PRESS RELEASE – MILL RIVER
PEI Union of Public Sector Employees
April 29, 2016
The PEI Union of Public Sector Employees is calling for government to respect the consultation process as outlined in the collective agreement between PEI UPSE and the Province. Yesterday’s announcement that Mill River will be leased to a private company was a complete surprise to PEI UPSE President Karen Jackson. The Minister of Economic Development and Tourism indicated in the media that government has been working on this deal for some time. “That means the government had ample time to consult with the Union that represents these members, so we could ensure that their rights under the collective agreement are protected.” stated Karen Jackson, PEI UPSE President.
President Jackson has worked hard to establish good relations with government. “Since I began my presidency of PEI UPSE last December, I have worked very stridently to maintain communications and protocols between our union and government. I believe in consultation and the benefit of face-to-face discussion and personal relationships,” added Jackson.
The Members of PEI UPSE who work at the Mill River facilities are not merely assets of a business operation. They were not given the opportunity to be represented by their union and ensure that their rights under the collective agreement are protected. Consultation between PEI UPSE and the government is an integral part of the process laid out in the collective agreement.
PEI UPSE is committed to work with government to ensure that our members continue to provide valuable services to Islanders.
Contact: Blair Weeks – (902) 892-5335