Union Calls for Consultation

April 29, 2016

The PEI Union of Public Sector Employees is calling for government to respect the consultation process as outlined in the collective agreement between PEI UPSE and the Province.  Government's announcement that Mill River will be leased to a private company was a complete surprise to PEI UPSE President Karen Jackson. (see more).

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.”        

Ceremony for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (Dec. 4)

November 27, 2015

On Friday, December 4, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. the PEI Federation of Labour will be hosting a brief ceremony for the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. The ceremony will be held at the Heather Moyse Heritage Park (Ottawa Street
entrance) which is the site of the PEI Federation of Labour’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women monument. All are invited!


November 26, 2015

Please see the latest Accent. UPSE is offering a job opportunity for an Accounting and Technology Coordinator. This is a temporary six month assignment with the possibility of an extension. The application process is only open to UPSE members.

Fall Advocate

November 13, 2015

Please see UPSE's latest edition of The Advocate. In this edition see information about the Union's upcoming Annual Convention, Grievances and Bargaining updates, and Executive Elections. Also, see articles about upcoming changes to the Workers Compensation Act, the increasing debt load among seniors, and key promises for labour under the new federal government.

UPSE Bursary Program

November 10, 2015

UPSE is once again opening our Bursary Program to UPSE members, spouses or dependants, who are in full-time attendance at an accredited College or University. You are invited to submit an application for one of the ten bursaries that UPSE awards annually. Nine of the bursaries are worth $500 and one, the Laurie Jenkins Memorial Scholarship, is valued at $1000. UPSE is proud to offer this support as part of its ongoing efforts to promote the importance of life-long learning and education. Please see the "forms" section for your application and guidelines. Note: application deadline is November 27, 2015.

Snow Tender

November 10, 2015

Please submit tenders for a seasonal contract agreement for the 2015/16 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 20/2015 to:
Union of Public Sector Employees
c/o Kevin Gotell, Secretary Treasurer,
4 Enman Crescent,
Charlottetown, PE
C1E 1E6

National Union 2015 Scolarship Winners

October 1, 2015

Each year, the National Union of Public and General Employees offers four scholarships that reflect its pursuit of equal opportunity for all workers. They are offered to the children / grandchildren and foster of children / grandchildren of current or retired National Union’s 360,000 members who are starting a post-secondary education in a public educational institution. The National Union is pleased to announce the winners of these awards. (read more)

UPSE once again to Support Canadian Blood Service Workers

September 30, 2015

Brothers and Sisters,

UPSE has been asked to provide extra support on the picket line for the Canadian Blood Service Workers on Friday October 2nd from 8:30am to 1:00pm.

If anyone can come out to show support, please do so on Friday from 8:30 to 1:00 at the Canadian Blood Services workplace, 85 Fitzroy Street in Charlottetown.

Karen Jackson Wins Presidential Election

September 29, 2015

The election was carried out via a mail in / mail out process between August 31 and September 28, 2015.  The union’s Presidential Nominations Committee counted the ballots on September 28.  Of the 3,860 ballots mailed out, 1,196 ballots were returned - representing a 31% rate of return.  Debbie Bovyer received 559 votes and Karen Jackson received 630 votes.  

Read More

UPSE Office Closing Early Friday September 18th

September 18, 2015

The UPSE office will close at 3:00pm today, Friday September 18th in order to update our computer system.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to our members.

UPSE Supports Canadian Blood Service Workers

September 18, 2015

President Debbie Bovyer says she fully supports the Canadian Blood Service Workers who are on strike in Charlottetown. These women perform a vital service for Islanders helping to keep the blood supply safe and ensuring blood products are avaailable to patients in need. (Read More)

35th Anniversary Terry Fox Run on the Confederation Bridge

September 17, 2015

Time is Running Out!
Register today to participate in the 35th Anniversary Terry Fox Run on the Confederation Bridge taking place on Sunday September 20th. Be a part of Terry's legacy and join thousands in raising funds in the fight against cancer.

This event is open to both runners and walkers but pre-registration before 11:59PM on Friday is required. Access to the bridge will not be granted without registration.

Register today at www.terryfox.org.

Calling All Volunteers
The 35th Anniversary Terry Fox Run on the Confederation Bridge needs your help! Get involved and be a part of Canada's largest Terry Fox Run. The Run requires volunteers for a number of different positions and your participation will help ensure Terry's dream of finding a cure for cancer is kept alive!

Sign up to volunteer today by calling the Confederation Bridge Marketing Office at 902-367-3675.

UPSE supports Canadian Blood Service Employees

September 16, 2015


UPSE is supporting Canadian Blood Service employees who are on strike in Charlottetown. Debbie Bovyer said “They were very, very appreciative that UPSE took the initiative to organize and invite all the other unions on P.E.I. to participate. It lifted their spirits again, got them back into that drive. They are smiling again. They don't feel that they are run down so much and they are committed to going forward now that they know they have lots of support. These women are part-time employees and have been without a contract since 2011. They are asking for stable part-time hours."

51st Annual Federation of Labour Annual Convention - October 23rd & October 24th

September 14, 2015

The PEI Federation of Labour will be hosting its 51st Annual Convention on Friday evening October 23rd & all day Saturday October 24th, 2015 at the Causeway Bay Linkletter Hotel in Summerside PEI.

PEI UPSE is entitled to send 35 members. The first 35 to sign up will be accepted.

Mileage and meals will be paid.
Hotel rooms will be provided to those who reside over 40km of Summerside. Please advise the UPSE office if you require a hotel room and we will book it for you.

UPSE to Support Blood Workers Strike

September 10, 2015

Sisters & Brothers:
UPSE will be showing support for the Blood Service Employees this coming Monday, September 14 at 9:30 a.m. and have invited the Federation and affiliates to join them.  The office is at 85 Fitzroy Street.

These workers are not getting strike pay so if we could take up a collection for them it would be greatly appreciated.

Hope to see you and as many members as you can get out from your union on Monday.  You are welcome to bring your flags and banners.

Let’s try to get as many out as we can to support these workers.

Please join the PEI Federation of Labour's 15th Annual Labour Day Picnic and Barbecue on Monday September 7th, 11am - 1pm, Joseph Ghiz Memorial Park

August 24, 2015

See attached brochure for all the information

Latest Accent

August 7, 2015

In the latest Accent please see information on UPSE’s upcoming Presidential Election including a message from both candidates.  Also, see the results for nominations of Directors in odd numbered locals.  

Read Accent

Updated Discount List for UPSE Members

July 16, 2015

UPSE has updated our Discount List for UPSE members with some new additions. Members are encouraged to take advantage of the discounts offered.

See Complete Discount List

Message from President - Call for Action

July 14, 2015

UPSE Members
Anyone able to come out and support our brothers and sisters from the Canadian Postal Workers Union.
They would love to have the support to save door to door mail delivery, and important jobs for islanders and our economy.

Brothers & Sisters:
The Summerside Local of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers Local 129 will be hosting a meet and greet with National CUPW President Mike Palecek and an information session on saving door to door and home mail delivery.  This will take place on Saturday, July 18 from 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Spinnakers Landing.

Save Canada Post Rally - Meet Mike Palecek

July 13, 2015

Meet and Greet for new National President for CUPW, Mike Palecek, Saturday July 18, 2015 at 5pm. Joe Ghiz Park

See attached brochure for complete details

Latest Accent

July 3, 2015

Details on UPSE Family Fun Day, Sunday July 26, 2015 and UPSE is also accepting applications to attend the 2015 Police and Peace Officers Memorial Service.

Read Accent

It's Time to Work Together on Retirement Security!

July 3, 2015

President Bovyer comments about the importance of expanding the Canada Pension Plan (CPP).  An increasing number of seniors in this country are retiring in debt and facing bankruptcy.  Expanding the CPP is the best way to ensure retirement security for all Canadians (read more).

Rally Against Teacher Cuts, June 30 at 4:00 p.m.

June 29, 2015

Members of UPSE
I encourage anyone who has the free time to attend this rally in support of the Teachers of PEI
Our children attending these schools are our future.
Good jobs in PEI stimulate the economy and support Island small business.
Debbie Bovyer

See Flyer

2015 Police & Peace Officers Memorial Service in Ottawa

June 22, 2015

This is the 18th 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

See Attached for complete details

Application Form

Latest Accent

June 19, 2015

UPSE calls for nominations for the Presidential election, advertises Steward Level II educational, and comments on CPP expansion.

Read Accent

Proposed changes to the Income Tax Act

June 12, 2015

President Bovyer supports the proposed changes to the Income Tax Act which will help lower income Islanders. She also talks about tax fairness and how governments are beginning to shift tax increases to corporations and the wealthy.

Read more

Time for a change Tour - Summerside

June 9, 2015

"It's time for a change and you can be a part of it!"
Join Donald Lafleur, CLC Vice-President, for a rally and party as part of the labour movement's cross country tour for change.

See Brochure

Latest Accent

June 8, 2015

Public Service Week is June 14 – 20. Public services make a better life possible for families in PEI. The union has issued a call for nominations for a Director position in Local 12. The nomination deadline is July 3, 2015.

Read Accent

Spring Advocate

May 15, 2015

In The Advocate see the President’s message, an update on Bargaining and Grievances, an article on Domestic Violence and the Workplace, and more.

Read Advocate

Latest Accent

May 14, 2015

UPSE is offering a Retirement Planning Workshop on June 5; a Steward Level II educational on June 19; and a Bully Free Workplaces Workshop on June 24

Read Accent

May 1 - International Workers' Day/May Day

April 30, 2015

May 1st is International Workers’ Day.  Thousands of working people and their families will participate in rallies and parades to mark this important day, and millions of other workers across the world will celebrate May 1st as their Labour Day.

International Workers' Day celebrates the achievements of the labour movement. Some of these include the establishment of employment standards, occupational health and safety legislation, and collective bargaining rights for employees.

It is important to recognize the achievements of working people and acknowledge that there is still work to be done. International Workers Day reminds us to stand together in solidarity with working people in our province, country and throughout the world.

Latest Accent

April 28, 2015

UPSE calls for nominations for Directors in odd numbered locals and for 1st and 3rd  Vice-President.  The union is also holding two upcoming educationals - Welcome to UPSE and Steward Level 1

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Connect Hearing has partnered with EPIC Hearing Healthcare

April 23, 2015

Please see the attached brochure to see more information on our members' discounts available through Connect Hearing

Latest Accent

April 21, 2015

In this edition of The Accent the union issues a call for tenders regarding grass cutting services, seeks member input on enhancing communications, and prompts everyone to attend the Day of Mourning ceremony on April 28 (read more).

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.

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 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.

See attached for complete details

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.

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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