Fair Taxation is a key Issue

December 19, 2014

President Bovyer asserts that fair taxation is a key issue facing Islanders.  She argues that fair taxation should not be overlooked as we head into possible spring and fall elections in Prince Edward Island (read more).

Christmas Greetings from UPSE

December 9, 2014

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National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada

December 4, 2014

Saturday December 6th marks the 25th Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. Please join the PEI Federation of Labour & Affiliates on Friday, December 5th, 2014 to recognize the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada.

This short service will begin at 11:30am at the Summerside Heritage Park & Garden (Ottawa Street Entrance) at the Site of the PEI Federation of Labour's Monument.

Contact PEI Federation of Labour at 902-368-3068 for any questions

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December 4, 2014

UPSE is hosting Christmas parties for members and their children across PEI! 

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November 19, 2014

UPSE is hosting a Christmas Dance for all members at the upcoming Annual Convention on November 29 at 9:00 p.m.
The union is also helping Santa’s Angels collect presents for families in need.

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Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLIFF)

November 13, 2014

The Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLIFF) is returning to PEI.  Admission is free.  The films are about workers and the conditions under which they live, work, fight, and succeed in their daily lives!  The event is sponsored by CUPE 1870, CUPE PEI and the PEI Federation of Labour

7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
December 1, 2014
246 MacDougall Hall, UPEI
550 University Avenue,

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November 7, 2014

The Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) government and its public sector unions recently concluded reforms to the Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP).

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Radio Ads on Income Splitting, Child Benefit: Partisan, Wasteful

November 5, 2014

OTTAWA - A new set of radio ads about the child benefit and income splitting proposals of the government are a wasteful use of taxpayers’ money and thinly disguised election campaigning that should be stopped immediately.

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Sobeys take over of public liquor sales in Saskatchewan voted Privatization Scam of the Year

November 3, 2014

The winner of the Privatization Scam of the Year Award was announced to a packed house of delegates attending the International Conference on New Forms of Privatization held in Ottawa last week. (see more) 

Latest Edition of The Advocate

October 27, 2014

Please see the latest edition of The Advocate including a message from the President, the 53rd Annual Convention, an update on Grievances and Bargaining, and more …

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Cross Canada Actions against Harper's War in Iraq

October 22, 2014

Dispelling Myths. Peaceful Alternatives to Conflict.

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Webinar: "Busted! Top 10 Myths Young People Have About Pensions, Retirement and the Canada Pension Plan"

October 20, 2014

Register now for our November 12th Webinar - Busted! Top 10 Myths Young People have about Pensions, Retirement and the Canada Pension Plan

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Webinar: Fair Elections Act - What You Need to Know

October 20, 2014

Join us on November 6th for a Fair Elections Act - What You Need to Know Webinar

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Tender - Snow Removal

October 8, 2014

Please submit tenders for a seasonal contract agreement for the 2014/15 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 21 to:

UPSE, c/o Kevin Gotell, Secretary Treasurer,
4 Enman Crescent
Charlottetown, PE
C1E 1E6

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October 2, 2014

CLC Atlantic Region and PEI Federation of Labour Educational: Steward Level IV, Duty to Accommodate, and Talking Between Generations in the Union.

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The Carol McGregor CLC Disability Rights Award

September 30, 2014

The Canadian Labour Congress is accepting nominations for this year’s Carol McGregor CLC Disability Rights Award. The award is given annually and announced December 3, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The award provides an opportunity to recognize the leadership and contribution of disability rights activists within the union.  UPSE members, please consider nominating activists for the award. The nominations will be accepted until October 28, 2014. Please return the completed nomination form to the UPSE office by October 28, 2014. (click here for nomination form)

NUPGE’s Privatization Scam of the Year Awards

September 30, 2014

The National Union has been fighting privatization for decades.  The public always ends up paying more for inferior services while public accountability and transparency is lost.  NUPGE is drawing attention to failed, often corrupt, privatization schemes and wants to help educate the public about the risks associated with privatization.  They have developed a website (http://www.whatascam.ca) which identifies five privatization schemes where major scandals were revealed in 2013. Visitors to the website are encouraged to vote for the scam they feel was the sleaziest. NUPGE will announce the winner at the upcoming International Conference on New Forms of Privatization: What They Are, and How We Fight Them in October 2014.

To find out more about the awards, the nominees, and how individuals can vote …click here

Congratulations to the 2014 Annual Golf Tournament Winners

September 29, 2014

The Annual golf tournament was held at Brudenell on September 20th which turned out to be a great success! Congratulations to this years' winners, Terry MacCormack, Jeff MacCormack, Richard Ryan and Robbie Bradley.

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September 25, 2014

Union calls for nominations for member of the year; and for members to attend a conference on New Forms of Privatization.  UPSE also reports on the election for Directors in even numbered locals and advertises a Voting Delegates course.

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September 16, 2014

The Federation of Labour’s Annual Convention will be held on the evening of November 7 and November 8, 2014.  For registration information please contact the UPSE office.

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Free Webinars on balancing Work and Caregiving Responsibilities

September 4, 2014

Free webinars on September 19th and September 23rd for those employees who are balancing work and caregiving for either older and/or younger people in their lives.

See attached brochures for complete details on each webinar.

September 19th Webinar

September 23rd Webinar

Premiers can take positive action for fiscal stewardship

August 21, 2014

Provincial governments, not just the federal government, are losing billions of dollars to tax havens and tax loopholes each year. That money could be used for making our provinces stronger by investing in infrastructure, education and health care.

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Please join the PEI Federation of Labour's 14th Annual Labour Day Picnic and Barbecue on Monday September 1st, 11am - 1pm, Joseph Ghiz Memorial Park

August 20, 2014

See attached brochure for all the information

Some upcoming events for PEI Health Coalition

August 18, 2014

See attached brochure

Public Town Hall Meeting:

Tax Havens and Loopholes: The Price We Pay

August 14, 2014

President Debbie Bovyer will introduce Senator Percy Downe and Dennis Howlett (Executive Director of Canadians for Tax Fairness) who will speak about why some Canadians hide their money overseas and pay no taxes, while the rest of us have to make up the shortfall and pay more taxes. Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 at 7 p.m. (TRINITY UNITED CHURCH CHAPEL)

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August 12, 2014

In this edition, infomation on UPSE's Annual Golf Tournament and a host of Union Educationals. (Welcome to UPSE, Steward Level I, II and III)

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Introducing the MHCSI Preferred Pharmacy Provider Program

August 11, 2014

In recent months, the PEI UPSE was presented with an opportunity to participate in an innovative Preferred Pharmacy Provider Program offered by MHCSI - Managed Health Care Services Inc. as part of the Atlantic Canada Health Care Coalition Society (ACHCCS) member benefits that delivers enhanced value for Health Benefit Plans.

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July 25, 2014

Please be advised that our office has been made aware that the Shining Waters Family Fun Day tickets that the UPSE office is selling to members at a discounted price have been seen for sale on Swap n' Shop.
Please advise as many members as you can that a members' UPSE ID along with a picture ID is going to be required to be shown at the gate in order for admittance along with the purchased ticket.
The discounted tickets are for Members and their families to attend so everyone should be accompanied by a member who must have an UPSE ID.
Posted on behalf of President Debbie Bovyer


Press Release - Province should apply same changes to deputy ministers' pension

July 18, 2014

The President of the PEI Union of Public Sector Employees, Debbie Bovyer, thinks the province should apply the same changes to the deputy ministers’ pension as was recently applied to the civil service pension. Read more

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June 26, 2014

The Union of Public Sector Employees is pleased to announce that Family Fun Day will take place on Sunday, July 27, 2014 (no rain date). Tickets for members are $6.00 each and can be purchased through your Local Director or by contacting the union office at 892-5335, toll free at 1-800-897-8773, or email peiupse@peiupse.ca. Cash or personal cheque only.

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Why Unions Matter - NUPGE contest

June 20, 2014

Its a great and resounding truth that unions make life better for millions upon millions of people in very concrete ways every day. But this is too narrow a truth. Unions give us more. Something less tangible but more enduring. They give us an idea: the idea that our lives matter. For more information visit the NUPGE website by clicking on the button!


June 4, 2014

Details of a Temporary Labour Relations Officer employment opportunity with PEI UPSE (commencing immediately until September 12, 2014).

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Community Notice - PEI Chapter of 100 Women Who Care

June 2, 2014

The PEI Chapter of 100 Women Who Care.  We are having our first meeting on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.  Our goal is to have a minimum of 100 members join to help make a difference for a local charity. 

The following is a link to the group's website where you will learn more: http://100womenpei.com/ 


May 28, 2014

Details of a temporary one year Information Technology Coordinator (with possibility of extension) employment opportunity at the UPSE office.

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May 15, 2014

Details of UPSE calling for nominations for Directors in even-numbered locals, executive officer nominations for 2nd Vice-President and Secretary Treasurer and an upcoming Welcome to UPSE course.

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Press Release - UPSE Says Best Prices at Public Liquor Stores

May 14, 2014

The President of the PEI Union of Public Sector Employees, Debbie Bovyer, says "the province just gave Islanders a good reason to shop at public liquor stores. Islanders can save 5% on the price of beer, wine and spirits at the provincial retail outlets. If they go to privately run agency stores they will pay the higher price. The province claims this is just the extra cost of convenience."

"I don't buy the convenience argument fully," says Bovyer. "Convenience depends on who you are speaking to and where they live. (Read more)

Press Release - Confederation Bridge Planning Cuts and Reduced Service

May 2, 2014

The President of the PEI Union of Public Sector Employees, Debbie Bovyer, says, "Strait Crossing Bridge Limited (SCBL) is looking at using only self-serve toll booths at night at the Confederation Bridge. SCBL officals point to safety as the main reason for the potential change, however, the union has questions."

Bridge officials say Toll Attendants working late at night are more likely to be robbed...(Read more)

2014 Police and Peace Officers Memorial Service in Ottawa

May 1, 2014

This is the 17th year that UPSE and the Community & Correctional Services Division will co-sponsor attendance at the Police and Peace Officers Memorial Service in Ottawa. This service provides an opportunity for professional development, networking, and honouring fallen colleagues. Six UPSE members will be selected from Custody, Probation Officers, and the sheriff's department to attend. (Read more)

2014 Memorial Service Application

The Advocate, Spring 2014

April 25, 2014

Please see the latest edition of The Advocate including a message from the President, highlights of the 2014 Steward Conference, a bargaining update and more...

The Advocate, Spring 2014

Community Notice - Motorcycle Ride for Dad

April 25, 2014

The Motorcycle Ride for Dad is looking for local volunteers to serve on the 2014 organizing committee. If interested, please attend an information session at the Legion (99 Pownal St., Charlottetown) on Monday, April 28 between 7-9 p.m. The mission of the Ride for Dad is to raise funds to save men's lives by supporting prostate cancer research and raising public awareness of the disease. Currently, the organization is seeking new members in order to make the 2015 "Ride" a reality. For more information contact: Jim Summers, Resource Development Coordinator, Ride for Dad, office 613-741-3870, cell 613-884-6733. The major sponsor of the Motorcycle Ride for Dad is Telus.

International Workers Day Rally - May 1

April 24, 2014

Everyone is invited to attend a May Day Rally being held at the PEI legislature on Thursday, May 1 at 4:30 pm to celebrate International Workers Day which is being organized by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, PEI Charlottetown local 030.

May Day Rally


April 22, 2014

Details on the National Day of Mourning ceremony being held on PEI on April 28, UPSE is accepting tenders for grass cutting services, and a Workplace Health and Safety conference being held by the Workers Compensation Board of PEI.

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Community Notice - Family Earth Expo - April 21, 2014

April 17, 2014

Sierra Club PEI presents the 2014 Family Earth Expo at the PEI Farm Center, April 21st (Easter Monday) from 12 to 4 pm-free admission, all-ages event with: art show; seed planting; food; children's art activities; EVs; 'Book Tent'; Story Theatre with Josh; Musicman Mike, The Fresh Air Inspectors, Jordan Cameron, Teresa Doyle; Display Booths, Watershed groups, 'Kids in Nature', UsedPEI.com, UPEI 'Let's Talk Science', Fish and Wildlife, Island Nature Trust, Speakers on sea plants, energy, permaculture, bees, foxes, and much more. Sponsored by the City of Charlottetown, Provincial Credit Union, Kwik Kopy, Ooka Island and the PEI Farm Centre.

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Press Release - Government Should Accept Responsibility for Deficit

April 9, 2014

The President of the PEI Union of Public Sector Employees, Debbie Bovyer, says, "the provincial government is blaming the deficit on the public sector pension plan. However, after last year's major pension reforms, plan members are now paying more for a smaller pension. The PEI Auditor General's Report of 2014...

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April 4, 2014

Details on the UPSE Health Development and Training Fund and an upcoming Steward Level II educational are featured in this edition.

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PEI UPSE Office Closure

March 31, 2014

Due to the current and forecasted weather conditions, the PEI UPSE office will be closing at 3:00 pm today.

PEI UPSE Steward Conference (rescheduled)

March 31, 2014

The PEI UPSE Steward Conference has been rescheduled for Friday, April 11, 2014 from 9:00-4:00 at the Rodds Royalty Hotel. Could those who registered for the previous conference, please confirm your registration and attendance by contacting Mary MacLean at 892-5335 or by email to Mary MacLean. Thank you.

PEI Health Coalition - Medicare Events

March 21, 2014

The PEI Health Coalition has Stand Up for Medicare events planned for Monday, March 31, 2014. Please see attached poster for events in your area. Read More


March 17, 2014

Call to members to form an Occupational Health and Safety Committee; Chance to Win a Touch Screen Blackberry; and UPSE donates cell phones to Home Instead.

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Press Release – Government Wants to Justify Agency Stores

February 9, 2014

The President of the PEI Union of Public Sector Employees, Debbie Bovyer, says “the provincial government is rationalizing why they should be selling more liquor from gas stations and convenience stores despite social and public safety concerns…”

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Jack Frost Children’s Winterfest, February 28

February 4, 2014

The Jack Frost Children’s Winterfest is returning to Charlottetown from February 28 –March 2, 2014. The event features plenty of adorable indoor and outdoor winter fun for families to enjoy. The Jack Frost Children’s Winterfest will be taken to new heights in 2014. See detailed information on programming, ticketing, and VIP experiences!

Click to see more information on The Jack Frost Children’s Winterfest – an event the Confederation Bridge is re–launching at the end of this month. UPSE is the official collective bargaining agent for Strait Crossing Bridge Limited.

Advocate, Winter 2014

January 30, 2014

Please see the latest edition of The Advocate including a message from the President and a report on the 52nd Annual Convention.

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RESCHEDULED: Transportation Infrastructure Renewal Assessment Meeting

Januray 28, 2014

Please note that the meeting between PEI UPSE and Transportation Infrastucture Renewal Assessment Meeting has been rescheduled.

DATE: Tuesday, February 4, 2014

TIME: 6:00 PM

LOCATION: Boardroom - PEI UPSE Office - 4 Enman Crescent


January 24, 2014

The latest Accent has information about Winter Family Fun Day, CLC/Federation of Labour Educationals, PSGIP call for names, and the Jack Frost Children’s Winterfest.

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Date correction: The last day to register for the CLC/Federation of Labour Educational is Friday, February 21, 2014.

Day of Action Against Harper Conservative Agenda

January 23, 2014

President Bovyer will speak at the Day of Action taking place at the Murphy’s Centre in Charlottetown from 3:30-5:00 pm on Monday January 27, 2014. The Harper Conservatives are continuing to cut jobs and much needed services across this Country. Please attend the Day of Action and together we will work to stop the damage to our families and communities. There will be refreshments, balloons for the kids and much more.

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PEIFL Invitation

Transportation Infrastructure Renewal Assessment Meeting CANCELLED

Januray 22, 2014

Please note that the meeting between PEI UPSE and Transportation Infrastucture Renewal Assessment Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Januray 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm has been cancelled due to weather conditions

Government should invest extra revenue in public services

January 8, 2014

The President of the PEI Union of Public Sector Employees, Debbie Bovyer, says “Minister Wes Sheridan’s stance on refusing to increase the basic personal income tax exemption will bring more money into the province’s coffers, and should be used to adequately fund public services for Islanders.”

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Bosses shouldn’t ask sick workers for doctor’s notes: Ontario Medical Association

January 8, 2014

Scott Wooder, President of the Ontario Medical Association, wants employers to stop expecting doctors’ notes from sick workers.

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Market rally and rising rates boost Canadian pension plans: report

January 2, 2014

“The health of Canadian pension plans improved to their best level in more than a decade in the fourth quarter of 2013 due to strong stock markets and rising long-term interest rates, consulting firm Mercer said Thursday.”

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The Mercer Pension Health Index


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