Day of Mourning 2018

For immediate release                                April 25th, 2018


CHARLOTTETOWN: 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 Woodbury.

 Flags raising ceremonies:

City Hall, Summerside at 9:30am

City Hall Charlottetown at 11:30am

Province House, Charlottetown at 12:00pm.

St. Paul’s Hall, 101 Prince Street, Charlottetown at 7:00pm, organized by the Federation of Labour

 For more information:

Jason Woodbury

CUPE PEI Division

National Health and Safety Rep.


PEI Budget 2018-19: How Does It Measure Up?

The Prince Edward Island government released its 2018-19 budget on April 6, 2018. Though CUPE members have cause to celebrate in some respects, the budget falls short of the recommendations CUPE PEI submitted in February 2018.

Our submission contained 9 recommendations, under the themes of increasing support for newcomers, labour law reform, long-term care & healthcare, pharmacare, seniors and child care. To read the submission in its entirety, click here.

We have carefully analyzed the budget, and want to share how the announcements measure up to our recommendations.