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        UPSE and Community Inclusions Sign Collective Agreement

        December 6, 2019

        dUPSE and Community Inclusions have signed a new three-year collective agreement. UPSE President, Karen Jackson, thanks the bargaining team for their work in negotiating a fair wage and benefit package for the membership.

        Pic L-R: Kevin Porter (Executive Director, Community Inclusions), Karen Jackson (UPSE President), and Hans Connor (UPSE LRO/Lawyer).

         

        National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (December 6, 2019)

        December 5, 2019

        dThe Prince Edward Island Union of Public Sector Employees commemorates the 14 young women who died beuse they were women on December 6, 1989 at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. 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. Remembering École Polytechnique (see more).

        Charlottetown Memorial Service: Friday, December 6 (12:00 noon to 1:00 pm) Memorial Hall, Confederation Centre of the Arts

        Summerside Memorial Service: Friday, December 6 (12 noon) Presbyterian Church, 130 Victoria Road (next to Three Oaks High School)

        UPSE Offers a Workshop on Bully-Free Workplaces!

        December 4, 2019

        dUPSE offers a workshop on Bully-Free Workplaces - know your rights & responsibilities when it comes to workplace bullying. Lead the change to a positive and healthy workplace! Contact the UPSE office for more information.

        ll 902-892-5335, 1-800-897-8773 or email peiupse@

         

        International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2019

        December 3, 2019

        International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is a United Nations (UN) International Day that focuses on promoting the rights and well-being of people with disabilities. The 2019 theme for International Day of Persons with Disabilities is promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership: taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda. More must be done to ensure that people with disabilities are full and equal participants in the workplace and in nadian society. The removal of all barriers, physil and social, for people with disabilities is necessary to achieving a just and fair nation (see full story).

        The Accent

        November 29, 2019

        dCheck out the latest edition of The Accent.

        UPSE supports the Purple Ribbon mpaign Against Violence!

         

        UPSE Kids Christmas Party/s!

        November 27, 2019

        dAll members and their children are invited to UPSE's Kids Christmas Party/s in Summerside (December 14, Credit Union Place) and Charlottetown (December 15, Cody Banks Arena).

        See full details (here).

        Note: Helmets are required for all those participating in the skate at the Cody Banks Arena.

        Please contact UPSE to register by December 6/19 ... ll 902-892-5335 (toll free 1-800-897-8773) or email peiupse@

        UPSE Members Receive the Shelley L. Woods Excellence in Person Centered re Award!

        November 27, 2019

        dUPSE congratulates Nancy Rattray Smith and Crystal Dumville on being named co-recipients of the Shelley L. Woods Excellence in Person Centered re Award!

        The award is well deserved and exemplifies the wonderful re you give Islanders (see full story).

         

        Guardian Cheers Sheriffs for their Work at PEI's Courthouses!

        November 25, 2019

        CHEERS: To the sheriffs for their work at P.E.I.’s courthouses. Anyone who attends court proceedings will see the sheriffs as they maintain security and safety during what n often be emotional or stressful times for the people involved. Taking abuse is part of the job as they are sometimes insulted, threatened and even spit on by inmates who are under their watch. They do the job with professionalism in a sometimes unpredictable environment (The Guardian).

        Health Members: Important Bargaining Reminder

        November 22, 2019

        A reminder to all Health members that Demand Forms are due back to the UPSE Office by December 16th by 4:00 pm

        If you do not have a copy, please see attached link to print a PDF copy.

        Please ensure that you send them in so that your issues n be addressed at the Bargaining Table.

        PEI UPSE/Cooke Insurance Donations

        November 21, 2019

        UPSE partners annually with Cooke Insurance to fund donations presented to Island non-for profit groups via a cheque presentation at UPSE's annual convention. UPSE President Karen Jackson and Cooke Insurance's Representative Edna Reid made the presentations to ring Cupboard Bloomfield (pictured), Community Connections, Cybria Lions Club, Souris Lions Club, Esther Finkle Fund and Santa's Angels. Morell & Area Early Learning Centre, Community Inclusions & Toys for Tots were also selected recipients.

         

        UPSE's Member of the Year!

        November 18, 2019

        dCongratulations to Paula Matheson, UPSE's Member of the Year! Paula received the award at UPSE's Annual Convention. She has acted in the role of Steward, Chief Steward, Director of Lol 2, and Chair of the UPSE Edution Committee. Paula has also taken nearly every course UPSE has offered since joining the Union (see more).

        Pic (L-R): Karen Jackson (UPSE President) presents the Member of the Year award to Paula Matheson.

         

        UPSE's 58th Annual Convention Begins Tonight!

        November 15, 2019

        dUPSE's 58th Annual Convention begins this evening at 6:00 pm at the Delta Prince Edward in Charlottetown. President Jackson will deliver her report to the delegation; UPSE's committees will provide updates on their work; and delegates will debate resolutions on the floor.

         

         

        All Members Invited to UPSE Dance at Convention!

        November 14, 2019

        dAll members are invited to UPSE's 58th Annual Convention dance on Saturday, November 16, from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Eddie Quinn and Old Habits will be playing some great tunes so come on out and dance the night away!

         

         

        Remembrance Day

        November 11, 2019

        dRemembering those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice and all those who continue to fight for the rights and freedoms of all ... Lest We Forget.

         

         

        UPSE's Lol 19 Launches Personal Guide Book!

        November 7, 2019

        dLol 19 Retirees launched their new "Personal Guide Book for Family/regivers" at the Murchison Centre today in Charlottetown. The guide helps you and your family navigate your personal business affairs should you become inpacitated or die. We never know what the future will bring. Putting our affairs in order is important at any age, especially for seniors.

        Pic (L-R): Eileen Brown, Jude Driscoll, rol McGrath and Rita Redmond.

        Attention UPSE Members in Health PEI: Important Bargaining Info

        November 7, 2019

        dUPSE has emailed members in Health PEI a link to important information about bargaining (including meeting dates and your proposal form). UPSE has mailed this information to those members without an email address on file. If you have not received this communition please contact the UPSE office at 902-892-5335, toll free at 1-800-897-8773 or email peiupse@

        See dates for your Lol tegory Meetings (here).

        Harmony and Understanding in the Multi-Generational Workplace

        November 6, 2019

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        UPSE held its Harmony and Understanding in the Multi-Generational Workplace course at the office in Charlottetown today. The course discusses and provides strategies regarding how members from different generations n work together!

        The Advote

        November 6, 2019

        Check out the latest edition of The Advote. UPSE launches "Stop Workplace Violence" mpaign; see resolutions and info on executive elections for upcoming convention; UPSE budget; grievances and bargaining, and more.

        Early Childhood Edution Week: Nov 3-10, 2019

        November 5, 2019

        dEarly Childhood Edution Week (November 3-10) UPSE salutes Early Childhood Edutors and is proud to recognize their valuable contribution to our society. They provide safe, ring and stimulating learning environments for our children. UPSE thanks you for your dedition.

         

        New Changes to PEI Workplace Harassment Regulations

        November 5, 2019

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        Workers Compensation Board of Prince Edward Island has introduced changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations on workplace harassment. The amendments to the OHS Act and Regulations outline the responsibilities of employers and workers to prevent harassment in the workplace (see more).

        Download WCB's New OHS App!

        November 5, 2019

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        WCB is pleased to launch a new OHS App which will provide employers and workers with better access to workplace health and safety information wherever they are. Download it today on Google Play or the App Store.

         

         

        Union Edution: Addressing Workload and Overworking

        October 25, 2019

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        The Union of Public Sector Employees launched a new course for the membership lled Addressing Workload and Overworking at the office in Charlottetown. This course addresses workload issues and the stress it uses and makes reference to the collective agreement, OHS Act provisions, and employer and WCB policies in order to: provide alternatives and security for members and help to establish a workplace that is respectful and provides a safe environment with a reasonable workload.

        UPSE Launches mpaign: "Stop Workplace Violence!"

        October 25, 2019

        UPSE launched its "Stop Workplace Violence!" mpaign to raise awareness about the occurrence of workplace violence in health re facilities across Prince Edward Island. The mpaign includes TV Ads that show the type of incidents UPSE's frontline health re workers face every day.

        UPSE conducted a survey of Resident re Workers, Patient re Workers and Licensed Practil Nurses who work in the health system. The results were alarming: 90% of these front-line health re workers have experienced violence in the workplace (see more).

        The Accent

        October 23, 2019

        Check out the latest edition of The Accent. Important Bargaining Information for UPSE members in Health PEI (see Accent).

        Attention UPSE Health re Members!

        October 18, 2019

        Please make sure your contact information is up-to-date and please include your email address as UPSE will be sending out your bargaining information packages very shortly (update contact information).

        New Contract for Community Inclusions Ltd.

        October 18, 2019

        dfdCommunity Inclusions Ltd. ratified a new three year collective agreement as of October 17, 2019 with signifint support from the membership. President Jackson thanks the UPSE bargaining team for their hard work in negotiations.

         

        Union Edution: Steward Level I

        October 17, 2019

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        The Union of Public Sector Employees held its Steward Level 1 edution session at the office in Charlottetown. This course helps members learn about the important role Stewards play in the union, what makes unions strong and what tools are required to act effectively in the role of Steward.

        2019 UPSE Bursary Applitions Now Available

        October 16, 2019

        dUnion members, spouses or dependents who are in full-time attendance at an accredited College or University are invited to submit an applition for an UPSE bursary.

        Twelve of the bursaries are $500 and one, the Laurie Jenkins Memorial, is valued at $1,000 as well as another valued at $1,000 (see more information).

        New Contract for Lady Slipper Villa

        October 16, 2019

        dfdLady Slipper Villa ratified a new collective agreement as of October 10, 2019 with signifint support from the membership. The new agreement is for three years.

        President Jackson thanks the UPSE bargaining team for their hard work in negotiations.

        Happy Thanksgiving!

        October 11, 2019

        dfHappy Thanksgiving to one and all! We hope you are able to spend some quality time this weekend with family and friends and reflect on the things you are thankful for. To those that are working this weekend, we Thank You for your dedition in providing valuable services across the Province to all Islanders.

        Karen Jackson,

        President, UPSE

        Union Edution: Welcome to UPSE

        October 10, 2019

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        The Union of Public Sector Employees held its keystone course - Welcome to UPSE - at the office in Charlottetown. This introductory course helps members learn about UPSE's history and evolution in PEI, about the union's structure and how it works, and about the tools members need to rry out their roles as union members.

        The Accent

        October 10, 2019

        Check out the latest edition of The Accent. ll for nominations for lol 13 (Director); snow clearing tender; and apply to the UPSE Bursary Program (see Accent).

        See the New Civil Service/IRAC/WCB Collective Agreement

        October 9, 2019

        UPSE and the Civil Service/IRAC/WCB have signed a new collective agreement. The UPSE bargaining team worked hard to secure a fair wage and benefit package for the membership over the next four years. On October 31 members will receive their retroactive pay. See the Civil Service/IRAC/WCB collective agreement.

        Snow Clearing Tender

        October 7, 2019

        dPlease submit tenders for a seasonal contract agreement for the 2019/20 Winter Season. The services will include snow removal from UPSE’s upper and lower parking lots by 7:30 a.m., as well as shoveling, sanding and salting of entrance areas. Return visits may be required on the same day depending on conditions. Preference will be given to members and the lowest tender may not necessarily be accepted.

        Please send tenders by November 1/2019 to:

        Union of Public Sector Employees
        c/o Kevin Gotell, Secretary Treasurer
        4 Enman Crescent
        Charlottetown, PE
        C1E 1E6

        NUPGE Guide to Party Platforms Now Available!

        October 4, 2019

        dOur National Union (National Union of Public and General Employees) has put together a guide on the current federal election.
        The 2019 Federal Election Voter’s Guide looks at what the parties are proposing. “Whether it’s income inequality, climate change, labour rights, health re, or housing, what happens in this federal election will have a huge impact on this country and our future.”  — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

        We encourage all members to get informed, get engaged, and vote on October 21.

        Police and Peace Officers Memorial Service in Ottawa

        October 3, 2019

        dfThis is the 22nd year that UPSE and Community and Correctional Services Division has co-sponsored attendance at the Police and Peace Officer Memorial Service in Ottawa. This service provides an opportunity for professional development, networking, and honouring fallen colleagues.

        In 1998, the federal government officially proclaimed the last Sunday of each September as Police and Peace Officers' National Memorial Day. This service gives nadians an opportunity to express their appreciation for the ultimate dedition of these police and peace officers.

        Pic L-R: Brett Hancock (Youth Worker), Kelly mpbell (Youth Worker and Correctional Officer), Jeff MacDonald (Correctional Officer), Chris Oatway (Scheduling Officer) and Myles McInnis (Correctional Officer).

        Thinking of Retiring? New Rules for CSSF Members as of January 1, 2020

        September 30, 2019

        dBeginning January 1, 2020, members must identify their spouse at the time of retirement. Only the person named at the time of retirement will be eligible to receive spousal survivor benefits. Under the new terms of your pension plan, you must complete a Declaration of Marital Status form at the time of retirement. You will be required to identify your spouse or declare that you do not have a spouse. A common-law partner is considered a spouse if you are not married to anyone else and are living together in a relationship for at least 3 years (supported by income tax filings), or if you are the named parents to a natural or adopted child (supported by a long-form birth certifite).

        PEIYouth4Climate - Global Strike for Climate: 12-2 pm Charlottetown

        September 27, 2019

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        Join PEI Youth from 12-2 pm, as they participate in the Global Strike for Climate on Friday September 27 outside of Province House on Grafton Street, Charlottetown. Parents, Grandparents, Neighbours, Teachers, all Adults we need your support. “If not you, then who? If not now, then when?

        One in two nadians say we need urgent action to reduce emissions and 9 out of 10 voters see climate action as important or urgent. It’s obvious that climate change is an issue that transcends politil lines (CCPA).

        The Accent

        September 26, 2019

        Check out the latest edition of The Accent. UPSE's 58th Annual Convention will take place on November 15 and 16; express interest in UPSE's upcoming edution sessions; and nominate who you think should be UPSE's member of the year (see Accent).

        UPSE and Morell and Area Early Learning Centre Sign Collective Agreement

        September 24, 2019

        dThe Union of Public Sector Employees and Morell and Area Early Learning Centre have signed a new two-year collective agreement. UPSE President, Karen Jackson, thanks the bargaining team (Hans Connor, LRO/Lawyer and Maxine MacDonald, Early Childhood Edutor) for their work in negotiating a fair wage and benefit package for the membership.

        Pic L-R: Kevin Gotell (UPSE Secretary Treasurer), Angela MacDonald (Morell and Area Secretary Treasurer), Karen Jackson (UPSE President) and Hans Connor (UPSE LRO/Lawyer).

        Convention: Prince Edward Island Federation of Labour

        September 19, 2019

        dThe PEI Federation of Labour is hosting its 55th Annual Convention in Summerside on November 1 and 2, 2019. UPSE n send up to 40 members to the Convention and currently has 40 members registered. If you are interested in attending the Convention please contact the UPSE office and you will be placed on a wait list in se there are ncellations. ll 902-892-5335, 1-800-897-8773, or email peiupse@.

        Join the Youth-led #FridaysForFuture School Climate Strike on September 20!

        September 17, 2019

        dIn days, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg will lead the world’s biggest children’s action for the climate EVER, just before a crucial global summit! Now these brave young heroes are asking all of us to back them. Together, we ll for rapidly shifting our societies and economies to a 100% clean energy future.

        Join us in front of Province House (Charlottetown) at 3:30 pm on September 20 to show solidarity with youth-led #FridaysForFuture school climate strikes happening across nada and around the world on Fridays. All are welcome! The aim of this event is to be a civil, peaceful gathering to express our love for humanity and our concern for the future. Bring signs and invite everyone you know to come. NOW is the time to demand rapid change, as millions of us walk out of our homes and workplaces to join young people in the streets for the biggest global climate strike yet.

        Pic: Greta Thunberg is a Swedish environmental activist who is credited with raising global awareness of the risks posed by climate change.

        Book Tour-Maude Barlow: Whose Water is it Anyway?

        September 17, 2019

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        Check Join Maude Barlow for a discussion on Blue Communities, water protection, and her new book, Whose Water is it Anyway? Taking water protection into public hands. When? September 25 at 7:00 p.m. Where? The Georgian Room, Rodd Charlottetown, 75 Kent St, Charlottetown, PEI

        The facts are undisputable – our world’s freshwater sources are in danger. Now, more than ever, we need to make a commitment to protect water from pollution, abuse and corporate greed – and that’s where the Blue Communities Project comes in (learn more).

        Wage Increase for Community Connections

        September 16, 2019

        dUPSE and Community Connections have agreed to a 9% wage increase for 2019. This includes a 4.5% increase as of April 1, 2019 and a 4.5% increase as of October 1, 2019. UPSE President, Karen Jackson, thanks Troy Warren (Lead Negotiator) and the bargaining team for their work in securing the new wage package.

        The Accent

        September 16, 2019

        Check out the latest edition of The Accent. Convention ll for the PEI Federation of Labour; ll for Vant Director Positions; UPSE's Stance on Privatizing the Sale of Alcohol and more (see Accent).

        Attention All 2019 UPSE Convention Delegates

        September 16, 2019

        The Convention Registration form for delegates will be sent out via email today, September 16, 2019. Please check your email (it is possible that it could go in your junk folder).  There is a link in the email to the online registration form which will take under 1 minute to complete.  Moving to an online registration process is more environmentally conscious and efficient.

        UPSE Supports the Golf for Gencheff Charity Golf Tournament

        September 16, 2019

        dUPSE participated in the annual Golf for Gencheff Charity Golf Tournament on Friday, September 13, 2019. Funds raised will go to mp Gencheff which is loted in Bellevue Cove, Prince Edward Island. The mp is for people, including children and adults, with disabilities. Gencheff is open all summer with respite mps in the off season. Karen Jackson, UPSE President, said "we were very pleased to participate again this year in this important event. mp Gencheff is invaluable to people with disabilities and enriches the quality of life for all its mpers!”  

        Pic L-R: Jim Ryan (UPSE 3rd Vice President) and Kevin Gotell (UPSE Secretary Treasurer) at the Golf for Gencheff Charity Golf Tournament.

        UPSE and Civil Service/IRAC/WCB Sign New Collective Agreement

        September 11, 2019

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        UPSE and the Civil Service/IRAC/WCB have signed a new collective agreement. The UPSE bargaining team worked hard to secure a fair wage and benefit package for the membership over the next four years. On October 3, 2019 members will see their hourly rate updated to reflect the new wage increases, and on October 31 members will receive their retroactive pay.

        Pic Top L-R: Jason Rendell (HR Manager), Rona Smith (Executive Director, Executive Council Office), Susan Harris (UPSE Bargaining Team), Steve Mollins (Co-Chair, UPSE Bargaining Team), Brian Bruce (UPSE Bargaining Team) and Kurt Taylor (UPSE Bargaining Team).

        Pic Bottom L-R: Isabelle Keeler (Lawyer, Cox & Palmer), Tanya Rowell (Director, HR and Labour Relations), Darlene Compton (Minister of Finance), Karen Jackson (UPSE President), Kevin Gotell (UPSE Secretary Treasurer) and Troy Warren (UPSE Lead Negotiator).

        All Are Invited to the Fourth Annual Festival of Forests

        September 10, 2019

        dJoin Macphail Woods and the Environmental Coalition of PEI for a family-friendly fun-filled celebration of Island Forests.

        There will be lol food, face painting, arts and crafts, kids' games, guided forest walks, micro-workshops, a silent auction, live raptors and more!

        When: Sunday, September 15th 1 pm - 4 pm Where: 269 Macphail Park Rd., Orwell, PE Contact: 902-651-2575, danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org, macphailwoods.org

        Building a Just and Sustainable Future: September 17 and 18, 2019

        September 9, 2019

        dfTrade Justice PEI presents "Building a Just and Sustainable Future" on September 17 and 18, 2019. Attend the Movie Night and Coffee House on September 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the ss Science Hall (Learning Centre) at the University of Prince Edward Island. There will be music, short films and refreshments.

        Attend a Public Talk on September 18 at 7 p.m. at the Prince Edward Island Farm Centre. Clayton Thomas Muller will speak on Climate Justice, Indigenous Rights and Trade Justice.

        Civil Service, IRAC and Worker's Compensation Board Ratifition Results

        August 30, 2019

        The Civil Service, IRAC and WCB Ratifition results are in and the membership has spoken with a resounding 91% in favour to accept the negotiated package.

        President Jackson would like to thank Troy Warren (Lead Negotiator) and all of the Team members who worked so hard on UPSE's behalf to bring the best possible deal to our members.

        Congratulations on a job well done!

        Lol Election Results for Odd Numbered Lols

        August 30, 2019

        Congratulations to all our members who put their names forward in the recent election for Directors in odd numbered lols. Two elections were held for Lols 3 and 19. Arlene Bowness of Lol 3 was the successful ndidate and two new Lol 19 Directors were successful, Doris MacKinnon and Juanita Gallant.

        All other odd numbered lol Directors remain the same with the exception of Lol 5, Susan Harris, will fill the 2nd Director position.

        I want to thank all our members for participating in the democratic process. I look forward to working with the Board of Directors as we continue to meet the challenges and opportunities ahead for the membership.

        Karen Jackson (President, UPSE)

        Labour Day Message to Members

        August 28, 2019


        Celebrating Labour!
        On behalf of the Prince Edward Island Union of Public Sector Employees I am pleased to extend Labour Day greetings to the working people of Prince Edward Island and their families. Labour Day is about celebrating our rights as workers and recognizing the social and economic achievements that workers have brought to our province and nation. The labour movement has brought us the eight-hour day, weekends, minimum wages, workplace health and safety laws, parental leave, vation standards, statutory holidays and much more! Labour is currently fighting for a National Pharmare Program for all nadians, the implementation of the nada Mental Health Strategy, a living wage, and a strong public health re system in the face of encroaching privatization. Let’s stand together with labour to achieve these goals and improve the lives of all nadians! Please have a safe and enjoyable Labour Day weekend.

        Karen Jackson (President, UPSE)

        Federation of Labour Picnic

        August 28, 2019

        Please join the PEI Federation of Labour for their 19th Annual Labour Day Picnic and BBQ, Monday September 2, 2019 from 11:00am to 1:00pm at Joseph Ghiz Memorial Park.

        See Poster for more information

        The Advote

        August 15, 2019

        Check out the latest edition of The Advote. Karen Jackson, UPSE President, talks about the Workplace Violence Survey results; see bargaining and grievance update, as well as articles on intimate partner violence, the importance of implementing a national pharmare program, and keeping the sale of liquor out of convenience stores (see Advote).

        Civil Service Ratifition Packages have been mailed

        August 9, 2019

        The Civil Service Ratifition packages have been mailed out today, Friday August 9th. You should receive your package via nada Post mail next week. If your mailing information is not correct with us, please contact our office to update that as soon as possible at 902-892-5335 or email Norma Jarvis

        If you do not receive your package by Monday August 19th, please contact our office to obtain another one.

        See dates and lotions for the (Contract Explanation Sessions).

        Please note: If you are unable to attend the meeting in your area, you may attend a session scheduled in another lotion.

        The Accent

        August 7, 2019

        Check out the latest edition of The Accent. Karen Jackson, UPSE President, talks about the Workplace Violence Survey results; and a ll for two vant director positions goes out for Lol 12 (see Accent).

        RCW, PCW and Addiction Workers get a Reclassifition

        August 5, 2019

        During the last round of collective bargaining, the union's members were seeking a change to the pay sle for Resident re Workers, Patient re Workers, and Addiction Workers.  As a result, a memorandum of agreement was signed between the union and the employer that required a classifition review for these level 8 positions (see more)

        UPSE Pays Tribute to Joyce Paynter

        August 1, 2019

        dfdUPSE pays tribute to WWII Veteran Joyce Gwendyl Paynter (nee Andrews) of Charlottetown (formally of French River), who passed away on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at the age of 93 (see more). Joyce was a true example of UPSE proud. She believed in the union and stayed active through the years. She was a member of lol 19, participated in the UPSE Has a Heart mpaign each year, and always looked forward to reading her quarterly publition of The Advote. As an UPSE member, Joyce was tireless in giving back to the community. She was truly an inspiration to all!

        Pic L-R: Joyce Paynter (Lol 19) and Karen Jackson (UPSE President)

        Heat Warning and Preutions

        July 30, 2019

        UPSE reminds members and all Islanders to take preutions during hot and humid weather. Environment nada has issued a heat warning for Prince Edward Island as temperatures are expected to reach 30 degrees Celsius this week. Workers (both indoor and outdoor) are at risk for illness due to the conditions.  Heat related disorders include sunburn, heat rash, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. 

        For more information on the signs and symptoms, treatment and prevention of the above see WCB’s Guide to Prevention of Heat Stress at Work. It is the employer’s duty (OHS Act, section 12) to ensure “that every reasonable preution is taken to protect the occupational health and safety of persons at or near the workplace.” 

        Bargaining Update: Civil Service/IRAC/WCB

        July 30, 2019

        dThe ratifition packages have not been sent out to the membership yet due to unforeseen delays.  UPSE apologizes for the inconvenience and will sign off on appropriate language from the employer once received. 

        The bargaining team is working hard to have the kits distributed in August and will hold information sessions across the province for members.  Please stay tuned for further updates.

        25th Annual Pride Parade!

        July 30, 2019

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        UPSE was out in full colour supporting fellow Islanders at the 25th annual Pride parade in Charlottetown. The 2SLGBTQIA+ community has been marching in the streets of Charlottetown since 1994 to demonstrate support for 2SLGBTQIA+ equality and equity.

        Let’s work together to promote human rights and end all forms of discrimination.

         

        UPSE Summer Fun Day at Shining Waters Family Fun Park

        July 24, 2019

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        I want to thank all the members who me out to Shining Waters to take part in UPSE’s Family Fun Day!

        It was great to see you and your families having fun and enjoying the summer together!

        Karen Jackson,
        President, UPSE

         

        Happy Pride! (Pride Parade: Saturday, July 27, 2019)

        July 23, 2019

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        President Jackson wishes all a Happy Pride Festival and invites UPSE members to take part in the Pride Parade on Saturday, July 27, 2019. The parade starts at 1:00 pm on Terry Fox Drive in Victoria Park. The Prince Edward Island Union of Public Sector Employees is proud to support Pride PEI’s 25th annual Pride Parade celebrating inclusion and diversity across the province!

        Let’s work together to promote human rights and end all forms of discrimination.

        The Accent

        July 18, 2019

        Check out the latest edition of The Accent. Register for UPSE's Annual Golf Tournament; attend the Pride Parade; and fill out an applition to attend the Police and Peace Officers Memorial Service (see Accent).

        Provincial Libraries Offering Library of Things!

        July 18, 2019

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        Provincial libraries are having a hard time keeping items on the shelf since they started offering a Library of Things! You n sign out items using your library rd. Some examples of what is available includes telescopes, ukuleles, snowshoes, sensory kits, yoga mats and technology kits. Items vary from library to library (see more).

        Pic L-R: Kelly Gillis (branch technician at the Alberton Public Library) and Rebec Boulter (regional librarian for West Prince).

         

        Bargaining Update: Civil Service Collective Bargaining

        July 11, 2019

        We have just received the language from the Employer that we have been waiting for. Ratifition packages should be sent out in the next week to all active Civil Service members listed on our database.

        If we do not have your up-to-date contact information, please contact the office or Click here so that your package is not delayed getting out to you.

        We will be holding meetings across the province following the mail out of the ratifition kits to address any issues or questions. The dates and lotions of these meetings will be posted on our website and sent via email to members in this group.

        Happy nada Day!

        June 28, 2019

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        I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy nada Day and special thanks to all UPSE members working over the nada Day weekend for your dedition and service to Islanders.

        Karen Jackson (President, UPSE)

        The UPSE office will be closed on Monday, July 1, 2019.

        Reminder: National Union's Scholarship Program for 2019

        June 27, 2019

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        Each year, the 390,000-member National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) offers 6 scholarships of $1,500 each that reflect its pursuit of equal opportunity for workers. Entrants must be the children or grandchildren, or the foster children or the foster grandchildren, of members or retirees of the National Union's Component unions or its affiliates and who are planning to enter the 1st year of a nadian public, post-secondary edutional institution on a full-time basis in 2019.  

        All scholarships awarded will be based on the best 750 — 1,000 word essay (see topics and more info). Essays will be marked on the basis of content and style. The deadline for applitions and essays is July 4, 2019. There may be additional requirements for each scholarship.

        UPSE and Holland College Administrative Sign Collective Agreement

        June 26, 2019

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        PEI UPSE and Holland College Administrative have signed a new three - year collective agreement with strong support from the membership. Karen Jackson, UPSE President, thanked the bargaining team (Corey Marchbank, Jean Lykow, Jennifer MacEachern, Richie Judson, Tyler Holmes, and Steve Hagen) for their time and effort in negotiating the new contract.

        Pic: Top L-R Tyler Holmes (Co-Chair, UPSE Bargaining Committee), Andrew Jack (UPSE Labour Relations Officer), Jill meron (Human Resources Manager, Holland College) and Ken Heckbert (CFO, Holland College) Bottom L-R Karen Jackson (UPSE President) and Dr. Sandy MacDonald (President, Holland College).

        Historic Step for Workers Around the World!

        June 24, 2019

        dnada’s unions join workers everywhere in celebrating the historic adoption of a new International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention and Recommendation addressing violence and harassment in the world of work. The Convention promotes and realizes the right of everyone to a world of work free from violence and harassment (see more).

        UPSE President Attends National Convention

        June 21, 2019

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        UPSE President, Karen Jackson, attends the NUPGE Triennial Convention in Winnipeg with delegates from all components.

        Together they will discuss key issues and set the course for the nadian labour movement over the next three years.

         

        Tax avoidance costing nada up to $25B a year: PBO

        June 21, 2019

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        For the second time this week, experts are sounding the alarm on the multi-billion-dollar cost of tax dodging. The Parliamentary Budget Officer’s report suggests nada is losing up to $25 billion or more a year in tax revenues from multinational corporations avoiding taxes through tax havens (see more).


        NUPGE Convention Begins on June 21, 2019

        June 20, 2019

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        This national Convention marks a 43 year milestone for the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE). 2019 also marks the 100 year anniversary of the Winnipeg General Strike. The Triennial Convention, with delegates from all components including UPSE, is the supreme governing body of NUPGE. Between conventions, the National Union's governing body is the National Executive Board, which comes from the leadership of all the components (see more).

        Town Hall on the Green New Deal: June 26, 2019

        June 19, 2019

        Trade Justice PEI is a sponsor of the Town Hall on the Green New Deal which will take place on Wednesday, June 26th at Trinity United Church (Gym) at 7 p.m.
        A truly transformative Green New Deal will require changes in trade rules, how we support international development and how we respect Indigenous Rights.  These changes align directly with the alternative model for trade and international cooperation promoted by Trade Justice PEI.

        The Town Hall is an initiative of the Council of nadians and they are looking for volunteers to act as table facilitators. Please contact Nouhad Mourad of the Council of nadians if you are interested (mouradnm@gmail.com).

        Please see the Facebook event page (here).

        UPSE Member Receives Award for Votional Rehabilitation

        June 18, 2019

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        Congratulations to Ann Maxwell (Lol 18) on receiving an award from the Votional Rehabilitation Association of nada (VRA) for her dedition, commitment and hard work in the field of Votional Rehabilitation.

        Ann has been a member of VRA since 1999 and has served on the national Board of Directors and the Atlantic Society Board of Directors. She has also been elected President of the VRA nada - Atlantic Society for four terms.

         

         

        Member Discount: Maritime Fun Group Store

        June 18, 2019

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        Maritime Fun Group is pleased to offer UPSE members a special corporate offer of 10% off the entire Maritime Fun Group store (see details).

         

         

        Congratulations UPSE Stewards!

        June 14, 2019

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        Congratulations to our UPSE Stewards who just completed their Advanced Steward training. Our members' issues are in good hands with our pable Stewards. Thank you to our sister union, NBU, for sending Terry Richard and Norm Bourque to facilitate this course. This is another great example of solidarity and collaboration with our maritime unions.

        Pic (L-R) Norm Bourque (Board member, NBU), Karen Jackson (President, UPSE) and Terry Richard (Board member, NBU).

         

         

        Public Service Week: Children's Wish Foundation Barbecue

        June 13, 2019

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        UPSE President, Karen Jackson, attended the Children's Wish Foundation barbecue at the PAB Courtyard in Charlottetown in celebration of National Public Service Week. Jackson thanked the membership and all public service employees for their continued help in making our communities safe, secure and healthy. She also congratulated Clarence Brown (Lol 1) for winning the Douglas McMaster Memorial OHS Award. The award is presented each year during national public service week and celebrates individual or team achievements by government employees in the promotion and development of health and safety.

         

        Pic: (Bottom, L-R) Karen Jackson (UPSE President) and Clarence Brown (Douglas McMaster Memorial OHS Award Winner)

        UPSE Edution: Advanced Steward

        June 13, 2019

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        UPSE is holding its Advanced Steward course at the union office in Charlottetown. The course is for experienced stewards who have completed level I and II training. Topics include but are not limited to the following: progressive discipline, duty of fair representation, duty to accommodate, harassment, insubordination, absenteeism and unfair discipline.

        We Want Universal Pharmare!

        June 12, 2019

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        The Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmare has released its final report and it recommends a universal pharmare program for all nadians. Our elected officials now need to support this recommendation and provide a universal pharmare program for all nadians (Write your MP).

        World Day Against Child Labour: June 12, 2019

        June 12, 2019

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        June 12, 2019 is World Day Against Child Labour. The day, launched in 2002, is an International Labour Organization (ILO) sanctioned holiday about creating awareness and building the worldwide movement against child labour in its many forms.  nada recently ratified the ILO's Minimum Age Convention which requires countries to establish a minimum employment age of 15 years and protect young workers from hazardous work. In the Atlantic Provinces, both Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island do not stipulate a minimum age.

        UPSE Retirees (Lol 19) Enjoy Potluck!

        June 11, 2019

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        UPSE retirees, who are part of Lol 19, hold a meeting at the UPSE office in Charlottetown to discuss issues and enjoy a lovely potluck meal together!

         

         

        The Accent

        June 11, 2019

        Check out the latest edition of The Accent. Summer Family Fun Day is July 21, 2019; see ll for nominations for Directors in odd numbered lols and for the UPSE Executive - First Vice-President and Third Vice-President (see Accent).

        UPSE Edution: Steward Level II

        June 7, 2019

        dUPSE held its Steward Level II course at the office in Charlottetown. The course is an informative follow-up to the Level 1 offering.

        Topics such as knowing your membership, working with your union executive, grievance preparation, problem solving and conflict resolution are covered.

         

         

        Public Services Deserve Recognition

        June 7, 2019

        National Public Service Week is June 9-15, 2019.  This is a week to recognize the value of public services in all our lives and to acknowledge the contributions of public service workers. We sometimes take our public services for granted but try to imagine our lives without them. The truth is, we depend on our public services every day – and if we really think about it, public services are about being part of something bigger than ourselves (see more).

        The Accent

        June 7, 2019

        Check out the latest edition of The Accent. The union's Welcome to UPSE course for Holland College members will run on June 26, 2019 (see Accent).

        Bargaining Update: UPSE and Civil Service Reach Tentative Agreement

        June 6, 2019

        dThe Union of Public Sector Employees and the Civil Service have reached a tentative agreement after the latest round of negotiations on June 5 and 6, 2019. Negotiations took place over a six month period and included nine separate sessions. Teams worked very hard to reach a tentative deal. Once both sides finalize the wording, ratifition kits will be mailed to all members. UPSE President, Karen Jackson wants to thank Troy Warren (UPSE Lead Negotiator), Steve Mollins (Co-Chair), and the rest of the bargaining team - Bryan Burt, Susan Harris, Brian Bruce, Mike Penton, Craig Abbott, and Kurt Taylor for their time and dedition in protecting your existing benefits and ensuring a fair wage and benefit package.

        Stay tuned for further updates.

        National Public Service Week: June 9-15, 2019

        June 6, 2019

        dIn recognition of Public Service Week 2019, I would like to thank our members and all public service employees for their continued help in making our communities safe, secure and healthy. This is a week to recognize the value of public services in all our lives and to acknowledge the contribution of public service workers. Our public services are tied directly to the quality of life we experience as Islanders and nadians.

        UPSE thanks you for your dedited service. Karen Jackson, President, UPSE

        President Jackson Thanks Members!

        June 6, 2019

        dMy heartfelt Thanks to all our Health re members who participated in the recent Violence in the Workplace Survey for their valuable input. The information gathered from our frontline members is crucial in addressing this serious issue and strongly supports and confirms what I have been telling the employer for the past 3 years.  I would like to personally Thank You for your valuable service and dedition to Islanders, despite the many challenges you face daily.  We are currently reviewing the information and will be creating a report that we will be sharing in the near future.  We look forward to surveying all of UPSE's membership to identify any issues that our members may be experiencing in their worksites.  These surveys, I believe, give a voice to our members to communite their concerns.  Thank You once again for your participation.

        Karen Jackson
        President, UPSE

        Happy World Environment Day!

        June 5, 2019

        dJune 5 is World Environment Day or the "people's day" for doing something positive for our environment. The theme for 2019 is "Air Polution." This year's host country is China. Each year a different country hosts World Environment Day in order to highlight the specific challenges the host country is facing, and how through worldwide efforts these challenges n be addressed. To decide what action you might take to help #BeatAirPollution (click here).

        The Accent

        June 5, 2019

        Check out the latest edition of The Accent. June 9-15 is National Public Service Week. This is a week to recognize the value of public services in all our lives and to acknowledge the contributions of public service workers (see Accent).

        Follow UPSE President on Twitter!

        June 3, 2019

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        Follow UPSE President, Karen Jackson, on Twitter @kjacksonupse for the latest on UPSE news, events, labour and social issues.

         

        Annual Stewards' Conference

        May 29, 2019

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        UPSE held its annual Stewards Conference on May 29, 2019 in Charlottetown. Stewards help members deal with difficult situations at work. They make sure members are protected by their collective agreements and they provide a bridge between management and employees. Key topics covered at the conference included grievances, post-traumatic stress, meras in the workplace, the role of the steward, domestic violence, impairment policies, the right to refuse unsafe work, and a panel discussion.

        Workplace Violence Survey: Now Closed

        May 28, 2019

        dUPSE thanks all members for participating in the workplace violence survey. Stay tuned for survey results and an upcoming mpaign that will raise awareness about violence in the workplace.

        Please note that all survey responses were completely anonymous.

        UPSE Supports Members Fighting Wildfires

        May 27, 2019

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        The Prince Edward Island Union of Public Sector Employees wishes members the best of luck as they head out to Alberta to fight wildfires (see story).

        PEI's forest fighting staff are recognized nationally and helped fight fires in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario last year.

        New Collective Agreement: Holland College Administrative and Support

        May 27, 2019

        dPEI UPSE and Holland College Administrative and Support have ratified a new three - year collective agreement with strong support from the membership.  Karen Jackson, UPSE President, thanked the bargaining team (Corey Marchbank, Jean Lykow, Jennifer MacEachern, Richie Judson, Tyler Holmes, and Steve Hagen) and UPSE LRO (Andrew Jack) for their time and effort in negotiating a new contract.  Jackson also thanked the membership for their participation in the ratifition process.    

        UPSE Summer Hours

        May 27, 2019

        The Prince Edward Island Union of Public Sector Employees' summer hours are Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

        Global Day of Workplace Action: Climate Proof our Work

        May 23, 2019

        dGlobal warming is real. The evidence is everywhere: spring flooding that has ravaged communities across nada; irregular weather patterns that are disrupting the way we live. It’s time for bold action – the plans we make at work n have an important impact.

        Are you ready to join the Global Day of Workplace Action this June 26? All workers n take part! (more info)

        UPSE Member Discounts

        May 21, 2019

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        Check out UPSE's discount list! Save money at businesses which offer discounts to UPSE members upon presentation of your Union Membership rd. If you don't have a membership rd or lost your rd, print a form (here) and email it or fax it to UPSE.

        In June and July, Dulux Paints is offering their premiere paint (Dulux Diamond) for both inside and out for $41.50/gal (plus tax).

        What the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike teaches every working person

        May 16, 2019

        On May 15, 1919, more than 35,000 Winnipeg public and private workers united to send a clear message to employers and governments: they would strike in order to win better wages and the right to collective bargaining (see full story).

        Pic: Crowds during the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919. (L.B. Foote / Library and Archives nada)

        May is Speech and Hearing Month in nada

        May 15, 2019

        dMay is Speech and Hearing Month in nada. Let's raise public awareness about communition health and the importance of treating communition disorders. Speech Language Pathologists help people overcome a variety of delays and disorders including, but not limited to, improving our speaking, hearing, and quality of life.

        UPSE thanks you for your dedited service. Karen Jackson, President, UPSE

        Reminder: Register for UPSE Women's Committee Bowling Event

        May 15, 2019

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        The UPSE Women's Committee is lling all Women of the Union to join in on a fun-filled evening with fellow Women Union Members on May 24th at 6 PM at Credit Union Place in Summerside.

        There will be bowling and door prizes. Please contact the UPSE office by May 15 to register for this event.

        Bargaining Update: Civil Service

        May 7, 2019

        dAll April and May dates for bargaining were ncelled due to the provincial election.

        New dates are now in place and bargaining will commence once again on June 3, 4, 5, and 6, 2019.

         

        UPSE Edution: Mental Health/Stress in the Workplace

        May 7, 2019

        May 6-12, 2019 is Mental Health Week and UPSE held its course on Mental Health / Stress in the Workplace at the office in Charlottetown. The course looks at understanding mental health conditions; the nature of stress (particularly stress in the workplace), and the ways people n help themselves cope with the aftermath of dangerous or traumatic situations at work so they n minimize the risk of suffering longer term impacts on their mental health.

        National Nursing Week: May 6-12, 2019

        May 3, 2019

        dNational Nursing Week celebrates nadian nurses and their dedition to patient re and the healthre system.
        UPSE congratulates and recognizes the importance of Island Nurses for their essential contribution to the health and well-being of Islanders. UPSE especially thanks the LPNs and RNs we represent who provide dedited and professional service in our hospitals, nursing homes and in the community.

        UPSE thanks you for your dedited service. Karen Jackson, President, UPSE

        Accent: Mental Health Week

        May 2, 2019

        dCheck out the latest edition of The Accent. Monday is the official start to the nadian Mental Health Association’s National Mental Health Week. One in five nadians live with mental health problems, mental illnesses or addiction. To kick off Mental Health Week on May 6, UPSE asks all members to wear green and #GetLoud4MH!

        May Day/International Workers Day

        May 1, 2019

        dMay Day or International Workers Day originated through the struggle of 19th century workers fighting to achieve the eight-hour work day. Today, May Day is a day to celebrate all workers struggling to gain better working conditions. UPSE supports all workers in their fight for a living wage, a safe workplace, benefits, retirement security and expanded labour rights!

        UPSE Edution: Steward Level I

        April 30, 2019

        sUPSE held its Steward Level I course at the office in Charlottetown. The course is designed for members interested in becoming a Steward or have been elected to the position. Learners focus on the important role Stewards play in the union, what makes unions strong, and the tools that are required to act effectively in the role of Steward.

        Day of Mourning: April 28

        April 26, 2019

        dThe National Day of Mourning is not only a day to remember and honour those lives lost or injured due to a workplace tragedy, but also a day to collectively renew our commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace and prevent further injuries, illnesses and deaths.

        Day of Mourning Ceremony: St. Paul's Anglin Church Hall, 101 Prince Street, Charlottetown (Sunday, April 28 at 2 pm).

        Administrative Professionals Day: April 24, 2019

        April 24, 2019

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        Thank you Jackie, Mary and Norma for all you do for UPSE!

        Karen Jackson, President

        Pic: (L-R) Jackie Mcughey (UPSE Accounting and Technology Coordinator), Mary MacLean (UPSE Edution and Meetings Coordinator) and Norma Burns (UPSE Membership and Records Coordinator).

         

         

         

        UPSE Hours: Closing at 3:30 on April 23

        April 23, 2019

        UPSE is closing on April 23 at 3:30 p.m. in accordance with the Election Act and will resume regular operating hours on April 24 from 8:00 - 4:30 p.m.

        Administrative Professionals Day: April 24, 2019

        April 23, 2019

        sThe Union of Public Sector Employees recognizes the support and expertise Administrative Professionals provide in the workplace. On April 24 let’s celebrate these hard working, multi-tasking individuals for the important work they do every day.

        UPSE thanks you for your dedited service. Karen Jackson, President, UPSE

        UPSE Hours: Easter Weekend

        April 18, 2019

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        The Union of Public Sector Employees wishes all a Happy Easter!

        UPSE will be closed on Friday, April 19 and will reopen on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.

        Welcome to UPSE

        April 17, 2019

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        UPSE members attended the Welcome to UPSE training session at the UPSE office in Charlottetown. The course is designed for members interested in learning about how UPSE works, its history and evolution in PEI. The course also provides members tools to rry out their roles within the union effectively.

        RCW Week: April 15-21

        April 15, 2019

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

        UPSE thanks you for your dedited service. Karen Jackson, President, UPSE

        Date Change: Steward Level II

        April 10, 2019

        The Steward Level II course scheduled for June 6, 2019 has been moved to June 7, 2019. This course is an informative follow up to the Level I offering and covers topics such as knowing your membership, working with your union executive, and grievance preparation. Please contact UPSE by May 31, 2019 to register. ll 902-892-5335 (toll free 1-800-897-8773), e-mail peiupse@ or register online.

        The Accent

        April 9, 2019

        Check out the latest edition of The Accent. Take part in the UPSE Women's Bowling Event; Members are invited to submit a tender for grass cutting services, and Holland College Early Learning Centre signs new collective agreement (The Accent).

        New Collective Agreement: Holland College Early Learning Centre

        April 8, 2019

        dfUPSE and Holland College Early Learning Centre have signed a new three year collective agreement. The collective agreement includes increased wage premiums, maternity benefits, and reflects the province's new wage grid.

        Pic (Top L-R): Sandra Gass (Early Childhood Edutor), Andrew Jack (UPSE LRO), Jill meron (HR, Holland College), and Ken Heckbert (CFO, Holland College). Bottom (L-R): Karen Jackson (UPSE President) and Dr. Sandy MacDonald (Holland College President)

        The Advote: Election Edition

        April 8, 2019

        Check out the latest edition of The Advote. In this edition we asked PEI’s politil parties to comment on key issues affecting the membership and all Islanders. We asked each party (Progressive Conservative, New Democratic, Liberal and the Green Party) specific questions in the following tegories: collective bargaining, health re, privatization, workplace issues, social issues and the environment. UPSE hopes this special election issue will help inform you, the membership, about the positions our politil parties are taking on issues that affect us all (see The Advote).

        UPSE: No Further Privatization of Liquor Sales

        April 8, 2019

        The Union of Public Sector Employees has responded to the PC Party election promise to open up beer and wine sales in grocery/convenience stores in PEI. UPSE is opposed to the privatization of liquor sales in the province (read more).

        UPSE Women's Committee Sponsors Women's Bowling Evening at Credit Union Place in Summerside

        April 8, 2019

        The UPSE Women's Committee is lling all Women of the Union to join in on a fun-filled evening with fellow Women Union Members on May 24th at 6 PM at Credit Union Place in Summerside.

        There will be bowling and door prizes. Please contact the UPSE office by May 15th to register for this event.

         

        Tender: Union Requires Grass Cutting Services

        April 3, 2019

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        UPSE is lling for tenders regarding grass cutting services for the union office loted at 4 Enman Crescent, Charlottetown. Services are required from May 13 to October 31, 2019. Grass should be cut once per week or as needed (also includes weeding, edging and maintaining flower beds).

        Please submit tenders by April 26, 2019 marked Grass cutting tender to:

        Union of Public Sector Employees
        c/o Kevin Gotell, Secretary Treasurer
        4 Enman Crescent, Charlottetown
        PE, C1E 1E6

        The Accent

        April 3, 2019

        Check out the latest edition of The Accent. UPSE is offering a host of spring edutionals including Welcome to UPSE, Mental Health/Stress in the Workplace, Steward I and II, and Advanced Steward. UPSE is also conducting a series of membership surveys beginning in May and continuing throughout the year (see The Accent).

        New Study on Increased Access to Alcohol

        April 3, 2019

        A new study released in Ontario asserts that access to alcohol is linked to the number of people who end up in hospital emergency departments for alcohol-related uses (see more).

        National Dietitians Day: March 20

        March 19, 2019

        March 20, 2019 marks the tenth anniversary of National Dietitians Day. This important day celebrates dietitians and their contribution to the health and wellbeing of Islanders and nadians. The Union of Public Sector Employees recognizes the valuable services dietitians provide in PEI every day.

        UPSE thanks you for your dedited service. Karen Jackson, President, UPSE

        Social Work Month

        March 14, 2019

        sThe Union of Public Sector Employees recognizes the important contribution Social Workers make in PEI every day. Social Workers provide support, healing, and advocy to individuals, families and communities. They manage risk and uncertainty working in community based settings as they help people improve the quality of their lives and achieve their goals.

        UPSE thanks you for your dedited service. Karen Jackson, President, UPSE

        International Women's Day: March 8

        March 8, 2019

        dfPEI UPSE supports equality and believes that women and girls should have equal access to opportunity whether that applies to edution, training, reer opportunities or pay levels.

        On March 8 and throughout the year let’s do our part to promote equality for women and girls. (Karen Jackson, UPSE President)

        French Classes for Civil Service/Health PEI Members (Free)

        March 8, 2019

        DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: April 10, 2019 The Public Service Commission (PSC) has partnered with Collège de l'Île, the province's French post-secondary institution, in offering French evening conversational classes FREE OF CHARGE for the following groups: Classified and sual Civil Service employees and Health PEI employees.

        If you fall into another tegory and would like to know if you are eligible to take a class, please contact the PSC. Program information n be found in the attached document or you n email frenchlanguagetraining@gov.pe. or ll 902-368-6175 for more information. Registration form: https://psc.gpei.ca/french-language-training-program

        Notice to Civil Service Employees

        March 7, 2019

        Provincial civil service employees intending to seek nomination as a ndidate in a federal or provincial election must follow the legislative requirements of the Civil Service Act as noted (here).

        PEI Federation of Labour: Temporary Opportunity

        March 7, 2019

        The PEI Federation of Labour is seeking applitions from qualified individuals to provide administrative/financial support to its organization. This is a temporary position with a tentative start date of April 1, 2019 until March 2020 with the possibility of extension.  The successful applint will be a member of CUPE Lol 1770-7 (see more).

        Event: Celebrate International Women's Day on March 8

        March 7, 2019

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        All are welcome to attend. Come celebrate International Women’s Day, March 8th 2019. International Women's Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and politil achievements of women. It also marks a ll to action for accelerating gender parity worldwide. The 2019 theme is Balance for Better! In Charlottetown, we will be singing, sharing women's success stories, and of course DANCING! There will be a kids station and lots of opportunity for everyone to be playful.

        This is a FREE event that is open to every age and gender. Refreshments will be provided.

        For details contact Michelle at info@peistatusofwomen. or 902-368-4510.

        Did You Know?

        March 6, 2019

        dHealth PEI: Did you know that in addition to designated holidays, employees also receive one day of paid leave for a floating holiday each year.  The floating holiday is in lieu of the civic holiday and must be used before November 30 each year on a day mutually agreed upon by the employee and the employer.

        Note: new employees are also eligible for the floating holiday as long as they started their employment before August 15 of the lendar year.        

        Steward Level II Edutional

        February 27, 2019

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        UPSE held its Steward Level II course at the office in Charlottetown. The Steward Level II course is an informative follow-up to the Level I offering. Learners focus on representation issues including: knowing your membership, working with your union executive, as well as grievance preparation, problem solving and conflict resolution.

        Pink T-Shirt Day is February 27

        February 27, 2019

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        February 27, 2019 is Pink T-Shirt Day. Wearing pink sends a strong message of support to victims of bullying so that they know they are not alone, and that bullying will not be tolerated anywhere.  UPSE is committed to creating bully-free workplaces in Prince Edward Island and in partnership with government offers the bully-free workplaces program. Contact UPSE for more information: 902-892-5335, toll free 1-800-897-8773, or email peiupse@        

        The Advote

        February 26, 2019

        Check out the latest edition of The Advote, UPSE's quarterly news publition. See a full report on convention, grievance and bargaining updates, union issues and events (The Advote).

        Steward Level II Edutional Moved to February 27, 2019

        February 22, 2019

        The Steward Level II course which was scheduled for February 13, 2019 has been rescheduled for February 27, 2019. You n register online or ll 902-892-5335, toll free at 1-800-897-8773 or email peiupse@.

        The Steward Level II course is an informative follow-up to the Level I offering. Learners will focus on representation issues including:

        - knowing your membership

        - working with your union executive

        - grievance preparation, problem solving and conflict resolution

        Workplace Health & Safety Conference: April 25, 2019

        February 21, 2019

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        The 2019 WCB Workplace Health & Safety Conference is being held on April 25, 2019 (8 - 4 pm) at the Delta Prince Edward Hotel in Charlottetown. The conference features workshops on a wide range of workplace safety topics, as well as a comprehensive trade show of products and services of interest to the region's health and safety community (see more info).

        (Register here) Cost: $175 per person (includes lunch)

        Chief Stewards' Meeting

        February 20, 2019

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        UPSE held its Chief Stewards' Meeting on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at the UPSE office in Charlottetown. There was a full agenda as Stewards were provided updates from UPSE's staff and participated in presentations on Steward Mentoring Initiatives and Duty to Accommodate and Safe Return to Work.

        Pic L-R: Dianne McSweeney and Brendon Ellsworth attend UPSE's Chief Stewards' Meeting.

        UPSE Has a Heart!

        February 14, 2019

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        The PEI Union of Public Sector Employees has donated $15,000 to non-profit community organizations in Prince Edward Island through the PEI UPSE Has a Heart mpaign. Karen Jackson, President of PEI UPSE, said “the annual mpaign is about our union supporting community organizations that make a difference for Islanders across the province” (read more).

         

        Pic L-R: Karen Jackson (UPSE President), Mel Gallant (Treasurer, Joyriders), Chrissy Murphy (Chair, UPSE Public Relations Committee)

        February 13 is Wear Purple Day: Family Violence Prevention Week

        February12, 2019

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        Islanders across the province are asked to wear purple on February 13 to remember victims of violence and their families. As a neighbour, friend, family member or coworker, you n help prevent and respond to abuse in our community. Family Violence Prevention Week is February 10-16. 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 physil or mental ability.

        National Union's Scholarship Program for 2019

        February 11, 2019

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        Each year, the 390,000-member National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) offers 6 scholarships of $1,500 each that reflect its pursuit of equal opportunity for workers. Entrants must be the children or grandchildren, or the foster children or the foster grandchildren, of members or retirees of the National Union's Component unions or its affiliates and who are planning to enter the 1st year of a nadian public, post-secondary edutional institution on a full-time basis in 2019.  

        All scholarships awarded will be based on the best 750 — 1,000 word essay (see topics and more info). Essays will be marked on the basis of content and style. The deadline for applitions and essays is July 4, 2019. There may be additional requirements for each scholarship.

        The Accent

        February 6, 2019

        Check out the latest copy of The Accent. Family Violence Prevention Week is February 10-16, 2019. Family violence affects, or will affect, all people in Prince Edward Island. See dates for Walks in Silence across PEI (See Accent).

        UPSE's Board of Directors Support Bell Let's Talk Day

        January 30, 2019

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        UPSE's Board of Directors support Bell Let's Talk Day and encourages everyone to join the converstation on January 30, 2019. What does mental health mean to you? Today, Bell will donate more towards mental health initiatives in nada by contributing 5¢ for every applible text, ll, tweet, social media video view and use of Facebook frame or Snapchat filter (for every text message sent by Bell nada, Bell Aliant and Bell MTS customers).

        According to the mental heatlh commission, on any given week, more than 500,000 nadians are unable to go to work due to mental health problems. We need to create a working environment that supports the overall mental well being of employees.

        Community Connections Signs New Contract

        January 29, 2019

        dCommunity Connections Inc. has signed a new collective agreement. The new contract is for three years and replaces the former contract which expired on March 31, 2017.

        Top L-R: Frank Costa (Executive Director, Community Connections), Karen mpbell (Lawyer, Cox & Palmer), Angie Mallett (Day Services employee), Troy Warren (UPSE Labour Relations Officer), thy Aylward (Residential Services employee).

        Bottom L-R: Karen Jackson (UPSE President), Pam Montgomery (President, Board of Directors, Community Connections).

        Bell Let's Talk Day is January 30, 2019

        January 22, 2019

        ddOn Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell will donate more towards mental health initiatives in nada by contributing 5¢ for every applible text, ll, tweet, social media video view and use of Facebook frame or Snapchat filter (for every text message sent by Bell nada, Bell Aliant and Bell MTS customers).

        Bell Let's Talk promotes mental health awareness, acceptance and action built on 4 key pillars: fighting stigma, improving access to re, supporting world-class research and leading by example in workplace mental health.

        According to the Mental Health Commission, on any given week, more than 500,000 nadians are unable to go to work due to mental health problems.

        Lol 1 meeting is ncelled for this evening, January 21st

        January 21, 2019

        The Lol 1 meeting scheduled for this evening is ncelled and will be re-scheduled to a later date.

        The Accent

        January 17, 2019

        Check out the latest copy of The Accent. The Steward Level II course which was scheduled for January 31, 2019 (at the UPSE office in Charlottetown) has been moved to February 13, 2019; Winter Family Fun Day is February 17, 2019; and update your personal contact information with UPSE (See Accent)!

        Women's March for Equality: January 19, 2019

        January 14, 2019

        dThe Women's March for Equality is both a lol and an international event. All are invited to partake in the march on Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 12:00 - 1:30 pm beginning at the Coles Building (Grafton Street) in Charlottetown. The march will cross Grafton to Queen, up Queen to Euston, across Euston to Great George and finish up at The Confederation Court Mall with a rally and entertainment. 

          ~ A woman working full time in nada earns about 88 cents for every dollar of hourly wages earned by a man. It noted that nada ranks 15th out of 29 OECD countries based on the hourly gender wage gap.  ~

        The theme for the 2019 Women's Marches around the world is ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN.

        Steward Level II Course: New Date - February 13, 2019

        January 10, 2019

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        The Steward Level II course which was scheduled for January 31, 2019 (at the UPSE office in Charlottetown) has been moved to February 13, 2019. To register please contact the UPSE office by February 8, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. You n register online or ll 902-892-5335, toll free at 1-800-897-8773 or email peiupse@.

        The Steward Level II course is an informative follow-up to the Level I offering. Learners will focus on representation issues including:

        - knowing your membership

        - working with your union executive

        - grievance preparation, problem solving and conflict resolution

        Join the mpaign to Support Universal Pharmare

        January 8, 2019

        The Globe and Mail has come out in full support of a universal prescription plan. In an editorial published this week, the Globe’s editors conclude that pharmare is the unfinished business of Medire.
        “nada has the opportunity to do better; to improve the average nadian’s access to necessary medicines while lowering the bill for businesses, taxpayers and citizens,” write the editors. Read the first of a series on the topic linked (here). Decision makers across the country read the Globe and Mail every day. It influences politics and lawmaking. This milestone comes at a critil moment. The Advisory Council is currently drafting a report to Parliament on the issue. Let’s amplify the Globe and Mail’s strong support for universal pharmare. Join the mpaign at www.aplanforeveryone..

        Hassan Yussuff, President
        nadian Labour Congress

        Did You Know?

        January 8, 2019

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        Did you know that UPSE members in Civil Service / IRAC / WCB and Health PEI are granted one day paid leave (on a day mutually agreed) on the 25th anniversary of employment. Members are also granted one day paid leave every 5 years after the 25th anniversary. This provision is in recognition of a member's long standing service.

        Bargaining Update: Civil Service

        January 8, 2019

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        Negotiations began in December with bargaining teams meeting on three separate ocsions. UPSE is awaiting confirmation on dates for further meetings in January and will provide bargaining updates as they become available.

         

        Complete Union Survey for a Chance to Win and IPAD

        January 8, 2019

        dfDear UPSE member, below is a link to an online survey to help UPSE and our national federation, the National Union of Public Employees (NUPGE), better address generational differences in the workplace and in our union. The survey is intended to explore similarities and differences between generations, and to also look specifilly at how the generational divide impacts women in our union. The results of this survey will be used to develop a communition strategy to help UPSE frame issues in a way that builds member unity and defends against potential divisions both within the workplace and within the union. There are 18 questions in this survey, and it takes roughly 10 minutes to complete.

        At the end of the survey, you may choose to opt-in to a draw for a chance to win an iPad. Should you choose to opt-in to the draw, your information will stay confidential and separate from your survey responses. To access the survey, click on the following link: https://.surveygizmo.com/s3/50038842/c2174bb239    

        Thank you for helping UPSE and NUPGE better serve you.

        UPSE Has a Heart

        January 4, 2019

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        Are you a non-profit or charitable organization seeking financial support? The UPSE Has A Heart team is looking for a proposal from your organization! To present your proposal (5 minutes max.) please ll the UPSE office at 902-892-5335 by 4:00 pm on Friday, February 1, 2019 to reserve your time (proposals will be made on February 5 and 6, 2019).

        Note: Administrative funding will not be considered.

        CEO Pay in nada

        January 2, 2019

        nada’s 100 highest paid CEOs netted 197 times more than the average worker made in 2017, earning the average yearly wage ($50,759) before lunch on January 2. The country’s 100 highest paid CEOs on the S&P/TSX Composite index made an average of $10 million in 2017 (See the full CCPA Report).

        Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from UPSE!

        December 25, 2018

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        UPSE Holiday Hours: The union office will close on Friday, December 21, 2018 at noon (12 pm) and will reopen on December 27, 28, and 31 (8:30-4:30 pm), and then back to regular hours on January 2, 2019 (8:00-4:30 pm).

        UPSE Expands Bursary Program in 2018

        December 20, 2018

        UPSE knows how important it is to offer bursaries to students attending college or university each year. Your union encourages edution and recognizes students working toward a degree or professional designation. UPSE’s bursary and scholarship program helps reduce some of the economic burden that students face. Supporting edution is good for our students and good for our society as a whole. Sydney Ford is this year’s winner of the Laurie Jenkins Scholarship valued at $1000, and Julie Daniels is the winner of the Julie MacKay Bursary valued at $500. UPSE expanded the program this year to include three extra bursaries worth $500 and one extra bursary worth $1,000. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

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        (L-R) Julie Daniels, Jacob MacDonald, Amber Hill, Brook Smallman, Chrissy Murphy (Chair, Public Relations and Recreation / Convention Committee), Sydney Ford, Jared Nendarto and Nickolas Ramsay.

        Winners not in the picture are: Abdallah Taha, Marry Taha, David Miller, Katelyn Anthony, Amanda Myers, Ellen MacLean and Maxwell Jefferson.

        Highlights: 57th Annual Convention

        December 13, 2018

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        Check out the highlights from UPSE's 57th Annual Convention including key issues facing the membership, guest speaker presentations, resolutions, member of the year, executive election results, UPSE giving back and more (see highlights).

         


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