UPSE Supports Canadian Blood Service Workers

September 18, 2015

For Immediate Release

The President of the PEI Union of Public Sector Employees, Debbie Bovyer, is supporting the Canadian Blood Services’ part time staff who are on strike in Charlottetown.  Bovyer says that “these employees provide an important service for Islanders and they have negotiated only for what is reasonable in regard to their employment.  They have been without a contract since 2011.”

President Bovyer says that she “supports these women in their need for stability regarding their hours of work.  They work part-time and need a commitment from the employer to maintain a minimum number of hours.  Because they work part-time they also have to find additional employment to supplement their incomes.  Without guaranteed hours this is challenging and makes it difficult to arrange their schedules to accommodate other work.”

“I fully support these women, they perform a vital service for Islanders helping to keep the blood supply safe and ensuring blood products are available to patients in need.  These workers have negotiated for what is reasonable in order to maintain their part- time hours and to retain their benefits.  Canadian Blood Services pays approximately 300 of their employees over $100,000 per year.  I think they have it within their power to do what is right and guarantee minimum hours for these hard working women in Charlottetown.”    

Please contact Mark Barrett at 892-5335 (or toll-free at 1-800- 897-8773) to arrange an interview.