in Summerside. To register contact the union by February 12. This is a special non-wage repayment educational. Family Violence Prevention Week is February 14-20. On February 17 Islanders will be wearing purple to raise awareness about Family Violence Prevention Week.


January 19, 2016

Please see the latest Accent. UPSE's Winter Family Fun Day is taking place on February 14, 2016 at the Rodd Mill River Resort. The UPSE Has a Heart campaign is underway and this week is Activity Professional Week.