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P.E.I. labour federation hosts leaders debate without MacLauchlan, Lantz

April 16, 2015

The Guardian publication by Nigel Armstrong

The P.E.I. Federation of Labour hosted a leaders debate Wednesday with half the leaders missing. Wade MacLauchlan and Rob Lantz did not attend the debate at Murchison Centre in Charlottetown. Mike Redmond, leader of the NDP and Peter Bevan-Baker for the Greens were there. Close to 200 people packed into the space tightened with a rolling wall divider to give a sense of a full turnout.

The lack of Progressive Conservative or Liberal leaders was matched by no showing of candidates from those parties in the audience, except for Richard Brown, incumbent Liberal candidate for district 12: Charlottetown - Victoria Park. When he slipped into the back, late, he got a big wave from Mike Redmond, leader of the NDP.

Carl Pursey, chair of the federation, opened and closed the evening bemoaning the lack of attendance from the Liberal and PC leaders. He said emails of invitation were sent to all parties. "Notice went out the 13th of last month," said Pursey. "They are saying they didn't know that we are having it. "I heard one fellow is scared of it and doesn't like debating and apparently both of them are new people and they don't know about labour," said Pursey. "Maybe they are scared of coming." "We have been doing it for 19 years now," he said. "I don't know if it's a sign of cuts to come and they are scared to face us, or what it is."

The event was not intimidating. Bevan-Baker began his opening address seated at the front table until Pursey whispered to him to stand at the podium. Bevan-Baker took off his sport jacket, then rolled up just one sleeve of his dress shirt. Lori MacKay got up, wearing a red shirt, to read a question about encouraging unionization on P.E.I. "Wrong colour shirt," joked Redmond, prompting Pursey to lean over and point out Redmond's blue shirt under his orange tie.

In answering the prepared questions read by members of the federation board, Bevan-Baker made continuous reference to the Green Party's full platform document released March 20 with all the supportive answers to things like creating jobs with sustainable businesses, calling for no interest on student loans, opposing cuts to postal service and backing away from an austerity mind-set.

Redmond responded to many questions with references to the need to open the books on hot files like e-gaming to make sure tax money is available for programs in support of ordinary people. Redmond also repeated through the night that he and the NDP have been out supporting workers and their fights on many issues for years now. "Our actions define us," said Redmond. "Words, are just that."

Message from President Bovyer - Leaders' Debate

April 13, 2015

Dear Members,

I encourage you to attend the upcoming Leaders’ Debate hosted by the PEI Federation of Labour. The debate is scheduled for Wednesday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Murchison Centre (17 St. Pius X Avenue, Charlottetown).  The PEI Federation of Labour has hosted the debate for the past 19 years to ensure that issues affecting the Island work force are discussed during election times. The debate affords the leaders of the political parties an opportunity to voice their support for labour and explain their positions on key issues affecting Islanders.

At this point, the leaders of both the Liberal and PC parties have indicated that they will not be attending the debate. Unless there is some change, it looks like only the leaders of the NDP and the Green Party will attend. This is unfortunate, as it sends a message to labour that the concerns of working Islanders are not important. All four leaders have attended other debates recently, including events held by the Chamber of Commerce, the Tourism Industry Association of PEI, and the PEI Home and School Federation. 

The Leaders’ Debate on Labour is an important event and I hope to see you there on Wednesday night.  In the meantime, let’s keep encouraging all four leaders to attend. The more discussion and participation we can generate for the upcoming debate will enhance the democratic process in PEI.

Thanks,
Debbie Bovyer

President, UPSE 

Leader's Debate Wednesday April 15th

April 9, 2015

There will be a very important Leader’s Debate on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Murchison Centre hosted by the PEI Federation of Labour.

All members welcome to attend

CPS-NISIG 1/2 day Workshop

April 7, 2015

We extend a warm welcome to join us at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in beautiful Charlottetown, PEI, on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, @ 1-4 pm for the Pain Assessment and Management Workshop.

For complete details, see the below attachments.

CPS-NISIG Save the Date

CPS-NISIG Ad

CPS-NISIG Registration

14th Annual Provincial Day of Mourning

March 31, 2015

Everyone is invited to attend the Day of Mourning Ceremony on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at Memorial Hall. Let’s join together to remember workers who were injured or lost their lives on Island work sites.

Please see attached for complete details

Canada Post Door to Door Delivery

March 24, 2015

PEI Federation of Labour will be hosting a press conference and information session on Wednesday, March 25 at 11:00 a.m. at the Rodd Charlottetown in the Georgian Room.

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Latest Accent

March 19, 2015

Information on Stewards Conference being held in April and a call for UPSE members to attend the Atlantic Labour School.

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Atlantic Labour School

March 9, 2015

UPSE is calling for members to attend the Atlantic Labour School held at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia from May 31 to June 5, 2015.

UPSE members in good standing are eligible to apply.  Application forms are available here, or by calling the union office at 902-892-5335, toll free at 1-800-897-8773, or by email at peiupse@peiupse.ca.  The application deadline is 4:00 p.m. on April 17, 2015.

Migration Forum

March 5, 2015

Islanders know what it’s like to have to leave home for work. We’ve been doing it for generations. Today, unable to make ends meet on the Island, more and more Islanders are migrating for work while their homes remain on PEI. Many of these workers send money home to support their families.

PEI has also seen a rise in international migrant workers working in the Island’s fields, fish plants, and many other industries. Facing many of the same pressures as the Islanders who go west, these workers come to PEI as temporary foreign workers, seeking higher wages to send home to their families in their home countries.

The forum will connect the stories of these two groups of workers. The forum will include presentations about the economic forces and government policies that are contributing to the rise of forced labour migration globally and on PEI. Presentations will be followed by group discussions and a chance for temporary foreign workers, Island workers, and other community members to share personal stories about the causes and impacts of leaving home for work.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Islanders who have worked out west
Islanders with family and friends working out west
Temporary foreign workers
Local decision-makers
Curious community members

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Who Watches the Watchers: Bill C-51 goes too far

February 26, 2015

As the federal government tries to push through Bill C-51, the Anti-terrorism Act, by limiting debate from expert witnesses and in the House of Commons, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is releasing its response to the legislation. (read more)

Latest Accent

February 25, 2015

UPSE commends Heavy Equipment Operators who braved the elements during the Islander Day blizzard to clear roads across PEI; and the Public Service Commission issues a call for nominations for the 2015 Douglas MacMaster Memorial OH&S award.

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OH&S and Local 2 Meetings Cancelled this evening

February 25, 2015

Please note that the Local 2 Meeting scheduled for 6:30 pm this evening at Maplewood Manor and the Occupational Health and Safety Meeting for 6:00 at the UPSE Office are both cancelled for this evening due to the weather forecast.

Both meetings will be rescheduled for a future date

Dorsey Decision

February 24, 2015

Read about the recent arbitration decision in Nova Scotia and watch President Joan Jessome’s (NSGEU) interview with reporters on Feb. 20, 2015.  

The arbitrator James Dorsey’s decision on the labour representation portion of Bill 1 (the Health Authorities Act), refers to the fundamental nature of employee independent choice, which was affirmed in a judgment by a majority of the Supreme Court of Canada. In his decision, Dorsey states that “It is not the government’s choice, but the employees’ choice which union will best represent their interests in collective bargaining.” 

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Canadians urge federal government to take a meaningful international stand on the right to strike

February 19, 2015

“The Canadian government has made us proud many times for taking leading international stands for basic human decency and dignity, and we’re confident that it will do so again by strongly supporting the right to strike during next month’s ILO meeting," says NUPGE National President James Clancy. (Read More)

Latest Accent

February 12, 2015

UPSE job opportunity – Temporary Resource and Organizing Officer – Open only to members of the Union of Public Sector Employees (read more)

We don’t have to live with income and wealth inequality

February 9, 2015

President Bovyer talks about how government can generate more revenue through tax fairness (read more).

National Union 2015 Scholarships

Attached please find information and application forms for our 2015 National Union Scholarships for the children / grandchildren of current / retired members.  The application forms are also available in French.

Links to applications below.

English Aboriginal Combined
English Terry Fox Combined
English Tommy Douglas Combined
English Visible Minorities Combined

Latest Accent

February 5, 2015

In The Accent read about Family Violence Prevention Week (Feb 8-14) and special rates for UPSE members with Cooke Insurance.

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Latest edition of The Advocate

February 4, 2015

Please see the Winter edition of The Advocate featuring a report on Convention.

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Local 1 Meeting January 28, 2015 CANCELLED

January 28, 2015

Meeting will be rescheduled to another date

REITs take huge profit out of PEI

January 26, 2015

P.E.I., meet Capreit, a $3 billion, publicly-traded, multi-national that within the last 15 months has become one of our biggest residential landlords. Did I mention they pay no income tax? Please keep this in mind when you are preparing your tax returns, to satisfy your own obligations. (read more)

Local 16 Meeting January 27, 2015 CANCELLED

January 26, 2015

Meeting will be rescheduled to another date

A Tribute to Louis Fournier, A Friend to All

January 26, 2015

Just before Christmas, long-time NUPGE activist Louis Fournier died from cancer. The friendly native of northern New Brunswick was a lifelong crusader for social justice and had been involved in the trade union movement since he became a youth-care worker and OPSEU member in the early 1990s.  Over the past couple of years, many of you might have had a chance to meet Louis during the East Coast leg of the Fairness Express tour or during the CLC’s Convention in Montreal in May.  NUPGE National President James Clancy was close to Louis.  Please see the memorial that James wrote about his friend (the document contains both English and French versions).

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Murphy's Pharmacies and Epic Hearing now part of the MHCSI Preferred Pharmacy Provider Program

January 15, 2015

Murphy's Pharmacies and Epic Hearing are now part of the MHCSI Preferred Pharmacy Provider Program. Please use your existing card and present it or if you have not yet signed up, please go to www.mhcsi.ca/enroll/  and use Group Name PEIUPSE and password PEI69123.

By using the MHCSI participating preferred pharmacies, you will save money on the overall cost of your drug benefit expenses.  Please note:You must also present your Primary drug card (if applicable, and / or any other drug card you may also have {on a spousal plan}, for example) to the pharmacy. This program does not replace your Primary drug card, but offers you supplementary coverage to your primary plan.

UPSE Office closing early on Friday January 16, 2015

January 15, 2015

Please be advised that our office will close at 4:00pm on Friday January 16, 2015 for our staff to attend the wake of Blair Weeks' father, Myron Weeks.

CLC Election Preparation Conference

January 15, 2015

Federal Election 2015 is fast approaching and we want to make sure that workers’ concerns are well represented in the discussions and outcomes.

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Office Closure

January 13, 2015

The PEI UPSE Office will close effective 1:30 pm due to weather and road conditions. Sorry for any inconvenience.

PEI UPSE Bursary Winners for 2014

January 7, 2015

Each year, UPSE proudly awards a scholarship and nine bursaries to students attending college or university. UPSE believes in the power of education, and understands the importance of working towards a degree or professional designation. UPSE’s bursary and scholarship program helps reduce some of the economic burden that students face.  Jillian MacIntyre is the winner of the Laurie Jenkins Scholarship for 2014 valued at $1000.  Jonathan Murphy is the winner of the Julie MacKay Bursary for 2014 valued at $500.  All other bursaries are valued at $500.

Left to right: Chrissy Murphy (Chair, Public Relations and Recreation/Convention Committee), Michael Zimmerman, Debbie Bovyer (President, UPSE), Tara MacKey, Tina MacKey, Hana Stevenson, Jillian MacIntyre, Avery Judson, and Kailee MacWilliam.
Winners not in the picture are: Jenna Stewart, Anita Steele and Jonathan Murphy  

 

CBC Turkey Drive

January 6, 2015

On behalf of The Board of Directors and Executive, we are pleased to announce that PEI UPSE donated 28 turkeys to the CBC Turkey Drive this past December. Thank you to Larkin Bros. for supplying these turkeys for us


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