Los delegados de la UE son nuestra primera línea de defensa en este nuevo frente. Los delegados tienen un papel especial para asistir a nuestros miembros en como confrontar a una situación que amenaza a sus vidas. Algunos de nuestros lugares de trabajo tienen que mantenerse abiertos para proveer servicios de sostenimiento de vida y los delegados necesitan abogar por protecciones especiales de trabajo.
Health and Safety
UE Stewards are our first line of defense on a new front. Stewards have a special role to play right now to assist our members as they face a life-threatening situation. Some of our workplaces must stay open to provide life-sustaining services, and stewards will need to advocate for special workplace protections. Other workplaces must close or drastically reduce the number of workers present to prevent this disease from spreading more rapidly, and stewards will need to help workers navigate layoffs and maintain connections with members outside of work.
Estimado Representante de UE,
El Delegado de la UE sobre “Peticiones para Información” dice que nuestro empleador tiene que proveernos información médica. Sin embargo, puede ser considerado confidencial. Aquí hay una situación que acaba de ocurrir con nosotros.
- 1.8 million U.S. workers experience injuries related to overexertion or repetitive motion each year.
In 1990 OSHA began a process that was supposed to end with the issuing of rules on workplace ergonomics to deal with many various forms of Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTD). The issuing of these new rules has been stalled in Congress for 8 years by pro-business republicans and democrats.
So what is "ergonomics" and "CTDs" and since OSHA hasnt issued these rules can we still file grievances over these type of health & safety problems?
Sara Watkins is the steward for the clerical unit at Haliburton Prevaricators Inc. In her job she gets to talk to many of the clerical workers who work in different departments. For the last month or so she noticed that there were more complaints about aches and pains, and there seemed to be people wearing wrist braces. She spoke to the company's health & safety person but she was told that there was no increase in injuries.
Union Health and Safety Committee
- Survey the membership regarding their health and safety concerns as well as work-related symptoms, injuries, illnesses and stresses.
In 1982 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) started a new program called the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). Under this program, if corporations met certain health and safety guidelines and had employee involvement programs, they could be exempted from random OSHA inspections. This idea was met with skepticism from unions and health and safety activists.
- Safeguarding our members from potential workplace hazards
- Ensuring proper medical treatment/filing an accident report
- Warning against employer tricks to avoid workers compensation
- Negotiating a "light duty" policy
Dear UE Steward,
The UE Steward on “Information Requests” stated that our employer must provide us with medical information; however, it may be considered confidential. Here is a situation that just occurred with us.
George Scott injured his back at work. After going through therapy his doctor released him to return to work but with a weight lifting restriction. The doctor said this restriction could be removed after some time passed. Our employer refused to take George back to work, saying there wasn’t any light duty work that he could do. We filed a grievance on George’s behalf stating that many other people had come back to work on light duty. We provided the company with a list of names of employees who had light duty and we asked to see their medical records. We know we can prove that other workers had the same lifting restrictions. The personnel manager refused stating that under HIPAA he wasn’t allowed to release any medical information about employees.
What is HIPAA and is he right?
UE Chief Steward
Burnemup Tool Co.