'As union members we need to remember the struggles of the past and work together to maintain and improve upon our successes.'
Charlottetown (1 April 2009) - The Prince Edward Island Federation of Labour (PEIFL) and the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) are offering a one-day course on labour history. It will be held May 1 at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel.
This course will highlight the struggles endured to build labour organizations — organizations that grew in numbers and strength to help workers have a say in their workplace, their province and their country.
"As union members we need to remember the struggles of the past and work together to maintain and improve upon our successes," the labour groups say.
The course will focus on P.E.I. and will review how unions were formed in the province and factors that have influenced them. Participants will be educated on the legislation that is in place and how it impacts workers on P.E. I.
Applications from members of the P.E.I. Union of Public Sector Employees (PEIUPSE/NUPGE) may apply to attend if they have attended a Welcome to PEIUPSE course. Please call 902-892-5335 or 1-800-897-8773. The deadline to apply is Thursday, April 8, 2009.
- Occupational health and safety issues are often the motivating factors when workers decide to organize.
- The great Charlottetown fire of 1945 led to the formation of the P.E.I. Civil Servants Association - now known as the PEIUPSE.
- Unions on P.E.I. did not have the legal right to negotiate for their members until 1972.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE