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BCGEU Administrative Services members launch Breakaway campaign

Survey results reveal workload a major issue for administrative services workers.

 Vancouver (20 April 2015) — The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) recently surveyed members in Administrative Services (Component 12) about workload.

Member-to-member campaign will engage workers across the province 

Here's what the union discovered: 

  • 58 per cent responded saying their position isn’t adequately backfilled while they are on vacation or leave.
  • 65 per cent responded revealing their workplace isn’t adequately staffed.

Read more results. 

Workload a major issue for administrative workers

By and large, workloads are unmanageable. It's time things changed. That's why the administrative members of the BCGEU/NUPGE created the Breakaway campaign.

Breakaway has a variety of components and you'll be hearing more about them throughout 2015:

  • Awareness raising and Breakaway campaign launch during Administrative Services Week, April 20 - 24, 2015.

Members will be asking their co-workers to take a pledge to Breakaway about unmanageable workloads. Certificates of Completion will be awarded and special 'thank yous' will be given out to those who take the pledge. (Download the Certificate of Completion)

  • Member-to-member (M2M) outreach

BCGEU/NUPGE members will be visiting workplaces in the coming weeks and months to talk about Breakaway and other campaigns that are being undertaken to try to help make workload more manageable.

  • Breakaway fact sheets

The union will be distributing four fact sheets to promote awareness about workplace rights when it comes to workload. The fact sheets are called, Managing Your WorkloadOverworked? You Have RightsOverwork and Stress Put Your Health at Risk and Unpaid Overtime

  • Breakaway photo contest. 

Members are being encouraged to submit photos of themselves and co-workers holding their Breakaway pledge forms. The photos will be entered in a contest to win a $50 gift certificate or the grand prize of an IPad Mini. The photos will be used in an Administrative Services Calendar BCGEU/NUPGE be issuing for 2016. 


The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE