UPEI campus unions file joint unfair labour practice complaints

UPEI campus unions file joint unfair labour practice complaints
The employee unions at the University of Prince Edward Island have joined together in filing Unfair Labour Practice complaints with the Labour Relations Board of Prince Edward Island against the university related to their collective pension negotiations. These are the second and third Unfair Labour Practice Complaints lodged against the university in the past two days.
“The Board of Governors are establishing a troubling pattern of bad faith bargaining,” says Nola Etkin, UPEIFA President. “The result is that four unions, representing over 700 employees on campus, felt the need to act together to address unfair labour practices and bullying tactics.”
In two separate filings, UPEIFA, International Brotherhood of Electrical workers (IBEW), and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), locals 1870 and 501, allege that the university’s Board of Governors has engaged in bad faith bargaining by refusing to bargain pension at a joint table of the unions and by refusing to allow the unions an opportunity to fully respond to the Board of Governor’s pension proposals.
An earlier bad faith bargaining complaint was filed by the UPEIFA with the Labour Relations Board on 28 April 2016, alleging that the Board of Governors had engaged in bad faith bargaining with the intent of creating the conditions for a summer lockout.
The unions on campus affirm their commitment to working together to protect the pensions of all UPEI employees and to ensure that pension negotiations proceed in a fair way.

Striking P.E.I. Blood Services Workers Not Forgotten for Christmas

Charlottetown: The 9 Canadian Blood Services (CBS) striking employees in Charlottetown will have a better Christmas than anticipated because of an initiative launched by CUPE Local 1870, the UPEI support employees.

A few weeks ago, CUPE Local 1870 members initiated “Adopt a Striker for Christmas” campaign to help the striking CBS workers. They donated 1000 dollars and challenged other unions to also make a donation.

They have gathered a total of 4675 dollars for the strikers and will be presenting the donations to them on Friday.

CBS workers have been on strike for 16 weeks. The main issue is a guarantee of minimum hours of work. They have been without a contract since 2011.

“Since the beginning of the strike, CUPE members have been very generous with those workers but we wanted to do something special for the Holiday season and our members at UPEI came up with this idea. This is what the labour movement is really about, supporting each other in time of need”, said Lori MacKay CUPE PEI president.

“The courage that this small group of workers has shown over the last four months has been an inspiration to all unionized workers in the Province. As Christmas is a time for giving, we started the “Adopt a Striker” campaign to make sure that the striking CBS workers and their families didn’t go without over the Christmas season”, said Tracy Carmichael CUPE 1870 local president.

The donations will be presented to the striking workers on the picket line on Friday,   December 18 at noon at the CBS’ Clinic location at 85 Fitzroy Street in Charlottetown.

Brother Paul Moist Announces Retirement


Sisters and Brothers:

After much thought and reflection I am writing to advise that I have decided to retire and will not let my name stand for re-election at our upcoming National Convention.

My 40 years of membership in our union, 32 of which have included full-time union work, including the past 12 years as National President, have been both an honour and a privilege.  Serving CUPE members full-time has been a tremendous opportunity that very few get to experience.

Throughout my career I have done my utmost to portray our Union in a principled and professional fashion.  The work of CUPE members delivering quality public services, makes for a more equal Canada, and I have always believed our members deserve strong and effective leadership from their union.

I am proud of our growth, over 100,000 new members over the past 12 years.  I am proud of our policies and our alignment with progressive groups such as the Canada Health Coalition and the Council of Canadians.  I am proud that our Strike Fund sits at over $80 million, our collective commitment within and amongst all 634,000 CUPE members.  I am proud of the hundreds of rank and file activists and staff I have worked with over the years.

Lastly, I am proud of CUPE’s standing within both our national and global trade union movements, and the political party our movement founded, the New Democratic Party of Canada.

Leading our union has been an honour and a privilege, but it is time for me to step aside.  I have every confidence in the talent within our leadership and that the election of our 6th National President will be a seamless and positive chapter in CUPE’s rich history.

My term as National President will end on November 6th.  Thank you for your unwavering support over the years.  Please know I will continue to support our union and our shared goal of social justice for all workers.

In solidarity,

Paul Moist,
National President

c.c.:           National Executive Board Members; All CUPE staff

Copyright © 2015 Canadian Union of Public Employees, All rights reserved.

International Women’s Day – CUPE PEI calls for more women’s voices

Charlottetown – On this International Women’s Day, CUPE PEI calls for more women’s voices in government and more attention to women’s perspectives in public policy development.

“2014 is a landmark year for Canada as it is the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference. This conference helped create the political foundation for our country,” said Lori MacKay, President of CUPE PEI.  “It is unfortunate that no women were at the table when the 23 men met in 1864, but we have made great strides since then in political life. Women now hold leadership roles at all levels of government, but we are still underrepresented in elected positions.”

“CUPE applauds the initiative “A Bold Vision” which is being organized by PEI women’s groups to mark this important milestone,” continued MacKay. “This conference will provide an opportunity for women leaders from across the country to come together to celebrate, support and learn from one another about women’s leadership. An exciting feature of this unique conference will be a day-long session where 23 women discuss their vision for our country for the next 150 years. “A Bold Vision” will be a tremendous learning opportunity for women and I hope as many Islanders as possible will participate.”

“All is not rosy for women when it comes to our political system,” noted MacKay. “Citizen disengagement is a huge problem. Many women are reluctant to get involved because party politics doesn’t favour the kind of long-term planning and decision-making needed to improve people’s lives. It is time for a new vision.”

“It’s not that women are better decision-makers than men, but they can bring different and valuable perspectives to the table,” said Melissa Bruce, Chair of the CUPE PEI Women’s Committee.

“The recent EI reform is a good example of why we need renewal in our political system. Did decision-makers consider the impact EI changes would have on women?”  asked Bruce. “Women are hit harder than men by the new rules because they have heavier family responsibilities, fewer job options, they receive lower benefits and run out of benefits earlier.”

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For further information, please contact: 

Lori MacKay, CUPE PEI President: (902) 626-1112

Melissa Bruce, Chair, CUPE PEI Women’s Committee: (902) 629-4998