CUPE PEI Applauds New PTSD Legislation

Charlottetown – CUPE PEI Paramedics and First Responders celebrated a hard-earned victory when Bill 102, An Act to Amend the Workers Compensation Act passed third reading on December 12.

The Bill, which got unanimous support of the legislature, provides added support to workers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. “We now have a similar law as Manitoba’s, which recognized PTSD coverage for all, not just for first responders, nurses or corrections officers,” said Jason Woodbury, President of CUPE Local 3324 and Miscouche’s Fire Chief.

The legislation provides presumptive coverage to workers when they apply for compensation. In order to deny a claim, the burden of proof will be on the Workers’ Compensation Board to demonstrate that coverage is not required.

“Over the last four years, we have lobbied all sides of the House for this legislation. This was also a personal mission to achieve this for all PEI workers. I am proud we finally have this victory,” said Woodbury.

During the third reading, workers, paramedics and other union members filled the gallery. Jason Woodbury himself was present on the legislature’s floor next to Jamie Fox, the MLA who had proposed the Bill.

“Workplace mental health issues have too often been snubbed by employers, governments and even workers themselves. This helps recognize the issues and I hope other provinces will follow PEI’s example,” concluded Woodbury.

 

 

CUPE PEI Annual All Presidents Meeting 2017

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December 1st,2017

 All PEI Local Presidents are invited!

CUPE PEI is hosting their annual All Presidents meeting:

  • Both National Officers will be attending
  • Share and learn from other sectors and locals across PEI

Where:

Charlottetown Inn and Conference Center, 238 Grafton Street

When:

December 1st,2017 9:30am to 4pm

To ensure a seat please RSVP by November 20, 2017 cupepei@gmail.com

https://cupepei.ca/files/2017/10/CUPE-PEI-All-Presidents-Meeting-2017-1.pdf

CUPE PEI APPLAUDS GOVERNMENT COMMITMENT TO SYRIAN REFUGEES

Charlottetown – On this International Human Rights Day, CUPE PEI commends our Provincial and Federal governments for their commitment to bring Syrian refugees to Canada.

“Millions of Syrians have fled their conflict-torn country and are seeking a safe place to live. Welcoming these refugees is the humanitarian thing to do”, says Lori MacKay, President of CUPE PEI. We support the Trudeau government’s decision to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada by the end of February 2016. As part of that plan, Premier MacLauchlan has agreed to take in 100 Syrian refugees by the end of the year and another 150 in 2016”.

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