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.

 

PEI Election – CUPE Candidates Survey

CUPE PEI has been working to gather information about the Political Parties of PEI

We asked Division members and other volunteers to participate in a Political Candidate Survey.

We identified concerns and issues facing our members and all islanders. Parties and candidates were asked these questions . Some have responded and some have not as of yet. We are sharing the list of questions along with the responses from the candidates we had conversations with over the past couple of weeks: Candidates Survey for 2019 PEI Election

Read all political parties platforms here :

Green Party
Liberal Party Platform
New Democratic Party
Progressive Conservative Platform