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Working Short and Workloads Research Project

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AUPE knows that many of our members across all four sectors have had experiences with working short and significant workload issues over the years. That is why AUPE has launched a Working Short and Workload Sub-Committee (WSWSC).

To support the work of the WSWSC, the AUPE Research Department has launched a large research project to gain a greater in-depth knowledge of what working short means to you, how working short has arisen in your workplace, and the extent to which working short and workloads are impacting AUPE members and their families.

Benefits of this research:

  • The results of this study could be used to help with collective bargaining and help drive public policy at all levels of government.
  • AUPE will gain greater knowledge of the working conditions of our members
  • Your responses will help researchers understand how working short manifests in Alberta and how this might compare to other provinces
  • Currently there are no studies on working short that seek to understand how this impacts workers in sectors other than health care; furthermore, the breadth of this survey allows AUPE to conduct and to publish original research that allows AUPE to be a leader in the labour sector in this area.

Study procedures:

  • We had asked members to complete the 'Working Short and Workloads Research Survey' that ended on April 30th, 2020.
  • In the upcoming months, the research department will be reaching out to Locals and to individuals to meet members who had stated they would be interested in an interview on their experiences with working short and workload issues.
  • The results of this study will be used to produce a research report, a campaign document, and presentations for the AUPE membership outlining the realities of working short and workloads at AUPE workplaces.
  • Timeline for the completion of this research project is 12 to 18 months.

If you have any questions about the survey or the research project please email:

Lauren Montgomery
Senior Research Officer
Alberta Union of Provincial Employees