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

PEI Pre-Budget Consulations

CUPE invites all of its members to participate in the PEI government pre-budget consultations. Workers’ input for the 2019-20 provincial budget is essential.

Give Your Input

There are a number of options for Islanders to provide input, as follows:

Consultation Meetings

Each session is scheduled from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Please pre-register by calling (902) 368-5501.

  • Tuesday, February 5, O’Leary (Storm date: Wednesday, February 6)
  • Thursday, February 7, Summerside (Storm date: Friday, February 8) Version française sera disponible
  • Tuesday, February 12, Charlottetown (Storm date: Thursday, February 14)
  • Friday, February 15, Montague (Storm date: Tuesday, February 19)

 

CUPE PEI STATEMENT – National Day of Rememberance and Action on Violence Against Women

CUPE PEI STATEMENT ON DECEMBER 6, 2018

December 6th is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

We pause to remember the 14 young women who were singled out and murdered because they were women on that day in 1989 at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique. Most of them were engineering students. One of the victims, Maryse Laganière, was a CUPE member who worked at the school.

We also remember the 10 Island women who since 1989 have been killed by partners or someone who knew them.  We mourn the missing and murdered indigenous women and girls and the countless others throughout Canada and around the world whose lives were cut short by gender-based violence or who still experience it.

After decades of activism, much work still remains. We must recommit to ending gender-based violence and continue the struggle for gender equality.   “First mourn. Then work for change”. Those words are the call to action on the December 6th monument in Summerside, established by the PEI Federation of Labour.

The labour movement continues to advocate for better socio-economic supports and services for survivors of gender-based violence. A positive step was taken in 2018, with the amendment of PEI’s employment standards legislation to include a new leave for workers who need time to deal with the consequences of domestic, intimate partner or sexual violence. If this change is proclaimed and comes into force,  workers who have experienced this kind of violence will be able to take up to three days of paid leave and another seven days of unpaid leave. Some other provinces, including New Brunswick, offer five days of paid leave.

What can you and your local do to make a difference?

Learn more about the issues and support groups working for change:

 

 

  • See the video series “Make it Your Business!”  produced by  PEI Family Violence Prevention Services (http://www.fvps.ca/ – Resources), working with the PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre, the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women and other partners in the Mayor of Charlottetown’s Purple Ribbon Task Force on Family Violence Prevention with financial  sponsorship from CUPE National. The videos offer short, practical scenarios to help bystanders recognize signs of family violence in public places and workplaces and get tips on how to safely take action.
  • For more on the missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, see the website of Native Women’s Association of Canada, https://www.nwac.ca/mmiwg/ ; For services available to survivors, Women’s Shelters Canada, http://endvaw.ca/

 

 

 

Participate in one of the December 6th Memorial Services:

 

Charlottetown, 12:00 noon, Thursday, December 6

Memorial Hall, Confederation Centre of the Arts (venue sponsor) Richmond Street.

The special service will include a Mi’kmaw opening ceremony and prayers by Julie Pellissier-Lush, address by Paxton Caseley of Our Turn, poetry by Lily Levesque, music by the Gaia singers and Dylan Menzie accompanying on piano. Family members, dignitaries, and community activists will light candles in remembrance of those whose lives were cut short because they were women. Everyone is welcome to attend. Contact Michelle at 902-368-4510 / info@peistatusofwomen.ca  Organized by the PEI  Advisory Council on the Status of Women.

 

Summerside, 12:00 noon, Thursday, December 6

Trinity United Church, 90 Spring Street, Summerside.

Service with guest speaker Hon. Tina Mundy  For more information, call 902-436-9856

Organized  by the East Prince Women’s Information Centre.

 

 

 

 

First Annual Maritime Paramedic Union Conference

Halifax, Nova Scotia – Paramedic and Dispatcher Unions from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI met for the first time in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to discuss issues paramedics and dispatchers are facing in their provinces. Ambulance services in each of these provinces are operated by Medavie.

“At the end of the day, our goal is to do the best we can for our paramedics and dispatchers and to provide the best possible care to our communities. This meeting was a great tool for our provinces in achieving that,” says Jason Woodbury, President of CUPE Local 3324, representing PEI paramedical workers.

This year’s Maritime Paramedic Union Conference was hosted in Halifax by the union representing Nova Scotia paramedics, the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 727. The intention is that this will be an annual conference, with next year’s being hosted by CUPE Local 3324 in PEI.

Each province was given the opportunity to present on issues paramedics and dispatchers are facing in their areas, followed by a round table on the issues discussed. Topics included offload delays, half-staffed and out of service ambulances, inherent overtime caused by these delays, missed meals, paramedic burnout, low morale and more.

“Increased workload, off-Island transfers and equipment resources continue to be a constant concern affecting employee morale and public safety,” says Woodbury.