Over the years, the Union has successfully worked with the City of New Westminster to address many issues regarding physical health in the workplace including office ergonomics and low stress seats for truck drivers.
Two years ago, Business Manager George Habib took the initiative to approach the employer about mental health in the workplace. He felt it is best to be proactive and not wait until someone is dealing with a long term disability.
Over the past two years the Union and the employer have worked closely together to reach a solution. As a result the City should soon select a mental health care provider to work with the staff. Several providers have presented workshops on their services and the City and Union are evaluating them before making a decision.
UPDATE: A service provider has been chosen and as soon as the contract has been signed, training of staff will begin. Training will begin with managers and supervisors and will include all staff. Watch for more information.