Weeklong School – Register Before Jan. 20

CUPE Maritimes is excited to announce a weeklong school for all members in NB and PEI in person! We are happy to provide a new process where you get to select the workshops that you want to attend, so please make sure to follow the instructions!

Twice daily breaks will be provided .*Note – the Financial Officer Workshop will be the only course that will last 5 days.

This weeklong is meant to be flexible to accommodate all members, so you can join us for the 5 days, or sign up for individual sessions that are listed below.

*There is limited registration for this event and a registration fee of 100$ per session  or 300$ for the week

* Registration Deadline is January 20th, 2023. For Registration click here

Special Info: We have a special rate negotiated with the Delta Beausejour for $169 a night, this rate expires on: Saturday, December 24, 2022! Click here to reserve online and Book your group rate for CUPE Conference 

COVID POLICY: We want to ensure that our event is as safe as possible, and we will be following CUPE’s COVID protocols.

Here are the key protocols for all CUPE events:

  • Masks are mandatory during the events, even when sitting down in the meeting room.
  • If you are not vaccinated, you are required to test daily and ensure that you test negative before joining the meeting.
  • Check your symptoms daily if you have any COVID symptoms do not attend the meeting.

January 2023 Events

PLEASE JOIN US FOR THESE EVENTS!
at the Delta Beauséjour Hotel, Moncton

  • LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
  • WEEKLONG SCHOOL

Leadership Re-Boot Conference for NB & PEI

  • CUPE NB invites all members, locals, and executives of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick to a conference to discuss how we lead in 2023 and move into the future!

We encourage all executives to attend and to consider bringing young workers to this event for long-term succession planning for the labor movement and locals.

*There is limited registration for this event and a registration fee of $100

* Registration Deadline is January 20th, 2023

January 26th 2PM to 5:30 PM @ Delta Beausejour in Moncton

January 27TH 9AM to 4PM @ Delta Beausejour in Moncton

Registration Link

 

CUPE Maritimes Weeklong SchoolGetting back to Basics for NB & PEI

  • CUPE Maritimes is excited to announce a weeklong school for all members in NB and PEI in person! We are happy to provide a new process where you get to select the workshops that you want to attend, so please make sure to follow the instructions!

Twice daily breaks will be provided.

*Note – the Financial Officer Workshop will be the only course that will last 5 days.

This weeklong is meant to be flexible to accommodate all members, so you can join us for the 5 days, or sign up for individual sessions that are listed below.

*There is limited registration for this event and a registration fee of 100$ per session or 300$ for the week.

* Registration Deadline is January 20th, 2023.

 Registration Link

 

Special Info:

We have a special rate negotiated with the Delta Beausejour for $169 a night, this rate expires on: Saturday, December 24, 2022!

Click here to reserve online: Book your group rate for CUPE Conference

COVID POLICY:

We want to ensure that our event is as safe as possible, and we will be following CUPE’s COVID protocols.

Here are the key protocols for all of the above events:

  • Masks are mandatory during the events, even when sitting down in the meeting room.
  • If you are not vaccinated, you are required to test daily and ensure that you test negative before joining the meeting.
  • Check your symptoms daily if you have any COVID symptoms do not attend the meeting.

 

WEEKLONG SCHOOL WORKSHOPS

Session #1

 

January 28th 9AM to January 29th 12PM

Session #2

 

January 29th 1PM to January 30th 4PM

Session #3

 

January 31st 9AM to February 1st 12PM

Financial Officer (weeklong)

 

Financial Officer (weeklong) Financial Officer (weeklong)
Intro to Stewarding Steward learning series: Grievance Handling, discipline and discharge, members in front of management

 

Transforming Conflict
Let- Leadership Essentials Let – strategic planning – 6 & conflict skills LET (bylaws, DFR, mobilizing)

 

Sexual and Domestic Violence at work Public Speaking Mental health and accommodation-friendly workplaces

 

Women’s Rights and Leadership Harassment and bullying at work LET – Parliamentary Procedure
Bargaining – analyzing your CA and surveying membership Anti–oppression / racism training Steward Learning Series: Conflict Skills, Ally Skills, and DFR.
Intro to stewarding (French) Representing Members (French) LET (French)

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Tell Premier King: Healthcare Workers Need Your Support!

PEI workers want to be part of the recruitment and retention solution. Sign this letter if you agree that no front-line workers should be excluded from having their voice heard on this matter.  It’s time our government allocated the proper resources to help those delivering the services Islanders rely on.

Lowest paid essential workers excluded from Retention Initiative

More than 1 500 healthcare and long-term care workers are angry at being left out of a new staff retention incentive plan crafted by the Dennis King Government. On Monday, Premier King and the Health and Wellness Minister Ernie Hudson announced an $8 million “Retention Initiative” in exchange for a one-year return in service agreement from healthcare staff.

“It’s outrageous that more than 1 300 of us in healthcare, the lower-paid staff doing essential work such as laundry, cooking, sterilization, custodial tasks, maintenance and many more, were specifically excluded from the announcement,” said Chris Lewis, President of PEI Health Council.

“Our members have been running on fumes, doing double duty, running short, working longer hours, and having vacations denied when requested. We are frustrated King has chosen to play favourites when there is a real retention crisis in our sectors too,” said Leonard Gallant, President of Local 1779 and President of CUPE PEI. “King talks about ‘stabilizing the workforce’ but forgets that without a team approach, his strategy is flawed. Surgeries, for example, cannot happen if there is no one to clean operating rooms and sterilize equipment!” said Robyn Currie, president of Local 1051.

The same workers excluded from this recent initiative also were unjustly overlooked from provincial COVID-19 support measures. “There is a pattern emerging, where this government keeps on disenfranchising whole groups of workers by ignoring them completely,” said Rhonda Diamond, President of CUPE Local 805.

It is time the government recognized inflation is hurting the lower-paid workers the most, may they be in the public or the private sector like us nursing home workers. “When rent, bread, and gas prices go up, it hurts us disproportionately,” said Donna Gormley, President of CUPE Local 2523 and Local 5331, who were excluded from the Retention Initiative. Those Locals are comprised of over 200 members working in private long-term care facilities.

CUPE Locals are demanding government broadened and improved its Retention Initiative, to ensure no care workers are left behind. “Let’s be clear: each bargaining team should have been included in the conversation from day one. The Premier must fix this now,” concluded Leonard Gallant.

CUPE PEI Statement for September 30th, Truth and Reconciliation Day

Dear Members of CUPE PEI,

On September 30th, let’s pause and take time to remember the victims and survivors of residential schools in Canada.

Proclaimed a statutory holiday by the Federal Government in 2021, the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation is the outcome of federal Bill C-5, sponsored by PEI Senator Brian Francis. The resolution was a direct response to the Call to Action 80 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. CUPE PEI stands in solidarity with the Miꞌkmaq, Maliseet, and Peskotomuhkati nations, whose traditional lands are in the Atlantic region of Canada. We remember all those who had to suffer the “Indian Day Schools”, the Shubenacadie Residential school, and other institutions put in place by governments to destroy indigenous culture and identity.

As a society, we must heal the wounds of the past and work towards a fair, equitable, and inclusive future where all will be able to reach their fullest potential. As trade unionists, let’s not forget our role in making reconciliation a tangible reality in our workplaces through collective bargaining.

We encourage you to participate in the September 30th Ceremony, at 11:30AM, outside of the Provincial Administration buildings in Charlottetown (across from Rochford Square).

In solidarity,

Leonard Gallant
President of CUPE PEI

Atlantic Political Summit

Download the flyer here: https://cupepei.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/73/2022/08/2022_CUPE_Atlantic_Political_Summit_flyer-1.pdf

Are you interested in fostering bargaining and political power within your local? Do you want to learn what is at stake and what it takes to develop policies and legislation which strengthen the labour movement? Would you consider helping in campaigns or running for a provincial or federal seat? Do you want to develop an NDP that works better for workers? Then please join MP Leah Gazan (MB), former MP Peggy Nash (ON), former MLA Howard Epstein (NS), NDP MLA Suzy Hansen (NS) and others to learn how to do just that.

We will look at the problem of decades of neo-liberal governance; how to fight back; develop an intersectional analysis; and develop a deeper understanding of climate justice from experts across the Atlantic.

  • WHEN: Sunday, September 25th [evening] to Thursday, September 29th [half day]
  • WHERE: Four Points Sheraton Halifax, 1496 Hollis Street, Halifax, NS B3J 3Z1
  • COST: $1,200.00 – includes hotel and all meals [except dinner on Monday], $ 400.00 – includes lunches and dinners [except dinner on Monday]

    REGISTER: https://cupe.ca/mrm-union-education/event/5504

Health Care Needs Solutions, Not Privatization

Charlottetown, PEI – This week, the four conservative Atlantic Premiers, along with Ontario’s Premier Ford, announced their idea of bringing in privatization in healthcare, instead of dealing with the recruitment and retention crisis.

Premier King floated the idea of publicly funded but privately operated health care services. The PEI Health Council, which represents over a thousand healthcare workers on the Island, along with CUPE PEI, are calling on Premier King to retract his statements and rule out privatization.

“One of the Government’s fundamental jobs is delivering good public services for all. Handing over this responsibility to corporations means he does not want to do meet his basic job requirements as Premier” said Chris Lewis, President of PEI Health Council.

“Privatization will not solve staffing issues. It simply drains workers from the public sector to the private sector, moving people around instead of bringing more people in it. It is robbing Peter to pay Paul,” said Leonard Gallant, President of CUPE PEI.

“In the U.S., where healthcare is completely privatized, they have massive staff shortages, so let’s not fall into that trap,” said Gallant. Earlier this year, the American Hospital Association called the workforce shortage in U.S. hospitals a “national emergency,” In July 2022, U.S. News reported that staff shortages were “choking the U.S. health care system”.

“This government must focus on public solutions, like removing barriers to entry in the workforce, cut tuition fees, stop the casualization of the work and improve working conditions of all to retain staff,” concluded Lewis.