Unions and Associations
The Union’s legal obligation is to help those at risk on the job. The nature of Union Representation is to protect people’s jobs and livelihoods.
What happens when a member is battling addiction or mental illness:
A crisis such as disciplinary action, or the imminent threat of disciplinary action, can provide an opportunity to intervene with the member. We work with the Union representative to gather information about what caused the disciplinary action. Then we will have a strategy meeting with the member. The goals of that meeting are to protect the member’s job and get them the assistance that is needed. We also ensure that the member knows their rights and the laws that are in place to protect their job.
Following the job defense strategy meeting, UWI by Psyclarity Health designs a comprehensive treatment plan that fits the member’s needs and resources. The member is assisted in implementing that plan from initial treatment through to aftercare and returning to work.
Compassionate, ongoing case management is key to treatment and job protection success. Both the clinical treatment provided and the individual’s rights need to be protected. Within the limitations of confidentiality, we supply the bargaining agent or employer with the documentation necessary to protect the job rights of the client.
Return To Work
If the member’s care requires time away from work, we facilitate their time off through a confidential letter from the treatment provider. Ongoing services include a “fit for duty” certification from a medical care provider, guidelines for a back-to-work conference or return-to-work agreements, and on-site assistance if required. All parties—employer, employee, and Union—have roles to play in making the member’s return to work successful. UWI by Psyclarity health will review the recommended aftercare plan with the Union member and help with its implementation. We are here to help the member every step of the way.
People suffering from stress-related health problems such as substance abuse and mental illness have legal rights. Federal and state laws and labor contracts offer protection against discrimination on the basis of medical issues. We support the Union’s efforts to enforce those protections.
We offer training programs for Union representatives in medical/legal remediation, work directly with employers when requested, and provide written documentation when necessary.
Sometimes Union members face disciplinary action because of job performance prior to getting help for their disability. They merit a vigorous defense. We assist the Union throughout progressive disciplinary procedures to identify such medical conditions so there can be earlier intervention.
Testimony and Arbitration
If the disciplinary action comes before an arbitrator, we provide documentation and testimony from a certified EAP to affirm the presence of a disability and to substantiate the medically-directed action the member has taken to deal with the root cause of their job performance problems. We also provide medical certification of the member’s fitness for duty prior to the return to work.
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The Union Workforce Initiative is for educational, training, and awareness purposes only. This is not an Employee Assistance Program. We help build awareness within the workforces of employer/employee assistance professionals, substance abuse professionals, nurses, doctors, and other educational professionals.