The collective agreement between UPSE and Health PEI expired on March 31, 2020. The UPSE negotiating team met in February to review members` application forms to develop a comprehensive package of negotiations. UPSE exchanges packages with Health PEI on Tuesday, October 6, 2020. Negotiations will begin from October 21 to 23 and continue on November 12-13 and 25-27, 2020. UPSE President Karen Jackson met with chief stewards today for a meeting in Charlottetown. Upse stewards play an important role in helping members cope with difficult workplace situations. They ensure that members are protected by their collective agreements and build a bridge between management and workers. Other issues that we have been looking at since my last post are housing our members who may be immunosuppressive or have a family member at home who is at higher risk if exposed to LA COVID 19. We deal with them on a case-by-case basis.
We have developed guidelines for the use of health workers and are developing guidelines for the public service. We work with the employer to house important members who can work from home. We have developed an agreement on schedule changes for shift bonuses for our non-working workers to ensure that our members who have been converted receive their benefits in their collective agreement. I have worked with the employer to ensure that safety protocols are in place for our CLC members to ensure their safety when they return to work. Last weekend, I had conversations with the employer about returning to work for our 750 Seasonal Recall members. These are just some of the issues that we have addressed. UPSE and Tremploy have ratified a new three-year collective agreement with 100% support for membership. Once again, I would like to thank our members for providing the valuable services that the people of the island need and for the safety of the islanders in this ever-changing world in which we live.
Every day has new challenges that we have never faced. UPSE is a diverse union representing 5,000 members from 15 different collective agreements, and our employees have been working tirelessly on the problems of our members since the beginning of this pandemic. I would like to thank our employees who remain available to our members. I cannot thank our working relationships enough (LROs) for the work they do on your behalf. They are creative and strive daily to find solutions with employers for developing topics. This list includes organizations and amounts paid under the Canada Summer Jobs agreements for activities that took place in 2019. UPSE and Tremploy signed a new three-year collective agreement with a 100% ratification vote to support the new treaty. UpSE President Karen Jackson thanked the negotiating team for their commitment and hard work in negotiating a package of fair wages and benefits for membership. Effective July 1, 2020, P.E.I. employers will be required to comply with the new workplace harassment rules.