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 …
Cross Canada Actions against Harper's War in Iraq
October 22, 2014
Dispelling Myths. Peaceful Alternatives to Conflict.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Some upcoming events for PEI Health Coalition
August 18, 2014
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)
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)
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.
***SHINING WATERS FAMILY FUN DAY UPDATE***
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Cash or personal cheque only.
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).
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.
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.
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)
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
April 4, 2014
Details on the UPSE Health Development and Training Fund and an upcoming Steward Level II educational are featured in this edition.
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.
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…”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”