May 26, 2016

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

Community Connections Signs New Collective Agreement

May 25, 2016

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

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

Safe Roads in PEI

May 18, 2016


PEI UPSE represents public service employees who work on our public roads year-round. These workers keep our roads safe, clear and in good repair so we can get from point "a" to point "b" safely, every day. Keep in mind while driving that road crews are vulnerable. Their workplace is our public roads. Make sure to slow down, use caution, obey signage, and put safety first.

Just Say No!

May 17, 2016

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

UPSE Welcomes Community Connections

May 13, 2016

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

Karen Jackson,

PEI UPSE, President

Day of Mourning - April 28

April 28, 2016


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

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


April 20, 2016

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

President Jackson Responds to Budget

April 19, 2016

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

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

UPSE Educational for May 17 Now Full

April 18, 2016

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

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

April 18, 2016

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

Throne Speech Raises Red Flag Around Retirement Pay

April 13, 2016

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

Stewards Conference

April 12, 2016


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

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


April 12, 2016

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

The 2016 Census is Coming

April 8, 2016

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

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

Mental Health Week Long Educational - FULL

March 21, 2016

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

Bully Free Workplace Program

March 17, 2016


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

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


March 16, 2016

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

Community Inclusions Running Cafe in O'Leary

March 9, 2016

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

Panel Discussion: Trans-Pacific Partnership, April 27

March 9, 2016

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

Tribute Night for Sports Legend and UPSE Retiree Trixie Dunn

March 8, 2016


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

CANNT Atlantic 2016 Conference

March 8, 2016

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

International Women's Day: March 8

March 8, 2016

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

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Not a Done Deal

March 7, 2016

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

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

March 3, 2016

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


February 26, 2016

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

PEI UPSE Has a Heart

February 25, 2016

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

Pink Shirt Day

February 24, 2016


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

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

Retirement Planning Workshop: Presentations

February 23, 2016

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

Canadian Retirement Income System

Employment Insurance System

Financial Planning RBC

Pharmacy Supplementary Benefit Program

Public Sector Group Insurance Plan

Ban Paid Plasma Blood Donations

February 18, 2016

Sisters and Brothers,

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

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

In solidarity, 
James Clancy

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

Wear Purple Day

February 17, 2016


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

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

Support CBS Workers

February 11, 2016

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

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

Thank you!

In Solidarity,

Derek Blackadder
LabourStart Canada

Advocate Winter 2016

February 10, 2016

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

UPSE Has a Heart Presentations Rescheduled

February 9, 2016

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

Meeting Cancellations: Locals 7, 8, 9 &10

February 9, 2016

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

Meeting Cancellations: Locals 3 & 5

February 8, 2016

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


February 8, 2016

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

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

January 27, 2016

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

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

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

Canadian Blood Services Rally - January 30, 2016

January 27, 2016

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

Wear Purple Day - February 17, 2016

January 26, 2016

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


January 21, 2016

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


January 19, 2016

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

UPSE Closing for Holiday Season

December 23, 2015

UPSE will close today (Dec. 23) at noon and will open again on January 4, 2016. In the meantime, if you have an urgent issue, please leave a message by calling 902-892-5335, or toll free at 1-800-897-8773. Messages will be checked daily. Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

UPSE Bursary Winners for 2015

December 23, 2015


UPSE is pleased to announce the Bursary and Scholarship winners for 2015. Each year the Union awards one scholarship and nine bursaries to students attending college or university. UPSE believes in the power of education to transform lives and improve our society. Kendra Rayner is the winner of the Laurie Jenkins Scholarship valued at $1000. She is the daughter of Roxanne Rayner (local 3). Andrew MacKenzie is the winner of the Julie MacKay Bursary valued at $500. Andrew is married to Jodi MacKenzie (Local 7). All other bursaries awarded are valued at $500.

Picture (Left to right):

Karen Jackson (President, UPSE), Kendra Rayner (daughter of Roxanne Rayner, Local 3), Jade Burhoe (daughter of Barb Burhoe, Local 6), Erica Gillis (daughter of Edwin Gillis, Local 1), Andrew MacKenzie (married to Jodi MacKenzie, Local 7), Katelyn Anthony (daughter of Charlene Andrews, Local 6), Avery Judson (daughter of Richard Judson, Local 17), Brad MacMillan (son of Bruce MacMillan, Local 12), and Chrissy Murphy (Director, Local 7).

Winners not in the picture are: Ashley Hiscox, Gillian MacDonald, and Connor Mayhew.

CBC Turkey Drive

December 18, 2015

Matt Rainnie and Mitch Cormier, hosts of CBC's Island Morning, provided a warm welcome for UPSE President, Karen Jackson as she donated 34 turkeys to the CBC Turkey Drive on behalf of the membership. UPSE's executive and board of directors donated $1,000 to purchase the turkeys for this worthwhile cause.




Unions are Democratic Organizations

December 17, 2015

Karen Jackson, President, responds to the Fraser Institute's support of anti-union legislation passed by the former Harper government, and supports the new federal government in their plans to repeal the legislation (see more).


December 14, 2015

On behalf of the union's executive, board and staff, the President of PEI UPSE, Karen Jackson, wishes all members in the public and private sectors a Merry Christmas and a happy and safe holiday season (see Accent).

West Prince Kids Christmas Party Cancelled

December 10, 2015

The West Prince Kids Christmas Party has been cancelled due to low registration.

UPSE Supports Canadian Blood Services' Workers

December 4, 2015

UPSE President, Karen Jackson, delivers good news to Canadian Blood Services (CBS) worker Patty Hooley. At UPSE's recent Annual Convention delegates passed a hat in support of CBS workers and raised $775 dollars. The Union then introduced and carried a motion which doubled the $775. CBS workers have been on strike in Charlottetown since September. They have been without a contract since 2011, and are asking for stable work hours. To rally in support of NSUPE Local 19, Canadian Blood Services Workers, drop by Victoria Park in Charlottetown (near the baseball diamond) for a hot beverage on Saturday, December 5 from 1-3 p.m. Afterwards, march together in solidarity to Province House, and later to the CBS Clinic location at 85 Fitzroy Street, Charlottetown.

December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 4, 2015

UPSE commemorates the 14 young women who died because they were women on December 6, 1989 at l'Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal. It's 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.

UPSE Kids Christmas Parties

December 2, 2015

East Prince Children's Christmas Party: Saturday, December 12 from 2-3 p.m. at the Credit Union Place in Summerside. The swim will take place from 2-3 p.m., and then at 3:30 p.m. there will be pizza, pop and treat bags at Pizza Delight on Granville Street. To register, please contact Eileen LeClair at 902-436-6910 or e-mail eileenleclair@hotmail.com by Wednesday, December 9.

West Prince Children's Christmas Party: Cancelled due to low registration.

Montague Children's Christmas Party: Sunday, December 13 from 12:50 - 2:00 p.m. at the Cavendish Farms Wellness Centre. There will be pizza and pop, and a visit with Santa! To register, please contact the union office at 902-892-5335 or e-mail peiupse@peiupse.ca. by Thursday, December 10.

Charlottetown Children's Christmas Party: Sunday, December 20 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Cody Banks Arena in Charlottetown. The skate will take place from 3:00-4:00 p.m., and pizza, pop and treat bags with Santa will follow from 4:00-5:00 p.m. To register, please contact the union office at 902-892-5335 or e-mail peiupse@peiupse.ca. by Thursday, December 10.

UPSE Annual Convention a Success

December 1, 2015

UPSE recently held its 54th Annual Convention on November 27 and 28.  Karen Jackson, President, thanks all delegates for attending and contributing to Convention.  Jackson says “the union thrives to the extent that its members are actively involved.”  She congratulates all members who took part in the executive elections. Doug Ferguson was elected by acclamation and returns as UPSE’s First Vice President, and Jim Ryan was elected as UPSE’s Third Vice President.

Wilma Ramsay was proclaimed UPSE’s Member of the Year for her continued hard work and dedication to the members of UPSE.  Jackson says “Wilma is a team player who goes the extra distance for the union.  She is the Director and Chief Steward of her Local, and she is also the Chairperson of the Staff Relations Committee.”   

UPSE reaffirmed its commitment to fight against growing income inequality and approved an action plan which will guide the union in meeting the challenges the membership faces in the coming years. The plan fosters quality public services, tax fairness, and labour rights.  President Jackson thanks James Clancy, the President of the National Union of Public and General Employees, for presenting the action plan to the delegates at Convention.

Jackson says she looks forward to working with the members of UPSE to move the union forward.  “We have a great team in place via the executive, board, membership, and dedicated staff.”        

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