Unions heavily invested in EAPs

Concerned about privacy, unions sometimes start their own programs
By Lorna Harris
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 08/09/2007

An employee assistance program (EAP) is a good way to help employees deal with various mental health issues and help an employer reduce costs associated with lost productivity and absenteeism.

In most corporate environments, the EAP is run by management and either an internal or external provider. However, in unionized environments, the union is an interested third party that can affect how the program is set up and run.

In some small unionized environments, the union signs off on whatever EAP agreement the employer develops with a provider. This is what happens at work sites with less than 250 employees that have the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers as a union, according to Bill Shipman, grand lodge representative in Peterborough, Ont.