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.

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Day of Mourning Ceremonies 2018

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.”

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 members and Islanders to take the time to remember those workers on April 28th and if possible, participate in the flag raising ceremonies on this day.” Below are the scheduled ceremonies and the times.


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

Make it Your Business! – Reception and public screening

Make It Your Business! is a new video series that offers brief, practical examples of how workers or other witnesses can recognize signs of family violence in public places and places of business and how to safely take action. All videos were written and produced in Charlottetown. They are designed for workplace training and for educating the general public. Covering common kinds of violence you might witness – whether sexual assault at a parking meter, child abuse, abuse of older adults, online harassment, or an abusive public argument – this series will be a major contribution to workplace training and to public understanding of what we can all do to make preventing violence all of our business.

The first public screening of Make It Your Business! will take place on Thursday, February 15th  (storm date Thursday, February 22) at Florence Simmons Performance Hall at Holland College, 140 Weymouth St, Charlottetown at 5pm with a reception starting at 4:30pm.

Everyone welcome. Free admission.

Many other events are taking place around the Island during Family Violence Prevention Week (February 11-17), see the schedule at

Black History Month in PEI

Events and educational activities will be held throughout February in libraries, schools, museums and establishments. This year the provincial government is partnering with the Black Cultural Society to host some of these activities, which will be listed on PEI’s government web page : ; See also the Facebook page for the Black Cultural Society of PEI –

Every February, CUPE celebrates Black History Month (also known as African Heritage month) when we pause to reflect on the efforts of the many union activists and community organizers of African descent who lead the fight for inclusive communities and workplaces.

This fight happens every day, as CUPE members bargain for more inclusive and equity-based language in our collective agreements, challenge racism in our governments, workplaces, schools and our communities, and contribute to on-the-ground organizing and mobilizing.

We are grateful to all those who are working to build a non-racist world in our unions, workplaces and communities. Canadian society has seen a lot of progress over the decades, but the realities of differential treatment towards African Canadians continue.

At the global level, the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent is educating people on the history of enslavement, discrimination, bigotry and criminalization. We can all learn from this history as we deal with systemic barriers that continue to confront Black people. The UN General Assembly has proclaimed 2015-2024 the International Decade for People of African Descent to promote and protect their human rights.

At our 2017 National Convention, CUPE delegates passed a Strategic Directions document that commits our union to fight racism and hatred in all its forms and to empower our members to speak and act against discrimination. Delegates also adopted a resolution to pressure governments to eliminate racial profiling, and to publicly oppose any legislation that promotes and supports it. Racial profiling is an invasion of privacy and a form of discrimination, which violates Canadian human rights law.

As a labour union, we are committed to negotiating and enforcing collective agreements that do not tolerate discrimination. We continue to fight against racial harassment in the workplace and work with our allies to pressure governments to adopt employment equity legislation.

CUPE encourages members to celebrate Black History Month and to keep fighting anti-Black racism in their locals, workplaces, schools and communities. Here are some ideas:



  • Celebrate and promote black history month within your local
  • Lobby your government for the implementation of legislation that addresses anti-Black racism in your region, including employment equity legislation.
  • Support community organizations and movements such as Black Lives Matter and other community organizations that fight against systemic racism and violence.
  • Visit or follow #BlackLivesMatter on Twitter.


  • Bargain employment equity language into your collective agreement to help ensure that your workplace represents the diversity of your community.

Stay tuned for CUPE’s new ‘bargaining employment equity’ guide, which will be part of our bargaining equality resource collection.