April 28 – Day of Mourning

CHARLOTTETOWN: On April 28, many flag raising ceremonies will be held on the Island to remember the workers killed or injured on the job.

“Every April 28th, citizens across the country and around the globe gather to remember workers that were killed or injured at work. On average, in Canada, a worker dies every eight hours,” said Jason Woodbury, CUPE PEI and CUPE National Health and Safety Committee Representative.

It was CUPE’s National Health and Safety Committee who in 1984, first proposed the idea of a day to remember workers injured or killed on the job. Soon after, CUPE, national, provincial and local levels, along with the Canadian Labour Congress, began to recognize April 28th as the Day of Mourning.

“Each year on this day, we take the time to raise awareness about workers safety and encourage employers across the province to establish practices that ensure their workers return to their families at the end of each shift,” concluded Woodbury.

“On April 28th, we are inviting all Islanders to take time to remember workers killed or injured on the job, either by participating in the Day of Mourning Ceremony organized by the PEI Federation of labour at Confederation Center of the Arts, or in a flag raising ceremony  organized by CUPE” added Woodbury.

 Flags raising ceremonies are:

City Hall, Summerside at 9:30 a.m.

City Hall, Charlottetown at 11:30 a.m.

Province House, Charlottetown at 12:00 p.m.

Memorial Hall at 7:00 p.m., organized by the Federation of Labour

Forum on TPP

This April 27th, come and join us to discuss what impacts will the TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Deal) have on PEI. What will happen to our agricultural sector, our fishing industry, our environment, our jobs? This is the Trade Deal you heard so much about during the last Federal Election. TPP-April-27th png


Blood Service Workers: CUPE solidarity in action

February 18th, 2016, Charlottetown – The Canadian Blood Service (CBS) workers in PEI are now entering week 25 of their strike. However, they have received some good news from the CUPE National leaders. Mark Hancock, CUPE National President, signed a thousand dollar cheque to each striking worker.

With this recent contribution, nearly $20,000 has been raised by the CUPE membership for the CBS strikers. “During the holidays, with the initiative of Local 1870, CUPE PEI had organized a Christmas fundraiser for these striking workers. CUPE PEI stepped in to help, and now, the National leadership wants to do their part too,” said Lori MacKay, President of CUPE PEI.

“Even if the CBS employees are members of another union, we wanted to show solidarity,” said MacKay.

Workers deserve good contracts. Even if they are not CUPE members, their fight is our fight. Like the old trade-unionist principle goes: “An injury to one is an injury to all”.

The striking CBS workers are members of NSUPE Local 19, and they demand government intervention to help settle the dispute.

“The issue is guaranteed work hours. We all like our jobs, however, CBS wants us all to be ‘on-demand’ workers. Some of us are working less than 19 hours per week, and we’re also expected to be scheduled ‘on-demand’. How can we provide for ourselves, let alone our families, if getting a second job is impossible because of unpredictable work hours?” questioned Tanya Herrell, Local 19 President.