The “alarming but not surprising” survey reveals physical violence, verbal abuse, and sexual harassment, poor staffing levels, and inadequate management support.
Charlottetown (10 April 2019) — In response to the election promise made by the PC Party to open up beer and wine sales in grocery and convenience stores, the President of the PEI Union of Public Sector Employees (PEI UPSE/NUPGE) says that the union would oppose any further privatization of the sale of liquor in the province.
"It’s important for employees across the province to have financial and job security if they want to leave a domestic violence situation. This legislation could possibly save lives." — Karen Jackson, PEI UPSE President
“Why has government chosen to invest our tax dollars in a private company to provide health care services that could be offered using existing public sector employees? There are many of our members providing home care services whose skills and abilities are not being fully utilized.” — Karen Jackson, PEIUPSE President
"Is the trend toward privatizing health care services in the public interest?" — Karen Jackson, PEI UPSE President
PEI UPSE/NUPGE’s bursary and scholarship program helps reduce some of the economic burden that students face.
"Our union believes in supporting communities, and we recognize that this time of year can be hard for a lot of people. If we can help in any way to make things a little bit easier, then it is a worthwhile cause." — Karen Jackson, PEI UPSE President
"There must be a shift from a culture of reacting to violence in the workplace, to a culture of violence prevention." — Karen Jackson, PEI UPSE President
"We look forward to working with our new members and the city of Charlottetown to foster a safe, productive and just workplace culture.” — Karen Jackson, PEIUPSE President
PEIUPSE is looking into federal funding requirements for the new health accord dollars, as well as what can be done to prevent these new initiatives from leading us down the road of privatization of our public services.