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Working short

AUPE members have been reporting an increasing number of issues with working short and unmanageable workloads across all sectors. Your voice has been heard, and our Provincial Executive has established a Working Short/Workload Campaign (WSWC) Sub-Committee to give you more avenues for sharing your experiences and tackling these concerns.

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Working Short/Workload Campaign (WSWC) Sub-Committee

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About the WSWC Committee

The WSWC Committee comprises two members from each AUPE sector. Workload and working short issues affect staff in all industries. Our committee’s goals are to find out how they affect our members and other Albertans, and to develop a strategy for raising awareness about working short/workload issues in each sector, so we can tackle them together.

The responsibilities of the Committee will include:

  • Reviewing historical data to determine the impacts of working short/workload issues on AUPE members in each sector over time.
  • Talking to members and finding out how working short/unmanageable workloads impact them.
  • Gathering feedback from Local/Chapter components regarding the working short reporting form and figuring out what each sector needs accordingly.
  • Developing a public awareness campaign that showcases the impact these two issues have on Albertans.
  • Developing a strategy to lobby the Government of Alberta to make changes to the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulations and Code (ARC) enforcing the employer’s responsibility to adequately staff worksites.
  • Updating the Provincial Executive on an ongoing basis.

The committee has been tasked with developing a strategy/campaign to bring awareness to working short/workload issues, which affect workers like you daily, both physically and psychologically, and indirectly pose serious Occupation Health & Safety concerns. The WSWC committee will help our union respond to these problems at your jobs and hopefully affect change on other worksites across Alberta.

Document instances of working short

Report individual incidents using the working short reporting form

What are the next steps?

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Awareness Campaign
Using the data from both the new survey and the existing form, our WSWCC will be able to develop an awareness campaign.

Developing the Larger Research Study
The WSWCC will work with AUPE’s research staff to compile information the committee gathers from members on the frontlines over time to create multiple advocacy materials for members, the public, politicians and policy makers. These materials will include quantitative statistical data and members’ stories. This study is still in the early stages of its development.

Committee members

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Judy Prokopchuk – Chair – Local 040 – Health Care - Edmonton
Mike Dempsey – Local 012 – AUPE VP, COPA Committee Chair
Bonnie Gostola - Local 045 - AUPE VP, OH&S Committee Chair
Rosanna Badree – Local 001 – Government Services - Edmonton
Jason Ezard – Local 003 – Government Services - Calgary
Ian Abbs – Local 004 – Government Services - Calgary
Catherine Sivasankar – Local 041 – Health Care - Medicine Hat
Peter Steward – Local 071 – Education - Calgary
Ryan Rybchuk – Local 060 – Boards & Agencies - Edmonton
Clint Nicholson – Local 118 – Boards & Agencies - Hanna


Working short reporting form poster

Information about how to share your working short stories with the WSWC subcommittee

Printable posters

Perfect for your union bulletin board, with all of the information you and your coworkers need to help define working short.