It’s now been over a year since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Canada, and nearly a year since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the virus a pandemic.
In the time since, all levels of government have taken unprecedented measures to contain the virus and save lives.
For AUPE members, the pandemic has been a time of struggle. As we’ve defended our communities from the virus, we’ve also had to fight a government that is eliminating our jobs while calling us “heroes.”
Sometimes we might feel like we’re alone in our struggles. But we aren’t. The same problems that we are facing as individuals—as workers, as families, as members of our communities—others are facing too.
We’ve put together this survey to gauge the collective financial toll the pandemic has taken on our union family. We want to know what difficulties our co-workers have had to endure over these long months of pandemic, lockdown, and job loss. How have public health measures, government cutbacks, and relief programs affected us?
We’re not asking just so we can measure the problem—we want to help fix it. By understanding how the pandemic has affected our fellow workers’ finances, we’ll be better able to fight for changes to help us all.
So, please complete this survey which should take only a few minutes. We’ll keep all your personal information completely private. If you’d like to help us learn from as many members as possible about their circumstances during COVID-19, please send a copy of the survey link to your co-workers.
By answering this survey, we’re helping ourselves and our colleagues get prepared to win better working conditions, and better services outside the job. The more we know about what we’re facing, the more prepared we are to make it all better.