Extended - Call for Vacant Director Positions: Locals 1, 12, 14 and 20
February 17, 2017
Due to the weather related office closures this week, the Call for Vacant Director Positions for locals 1, 12, 14 and 20 has been extended to Friday February 24, 2017 at 4:00pm.
Nomination forms are available to print on the union’s website (www.peiupse.ca), or call UPSE at 902-892-5335, or toll free at 1-800-897-8773.
To be eligible for nomination as a Director a member must:
• be in good standing for at least the previous twelve months
• be nominated by a member in good standing of the applicable local
• have completed the Welcome to UPSE or equivalent course
A biography must be included with the nomination form (mandatory).
Walk: We Are Rural Strong (Feb 20, 2017)
February 17, 2017
Benefit for Danny Connolly (Local 12) on February 25, 2017
February 15, 2017
There is a benefit party being held for Danny who has recently been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig ’s disease. The diagnosis has significantly impacted Danny and his family physically, emotionally, and financially. Thus, his family and friends have joined together to support Danny and his two daughters Kara, age 17 and Molly-Rose, age 8. On February 25, 2017, a benefit will be held to support Danny and his family through this difficult journey ahead. The benefit will be held at the Murphy Community Center on Richmond Street and will include entertainment and a silent auction. Richie Bulger and his band “The Wannabeez” will be playing starting at 7:00PM. There with be a dance, silent auction and 50/50. If you have any questions or would like to make a donation, please feel free to contact Tara Connolly at email@example.com or cell 1-902-786-1108, or Patti-Lynn Jenkins at 1-902-626-6689.
Danny’s friends and family have created this Go Fund Me page for those who wish to lend your support, moral or financial.
UPSE Has a Heart Cheque Presentations scheduled for Tuesday February 14th
February 13, 2017
Please note that cheque presentations are scheduled for Tuesday February 14th from 10am to Noon.
In the event of inclement weather, our office follows with Civil Service Charlottetown Area. Please check weather delays/cancellations for an update as to whether our office is delayed or closed.
If our office is delayed or closed Tuesday February 14th, we will re-schedule the cheque presentations.
PEI Family Violence Prevention Week (Feb 12-18, 2017)
February 10, 2017
Family violence affects, or will affect, all people in Prince Edward Island. Family violence is connected to abuse of power and control, and to injustice based on sex, race, age, class, sexual orientation, and physical or mental ability. Individual history, family history, and current circumstances play a role in family violence.
Communities across the Island are planning events and activities to help raise awareness of family violence including walks in silence, awareness presentations, family activities and more. See the full schedule
Wednesday, February 15 is Wear Purple Day
Weather Cancellations and Re-Scheduling to make note of
February 7, 2017
With the weather forecast for Wednesday, February 8th, please note the following:
UPSE HAS A HEART presentations scheduled for Wednesday February 8th have been re-scheduled to Thursday February 9th at the same time that were scheduled for Wednesday.
If you have a conflict and cannot make the presentation time on Thursday, please call the UPSE office at 902-892-5335
LOCALS 7, 9 and 12 scheduled for Wednesday February 8th have been Cancelled and will be re-scheduled to a future date
UPSE Members Giving Back to Communities
February 7, 2017
Each year the union supports non-profit and community organizations in PEI through the PEI UPSE Has a Heart campaign. Karen Jackson, President of UPSE, says “the campaign is about the membership helping community organizations that make a difference for Islanders. In February organizations will present their proposals to the UPSE PR and Rec committee.
Pic (L-R) Joyce Paynter (UPSE Retiree), Karen Jackson (President, UPSE) and Gwen Taylor (CNIB Volunteer).
Joyce, is a true example of UPSE proud. Once an UPSE member always an UPSE member.
- she continues to belong to local 19
- she looks forward to reading her quarterly publication of The Advocate
- she continues to give back to her community by volunteering at CNIB
Joyce is a fine example of how UPSE members across the Island are giving back to their communities. She is an inspiration to us all!
Kimberly Hagan (Local 8) Wins Dr. J.H. O'Hanley Award
February 3, 2017
Kimberly Hagan, a Social Worker at QEH, has received the Dr. J.H. O'Hanley Award. Kimberly helps families that face financial, emotional and other turmoil as a result of having a sick child. She helps up to 4o sick children and their families each month in her job. Kimberly's compassion and resourcefulness in regard to helping sick children and their families is being recognized through this award (see more).
The Advocate: Winter 2017
February 2, 2017
Check out the latest edition of The Advocate for a report on the union's 55th Annual Convention and more (see more).
Can Work Be Safe, When Home Isn't?
February 1, 2017
Karen Jackson (UPSE President), Dina DesRoches (Co-Chair UPSE Women's Committee) and Cathy MacKinnon (UPSE Resource and Organizing Officer) recently attended the Canadian Labour Congress’ Domestic Violence at Work Facilitator Training session in Nova Scotia. The course trained participants to facilitate workshops on domestic violence at work and the role of unions and the labour movement in addressing it. UPSE will continue to work with the CLC and will develop a two day workshop in the near future. Stay tuned …
Pic (L-R) Cathy MacKinnon (UPSE Resource and Organizing Officer), Barb MacQuarrie (Community Director of the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children at Western U.), Mary MacNeil (PSAC Atlantic Rep), Karen Jackson (UPSE President), Dina DesRoches (Co-Chair UPSE Women's Committee), Vicky Smallman (Director of CLC Women's and Human Rights Department) and Becky Kent (Provincial Coordinator of Transition House Nova Scotia).
Health PEI: Latest Bargaining Update
January 25, 2017
The bargaining team met with the employer on January 23 and 24 at the union office in Charlottetown. Parties have not been able to find common ground on key issues such as monetary items (premiums), wages, union business and travel for medical appointments. The union will now move to conciliation to try and reach a deal that is beneficial for the membership and acceptable to the employer. Conciliation is the final step before binding arbitration.
UPSE Supports Members at Mill River
January 25, 2017
Karen Jackson, the President of UPSE, says “with the announcement of the sale of the Mill River complex, the union will support its members in their bid to apply for positions within the new ownership group, and or the public service, and will look into possible successor rights.” President Jackson and Hans Connor (UPSE LRO) met with Mill River employees on January 19, 2017 and assured the membership they will be supported throughout this transition. The union believes that provincial parks should remain open and Mill River should not be a model for other provincial properties in the future. Pic: Karen Jackson, UPSE President, and UPSE members at Mill River.
January 24, 2017
Winter Family Fun Day, Cancer Benefit for Bruce Horne, Call for Vacant Director Positions, and Upcoming UPSE Educationals (see Accent).
Bell Let’s Talk Day is on January 25, 2017
January 24, 2017
- For every text message you send on January 25, Bell will donate 5¢ more to mental health initiatives.
- For every mobile and long distance call you make on January 25, Bell will donate 5¢ more to mental health initiatives.
- Each time you tweet on January 25 using #BellLetsTalk, Bell will donate 5¢ more to mental health initiatives.
- Each time you post on January 25 using #BellLetsTalk, Bell will donate 5¢ more to mental health initiatives.
- Every time you watch our Bell Let’s Talk video on January 25 we’ll donate 5¢ more to mental health initiatives.
- Each time you send a snap using the Bell Let’s Talk geofilter on January 25, Bell will donate 5¢ more to mental health initiatives.
UPSE Photos: 55th Annual Convention
January 19, 2017
Check out some of the photos from the union's 55th Annual Convention (see more).
Workplace Violence Survey for Health PEI Employees
January 16, 2017
President Karen Jackson encourages all UPSE health care members to participate in the following important survey about workplace violence. She encourages full participation in the survey as it provides an opportunity for the membership to have their concerns heard.
From Health PEI: Health PEI takes its responsibility for providing a safe workplace seriously, including preventing and reducing violence in the workplace. You are being invited to take part in this survey so that we can make improvements to our health and safety policies and practices. The results of this survey will help prevent injuries and illnesses at your work site.
This survey will take 15 minutes of your time to complete. Please note that you will not have to provide your name or contact information. All responses will remain anonymous and confidential and no question is mandatory; however, the more accurate and complete the information you provide, the more useful the data.
The survey is currently open until January 27, 2017. Take the survey here: (Survey)
UPSE Supports Members at Mill River
January 12, 2017
President Jackson says "there are 49 employees affected by the sale of Mill River. This includes nine permanent employees, thirty nine casual employees, and one special projects staff. They have been contacted by the employer and informed of the news, and we will be meeting with our members to discuss their options as provided under the collective agreement” (see more).
Cancer Benefit for Bruce Horne (February 22, 2017)
January 11, 2017
A cancer benefit for Bruce Horne (Chief Steward, Local 1) will be held at the Elmsdale Community Centre at 7 p.m. on February 22, 2017. Bruce has undergone chemotherapy and radiation treatments in Charlottetown, and thoracic surgery in Halifax. He has been off work since September 2016 and is expected to return to work in the spring. Any donations or money raised will help Bruce with travel costs and any other costs associated with cancer treatments. The benefit will feature an auction, a 50/50 draw, and tickets will be on sale for a gift basket. There will be a canteen and some great local entertainment.
Donations can be made at the credit union #33004-101.
UPSE Has A Heart
January 9, 2017
Are you a non-profit or charitable organization seeking financial support? If so, the UPSE Has a Heart team is looking for a proposal from your organization.
To present your proposal please call the UPSE office at 902-892-5335 by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 3, 2017 to reserve your time. The presentations will take place on February 7 and 8, 2017.