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Vancity – Local 1701, 1703 & 1704 Re: Workload Concerns - BCGEU

Your Union has received numerous reports from members (employees) at Vancity struggling with unmanageable workloads. In some cases, members have reported working through their breaks and performing unpaid overtime to compensate. Recently, a manager celebrated an individual employee for taking a shorter lunch to get more work done. In order to address workload concerns, BCGEU members must stop working through breaks and performing unpaid overtime and start requesting additional help from Vancity when required.

Taking Breaks and Leaving On Time

Breaks are important because they can be reenergizing when needed the most. We know our members take pride in their work and want to do their best to get work done in a timely manner. However, working through breaks and performing unpaid overtime is not the best way to resolve workload issues as it continues to allow a perception that the workload is manageable, when it is not.

Requesting Help

If specific workload concerns are not brought to the attention of Vancity, there is no way to address them. If you find yourself with an unmanageable workload, you should make a request for additional help though your immediate supervisor. This is the only way we can advocate for workload issues to be addressed.

If you request additional help through the appropriate channels and have that request denied, please make notes of the circumstances and forward them to a BCGEU Steward so we may pursue the matter with Vancity.

In solidarity,

Ryan Stewart
Staff Representative

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