Unions, management see wellness through different prisms

Suspicion about employer’s motives hold back union support
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/14/2006

Think of a wellness program, and an image of workers in gym clothes out together for a walk might come to mind. Or it’s a roomful of employees learning from the experts how to eat right, monitor their hearts or quit bad habits.

Many people see in these images a picture of good health. The way Lydia Makrides puts it, it should be a slam-dunk for unions to support such programs.

“The unions are there to look after the well-being of their employees. So they can’t possibly be against anything that helps their members become healthy,” said Makrides, director of the Atlantic Health and Wellness Institute, a Halifax-based wellness provider.