USPE News

Happy Canada Day!

Posted June 30, 2022, 3:45pm

From everyone at UPSE, please have a safe and happy Canada Day on July 1, 2022. We live in the greatest country in the world and have so much to be thankful for. UPSE Proud!||

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Members Attend Retirement Planning Workshop

Posted June 29, 2022, 2:59pm

Members enjoy the financial management / planning the future workshop at UPSE today. Topics include the importance of retirement planning, reviewing your pension statements for accuracy, and starting to save money early.||

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Att Workers: Sun Safety Precautions

Posted June 29, 2022, 8:47am

During the summer season, many Island workers spend a significant amount of time working outdoors. As a result daily exposure to the harmful effects of the sun is common. Excessive exposure to UV rays from the sun can cause damage to the skin, eyes, and can also increase the risk of heat stress and heat stroke. Employers and workers must be aware of the risks related to sun exposure and the effective ways to protect themselves.|| See info (here). ||

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UPSE 60th Convention Grand Prize Draw

Posted June 28, 2022, 12:53pm

Contest rules and conditions:

Eligibility:

The contest is open to all UPSE members in good standing who are currently employed at an UPSE bargaining unit worksite at the time of entry.

To be a member in good standing;

You must have signed a membership card available on the PEI UPSE website at https://www.peiupse.ca/membership-registration/ or completed a registration card by contacting  the UPSE Office andBe paying dues or otherwise be eligible as a member in good standing as defined under the PEI UPSE Constitution and Bylaws https://www.peiupse.ca/about/how/constitution/   Prize

 The single prize package includes a $3500 gift card from Air Canada. Prize package must be accepted as awarded, with no substitutions.

 Participation forms

Entries will be submitted at https://www.peiupse.ca/upse-60th-convention-grand-prize-draw or by visiting the UPSE Office at 4 Enman Crescent to complete an online ballot.

Odds of winning de...

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Check out the latest Accents

Posted June 28, 2022, 11:59am

UPSE members - get your Shining Waters passes for Family Fun Time! Call UPSE for your discount code on up to six passes (see info). Workshop opportunity for UPSE Health members (see info).|| Call for Director nominations in even numbered Locals and Call for Secretary Treasurer and Second Vice-President executive positions (see info). ||

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Employee Engagement Diversity and Inclusion Pulse Survey

Posted June 23, 2022, 3:16pm

Att: UPSE Civil Service Members (2022 Employee Engagement Diversity and Inclusion Pulse Survey)

UPSE encourages its Civil Service members to take part in the Public Service Commission’s (PSC) Employee Engagement Diversity and Inclusion Pulse Survey. You should receive an e-mail from the PSC with information and a link to the survey itself. The survey’s theme is centered around concepts of diversity and inclusion and your experiences in the workplace, sense of belonging, fairness, respect, decision making and leadership, inclusion, psychologically safe workplaces, and a culture of continuous learning and improvement.

The survey is 100% secure, anonymous, confidential, and optional. With a high participation rate, the PSC can provide an accurate representation of the public service workforce and take proactive actions that focus on improving employee experience and strengthening the public service as an inclusive and equal employer of all.

Please see more information ...

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Steward Level II

Posted June 23, 2022, 3:03pm

UPSE Stewards are engaging in the union's Steward Level II course offering today in Charlottetown. Participants are discussing the importance of knowing your membership, working with your union executive, problem solving and conflict resolution among other topics.|| || ||

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National Indigenous Peoples Day

Posted June 20, 2022, 2:19pm

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. Let’s celebrate the heritage, contributions and diverse cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. By learning about indigenous peoples and their history, we take a step forward on the path to reconciliation.|| Learn more about Indigenous peoples and communities (here).||

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NUPGE elects new President and Secretary-Treasurer

Posted June 20, 2022, 2:16pm

Congratulations to NUPGE's new President Bert Blundon and Secretary-Treasurer Jason MacLean!|| Bert Blundon, from NAPE/NUPGE and Jason MacLean, NSGEU/NUPGE have been elected by delegates to serve as President and Secretary-Treasurer of the 400,000 member National Union of Public and General Employees (see more).||

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Chief Stewards Meeting

Posted June 17, 2022, 2:39pm

UPSE's chief stewards gathered today to share best practices, discuss policy and resolutions for convention, and receive an update from the union's Labour Relations Officers. ||

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Att: UPSE Health Members (Workshop Opportunity)

Posted June 15, 2022, 12:40pm

Teepa Snow - Until There’s a Cure – There’s Care!

UPSE has joined with CCPA and Rotary to promote a workshop about expanding a caregiver’s understanding of how dementia impacts people physically, mentally and socially.

Teepa Snow will be at the Rodd Charlottetown on July 14, 2022 (9 - 3:30 pm). Join us as Teepa shares her positive approach to care and her learnings through Covid. This will be an opportunity to increase your skills, knowledge, and awareness - and to celebrate you!

Registration closes July 8, 2022. Seating is limited! Lunch and breaks are on your own. Cost: $199.00.

UPSE Health members interested in attending may be eligible for funding to cover the cost of registration as well as salary replacement. Please see the criteria for funding and the UPSE Health D&T Application form here: (https://www.peiupse.ca/education/fund/)

For more information and to register for the workshop see (https://crm.ccpa-accp.ca/.../5ab3f9620395987b8529880da...

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Public Service Week 2022 (Awards)

Posted June 14, 2022, 11:32am

This message has been approved by Tanya Rowell, CEO of the Public Service Commission

Premier’s Excellence in Leadership Award

This award recognizes a contribution to Government and citizens of PEI, resulting in a positive impact, while demonstrating excellence in leadership that embodies the overarching Public Service Leadership Competencies: Influence and Self Awareness, Builds Relationships, Leads Others, and Focuses on Results.

I am pleased to announce this year's winner as Ryan Neale for his work in Health and Wellness with the Chief Public Health Office throughout the pandemic!

In March 2020 when the province declared a State of Emergency, in response to the global pandemic, Ryan's role of Environmental Health Manager changed instantly when he was asked to assist in implementing border measures into PEI and required travelers to undergo universal screening. Instituting these border measures was a first for the province, meaning there was no playbook or polic...

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National Public Services Week

Posted June 13, 2022, 8:15am

In recognition of Public Service Week, thank you to UPSE members and all public service employees for your efforts as we continue towork through the pandemic. You stepped up and protected the health and safety of Islanders and provided the essential services they rely on in their daily lives. Your contribution to society is immeasurable, and the value of public services are stronger than ever thanks to you.|| Karen Jackson, PresidentPEI Union of Public Sector Employees||

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World Day Against Child Labour

Posted June 10, 2022, 3:28pm

June 12, 2022 is World Day Against Child Labour. This year the theme is “Universal Social Protection to End Child Labour.” We need social protection systems put in place to protect children from this horrible practice. Today, there are approximately 160 million children engaged in child labour.||

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Check out The Accent

Posted June 10, 2022, 10:34am

Check out the latest Accent ... public service week is June 12-18, 2022; join the Women's Take a Break Walk on July 2, 2022; and enter a contest to win a tablet by attending a Local meeting. || See (The Accent)||

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UPSE President Addresses Long-Term Care at Standing Committee

Posted June 8, 2022, 2:20pm

UPSE President, Karen Jackson, delivered a brief today to the Standing Committee on Health and Social Development on the state of long-term care in the province. The PEI Nurses Union and CUPE also made presentations.|| Jackson spoke about her members working conditions in long-term care and made recommendations to the committee in regard to necessary improvements. Key recommendations include addressing the chronic staff shortage with improved compensation, recruitment and retention, more long-term care funding, and supporting the implementation of national standards in long-term care.|| ||

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UPSE Course Full

Posted June 7, 2022, 2:07pm

UPSE's Planning the Future / Financial Management workshop scheduled for June 29, 2022 is now full. There are still spaces available in UPSE's Steward Level II course running on June 23, 2022. Contact UPSE to express interest at 902-892-5335 or go to "courses" in the "Education" section of UPSE's website to register online.||

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Attention UPSE Members: NUPGE Scholarships

Posted June 7, 2022, 2:03pm

Eligibility to Enter: To apply you must be a child or grandchild (including foster child or foster grandchild) or a legal ward of a current or retired member of a Component or a Component’s affiliate of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).

Note the Young Worker Scholarship is also open to members of NUPGE’s Components and their affiliates.

You must also fill in an online application form and include an original 750-to-1000-word essay. Each scholarship has a unique essay topic that changes every year. Emailed, mailed, or faxed

applications will not be accepted. Each scholarship may also have additional eligibility requirements.

Application deadline for all 2022 scholarships: 5 pm (EDT), July 1st, 2022.

See information (here).

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UPSE Celebrates Pride Month!

Posted June 2, 2022, 10:41am

The beginning of June marks the annual event of Pride Month, a celebration of the two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (2SLGBTQIA+) communities. PEI UPSE and the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) wishes everyone a happy Pride Month and celebrates alongside the 2SLGBTQIA+ communities.|| For more information, click here||

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UPSE President on Health PEI Denying Vacations

Posted May 27, 2022, 8:53am

"Our members are pretty disappointed," Jackson said in an interview with CBC News.|| "I mean, they've really had a rough time, especially the last two-and-a-half years during COVID, making sure that their clients are well cared for and like I said, doing the heavy lifting for Health P.E.I. on the front lines," said Jackson. "And they really need a break. They need to be granted their vacation so they can get the necessary downtime that they deserve."|| See complete CBC article here||

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