There is no doubt that workload is a major and growing problem for CUPE members in every sector, in every province. Following from the adoption of our action plan at the national convention in October, CUPE is gearing up to tackle the issue of workload head-on. The objectives of the workload initiative will be to send a clear and resounding message to our members, employers, governments and the general public that workload and its consequences are a top priority for CUPE; to force employers to deal with the issue at the bargaining table and through workplace health and safety committees; and to force governments to recognize workload as a workplace hazard, enact new regulations to reduce workload and to increase funding for public services.
CUPE will develop a variety of materials to help local unions take on the issue because the strategies will vary from sector to sector and workplace to workplace. We will also develop a national communications plan to make sure
that everyone, including unorganized workers, know that this is CUPEs issue and we are going to fight for positive change to improve both the lives of workers and the delivery of public services.