Ward resigns as UPSE president

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After six years, Shelley Ward is stepping down as president of the P.E.I. Union of Public Sector Employees.

In a message to the membership posted on the union's website last week, Ward said she stepped down to take a job as UPSE's senior staffing and labour relations officer.

"I am excited to start a new path in my life by helping the union deliver valuable services to our membership," she said.

Ward started in her new position as of June 28.

In her message, Ward said the union had to meet significant challenges in troubling times, but with strong leadership and the membership's solidarity the union has prevailed.

"As I step down as president, it is comforting to know that the union is prepared to grow confidently into the future," she said.

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  • countrygirl
    July 04, 2012 - 16:36

    Congratulations on the new position Shelley! This is a great opportunity for you. you brought this union a long way in the past 6 years. Yes the dues were raised... but if its going to serve the members better, than thats gotta be done. Where do ppl think the $ comes from that payed for the arbitration for both health & civil negotiations last year? oh yah... that also seen wage increases of 6-14%... plus other monitary items!!! Oh how ppl forget... and $ to build the beautiful current building so it can serve the members better? Open your minds ppl, and if u dont know whats going on, ask someone who does, get involved yourself, or just shut your mouth. Shelley will be the one i'll be calling when i need anything!!!

  • tweety
    July 04, 2012 - 12:28

    for those that left rude and derrogatory comments.i would like to see all you knuckle head be in position and see how long you would last in this difficult job. shelley has taken this union and it,s members a long way.so please think about what you say,if you have a snyde comment please refer to yourselves if you were in this position. people do work hard for their unions.

  • Old Lady
    July 04, 2012 - 09:06

    Ignorance infects those who denigrate and discredit unions. Do some research, stop swallowing anti-union propaganda, and become informed about the mega benefits unions have brought society. Given current economic disparity and the increasing power of the top one per cent, unions are more necessary than ever.

    • I agree
      July 04, 2012 - 09:23

      Well said Old Lady! Many people have no idea what unions have done to improve working conditions and wages for workers, whether they are in a union or not. It would be a very sad day if we went back to the old ways before unions existed.

  • annoyed
    July 04, 2012 - 08:44

    Shelly congratulations.Some comments show that you annoyed some Liberals.You smould know that they rule by Devine Right.They are never to be questioned or held responsible for anything they do.

  • DL
    July 04, 2012 - 07:28

    Hopefully UPSE will use this transition period to re-evaluate its recent unfortunate and self-destructive choices to become what it is today - a self-serving, anti-government entity with has lost touch with the needs and desires of its membership and which lacks understanding of how to get things done for the betterment of all.

    • Tobias
      July 04, 2012 - 09:19

      Hmmmmm........ reads like a message from a pro-Ghiz, pro-HST attacker of an opponent of government policy. Sorry but if you are going to grab incessantly from us for the benefit of yourselves and your favourtie buddies then yes you and your ringleaders will be criticized. Like wow PNP, Plan B, HST, Homburg, tourism scam, etc. There is no end to the greed of you guys. Expect criticism. Count on it.

    • DL
      July 04, 2012 - 15:01

      Well Tobias.....it seems you prefer to impose your own fabricated labels on what I stand for and then attack me for it....the truth is, I have formulated my opinion simply based upon what I see going on....I have no affiliation with any political party and I generally give to society, not take.

  • Good
    July 04, 2012 - 06:48

    Shelly Ward seems to be more like a Liberal Politician than a Union Leader-raised our union dues and gave nothing in return-then set herself up with a nice little plum union job.

  • vick
    July 04, 2012 - 06:20

    Thank God! Now get rid of unions period and the jobs will stay in canada!

    • ScottPEI
      July 04, 2012 - 09:51

      Vick - how many Canadian or Island public service jobs do you know of that are outside of Canada? Your comment doesn't make sense.

  • Cindy Baird
    July 03, 2012 - 18:05

    A heartfelt Congratulations to Shelley. She was a great President and I am sure she will be a force to recon with in her new position!!!

  • Rose Hicken
    July 03, 2012 - 18:03

    Congratulations Shelley on your new position. I only met you once on the bus to the Anti HST Rally but it was obvious that you are a very dedicated individual who is devoted to the UPSE. Again, it was nice to meet you and WTG on your new career.

  • cozy
    July 03, 2012 - 17:14

    wonder who offered the position? Geez, can't this person find a real job? Failed as president, will fail working for the new one.