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.

Statement by the Canadian Council of the Canadian Labour Congress

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The 55 unions represented on the Canadian Council of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) recognize without exception that when one of our affiliates is attacked, our movement is attacked.

Therefore, the CLC condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the decision and actions of the Unifor leadership to disaffiliate from the CLC and raid the members of UNITE HERE! Local 75 in the Greater Toronto Area. Raiding a union is a deplorable act that is irreconcilable with the principles of solidarity on which our movement was founded. The actions of Unifor are made worse when they defend their raiding activities with nationalist justifications and wholesale attacks on international unions.

Our Congress is made up of national, international and provincial unions from both the private and public sectors. The solidarity between these unions is where our movement derives its strength and integrity. The contribution to building our movement and defending workers’ rights and human rights in Canada by our international affiliates cannot be discounted, disrespected, or dishonoured. The CLC will continue to value and defend all of our members from attacks on their unions regardless of whether they are provincial, national, or international.

It is this solidarity that has led to the enhancement of labour laws, expansion of the Canada Pension Plan, the comprehensive ban on asbestos, the creation of a Just Transition task force, the increase of the minimum wage in a number of jurisdictions, and the gains on leave for survivors of domestic violence, to name only a few.

The unions of the Canadian Labour Congress pledge to:

  • ” Work together to protect our members from raids and organize the unorganized;
  • ” Defend our members and their international unions from baseless attacks; and
  • ” Recommit our efforts to the political action necessary to improve the lives of all workers.

The Canadian Labour Congress represents over 3 million workers and brings together Canada’s national, international, and provincial unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 107 district labour councils, whose members work in virtually all sectors of the Canadian economy, in all occupations, in all parts of Canada.

Signed by,

Hassan Yussuff
Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)

Marie Clarke Walker
Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)

Donald Lafleur
Executive Vice-President
Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)

Larry Rousseau
Executive Vice-President
Canadian Labour Congress

Captain Dan Adamus
Canada Board
Air Line Pilots Association
International-Canada Board Office (ALPA)

Robert Ashton
International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada (ILWU)

Brian Baker
National Executive Director
Directors Guild of Canada (DGC)

Robyn Benson
National President
Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC)

Harvey Bischof
Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF)

David Black
National President
Canadian Office and Professional Employees’ Union (COPE)

Daniel Boyer
Quebec Federation of Labour (QFL)

Larry Brown
National President
National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE)

Anita Bryan
United Steelworkers (USW)

Chris Buckley
Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL)

Jessica Burnie
V-P Representing Workers with Disabilities

Danny Cavanagh
Nova Scotia Federation of Labour (NSFL)

Patrick Colford
New Brunswick Federation of Labour (NBFL)

Anouk Collet
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW)

Bill Daniels
International Vice-President
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

Debi Daviau
President and CEO
The Professional Institute of Public Service of Canada (PIPSC)

Sharon DeSousa
Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC)

David Doyle
International Canadian Vice-President
Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers International Union (GMP)

Danielle Dubuc
V-P Representing Workers of Colour

Jody Dukart
International Auditor/Teller
United Mine Workers of America (UMW)

Vince Engel
International Vice-President, Western Canada
International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers (IAHFIAW)

James Given
Seafarers’ International Union of Canada (SIU)

Sam Hammond
Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO)

Mark Hancock
National President
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Glen Hansman
British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF)

Lorraine Hewlett
Northern Territories Federation of Labour (NTFL)

Len Hope
Congress of Union Retirees of Canada (CURC)

Larry Hubich
Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL)

Milt Isaacs
Chief Executive Officer
Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA)

James Jackson
Director of Canadian Affairs
Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association (SMWIA)

Patricia Knight
Teamsters Canada

Darrell LaBoucan
8th General Vice-President
International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers (IABSORIW)

Irene Lanzinger
British Columbia Federation of Labour (BCFL)

François Laporte
Teamsters Canada

Fred LeBlanc
13th District Vice-President
International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)

Justin Lemphers
Yukon Federation of Labour (YFL)

John Lewis
International Vice-President and Director of Canadian Affairs
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories and Canada (IATSE)

Suzanne MacNeil
V-P Representing Atlantic Region Labour Councils

George MacPherson
Shipyard General Workers’ Federation of British Columbia (SGWBC)

Joseph Maloney
International Vice-President Eastern Canada
International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers (IBB)

Joseph S. Mancinelli
International Vice-President and Regional Manager
Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA)

Anthony Marco
V-P Representing Ontario Region Labour Councils

Brenda McAuley
National President
Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association (CPAA)

Gil McGowan
Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL)

Paul Meinema
National President
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW)

Steve Morrison
International Vice-President and Director of Canadian Affairs
United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA)

Patrick Murphy
International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA)

Kenneth G. Neumann
National Director
United Steelworkers (USW)

Martin O’Hanlon
Communications Workers of America, Canada (CWA/SCA Canada)

Casey Oraa
V-P Representing LGBTQ2SI

Yves Ouellet
Director General

Mike Palecek
National President
Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW)

Stan Pickthall
General Vice-President
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM&AW)

Ron Piercey
International Vice-President
Bakery, Confectionery and Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM)

Danielle Pohl
V-P Representing Pacific Region Labour Councils

Bill Pollock
International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW Local 251)

Carl Pursey
Prince Edward Island Federation of Labour (PEIFL)

Lionel Railton
Canadian Regional Director
International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)

Kevin Rebeck
Manitoba Federation of Labour (MFL)

Candace Rennick
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Dany Richard
Association of Canadian Financial Officers (ACFO)

Ian Robb
Canadian Director

Carmen Rogers-Jones
V-P Representing Young Workers)

Ronald Rousseau
V-P Representing Aboriginal Workers

Jason Rowe
Canadian Vice-President
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBCJA)

Mary Shortall
Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL)

Linda Silas
Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU)

Stephanie Smith
National Union of Public and General Employees/ British Columbia Government and Service Employees’ Union (NUPGE/BCGEU)

Basia Sokal
V-P Representing Prairie Region Labour Councils

David Sparrow
National President
Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA)

Ainsworth Spence
V-P Representing Workers of Colour

Sharleen Stewart
International Canadian Vice-President
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Liz Stuart
Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA)

Paul Thorp
Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)

Scott Travers
International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE

Terri Van Steinburg
National Union of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (NUCAUT)

Ann Waller
Labourers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA)

Alan Willaert
Vice-President from Canada
Canadian Federation of Musicians (AFM/CFM)

Pauline Worsfold
Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU)


Our Holiday Message

CUPE PEI wishes happy holidays and a merry Christmas to all Islanders. We thank our members and all workers who strive to make our province a better place for everyone.

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.