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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. We are seeking to reach AUPE members in all four sectors. This research project entails a detailed survey, interviews with members, and focus groups with AUPE members.

It is important that we hear from you!

To start the survey you will need your AUPE member. If you do not know or have your member number, you can contact the AUPE Member Resource Centre (MRC) at 1-800-232-7284, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

You can click here to start the working short survey.

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 are asking you to complete a survey that may take 15-20 minutes. You will need your AUPE member number to complete the survey. You can obtain your member number by calling the AUPE Member Resource Centre (MRC) at 1-800-232-7284.
  • The survey asks you demographic questions, as well as questions about your working conditions
  • Following the survey the research department will be reaching out to Locals and to individuals to meet members who may 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:

Gweneth Feeny
Manager of Essential Services, Research, and Pensions
Alberta Union of Provincial Employees

Garry Sran
Senior Research Advisor
Alberta Union of Provincial Employees

Lauren Montgomery
Research Officer
Alberta Union of Provincial Employees