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


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 ( – 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, ; For services available to survivors, Women’s Shelters Canada,




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 /  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.