UPSE Photos: 55th Annual Convention

January 19, 2017

Check out some of the photos from the union's 55th Annual Convention (see more).

Workplace Violence Survey for Health PEI Employees

January 16, 2017


President Karen Jackson encourages all UPSE health care members to participate in the following important survey about workplace violence. She encourages full participation in the survey as it provides an opportunity for the membership to have their concerns heard.

From Health PEI: Health PEI takes its responsibility for providing a safe workplace seriously, including preventing and reducing violence in the workplace.   You are being invited to take part in this survey so that we can make improvements to our health and safety policies and practices. The results of this survey will help prevent injuries and illnesses at your work site.

This survey will take 15 minutes of your time to complete. Please note that you will not have to provide your name or contact information. All responses will remain anonymous and confidential and no question is mandatory; however, the more accurate and complete the information you provide, the more useful the data.

The survey is currently open until January 27, 2017. Take the survey here: (Survey)

UPSE Supports Members at Mill River

January 12, 2017

President Jackson says "there are 49 employees affected by the sale of Mill River. This includes nine permanent employees, thirty nine casual employees, and one special projects staff. They have been contacted by the employer and informed of the news, and we will be meeting with our members to discuss their options as provided under the collective agreement” (see more).

Cancer Benefit for Bruce Horne (February 22, 2017)

January 11, 2017

A cancer benefit for Bruce Horne (Chief Steward, Local 1) will be held at the Elmsdale Community Centre at 7 p.m. on February 22, 2017. Bruce has undergone chemotherapy and radiation treatments in Charlottetown, and thoracic surgery in Halifax. He has been off work since September 2016 and is expected to return to work in the spring. Any donations or money raised will help Bruce with travel costs and any other costs associated with cancer treatments. The benefit will feature an auction, a 50/50 draw, and tickets will be on sale for a gift basket. There will be a canteen and some great local entertainment.

Donations can be made at the credit union #33004-101.

UPSE Has A Heart

January 9, 2017


Are you a non-profit or charitable organization seeking financial support? If so, the UPSE Has a Heart team is looking for a proposal from your organization.

To present your proposal please call the UPSE office at 902-892-5335 by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 3, 2017 to reserve your time. The presentations will take place on February 7 and 8, 2017.


UPSE Campaign: Support Provincial Liquor Stores

December 22, 2016


Karen Jackson (UPSE President) and Mark Arsenault (UPSE Second Vice President) are supporting provincial liquor stores and employees across PEI. UPSE members have been busy thanking the public for shopping in the provincial liquor stores as part of a campaign that originated at the union's annual convention. Delegates at convention drafted an emergency resolution which directed the union to support public liquor stores and workers in response to the government's proposal to close the Wellington Liquor Store and issue an RFP for a private agency store. The campaign encourages the public to shop at provincial liquor stores for better customer service and selection, and knowing that profits are reinvested into public services like health and education.

UPSE Hours Over the Holidays

December 21, 2016


The union office will close on Thursday, December 22 at noon (12 p.m.) and will reopen on December 28, 29 and 30 (8:30 - 4:30 p.m.), and then back to regular hours on January 3, 2017 (8:00 - 4:30 p.m.).

Karen Jackson, UPSE President, wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year.

UPSE Supports CBC Feed a Family Campaign

December 19, 2016



PEI UPSE donated $1,000 worth of turkeys, 32 in all, to the CBC Feed a Family campaign this year. Your union believes in supporting our communities and helping those in need, especially during the holiday season.




December 19, 2016

PEI UPSE wishes all members and the public a Merry Christmas and a happy and safe holiday season (see Accent).

UPSE Campaign: Support Provincial Liquor Stores

December 15, 2016


The union is launching a campaign in support of public liquor stores and their employees in Prince Edward Island. At the union's annual convention delegates drafted an emergency resolution to support public liquor stores and workers in response to the government's proposal to close the Wellington Liquor Store and issue an RFP for a private agency store. The campaign encourages the public to shop at provincial liquor stores for better customer service and selection, and knowing that profits are reinvested into public services like health and education.

Survey: Educational Opportunity for UPSE Members

December 13, 2016

The Alzheimer Society of PEI has created a survey for UPSE health care workers. The goal of the survey is to help the Alzheimer Society develop and expand on educational opportunities for UPSE members, and to give members the opportunity to provide their opinion on expanding their education and training as they provide care for people living with dementia.  The resulting educational opportunities will assist UPSE caregivers in their efforts to provide the most dementia friendly and person-centred care with their patients/clients and their families.  UPSE is pleased to enter into this partnership with The Alzheimer Society of PEI. If you are a health care provider and would like to provide your input please fill out the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G5BD8D3

UPSE Christmas Parties Lots of Fun!

December 12, 2016









The union hosted Christmas Parties in Summerside and Charlottetown over the weekend. In Summerside there was a swim for the families followed by treats at Pizza Delight. In Charlottetown there was a skate and then pizza and a visit with Santa.

Bargaining Update - Health PEI

December 8, 2016


The UPSE Health Negotiating Team met with representatives from Health PEI on November 29, 30 and December 1st at the UPSE office. A range of topics were discussed and to date bargaining is progressing.  Your PEI UPSE Health Team will meet with the employer again on December 12 and 13 to work through the union’s and the employer’s proposals.  The team appreciates the ongoing support of the membership and they will continue to champion the issues brought forward by you, the membership, at the table.

Pic (L-R): Carolyn Knox (Communtiy Dietittian), Andrew Jack (Negotiator), Dorris MacKinnon (Social Service Worker), Paula Matheson (RCW), Linda Power (Lead Negotiator), Linda MacKinnon (LPN), Doug Ferguson (RCW), and Lynn Bovyer (LPN).

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 6, 2016

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

Pic: Karen Jackson, (UPSE President) attends the Montreal Massacre Memorial Service in Charlottetown: 14 candles were lit in memory of the 14 women killed at l'Ecole Polytechnique; 10 candles were lit in memory the 10 Island women who were killed by an intimate partner since the Montreal Massacre; 1 candle was lit for all murdered women, all women living with violence or fear of violence, and all survivors; and 1 candle was lit for peace on earth.

RCW Receives Shelley L. Woods Excellence in Person-Centered Care Award

December 2, 2016



Kaelin Fisher is an RCW who works at the Prince Edward Home in Charlottetown. Kaelin has been presented with the Shelley L. Woods Excellence in Person-Centered Care Award. (read more).


Pic: from The Guardian, December 2, 2016

UPSE Annual Convention a Success

November 30, 2016


Your union held its 55th Annual Convention on November 18 and 19, 2016. Guest speakers included Joan Jessome (former NSGEU President) and Elisabeth Ballermann (NUPGE Secretary Treasurer). Executive elections were held and Mark Arsenault is UPSE's new Second Vice President and Kevin Gotell is the union's Secretary Treasurer. Key resolutions were debated and carried including a resolution involving intimate partner violence and violence in the workplace. Several emergency resolutions were also introduced from the floor of convention including a resolution to support MMPR in Prince Edward Island and a resolution to introduce a campaign to defend public liquor stores (see story).

Pic: Joan Jessome, former NSGEU President and currently a facilitator for the NSGEU Bully-Free Workplaces Program.

UPSE Supports MMPR

November 29, 2016




A rally for electoral reform took place November 29 at the Coles Building in Charlottetown. UPSE was there to support the cause.

At the union's Annual Convention a resolution was passed by the membership that directed the union to support the implementation of MMPR.



Pic: Karen Jackson (UPSE President) supports MMPR at the electoral reform rally.

Gift of Jurisdiction Unopened

November 28, 2016

Hans Connor, UPSE Labour Relations Officer / Lawyer asserts that we can build a healthier democracy in Prince Edward Island and that if we work together democratic renewal is within our grasp (read more).

The Accent (Christmas Parties)

November 25, 2016

UPSE Christmas Parties will be held on December 11 in Charlottetown and Summerside. For more info see (The Accent).

Community Inclusions - Alternate Living Program

November 17, 2016

Bloomfield resident Theresa Arsenault is part of the alternate living program through Community Inclusions, an organization that provides services and housing to adults with intellectual challenges in western P.E.I. Theresa has spent her life helping to take care of more than a dozen adults with intellectual challenges. She truly loves her work. A $30,000 provincial grant is helping to fund a revamp of the alternate living program (read more).

The Advocate (Fall 2016)

November 7, 2016

Please see the Fall edition of (The Advocate) for information about the union's upcoming Annual Convention including a schedule of events, the executive elections, resolutions, the latest bargaining and grievance update and more.

2016 Bursary Applications now Available

October 28, 2016

For more information, click here

Tremploy Helps Island Potato Soap Succeed

October 18, 2016

Tremploy is helping White Gables package more Island Potato Soap to keep up with increased demand. The soap has become very popular and White Gables realized they needed extra help to keep up with packaging the soap. Tremploy, is a non-profit organization that provides work training opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities. Read more (Tremploy).

The Accent

October 18, 2016

UPSE's 55th Annual Convention, Voting Delegates course, snow removal tender, Steward level I and II, and organizing information are in the latest edition of The Accent (The Accent).

The Union is Employer's Dream: Edith Perry

October 3, 2016

Edith Perry of Millview argues that the new employee association at the Dr. John M. Gillis Memorial Lodge will be largely ineffective for the workers. She says "no one will challenge management under that system ..." (see article).


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