Understanding the needs for Union Stewards, we have developed a workshop where the focus is on self-care. We recognize the personal emotional cost that can come with the position of Union Steward, especially when the work involves emotionally distressed members. We can help experienced and newer stewards to recognize the risks to their own mental health and consider strategies to protect themselves while they are protecting the rights of their union brothers and sisters.
Another key element of being a Union Steward is the issue of Return to Work or Accommodation. When mental health is a factor, the negotiation for a successful return to work or accommodation can be challenging. Learning some of the strategies to assist workers with mental illnesses such as depression or anxiety-related disorders can make it easier.
Read CAW’s letter about work done with their health & safety representatives.