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CUPE Workshop Calendar – 2019-2020

Date / Location Workshop Registration Deadline Registration Link
Oct. 26-27, 2019

CUPE Charlottetown

Introduction to Stewarding


Oct. 25, 2019


Nov. 13-14, 2019

CUPE Charlottetown

Bargaining Program / LET

How Bargaining Works, Conflict-ready Executives, Leading as a Team

Nov. 12, 2019



Dec. 12-13, 2019

Credit Union Place

Summerside, PE


Local Executive Training:

Financial Essentials

Financial Officer

Dec. 11, 2019 Financial Essentials

Financial Officers


Jan. 16-17, 2020

CUPE Charlottetown

Local Executive Training:

Mobilizing for Bargaining and

Leading as a Team

Jan. 15, 2020


Feb. 13-14, 2020

CUPE Charlottetown

Health & Safety Modules

Workload and Overwork, Violence Prevention, Making Committees Work

Feb. 12, 2020


Mar. 7-8, 2020

Credit Union Place

Summerside, PE

Transforming Conflict March 6, 2020


Apr. 21-22, 2020

CUPE Charlottetown

Leadership Executive Training

Leadership Essentials

Apr. 20, 2020


May 6-7, 2020

CUPE Charlottetown

Steward Learning Series

Popular Economics for Stewards, What Stewards need to know about Arbitration, Understanding Mental Health

May 5, 2020


June 4-5, 2020

CUPE Charlottetown

Respect at Work and Essentials for Inclusive Unions June 3, 2020




PEI Provincial Budget 2019-2020: Status Quo Budget

Charlottetown, June 25 2019 – Today, Dennis King’s minority government released its first provincial budget.

“This is certainly a status quo budget for PEI” said Leonard Gallant, president of CUPE PEI.

CUPE PEI is pleased this government is maintaining the previous administration’s investments in Education, such as 42 additional educational assistant positions. Unfortunately, the new minority government is also repeating some previous mistakes in long-term care services.

“Four million dollars in grants for private-sector long-term care beds is not a winning formula to improve senior care. A 100% public model, which is for the public, by the public, would be preferable,” said Gallant.

CUPE PEI notes the promised 100 new long-term care beds does not necessarily mean 100 new spots. “It will likely mean that current private providers receive more money to cover their existing beds that were not subsided, rather than new spaces,” said Gallant.

“I am disappointed the new Green MLAs did not push for general minimum wage increases in this budget,” said Gallant. “This certainly leaves a big hole in this government’s poverty reduction strategy,” concluded Gallant.

Leonard Gallant Elected President of CUPE PEI

Charlottetown – Leonard Gallant has been elected president of PEI Division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. Representing over 3300 members on the Island in many sectors such as municipalities, healthcare and education.

“With the current provincial minority government situation and the federal election coming up this fall, it is certainly an interesting time to become president of CUPE PEI,”  noted Leonard Gallant, president of CUPE PEI.

Gallant is a health care worker who has been an active trade unionist since the 1990’s. In addition to being CUPE PEI acting president since 2018, Gallant has been president of CUPE Local 1779 for over 12 years and has sat on various provincial and national pension committees.

“I am grateful to have obtained the confidence of CUPE members for this position,” said Gallant. “In my mandate, it is a priority for me to have the labour workers’ voices heard so politicians fight against inequalities and improve our public services,” he added.


Congratulations to the KOBO ereader winner at the 2019 CUPE PEI Book Drive!

Sue McAskill,Trustee Local 3373 Group Home Worker, Lives in Stratford PEI.

Day of Mourning – April 28th

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

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

 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 at the national, provincial and local levels, along with the Canadian Labour Congress, began to recognize April 28th as the Day of Mourning.

 “We are inviting all Islanders to take the time to remember those workers on April 28th and if possible, participate in the flag raising ceremonies on this day,” added Woodbury.

“We also encourage employers across the province to recognize the Day of Mourning and to set up regulations that will make our workplaces safer and healthier,” concluded Leonard Gallant, CUPE PEI Acting President.